Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Spring and Summer Fair Safety

    Spring (ending tomorrow) and Summer Fairs mean fun, funky food, rides, and safety concerns if you don't think and plan responsibly.

    Things to consider when heading to the fair:

    • Sunblock: Don't even go without slathering on the sunblock first - whether the weather forecast calls for beating sun or overcast skies - Frying isn't only in the food concessions at fairs... cover up! (Bring more along to apply through the day as well... sunscreen towelettes are great for this!)
    • Eat before you go! Fair food is fun, but you don't want to eat too much of that rich, greasy fare at the fair! make sure you've eaten something healthy before you head out.
    • Hydrate: Fair Food is salty, walking causes perspiration... A visit to the Fair is dehydrating. Drink water before you go. Bring water. (Concessions will sell you water, and there may be drinking fountains, but it is best to bring along your own, good quality drinking water bottles - they are one thing that even the most security-conscious Fairs will usually allow you to bring in.) Consider electrolyte tablets as well - great for helping you retain your moisture.
    • Dress sensibly. Wear good walking shoes with closed toes, dress for the weather forecast, but plan on change, bring a slip over long sleeve top, and don't forget to bring a hat to keep that sun off your head.

    Fairs take many precautions to keep you and your family safe during your visit, including working with a variety of agencies to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations. Nevertheless, they are dealing with masses of people - be smart and protect yourself.

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  • Lightning Kills

    Lightning is a serious Summer threat... more so than even official knew. Last year for the first time there were lightning deaths and injuries on the beaches in California... this was so shocking (excuse the pun) that official had no protocol to deal with the situation.

    ? Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 49 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured. ?

    What can you do? Here's some great info.

  • Summer Sunday

    Summer Begins this Sunday.. are you ready?

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  • Medical and Health Apps and AEDs under FDA surveillance

    With the flood of "Health Apps" on the market, and rapid increase in OTC medical devices (AEDs for one) leading to perhaps-lesser-quality-assurance, the FDA is ramping up its after-market performance scrutiny.

    According to the FDA:

    Despite rigorous premarket evaluation, what really counts is how well a medical device works when it’s used day-to-day by patients, caregivers and clinicians. Beyond clinical trials, real-life patient experience may reveal unanticipated device risks and confirm long-term benefits. Similar to other medical products such as drugs or vaccines, medical devices offer vital, sometimes life-saving, benefits, but they must be balanced against certain risks. A strong postmarket surveillance system can provide more robust and timely benefit-risk profiles for devices so that providers and patients can make better informed health care decisions.

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    Learn more at the FDA

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  • Hurricane Outlook

    NOAA issues a Hurricane Outlook as general guide to the expected overall activity during the upcoming hurricane season. In addition, NWS will begin issuing a prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic in 2015 to highlight those areas along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States that have a significant risk of life-threatening inundation by storm surge from a tropical cyclone.

    Learn More:

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  • While spring and its threats are still with us, meteorological summer is already here.

    Turn Around Don't Drown®

    Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.

    People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

    Never Drive or Walk into Flood Waters - Turn Around Don’t Drown!

    Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S. On average, flooding claims nearly 90 lives each year. More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving.

    Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry off an adult. Twelve inches of water can float a small car. If that water is moving, it can carry that car away. Eighteen to twenty-four inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.

  • Today is Flag Day

    On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White and Blue in front of homes and businesses. The day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

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  • Concussions

    While Spring is drawing to an end, school and organized sports may be over in your area, and coaches are for the most part done until Fall - the lessons about concussions and traumatic brain injuries still go on. Parent, especially should consider knowing more, as it is their turn to take on the safety manager roll as kids and teens continue to play sports and other physical activities through the Summer without direct supervision. Skateboarding can yield injuries as easily (if not more) as football and soccer, and bicycle crashes and falls can be as dangerous as field hockey collisions.

    An important reminder for Coach Dad and Doctor Mom from the CDC and the Heads Up campaign is that Kids conceal concussions. It's true, studies show that about 60%–70% of young athletes might try to hide concussion symptoms. Why? They want to keep playing, and they don't want to look weak in front of friends and competitors.

    Recognizing and responding to concussions when they first occur can prevent further injury or even death.

    Sports Medicine, Sports First Aid Kits & Sports Injury Supplies... Whether you are the dedicated coach, the starting athlete, or a fan on the sidelines, you know that being involved with sports can mean being involved with injury.  Our line of sports first aid and sports medicine products includes emphasis on the things you need to put injury behind you and get back in the game. A great selection of the best Sports First Aid Kits, and a selection of important Sports First Aid Supplies Below! Sports Medicine, Sports First Aid Kits & Sports Injury Supplies...
    Whether you are the dedicated coach, the starting athlete, or a fan on the sidelines, you know that being involved with sports can mean being involved with injury.
    Our line of sports first aid and sports medicine products includes emphasis on the things you need to put injury behind you and get back in the game. A great selection of the best Sports First Aid Kits, and a selection of important Sports First Aid Supplies!

    What Is a Concussion?

    A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI— caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back
    and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.
    Signs Observed by Coaches or Parents
    • Appears dazed or stunned.
    • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or
    • position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
    • Moves clumsily.
    • Answers questions slowly.
    • Loses consciousness (even briefly).
    • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
    • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
    Symptoms Reported by Athletes
    • Headache or “pressure” in head.
    • Nausea or vomiting.
    • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
    • Bothered by light or noise.
    • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
    • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
    • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.
    NOTE:
    Concussion signs and symptoms often show up
    soon after the injury, but it can be hard to tell how serious
    the concussion is at first. Some symptoms may not be
    noticed or may not show up for hours or days.

    You can customize and share CDC materials—including tools for parents, coaches, and other school professionals—to improve concussion reporting, recovery, and safety.

  • Heat Safety Tool

    OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers...

    When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.

    The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.OSHA-Heat

    Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep this in mind and plan additional precautions for working in these conditions.

    The OSHA Heat Tool is available in Spanish for Android and iPhone devices. To access the Spanish version on the iPhone, set the phone language setting to Spanish before downloading the app.

    Stay informed and safe in the heat, check your risk level.

    For more information about safety while working in the heat, see OSHA's heat illness webpage, including new online guidance about using the heat index to protect workers.


    The source code for this app is available for download:

  • 4 Steps to take before Disaster Strikes

    We share a lot of our own suggestions and advice culled from decades of experience in lifesaving and disaster preparation for our clients. Today we'd like to share a post from another author.

    There are four steps you should take before a disaster:

    1. Find out what could happen to you.
    2. Create a disaster plan
    3. Complete the checklist
    4. Practice and maintain your plan.
    Prepare and Endure! Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:
    Count your stock... is it enough?
    Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    Keep cash on hand
    Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
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    Disasters occur in the United States with regularity. What will you do before, during, and after a disaster? Before a disaster, you should know how to respond, plan your escape, locate supplies, develop an emergency communications plan, and set up an emergency pen for pets. During a disaster, you should listen to a battery-powered radio or TV or instructions. After the disaster, you should turn off all utilities if there is time. If you need to evacuate leave as soon as possible, but leave a note saying where you are going. You should notify emergency responders for injured or trapped people. Finally, you should return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so. Read more on Family Disaster Planning by Fred Fanning

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