Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Burn Week

    Burn Awareness Week, begins tomorrow - this year the focus will be on scalds, which are a hot-coffeecommon burn type in business as well as in the home. Scalds are easily preventable, and also easily overlooked as the risk of serious injury is apparently low, when in reality a water scald of just 2 seconds at 148°F (64°C) can create enough damage to require surgery,

    How would you get a scald at the high temperature? It's not really that high. The medium setting on your water heater is already over 120°F (48°C) and boiling water (fixing pasta?) is 212°F (100°C.)

    Be scald aware... set your water heater just below medium, keep pot handles turned in when cooking, and thing about heat and the danger it represents.

  • It's almost here!

    Are you ready? Groundhog day is coming!
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  • Update on Youth Preparedness Council

    March_1The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. During their two-year term, the leaders will have the opportunity to complete a national-level group project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations.

     

    Council activities and projects center around five areas of engagement: programs, partnerships, events, public speaking/outreach and publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout the duration of their term. 

    CERT-gearFEMA 101: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

    CERT in Action

    Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs

    History of the CERT Program

    CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Update

  • When was the last time you evaluated your slips, trips and falls safety training?

    You talk to your workers about slips, trips and falls in your safety training - after all, it's one of the most avoidable causes of workplace injury.

    But if you're spending all that time giving safety talks, why are slips, trips and falls still the second leading cause of workplace deaths?

    Why are there still 200,000 slips, trips and falls related accidents reported every year?

    When was the last time you evaluated your slips, trips and falls training? Are you sure workers are paying attention during safety talks? Are they engaged? Is your training effective?

    slips-trips-falls-tileSlips, Trips & Falls
    We all slip, trip, and fall - It's what you do afterward that matters. Our booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding slips, trips, and falls. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a game available to keep training fun and innovative and a poster to serve as a daily reference.

    OSHA Safety Topics and Training

    Slippery When Wet

    Why Safety is Essential in the workplace

  • Welding Safety

    Welding - a trade that underlies so many others. The base and structure of so many things - and a dangerous job.

    Welding, cutting and brazing operations present a series of hazardous situations with potential exposure to burns, eye damage, electrical shock, crushed toes and fingers, and the inhalation of vapors and fumes...

    29 CFR 1910.25- Required Fire Prevention Actions for Welding and Hot Work, 29CFR 1910.252 Personal protective equipment 29CFR 1926.350(d)- Gas Welding and Cutting

    Causes of Welding Accidents

    Welder's Kit - 16 Unit - 114 piece w/ 1/2 oz. Industrial Eye Drops & 1 Oz. Eye Wash - Plastic Case w/ Gasket - 1 Each Industrial strength workers deserve industrial strength care. Our 114-piece, 16-unit welder's first aid kit focuses on a wide range of injuries common to welders such as minor cuts, sprains, welder's arc and other common eye irritations. Products are contained in a sturdy plastic case with gasket. Welder's Kit - 16 Unit - 114 piece w/ 1/2 oz. Industrial Eye Drops & 1 Oz. Eye Wash - Plastic Case w/ Gasket - 1 Each
    Industrial strength workers deserve industrial strength care. Our 114-piece, 16-unit welder's first aid kit focuses on a wide range of injuries common to welders such as minor cuts, sprains, welder's arc and other common eye irritations. Products are contained in a sturdy plastic case with gasket.

    Many welding, cutting and brazing accidents result from:

    • Inadequately trained personnel.
    • Poor housekeeping practices.
    • Poor shop layout.
    • Inadequate lighting and ventilation.
    • Improper storage and movement of compressed gas cylinders.
    • Exposure of oxygen cylinders and fittings to oil or grease creating a fire or explosive hazard.
    • Pointing welding or cutting torches at a concrete surface causing spattering and flying fragments of concrete.
    • Electric shock when motors, generators and other electric welding equipment are not grounded.
    • Inhalation of toxic fumes or vapors from welding metals or alloys.

    Fires, explosions, and injuries can occur resulting from:

    • The proximity of combustible solids, liquids, or dusts.
    • The presence or development of possible explosive mixtures of flammable gases and air.
    • The presence or nature of an oxygen-enriched atmosphere in locations where hot work is performed.

    Procedures and Operating Precautions

    Welding is dangerous, take precaution. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding welding safety. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a poster available to serve as a daily reference. Welding is dangerous, take precaution. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMS, DVD programs, and compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding welding safety. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a poster available to serve as a daily reference.

    The following provides minimum guidance on procedures and operating precautions:

    • Provide ventilation in shops or rooms where work is to be performed but avoid strong drafts directed at the welding work.
    • Do not place work to be welded or heated on a concrete floor. Concrete, when heated, may splatter and fly, exposing the welder to possible burns (and also throwing hot particles a considerable distance creating a potential fire hazard).
    • Provide appropriate protection for welders and helpers when working on elevated surfaces. Welding areas shall be kept neat, clean, and free from tripping hazards.
    • Shielding shall be provided to protect personnel from heat, sparks, slag, light, and radiation.
    • Provide approved personal protective equipment for welders who must enter confined spaces, manholes or other space restricted areas. Also, provide a means to ensure their quick removal in case of an emergency.
    • Do not perform cutting and welding operations in sprinklered buildings when the sprinkler system is inoperable; in explosive atmospheres or where explosive atmospheres may develop; or, within 50 feet of storage of large quantities of exposed, readily ignitable materials.
    • Before lighting the torch for the first time each day, allow enough of each gas to flow through its respective hose to purge any flammable gas mixture.
    • Purge hoses n open spaces and away from ignition sources. Light the torch with a friction lighter or stationary pilot flame keeping a safe distance between he torch and the welder’s hands. Point the torch away from persons or combustible materials when lighting. Do not attempt to light a torch from hot metal.
    • When working in a confined space, the fuel gas and oxygen supply shall be located outside the confined space. The torch and hose should be removed from confined spaces when not in use.
    • Fuel gas and oxygen torch valves shall be closed and the fuel gas and oxygen supply to the torch shall be shut off during lunch or break periods, when not in use for extended periods, and when unattended.
    • Welding torch hoses must be protected from damage by contact with hot metal, open flames, corrosive agents or sharp edges. Pressure on hoses will be released at the end of each workday. Hoses must be visually inspected for damage at the beginning of each shift. Hose showing leaks, cuts, burns, worn spots or other evidence of deterioration must be repaired or replaced prior to use. Replacement hoses or fittings must be approved for use with acetylene equipment.
    • A fire watch will be maintained for at least 30 minutes after completion of cutting or welding operations to detect and extinguish possible smoldering fires.

    Cutting or welding shall not be permitted in the following situations:

    -       In areas not authorized by management.

    -       In sprinkled buildings while such protection is impaired.

    -       In the presence of potentially explosive atmospheres, e.g.. a flammable

    -       In areas near the storage of large quantities of exposed, readily ignitable materials.

    -       In areas where there is dust accumulation of greater than 1/16 inch within 35 feet of the area where welding/hot works will be conducted. All dust accumulation should be cleaned up following the housekeeping program of the facility before welding/hot works are permitted.

    -       Suitable extinguishers shall be provided and maintained ready for instant use.

    -       A fire watch person shall be provided during and for 2 hours past the completion of the welding project.

    -       A cutting/welding permit will be issued on all welding or cutting outside of the designated welding area.

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Personnel engaged in or exposed to welding, cutting, or brazing activities will be provided and use personal protective equipment to include eye and face protection, head protection when in a hard hat area, foot protection, and body, arm, and hand protection.

    1. Eye Protection
    2. Helmets shall be used during all arc welding or arc cutting operations. Goggles should also be worn during arc welding or cutting operations to provide protection from injurious rays from adjacent work, and from flying objects. The goggles may have either clear or colored glass, depending upon the amount of exposure to adjacent welding operations. Helpers or attendants shall be provided with proper eye protection. Helmets shall be arranged to protect the face, neck, and ears from direct radiant energy from the arc.
    3. Goggles or other suitable eye protection shall be used during all gas welding or oxygen cutting operations. Spectacles with side shields and suitable filter lenses are permitted for use during gas welding operations on light work, for torch brazing or for inspection. Goggles shall be ventilated to prevent fogging of the lenses as much as practicable.
    4. All operators and attendants of resistance welding or resistance brazing equipment shall use transparent face shields or goggles, depending on the particular job, to protect their faces or eyes, as required.
    5. Eye protection in the form of suitable goggles shall be provided where needed for brazing operations.

    Protective Clothing-

    1. All welders should wear flame-resistant gauntlet gloves and shirts with sleeves of sufficient length and construction to protect the arms from heat, UV radiation, and sparks.
    2. All welders should wear fire-resistant aprons, coveralls, and leggings.
    3. Clothing should be kept reasonably free of oil or grease. Front pockets and upturned sleeves or cuffs shall be prohibited, and sleeves and collars should be kept buttoned to prevent hot metal slag or sparks from contacting the skin.

    Respiratory Protection-

    The Safety and Health Manager shall be consulted to determine appropriate levels of respiratory protection to be worn by personnel performing welding operations.

    Fire Prevention and Protection

    1. Fire-EvacThe welding operation environment shall be free of flammable liquids and vapors. Combustible materials within a radius of 35 feet of the operation will be protected from activity residue (flame, heat, sparks, slag, etc.).
    1. Firewatcher procedures shall be implemented whenever welding activities are conducted within 35 feet of combustible materials, regardless of protection provided. A qualified individual proficient in the operation of available fire extinguishing equipment and knowledgeable of fire reporting procedures shall observe welding or cutting activities. His or her duty is to detect and prevent the spread of fire produced by welding or cutting activities.
    1. Whenever there are cracks or other floor openings within 35 feet of the welding or cutting that cannot be closed or covered, precautions shall be taken to remove or otherwise protect combustible materials on the floor below that may be exposed to sparks. The same precautions shall be observed with regard to cracks or openings in walls, open doorways, and open or broken windows.
    1. Fire extinguishing equipment shall be maintained, ready for use, while welding or cutting operations are being performed. Equipment may consist of pails of water, buckets of sand, hose, or portable extinguishers depending upon the nature and quantity of the combustible material exposed.
    1. Where sprinkler protection exists, it shall be in full service while welding or cutting work is being performed. If welding or cutting is to be done within three feet of automatic sprinkler heads, noncombustible sheet material or damp cloth guards will be used to temporarily shield the individual heads.
    2. Ducts, conveyor systems, and augers that might carry sparks to distant  combustibles shall be protected or shut down. 
    3. Where cutting or welding is done near walls, partitions, ceilings, or a roof of combustible construction, fire-resistant  shields or guards shall be provided to prevent ignition.
    4. If welding is to be done on a metal wall, partition, ceiling, or  roof, precautions shall be taken to prevent ignition of  combustibles on the other side, due to conduction or radiation of heat. Where combustibles cannot be relocated on the opposite side of the work, a fire watch person shall be provided on the opposite side of the work. 
    5. Welding shall not be attempted on a metal partition, wall, ceiling or roof having a covering nor on walls having combustible sandwich panel construction.
    6. Cutting or welding on pipes or other metal in contact with combustible walls, partitions, ceilings, or roofs shall not be undertaken if the work is close enough to cause ignition  by  combustion.
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    Welding & Hot Work Fire Prevention Checklist

    A designated welding area should be established to meet them following requirements:.

    1. Floors swept and clean of combustibles within 35 ft. of work area.
    2. Flammable and combustible liquids and material will be kept 35 ft. from work area.
    3. Adequate ventilation providing 20 air changes per hour, such as a suction hood system should be provided to the work area.
    4. At least one 10-lb. dry chemical fire extinguisher should be within access of the 35 ft. of work area.
    5. Protective dividers such as welding curtains or non-combustible walls will be provided to contain sparks and slag to the combustible free area.

    Requirements for welding conducted outside the designated welding area.

    1. Portable welding curtains or shields must be used to protect other workers in the welding area.
    2. A hot works permit must be completed and complied with prior to welding operation.
    3. Respiratory protection is mandatory unless an adequate monitored airflow away from the welder and others present can be established and maintained.
    4. Plastic materials be covered with welding tarps during welding procedures
    5. Fire Watch must be provided for all hot work operations.

    Welding and Cutting Pipes, Cylinders, or Containers

    The procedures described below apply only to tanks too small to be entered. Compressed gas cylinders are excluded as are pipelines. Cutting and welding on containers that have held flammable liquids or gases shall be under the direct supervision of knowledgeable personnel.

    Inspection-

    BEFORE any tank, cylinder, or other container is cut, welded, or other hot work is performed, the item shall be purged or made inert. New containers shall also be made inert as they may contain a flammable preservative that could form explosive vapors when heated. Welders shall  ensure that there are no substances such as grease, tars, or acids which, when subjected to heat, might produce explosive or toxic vapors. Any pipelines or connections to the drums, cylinders, tanks, or other containers shall be disconnected or blanked.

    Purging and Inerting-

    • Purging with Water

    Where the liquid or gas previously contained is known to be readily displaced or easily soluble in water, it can be removed by completely filling the container with water and then draining. When hot work is performed on containers filled with water, extreme care shall be used to eliminate any vapor accumulation by proper venting or positioning of the container during the filling operation.

    • Purging with Air

    Hazardous vapors may be displaced from inside containers by purging with air. A safe atmosphere shall be maintained by continuous ventilation.

    • Inerting with Gas

    Inert gas may be used to displace flammable gas from the container. Adequate ventilation shall be maintained during the operation to ensure gas concentrations remain below hazardous levels.

    Examples of inert gases are carbon dioxide and nitrogen.

    Venting-

    All hollow spaces, cavities, or containers shall be vented to permit the escape of air or gases before and during preheating, cutting, or welding.

    Gas Welding Safety

    1. Momentarily open and close (called cracking) the manifold or cylinder valves before attaching hoses or regulators. This dislodges any loose contaminant that is present.
    2. Release the regulator adjusting screw before opening the manifold or cylinder valve
    3. Open valves slowly. Don't stand in front of the regulator when opening the valve
    4. Don't use fuel gas from cylinders at pressure settings over 15 psi
    5. Purge your fuel-gas and oxygen lines
    6. Always light the fuel gas before opening the oxygen line
    7. Never use oil or grease around fuel-gas/oxygen line
    8. Never use oxygen as a substitute for compressed air
    9. Keep heat, flames, and sparks away from hoses, regulators, tanks and combustibles
    10. Make sure all hose, cylinder, and regulator attachments are tight and not leaking

    Oxyacetylene welding equipment properly used is safe, but it has the potential for great destructive power if carelessly used

    It is important that the operator be familiar with all of the potential dangers

    Tips for acetylene-

    • There is acetone in the cylinder and if you tip the cylinder over on its side; you will start to draw acetone out (this is the stabilizing solution for the acetylene).
    • If you lay it down, stand it upright an hour before use because you will draw out the acetone.
    • If too fast a rate, you will withdraw acetone.
    • You might need 2 acetylene cylinders for proper flow.

    Electric Welding Checklist

    Perform Safety Check on all equipment

    • Ensure fire extinguisher is charged and available
    • Ensure electrical cord, electrode holder and cables are free from defects (no cable splices are allowed with in 10 feet of the electrode holder.
    • Ensure PPE (welding hood, gloves, rubber boots/soled shoes, and aprons) are available and have no defects.
    • Ensure the welding unit is properly grounded.
    • All defective equipment must be repaired or replaced before use.

    Remove flammables and combustibles

    • No welding is permitted on or near containers of flammable material, combustible material or unprotected flammable structures.
    • Place welding screen or suitable barricade around work area to provide a fire safety zone and prevent injuries to passersby (Do not block emergency exits or restrict ventilation)

    Ensure Adequate Ventilation and Lighting

    Execute Hot Work Permit procedures

    Set Voltage Regulator

    No higher than the following for:

    • Manual Alternating Current Welders - 80 volts
    • Automatic Alternating Current Welders - 100 volts
    • Manual or automatic Direct Current Welders -100 volts

    Uncoil and spread out welding cable

    To avoid overheating, ensure proper contact of work leads and connections, remove any metal fragments from magnetic work clamps (to avoid electric shock do not wrap welding cables around a body part and avoid welding in wet conditions)

    Fire watch for one hour after welding & until all welds have cooled

    Perform final fire watch and terminate permit.

    Welding Ventilation

    FIre BlanketThe fumes produced in a welding operation can be hazardous to the welder or workers in the near vicinity. Reducing the exposure to fumes through an effective local exhaust or area ventilation system is the first line of defense in preventing discomfort or illnesses from toxic welding fumes.

    Respirators are another means of reducing exposure. This personal protective equipment should be considered a temporary process until more appropriate measures to control the exposure are in place. However, when the level of the exposure cannot be entirely eliminated by an exhaust ventilation system, some form of respiratory protection will be required when welding is performed.

    Highly toxic or concentrated welding fumes may require the welder to use a supplied air hood-type respirator, no matter what type of ventilation is in place.

    Testing equipment is needed to effectively evaluate the levels of toxicity welding fumes emit. Many toxic fumes are colorless and odorless, and chronic effects of overexposures may not be immediately detectable. Harmful levels of welding fumes cannot be determined by relying on your body's senses. You may see smoke in the air, smell an irritant and not be adversely affected. In order to accurately determine the level of the contaminants present, air quality testing equipment in the way of air sampling pumps are placed in the area and on the welder. This equipment pulls air through a filter for a specified amount of time. The sample is then evaluated at a laboratory to determine the levels of the exposure.

    The degree of exposure present determines which type of ventilation system is most appropriate. In field locations, such as construction projects and shipyards, 'sucker' hoses can be set up to pull fumes from the welding zone. Welding booths with local exhaust hoses at each station gives the welder some flexibility and mobility in performing the operation. In situations where the welder must go to the work area (due to size, weight or the unwieldy configuration of the work piece), portable exhaust systems could be an option to consider. In some situations, laboratory-type hoods may be used for ventilation. This type of system creates a high velocity exhaust vacuum within an enclosure. Using Laboratory-type hoods allow only the welder's hands/arms in the enclosure while welding is being performed.

    Protecting yourself when performing welding operations depends on your understanding of the hazards involved and the proper way to control them. Control of welding hazards includes avoiding eye injury, respiratory protection, and ventilation of the work area, protective clothing and having safe equipment to use.

    Clothing made from wool, or wool blends, is generally better than cotton. Some cutting operations such as inert-gas metal arc welding will cause exposed cotton clothing to rapidly deteriorate. Leather capes, jackets, leggings, and aprons provide additional protection especially in vertical, or overhead operations. Use of dark clothing will help reduce reflected light.

    All welding equipment should be inspected each day prior to use. Report any defects found in regulators, torches or electrical components to a person that is qualified to make the necessary repairs.

  • Groundhog Day Sale!!!

    Image of punxsutawney phil and big title reading: Long cold winter. Groundhog day saleThat’s rightGroundhog Day is a week away, and until it happens, we know not when winter 2016 will end.
    It is already bitter cold in many areas, wet and flooding in others, and who-knows-what still lies in store for Americans this cold and blustery season?To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off all these great Winter Items you need now through Groundhog Day! Enter Code “IAMNOTACHIPMUNK” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

    Image displaying stack of winter safety training booklets, a winter safety training pack with dvd and informational binder, and also a big bold title reading: dont be left in the cold. practice winter safety

    "Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream... of spring." While Groundhog Day is a lighthearted movie about a fun winter rite, the reality is that - just as in days gone by - Winter is still Deadly and Dangerous Today.

    Groundhog Day is February 2 and has been celebrated since 1887. On Groundhog Day, crowds gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow after emerging from his burrow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter weather. (Originally, in many locations where this was observed with less famous groundhogs than Phil, the way it worked was that if the day was cloudy when a groundhog emerged from its burrow on this day, then it would indicate an early Spring; if it was sunny, the groundhog would supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather would then persist for six more weeks. Some say that the tradition has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear was the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog. The custom also has strong similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc (the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 2 and also involves weather prognostication.)

    Get ready for a long Winter with all the great Winter Safety Needs above and learn more by reading our Winter Safety Articles.

    If you don't "get" the quotes above… you really need to watch the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray – always good for a chuckle.


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    Clever Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Fine Print

    Available Online or Toll Free – This sale ends at Midnight on Groundhog Day! (2/2/16) While this is a Winter Sale, and applies to all the recommended Winter Items above, there are oh-so-many other items we offer that apply to Winter Readiness (for instance, you can’t be ready for Winter Exigencies without a First Aid Kit…) so we are making this discount available site-wide on all our products, except Laerdal, Simulaids, and Oxygen Items!
    Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

  • Youth Preparedness

    We talk about Youth a lot - while Child Safety is certainly a big area of interest in our Industry, we think Teens, Tweens, and the like need more focus as they are the adults of tomorrow.

    We've shared information about dangers for Teens such as the  Youth Tobacco SurveyYouth and Teen Safety & Violence and the importance of Safety and Injuries in Youth Sports.

    We also have shown the power of this group in activities and programs such as the Youth Preparedness CouncilHelping Hands First Aid, and How Teens can get involved and give back to the Community.

    We aren't the only ones. Here's some newer Youth Preparedness info:

    Youth Preparedness Council Application Period Opens Soon

    The Youth Preparedness Council brings together leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness. The application period will close in early March.

    Webinar: Preparing Youth for Disasters

    The Individual and Community Preparedness Division is pleased to invite you to a webinar on Thursday, February 4, 2016, focused on engaging the public on disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving youth.
    Title: Preparing Youth for Disasters
    Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
    Featured Speakers:
    • Bruce Lockwood, Acting Captain, Emergency Management Division, East Hartford Fire Department, CT; Former Commissioner, National Commission on Children and Disasters, will share the background on the unique needs of children in a disaster and the importance of preparedness planning and education.
    • Sarah Thompson, Save the Children, will exchange information on Save the Children’s Prep Rally, which helps children learn the basics of emergency preparedness through engaging activities and games and can be formatted to fit your program.
    • Hilary Palotay, American Red Cross, will share information on the Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program for children in grades 3–5.
    • Captain Rob Tosatto, Medical Reserve Corps & Jane Shovlin, Arizona Health Occupations Students of America, will share information on the partnership between Medical Reserve Corps and HOSA and how to engage youth in contributing to school and community preparedness.

    How to Join the Webinar:
    • Connect using Adobe Connect Registration Web Link

    Webinar: STEP into Preparedness

    Join the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division on Thursday, February 11, 2016, as we present the newly updated Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) materials and share tips and lessons learned from teaching the program.
    STEP is a classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum that teaches fourth and fifth-graders about emergencies and how to create a disaster supply kit and family emergency communications plan.
    Title: STEP Into Preparedness
    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
    Featured Speakers:
    • Louise Gorham, Health Imperatives
    • Tod Pritchard, Wisconsin Emergency Management
    • Robert Scata, Connecticut Emergency Management and Homeland Security

    How to Join the Webinar:
    • Connect using Adobe Connect Registration Web Link

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  • Winter Driving - Preparations include tires, emergency kit, common sense

    The Weather is Fickle... Now more than ever, you hear "This is the coldest winter I can remember." NASA recorded the coldest temperatures in Earth's History recently.

    Some of you might be thinking “Big deal!” And yes, many of our readers have been dealing with the cold for a long time (especially you Midwesterners & Noreasterners) long enough that this won’t be your first rodeo with the snow and ice and everything that comes with this time of year. On the other hand, with the Dakotas being hit with unprecedented snow fall, freak snow in the Middle East, recent snow in places like San Diego (really!) and Southern Texas (yep!) some winter and snow driving considerations are in order for everybody this year.

    If you’re among those unfortunate souls who park their cars outside nightly, you might be disheartened if you look out your window. If you are in a garage, you might be digging out.

    It is important to review a few safety tips before heading out into that marvelous white winter wonderland.

    The following come from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

    Be prepared

    While some of this might be harder with snow falling, each is doable.

    • Check tire pressure and tread depth.
    • Check the battery, exhaust system, heater and defroster. Make sure the terminals are tight and free of corrosion. Check hoses and belts for cracks.
    • Check your antifreeze. If it’s 2 years old, get it flushed and refilled.
    • Change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
    • Check your windshield wipers, blades and wiper fluid.
    • Keep your gas tank at least half full.

    Emergency Kit

    After a recent ice storm, some Texans spent hours trying to dig their vehicles out with a compact disc case, a plastic red cup, the end of a broom handle and a wooden kitchen spoon. It is important o be weather-ready even in areas not accustomed to snow and ice (Heck, we've had snow and ice in San Diego of all places recently!)

    Besides an ice scraper, here’s what should be in your vehicle emergency kit:

    If locks freeze, heat the key.

    Photo of Winter vehicle Emergency Pack Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit - Value Pack

    Other ideas:

    Safe driving

    There are precautions you should take before leaving home and precautions to take on the road. Here are some.

    • Check driving conditions and weather reports.
    • Remove snow from the vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals.
    • Let someone know your destination, route and expected time of travel.
    • Drive below the speed limit, be cautious of black ice and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicles ahead of you.
    • Brake early and slowly.
    • Do not use cruise control on ice or snow.

    If stranded

    You’ve slid off the road, or you’ve been in an accident, or your beloved vehicle has become stuck or is no longer working. Here are some precautions to keep you safe until rescuers arrive.

    • Stay in your vehicle.
    • Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm.
    • No cellphone? Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
    • Light a flare or turn on a flashlight.
    • Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running. Keep windows cracked.
    • Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Use floor mats or seat covers for added warmth if you forgot to pack blankets. If you must leave your vehicle, secure a rope to yourself and the vehicle to avoid becoming lost or disoriented.

    Other Winter related articles:   Brrr… Winter Safety and Warmth & Winter Weather

    Emergency Window Punch & Seat Belt Cutter

  • Backing up & Driving Tips

    • Auto First Aid & AAA Road Emergency Kits Auto First Aid &
      AAA Road Emergency Kits

      Check area around vehicle. Check behind and under tires for hazards.

    • Check tires for appropriate tread, air pressure and damage.
    • Check and adjust all mirrors. Make sure they are clean.
    • Make sure windshields are clean inside and out.
    • Check and adjust seat to enable driver to reach gas/brake easily.
    • Check horn and back up beeper if applicable.
    • Turn off interior noisemakers, i.e. radio, fan, A/C for initial departure.
    • Roll window down slightly to enable driver to hear exterior activity.
    • Check for position of spotter and follow hand signals accordingly. Spotter is there to help, but you are still responsible for following safety rules.
    • If vehicle has automatic transmission, keep one foot over the brake for quicker response time, especially when in reverse.
    • Scan outside area by turning and looking over both shoulders for any obstructions, vehicles, pedestrians, etc…
    • Continue to look in direction vehicle is moving to check for obstacles.
    • Check front end periodically for vehicle placement when in reverse.
    • Park or pull in where you can exit without having to reverse the vehicle.
    • Drive slower in poor weather or poor road conditions.

    driving-safety-tileTake caution when behind the wheel. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMs, DVD programs, and meeting & compliance kits will provide you and your employees with all the information you need regarding driving safety. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. There is even a game available to keep your trainings fun and innovative.

  • Cold Temperatures

    OK - It's getting chilly... storms are covering towns in snow, and people are at risk... what can you do?

    Learn about Winter Safety:

    Cold temperatures can affect the entire country in winter, but extreme cold can be especially dangerous. More than 1,300 people die each year from hypothermia. Hypothermia sets in when your body’s temperature drops below 95 degrees. Frostbite may develop on exposed skin when temperatures are below freezing. Strong winds combined with below freezing temperatures can make frostbite occur even quicker. Many times during winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the polar vortex will expand and send very cold air southward into portions of the United States. This occurs fairly regularly during wintertime and is often associated with large outbreaks of Arctic air in the United States. During late January through February 2015, much of the Northeast experienced the coldest conditions in decades. For parts of the Lower Great Lakes and New England some of the greatest total snowfall and coldest temperatures on record, many of which go back well over 100 years, occurred during this time.

    What to Do: Dress for the season: wear loose warm clothing in layers. To prevent frostbite and hypothermia while outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing with water repellent outer garments. Remove layers during your activities to prevent sweating. Change wet clothing as quickly as possible to prevent loss of body heat. Cover all parts of your body, especially your head, hands, face, and mouth to protect your lungs from very cold air. Stay out of the wind when possible. Drink plenty of fluids since hydration increases the blood's volume, which helps prevent frostbite. Hypothermia can even happen inside your home, and is most likely to impact elderly and infants. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or warmer to avoid hypothermia from happening in your home. Make sure you know the warning signs associated with cold-related illness and what actions to take to protect you and your loved ones.

    Are you Ready for Winter? Are you Ready for Winter?

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