Winter Safety Products

  • Winter Preparedness for Your Business

    Disaster-Survival-First-Aid-MartIf a winter storm should strike, do you have safeguards in place to protect your business? Preparing your business for both short and long-term interruptions is important. Additionally, business owners should consider having an action or communications plan for their employees.

    What can a business do? Assign a leader and get these thing done for the sake of continuing your business after the storms, and for the safety of your employees and visitors:

    Before the Storm

    • Check your insurance coverage protection against winter hazards;
    • Develop a procedure for restoring electrical services on an item-by-item basis; and
    • Develop a procedure for relocating salvageable and undamaged stock and supplies.
    • Have emergency supplies on hand to care for your group for 72 hours or longer

    During the Storm

    • Keep driveways, walkways, and doorways clear of snow and ice;
    • Open water faucets to let them drip to keep water flowing through the pipes vulnerable to freezing; and
    • Have the names and phone numbers of your heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent, and building owner accessible.

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  • CDC warns to Equip in advance for emergencies

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) remind us to be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.

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  • Mind the Weather

    Winter isn't over - spring comes in March - while it may be hot right now in California, Ohio is freezing... what will tomorrow bring? Hard to say... be ready for freezing cold, or melts and flooding.. just be weather-ready in general!

    It is a good idea to focus on a few basic things to keep your employees, and yourself, safe and sound as Mother Nature works her magic. Consider investing in snow removal, keep your office dry and safe (beware of precarious piles of slush), establish a backup plan for power outages, and, if possible, create a work-from-home plan, so the business can carry on even with critical employees out of the office.Check out more Winter Safety Ideas or Read these other Winter Weather Updates and Tips:

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  • Prepare for Winter Weather

    While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

    One of the primary concerns is winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to homes and offices, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. “When the Sky Turns Gray” highlights the importance of preparing for winter weather before it strikes.

    When The Sky Turns Gray - Animated Video for Winter Storm

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  • Winter Safety

    See our Winter safety Training Programs - DVDs, CDs, Student & Instructor Materials! See our Winter safety Training Programs - DVDs, CDs, Student & Instructor Materials!

    Over the years employers have discovered that their employees miss more time from work as a result of "off-the-job" accidents than due to injuries experienced on the job. Many of these accidents occur during the winter holidays, as employees do things that they are not familiar with or haven't done "since last year". Fortunately, most of these accidents can be prevented.

    Our training products on "Winter Safety" show employees how to plan ahead, look for potential hazards and avoid dangerous situations that occur during the winter holiday season. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Surviving in the cold.
    • Keeping your workplace safe in icy conditions.
    • Dressing for the weather.
    • Driving in winter weather.
    • Holiday decorations.
    • Celebrating the season safely.
    • and more.

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    Winter Safety Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Are you ready for Winter?

    What? Winter? Fall has barely begun. Nevertheless, it's already dropped WAY below freezing in many areas. We want you to think about Winter safety and winter warmth in between preparing for your Thanksgiving Feast and shopping for stocking stuffers.

    winterWinter 2013-2014 was one of the coldest on record in parts of the Midwest, according to the government's official climate report. NOAA's National Climatic Data Center said that the period from December 2013 through February 2014 was the 34th coldest such period for the contiguous 48 states as a whole since modern records began in 1895.

    With its traditionally 80 percent–accurate weather forecasts, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation.

    Be Ready for Winter before it officially hits!

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  • Winterize Your Vehicle

    Is your car or truck ready to respond when you need it in cold and freezing winter weather conditions? Get it ready now so you aren't stranded when you need it.

    Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

    • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
    • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
    • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
    • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
    • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

    Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:

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    • a shovel
    • windshield scraper and small broom
    • flashlight
    • battery powered radio
    • extra batteries
    • water
    • snack food
    • matches
    • extra hats, socks and mittens
    • first aid kit with pocket knife
    • necessary medications
    • blanket(s)
    • tow chain or rope
    • road salt and sand
    • booster cables
    • emergency flares
    • fluorescent distress flag
    • see all suggested Auto Emergency Items

    Read more about Winter Driving Safety

  • Be safe in winter weather.

    Snow, Ice, Cold, Strong Winds, and Wind Chill...Winter Storms

    To find winter_wonderlandadditional materials on winter safety, try the following Web sites:
    NWS: www.nws.noaa.gov
    FEMA: www.fema.gov
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    The dangers of winter weather and suggests life-saving action YOU can take. With this  information, YOU can recognize winter weather threats, develop an action plan and be ready when severe winter weather threatens. Remember...your safety is up to YOU.
    Why Talk About Winter Weather?
    • Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold. Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters and other winter weather fatalities and you have a significant threat.
    • Threats, such as hypothermia and frostbite, can lead to loss of fingers and toes or cause permanent kidney, pancreas and liver injury and even death. You must prepare properly to avoid these extreme dangers. You also need to know what to do if you see symptoms of these threats.
    • A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
    • People can become trapped at home or in a car, without utilities or other assistance.
    • Attempting to walk for help in a winter storm can be a deadly decision.
    • The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months.
    • Extremely cold temperatures, heavy snow and coastal flooding can cause hazardous conditions and hidden problems
    Heavy Snow
    Heavy snow can immobilize a region and paralyze a city, stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. Accumulations of snow can cause roofs to collapse and knock down trees and power lines. Homes and farms may be isolated for days and unprotected livestock may be lost. In the mountains, heavy snow can lead to avalanches. The cost of snow removal, repairing damages, and the loss of business can have severe economic impacts on cities and towns.
    An avalanche is a mass of tumbling snow. More than 80 percent of midwinter avalanches are triggered by a rapid accumulation of snow, and 90 percent of those occur within 24 hours of snowfall.
    An avalanche may reach a mass of a million tons and travel at speeds up to 200 mph.
    Injuries Due To Ice and Snow
    • About 70% result from vehicle accidents
    • About 25% occur in people caught out in a storm
    • Most happen to males over 40 years old
    BLIZZARD:
    Winds of 35 mph or more with snow and blowing snow reducing visibility to less than
    ¼ mile for at least 3 hours.
    BLOWING SNOW:
    Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility. Blowing snow may be falling snow and/or
    snow on the ground picked up by the wind.
    SNOW SQUALLS:
    Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may
    be significant.
    SNOW SHOWERS:
    Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
    SNOW FLURRIES: 
    Light snow falling for short durations with little or no accumulation.
    Ice: 
    Heavy accumulations of ice can bring down trees and topple utility poles and communication towers.
    Ice can disrupt communications and power for days while utility companies repair extensive damage.
    Even small accumulations of ice can be extremely dangerous to motorists and pedestrians. Bridges and overpasses are particularly dangerous because they freeze before other surfaces.
    Winter Flooding
    Winter storms can generate coastal flooding, ice jams and snow melt, resulting in significant damage and loss of life.
    COASTAL FLOODS:
    Winds generated from intense winter storms can cause widespread tidal flooding
    and severe beach erosion along coastal areas.
    ICE JAMS:
    Long cold spells can cause rivers and lakes to freeze. A rise in the water level or a
    thaw breaks the ice into large chunks which become jammed at man made and
    natural obstructions. Ice jams can act as a dam, resulting in severe flooding.
    SNOW MELT:
    Sudden thaw of a heavy snow pack often leads to flooding
    COLD:
    Wind Chill is not the actual temperature but rather how wind and cold feel on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature.
    Animals are also affected by wind chill; however, cars, plants and other objects are not.
    Frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold. A wind chill of -20° Fahrenheit (F) will cause frostbite in just 30 minutes. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip
    of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately! If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm affected areas. However, if the person is also showing signs of hypothermia, warm the body core before the extremities.
    Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F. It can kill. For those who survive, there are likely to be lasting kidney, liver and pancreas problems. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Take the person’s temperature. If below 95°F, seek medical care immediately!
    If Medical Care is Not Available, warm the person slowly, starting with the body core.
    Warming the arms and legs first drives cold blood toward the heart and can lead to heart failure. If necessary, use your body heat to help. Get the person into dry clothing and wrap in a warm blanket covering the head and neck. Do not give the person alcohol, drugs, coffee or any hot beverage or food. Warm broth is the first food to offer.
    Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and become life-threatening. Infants
    and elderly people are most susceptible. What constitutes extreme cold varies in different
    parts of the country. In the South, near freezing temperatures are considered extreme cold. Freezing temperatures can cause severe damage to citrus fruit crops and other vegetation. Pipes may freeze and burst in homes that are poorly insulated or without heat. In the North, extreme cold means temperatures well below zero.
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