From all of us at First Aid Store... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Monthly Archives: October 2015
Are you ready to enjoy a safe Halloween? Take a moment to remember some basic Halloween risks and the easy precautions to take in order to avoid injury and danger.
- Halloween is Dark & Scary
- Protect your Pets Halloween Weekend
- Have a Safe Halloween!!!
- Halloween History, Safety, Wisdom
- October is Fire Prevention and Safety Month
- Halloween is CREEPING up! Are you ready for a Safe Halloween?
- Halloween, Bats & Rabies
- Halloween Safety Tips, Tricks and Costume Ideas
- Fall Fire Safety
- The House of Horrors: Safety slip-ups hidden within the home
When running electricity temporarily, use quality UL listed extension cords rated for the type of use you need - As examples - don't use indoor extension cords outside for holiday decorations, and don't use light duty extension cords (such as those intended for lighting) for heavy-draw appliances such ans indoor space heaters.
Never daisy-chain extension cords, or add multipliers to draw many lines through one...this is just screaming "burn me down"... don't do it.
We talk about being prepared for roadside emergencies often, as well as driving safety and weather concerns when driving... how about a core issue of what your vehicle is riding on? Not the roads, which you (probably) have little control over the condition of, but your tires?
Your car's tires can effect the the way your car handles, however can effect the performance and fuel economy of your vehicle. One of the most important things you can do is an established schedule to check you air pressure in your tires. Incorrect air pressure is a majot hazard when driving. Tire failure while driving leads to many automobile accidents and possible injury to both driver and passengers.
A safe tire has no cuts or bumps. The tread depth must be at least 1.6mm throughout central 3/4s of the breadth of the tire and around the entire outer circumference.
- ~ Safety on the Road: Or Death.
- ~ Checklist for Disaster Preparedness
- ~ How Safe are you on the Road?
- ~ Going Somewhere?
- ~ Where is your Emergency Kit? Where Should it Be? What Should be in It?
Avoid getting stranded or paying high priced towing bills. Check air pressure on your spare often as well. Note: If you have different rims than came on automobile initially, be certain that the bolts on your spare tire are the suitable fitting. Failure to keep the tires properly inflated may foster wear and will have a negative effect with your vehicles handling.First Aid Store offers Name Brand Auto First Aid Kits - Car, Auto, Vehicle and Truck First Aid Kits. First Aid Only, AAA, American Red Cross, Genuine First Aid, North, and Lifeline Auto First Aid and Roadside Emergency Kits.
The main hangover symptoms are nausea and headache that appear several hours after excessive alcohol drinking.
It is certainly possible to prevent hangover -- by not drinking more than five units of alcohol, for example five shots of whisky, five 5 oz glasses of wine or five 12 oz cans of beer in few hours.
Some studies suggest that drinking dark alcoholic beverages, such as whiskey, brandy, tequila, cognac, rum, red wine and dark-colored beers is more often associated with hangover than drinking the light-colored beverages, such as vodka, gin, white wine and light-colored beers.
Two possible mechanisms of hangover are increased secretion of gastric juice causing nausea and vomiting, and increased release of inflammatory substances causing headache.
By vomiting, you remove excessive gastric juice from the stomach, which can greatly reduce nausea. You may want to make yourself throw up by sticking two fingers into your throat. Never use any hard object, such as a spoon, to induce vomiting to avoid the risk of throat and teeth damage.
2. Drinking Water
If you can not vomit, you can drink a glass of plain water every half hour or so. The point of drinking water is to flush excessive gastric juice from the stomach further into the intestine and thus reduce nausea. Other beverages, such as fruit juice, can further irritate your stomach and aggravate nausea. Hydration is always a concern as well.
When nauseous you might not want to eat, but after drinking and not eating the whole night, you may want to try some bland food, like bread or crackers, to get some energy.
Aspirin can relieve a mild to moderate headache, and it can, according to some studies, also relieve a hangover headache in some cases.
Acetaminophen (paracetamol) in combination with alcohol can cause severe liver damage, so it should not be used to cure hangover headache.
After a night of drinking, going to bed seems to be a natural thing to do. Hangover will eventually go away in some time, so, if possible, you can just try to sleep over the hangover rather than fight against it.
6. Supplements and Home Remedies
There is insufficient evidence that supplements, such as vitamin B6 or C, herbs, like milk thistle or prickly pear, or other remedies, such as activated charcoal, running or shower help relieve hangover symptoms.
Best Cure? Abstinence.
Second Best? Moderation and Preparation. Eat well before drinking, preferably starchy absorbent foods and foodstuffs rich in vitamins. Drink copious amounts of water before going out on the town, and try to drink a full glass of water for each alcoholic beverage consumed to dilute the concentration and stay hydrated. Many of our readers inform us that they take electrolyte tablets before a night out on the town, too...
In many places in the United States, the threat of wildfires is very real. According to a recent report, nearly 2.2 million homes are at serious risk of damage or destruction in wildfires.
The 13 westernmost states make up most of the risk, with California, Colorado, and Texas at the top of the list. The situation is only be exacerbated by the prolonged drought affecting many western states.
- Wildfire Safety Priorities
- Wildfires have now burned a massive 8 million acres across the US
- Wildfire Week
- Prepared for Wildfire?
- Top 3 Ways to Prepare for a Wildfire
- Ready for Wildfires?
Every year, hundreds of thousands of acres are burned and thousands of lives are lost due to these wildfires. In 2011 alone, wildfires claimed the lives of over 3000 people and left 1700 others with severe burn injuries.
- Burn First Aid: Know the Severity and the Treatment
- Fire Facts: Fire Prevention Week, Fire Safety, Burn Safety information.
- Treating a Burn
- Prevent Burn Injury in Children
- Prevent Home Burn Injury
The good news in all this bad news, is that there are steps you can take to protect your home and reduce your risk when a wildfire breaks out.
Steps To Help Protect Your Home From Wildfires
Homeowners should choose materials that are fire resistant when constructing or upgrading homes. ICFs (insulated concrete forms - basically fireproof concrete blocks that fit together like legos), fireproof siding and roofing are great starts.
Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees; hardwood trees are less flammable than pine or evergreen.
Maintain an outside water source, such as a pond, well, or swimming pool. Keep access to a garden hose that is long enough to reach all areas of the home and property.
Install freeze proof exterior water outlets on at least two sides of the home. There should also be access to a gasoline powered pump in case electricity is cut off.
Clear combustible debris, such as wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, or tarp coverings, from around the home.
Install a dual-sensor smoke detector on each level of the home, especially near bedrooms. Change batteries at least once a year.
Inspect chimneys at least twice a year and clean annually.
Clean roofs and gutters regularly.
Of course, these steps can't make your home completely fireproof and there is always the chance that a wildfire will take your home. So be prepared, have an evacuation plan in place, and keep your family safe.
Car accidents are an unfortunate reality for almost every driver. Especially in large metropolitan areas with heavy traffic congestion, accidents can be just as common as stop lights. Yet with the high amount of car accidents that take place every year in the United States, you would think that all drivers would be prepared to handle themselves when a collision happens. In reality however, inexperience as a young driver or stress from the severity of an accident can lead to poor decisions in the moment that may threaten your health or eventual recovery down the road. Therefore, here is a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to those critical moments after a car accident.
- Stand in the middle of the street where the collision happened. Especially if the accident took place on a highway or busy street, you are only further endangering yourself by waiting in the flow of traffic.
- Leave the scene of the accident. Not only does this automatically place the blame on you regardless of what really happened, but you may have also unknowingly sustained an injury and require medical treatment.
- Fail to document the scene. From taking pictures to writing down what you can accurately recall, information about what occurred will be useful when talking to insurance companies. Especially if you sustained an injury and require medical treatment, having the facts in order can prevent a massive out of pocket expense.
- Speak with the opposing insurance company, sign any papers, or issue a statement until you have consulted with your insurance company or a lawyer. Getting injured in a collision is one thing, but receiving incomplete medical treatment or inadequate compensation because of careless words is far worse.
- Wait too long to contact your own insurance company or a car accident lawyer if need be. The statute of limitations for car accident claims varies by state, but in general, the longer you wait, the harder your claim is to prove.
- Get appropriate medical attention. Although this sounds like a no brainer, many people feel fine immediately after an accident but days later realize soreness or pain. Play it safe and speak with a doctor because there is no downside to being sure.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other party. Not only is this required by state law, but you want to make sure that you are compensated for any injuries you have sustained.
- Have the police record the facts in an accident report. This prevents a situation in which it is your word against the other driver’s which can drastically slow down the entire process.
- Acquire the names and numbers of any witnesses. If your claim for medical expenses or fair compensation is denied, they may be crucial to helping you recover costs. Also, remember that passengers are not considered valid third-party witnesses.
As bad as car accident are, it’s even worse to get injured and not receive proper medical care. Nearly 2.35 million people are injured or disabled due to accidents each year and road crashes cost the US $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person. Clearly this is a huge issue for everyone on the road, and by taking the proper safety measures after an accident, you can avoid becoming another injury statistic.
Rob Tindula writes for the Boston car accident attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP
Fall brings fire risks to mind... sure, it may be wet outside (or may not if you are in Southern California!) but fire risk is inside as well... and of course there are Halloween fire risks, too.
Since October is Fire Prevention and Safety Month we'd like to offer some Tips for Fall Fire Safety:
- Cook only where it is permitted.
- Keep cooking area clean and uncluttered.
- Keep an eye on what's being cooked, especially if cooking at high temperatures.
- If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.
- Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
- After a party, check for cigarette butts, especially under cushions because chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast.
- Be aware of how risky it is to smoke when drinking or drowsy.
Never disable or remove batteries from smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can provide the crucial extra minutes necessary to escape from the fire. Have a plan that includes multiple escape routes for the same location.
Visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov for more information & read:
There's the obvious - Indian Summer, when it's as hot as a Summer day, but what about when it is cool? Often we overlook the sweating and dehydration caused by activities while bundled up... think about it; Ever broken a sweat raking leaves while bundled up like an Nanook of the North? Remember to drink lots of fluids and keep your electrolytes balanced in colder weather, too - even hypothermia can cause deadly dehydration.
- Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
- 300 dying from Heat each year in the US
- The Symptoms of Heat Disorders
- HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY
- Too hot for your health
- Beat the Heat
- Tips on preventing heat-related illness
- Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
- Prevenir las enfermedades a causa del calor en trabajadores al aire libre
Halloween is Fun! It can also be ark, scary, and full of hazards.
Both Costumes and Candles (including inside Jack-o-Lanterns) create fire and burn hazards. Pets face emotional and physical dangers. Special driving, road safety and pedestrian hazards exist. Play it safe this Halloween and keep it fun.