Monthly Archives: May 2016
Happy Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is not just a day off work, Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.
Learn more about this day and others so you can honor those that deserve our memories:
- Memorial Day
- Moment of Silence
- Workers' Memorial Day
- Memorialize by Saving a Life
- Thank a Veteran
- Hang a Flag: Guidelines for Display of the American Flag
During Extreme Heat Week, we shared news and tips about working and playing safe in hot weather - now, as Summer approaches we want to remind you that there are OSHA Compliant safety materials on this topic, too!
First Aid Store offers training products on Heat Stress & Extreme Heat issues for general and construction work environments to review how heat affects the body, the steps employees can take to prevent heat stress, and elementary first aid that can be given to a worker who has been affected by a heat-related illness. Topics covered in these products include: Situations leading to heat-related illnesses, Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, Other heat-related illnesses, Preparing to work in hot environments, Engineering controls, Treating heat-related illnesses, and more.
Read and learn more:
Take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to pause in remembrance of our military brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Many of the skills we use in First Aid and EMS lifesaving were born on the battlefield and we don’t take that lightly. By laying down their lives in defense of liberty, the world is a safer place and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.
As you gather with friends and family over the next few days, please keep in mind the sacrifices of those who went before us, and especially the families they left behind.
Since it is extreme heat week, we thought we'd pay homage to one of the hottest musicians ever...Miles Davis would have been 90 today and while many people know of him, there are a lot of interesting tidbits about him that not everyone knows. For instance, did you know that he attended Julliard? Or that he turned down working with Duke Ellington to finish his seminal album, Birth of Cool? That he had a long talk with a young Philip Seymour Hoffman? Check out this list of facts mental_floss has compiled about him and hope that one day you will be one tenth as cool as Miles Davis!
Did you know that WEA – Wireless Emergency Alerts include heat alerts?
Heat Watches and Warnings:
The National Weather Service (NWS) issues heat advisories and excessive heat warnings when unusual periods of hot weather are expected.
Heat Out looks:
The potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days.
Excessive Heat Watches:
Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours.
Excessive Heat Warning and Advisory:
Issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions.
When the NWS issues an Excessive Heat Warning, plan to stay indoors in an air conditioned space as much as possible and limit your exposure to the sun. When at home, stay on the lowest floor because cooler air sinks. Warmer air rises. Do not use the stove or oven to cook because it raises the indoor temperature.
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This is Extreme Heat Week.
With Summer around the corner, it is time to think about safety in the sun, and preventing heat-related illness.
Some helpful articles include:
- HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY.
- Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
- Tips on preventing heat-related illness
- Outdoor and Construction Worker Heat Safety
- Recognizing and Treating Heat Exhaustion
- Bugs and Heat – Where's the Relief?
- Heat Wave
- First Aid in response to various kinds of Heat Stress.
- Heat: A Major Killer
- Excessive Heat
- Death by Heat
- The Symptoms of Heat Disorders and Summer Safety Rules
- How to differentiate between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
- Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
Here at the end of Hurricane Preparedness Week, we'd like to suggest you formalize your reaction plan... think it through, write it down, consider not just hurricanes (and Cyclones and Typhoons) , but related floods, storm surge, evacuation, etc.
- Emergency Planning and Evacuation Procedures
- Assemble Disaster Supplies
- Preparedness for all Calamities – Stay Strong and Survive!
- Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches, Warnings, Advisories and Outlooks
- El Niño Disaster Response Plan
- Make Your Emergency Plan Today
- Storm Surge – a Hurricane Drama ?
Complete your written hurricane plan:
The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a hurricane warning is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.