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Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • Back to Work Tomorrow

    OK - 4 fun days off are drawing to a close. Clean up, perk up and put your work hat back on.

    Are you ready?

    Now is a great time to wrap up the year on a high note... it's back to work and the 1st day of the last Month tomorrow. Time to kick it is high gear and make the year a spectacular one.

    Make a list of what you want to wrap up, organize, and go get 'em!

  • How cool is this? Flying AED to the rescue!

    We all know the importance of CPR & the presence of AEDs.

    1.No family can rely on 911 alone. When someone stops breathing, or heart stops beating, he or she typically can survive for only 4 to 6 minutes before lack of oxygen can result in brain damage or death. CPR can buy extra time for your loved one, until professional help can arrive, by artificially circulating oxygen to the brain.

    2.Over 70% of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.

    3.Accidental injuries, including choking and drowning, are the leading cause of death in children -- and send over 16 million kids a year to the emergency room.

    4.Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year, and approximately 350,000 of these people die before ever reaching a hospital.

    5.CPR saves lives. Statistics show that the earlier CPR is initiated, the greater the chances of survival. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of adults and children could be saved each year if CPR were performed early enough.

    6.Retention of CPR learning is a major issue, according to the American Heart Association. In fact, studies have shown that memory of CPR skills and knowledge tends to deteriorate as early as three months after training, even among highly trained professionals -- including doctors, nurses, and more.

    7.CPR is not just for heart attacks! Approximately 7 million adults and children suffer disabling injuries in their own homes and backyards each year, resulting from accidents which may require CPR.

    Some of the common causes of "sudden death" that may require CPR include:

    • Electric Shock
    • Heart Attacks
    • Drowning
    • Severe Allergic Reactions
    • Choking
    • Drug Overdose
    • Suffocation

    8.The country's #1 killers -- a combination of heart attacks and accidents -- claim a life every 34 seconds in the U.S.

    9.One in six men and one in eight women age 45 and over have had a heart attack or stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

    10.Approximately 45% of all heart attacks occur in people under age 65.

    What if the AED came to you?

    A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, would be stationed at various points in the city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds later. The built-in defibrillator unit can be used by anyone and it allows doctors to monitor the situation after the shocks are administered.

    The drone includes a webcam and loudspeaker and allows remote doctors to walk people on the scene through the process of attaching the electrodes and preparing the defibrillator. The creator, Alec Momont of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, said that 20% of people can operate a defibrillator without instruction and the number rises when they have prompts from trained personnel.

    Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.


  • Thanksgiving Hangover

    OK... you're all set to go Black Friday Shopping... but wait! What's that pounding behind your eyes? What's that loose and queasy feeling in your belly and bowels? To much Turkey? Too much celebration of all you have to be thankful for?

    The only "cure" for a hangover is avoidance... drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. OK, many will say "No Fun" to that... so for those of you that embibe to be festive... here are some ideas for "the morning after":

    humorous photo of a wild turkey carrying an "eat ham" signGood old fashion Aspirin. Many of our customers (and surprisingly, largely male customers) swear by Feminine Relief meds instead for hangovers.

    What about some medicinal free cures?

    Drink water - lots and lots of water! You are dehydrated... hydrate. Electrolyte tabs are a nice helper here, too (Also not a bad idea to take electrolyte supplements and vitamin B before you start drinking!)

    Cold packs on the temples, neck and wrists can cool you down and soothe the ache.

    Mild exercise is good to get your system back in action, but don't over do it (if you can do it at all!) And don't think you should "Sweat if out"... Stay out of that sauna! If you're already somewhat dehydrated, excessive sweating can be harmful, and even fatal.

    Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz... Alka-Seltzer turned 80 in 2011, and the famous fizzy medicine has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long. In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.

    All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients, notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after a night of heavy drinking.

    How about Coffee? Caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. These reactions may make the hangover worse. So (sorry coffee enthusiasts) even regular coffee drinkers may want o avoid coffee when in this damaged state - or at least cut the normal amount consumed in half if you "must" have your Java.

    Big Greasy Breakfast to "Absorb" the hangover? Nope. We've all heard this, and it sounds good, but (aside from causing heartburn) this is likely to just put you into a food-coma. Unless you want to sleep off the hangover (which actually IS a good remedy!) try an easy-to-digest breakfast of foods such as toast or cereal. "Get calories right back into your system to help your body heal.

    What about "Hair of the dog"? The thought of a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Screwdriver may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary or OJ would be much better choices the morning after. The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel horrible because alcohol is toxic,Try to give your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could lead to an even worse hangover the following day.

  • We are Thankful

    We are Thankful.

    We are lucky to be in a business where everything we do contributes to improved health and safety of others.

    We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and share our knowledge and findings with others through our website, blog, articles in other publications, and daily interaction with customers.

    We are grateful to have had the successes over the decades that allow us to give back to the community through our support of humanitarian and ecological efforts.

    We hope what we have made some small impact for the better on each of your lives - you have in ours. We are thankful for each of you.


  • Fry the Turkey, not the Chef!

    Thanksgiving Meals are a tradition that has grown into an elaborate and involved process.

    Remember that a kitchen is full of dangers from cuts to burns and more. The phrase "Too many Cooks in the Kitchen" has a real basis, too... bear in mind that too many people in the kitchen can lead to bumps, bruises, collisions and can amplify the risks involves in cooking.

    Plan ahead so your meal preparation is not too frantic.. anything you can make the day or night before - do. Enjoy your holiday, and be safe.

    Here's one of our favorite Thanksgiving Safety videos... William Shatner shares some Turkey Frying Safety Tips in "Eat, Fry, Love," a turkey fryer fire cautionary tale:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says half of you are clueless.

    This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "how the other half lives"! We might be harsh and say "how the other have doesn't survive" after reviewing these statistics.

    The prepared will survive better than the unprepared... that's just simple logic. Of course, in our line of work, we would like to see everyone prepared with all the supplies they might need, plus extras for the unexpected guests and visitors - Plus proper safety training like CPR and First Aid... but there's more, too. What is your preparedness plan? Do you know your evacuation routes? Are you ready to Shelter in Place if the authorities can't get to you in an emergency?

    Half of you are not. Don't be part of that party... it's not a cool place to hang out.


    The Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation national poll reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults do not have the resources and plans in place in the event of disaster.

    Below is a summary of some of the striking findings from the Adelphi 2012 poll of U.S. adults:

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  • Sleepless in America

    sleeplessWe're huge supporters of National Geographic... and of Sleep! Yesterday we discussed the Common Myth of Turkey causing Sleepiness (we thought this was good timing with Thanksgiving coming up) we also donate to National Geographic efforts, and we've featured National Geographic in these articles:

    Now we get to invite you to a new feature by National Geographic! The documentary, Sleepless in America, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 30th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

    The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the National Geographic Channel and The Public Good Projects, will draw the nation’s attention to the health consequences of sleep deprivation and what keeps Americans up at night.

    In an unprecedented partnership, NGC along with The Public Good Projects and NIH, America’s foremost scientific authority, will draw the nation’s attention to the science of sleep — a topic fundamental to our collective well-being.

    Sleepless in America exposes the crucial need for sleep and the shocking life-threatening consequences of its absence.

    Common belief may hold that it gets harder to sleep the older you get, but sleep problems take a great toll on all ages, including young Americans: 70 percent of high school adolescents are sleep deprived, increasing their risk of suicide, mood problems and delinquency. Millions of U.S. adults have sleep apnea, and up to 80 percent don’t even know it. Recent research has also shown that poor sleep may cause cancer to grow twice as fast in lab mice, and that sleeping too little might lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Turkey and Tryptophan: Is that what makes you sleepy on Thanksgiving?

    We've all heard it - "Drink a warm glass of milk" or "I'm Sleepy from the Turkey" - Is it the Turkey that makes you drowsy, or is it eating too much. drinking too much, or boring Holiday Guests?

    Poor L-Tryptophan takes the blame when often it is not the culprit causing the sleepiness.

    Turkey does contain Tryptophan, but less than other poultry - such as chicken... You don't blame your Hot Wings for putting you to bed do you? Maybe for heartburn!

    Tryptophan is an amino acid we need to make Niacin and Serotonin. Our bodies do not produce Tryptophan, so we must obtain it by ingesting foods containing Tryptophan (cheese, eggs, poultry, etc.) So while Tryptophan from Turkey may contribute to sleepiness (Niacin can regulate your moods and Serotonin regulates your sleep cycles) Turkey is not putting you to sleep. You probably just had one-too-many helpings of stuffing, chased by that extra glass of egg nog, and your body is warm, cozy, full, and ready for some Z's.

  • Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever? No. Meds for Sick Child? Often No.

    Kids & MedicationsGot a sick Child? Ready to dose him or her up? Hold on!
    Sometimes a cold is just a cold. What can worried parents do when their babies and young children have a cold?

    Often a happy toy or child's bandage will help make them feel better (psychosomatic) - and that's all you should do while you keep the child warm and comfortable and allow the cold to run its course.

    The FDA has some advice and tips.

    Read More:

    Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don't Need Medicines

    What can parents do when their babies and young children have a cold? It depends on the child’s age

    Relieving Cold Symptoms

    There’s no cure for the common cold, a viral infection that cannot be treated with antibiotics, says FDA’s pediatrician Amy M. Taylor, M.D., M.H.S.

    “A cold is self-limited, and patients will get better on their own in a week or two without any need for medications. For older children, some OTC medicines can help relieve the symptoms—but won’t change the natural course of the cold or make it go away faster,” says Taylor, a medical officer in FDA’s Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health.

    Coughs are a normal symptom of a cold and aren’t all bad. “Coughs help the body clear the mucus out of the airway and protect the lungs; so you don’t want to suppress all coughs,” Taylor says.

    Non-drug treatments for coughs include drinking plenty of fluids, especially warm drinks to soothe the throat.

    What About Fevers?

    Fever helps the body fight off an infection and does not always need to be treated. But if your child is uncomfortable because of fever or other symptoms of a cold, there are alternatives to cough and cold medicine to help them feel more comfortable. Taylor says they include the following actions:

    • Using a clean cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in a small area near the child’s bed may help moisten the air and decrease the drying of the nasal passages and throat.
    • For infants with a stuffy nose, use saline or salt water drops/spray to moisten the nasal passages and loosen the mucus. Then clean the nose with a bulb syringe.
    • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used to reduce fever, aches and pains. Take care to use the correct dose. FDA recently published new manufacturing and labeling recommendations for acetaminophen-containing medications used to treat colds, fevers and headaches in children. The draft guidance encourages safer use of these products by minimizing the potential for acetaminophen overdosing caused by medication errors or accidental ingestion.

    When to Call a Doctor

    Not every sniffle or cough merits a trip to the doctor’s office. When in doubt, parents should call their health care provider. “Call your pediatrician at the first sign of illness whenever a baby 3 months or younger is sick,” Taylor advises.

    For all children, call a doctor if you see any of these symptoms:

    • A fever in an infant 2 months or younger.
    • A fever of 102 or higher at any age.
    • Signs of labored breathing, including nostrils widening with each breath, wheezing, fast breathing, the ribs showing with each breath.
    • Blue lips.
    • Not eating or drinking, with signs of dehydration.
    • Ear pain.
    • Excessive crankiness or sleepiness.
    • If the cough lasts for more than three weeks.
    • If the child is getting worse.

    Those symptoms can signal that your child has something more serious than a cold.

    “You have to know your child,” Taylor says. “With small infants, fever is a major concern, and you need medical advice. If you are worried about your child’s symptoms, at any age, call your pediatrician for advice.”

    Although most colds in children don’t have serious complications, they can cause great worry to caregivers, and are among the top reasons for visiting a doctor. FDA doesn’t recommend over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicines for children younger than 2. For infants and children younger than 2, those medicines may have serious and potentially life-threatening side effects.

    So what’s a worried parent to do? Here are some tips from FDA on how to safely treat your child’s cold.

    Giving the Right Dose

    “We found that parents often can make errors with liquid medications. It’s often difficult for them to correctly measure liquid medications because they don’t understand what a milliliter is or may be confused about the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon,” Taylor says.

    Do NOT give your child Adult Cold Medications, unless directed to do so by your physician.

    How can parents be sure to give the correct dose to their children? Follow the directions on the “Drug Facts” label. FDA encourages drug manufacturers to provide a dosing instrument, such as a syringe or a cup, marked with the correct measurements. Use them—and not household spoons—to measure medication.

    ”If you have questions or need advice, do ask the pharmacist,” Taylor adds. “She or he can tell you which dosing instrument to use, how much medication to give and how often.”

    In the United States, adults have on average about three colds per year, and children have them even more often. Caregivers might be tempted to give children pain relievers, decongestants and other medications for a cold. But often it’s best to fight this common childhood illness with rest and care.

    This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

  • Free App - Power Outages and Gas Station access during emergencies

    lanternDownload the new Department of Energy app to access and share data about nearby gas stations and power outages during energy emergencies.

    Lantern Live allows users to report the operational status of local gas stations, find fuel, and look up power outage maps from local utilities, while also accessing useful tips and guidelines. With the launch of this app, the Energy Department is testing the power of crowdsourcing and open data in disaster and recovery.

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    This compact survival kit is designed to keep up to 4 individuals safe during a Blackout. It is packed neatly into our Children's Hiking Backpack.
    This kit contains the following:
    Light and Communications, Emergency Lighting, Shelter and Warmth,
    First Aid, Other items for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
    This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. It follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.

    Future releases of Lantern Live will likely include the ability to crowdsource information on the status of gas stations via standardized hashtags for social media. Lantern Live’s code will be open source, allowing technology innovators and entrepreneurs to reuse the code in their own apps, explore new opportunities for other sectors and applications, and further leverage the power of open data.

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