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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • The Gift of Life

    After all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hype and hustle, did you really get anything meaningful for those on your Holiday Gift Giving list?

    Why not give something they'll keep forever and share? Schedule a CPR & First Aid Class at your location and give the knowledge to save the life of a friend, family member, co-worker or stranger. There's nothing more rewarding in life than saving another.gift-of-life

  • What is CPR & Why Should You Be Certified?

    CPR stands for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. It is a lifesaving skill that increases the survival rate of victims that experience cardiac arrest. CPR saves lives!

    cprman-animatedDuring an emergency situation where a victim has stopped breathing, CPR skills would come in handy. Each year, nearly 400,000 people in the United States suffer out-of hospital cardiac arrest. Less than 8% of those who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive. Less than 1/3 of the casualties who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive bystander CPR. Immediate care that includes effective CPR can double or triple a casualty’s chance of survival. CPR attempts to restore circulation of the blood and prevent death or brain damage due to lack of oxygen going to the brain and other vital organs. CPR is an emergency practice which consists of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration. Within minutes, no oxygen will cause severe damage to the organs such as brain damage and will ultimately result in death. An emergency can happen anywhere and everywhere- in your home, church, school, place of employment, at the grocery store, at the park… You never know- but you can always be prepared.

    American CPR Training™ is America's Favorite CPR, AED & First Aid Training™ ... ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™ which provides CPR certification training that is affordable and convenient. Taking one of our courses would help you prepare to become a lifesaver anywhere you may be.

    What topics do you teach?

    CPR, FA, AED, BBP and Forklift Safety are among the most popular courses American CPR Training™ offers; and in addition also offers safety training in all aspects of Environmental Health & Safety along with consulting, products, management, and other services.

    How long is your CPR course?

    2 ½ hours - Includes Adult, Child, and Infant C.A.R.E. CPR™; including AED principles, and Compression Only CPR, too! A 2 year certification card is included as well as Student Handbook, CPR Reminder Pen, & Student Practice Materials!

    How soon does a person start to die?

    An individual’s brain can stay alive for about 4-6 minutes after breathing and heartbeat have stopped.

    Is AED included?

    AED principles are included in the training per guideline requirements. AED training falls hand-in-hand with CPR training and is highly recommended and scheduled as a combined course with CPR. Combining them saves you time and money!

  • Death by Shopping

    Is Black Friday Dangerous?

    To your wallet, certainly. To your health and wellness? Apparently so.

    There have been 7 deaths and 98 injuries on Black Friday since 2006 (plus a few honorable mentions - similar to Darwin awards) according to the Black Friday Death Count site.

    Beyond the fabled Wal-Mart Stampedes, there are other safety concerns... identity theft and pickpockets, and OSHA warns of worker safety and the importance of retailers having emergency plans.

    Best bet? Stay home and enjoy friends, family, maybe a ball game, and go shop another day - or shop online instead!Black Friday

  • How Can We Possibly Express Our Thanks?

    Today, Thanksgiving, is a day to reflect on what one is thankful for.

    Where could we possibly begin?

    We are thankful for nearly a quarter century of building our organization and contributing to the lifesaving field.

    We are thankful  for our thousands of Instructors and Clients.

    We are thankful do have surpassed a landmark of having trained 1 out of every 2,000 Americans in critical lifesaving skills.

    We are thankful for yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    We are thankful for our amazing Team, our Friends, and our Families.

    We are thankful for you.image of a cornucopia with food

  • Elimination of Violence against Women

    Today is the World International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, sponsored by WHO, the World Health Organization.

    Why This International Day?

    • Violence against women is a human rights violation
    • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
    • Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
    • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
    • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.

    Often, the immediate interpretation of Violence Against Women is Sexual Violence - but this is only one form. We all know of battered women, and there are many other forms, including psychological and even imposed starvation and malnutrition.

    From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

    This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighborhood.” Take the UNiTE campaign to local streets, shops and businesses, and organize “Orange Events” in your own neighborhoods between 25 November and 10 December 2014.Orange-Stop

  • Sexual Violence

    Workplace Violence & Harassment are issues we train on and offer materials about for safety professionals to share. It is important, though to understand that these behaviors can escalate and can occur outside of the actual employment location.

    Sexual-ViolenceSexual Violence

    Sexual violence (SV) refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or not given freely. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.

    Sexual violence is any sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence or coercion, unwanted sexual comments or advances, acts to traffic a person or acts directed against a person's sexuality, regardless of the relationship to the victim.

    What Can Be Done:

    • The goal of sexual violence prevention is to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place. Prevention efforts should ultimately decrease the number of individuals who perpetrate sexual violence and the number of individuals who are sexual violence victims.
    • Many prevention approaches aim to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for sexual violence.
    • In addition, comprehensive prevention strategies should address factors at each of the levels that influence sexual violence— individual, relationship, community, and society.

    If you are in danger or need help, you can call:

    • 911
    • Your local hotline,
    • The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 1-800-656-HOPE, to be routed to a rape crisis center near you,

    The National Center for Victims of Crime Victim Service Helpline, 1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996 (TTY/TDD),

    Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. Sexual violence is divided into the following types:

    • Completed or attempted forced penetration of a victim
    • Completed or attempted alcohol/drug-facilitated penetration of a victim
    • Completed or attempted forced acts in which a victim is made to penetrate a perpetrator or someone else
    • Completed or attempted alcohol/drug-facilitated acts in which a victim is made to penetrate a perpetrator or someone else
    • Non-physically forced penetration which occurs after a person is pressured verbally or through intimidation or misuse of authority to consent or acquiesce
    • Unwanted sexual contact
    • Non-contact unwanted sexual experiences

    Completed or attempted forced penetration of a victim ? includes completed or attempted unwanted vaginal (for women), oral, or anal insertion through use of physical force or threats to bring physical harm toward or against the victim. Examples include

    • Pinning the victim's arms
    • Using one's body weight to prevent movement or escape
    • Use of a weapon or threats of weapon use
    • Assaulting the victim

     

    Nonphysically forced penetration which occurs after a person is pressured verbally, or through intimidation or misuse of authority, to consent or submit to being penetrated - examples include being worn down by someone who repeatedly asked for sex or showed they were unhappy; feeling pressured by being lied to, or being told promises that were untrue; having someone threaten to end a relationship or spread rumors; and sexual pressure by use of influence or authority.

    Unwanted sexual contact – intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person without his or her consent, or of a person who is unable to consent or refuse. Unwanted sexual contact can be perpetrated against a person or by making a person touch the perpetrator. Unwanted sexual contact could be referred to as “sexual harassment” in some contexts, such as a school or workplace.

    Noncontact unwanted sexual experiences - does not include physical contact of a sexual nature between the perpetrator and the victim. This occurs against a person without his or her consent, or against a person who is unable to consent or refuse. Some acts of non-contact unwanted sexual experiences occur without the victim’s knowledge. This type of sexual violence can occur in many different settings, such as school, the workplace, in public, or through technology. Examples include unwanted exposure to pornography or verbal sexual harassment (e.g., making sexual comments).
    Why Is a Consistent Definition Important?

    A consistent definition is needed to monitor the prevalence of sexual violence and examine trends over time. In addition, a consistent definition helps in determining the magnitude of sexual violence and aids in comparing the problem across jurisdictions. Consistency allows researchers to measure risk and protective factors for victimization in a uniform manner. This ultimately informs prevention and intervention efforts.

  • What are YOU Thankful for?

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, and you gather with family and loved ones, please remember to keep U.S. service members who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms at the top of your list of thanks. Many of them will be spending the holiday in a cold, sterile hospital room, coping with the realities of their life-changing injuries.

    There is no better time than now to show your appreciation to our injured heroes by making a special donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) today.

    Without your support, the WWP rehabilitative programs and initiatives would cease to exist, and our wounded heroes will be left feeling forgotten and alone.

    Each and every WWP program is made available to our wounded heroes and their caregivers completely free of charge—and that’s all thanks to donations from caring, compassionate people like you.

    Consider giving support to the mission and keep it moving forward.

    Give thanks today with a meaningful donation to show gratitude for your freedom.

    Wounded-WArrior

     

  • Safety Tips for Driving on Winter Roads

    It’s that time of year that many of us will be traveling to see family and friends for the holidays. Having lots of experience driving in terrible weather, I’ve had to learn how to be safe and in control while driving on roads covered in ice, snow and rain - sometimes all three at a time.

    When you live in areas that have bad winters, you quickly learn how to drive safely. It’s better to stay informed of how to drive safely in bad weather then learn the hard way and get into an accident, or even worse, pay the ultimate price.

    Here are the best tips for driving safely on winter roads that I have learned throughout my experiences and what I was taught growing up.

    Type of Tire

    There are three different types of tires:

    - Summer tires
    - All-season tires
    - Winter tires

    Depending on the winter weather in your geographic location, recommendations will be different. When living somewhere that the temperature consistently drops below 45 degrees, it’s recommended to have winter tires on your car. Winter tires will help you to keep control on icy and snowy roads. Without winter tires, you risk losing grip on the road and control of your vehicle.

    Driving on Ice

    The most important concept when driving on ice is to stay alert and slow down. Pay attention to shaded areas, as these areas do not receive sunlight, creating an extremely slippery surface.

    The most common question, “should I pump my breaks while trying to stop on ice?” The answer is yes and no. Only pump the brakes if your vehicle does NOT have an antilock braking system (ABS). An ABS is equal to pumping your brakes. If your vehicle has an ABS, gently push the brake down and let the system do its job.

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    Driving in Snow

    Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads, so be prepared to drive slowly. Accelerating, stopping, turning - nothing happens as quickly as on dry roads. Driving slowly gives you time to maneuver.

    Driving over mountain ranges can get a little tricky. Try not to stop while going up the mountain, as this will create problems when trying to move forward again, possibly sliding backwards down the mountain and out of control. Keep momentum on your side and give yourself time to slow down before reaching the downward section of the mountain.

    Understand your braking system as we discussed in the section above.

    Driving in Rain

    The point of having tires with good tread is to grab the pavement and keep you moving forward. Rain makes it difficult for tread to make contact with the pavement and...you start to hydroplane.

    To drive safely in the rain it’s important to keep both hands on the wheel at all times, reduce your speed and look to follow the tracks that are created from the cars in front of you. Keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you. A good rule of thumb is 1 second of following distance per 10 mph (16 km/h). That holds true especially in bad weather.

    Stay Focused - No Day Dreaming

    The main theme laid out in the tips above is to stay focused. I’m definitely guilty of losing my focus at times while driving a treacherous 8 ½ hour drive to my parents house, through the ice, rain and snow for the holidays. I’ve learned to pull over, take a break and let my wife drive for awhile.

    Stay focused and be smart. Remember, you are in control of your actions. Be prepared for anything while driving in bad weather.

    Auto-Guardian-AAABe prepared wherever you travel to, in whatever automobile with our line of Vehicle First Aid and Emergency kits. Each of these kits are stocked with first aid supplies and products to help deal with any other issues such as fixing flat tires or survival materials to endure being stuck in a snowstorm. We have soft sided, and hard case automobile/vehicle first aid kits designed to fit in spaces in any vehicle. With brands such as AAA, First Aid Only, and Mayday, you know the first aid kits and road emergency paks are top of their class and comprehensive in their supply choices.

    Automotive

    Our top -of-the-line Automotive Survival Kits, Roadside Emergency Kits, and Auto Emergency Supplies for Auto are designed to help when stranded on the road, help signal on coming drivers, signal oncoming drivers, pump up tires, check tire pressure, charge batteries, and in general be prepared for auto emergencies. Coming with all the types of auto emergency supplies you can think of including first aid kits, we make sure you are prepared for anything the long open road can throw at you.

  • Heart Health

    HeartHeart disease and stroke cost America nearly $1 billion a day in medical costs and lost productivity. Explore CDC’s work to protect Americans' heart health, a strategy that can boost employers’ profitability and workers' well-being.

    CDC PROTECTS AMERICA’S HEART HEALTH—FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES

    Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing America’s employers today, yet they are also the most preventable. In 2011, cardiovascular disease cost the United States more than $300 billion—nearly $1 billion each day—in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

    heart-health-mainAs the U.S. workforce ages, the economic impact of cardiovascular disease on America’s healthcare system will become even greater. By 2030, annual direct medical costs associated with cardiovascular disease are projected to rise to more than $818 billion, while lost productivity costs are projected to rise to more than $275 billion.

    By focusing on science that protects America’s heart health, CDC helps improve worker health and lowers employers’ healthcare costs. CDC co-leads Million Hearts®, a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by aligning public and private initiatives—including employers—across the United States.

    In this issue of Business Pulse, explore how CDC’s heart-health research and tools can help keep your business healthy, productive and profitable.

  • Universal Children's Day

    UCDToday is Universal Children's Day. Since 1954, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

    Children's Day can be a day of focus on children's health and safety, or on raising our children without prejudice and hatred, so tomorrow can bring a safer World than the one we live in Today.

    It recommended that the Day be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The date 20 November, marks the adoption date of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

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