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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Smoke Alarms

    Smoke_AlarmWorking smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. The most dangerous fires are in homes without working smoke alarms. Most people who are killed in house fires die from carbon monoxide and smoke inhalation, not burns. Have an escape plan if fire breaks out in the home - “two ways out” should always be available.

    Smoke alarms should be in place in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement.

    For smoke alarms with replaceable batteries, replace the batteries once a year or sooner if chirping. Completely replace smoke alarms that have life-long batteries every 10 years old or if chirping.

    Also read about Evacuation

  • Home Electrical Safety

    We have talked about High Voltage and the Effects of electric current in the human body  - we also offer Electrical Safety Training for the workplace (as well as electrical safety training materials) - but what about at home?

    electrical-safetySome home electrical safety tips:

    Never overload outlets, power strips, multi-plug adapters or extension cords.

    Use light bulbs with the correct wattage for lighting fixtures. If you use a larger watt bulb in a fixture you increase the potential for a fire.

    Do not use electrical appliances in or near showers or bathtubs. If they fall into the water, it will create a severe electric shock .

    Turn off all electrical appliances that produce heat, such as curling irons, clothes irons, hot plates and stoves, every time you leave the room .

  • Treating a Bruise (contusion)

    Do Bruises require First Aid Treatment? Yes.

    A Bruise or Contusion ~ A contusion is another name for a bruise. It is usually caused by blunt trauma; as in the case of a baseball bat striking an arm or a car accident. The purple discoloration is caused by crushed blood vessels leaking blood into the surrounding tissues. Often these areas will swell with other body fluids and cause lingering pain or discomfort.

    The proper treatment of a bruise or contusion is the careful application of ice. An ice pack will constrict the injured blood vessels to help control bleeding, reduce swelling in the area, and eliminate some of the pain. Elevation may also help to minimize swelling and bleeding.


    What to do:

    • Get permission to give care.
    • Apply ice or a cold pack to help control pain and swelling.
    • Fill a plastic bag with ice or wrap ice with a damp cloth and apply it to the injured area for periods of about 20 minutes.
    • Place a cloth, or a thin barrier such as a gauze pad, between the source of cold and skin to prevent injury.
    • Elevate the injured part to reduce swelling. DO NOT elevate if it causes more pain.

    *A special warning about ice:

    Never apply ice directly to the skin as prolonged contact may result in frostbite. Make sure there is a sterile barrier between the ice and skin surface.

    Apply cold to stop the swelling and damage Apply cold to stop the swelling and damage
  • What is "head-tilt, chin-lift"?

    In CPR, we use the head-tilt, chin-lift method to open the airway.

    Place one hand on the victim’s forehead, and two fingers on the bony part of the jaw.  Gently tilt the head backward.  This will open the airway and lift the tongue off the back of the throat.  Carefully lean over the victim and look, listen, and feel for breathing. If victim is breathing, continue monitoring until help arrives. If not, begin CPR.


    If a cervical spine injury is suspected, then the modified jaw thrust would be used in place of "head-tilt, chin-lift" - the jaw thrust is a technique used on patients with a suspected spinal injury and is used on a supine patient.

  • When should you call 911?

    It can be difficult to know when to call 911. Here are some examples of when to call. When in doubt, make the call anyway.

    1. If the victim has difficultly breathing.
    2. If the victim has chest pain or pressure.
    3. If the victim is bleeding severely.
    4. If the victim becomes unconscious.
    5. If the victim is vomiting or passing blood.
    6. If the victim has a head, back or neck injury or spinal trauma.
    7. If the victim has a severe headache, slurred speech or a seizure.
    8. If the victim has ingested, inhaled or been exposed to poison.


  • What will you do with your Extra Day?

    Monday is Leap Day - an extra day on your calendar... what will you do?

    Why not schedule a CPR class and learn to save a life? Or Read about important lifesaving skills?

    CPR Training, AED Courses, First Aid Classes and 100’s of other OSHA Safety Training Topics

  • Emergency Planning and Evacuation Procedures

    Whether they're man-made or natural, emergencies are always unpredictable. That's why when the alarm goes off in your facilities, employees must be prepared. To prevent a crisis from becoming a disaster they have to know what to do and how to do it... quickly!

    Some types of emergencies that require an action plan include:

    Emergency-lightWe recently wrote about having an Emergency Action Plan - Now you can also train your staff... with emergency preparation training products:

    • Using enhanced content and visuals, we have updated our existing Emergency Planning course to focus even more effectively on the critical role employees play in emergency preparedness.

    When the alarm goes off, it's already too late for those who are unprepared. Minimize damage and save lives... with timely training.

    Emergency Planning explains how employees can help their organization develop, practice and execute an Emergency Action Plan to deal with all types of emergencies, including natural disasters, fires, terrorist attacks and more. The program can also help companies comply with OSHA Emergency Preparedness regulations.

  • Fitness and Wellness Training Helps Employees Build Healthier Lifestyles

    Healthier employees are more effective employees.  Better wellness can give them more energy, increase their immunity to disease, reduce stress levels and help them lose weight.

    figure_man_145pxHealthier employees just plain feel better about themselves, so they work better, they're more productive and they're less prone to illness and accidents which is good for them and their employers!

    Fitness and Wellness training provides the information and inspiration employees need to achieve these benefits by eating right, exercising and reducing stress.  It shows them how to set and reach reasonable goals while eliminating bad habits like smoking, alcohol and drug use that can hold them back.

    Our updated Fitness and Wellness program does this with all-new visuals and a fresh look and feel that grabs employees' attention and keeps them interested for more effective learning.

    Fitness and Wellness is available in DVD or interactive CD-ROM formats, as well as for online/SCORM and VOD/video streaming delivery in both English and Spanish.

  • High Voltage

    We talked about the effects of electrical current on the human body as it relates to burns and cardiac arrest. But what about Electrical Safety in general?

    electrical-safety-tileBecause electricity is all around us, having some type of working knowledge of hazards, and emergencies attributed to electricity is important. Since electricity lights up our homes, powers much of the machinery and equipment that we use, and runs many of our tools, most employees take it for granted. Yet electricity can also be dangerous. Employees need to know how electricity works, and what they should do to protect themselves from its hazards. Our training products on Electrical Safety remind employees about electrical hazards they may face in their jobs, and provides the information they need to work safely around electricity. This program will also assist in satisfying the OSHA training requirements under 29 CFR Part 1910.331 (Electrical Safety Standard) for non-qualified employees.

    Occupations that face a higher than normal risk for an electrical accident - blue collar supervisor, electrical and electronic engineers, electricians, industrial machine operators, material handling equipment operators mechanics and repairers. NOTE: The workers in these groups do not need to be trained if their work or the work of those under their supervision are not close enough to exposed electrical parts that operate at 50 Volts or more.

    Another fun tidbit we pulled up from our OSHA 10 Hour training Materials developed last century was this chart of minimum required safe distance from power lines:


  • Effects of electric current in the human body

    WarningHere's an interesting one.

    One of our Instructors was teaching a class recently, and during the burn first aid portion of the class and a student asked what the effects of different types of electrical shock were.

    This is a good question - electrical shock will indeed create burn injuries (often at both entry and exit points and even internal burns and injuries as the current runs through the body and then "grounds out" leaving the body to travel on again), but it electricity can cause other types of damage, as well, including cardiac arrest.

    We had to dig deep, but found this in our 2001 version of our OSHA 10 Hour Safety training materials, so we thought we would share!





    1 milliampere Perception level. Just a faint tingle.


    5 milliamperes Slight shock felt; not painful but disturbing. Average person can let go. However, involuntary reaction to shocks in this range can lead to injuries


    6 - 25 milliamps (women) &

    3 - 30 milliamps (men)

    Painful shock, muscular control is lost. This is called the freeze current or "let go" range.


    50 - 150 milliamps Extreme pain, respiratory arrest, severe muscular contractions. Individuals can not let go. Death is possible.


    1,000 - 4,3000 milliamps Ventricular fibrillation - the rhythmic pumping action of the heart ceases.  Muscular contraction and nerve damage occur. Death is most likely.


    10,000 milliamps Cardiac arrest, severe burns and probable death.


    If the extensor muscles are excited by the electrical shock, the person may be thrown away from the circuit.

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