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  • 3 Ways You Can Use Smartwatches to Keep You Safe

    Smartwatches are becoming the next must-have gadget. You can receive notifications, answer calls, connect to your smart devices, track your fitness, listen to music and navigate your area. Smartwatches are reliable and easily accessible, which also makes them more useful than smartphones in dangerous situations. Let's take a closer look at the features that help keep you safe.

    Panic Button

    "Emergency Panic Button" is an app that you can install on your smartwatch that allows you to contact family, friends and emergency numbers in the case of an emergency situation. After a quick update to your contacts list, a simple press of a button uses your GPS to send your location to those listed. It automatically calls the person at the top of your list and provides a home screen or lock screen widget. Don't worry if your GPS isn't turned on, either — the app does so automatically once you press the panic button. This app also gives you the option of linking to social media platforms.

    If you're feeling nervous because your kids are late or a friend isn't answering her calls, you can send a location request with the app to set your mind at ease.


    The great thing about a smartwatch is that it's hard to lose since it's attached to your body. This means you're less likely to miss alerts and notifications. Be proactive about your safety by signing up to receive alerts on your smartwatch. You can sign up for a wide variety of alerts on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, download the FREE FEMA app, or you can download apps like the "Amber Alert" app or those related to places you visit frequently, such as a school campus or your neighborhood. With these alerts, you know that you'll be aware of your surroundings and any potential danger there.

    Voice-Activated Calls and Messages

    Texting or typing out a full telephone number and message takes time. You also might make errors or click on the wrong contact, causing even further delay. Smartwatches enable you to vocalize a message or use voice commands to make a call. This may increase your safety in certain situations, such as when you're driving or trying to quickly call for help.

    The speed and accuracy of voice commands make it a reliable method of communication when time is of the essence. In addition to having voice commands, many new devices have preset texts you can send instantly, clear audio to avoid confusion and a battery that lasts two to three days. The Apple Watch also lets you use Siri to complete tasks and use the voice command features.

    Due to their wearability, small size and various features, smartwatches are well suited for keeping you safe. Make use of these features in your day-to-day life so you know how to use them if you ever need to. Stay alert of your surroundings and stay up to date with the latest safety apps and features to ensure your security at any time, any place.


  • Escape?

    A Plan of Escape if there is a Fire in Your Home...

    We've talked about evacuation before, as well as Emergency Planning and Evacuation Procedures for businesses, but what is the plan at home?

    evacuation - 2-ways-outIf a fire starts in your home, you may have only one to two minutes to escape. Your ability to get out safely depends on having working smoke alarms and planning ahead.

    The U.S. Fire Administration has tips for creating a fire escape plan:

    • Walk through your home, and identify two ways out of each room. Make sure everyone in your home can escape from both ways. This will help them prepare in case one way is blocked by fire.
    • Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped and where firefighters can see you and know you are out.
    • Sound the smoke alarm, and practice your escape drill with everyone in your home.

    Get more information about fire escape planning on the U.S. Fire Administration website. You’ll find videos, flyers, and other resources to share with family and friends. Many of the resources are available in English and Spanish.

    When dealing with a fire, you want to deal with two parts. Try to extinguish it and/or evacuate and get the heck out of Dodge. We all have supplies you need to not only prepare for a fire, like extinguishers, fire ladders and even document bags but also evacuate from the danger, like using a fire axe, fire retardant blanket or our Xcaper fire masks for dealing with the smoke thick and toxic smoke. We are your one-stop shop for emergency fire and evacuation supplies!

    An emergency action plan is a written document required by particular OSHA standards (29 CFR 1910.38). The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies and evacuations A poorly prepared plan likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.

  • Take Action with America’s PrepareAthon!

    Prepareathon-2016.jpgAmericans have been moving from awareness into action to prepare for disasters and save lives with America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots, community-based campaign to create a more prepared nation. On April 30, National PrepareAthon! Day encourages all Americans to know what to do when a disaster occurs, to get involved and to get prepared now and throughout the year.

    In addition to earlier preparedness tips, here are more actions you can take to get yourself and your family prepared for emergencies and disasters:

    • Build an emergency supply kit for you and each member of your family that meets their specific needs. Include items like food that doesn’t require refrigeration or cooking, water, medications, flashlights, and batteries.

    • Download the FEMA app for disaster resources and safety tips

    Emergency Planning and Evacuation Procedures

    • Emergency Action Plan

    • Tornado Preparation and Emergency

    • Earthquake

    • What is the most common emergency?

    For ideas and information on other things you can do for America’s PrepareAthon!, visit the website at ready.gov/prepare.


  • Spring Forward

    Hey Folks... time to change your clocks (and more)…

    At 2:00 AM tomorrow, Sunday March 13th, you need to set you clock forward, gaining an hour of afternoon sunshine! Once you get up (assuming you stayed up until 2:00 to change your clocks, although we recommend doing i at your normal bedtime, since you are already losing an hour of sleep) there are some other things you need to do:

    Check the expiration dates on all your first aid kits and disaster supplies. Change all the batteries in your smoke alarms, flashlights, and radios. Whether they need new batteries or not, they need new batteries every time you change your clocks!)

    OK,,, Whew! Now you are done. Spring "officially" starts in a week, so go enjoy it.


  • Assess, Alert & Attend

    The first three steps in any rescue or first aid situation... Assess, Alert & Attend

    Assess / Survey the Scene

    As a rescuer, you are of zero help to a casualty if you get injured yourself. Before rushing in to assist another, take a moment to assure the environment is safe for you.

    Assessing a scene should only take about 5-15 seconds, although there are a number of important issues that need to be evaluated during this brief period.

    Check the area for Danger! Determine whether or not the environment poses a hazard to you as a rescuer. If a scene is unsafe, do not enter it. If the area is not safe to approach, stay back and call 911. This is especially important to remember when dealing with emergencies involving confined spaces, fire, electricity, chemical spills, and other situations where the rescuer may become another casualty. During this phase you should also attempt to determine the number of casualties, the nature of the injuries, and any clues to the cause of the injury.

    Alert EMS / Call 911

    Once it has been determined there is an emergency, it is time to activate and alert the Emergency Medical System. If possible, enlist others to help so you may begin care of the casualty. Ask a bystander to activate EMS by calling 911, or if no one else is available to assist, the rescuer should make the call themselves. Try to speak calmly and include important information such as the location, phone number, and the casualty’s condition. Stay on the line with the 911 dispatcher.

    If a rescuer suspects the casualty is experiencing a cardiac emergency, the rescuer should have an assisting bystander return with an AED if one is available as well as the nearest first aid kit or other rescue supplies.

    Attend / Primary Survey

    The first things to look for are conditions that may threaten a casualty’s life. The rescuer should begin treatment and primary assessment by talking to the casualty if conscious. Rescuers will then want to control severe bleeding and treat for shock or other serious injuries or illness.

    Check for Responsiveness

    (Tap and shout ~ “Are you okay?”)

    If there are no obvious signs of responsiveness such as movement, talking, coughing, or breath – or if there is only gasping or inadequate breathing, then immediate action is required!

    If the casualty is unresponsive, then either full C.A.R.E. CPR™ or Compression-Only CPR™ is required.adult-check-pulse

    Primary Survey

    If there are more than one casualty, a rescuer should refer to the triage section for assessment and assisting. Evaluate for confusion or unresponsiveness. If the casualty has been unconscious for any length of time, immobilize the head and neck, and activate EMS immediately. Perform a head-to-toe evaluation. Look for signs of trauma, bleeding, deformity, embedded or impaling objects, discoloration, or anything that might be of concern. Be sure to locate any concealed injuries that may be more life threatening than the obvious injuries that may be noticed first. To determine if an individual may have a potential fracture, a rescuer may simply ask the casualty if they can move the area without causing pain. If the casualty is unable to move the area, or if it causes significant pain, do not allow them to move it, and treat it as if known to be a fracture.

    In order to prioritize your treatment, a rescuer should be constantly aware of the most life threatening situations. This becomes even more important when dealing with an unconscious casualty who cannot relate information to the rescuer. It may be necessary for a rescuer to consider the following questions:

    Life Threatening Priorities

    1. Is the casualty responsive? If there are no obvious signs of responsiveness such as movement, talking, coughing, or breathing; or if there is only gasping or inadequate breathing, then immediate action is required! If the casualty is conscious and talking, then it is evident that the casualty is breathing and has a heartbeat.
    2. Is there severe bleeding? See Bandaging a Wound for minor bleeding and Stop the Bleed for serious bleeding guidance.
    3. Is there severe shock? See Shock section for specific treatment.

    These items must be dealt with in order of their severity. For example, although any of these situations could cause a fatality, severe bleeding should not be addressed until Step 1 (Unresponsiveness, which may include breathing and heartbeat), has been remedied, as these are a more immediate threat to life.

    Secondary Survey

    A rescuer should be prepared to perform a secondary survey once it has been determined that the casualty has no life-threatening injuries or conditions requiring ongoing care. The secondary survey is to check for less obvious problems that may require first aid. The secondary survey follows these steps:

    1. Interview the casualty and/or bystanders. Inquire about allergies, medical conditions and the use of any medication.
    2. Check for vital signs. Check for level of consciousness and alertness. Breathing and pulse should be regular.
    3. Perform a head to toe check. Avoid any movement if you suspect a muscle, bone, head or spinal injury.
    4. Check the casualty for normal body temperature with the back of the rescuer’s hand.
    5. If the casualty does not have any neck pain, have the casualty move their head back and forth and side to side to check for injury.
    6. Check the nose, ears and mouth for blood or fluids.
    7. Check the shoulders by asking the casualty to shrug their shoulders.
    8. Check the abdomen and chest for internal injuries by having the casualty breath deeply.
    9. Check the casualty’s arms and legs for additional injury by having them move their limbs slowly.

    Continue to monitor casualty for consciousness. The casualty’s condition can suddenly worsen, so it is important to continue to watch for any changes and be ready to perform CPR if necessary.

    Rest & Reassure

    As the rescuer waits for Emergency Medical Services to arrive, the rescuer should have the casualty rest comfortably and calmly reassure them that help is on the way. This can be one of the most important acts a rescuer can do to help the casualty. If a rescuer can help keep the casualty calm and comfortable, it is possible to prevent them from going into to shock or deeper, more severe shock, which is a life-threatening condition.

  • Research indicates that 90% of all injuries can be prevented.

    Being prepared for an emergency is one of the key elements in creating an effective First Aid Program. It is the hope that individuals will participate in workplace and community first aid and safety training will be better prepared for an emergency and assist with First Aid care until professional first responding rescuers arrive and take over. This preparation may help save a life.

    1. Create an Emergency Action Plan at home and at work.
    2. Have medical records and medication up to date.
    3. Have all emergency phone numbers and procedures posted in plain view and easily accessible. Place copies of these in each First Aid Kit.


  • 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.

  • Emergency Action Plan

    Emergency-EvacuationEvery Company and Organization should develop plans that address emergency situations that may arise and which could threaten human health and safety, and possibly damage Organization assets.  Management is responsible for implementing the Emergency Action Plans.  These Emergency Action Plans will meet the following objectives:

    1. Provide a means of notifying employees, customers and local authorities of an emergency situation.
    2. Provide for a safe and orderly method of evacuation of employees and customers from Company premises.
    3. Have a plan for "Sheltering in Place" when evacuation is NOT recommended.
    4. Account for all employees who occupied Company premises at the time of evacuation, should one occur.

    Emergency Action Plans will:

    1. Provide emergency first aid treatment or summon emergency medical assistance for injured individuals.
    1. Provide training and needed information to those employees responsible for taking action in the event of an emergency.

    Note that Smoking should never be allowed anywhere on premises during an emergency.

    Some types of emergencies that require an action plan include:

    These Emergency Action Plans from the links above outline recommended actions, but please remember, NO TWO SITUATIONS ARE EXACTLY ALIKE.  Each will require planning, good judgement and consultation, adapting actions to specific situations, and staying flexible to accommodate changing situations and events!

    A crisis is often unpredictable.  The only SAFE course is to be PREPARED!  People are the most important component in a successful crisis management plan.  Effective crisis planning and communications are essential and will determine success after the crisis ends.  You may not be responsible for the actual crisis.  However,  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING THE SITUATION AND COMMUNICATING with anyone who needs to know about the situation.

    Each year emergency situations cause an untold number of injuries and deaths. Damages to facilities and equipment run into the billions of dollars. While every emergency situation isn't preventable, by planning ahead, the effects of many of these situations can be minimized. Existing OSHA, SARA Title III, and numerous state regulations call for all facilities to meet a number of Emergency Preparedness/Crisis Management requirements. Our training products on "Emergency Planning" assist facilities in complying with these regulations and help them prepare for potential emergency situations. The topics for this training include preventing the “Domino Effect,” creating an Emergency Plan, the crisis management team, the role of outside agencies and much more!

    WHAT IS SARA TITLE III? The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 is a United States federal law passed by Congress concerned with emergency response preparedness. This law was commonly known as SARA Title III. Its purpose is to encourage and support emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.


  • Fire Reporting and Procedure

    Do you have a Fire Plan at work? Not only should ever workplace have an evacuation map and plan, conduct drills, and have fire and evacuation equipment on hand, but any organization should have a specific procedure for reporting a fire or fire threat.

    Fire-EvacIf a fire alarm or alert is sounded or a fire is reported by an employee, regardless of the reason for the alarm or the severity of the fire, the following action must be taken immediately:

    The employee shall, if trained in the use of fire extinguishers, may attempt to suppress a small fire, until relieved by the Fire Department or until it becomes apparent that the fire cannot be controlled by fire extinguishers.

    Note:  Employees should never attempt to control a fire, which endangers their health.  They must immediately evacuate the area when it becomes apparent that the fire cannot be controlled or when conditions become more hazardous.  The employee shall Pull the Fire Alarm Box and notify management of the fire.

    fire-extinguishers-tileAmong all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires in healthcare facilities and offices cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions, or inaction, can contribute to the risk of fire and offices. Our training products on "Fire Prevention in Healthcare and Office" look at how fires start, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency This includes the most common causes of fires, the concept of flashpoint, fire prevention and much more.

    DID YOU KNOW? A fire prevention plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace and be made available to all employees for review. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plan orally.FIre Blanket

  • Tornado Preparation and Emergency

    While each area of the Nation has specific types of emergencies that are more common to the region, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes happen in every part of our country.

    Prior to any tornado emergency, Management will designate safe shelter areas within the building for employees and individuals.  There are some general guidelines that may be used to aid in the selection of such spaces.  When selecting a safe shelter, consider:

    • The lowest floor, preferably a basement
    • Interior spaces- rooms with no walls on the exterior
    • Areas supported by secure, rigid structural frame members
    • Short roof spans

    These safe shelter areas will have a first aid kit or medical supplies and several flashlights.  Where is our safe shelter area? ___________________________________________ .

    evacuation-signTornado Watch Procedures- A Tornado Watch means that conditions are right for severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes to develop. When notified of a tornado watch in the area, Senior Management will tune the radio to the National Weather Service channel to stay current on the storm progress.  The employee shall assist management (help board up windows or tape windows with a large “X”, insure safe shelter area is unlocked and stocked with first aid supplies, and flashlights).

    Tornado Warning Procedures- A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been seen or detected by radar.  Senior Management will inform all employees and individuals to take cover in shelter areas immediately. The employee shall seek shelter immediately.

    After the tornado, the employee shall render first aid and assist in recovery and help to prevent further damage, etc.

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