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  • Instructor Survey – WINNER Announcement

    We are so excited and happy to announce WAYNE WARNER, an affiliate instructor from Virginia as our winner of the instructor survey drawing. Wayne has received a $100.00 American CPR Training® store credit good for anything sold at https://americancpr.com/shop.html that his little heart desires.

    Wayne is one of our newer American CPR Training® Affiliate Instructors but has already left a big impression on us, his fellow instructors in the area and the clients he has trained for us. Wayne holds instructor certifications with multiple different organizations (but we know we are his favorite), is a Navy Veteran, was designated as a Master Training Specialist, and has over 20 years of experience in Security and Emergency Management. Wayne owns his own emergency training company in Virginia and is actively working towards his goal of training as many individuals as possible. In his own words, “helping others is far more fulfilling than anything else that I have done”. When not helping to train his community in life-saving skills, Wayne enjoys spending time with his wife and two wonderful children, as well as tinkering with electronics.

    With a smile like his, how could you not enjoy your safety training?

    Wayne Warner

    Congratulations Wayne, we are thrilled to have you as part of our group of many amazing American CPR Training® Affiliate Instructors!

  • COVID-19 Safety and Prevention in the Workplace Training Program


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    Some Businesses are REQUIRED to offer this training...

    ...All businesses SHOULD offer this training
    to protect their workers and their workplace

    The American EHS COVID-19 Safety & Prevention in the Workplace Safety Training Program provides a brief timeline & insight into the origin and spread of the Human Coronavirus Pandemic in the USA, as well as required training and safe guidelines for both businesses and employees in the workplace with COVID-19 exposure concerns.

    This program covers:

  • COVID-19 Read the Latest from Public Health Officials & Agencies

    COVID-19

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    As a health and safety training organization, amid ongoing concerns of the COVID-19
    Our instructors,
    clients, employees, and their families are of our biggest concern.

    We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from public health officials and government
    agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    If you would like additional information about COVID-19, we recommend you visit the CDC website at cdc.gov or
    your local health department website.


    For safety and to prevent spread of respiratory disease we are asking all our American CPR Training™
    Affiliate Instructors to follow precautionary practices and are recommending that our employees, clients and
    their staff do the same:

    • Wash hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds – have fun timing it by humming or
      singing a refrain of "Stayin' Alive," by The Bee Gees (also a favorite song for performing CPR!)
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. (The average person touches their face 15-23 times per hour without
      even realizing it!)
    • Cover cough or sneeze using a bent elbow - not hand.
    • Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water is unavailable.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, throw it in the trash, and wash your hands.
    • Consider using a paper towel or tissue to open common area doors, wherever possible.
    • If you do not feel well please stay home.

    * An additional special recommendation for American CPR Training™ Instructors:

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    When training, it is still very important to include the 2 breaths when teaching regular C.A.R.E™ CPR, but during what has now been announced as a worldwide pandemic by WHO, we recommend you have the students “speak” the breath part during the hands-on training rather than actually breathing onto the manikin - even with the breathing barrier American CPR Training™ provides for every student in our student packs. Every course with American CPR™ also, of course, covers Compression Only CPR™ for students unwilling or unable to perform full CPR.

    Also - remember to regularly sterilize and wipe down your manikins and AED trainers with disinfecting wipes after every class.


    We all need to do our part in order to avoid spreading this disease, and to avoid fear and uncertainty by
    taking intelligent precautions. We trust that you are all taking good care of yourselves and those around
    you and in your community.

    As a public service organization we take our responsibility to remain open seriously.
    You can still reach us during normal business hours via phone or email.

    Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been directly impacted by this situation.

  • Recognize Frostbite

    We share a bit about Frostbite last year and want to remind all that it is a danger this time of year.

    Don’t let Jack Frost nip at your nose. Protect yourself from frostbite with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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    Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • White or grayish-yellow skin area.
    • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.
    • Numbness.

    As soon as you detect the symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. If immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Don’t rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes as this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

    Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. For more information on frostbite, visit the CDC’s Frostbite page.

    Also read:

    Cold Stress & Related Illness and How can cold stress be prevented?

  • 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.

    Alerts

    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.

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  • Is That Safe to Eat?

    We've talked about Power Outages in the past ( What is the most common emergency? ) But have you considered how  Power outages can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. If you lose electricity, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers tips to follow before and after a power outage to minimize loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness:

    • Gather an emergency food supply of shelf-stable food, boxed or canned milk, bottled water, and canned goods;
    • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours;
    • Buy an appliance thermometer for the refrigerator and freezer and a food thermometer to help you know if the food has stayed at a safe temperature during an outage;
    • Throw out any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours;
    • Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and
    • Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.

    Keep in mind that your refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.

    food-safety-power-outageDid you know that a flood or fire can also impact the safety of food in your home? Be sure to check out the FAQs on the USDA website about keeping food safe after these emergencies.

  • Summertime

    Today is the First Day of Summer! (or so the calendar tells us - Meteorological Summer, or "real summer" began June 1st)

    SummerSafetySummer is about fun and out-of-doors play, including cooling off in and around the water - it also brings risks of illness and injury that are much different than other seasons.. here are a few helpful articles to help to stay safe while enjoying the sun and fun:

  • Puppies

    PuppyHere's an interesting twist... a novel way that Humane Societies around the world can get homeless pets some love and attention (and hopefully bonding and adoption!)

    Want to try out owning a puppy for a few hours all while enjoying a vacation on a tropical island? According to Huffington Post, a dog rescue charity in Turks and Caicos, Potcake Place, says that the program has been quite successful at getting the playful pooches adopted by tourists and locals alike. In addition to the adoption rate success, the playtime also serves as socialization training for the pups. If you're jumping on a plane now to head down there,

    PetFirstAidKitsjust keep in mind to get there early as this program is extremely popular. The lines start as early as 8:30am for the 10am opening.

    You always want to protect and make sure your family is safe. This also includes the furry, four-legged family members. We have everything you need to make sure you can help your sick or injured pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) with our pet emergency first aid and supply products. Our kits are designed for handling minor first aid emergencies and stabilize them until you can reach a vet for treatment. With brands such as Me-Ow, Bow-Ow, Sporting Dog, Mayday and more, you know you are set to help your furry family friends!

    DID YOU KNOW? Besides having a pet first aid and emergency kit to help out our furry friends in a time of an emergency, did you know you could sign up and take a Pet First Aid and CPR class? One out of four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Having an emergency pet first aid kit and knowing how to properly use it can be two different things. Ask your vet where the closest Pet First Aid classes are and sign up!

  • National Building Safety Month

    As noted in our last post, May is National Building Safety Month. Here are some excellent resources you may employ in recognizing the need for safety in the workplace:

    The following list of Building Science publications is organized by FEMA publication number.

    You can find additional publications on the FEMA Resource and Document Library searching by hazard type.

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  • May is National Building Safety Month

    We recently talked about Fall Protection in Construction - which often relates to Commercial Buildings... did you know that May is National Building Safety Month?

    Building-SafetyYes - by Presidential Proclamation this is the 6th National Building Safety Month (BSM). The 2016 theme is "Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety." Each week of BSM spotlights a specific area of building safety.
    This week, “The Science Behind the Codes” takes a look at the work FEMA does with the Mitigation Assessment Teams turning research into practice. One way this is accomplished is through the publication of research and technical manuals that help shape future building codes to optimize safe and secure structures. FEMA's Building Science Branch publications are available by hazard type.

    Presidential Proclamation -- National Building Safety Month, 2016

    NATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH, 2016

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Buildings across our country provide safety and shelter to our people. From high-rises that form our cities' skylines to ranch homes that blanket the countryside, our buildings offer places to gather and perform daily activities, and they must have sound, secure, and resilient structures. During National Building Safety Month, we recognize and pay tribute to those who ensure the safety and resilience of our Nation's buildings, and we reaffirm our commitment to upholding and abiding by strong and effective building safety standards.

    Maintaining the safety and resilience of our homes and buildings is imperative. By using disaster-resistant building codes and standards, resilient construction materials, and safe and performance-based design methods, we can safeguard the workplaces, houses, schools, and other facilities that provide us with space to grow, live, and learn. Americans can also take steps to secure buildings before natural disasters strike by elevating properties where necessary, anchoring furniture and other materials, reinforcing doors, and covering windows. I encourage everyone to visit www.Ready.gov to learn about more ways to keep yourself and those around you safe in your homes and businesses.

    The Federal Government is leading by example. To prepare for natural disasters, I have signed Executive Orders that strengthen the security of Federal buildings and assets and improve their resilience to floods and earthquakes, reduce the risks of harm to people, lower recovery costs, and make it easier for communities to recover faster and emerge stronger. Later this month, the White House will bring together collaborators from the public and private sectors at a Conference on Resilient Building Codes. This event will underscore the critical role building codes play in ensuring community resilience, and it will strengthen our national commitment to advancing resilience in the built environment, from codes and standards to building design and construction.

    The consequences of natural disasters can be exacerbated by the effects of a changing climate -- including through stronger storms and longer wildfire seasons -- so it is crucial that we ensure our buildings are resilient to the impacts of climate change. My Administration has worked with communities to build climate-resilient infrastructure to prepare for the impacts of climate change that we can no longer prevent, and we are continuing to invest in energy efficiency in our buildings.

    All people deserve to feel safe in the buildings we inhabit day in and day out. With care and attention, we can secure and protect the places we spend time in. This month, let us take action to safeguard America's homes, schools, and other buildings, and let us ensure those responsible for this important work have the tools and resources they need.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Building Safety Month. I encourage citizens, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other interested groups to join in activities that raise awareness about building safety. I also call on all Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

    BARACK OBAMA

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