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  • 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?

  • Winter Driving

    Winter is upon us, and the season is already proving more "Wintery" than most - even surprising more temperate regions with cold winds, unusual rainfall, and winter  driving conditions.

    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.

    Driving to work is what a majority of us do everyday whether rain sleet or shine. Over time though we are all guilty of being a bit lazy when it comes to driving safety. Each year, traffic accidents claim over 30,000 lives and cause more than a million serious injuries. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death on the job. Our training products on Driving Safety provide the information employees need to drive cars, vans and small trucks safely, both on and off the job. Topics covered in these products include: Inspecting the vehicle, adjusting seats, mirrors and other equipment, wearing seat belts, mental preparation and concentration, creating a safety cushion around your vehicle, passing another vehicle and much more. Learn more about Driving Safety.

    Winter weather calls for different driving techniques. While you may know how to drive safely in common weather, surprise road conditions bring other risks and what may be best practices in dry or sunny weather could be the worst safety risk when the roads are slippery, wet, icy, or covered in storm debris. Follow these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stay safe on the road, including:

    • - Slow down for winter driving conditions, regardless of the vehicle you drive;
    • - Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others; and
    • - Avoid using cruise control in winter driving conditions.
    Try the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration interactive guide online. Try the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration interactive guide online.
  • Winter Wonderland can be Winter Dangerland

    ecard-winteriscoming-snowmanAre you ready to battle Jack Frost?

    It’s Time to Prepare for Winter Weather

    Know what to do...

    Over the years employers have discovered that their employees miss more time from work as a result of "off-the-job" accidents than due to injuries experienced on the job. Many of these accidents occur during the winter holidays, as employees do things that they are not familiar with or haven't done "since last year". Fortunately, most of these accidents can be prevented.

    Our training products on "Winter Safety" show employees how to plan ahead, look for potential hazards and avoid dangerous situations that occur during the winter holiday season. Topics covered in these products include:

    See all our Winter Safety Products See all our Winter Safety Products

    - Christmas trees (selecting, transporting and setting up).
    - Using "string lights".
    - Safe use of extension cords and outlets.
    - Fires, fireplaces and chimneys.
    - Using candles.
    - Fire extinguishers and fire escapes.
    - Dressing for cold weather.
    - Working in the cold.
    - Walking and driving in ice and snow.

     

  • Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous

    Is your home safe and ready for winter?

    The CDC says that if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and prepare for power outages.

    Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

    Take these steps for your home

    Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

    • Winterize your home.
      • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
      • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
      • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
    • Check your heating systems.
      • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
      • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
      • Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.
      • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
      • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
        • Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.
        • Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.
  • It’s Time to Prepare for Winter Weather

    Get Prepared for Winter Weather

    Brrr! Cooler temperatures are setting in, which means winter is on its way. Before winter weather hits your area, talk with your family about how to stay safe and take action to get prepared! Planning and preparing can help you manage the impact of severe winter weather.

    The How to Prepare for a Winter Storm guide from America’s PrepareAthon! outlines steps you can take now, including:

    • • Gather emergency supplies;
    • • Make a family emergency communication plan;
    • • Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors;
    • • If you have access to an outside generator, have an electric cord long enough to keep the generator at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent;
    • • NEVER use a generator inside your home or in any partially enclosed area; and
    • • Be alert to changing weather conditions using local alerts, battery-operated radios, and other news sources for information and instructions.

    Winter-StormTo learn more about preparing for winter weather, take a look at this animated video, and see what to do “When the Sky Turns Gray.”

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