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May is National Electrical Safety Month

The month of May is national electrical safety month.  This is when we need to be more vigilant on electrical safety at work and home.  Electrical injuries can be painful and in some cases fatal.  According to the Bureau of labor and statistic data compiled by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).  They claim that in the workplace there are over …

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Why you need to know Wilderness First Aid?

Have you ever been in a situation where it seems that no one is around for miles?  Have you thought that I hope we do not break down in this area because of lack of cell service?  These questions are good reasons why you should know about Wilderness First Aid.  According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when and if …

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How to stop Severe Bleeding

When a person is injured, they can become damaged by severe bleeding.  Bleeding can happen in internally or externally (which is called an Open Wound).  Any bleeding can become life-threatening.   According to the Mayo Clinic, if you come across an open wound that has severe bleeding, you need to expose the wound and clear all debris from the cut. Then …

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March is eye wellness month

In any workplace, like construction sites with hazards, each employee should have eye protection.  The month of March is Eye wellness month.   By the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): Each day about 2000 US workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical attention. About one-third of the injuries treated in hospital emergency department and more than …

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Do I have a food allergy or is my stuffy nose a cold?

In the season of stuffy noses and influenza body aches, food allergies are overlooked as a cause of discomfort. Feelings like sneezing, stomach pain, and runny nose all sound like cold season aches. Almost 15 million people in the U.S. have a food allergy. Two children in a class of 26 first-graders will have food allergies. About 1/3 of children …

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Do I have the Flu or is it Just a Cold?

The 2018 flu (aka influenza) season is here. Family gatherings in November and December carried germs near and far into our cozy homes as we hugged our loved ones. Just about now many are starting to ask, is this sneezing and stuffy nose just a cold or do I have the flu? The experts at the Centers for Disease Control …

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How to keep workers cool in Hot Summers

The next few months are the hottest time of the year.  This is the time of year where we spend most of our time outside either working or playing.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has programs that promote keeping us fresh in such hot times. The OSHA’s heat and wellness prevention webpage is a great source to find …

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Hepatitis C Outbreak in Recent Years

One of many reasons why a first responder needs to have proper personal protection equipment (PPE). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a significant upward trend with Hepatitis C infections. The CDC has claimed that Hepatitis C infections have almost tripled in the last five years. This has been a fifteen year high according …

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Prepare of Nuclear Attack

Today the world seems more unsafe than ever, but we should not have to sit around and do nothing.  After the most recent terrorist attack in London and threats from insane countries, we need to be prepare for our worst nightmare. That is a nuclear attack on civilians.  From what Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of United Kingdom once said “prepare …

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Naloxone the New First Aid Drug

What is naloxone? It is a medication given to people who might be suffering from an opioid overdose. There are many opioids out there, and the reactions are similar. Opioids are usually medication like Vicodin, Heroin, Oxycontin, or Morphine. These drugs will lower respiration and slow heart beat. If someone is taking too much, they could lead to respiratory failure …

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Self-care vs Medicare

With the defeat of the new healthcare bill that failed to pass the House of Representatives last week, we now have to determine if we are going to rely on Medicare or selfcare. Medicare is relying on the government to make sure your health is in good standing. Selfcare is taking charge of your medical care. The reality is relying …

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How to Respond to Emergency Situations

When an actual emergency happens during your daily routine, it disrupts your normal train of thought.  The first thing that comes to mind is that this is not real and who ever is involved is just joking.  The next thing that comes to mind is the alert thought that says this is for real and what do we do? At …