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Personal Safety In Public Places

Your best safety tools are your brain and common sense. Think how you would handle various emergency situations and create a safety plan for each one. Arrange to contact coworkers and family members after a disaster such as an earthquake. When driving, consider where you would steer if there was an oncoming car or an accident. If you are attacked, decide if you will resist and how. Preparation before an emergency can keep you calm and making the right choices. When leaving the office, notify someone where you will be and when you will return. Plan your route and take a map. Have your keys ready and look inside your car before getting in. Keep car doors locked...

posted on: Apr 16, 2013 | author: Staff writer

The Ice Is Enticing But Be Cautious

While the urge to go out into the ice may be compelling, experts recommend that before venturing out people should call their parks, police or fire departments to inquire about the latest ice conditions. In Massachusetts, there have been two close calls already reported this winter. A woman with her two daughters fell into Lake Ellis while ice fishing last Christmas Eve in Athol. Luckily for them a retired firefighter spotted them as they fell and pulled them out. At Pickerel Pond in Natick, two teenagers plunged through the ice but were safely rescued. It may seem that the ice is pretty thick. But people should be aware that no matter how good the ice looks, conditions can...

The Ice Is Enticing But Be Cautious
posted on: Jan 2, 2009 | author: Staff writer

Is There Crypto in the Pool?

Crypto can make you quite ill with vomiting, headaches, and stomach cramps; in severe cases, death can result. The illness may last for two weeks punctuated with long spells of diarrhea. The presence of crypto led health officials last week to temporarily close two spray parks in Dallas for disinfection. About a month ago, 29 pools in Phoenix, Arizona had to be shut down and disinfected after over 100 people became ill. There were also crypto outbreaks in Utah last year that left almost 2,000 people sick. In 2005, over 4,000 people had to get medical help in New York after an outbreak at the Seneca Lake State Park. The worst ever outbreak occurred in 1993 in Milwaukee,...

Is There Crypto in the Pool?
posted on: Aug 1, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Pools Still Have No Safety Drain Covers...

The federal law has given one year for public pool owners to comply with the provisions of the law. Pools that have not installed these safety systems by December 20 will be subject to penalties, including up to $1.3 million in fines. Have pool owners complied with this requirement? Apparently not. In a recent nationwide survey on pools conducted by ABC News, the organization found that close to 75 percent (or nearly 3 of 4) of public pools have not installed the required equipment to make them safe. The spokesman of an industry group said that a large number of the drain covers sampled in the ABC News survey could be described as “death traps.” Since the 1980s,...

Pools Still Have No Safety Drain Covers
posted on: Jul 26, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Gardening Safety

However, it also poses hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says nearly 400,000 people go to hospital emergency rooms each year for treatment of injuries related to mowers and various garden tools. Whether you are an accomplished gardener or a budding beginner, safety precautions are important. Safety Tips: Wear protective clothes/gear.* Use protective goggles, safety shoes, and sturdy long pants when operating mowers and machinery.* Put on ear plugs to protect hearing when operating noisy machinery.* Wear heavy gloves when handling sharp objects (such as when changing or cleaning mower blades).* Guard against disease-causing ticks and mosquitoes. Apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts.* Protect your skin against sunburn and UV damage. Apply sunscreen and wear wide-brimmed hats....

Gardening Safety
posted on: Jul 11, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Labels Shed Little Light on Sunscreens...

The report, which summarizes an exhaustive evaluation of 950 sunscreen products, states that 85 percent of the products on the market can be characterized as either providing inadequate protection or containing possibly unsafe ingredients. The problem is compounded by the absence of labeling standards for sunscreens. Until now, the Food and Drug Administration has not established any guidelines to be followed by sunscreen manufacturers for testing and labeling their products. This means there is no regulatory standard on the product claims that manufacturers may put on their labels. The EWG’s researchers analyzed the sunscreen products using findings from almost 400 peer-reviewed scientific studies and 60 national databases. Each product was rated, according to three factors: * Protection from...

Labels Shed Little Light on Sunscreens
posted on: Jul 3, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Dry Drowning Is Swimming’s Hidden Danger...

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were 3,600 drowning fatalities in 2005 (the most recent year with available data). Of these, about 10-15% were classified as “dry drowning,” which can happen as much as 24 hours after small volumes of liquid get into the lungs. After the swim, the boy went home, feeling very tired and having difficulty breathing. He went to sleep. A bit later, when his mother checked on him, she found his face covered with foamy material. She rushed the boy to a hospital. It was too late: he had drowned, a few hours after swimming. It appeared that the boy had got some water in his lungs while swimming....

Dry Drowning Is Swimming’s Hidden Danger
posted on: Jun 8, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Is Your Zoo’s Tiger Wall High Enough?...

This is the first time that a tiger escaped from its cage and killed a zoo patron, according to officials. Usually, the victims of big cat incidents are zookeepers and other zoo employees. One big question facing investigators is whether the tiger was able to scale the walls of its exhibit area. The San Francisco Zoo director has announced Thursday that the wall surrounding the exhibit area was only 12 feet 5 inches high. The national standard is 16 feet 4 inches high. Big cat experts are expected to help determine the physical possibility of a tiger weighing 350 pounds to climb or leap up a 12.5 foot wall. The national standard is recommended by the Association of...

Is Your Zoo’s Tiger Wall High Enough?
posted on: Dec 29, 2007 | author: Staff writer

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