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New Services

On April 25th, 2008, We joined the “American Safety &Health Institute” to be able to offer you a better verity of Health and Safety courses. This company has the same type of First Aid/CPR courses that we currently offer, but by joining with them we can now offer courses on: Basic Wilderness, Wilderness First Aid, Child and Babysitting Safety, and Pet First Aid. So if anyone out there is needing any of these types of class please drop us a line and lets get something going…… Rick

Need a reason to take a CPR Class?

According to the American Heart Association, about 1.2 million Americans were likely to experience a first or recurrent heart attack in 2007. About 452,000 of those were expected to die. The single leading cause of death in the United States is coronary heart disease. Sudden cardiac death claims an estimated 325,000 lives annually out-of-hospital or in hospital emergency rooms.

We can help you with your training needs. All you have to do is: pick the type of class you want under our “training” page, pick a date under our “calendar” page, and send us an email on our “contact us” page. If you don’t find a date that fits your needs contact us anyway and we will try and work something out with you. See you at our next class!

Did You Know? Ladder Load Ratings!

Ladders come in many different shapes, colors, lengths, materials, and “load ratings”. The “maximum intended load” is the total load of all persons, equipment, tools, materials, transmitted loads, and other loads reasonably anticipated to be applied to a ladder or ladder component at any one time.

The ladder type is the designation that identifies the “maximum intended load” (working load) of the ladder. Ladder types are as follows:

  • Extra Heavy Duty IAA Maximum intended load 375lbs
  • Extra Heavy Duty IA Maximum intended load 300lbs
  • Heavy Duty I Maximum intended load 250lbs
  • Medium Duty II Maximum intended load 225lbs
  • light Duty III Maximum intended load 200lbs

Two additional points:

  • Make sure NOT to overload your ladder.
  • Don’t exceed either the “maximum intended load” or the manufacturer’s rated capacity.

For more information see WAC 296-876-40005 (in Washington State) or your local OSHA office.

Did You Know? Frostbite Prevention

Frostbite Prevention
Be aware of factors that can contribute to frostbite, such as extreme cold, wet clothes, high winds, and poor circulation. This can be caused by tight clothing or boots, cramped positions, fatigue, certain medications, smoking, alcohol use, or diseases that affect the blood vessels, such as diabetes.

Wear suitable clothing in cold temperatures and protect susceptible areas. In cold weather, wear mittens (not gloves); wind-proof, water-resistant, many-layered clothing; two pairs of socks (cotton next to skin, then wool); and a scarf and a hat that cover the ears (to avoid substantial heat loss through the scalp).

Before anticipated prolonged exposure to cold, don’t drink alcohol or smoke, and get adequate food and rest.

If caught in a severe snowstorm, find shelter early or increase physical activity to maintain body warmth.

Did You Know? Frostbite First Aid

Frostbite First Aid

  1. Shelter the victim from the cold and move the victim to a warmer place. Remove any constricting jewelry and wet clothing. Look for signs of hypothermia (lowered body temperature) and treat accordingly.
  2. If immediate medical help is available, it is usually best to wrap the affected areas in sterile dressings (remember to separate affected fingers and toes) and transport the victim to an emergency department for further care.
  3. If immediate care is not available, re-warming first aid may be given. Immerse the affected areas in warm (never HOT) water — or repeatedly apply warm cloths to affected ears, nose, or cheeks — for 20 to 30 minutes. The recommended water temperature is 104 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep circulating the water to aid the warming process. Severe burning pain, swelling, and color changes may occur during warming. Warming is complete when the skin is soft and sensation returns.
  4. Apply dry, sterile dressing to the frostbitten areas. Put dressings between frostbitten fingers or toes to keep them separated.
  5. Move thawed areas as little as possible.
  6. Re-freezing of thawed extremities can cause more severe damage. Prevent re-freezing by wrapping the thawed areas and keeping the victim warm. If re-freezing cannot be guaranteed, it may be better to delay the initial re-warming process until a warm, safe location is reached.
  7. If the frostbite is extensive, give warm drinks to the victim in order to replace lost fluids.

Did You Know? Frostbite Don’ts

Frostbite: Don’ts

• DO NOT thaw out a frostbitten area if it cannot be kept thawed. Refreezing may make tissue damage even worse.
• DO NOT use direct dry heat (such as a radiator, campfire, heating pad, or hair dryer) to thaw the frostbitten areas. Direct heat can burn the tissues that are already damaged.
• DO NOT rub or massage the affected area.
• DO NOT disturb blisters on frostbitten skin.
• DO NOT smoke or drink alcoholic beverages during recovery as both can interfere with blood circulation.

Did You Know? About The Symptoms of Frostbite


Symptoms

The first symptoms are a “pins and needles” sensation followed by numbness. There may be an early throbbing or aching, but later on the affected part becomes insensate (feels like a “block of wood”).

Frostbitten skin is hard, pale, cold, and has no feeling. When skin has thawed out, it becomes red and painful (early frostbite). With more severe frostbite, the skin may appear white and numb (tissue has started to freeze).

Very severe frostbite may cause blisters, gangrene (blackened, dead tissue), and damage to deep structures such as tendons, muscles, nerves, and bone.

Did You Know? Driving Distracted


Driving Distracted

What is a “distraction” to a driver? It’s anything that takes hands, eyes or attention away from driving. Driving is a complex activity, involving far more than simply steering, accelerating and braking. Drivers must also constantly gather information from mirrors, dashboard gauges, surrounding traffic, and the landscape. Professional drivers additionally must remain aware of their passengers, cargo, and their manifest, and often must remain in constant communication with a dispatch office via radio. Recognizing how many tasks are actually involved in driving, as well as the number of details drivers should constantly monitor, it becomes clear that there really is little attention ever safely left over for drivers to use cell phones, eat, groom, or adjust a vehicle’s entertainment system. In fact, 2004 National Safety Council data indicates that these extra activities, the “driver distractions”, are a contributing factor in over 4,500 crashes daily.
Here are the most common distracting activities:

TUNING THE RADIO – (65% of drivers do this)
When you take your eyes off the road for 2 seconds, going 60 MPH, you travel 176 feet blindly. If you listen while you drive, tune the radio before taking the road and don’t change channels while driving.

USING CELL PHONES – (over 70% of drivers do this)
Using a wireless phone while driving increases your chance of getting into an accident by 400%! A survey of 837 drivers with cell phones found that almost half swerved or drifted into another lane, 23% had tailgated, 21% cut someone off and 18% nearly hit another vehicle while using the phone.
“Hands-free” phone features can’t prevent you from becoming involved in a conversation and losing concentration. We strongly suggest that calls never be made or received while a vehicle is in motion.

EATING/DRINKING – (60% of drivers do this)
Eating or drinking while behind the wheel is the # 1 cause of accidents. If your schedule is too tight to allow for a meal break, talk to a supervisor. If you do stop to get a meal while on the road, eat the meal while parked. Keep your water container safely stowed or in a beverage caddy to prevent it spilling and distracting you, and don’t drink while in motion.

TALKING TO/DEALING WITH PASSENGERS – (75% of drivers do this)
Those of us who transport passengers, particularly fragile individuals or people with special needs, should always be sure our passengers are calm, secure and if necessary properly supervised before taking the road. Are all wheelchairs tiedowns and passenger seatbelts securely fastened? You may need another adult to supervise a vehicle full of children. Once you are driving, your attention should not have to be drawn to a crisis in the back of the vehicle.

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