Safety and Savings Tips for July 2012 From All Safety Products, Inc.Identifying and Treating Heat-Related Illness in the Workplace
Every year, thousands of workers become sick from heat exposure. Some die. These illnesses are preventable.
Workplaces with hot conditions include foundries, brick-firing and ceramic plants, rubber products factories, boiler rooms, and chemical plants.
During hot weather, excessive exposure can also occur in commercial kitchens, laundries, and food canneries. Outdoor workers at risk include firefighters, farmers, and construction workers.
When the air temperature is close to or warmer than normal body temperature, cooling of the body becomes more difficult. Sweating then becomes the main way the body cools off. But it's effective only if the humidity level is low enough to allow evaporation and if the fluids that are lost are replaced.
Shocking Truth: Bridges - No Shelter In Tornados!
In May 1999, under one Oklahoma overpass, an estimated 12 people tried to take shelter from a tornado.
Only one person died. Her body was found two weeks later buried under six feet of debris. The tornado plucked her from underneath the bridge, along with every last blade of grass from the embankments, and deposited it all in a ditch.
The others taking shelter suffered horrendous injuries: Compound fractures, missing fingers, ears and noses ripped off. Some were impaled by flying shingles and 2x4 boards. Overall three people died in overpasses during that tornado; others were injured for life.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is trying to get the word out that highway bridges are never safe during tornados. Part of the problem with that message is the widespread belief that overpasses offer some safety. This is partly of the natural urge to seek shelter; partly because of news reports of a few very lucky people who happened to survive.
Tornado Sirens Still Save Lives!
Weather warnings come from many high-tech sources, including television, radio and email alerts. But when severe weather is threatening, most people hear the tornado sirens first.
The sirens worked very well in Wichita, Kansas. Many lives were saved when tornados roared through the town. But in Woodward, Oklahoma, some of the town's sirens were down and six people died when a tornado struck.
Although tornado watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, tornado sirens are managed and operated by local emergency management agencies.
In some jurisdictions, weather warning sirens are also sounded for high winds, hail or any serious storm approaching, says meteorologist Mike Smith, author of When Sirens Were Silent, about last year's tornado in Joplin, Missouri.
Some Safe Boating Tips!
Whether your boat is powered by oars or an engine, make sure it's in good condition before leaving the dock. Sounds pretty obvious. You'd be surprised how many breakdowns occur with boats due to poor maintenance.
In addition to wearing a lifejacket and insisting passengers wear them, you should only operate your boat while sober. Make sure your boat has the required safety equipment onboard.
In many areas, water temperatures are still cool around Memorial Day. Take steps to prevent hypothermia.
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