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Savings / Safety Tips for October 2016 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Protect Your Hearing Month!

Musicians and fans are at risk for hearing loss. Professional musicians are four times more likely to suffer noise-induced hearing loss than non-musicians.

About 60 percent of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's inductees have impaired hearing. Even show band and symphony orchestra musicians acquire hearing loss. Also at risk are DJs, those who work at nightclubs, exercise or dance studios, and bars or restaurants where loud music is played nonstop.

The danger of hearing impairment is always present for musicians, because the sound pressure of an amplified rock band regularly reaches 120 to 130 decibels (dB), and a large concert orchestra may reach 112 dB. Both are far above the 85 dB maximum noise exposure limit for a workplace established by OSHA. The sound is the equivalent of a jet repeatedly taking off.

The two most significant factors related to music-induced hearing loss are loudness and the length of exposure. In-ear monitors protect against increased hearing loss, provide improved sound and the ability to hear a custom mix of vocals and stage instrumentation for either live or recording performances.

The most effective ones are high-quality silicone or acrylic mold, custom-fitted for an individual's ear canals, and reduce noise by 25 dB. Musicians who don't need amplified playback may benefit from custom-fitted musicians' earplugs. These non-electrical earplugs are vented and filtered to allow even distribution of sounds, without compromising the overall musical experience, and reduce volume, without distorting sounds. Ordinary earplugs cut off high-frequency sounds, making voices muffled and the timbre of music dull.

Most current musician hearing aids use digital technology, directional microphones to focus (or direct) one microphone towards the sound source while the other decreases background noise, and can be individualized and programmed for each ear, with user-controlled preferences.

HEALTHY TIP: Be a Healthy Liver!

A healthy liver offers quality of life. It weighs about three pounds, is shaped like a football, and although it is an essential part of daily life, doesn't typically get much attention? If you guessed a healthy, functioning liver, you are right. The liver is one of several organs within the body that works to clean toxins from inside.

At any moment, it can have up to 10 percent of your blood inside as it filters the toxins out. Located on the right side of the body, the liver rests just under the ribcage. It is unique in that while it is one of the largest organs inside the body, it is the only part of you that can regenerate if damaged, or partially removed from the body. Some may say that you would know right away if there was a problem with your liver, but doctors will tell you that this is not true. Liver disease is a slow-to-show condition that can affect your body for years without any outward signs. Noticeable symptoms of liver disease or damage include dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), and swelling in the belly. Conditions that affect the liver include hepatitis.

There are three forms of hepatitis, two of which have vaccines. Hepatitis A is typically spread through contact with fecal matter, while Hepatitis B is spread through contact with bodily fluids, and can be passed from mother to child during birth. Hepatitis C spreads through contact with the blood of an infected person. Fatty liver disease, alcoholic cirrhosis, and alcoholic hepatitis are three conditions that alcohol abuse can bring on, all of which cause damage to the liver. Hepatitis B and C can spread through dirty needles and sex.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 31,000 people died in 2014 from alcohol-induced cirrhosis, a 37 percent increase from 2002. In fact, alcohol abuse led to 2,000 more deaths than opioids in 2014. Up to 3.9 million people have Hepatitis C and about 16,000 die each year; more than a million are infected with the Hepatitis B virus; and about 3,000 die each year.

There are steps that you can take to prevent these conditions and other damage to your liver. The American Liver Foundation suggests you maintain a healthy weight and diet, use alcohol responsibly, avoid the use of illicit drugs and avoid contact with needles. The organization urges people to get Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines. There is no vaccination for Hepatitis C.

Delicious Recipe: Pizza Pouches

October is National Pizza Month!

Pizza pouches: Perfect football fare Kick off football season with a great halftime snack that is tasty and satisfying: Pizza pouches.

Homemade pizza pockets are commercially available, of course. As the joke goes, 20 microwaved pizza bites give you 15 chances to burn your tongue and five chances to bite into something still cold.

Good news. Homemade pizza pockets are easy to make and stuff with your favorite fillings. You can even choose your foundation: Regular pizza dough, pita bread, or tortillas.

Here is a recipe that will please the football fans in your life.

Homemade pizza pouches
  • 1 pound pizza dough (refrigerate until ready to use)
  • 1-2 jars of your favorite sauce.

Fillings Directions
  • Divide the pizza dough into four sections.
  • Roll out each about 1 1/2 inches thick and spread sauce over the dough.
  • Add toppings of choice and fold over.
  • Use a fork and fingers to crimp the sides of the pizza pocket.
  • Slice the top of the pocket for ventilation and drizzle with olive oil. Place prepared pizza pockets on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven, allow to cool and serve. Leftovers can be frozen. Wrap with aluminum foil and place into a plastic zip bag. If secured well, these will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Next Sunday Football: Remove from freezer and allow thawing.

Place in the microwave for 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pizza pocket and check throughout heating time.

Make your own sauce:
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes (if you want to use your garden tomatoes, start with 2 pounds).
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika or chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Slice tomatoes in half and place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Once the tomatoes have begun to soften and brown at the edges, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Drop oven heat to 350.
  • Put tomato halves into a blender and puree until tomatoes reach the desired consistency.
  • Once all tomatoes are pureed, move to a heavy skillet and heat for about 30 minutes.
  • Canned tomatoes Pour tomatoes, without draining, into a heavy skillet and heat.
  • Add seasonings and stir frequently, until sauce thickens to the desired consistency.


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