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Scooter, bike and pedestrian safety
Scooters, bikes, in-line skates and skateboards are associated with
numerous injuries yearly.
- Wear a comfortable, properly fitted helmet bearing the label
of an independent testing lab. Be sure that the helmet sits level
on top of the head–not rocking in any direction–and
always fasten the safety strap.
- Be sure that safety gear (wrist, elbow and kneepads) fits properly
and does not interfere with the rider's movement, vision or hearing.
Wrist pads are not recommended for scooter riders as they may
affect their ability to maneuver.
- Ride scooters and bikes only on smooth, paved surfaces and only
ride during daylight hours.
- Learn the proper hand signals and use them when you turn or
- Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths or
sidewalks, then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars
or pedestrians heading your way.
- Teach crossing safety to children by example
Beware when you barbecue. In 1999 alone, gas and charcoal grills
caused 1,500 structure fires and 4,200 outdoor fires in or on home
properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $29.8
million, according to NFPA.
- When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to leave
sufficient space from siding and eaves.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Keep children and pets far away from grills.
- With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed
for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been
- With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and
check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses
will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have the grill
repaired by a professional, if necessary.
Extra caution should be used when around water, for children and
- Only swim in approved areas.
- Always supervise children near water at all times and make
sure that children learn to swim.
- Check the depth of the water with a lifeguard before jumping
- Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal floatation
device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled
swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes
for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using
- Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors,
fans and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill,
wipe up fuel immediately and check the bilge for fuel leakage
and odors. After fueling and before starting the boat's motor,
ventilate with the blower for at least four minutes.
Camping Safety Tips
- Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from
- Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the
tent or any other closed space, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
- Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent. Clear
all vegetation and dig a pit surrounded by rocks before building
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent
and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
- Always put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the
campsite. To extinguish the fire, cover with dirt or pour water
Fireworks lead to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room
treatment, according to NFPA. These dazzling, but dangerous devices
can burn up to 1200 F and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations
and blindness. Stay safe by always leaving fireworks to
- Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
- Treat all fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers,
as suitable only for use by trained professionals.
- If you find fireworks, do not touch them but instead direct
authorities to them.
- Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks.
For more information go to: http://www.nfpa.org/Research/NFPAFactSheets/Summer/Summer.asp
Worker Safety During Fire Cleanup
The following has been issued by NIOSH:
Workers face hazards even after fires are extinguished. In addition
to a smoldering or new fire, dangers include:
- electrical hazards
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- musculoskeletal hazards
- heavy equipment
- extreme heat and cold
- unstable structures
- hazardous materials
- confined spaces
- worker fatigue
- respiratory hazards
Workers and volunteers should be advised of and should follow proper
safety precautions. Workers’ and volunteers’ experience
levels vary, and cleanup crews must work together to ensure safety.
Further information, recommendations and links on each of the dangers
above can be found at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/firesafety/cleanupworkers.asp.
Carbon Monoxide Hazards from Small Gasoline Powered Engines
Many people using gasoline-powered tools such as high-pressure
washers, concrete cutting saws (walk-behind/hand-held), power trowels,
floor buffers, welders, pumps, compressors, and generators in buildings
or semienclosed spaces have been poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO).
CO can rapidly accumulate (even in areas that appear to be well
ventilated) and build up to dangerous or fatal concentrations within
minutes. Examples of such poisonings include the following:
- A farm owner died of CO poisoning while using an 11-horsepower,
gasoline-powered pressure washer to clean his barn. He had worked
about 30 minutes before being overcome.
- A municipal employee at an indoor water treatment plant lost
consciousness while trying to exit from a 59,000-cubic-foot room
where he had been working with an 8-horse-power, gasoline-powered
pump. Doors adjacent to the work area were open while he worked.
His hospital diagnosis was CO poisoning.
- Five workers were treated for CO poisoning after using two
8 horse-power, gasoline-powered, pressure washers in a poorly
ventilated underground parking garage.
- A plumber used a gasoline-powered concrete saw in a basement
with open doors and windows and a cooling fan. He experienced
a severe headache and dizziness and began to act in a paranoid
manner. His symptoms were related to CO poisoning.
These examples show a range of effects caused by CO poisoning in
a variety of work settings with exposures that occurred over different
time periods and with different types of ventilation. Workers in
areas with closed doors and windows were incapacitated within minutes.
Opening doors and windows or operating fans does NOT guarantee safety.
CO is a dangerous poison. Operating gasoline-powered engines and
tools indoors is RISKY BUSINESS.
For complete article with recomendations, please see the Niosh
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