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The future of EMS is here today

Soon these life saving drones could be available in every city in the United States.

What a great use of the drone technology TU Delft!

Resolve to be safe in 2013


Your friends at American Fire & Security / The Security Girl would like to wish you SAFE, happy, healthy and successful 2013!  This is also a great time to make a commitment to keep your business & home as as safe as possible by planning ahead.

We would like to offer some safety tips for your business & home so you can start off your 2013 as safe as possible!

1. Create a library of safety tips (seasonal/holiday activities, driving, proper cell phone usage, etc.). Make information available to employees. Post topics on bulletin boards,create flyers, or include as paycheck suffers.
2.If your business has a safe be sure to anchor your safe into ground/walls, etc., and always change the safe combination when a safe combination holding employee leaves.
3. Post police and emergency telephone numbers in a conspicuous location so they will be readily available during an emergency.

1.  Create a family escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.  Be sure to practice it regularly.
2. Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Place the keys in an outdoor KeySafe, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
3.  Make sure at least one person in your household is properly trained in First Aid & CPR so they have the knowledge and confidence to to respond in a potentially life threatening situation.

For more information on how to Resolve to be safe in 2013 contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

Do I need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

With winter upon us it is important to remember the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. Per the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1,500 people die and 10,000 people become ill each year because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

For those of you who don’t know Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is given off during the burning of fossil fuels. In other words, when we burn coal, charcoal, gasoline, natural gas, other fossil fuels, and even wood, we are introducing fossil fuels into the air. Poorly vented fireplaces, stoves, chimneys and vents can all leak CO into the air, as can vehicles left running in an attached garage.

Having a Carbon Monoxide detector in your home is the only way to assure that you and your family are properly protected 24/7 from the colorless and odorless gas that is given off during the burning of fossil fuels.  The detector will be able to alert you and your family that the harmful Carbon Monoxide is present in your home.

If you have had your Carbon Monoxide detector for a while and want to be sure that it is still working properly you can use the test button on your CO Detector which will verify that the circuitry is operating correctly, not the accuracy of the sensor.  You will also want to be sure to follow the manufacturer guidelines as to when to replace your Carbon Monoxide detector.

If  your Carbon Monoxide detector sounds you should do the following:

  1. Immediately move outside to fresh air.
  2. Call your emergency services, fire department, or 911.
  3. After calling 911, do a head count to check that all persons are accounted for. DO NOT reenter the premises until the emergency services responders have given you permission. You could lose consciousness and die if you go in the home.
  4. If the source of the CO is determined to be a malfunctioning appliance, DO NOT operate that appliance until it has been properly serviced by trained personnel.

If your not sure where the Carbon Monoxide detectors should be placed in your home check with your local building codes or fire departments.  Starting January 1, 2013 the state of Ohio will have a new residential building code regarding the placement of Carbon Monoxide.

You can also add Carbon Monoxide detectors to your alarm system so that in the event that the detector goes off the authorities will be notified immediately.

For more information on Carbon Monoxide detectors contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

How can your business prepare for a weather emergency?

With this being national lightening safety week I thought you might want a few tips on how to prepare your business for a weather emergency.

Here are some tips we recommend:

Make sure you have an updated disaster plan:
Much like having an emergency plan for the home to protect your family, your business should also have an updated plan of action in case of an emergency. This includes having a designated employee evacuation plan as well as good two-way communication during and after a disaster. A good tip is to set up a telephone calling tree or call-in voice recording so you can stay in touch with employees during and after the disaster.

Make sure you have proper data storage solutions:
Where is your sensitive business data stored? Does it live on a hard drive or server and is potentially susceptible to wind, water or fire damage during a storm? A solution for keeping your data safe is by storing it in the cloud. Cloud computing has come a long way, and will insure your data is safe from any malicious weather Mother Nature doles out. Another good idea is to have multiple back-ups. If there’s an off chance one data location is damaged, you’ll have another copy elsewhere that can be restored. At the very least, keep all sensitive data and important records in a fire/water-proof storage container.

Make sure you have an proper emergency kit:
Many businesses realize that they should have a readily available emergency kit,  but often overlook the survival basics: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. As a business owner, you should not only prepare an emergency kit for the office, but also encourage each employee to create their own kit customized to meet their individual needs. For example, an employee may be diabetic, so he or she should have an emergency kit with the proper medication. Here are a few items that should be in every emergency kit:

  • Weather Radio – preferably one that operates via hand crank
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water – if possible, one gallon per person per day
  • Food – minimum of a three-day supply
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle – great for signaling for help
  • Blankets

If you are not sure that your business is properly prepared for a weather emergency talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

Eye safety in the workplace

In honor of workplace eye wellness month I thought I would go over some things your business should know about eye/vision safety in the workplace.

According to the National Safety Council more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day; ten to twenty percent of those injuries will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.   OSHA claims that eye injuries alone cost employers more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

Experts believe that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries in accidents.

The most common causes for eye injuries in the workplace are:

  • Flying objects (example: bits of flying metal or glass)
  • Particles
  • Tools
  • Chemicals (including ink toner)
  • Harmful radiation
  • Any combination of these or other hazards

Your best defense against a possible eye injury is to know how you can prevent the injury in the first place.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I know the eye safety dangers at work?  If not complete a eye safety assessment.
  • Have I eliminated all hazards before starting work?  This can be done by using goggles, machine guarding, work screens, or other engineering controls.
  • Am I using the right type of eye protection for the task I am about to complete?  See your safety administrator if you have any questions regarding the type of eye protection you should be using.

If your wanting to know when it’s appropriate to protect your eyes at work.  The answer is simple.  Wear safety eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury. Anyone working in or passing through areas that pose eye hazards should wear protective eyewear.

Not sure you have the right type of eye protection?

The type of safety eye protection you should wear depends on the hazards in your workplace. If you are working in an area that has particles, flying objects, or dust, you must at least wear safety glasses with side protection (side shields). If you are working with chemicals, you should wear goggles. If you are working near hazardous radiation (welding, lasers, or fiber optics) you must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed for that task.

I also suggest that you make sure that you have eye wash in your first aid kits as well as eye wash stations set up to make sure you are properly prepared for eye injury.

If you are not sure that you have the proper eye protection equipment and procedures in place for your business talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

Eye Safety In The Workplace

Is your business prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest?

In honor of American Heart month I thought I would talk about one thing that your business could do to be prepared to deal with sudden cardiac arrest if it should happen.

Per the National Fire Protection Association, death from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States is 96 times as common as death from fire.  However, most of us do not have an Automated External Defibrillator or AED machine on site.

AED machines are lightweight, portable devices that can jump start a persons heart by using an electrical pulse called a biphasic shock. Guiding the rescuer with a combination of simple and clear voice, text and graphical instructions, AEDs do nearly all of the work, enabling practically anyone save a life!

Here are some of the reasons why your company should consider investing in a portable AED machine and making early defibrillation a part of your emergency response plan:

  • Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.
  • Calling 911 is necessary, but the wait for first responders may take too long.
  • Businesses with their own AED machines on site have the ability to respond, and to respond fast.
  • OSHA now recommends automated external defibrillators in the workplace.

For more information on AED machines or AED machine training please contact American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

AED Machine

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