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  • Safety Doesn’t Take Off the Fourth of July

    This past weekend we celebrated the 1st birthday of one of our grandchildren, but in addition we were treated to a wonderful parade and fireworks in Thiensville WI. It was completely “Americana.” The parade was complete with the American Legion color Guard, clowns, local, and high school marching bands, a band from Great Lakes Naval Academy, bag pipers, old cars, politicians, fire trucks and cotton candy vendors. Fireworks completed the day as we sat on a hillside overlooking the river and park where they were celebrating their annual pre Fourth of July civic celebration. I felt like I was in a story from mythical “Lake Wobegon” as told by Garrison Keillor.

    I would like to take this opportunity along with the team at www.SafetyInstruction.com to fourth of julyacknowledge and thank those brave souls who sought to find freedom on a new continent, a new land. It’s difficult enough to make a decision to move and buy a new house, but think about moving your family to an entirely new land. This country was not only dangerous, but getting there was even more treacherous, and life threatening. The only thing it promised was a new start. They all came for different reasons. Many came for religious freedom, some for farmland, some just for adventure, and gold. By 1770 more than 2 million people lived and worked in this great new land, but political oppression followed them here as well. On July fourth in the summer of 1776 thirteen colonies which were established had just about enough, and declared their independence from England. They declared their independence fought for and earned it. We celebrate their resolve, the Declaration of Independence” and their world changing decision. A great nation was born, and we are a part of what it has to offer; -- Opportunity – Yes there continues to be struggles and some political challenges but where else can you do what you do. Work and live where you want. Practice your religion, have open debate, and guaranteed rights, as outlined by our preamble and constitution. Today we live in a mostly free and safe environment; it is our responsibility to protect not only this land but also the constitution which continues to serve all interests in its simplest form.

    One more item of discussion before you enjoy your holiday. Keep it safe. If you have fireworks, use them properly and within the limits of local ordinances, if you’re grilling out be prepared with your fire extinguisher, Drive carefully to and from home there will be a lot of traffic out there. Make sure your first aid kit is up to date and well stocked, as well as sunscreen, and insect repellant. Now get out your flag and display it where everybody can be proud.

  • Grilling Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training : It's Worth Repeating

    This is a blog I wrote last year with some additional information and a new story

    The other Day I got a call from my wife. She was going to start the gas grill and needed a few instructions. Well of course the auto igniter doesn’t work. Normally I do the grilling, and because the grill is close to seeing its last barbeque, there are a few tricks to getting it started. All was going well, and she asked while igniting it if the cover should be down. Normally I don’t get too animated, but this time was an exception. I could find my wife in heaven, (I think), the grill cover in the next county, and the house, well who knows? Time for some Fire Extinguisher Training, and some safety instruction.

    So here is another chapter to our family grilling history. My Son who now has two young grillingboys of his own, has a beautiful gas grill hooked up directly to the house gas supply. We were on the deck in the morning following an evening of grilling out and celebrating a birthday. The coffee was good but thought that one of us might have had something that didn't necessarily agree with them and I wasn't admitting anything. The odor just wasn't going away when we discovered the 2 year old figured out that there were a lot of neat knobs on dad's new grill. The good news is nobody smokes, and it's a funny story, but the gas was on overnight, and potentially could have been disastrous. The new rule is: the gas valve is closed and checked before lights out. No time out was issued by the judge (Mom) but the aspiring young grill master is on extended supervision until he's 7.

    Grilling facts from NFPA

    Be sure to use safe grilling practices as the peak months for grilling fires approach – June and July. Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,100 home fires in 2006-2010, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,200 home fires.

    Facts & figures

    In 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,600 home and outside fires. These 8,600 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.

    More than one-quarter (28%) of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, 28% started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and 6% started in the kitchen.

    Flammable or combustible gas or liquid was the item first ignited in almost half of home outdoor grill fires. In almost half (46%) of the home outdoor fires in which grills were involved, 53% of the outside gas grills, and 26% of gas grill structure fires, the fire started when a flammable or combustible gas or liquid caught fire.

    Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment," by Marty Ahrens, November 2012.

    So maybe some grilling safety tips and practices would be appropriate here:

    1.) Start out with a clean grilling surface, if Gas and there is a deflector plate in the grill, take some time to clean that as well, grease, and a little left over chicken skin build up can cause issues for you.

    2.) If your grill has a small grease collector underneath make sure that it is emptied.

    3.) Keep a Fire extinguisher handy at all times class B, ABC, or BC, and get some fire Extinguisher training

    4.) Understand your grill and know how to start it, whether gas or Charcoal. If you have a charcoal grill always use recommended starter fluid or electric starter. NEVER use gasoline!!

    5.) Have a pair of grill mitts I guess you would call that PPE (personal protective equipment) along with appropriate grilling utensils which would keep your hands away from the heat.

    6.) Keep Children and pets a safe distance from the grill, even after the job is done as the grill will remain hot for some time afterward.

    7.) If using charcoal, keep a bottle of water with a trigger sprayer at the ready, small flare ups can be handled with water. You can use this method with gas as well.

    8.) Know where the Gas shutoff is located. If there is a fire in the grill itself, turn off the gas and close the grill lid.

    9.) Be attentive to your grilling, relax with a root beer. Leaving the scene only invites disaster, and burned burgers

    10.) If your grill is on fire, don’t move it. Movement supplies oxygen to the fire and will cause your fire to burn hotter. Movement of course is also a bad idea considering the instability of the grill and surrounding surface.

    11.) Keep your grill a safe distance from a house, structure, or vehicle. You don’t need to invite the fire dept.to dinner. Also make sure to clear the clutter away from the grill to prevent Slips Trips and Falls. So sure you’ll need to do a survey for site safety.

    12.) Keep your phone handy, if you are unable to control your fire call 911 immediately

    If you need more information regarding fire extinguisher training or fire prevention visit us http://www.safetyinstruction.com/fire-prevention.html

    So there you have it. Summer is too short not to enjoy it . So enjoy it safely, and don’t become a NFPA statistic. PS. I like mine medium rare.



  • Fire Prevention Plan is for Everybody

    October is fire prevention month. This happens every October in commemoration of the “Great Chicago Fire” in 1871. Do you remember your school days when the local Fire Department visited? If you were lucky you got to sit in the fire truck and ring the bell. The Firemen reminded us, “Don’t play with matches” and talked about what to do in case of fire at home or at school. They gave us a red plastic fireman helmet and sent us home with something to color and a message for Mom and Dad. This past weekend I took my grandson to our local Pumpkin Fest, and he was treated to the same, you bet we took some pictures.

    fire prevention Well, we’re all a little older now, but the message is still the same all be it more detailed, and critical in nature due to our responsibilities as adults, Parents, employees, employers, and educators in safeguarding both life and property from fire. Here at safetyinstruction.com we take fire prevention and education seriously. In a report Dated April of 2012 by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) from 2006 to 2010, 42,800 mfg. fires were reported with a loss of 22 lives, and almost 1 Billion dollars in direct property damage. These are real numbers so we’ve put together a checklist for you for a fire prevention plan. There is no need to color it. Please look at it and use it. Morally, and legally it’s the right thing to do.

    1. Do you have an OSHA compliant Fire Prevention written safety plan? OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910.36, 1910.38, 1910.157, 1910.165
    2. Do you have an emergency evacuation plan? See OSHA regulation 1926.34
    3. Are Plant visitors, or outside contractors given orientation?
    4. What are employee responsibilities?
    5. What are my responsibilities for training?
    6. Are your employees trained in proper usage of fire extinguishers?
    7. When was the last time your fire extinguishers were inspected, are they compliant?
    8. Can we identify the different types of fire, and how to extinguish?
    9. Make a visual hazard assessment of potential sources of fire, identify, and document them
    10. Are Combustibles labeled and stored properly? Also consider combustible dust
    11. Are your smoke alarms and system up to date including new batteries if needed?
    12. Do you have the proper Protective equipment PPE for your employees including respiratory equipment and are employees trained in proper usage?
    13. Are you and your employees trained in First Aid?
    14. Has your sprinkler system been inspected recently?
    15. Who do you call in case of fire, is this posted in your plant office etc.?

    Share this list with your employees, and encourage them to do the same at home. In 2010 over 2600 (ref: NFPA) people were killed in home fires!!

    Now do yourself a favor. Do you have a smoke alarm at home? Have a little “Fire Drill” at home. After the kids and your “significant other” are sleeping, and conditions are otherwise normal in your home or apartment. Trip the alarm on your smoke alarm, and watch for reaction. How long does it take for the first one to hear it or do they hear it at all? I think you’ll find the results alarming (no pun intended). You might need to change things up. Please also have a plan: where are you going to meet outside in case of fire, and how are they going to get out there? Also consider a fire extinguisher party, it will be both fun and educational for you, and your family. Please share your results with us.

    If you have any questions always feel free to call us here at Safetyinstruction.com or e-mail us info@safetyinstruction.com Fire prevention is for everybody!

  • Fireworks Company Blasted for 31 Safety Violations

    There are just some jobs which put their workers at risk. Sometimes, this is part of the job and is inevitable. Most of the time, though, a lot of workplace incidents and mishaps can be avoided if only the right safety guidelines and inspections push through regularly. This has been the case for Global Pyrotechnic Solutions, a company cited by the OSHA for having committed 31 different safety violations. Records show that the company already has had previous employees sent to hospitals due to burn injuries and other disabilities. Learn more about the violations, the fines, and the future awaiting this company here.

  • Choosing the Best Fire Safety Training

    Providing your employees with fire safety training is more than just following the requirements of the law to avoid costly penalties; it is caring for the well-being of your workforce. Employee retention is just one of the benefits of prioritizing the safety of your employees. Alicia Sparks of wisegeek.com gives helpful tips on choosing a high quality fire safety training program.

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