Sunday, February 23, 2014

Don't Take Chances With Deadly Carbon-Monoxide

 This entry was originally posted to our Facebook page, but repeated here for non-Facebook users.

The carbon monoxide poisoning event at a Long Island mall, which killed one person and sickened dozens of people, should serve as a vivid reminder of the very real danger posed by this invisible and odorless killer.

I have experienced first-hand, how easily it can happen. If it had not been for an alert neighbor, myself and my family would have surely died.

Please, please make sure your home (or business) has CO detectors installed, and maintain them with the same vigilance in which you should also be maintaining your smoke detectors.

If the alarm sounds, DO NOT HESITATE to call 911. Your local fire department will be more than happy to respond with their own specialized equipment to determine if there is a danger present. DON'T ASSUME that the detector is broken or malfunctioning. DON'T IGNORE even a short alert from the alarm that does not repeat. DON'T BE EMBARRASSED by a fire engine pulling up in front of your house at 2 in the morning with lights flashing. Let the experts do their job, and make sure you are safe.

As a former firefighter myself I responded to MANY CO calls where the person calling was embarrassed or thought it was really no big deal. And from time to time, it WAS a big deal. Even without symptoms of illness, on some occasions CO levels were dangerously high and equipment was malfunctioning. Also keep in mind too, that even a low CO level release due to faulty equipment can be a sign of an impending fire hazard as well, in a furnace or hot water heater for example.

Sorry for the big long post here, but as a former firefighter and CO poisoning survivor, I can't stress enough how serious this threat really is. And I hope this recent tragedy serves as an example that will actually save lives in the future.

Be safe. 

Faulty pipe blamed for deadly Long Island carbon monoxide leak

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Take This Test to Measure Your Ability to Use the Phone While Driving

Cognition is imperative to the full-spectrum dynamics of any driving situation. 

Accuracy is imperative here. This selective attention test will gauge your cognitive capability.

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Also check out this info:

Cell Phone Use as Dangerous as Drunken Driving
Drivers who talk on either handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers, according to experimental research conducted by Drs. Frank Drews, David Strayer, and Dennis L. Crouch of the University of Utah.

The study reinforced earlier research showing that hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as handheld cell phone.

“If legislators really want to address driver distraction, then they should consider outlawing cell phone use while driving.” says Dr. Drews.

Both handheld and hands-free cell phones impaired driving, with no significant difference in the degree of impairment. That “calls into question driving regulations that prohibited handheld cell phones and permit hands-free cell phones,” the researchers write.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sign Petition to Ban Gun Ownership!

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf