Posts Tagged ‘CDC’

Keeping Cool: More than Comfort, In Crisis

July 2, 2013

Summer is in full effect and with it comes the heat!  The CDC has some great tips to help us get through this safely.

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  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

It’s no accident that air conditioning is at the top of the list.  It is the number one line of defense against the heat.   By all means get outside and enjoy the season, but make sure you have a safe place to retreat to when it gets too hot.

Keeping the AC in your home in good working order is more than a matter of comfort, it’s about safety!



Spring Ahead and Think Ahead Too: Save Yourself From More than a Headache from Carbon Monoxide!

March 8, 2012

Here is an excellent reminder from the CDC for those who need to adjust to daylight savings this Sunday March 11, 2012: change the batteries in your CO detector.   CO Poisoning can be stopped

I’ve mentioned the dangers of CO in our homes in past posts such as in Testing: more than efficiency for safety’s sake  or A Bad Idea: unvented gas fire place.  I suspect CO may even have an unintended influence on us after Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s a simple thing to check the batteries or maybe just test the unit as some are hardwired.  It is also important to make sure your CO detector alarms at low levels of carbon monoxide.  The UL standards for CO detectors start at a level of 70 PPM for a 1-2 hour exposure.  Higher levels are obviously worse, but I think the lower range is just as dangerous. CO in the air robs us of oxygen and to be safe, I’d like the levels in my home to be zero.

The U.S. consumer product safety commission suggests that most folks are not affected in the low exposure ranges of 1-70 PPM.  Funny because others, such as The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has established a recommended exposure limit of 35 PPM.  We spend as much time if not more in our homes than on the job.  This is important!

35 PPM is the same maximum level Building Performance Institute certified advisors watch out for when performing assessments on homes, but really we don’t want CO in our homes at all.  As we change our clocks and the days get longer, let’s consider longer and healthier lives as well!  

Thanks, Jason

A few more great uses for LED lighting: defense against zombie attacks!

October 19, 2011
 While we have talked about LED primarily in the efficiency sense, it seems to me that another great use for LED lighting is defense against zombie attacks!

Ben fighting the good fight in Night of the Living Dead

Well, mind control may be a good tool.  The New York Times blogged about this lately, how LED lighting can be used to interfere with melatonin the hormone secreted from the pineal gland linked to sleepyness.  Brings to mind the movie “From Beyond” by HP Lovecraft the mastermind behind Re-animator  where scientists stimulated the pineal gland and opened up a parallel universe. Horrors for sure, link clickers beware.  On second thought mind control might not work on zombies.

The CDC has put out the very useful guide how to survive a zombie apocalypse, but I might add a few tools.  For one, weapons aren’t mentioned much, and I have to say very important but really a last resort grab whatever you can. 

If stranded in a farmhouse under attack, I’d want to stand beside my hero, Ben from Night of the Living Dead (played by Duane Jones a former English professor and the first African American actor portrayed as the hero in a horror film, for that matter cast in a major motion picture when the role did not specify the part had to be played by a black actor).  Ben grabbed whatever he could, and since they only had a single shot gun, the biggest problem was keeping the zombies out.  

And since I’m venturing in wild speculation, it just may be that now there is a way.  The new scientist reported a company has developed something that will come in handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse,  fingerprint activated locks.  This company Dermalog Identification Systems in Hamburg, Germany while not intending to defend us from zombie attack seems to have the perfect device.  Here’s why: Apparently their sensors check to see how a finger reacts to being scanned. Living tissue blanches or changes color being that the blood is squeezed out of capillaries when its pushes on a surface.  

From the article:     living fingers absorbed LED light at 550 nanometres on first contact and then at 1450 nanometres as the skin blanched when fully contacting the sensor (Forensic Science International, DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.05.014).

Dead fingers don’t.

Of course, if the zombies simply claw through the door, we’re right back where we started.

LED lights to the rescue, who cares about efficiency?  On second thought, I think I’m staying inside for the 31st, locks already ordered.  But I can spend that day switching to LED lighting for other reasons and (hopefully!!) leave the zombie control to someone else.

Happy Halloween!


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