What’s New at Safe-Wise?

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on Nov. 2, 2017, Kidde announced a recall of almost 38 million fire extinguishers sold in the United States. They may not work during a fire emergency if they become clogged and require a lot of force to use. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to strike and hurt someone. Kidde recommends owners immediately replace these fire extinguishers. The company is aware of one death when emergency responders couldn’t get the recalled extinguishers to work. There have been almost 400 reports of problems related to these Kidde fire extinguishers. Click HERE for information on specific model numbers involved with this recall. Kidde will replace recalled extinguishers for free. You can also contact Kidde directly at 855-271-0773 or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.



Study Shows Success of AEDs. According to an article from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a study published in the European Heart Journal that looked at data collected over an 18-year period in 252 sports centers in Italy found that neurologically intact survival was 93% for patients treated with an onsite Automated External Defibrillator (AED) compared to 9% without an AED. Onsite AED use significantly reduced the time to first shock from 7.3 minutes to 3.3 minutes. This reduction in response time is crucial for patient survival in a sudden cardiac arrest incident. Successful defibrillation is highly dependent on how quickly defibrillation occurs. For each minute in cardiac arrest, the chance of survival goes down by about 10%. After as few as 10 minutes, survival is unlikely. Organizations should ensure that Emergency Planning incorporates the delivery and use of an AED within a minimum of two minutes to all areas of the facility and / or property. Appropriate staff should be trained in CPR and the use of the specific onsite AED. AED’s should be checked and documented on a regularly scheduled basis to ensure the battery is fully charged, pads are not expired and all equipment including, at a minimum, a CPR mask, gloves, scissors, and a razor are present with the unit. Click HERE for additional information about AEDs in the workplace from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).



elaws – FirstStep Poster Advisor. The FirstStep Poster Advisor is designed to help employers comply with the poster requirements of several laws administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These laws require employers to display official DOL posters where employees can readily observe them. DOL provides the posters at no cost to employers. The Poster Advisor only provides information about Federal DOL poster requirements. You may want to contact your State Department of Labor to obtain information about your state’s requirements. The FirstStep Poster Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed by the DOL to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under Federal employment laws. To view the complete list of elaws Advisors visit the elaws website. Remember, posters should be updated on a yearly basis.



Updated Pool Chemical Handling Safety Document. In light of recent events involving pool chemical–associated injuries we have updated our Pool Chemical Handling Safety document. Aquatic facilities use and store many types of chemicals for cleaning, disinfection and sanitation. Handling and storage practices are crucial to preventing accidents and injuries. Staff must be aware of chemical properties and trained to follow safe handling practices. Click HERE to view our updated Pool Chemical Handling Safety document available on the Safe-Wise Consulting Online Resource Library.  Laminated Pool Chemical Safety: Storage posters can also be ordered for FREE through the CDC. Click HERE to download a PDF of the poster.



Updated Emergency Planning Guide: Accommodating for People with Disabilities. When preparing or reviewing your emergency plans, it’s important to involve people with disabilities in identifying needs and evaluating effective emergency management plans. Issues that have the greatest impact on people with disabilities include: notification, evacuation, areas of refuge, access to their mobility devices or service animals, and access to information. In planning for emergencies, you should consider the needs of people who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes or crutches, or people who have limited stamina. Plans should also include people who use oxygen or respirators, people who are blind or who have low vision, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people who have a cognitive disability, people with mental illness, and those with other types of disabilities. Additional support and information is available at ADA.gov and from the US Department of labor (DOL). Click HERE to view our updated Emergency Planning Guide for Non-profits located in the Safe-Wise Online Resource Library.



Safe-Wise Consulting Welcomes a New Staff Member.  Safe-Wise Consulting welcomes Alan C. Mogridge as their newest Safety and Risk Consultant.  Alan brings more than 20 years of YMCA practical knowledge and experience in aquatic safety & programming, wellness, day & resident camping and child care. In addition to his strong program background Alan has served as: Associate Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury YMCA, CT; Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Connecticut Coast – Valley Branch, CT; and as CEO for the Mount Desert Island YMCA, ME. Currently, Alan is focused on updating resources, website and newsletter development, but will be hitting the road later this year. Please help us welcome Alan to the Safe-Wise team.  Click HERE to learn more about Alan.