|Hazardous Materials, Terrorism, Pandemic, Medical Emergencies
Accidents can happen anywhere at any time. You might be at home, at work, on vacation or in the car. While there are too many types of medical emergencies to discuss in detail, there are some tips that can help in any situation.
Medical emergency safety tips
- Consider wearing medical alert jewelry if you have health conditions that paramedics need to know about.
- Put an emergency contact number in your cell phone under the name ICE, which stands for in case of emergency, and program it with the number of a family member or friend you want contacted if you are injured.
- Call 911 immediately to report medical emergencies.
- Consider taking a CPR/first-aid class.
Chemicals are all around us. They purify drinking water, simplify household chores and help farmers, but hazards can occur during production, storage, transportation, use or disposal of chemicals. Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials.
Hazardous materials safety tips
- Limit the amount of chemicals that you purchase to those items and quantities that you will use in a reasonable amount of time.
- Isolate chemicals from other hazards by storing them away from flames, heat or where children can reach them.
- Eliminate chemicals that you no longer need. You can dispose of paint, used oil, antifreeze, cleaners, batteries, pesticides, weed killer, fertilizer, etc., for free at the Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- Separate chemicals that can react with one another, such as bleach and ammonia.
Terrorism is an act of violence or threats of violence against civilians or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies to achieve political, religious or ideological objectives. Terrorist tactics are often targeted to maximize fear and publicity. They usually use explosives or poison, but there also is concern about weapons of mass destruction. In addition to foreign terrorism, there have been domestic acts of terrorism.
Terrorism safety tips
Know the seven signs of terrorism:
- Seeking information
- Testing security
- Acquiring supplies
- Suspicious behavior
- Trial runs
- Getting into position
Watch out for suspicious activities and report them to the police.
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new flu virus emerges that people are not immune to and for which a vaccine does not exist. A pandemic disease is highly contagious and causes serious illness. It can sweep across the country and the world in a very short time. If a pandemic starts, everyone around the world is at risk.
Pandemic flu safety tips
Helpful links: Avian/Bird Flu Outbreak Background Information Avian/Bird Flu Fact Sheet Influenza Information Pandemic Preparedness Plan Plague Background Information Plague Fact Sheet
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and if you are sick or have flu symptoms, stay home.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your face, because germs can spread from your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Lead a healthy lifestyle. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.