Archive for July 21, 2009

Made with Pride in the USA!

It is not a secret to anyone who lives in this great country of ours we call The United States of America, that our economy is in trouble. Big trouble. In the past, the USA was responsible for a large portion of the exporting, however, in recent years things have changed. Other countries are exporting their goods to the USA in large quantities that are produced at cheaper costs, which usually makes it less expensive for the end user. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? Spending less money. Cutting costs. Everyone wants to save a dollar, right? Well, as many of us Americans are purchasing products made in other countries, businesses are closing and jobs are being lost here at home.

So, why not buy American and keep our country going strong? Purchasing products from manufacturers located in the USA will boost the morale of the nation, which will in turn keep the American economy going. Typically, products that are made in the USA are of better quality because of the strict regulations, which produces a better quality products in the end. Buy American and save the American economy.

There are American citizens who only purchase American made products and take the time to do research to find out what products fit their standards. For some, cheaper price wins, no matter where the product came from. There are many safety products that are Made in the USA. Here are just a few of the most popular safety products that are American made:

Uvex and AO Safety make safety glasses for those seeking American made products. All meet ANSI Z87.1 standards. With a variety of shapes, lenses, colors, and styles available you will be sure to find what you are looking for.

If you have been looking for Uvex Protege safety glasses but have stopped short of purchasing because they aren’t made in the USA, well now you have no reason not to buy! As of July 2009, Uvex Protege are proudly made in the USA. Featuring a unique design, lightweight comfort, and exceptional performance.

The ever-so-popular Peltor Kids Earmuffs are also Made in the USA. These earmuffs provide excellent hearing protection for children with sensitive hearing and kids that need hearing protection. Perfect for kids up to age 7, these low profile earmuffs are lightweight and easy to wear. Most children aren’t bothered by the earmuffs and don’t fuss or take them off.

With the Swine Flu Pandemic all around us, you need to be protected. 3M Particulate Respirators are some of the most popular Swine Flu protection products in the market and they’re Made in the USA! You can’t go wrong with 3M respirators. 3M respirators are not only for protection against the Swine Flu, but their selection helps match the respirator to the work environment.

Every American has the ability to help prevent businesses downsizing or closing. When you buy American made products it helps keep our country working, and helps keep the companies that you work for in business, and it helps our country. So, don’t just be American, Buy American!

Hearing Protection For Shooting – Knowing Your Options

Active hunters and shooters know there aren’t many things more enjoyable than heading out to the local shooting range or bringing home dinner. However, most shooters neglect the importance of hearing protection. Shooting without hearing protection can cause permanent hearing damage that cannot be reversed! It’s important for both new and experienced shooters to find the proper hearing protection that works best for them.

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngogly (AAO), exposure to noise at or above the 80 to 85 decibels (db) range can produce injury to the ear. 80 – 85db! Did you know an average gunshot is at 140 decibels?

So if earplugs and earmuffs are so important why don’t shooters wear them? Well, some shooters will tell you wearing hearing protection can be a hassle at times. For some, disposable ear plugs are a pain in the butt to insert and earmuffs can interferer with shooting techniques. Well I’m here to inform everybody, where there’s a will there’s a way!

Earplugs: Earplugs are a great inexpensive way to protect your ears. The trick with earplugs is finding the right pair and size that fit comfortably in your ear canal. Usually, when earplugs cause discomfort they are not properly inserted. Today, there’s are a variety of earplugs on the market with many different features including “no roll down” earplugs and “no-touch” earplugs. These styles eliminate a lot of concerns.

Earmuffs: Earmuffs are a great solution for those who do not prefer earplugs. Standard earmuffs are rather inexpensive and offer a noise reduction level as high as 30db. Earmuffs are usually available in two models, the classic headband model or behind the ear models. Depending on the climate, wearing earmuffs for a long period of time can get rather warm.

Electronic Headsets: Shooting and Hunting Electronic Headsets are the most common among shooters. These headsets give shooters the best of both worlds. Instantaneous protection from dangerous noise such as gunfire, along with distortion free amplification of low level sounds such as range commands and conversations. However, some hunters will tell you they can get in the way. The Peltor Tactical Sport is a popular headset because it’s designed specifically for hunters and marksmen. It’s whole reason for being is to cut-out the loud noises while amplifying the low ones AND most importantly, not get in the way!

Wearing the proper hearing protection for shooting is a must. Now that you are aware of your options, the one you choose depends on your own personal preferences. Just know, something is better than nothing!

NFPA 1901 – Safety Standards

This post is meant to give a brief overview of these requirements. To learn specifics and more in-depth requirements, visit NFPA website. As of January 1, 2009, the NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus requires that all Fire Apparatus Vehicles must have Public Safety Vests that meet ANSI/ISEA 207. To learn more about ANSI/ISEA 207 approved Safety Vests click here. NFPA 1901 includes additional safety standards that are required for Automotive Fire Apparatus’ to be equipped with in order to maximize firefighter capabilities and minimize risk of injuries.

NFPA Standards for Fire Apparatus applies to contracts signed on or after January 1, 2009. In addition to ANSI/ISEA 207 Public Safety Vests, NFPA 1901 safety standards include, but are not limited to, the following:

Public Safety Vests:

  • One vest for each seating position
  • Five-point breakaway feature – two at the shoulders, two at the sides, and one at the front (NFPA)

Vehicle Data Recorder:

  • Capture data once per second in 48 hour loop
  • Minute by minute summary stored for 100 engine hours
  • Software to download information (NFPA)

Vehicle Stability:

  • Requires one of the following:
  • Remain stable to 26.5 degrees in both directions on tilt table
  • Calculated center of gravity no higher than 80% of vehicle height
  • Have a vehicle stability system (NFPA)

Additional Equipment:

  • One traffic vest for each seating position
  • 5 fluorescent orange traffic cones
  • 5 illuminate warning devices
  • 1 automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Step ladder or multipurpose ladder (must meet ANSI A14.2 or ANSI A14.5) (NFPA)

Diesel Particulate Filter – if provided:

  • Regeneration process must be activiated by two methods:
  • Automatically by the engine system
  • Manually when initiated by activiation of a switch
  • Switch required that will inhibit DPF regeneration
  • Icon to indicate that the DPF requires active regeneration (NFPA)

Low Voltage Electrical

  • 45 amps on minimum continuous electrical load
  • Ground lighting and surface lighting
  • Driving/crew compartment interior lighting
  • Compartment lighting at floor with no shelves, dividers, or equipment (NFPA)

Seat Belts:

  • Type 1 – Lap Belt 60 inches
  • Type 2 – Pelvic and upper torso 110 inches (NFPA)

Retroreflective Striping:

  • At least 50% retroreflective strippping in a chevron pattern sloping downward at a 45° angle
  • Each strip 6 in. in width (NFPA)

Aerial Devices:

  • Minimum rated capacity constant throughout entire operating envelope
  • Interlock required to prevent operating into an unstable position
  • An indicator to allow the operator to determine maximum extenstion (NFPA)

Foam Systems:

  • Required to be tested and certified by final installer at 3 specific test points (NFPA)

Air Systems:

  • Compressor required to have air quality monitoring (NFPA)

Trailers:

  • Type I – remain connected to tow vehicle and are dependent on each other for required electrical power and conspicuity
  • Type II – allow separation from tow vehicle after arrival and are not dependent on the tow vehicle for electrical power
  • Type III – open trailers designed to transport other vehicles, equipment, or containers that will be used off the trailer. (NFPA)

Fire Extinguisher Types – What kind should I get?

There are so many fire extinguishers on the market, selecting the proper one might get a little confusing. Purchasing the correct fire extinguisher can save lives and property. It’s recommend for everyone to have at least one fire extinguisher at home and is required by OSHA to have them present at the workplace.

Before selecting a fire extinguisher you should know that not all fires are the same. Different fuels create different fires and require different types of fire extinguishers. Fires are divided into five classes, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class K. Everyone should become familiar with these classes and their symbols.

In order for a fire to exist there must but four elements present: oxygen, heat, fuel, and a chemical reaction. By removing one of these four elements you will extinguish the fire.


Fire Extinguisher Types:

CLASS A – Water and Foam Extinguishers, Water Mist Extinguishers, Wet Chemical Extinguishers, Dry Chemical Extinguishers

CLASS A:B – Water and Foam Extinguishers, Dry Chemical Extinguishers

CLASS A:B:C – Halogenated or Clean Agent Extinguishers, Dry Chemical Extinguishers, Halon Extinguishers

CLASS A:C – Water Mists, Dry Chemical,

CLASS B:C – Carbon Dioxide Extinguishers, Dry Chemical Extinguishers, Halogenated or Clean Agent Extinguishers, Halon

CLASS D – Dry Powder Extinguishers

CLASS A:K – Wet Chemical Extinguishers

Seems pretty easy right? The type of fire extinguisher you need will be determined by the fire class you will be extinguishing. Please keep in mind some types of fire extinguishing agents can be used on more than one class of fire. Others have warnings where it would be dangerous for you to use a particular fire extinguishing agent.