Recognizing PTSD in Fire Fighters: 5 Warning Signs

Recognizing PTSD in Fire Fighters: 5 Warning Signs

Recognizing PTSD in Fire Fighters: 5 Warning Signs Most fire fighters and paramedics are exposed to potentially traumatic events as a normal part of their jobs. Following certain bad calls, some may have a strong reaction. They replay the event in their minds, have difficulty sleeping or experience strong, upsetting thoughts and feelings. By talking with others and engaging in self-care, these common stress reactions often subside over time. However, when these symptoms persist or intensify, or there’s a delayed stress reaction months or years after an event, the fire fighter or paramedic could be experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition. Help is possible, but only if fire fighters and paramedics recognize the signs of this condition and talk about them. Fortunately, the stigma…
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More than 40M fire extinguishers that may not work recalled

More than 40M fire extinguishers that may not work recalled

40 Million Kiddie Fire Extinguishers Recalled This photo from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website shows a Kidde plastic handle fire extinguisher. More than 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled by Kidde because they might not work. The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through Aug. 15, 2017. It includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015, the commission said Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) More than 40 million fire extinguishers , some on the market for more than four decades, are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency. One death has been linked to problems with the extinguishers…
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Fire Prevention Tips for Employees

Fire Prevention Tips for Employees

  Fire Prevention is a Hot Topic Fire safety is an important workplace topic throughout the year. While death and injury are the greatest risks and the ones with which most people are familiar, fires also destroy jobs. In fact, many of the workplaces that are destroyed by fire are never rebuilt. Here are some general tips for a fire-safe workplace to share with your employees. Ways to Prevent a Workplace Fire Preventing fires is everyone’s job. We all need to be alert to anything that could cause a fire, and take responsibility to report any problem areas so they can be corrected. Here are some reminders about fire prevention: 1. Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency…
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What To Do in Case of Fire

What To Do in Case of Fire

What To Do in Case of Fire It’s also important that you have a clear idea what to do in case a fire does occur. Know your company’s emergency procedures and your role in them. Sound the alarm so the building occupants can escape. Proceed to the designated assembly area outside the building. If you are trained to do so, you might be able to fight a small fire with a portable extinguisher. Choose the right extinguisher for the type of fire, and keep a clear escape route. As you leave, shut down machinery or process equipment according to your company’s emergency plan. Take fire drills seriously. They are organized to save lives and property in case of the real thing.
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