Home Defibrillator

How does a Home Defibrillator Work

Children Play Doctor - Home Defibrillator

Children Play Doctor - Home Defibrillator (used with permission)

A home defibrillator is the latest in home safety equipment.  A home defibrillator is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and lets you know if they require a shock. If the person needs a shock, the machine will allow the caregiver to administer the shock to the ailing person.

 It is simple to use as it utilizes voice prompts, text messages, and lights to let you know what to do next with the person who is having heart trouble. It can make the difference of life or death for a family member or friend who might suffer a heart attack while in your home. These machines are safe, easy to use, and accurate.

 Defibrillators have been a requirement for ambulances and paramedics vehicles.  They have now also being placed in large venues such as sports arenas, gated communities, shopping malls, churches, schools and places that normally have larger crowds. The American Heart Association supports making defibrillators available.  They do advise that the users get proper training and training is readily available.

 How to Use a Home Defibrillator and its Safety Training

 Home defibrillators machines provide you with step-by-step instruction and thus are extremely easy to use.  ,It is important though to know that it is the correct time to utilize this equipment. In other words it is important to recognize that this person is actually having cardiac arrest?

It is recommended that you have three components of safety training: CPR, how to recognize a heart attack, and training on how to use the defibrillator,   These three components fit together nicely. The first aid training teaches you how to recognize a heart attack, the home defibrillator training teaches you how to operate the machine, and almost always CPR is involved with this trio so this is why the combination can be so very important. The first aid training along with the other forms of training let you know important factors such as not to use them on children under eight years of age.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Comes without Warning

 A person does not know when sudden cardiac arrest or heart failure can occur. Any time unexpected cardiac arrest attacks, the heart’s electrical processes fails and short circuits, resulting in trembling of the heart instead of a regular rhythmic pumping.  This often creates ventricular fibrillation (VF), which is an irregular heart rhythm.  This even occurs for people that have not had signs of heart disease and will generally occur without any warning. In addition, it frequently occurs in the home.  A defibrillator needs to be applied within five minutes, for the best chance of recovering. It is unfortunate that very few survive mostly because the defibrillator does not arrive in time.  The actual statistics are that less than one in twenty survives.    A defibrillator will not save every person who suffers a sudden heart attack.   This is the same as in a car accident where seat belts do not always save everyone’s life.  Yet if people could be treated with a defibrillator faster, it would save lives.  Thus, a home defibrillator can offer added security for your family and friends.

 The picture used in this blog post is Children Play Doctor from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Home Defibrillator blog post with permission from the photographer.

Power Tool Safety Equipment at Home

 Big Jobs are Much Easier with Power Tools

Young Builder with Power Tool Safety Equipment

Young Builder with Power Tool Safety (used with permission)

Your projects will be much easier to complete with the proper use of the right power tool.  These types of projects might be at the office, home, or even the workplace. Whatever the location or task, power tool safety is one thing we all need to follow. While power tools are extremely helpful, also, they are sharp and often very loud.  If you do not use them correctly, you can be injured seriously and even fatally injured. 

Power Tool Safety is

Important at Home

Although the majority of businesses require employees to make use of the right safety equipment when operating power tools, there’s nothing to control this process when you use them at home. Many people fail to make use of the proper safety equipment because they don’t want the additional cost of purchasing it. Have you noticed the prices of power tool safety equipment? It is less expensive than the expense of any medical visit. Some others choose not to use safety equipment because they’re in a rush or because they’re very comfortable utilizing particular power tools.

Power Tool Safety Equipment

Depends on the Job at Hand

The particular safety products you’ll need depends upon the power tool you are operating. Each instruction manual will have information on the recommended safety equipment you need to have on whenever you operate that power tool. When you start a project, it is best to plan the safety items you will need.

Safety Goggles

Safety goggles are a necessary safety product to use when operating most power tool equipment. Safety goggles protect your eyes from flying debris, or dirt, or other pieces of materials. Sometimes saw blades break and pieces are propelled into the air. Thus, safeguarding your eyes with safety goggles is essential.  If you are, utilizing particular power tools that put you at risk of flying objects a complete face shield will provide complete face protection.

Work Gloves

A good pair of tough work gloves is important when operating power tool equipment.  Gloves will protect your hands when you’re working around sharp objects or wood that may splinter.  Gloves are very important when you are working with power tools outside like cutting trees or brush cut clearing the yard. 

Proper Clothing

The correct clothing is essential too. It is advisable to wear long sleeves to avoid burns and cuts, yet be sure that the clothing is not too loose. When it is, you risk it getting twisted up with the power tool. Tuck in shirts and only wear clothing that fits you properly. Focus on your shoes too. Be sure they have a non-slip sole. Steel toed shoes are appropriate if there is any risk of something falling on your foot while operating your power tool. 

Ear Protection

Power tools can make very loud noises. In this case, safety protection of your hearing is important and you should wear ear protection like ear plugs. Hearing loss is often a major problem, and you ought to do all you can to maintain your present hearing level. A respirator is a excellent idea if you are dealing with any kind of power tool that produces dust including sanders and routers. It may be beneficial to be sure there is a source of fresh air getting into your work area too. A respirator ensures you will not be breathing in dangerous chemicals or dust that’s generated.

Power Tool Safety is Well Worth the Investment

Power tools certainly are great to use and minimize the time it requires to finish a project. It is crucial you take the time to wear the correct safety equipment whenever you operate them. The investment is well worth saving you from injuries or even death. Regardless of how careful you are, or how experienced you are at operation, or how small of a job it is, accidents involving power tools can happen very quickly.  Think about and wear safety equipment so that you are ready if and when accidents occur.

The picture used in this blog post is Young Builder from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Power Tool Safety Equipment  blog post with permission from the photographer.

Leaving Home for a Trip

Always notify someone in your neighborhood when you intend to be away from home. One of the most inexpensive ways to secure your home is to work with your neighbors in a neighborhood watch program. Community policing programs such as a local neighborhood watch have shown great success in reducing property crime. Work with a group of concerned and willing neighbors to set up a neighborhood watch program. Communities with active neighborhood watch programs provide the best all around defense against burglaries by monitoring and reporting suspicious activity, checking on neighbors and visually inspecting homes where neighbors are gone on vacation.

Tips to follow when you are away from home

1) When on vacation do not advertise that you will be gone

2) Remember to stop mail and newspaper delivery – Piles of mail and newspaper are sure sign that no one is home.

3) Always advise your neighbors in your neighborhood watch program. They provide oversight that is the best deterrent to a potential burglary.

Don’t Be A Victim

Facts to Keep In Mind

  • A burglary takes place every Eleven seconds.
  • Residential theft is most prevalent in the South.
  • February has the least amount of recorded residential thefts and July has the largest number.
  • 60% of housebreaks occur during daylight hours.
  • Residential robbery is most prevalent in the morning and mid-afternoon.
  • 65% of all burglaries are by forcible entry and 25% are by entry without force through an open window or unlocked doors.
  • Only 7% of burglaries were interrupted in the process resulting in burglars being frightened off.

Develop good security practices to keep your property safe. A good resource for burglary prevention information is on www.NCPC.org (The National Crime Prevention Web Site).   Review the scenario below to identify ways to prevent this type of crime at your house.

A burglary … is as easy as one, two, and three

1) Burglars look for entry through an area hidden or dark. As an example, they have concealed easy access with window hidden behind tall bushes or trees.

2) The first stop for a theft is in the master bedroom where they look for items of large value. This would include cameras, cash, and jewelry. The burglar then looks for small appliances and electronic equipment. They would be looking for items that can be easily carried out of the house like computers, VCRs, and stereo equipment.

3) Finally, they would make a quick stop in the garage to look for power tools and athletic equipment like bikes and golf clubs.

4) All items are loaded into a van or car to allow them to get away a fast.

Safety Guidelines for Children

Teach your children how to be safe and why it is important.

Make sure you know where your children are and what they are doing.

Coach your children so they always know how to contact you or another dependable adult.

Train your children to provide their name, address, phone number, and your cell phone number when asked.

Make it a practice to become acquainted with the adults and children with which your child spends time.

Meet all potential babysitters and ask for references.

Make sure your children are involved in activities with adequate adult supervision.

Keep computers with internet access in clear sight.

Listen to your child. Believe them if they indicate the words or actions of another individual made them uncomfortable.