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Number 5 October, 2000
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IN THIS ISSUE
1. Current Concerns
2. Fire Safety
3. The World of Risk
4. For New Parents
5. It Was in the News
1. ANIMALS ON THE ROAD
Last October, I was driving from Edmonton to Calgary at about
8 p.m. Without warning, a large White-Tail deer ran in front
of my car. I hit him. He was scooped up onto the hood, smashed
against my windshield and sent up to deer heaven.
Both my airbags activated, and my little Neon was almost a write-
off. It could have been worse. Traffic was very heavy. Fortunately,
I was able to keep the car on the road and ease it off onto the
shoulder without causing a collision.
As a paramedic, I have attended several crashes involving
animals on the road where the occupants of the vehicles have
been killed. When a car hits a large animal such as a moose,
horse or cow, often the animal's legs are knocked out from under
them and the animal comes through the windshield. This will
happen instantly and with extreme force. The results are
devastating. Broken necks and severe chest and head injuries are
common. A collision like this can also cause the driver to lose
control and head into oncoming traffic.
With the daylight hours shrinking and animals becoming more active,
we all need to use extreme caution. Slow down. And don't just
keep your eyes on the road; scan the ditches as well.
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2. FIRE SAFETY
Fire Prevention Week is October 8th -14th this year. This is a
good time to remind you to replace your old smoke alarms. You
should also have a regular routine for testing the alarms and
replacing the batteries.
Here are the facts:
The potential failure rate for a 10-year-old smoke alarm is as
high as 30 percent.
One third of all smoke alarms currently installed in North
America are at least 10 years old.
Over 25 percent of battery-powered smoke alarms do not work
because the batteries are dead.
Replace your smoke alarms before they reach the 10 year mark.
Test your alarm at least once a month, and replace the batteries
at least once a year.
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3. THE WORLD OF RISK & LUCK
The risk that someone who has diabetes does not know it is 50%.
The risk that an adult has a food allergy is 3%.
The odds of you dying from meningitis this year is 1 in 1,000,000.
The chances that your tractor will overturn and kill you this year
if you are a farmer is 1 in 25,000.
The most common type of disease caused by work is skin disorders.
The typical American worker is 300% more likely to die during
leisure time away from the job than at work.
Source: The Book of Risks by Larry Laudan
4. FOR PARENTS
For most children, the end of October means costumes, candy and a
good time. For parents, though, Halloween is a time for special
safety considerations. Let's face it, having a group of excited
children running about in costumes can create all sorts of hazards.
Trick or treating activities should always be supervised by a
A few things to keep in mind to help the kids stay safe:
Avoid baggy costumes that may cause a child to trip. Remember,
they will be going up and down stairs all night.
Masks can be very uncomfortable. But an even bigger concern is
that masks may reduce a child's vision. To fix this problem, try
disguising your little one by using non-toxic face paint and a
bit of imagination.
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5. IT WAS IN THE NEWS!
For three days, a 75-year-old man who was partially paralyzed
from a stroke sat in a 4.5 foot deep hole that was created when
the outhouse he was sitting on collapsed. An alert postal worker
noticed that the man's mailbox was full and went looking for him.
Contrary to popular belief, very few cowboys died from gunshot
wounds. Most died from horse-related incidents. One of the most<
common causes of death was drowning while trying to cross swollen
rivers on horseback.
A college motorcycle instructor died of head injuries from a bike
crash that occurred while he was giving a demonstration to students.
The instructor hit some gravel and flew over the handlebars. He
was not wearing a helmet.
Experts at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in
Providence, Rhode Island, were astounded to learn that, although
one woman's blood alcohol was 0.537, she was still able to walk.
At 0.08, you're legally drunk. At this woman's level, you're
considered legally dead.
WHERE MARTIN HAS SPOKEN LATELY AND WILL BE
CN Rail (twice) Edmonton,Alberta
CN Rail, Winnipeg, Manitoba
CN Rail, Prince George B.C.
Manitoba Safety Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Imperial Oil (five talks) Calgary, Alberta
Husky Oil, Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Freightways, Banff, Alberta
Manitoba Hydro, Gilliam, Manitoba
Workers Compensation Board Conference, Charlottetown, PEI
New Brunswick Workplace Health Safety & Compensation, Saint John, NB
New Mexico Mutual Casualty Company, Albuquerque, NM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Orlando, Florida
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