“Hello. My name is Brad and I’m a volunteer firefighter/EMT for a rural area fire department in North Carolina. Several months ago, I saw the Resqme on YouTube and thought it was worth a buy. I attached it to my key ring and it has stayed there since. That is, until yesterday.
Our fire department got a call for a motor vehicle accident with a pin-in. I arrived on scene about 5 minutes later, geared up and went to work. The patient inside the car was in bad condition and trapped very badly. All 4 doors on the vehicle were jammed shut, preventing us from getting to the patient. As a few of the other firefighters braced the car, my lieutenant ordered me to bust the windows so that we could get to the patient inside. Knowing that time was of the essence, I started towards our fire truck to find a tool to break the glass when I remembered the Resqme on my key ring in my truck. I retrieved it and ran back to the wrecked vehicle where I used it to bust the windows we needed to gain access to the patient (without sending the end of a harmful tool inside the vehicle). Thus helping in our overall safety and extraction of the patient.
The Resqme proved itself invaluable yesterday as it helped us save valuable time and increase safety in extricating our patient. I will be buying several more in the near future for my gear as well will my fellow firefighters on the department.
Your tool really made a difference in my ability to do my job. I’m grateful. I’ll attach a few photos of me with my resqme.
Thanks again, Brad. “
Writen By Guest Author: Stella Fin
When you’re on the road, you’re automatically prone to accidents. However, some people are more prone to road accidents than others and they are people who are employed as drivers. These include bus drivers, truck drivers, heavy vehicle drivers and delivery drivers and anyone who drives as part of their job. Here are some tips that both employers and employees can use for safe work related driving to minimize the likelihood of road accidents.
- Control Driving Hours
It is an employer’s duty to control the daily driving hours by assigning tasks accordingly. The recommended limit for driving each day is 9 hours in total. Also, no driver must be required to drive more than 4 hours consecutively. A break after a few hours is necessary to prevent accidents and ensure the driver is alert at all times during driving.
- Avoid Tight Delivery Deadlines
Employers must make sure not to assign tight delivery deadlines to drivers as they may resort to rash driving, which increases the risks of accidents by many folds. Employers must assign each drivers tasks accordingly to ensure the business operations run smooth without any mishaps or accidents.
- Think of Alternative Arrangements
Is driving unavoidable? Can the meeting be done via telephone, video chat or any other way? Can you send someone on foot, or on bike? An employer must answer these questions to think of ways to avoid driving as it increases the risk of work related driving accidents.
- Ensure Insurance Coverage for Employees
Every state has laws for worker safety, thus employers should offer a workers compensation benefits program or insurance coverage to help employees in case of a work related injury. This works for the benefit of employees. An employer has the right to hire a work injury lawyer to file a lawsuit in case the employer denies benefits.
- Certificate for Good Condition for Vehicle
All employers must issue a written document that states that the vehicle is safe for driving. This especially is essential for vehicles that are older than three years. These documents should be revised and the vehicles should be investigated once a year to see whether they’re up to working standards.
- Follow Road Safety Rules
First and foremost, all employees must follow the prescribed road and driving safety rules. This includes not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ensuring passengers are safe when a driver is behind the wheels, driving on a particular side of the road, rules for overtaking, driving in different weather conditions, etc.
- Know Emergency Measures
Drivers should know what actions to take in case of an emergency situation. E.g. in case of an accident or in case of vehicle failure, poor weather conditions, etc. You must have the knowledge of different routes, have some knowhow about the red signs in a vehicle so you can detect problems and have them sorted before they occur and cause accidents.
- Drive Within Speed Limits
The importance of driving within speed limits can never be overemphasized. As a driver, it is your responsibility to make sure you follow road safety rules and drive within the given speed limits, follow the signboards, not cross the red traffic sign, etc.
- Follow Instructions from Employer
It is very important to follow the route advised by the employer. This will help you and employer stay on the same page and will allow the employer to make necessary arrangements accordingly in case of emergency.
- Report Vehicle Defects
It is also important for you to report any defects in the vehicle to the immediate manager and make sure to not to drive that vehicle. Most employers will take action and cease the use of such a vehicle until it is safe for driving.
Work related injuries due to road accidents are common. It is important for both employer and employee to ensure that all safety precautions are taken to minimize the occurrence of unfortunate incidents which can result in huge losses for a business in form of vehicle costs, penalties and charges, poor traffic records, and high number of workers compensation claims.
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What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit
By Guest Author: Samuel Joyce
Drivers face a plethora of crisis every day. Traffic jams, rough weather, flat tires, dead batteries, stranded miles away from a gas station or eatery, in the middle of the night, overheated radiators and much more. Whether you are few hundred kilometers out of your hometown or on the other side of the country, your only immediate friend in crisis is an emergency kit. Always keep it stacked with all the necessary items that would help you come out of the difficult situations.Image via Flick User State Farm
Your car emergency kit should contain the following:
First Aid Kit
Must have of all is the first aid kit. Pack your first aid kit with all the essentials like latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, adhesive bandages- small and large, non-adhesive bandages, gauze, iodine, aspirin and medical tape.
Water-the elixir of life, is the most important item you should keep in your car. Never travel without it.
Keep emergency hammer like window breaker, seat belt cutter and fluorescent orange for signaling. Lug wrench, box cutter, screwdriver, are the basic tools that always need to be kept in the car. The kit should include jumper cables, a tire gauge, a fuel/fluid siphon and a couple of reflective triangles and flat road flares.
USB mobile device charger
The only connection between you and your family is a phone in crisis. A phone with a dead battery is useless. To avert such a situation, always keep a mobile device charger in your car.
Any emergency kit is incomplete without flashlights. In emergencies after dusk, if you are not able to search the things needed, then the entire stacking is pointless. Keep one flashlight with a strong beam. You can keep LED flashlights. They are cheap– two are enough. Always keep flashlight batteries in a jar outside the flashlight.
With smart phones in almost every pocket, road maps seem obsolete. However, what if you are stuck at a place outside the range of your GPS signal or the phone battery is dead. The GPS may also not help. At such places, only a road map or an atlas can help.
Carry a tire in a good condition assorted with a tire jack and tire iron. But, just keeping a tire is not sufficient. You must know how to change the tire as well.
Jumper cables are perfect to deal with a sudden breakdown of batteries. It will not provide a full charge but would be enough to get back home or a service station nearby.
Remember, if the battery is in a bad shape, visit a mechanic or auto parts store with a certified battery charger. You can also exercise the option of mobile car battery replacement which is available everywhere these days, whether you are in Melbourne, Johannesburg or Colorado. They repair and replace your alternator or starter motor. By keeping jumper cables, you can assist a stranded fellow as well.
If you are a victim of tire blowout stranded in the darkness or in low visibility conditions. Convey your distress to the passing vehicles by lighting roadside flares around the perimeter of the car or set-up reflective triangles.
Lighter or matches
It is wise to keep a pack of matches or a simple lighter in the emergency kit. With these, you can light a campfire or heat food or water or drive away the animals.
Keep a good supply of healthy snacks like nuts, muesli bars, dried fruits, wrapped energy bars in the car. These are useful even if you are not facing any crisis.
Keep spare clothes in the car. You might need them in sudden weather changes like rain or snow to layer up. Like clothes, keep extra blankets. They are the best means to keep you warm when the temperatures fall.
Pack your car emergency kit with all the above and have a safe drive!
Samuel Joyce is an automobile expert with keen interest in car safety. Safety while driving on the road is important and wheels, car battery and other parts also form an integral part of it. He has also given reviews for cheap car batteries Melbourne that have helped many to make the best choice when buying a car battery.
resqme, Inc. is proud to report that Jeanna Marie from Pennyslvania recently used her resqme tool that was gifted to her a few years ago to help save a trapped driver. Her account of the incident from her Facebook page:
Late this afternoon, I came upon a 4 car accident moments after it happened at a busy intersection in Shadyside. The driver (who allegedly caused the accident) apparently went into diabetic shock and was stuck in his vehicle that wrecked into a sign post and was smoking badly from the engine (scary sight after seeing images from the Paul Walker accident). He couldn’t get out of the truck and we couldn’t get into him. I grabbed my ResQMe from my car (that my mom gave me a few years ago) and was able to easily and quickly break the 2 side windows so we could pull him out and away from the burning vehicle. Pleeeeeeease consider getting one of these handy gadgets for you and all of your loved ones. They break glass and cut seat belts if you are ever stuck in your car. At only $10 they are totally worth it (would make a great stocking stuffer)! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000IDYKNC
We want to commend Jeanna Marie for her life-saving efforts and the bravery she displayed in responding to this vehicle emergency. We’re thrilled to see the effectiveness of our resqme tool in everyday situations. Please contact us if you ever have a similar story to share!
resqme, Inc. is proud to work with United Hatzalah of Israel. This past August, resqme, Inc. made a donation of 2400 resqme tools to United Hatzalah of Israel, the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization in Israel. The goal of United Hatzalah is to reduce emergency response time and save as many lives as they can.
Recently, resqme, Inc. Founder and President, Laurent Colasse, after viewing a CNN segment on United Hatzalah, decided he could help by sending resqme tools to be used by volunteer first responders. Colasse, motivated by a need to help save lives, contacted United Hatzalah and offered the resqme tools. Colasse is dedicated to helping saves lives around the world and hopes the resqme tool can help United Hatzalah volunteers “when seconds count…” Response time is key in saving lives and the faster help arrives, the better the chances for those in need. resqme, Inc., as part of the Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel network is proud to support their mission: To save as many lives as possible.
United Hatzalah founder, Eli Beer, realizing that Israel did not have a conventional centralized first responder network hoped to incorporate the Hatzalah model already established in the United States by the Hasidic Jewish community in New York. Hatzalah means “rescue” or “relief” in Hebrew. Founded in 2006, United Hatzalah is now comprised of over 2000 volunteers who are either EMTs, paramedics, or doctors who are able to respond in under three minutes to any medical emergency in their immediate area. Today, United Hatzalah helps to break down barriers within Israeli society as Jewish and non-Jewish, male and female, religious and secular, work together to save as many lives as they can.
United Hatzalah of Israel, using “a proprietary GPS based deployment technology identifies the most qualified and closest volunteer to an emergency, maximizing efficient allocation of resources and minimizing response times. Fully equipped ambucycles travel nimbly through traffic, narrow alleys and obstructed roadways to bring all the necessary medical equipment an ambulance carries to the scene of an emergency.” Last year alone, United Hatzalah “treated 207,000 people–more than 42,000 of them in life-threatening conditions,” says Beer. “We got there in under three minutes and made a huge difference.”
Laurent Colasse and resqme, Inc. hope the resqme tools will aid United Hatzalah as part of their lifesaving efforts. Making a difference can start with just one person volunteering to help. To learn more about United Hatzalah, please visit here.
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By Andre Smith
Drive safely regardless of the vehicle’s age or your driving skills. Accidents happen within seconds, so gain the experience you need to drive anywhere. Research tips that will help you reach a destination safely with minimal damage to you or your car.
1. Join an Auto Club
Consider joining a car club that provides a variety of benefits for drivers. Roadside assistance is one of the most important services available. Call a mechanic who comes to your aid quickly whenever you have car problems. This type of service is available at all hours of the day. Wherever you get stranded, know that your safety is assured.
2. Maintain Your Car Regularly
Every year, check up your car at a repair shop. This step is especially important if you plan to venture on a long-distance trip. Prepare for a week before the trip in case you have to pay for repairs. Tell the mechanic to review the tires, fluids and engine. Learn basic tips like how to replace a flat tire and turn the steering wheel to avoid a skid. Keep your car well-maintained throughout the year.
3. Consider an Energy-Efficient Car
As you drive safely, make sure that you promote the safety of the environment as well. Cars release gas fumes that contain all kinds of hazardous substances. Energy-efficient cars are designed to reduce these emissions and prevent air pollution. Also, invest in these cars to save hundreds of dollars on monthly gas costs.
There are many lists of popular vehicles that are affordable and easy to operate. The Toyota Prius is not the only car that is worth a discussion. For a good overview of eco-friendly vehicles, review this post by Klosters.
4. Include Emergency Tools
Include plenty of emergency tools in your car. Have a good first aid kit nearby along with flashlights and basic repair tools. Keep a spare tire, and know how to fix one within minutes. If you are stranded on the road, you should not have to flag down strangers. Always bring a cell phone and charger with you.
5. Do Not Drive Distracted
It is evident that people cannot drive drunk without causing problems. Find ways that you can reduce distractions while driving. Whether you text or eat fast food, be more cautious, drive slower or pull over. The best tip is to drive and avoid doing anything else. Also, do not drive when you are tired or emotionally charged. Review the surrounding areas where you drive. Cruising on the highway is more dangerous than cruising on a rural road and here is a great post on how to drive on highways for beginners. If you see many streams of cars flying past you, it is definitely not suitable to drive while talking on the phone.
Driving on the road comes with a wide range of dangers. Defective brakes, slick roads and irresponsible drivers are common hazards that you should know about. Even if accidents are caused by other people, do whatever you can to protect yourself. Prevent accidents from happening to you, passengers and drivers in other vehicles.
About the Author:
Andre is a marketing consultant from Brisbane, Australia. His two great passions are cars and football. He is also a blogger and has written a number of automotive articles that you can read on his Google+ page.