When to Make the Change from Car Seat to Booster Seat

A question that every parent has to face sooner or later… when is my child old enough or big enough to move from a car seat with a 5-point harness to a booster seat?

Unfortunately, there is no set age or weight. Fortunately there are some factors that can help you make the right call to ensure the safety of your child(ren).


According to “Car Seats for the Littles” (csftl.org), more important than age or weight is the child’s maturity level. According to the site:

“Moving a child to a booster seat gives them freedom that they’ve never had before: freedom to lean sideways, slouch, bother their sister, pick up a toy off the floor, and so on and so forth. If a child is wiggling out of position at the time of a crash, that leaves them vulnerable to serious injury.

That means the decision to move from harness to booster is rooted in the child’s maturity. The ability to sit correctly for the entire ride, 100% of the time, happens somewhere past age 5 for most kids, and not until 6 or 7 for a many others.”

 Find out more by visiting csftl.org



What to do if an Electrical Wire Falls on Your Vehicle

There’s a wind advisory but you have to go somewhere. You get in your car but before you can start it up you hear a thump and notice that a power line has just fallen on your car. What do you do?

According to experts, the best thing to do is to stay put. Because of the rubber in the tires, the electricity will flow over the car and you will be safe inside.

DO NOT GET OUT! Trying to exit the vehicle could result in electrocution as the electricity, flowing through the ground can now flow through you as soon as you step outside.

Call 911 and advise them of the situation. They will respond and bring someone from the power company to determine whether the power line is live or not. Until them just stay put.


Cell Phones Aren’t the Problem, Static Is

You may have seen the warnings on Facebook about staying off your cell phone while pumping gas. The warnings claim the cell phones can generate sparks that ignite the gasoline fumes. Problem is that there isn’t a simple instance of this actually happening. The example used on the Facebook warning references an explosion in Adelaide in Australia. There was, indeed an explosion but it wasn’t caused by a cell phone it was caused by static electricity.


The fact is that static electricity, most often acquired when the person pumping the gas climbed back in the vehicle for some reason, has been credited with at least 150 fires at the gas pump since researchers started tracking this phenomenon.

To protect against static electricity explosions at the pump, here are a few safety tips:

  1. Don’t climb back into your vehicle while pumping gas.
  2. Make sure you touch the metal on your vehicle to dissipate any static electricity you might have built up.
  3. Do not “top off” the tank. Besides the fact that it actually gives you worse mileage instead of more miles per tank, it also creates a lot of extra fumes. Fumes, by the way, is what is flammable.
  4. If you are filling a container make sure it is an approved gas can and make sure it is sitting on the ground when you fill it to keep static electricity from building up. It should NEVER be sitting in the trunk or inside the vehicle.

Understanding how static electricity fires start at the gas pump and understanding how to prevent them is essential for refueling safety.



In preparing to write this post I happened to mention to a co-worker that half of all fatalities in traffic accidents were due to seat belts not being worn. My co-worker responded with “Who doesn’t wear a seat belt nowadays? Everyone wears them!”. Another co-worker overheard our conversation and admitted that she, in fact, never wore one.

Truth is that, whether we see it or not, there as still a lot of people out there gambling with their life (as well as the lives of the passengers in the car with them) and odd are good that you’ve got an employee who doesn’t wear a seat belt.

2seconds2Click is a campaign that is trying to reduce the number of people on the roads who aren’t clicking up when they get in their vehicle.

Check out their website and make use of the many resources that they have available. They have free downloads to use before you launch the campaign, resources to launch the campaign and material to use during the 6-week campaign.

Hornet and Yellow jacket Safety

Two separate pieces of news came across my desk today. One caught my attention because the incident happened in Wheaton, Illinois where I lived for several years, the other caught my attention because the unfortunately man died.

Both incidents involve hornets, wasps or yellow jackets. The incident in Wheaton involved a postal worker who was attacked by hornets and stung 30 to 50 times. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. You can view the news click below:


The other incident involved a man named John Clark from Tampa, Florida. John accidentally stepped on a yellow jacket nest in his yard. John was only stung 4 times but died because he was allergic, something that he wasn’t aware of. You can view the news click on that below as well:


I personally had my own experience with yellow jackets last year. I was fortunately not stung. I was mowing my lawn when I suddenly realized that several yellow jackets were buzzing around me and realized that I had just mowed right over the nest they had dug in the middle of my lawn. I was able to exterminate  the whole colony by covering the hole with a clear plastic cake lid (It has to be clear. As long as they see daylight they will continue to use the hole. If the lid is not clear, they will simply dig another tunnel out). Unable to get out from under the lid, the whole colony starved to death within a couple weeks.

In most cases, however, you should call a professional exterminator to get the colony removed. Be aware and pay attention when you are outside. Warm weather brings the colony to life and they may be in the ground or in nests overhead.

Building a Safety Culture – Free Download

Dodge Research and Analytics is giving away a free copy of their new report entitled “Building a Safety Culture: Improving Safety and Health Management in the Construction Industry


“This report establishes a safety culture spectrum of contractors in the U.S. construction industry based on the use of 33 leading indicators of a safety culture. It also examines critical shifts in the use of safety management practices and their impact in the industry since 2012, as well as the key drivers and obstacles for increasing investment in safety management practices and key trends in safety training. The report demonstrates that firms at the high end of the safety culture spectrum use more safety management practices and see stronger business benefits than companies lower in the spectrum.”

Essentially the report finds that companies that invest more time and money on safety have a greater employee retention, have a greater ability to attract new hires, have a greater return on investment and a better project quality.

Download your own copy of this 56 page document.

Class A & Class B SRLs

From our friends at Guardian Fall Protection

SRLs Have Class – Two Actually: Understanding the Difference Between Class A & Class B SRLs

In August of 2012, ANSI, in their Z359.14-2012 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems (since revised to Z359.14-2014), divided SRLs into two classes. These classes are defined based on an SRL’s maximum potential arrest distance and maximum potential average arrest force. SRLs with a maximum arrest distance of 24 inches are labelled Class A, and those with a maximum arrest distance of 54 inches are labelled Class B. Average arrest forces are capped at 1,350 lbs. for Class A SRLs, and 900 lbs. for Class B SRLs, with the maximum arrest force of 1,800 lb. for both classes.

Breaking It Down.

Going only by the numbers, it seems no matter which SRL you choose you will be trading arrest force for arrest distance. On its face, that’s true. But if we take a more nuanced look into the real-world meaning of those numbers, it becomes clear that what seems like a compromise is actually a means to provide the most appropriate solution for a given fall protection scenario.

First, it’s important to understand that both classes of SRLs are OSHA 1926.500 subpart M compliant because they both, “limit [the] maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness.” This means that no matter what class of SRL you choose, you can rest assured of OSHA compliance. When it comes to the difference in average arresting force between the two classes (1350 lb. and 900lb., respectively) it is really just a by-product of how quickly the SRL stops a fall.


Read the rest of this post here.