Proposed Worker ID Card Being Discussed in Philly

A building collapse that claimed the lives of six construction workers this year now has city officials considering a new law that might have greater implications for construction workers all over the country. All construction workers working in Philadelphia would be required to carry a worker ID Card certifying that they are qualified to work on the site.

As the Philadelphia CityPaper tells it “The “wallet-sized ID cards” would indicate that a worker had attended a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration course on construction safety, training that would also be mandated by the bill for anyone working at any construction site in Philadelphia.

While the proposition seems to be a no-brainer, there are those who worry about day laborers hired through outside agencies to do simple jobs like clean up trash, unload equipment, etc… Many of these workers are undocumented, even illegal aliens and even those who do have documentation might find the 10-hour class too much.

What do you think? Does this make sense? Why? Why not? Should this idea be extended to all cities?

Holiday Safety Tips from

We have compiled this list of safety tips to make your holidays much more enjoyable. Please share.


  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

Read the rest of the driving safety tips at

Automated Teller Machine (ATM):

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.


  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

Read the rest of the shopping safety tips at


  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.

Read the rest of the children safety tips at

At Home:

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.

Read the rest of the home safety tips at

Strangers at Your Door:

  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  • Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
  • Donate to a recognized charitable organization.

Hosting a Party:

  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

Attending a Party:

  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
  • Know your safe limit.
  • Never drink and drive.

Read the complete list of  safety tips at

Generator Maintenace and Safety Tips

With winter on the way, and already here in some places, many of us who live in more rural settings rely on a generator for emergency power. Three years ago we were without power for almost a full week. At the time we didn’t have a generator. Fortunately we have a wood stove for heating the house, cooking and heating water to wash up with. The biggest concern for us is always the food in the fridge and the freezer. At the time of our week long blackout we were fortunate to have temperatures running below freezing so keeping food frozen or cool wasn’t the problem. That week was a wake up call for us however. Since them we got a freezer that we fill up with grass fed beef and fresh caught salmon so a power outage for any length of time with temperatures above freezing would result in a lot of spoiled meat that we couldn’t readily replace. We went out and got a generator and with it a whole new set of headaches because unfortunately a generator isn’t something that you just place somewhere, forget about and start up when you need it. There are a few things that you need to know about maintaining and running a generator safely.

1. Pay attention to the wattage. Start by ignoring the top number; it means nothing of any value to you. What you want to look at isn’t the “starting Wattage” but the “running wattage”. Add up all the items that you want to run at the same time and make sure that they don’t exceed that number.

2. Make sure that it is far enough away from the house and located in such a manner that exhaust isn’t going to blow back into the house. Way too many people die each year from CO poisoning. At the same time it needs to be close enough that you aren’t running extension cords that exceed 100′.

3. Make sure that the cord you are using is rating for the power you need it to handle.

4. Bolt your generator into a concrete pad or use a good chain to anchor it solidly. Generators are worth a lot and, because they are stored outdoors, they tend to sprout legs and walk away. It isn’t very fun to spend $800.00 over more on a generator and found it has vanished when you need to use it.

5. Old gas is your generators’ worst enemy. It is best to drain your generator once it is no longer needed and refill it when it is needed. Additionally make sure you use gas additives to keep the gasoline from breaking down and giving you problems.

6. Start your generator every 3 months and run it for 20 minutes. This habit will keep the generator in good working order.

7. Plug the fridge and freezer in only intermittently. These appliances tend to be the biggest drain on your generator and don’t need to be run continuously. Most freezers can keep food frozen for almost 24 hrs so you only need to plug them into the generator long enough to make sure that everything is well frozen and then unplug then and use the available power for lights and heat instead of running the fridge and freezer continuously and having little to no power for anything else.

8. Make sure that you let the generator cool down completely before you refill it with gasoline. Don’t risk a fire by trying to refill it when it is still hot. Trust me, you’re going to spill some gas refilling it and if the engine is still hot you run a big risk of igniting the gas.

9. Stock up on gas additive, motor oil and filters. Anticipate long power outages and stock up accordingly. It’s better to have more than you need than not have what you need and not be able to run the generator in an extended emergency.

10. Store the gasoline safely. First of all, look up regulations for your area to find out how much gasoline you’re allowed to store in your home or attached structure. Secondly understand the dynamics of pouring gasoline and get several small containers that you will easily be able to lift and pour and get a larger container with a spigot to refill the smaller one. Don’t even try to put the 10 gallon container, you’re just asking for a heap of trouble.

11. Be aware that running out of gas with power cords still plugged in can actually drain the generator and render it useless at generating power, especially the cheaper generators. It will run but it won’t actually be generating power because the magnetic coil of the generator has been drained. You’ll need to take it in and get it “recharged” because it can be used again. So make sure that you unplug the cords before you turn it off and/or before it runs out of gas.

A few steps in maintenance and safety can help make your generator something that saves you a lot of headaches when the power goes out instead of actually being one of the headaches.

Sweet Poison, What you don’t know could be killing you

I don’t often speak about nutritional issue on this blog, not because I don’t have a lot to say about because I do, but because I don’t want to make it my own personal soapbox and try to keep it as much as possible about industrial and home safety as it relates to immediate and physical threats.

My wife and I are actually passionate about nutrition and the fact that, by and large a huge number of people are being poisoned by what they eat, breathe in and use on a daily basis because large corporations are most concerned about making money than about the health of consumers. A great place to start learning about health issues and why we are facing a massive rise in health related issues in the past 50 years or so is I am not affiliated with this website and they have no idea that I’m recommending them so I’m not pointing you to the site for any other reason than the fact that I believe that paying attention to what they have to say could save you a ton in doctor bills, medical bills, drug costs, etc… if not your live.

Having said all that, I came across an article this past week through a posting on my facebook page that I wanted to share with my readers because I think it’s too important not to pass along. In a world where our food is increasingly designed to make us fat and obese, more and more people are turning to sugar substitutes to reduce their calorie intake (I won’t even go into the folly of that way of thinking. I’ll spare you the rant!). I have long preached against the use of artificial sweeteners. This article goes way belong the health warnings that I usually talk about. YOU MUST READ IT!

I’ll shut up now and let you read the article for yourself. Listen to what it’s saying. It just might save you health, you life or the life or someone you love.

A Killer In Your Fridge ~ Sweet Poison…A MUST READ

Have you ever heard of “Saxophone Lung”?


Saxophone lung? Chances are that you’ve never heard of it. Saxophone Lung is a relatively rare condition caused by bacteria and mold build up inside a wind instrument.

An article in the Huffpost, for example, details a man who, never having cleaned his saxophone for over 30 years, developed a persistent cough and wheezing that wouldn’t clear up, even after being given steroids.

Though this example is somewhat extreme (really?!?! 30 years playing an instrument that you spit in every time you play it and you don’t ever clean it? Yuk!) similar cases have been documented.

Basic lesson here is if you’re going to play a wind instrument clean it with alcohol regularly to control bacteria and mold build up.