Another Wild Air New Zealand Safety Video

Air New Zealand seems to be having a lot of fun with their flight safety videos. Back in July 2006 we posted a link to their “Naked Truth” safety video in which everyone was nude and painted (though it is tastefully done and no actual nudity is visible). Then, in October 2014 they came out with their Hobbit themed video that made use of our middle earth friends to encourage in flight safety.

Apparently they got bored again because they’re back with a new Men in Black themed safety video. Check it out by clicking on the image below:


A New Danger from E-Cigarettes


We’ve talked about the dangers of E-Cigarettes before on this blog here, here and here but the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has just issued a new E-Cigarette warning. Seems that when they are left in handbag and luggage they can overheat.

In a couple of different instances airline passengers found that simply switching them off is not good enough. One passenger found several items in her carry-on luggage melted after she turned her E-cigs off and stuffed it in her bag.

Because it is a personal electronic device that is powered by a lithium battery there is a potential danger from overheating.

A spokemen for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is quoted as saying: “The passenger said that the safety switch on the e-cigarette was off. If the timing was even a little different, it could have resulted in a fire on board the aircraft during flight,

It’s bad enough having to worry about terrorists taking down the plane, apparently now we’ve got to start worrying about E-cigs as well.

Beware of Giant Hogweed

It looks like a giant Queen Anne’s lace but it’s nothing like it. While Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) can be somewhat life sustaining (it’s actually a wild carrot as it’s Latin name implies), Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is extremely toxic.

The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters, long-lasting scars, and—if it comes in contact with eyes—blindness.” (Source: wikipedia).

The sap is actually photosensitive meaning that it reacts to sunlight and causes the burning in reaction to ultraviolet rays.

Additionally the sap of giant hogweed can cause permanent scaring.




If you think you’ve been exposed to the sap of a giant hogweed, wash the area thoroughly with COLD water and keep it out of the sun for at least 48 hours.If you get the sap in your eyes wash the eyes out thoroughly and keep any remaining sap from activating by wearing sunglasses outside.

Find out more about treating exposure to the Giant Hogweed sap here).

Giant Hogweed has emigrated from Canadian and has been reported in several states in the US (I know we have it here in WA because a friend of mine found a giant beautiful plant in his yard that he couldn’t identify. A Facebook post identified it and he was able to get rid of it before it had done any damage, fortunately).

Health Implications of Drought: Infectious Disease

From the CDC website at

Increases in infectious disease can be a direct consequence of drought.

  • Viruses, protozoa, and bacteria can pollute both groundwater and surface water when rainfall decreases. People who get their drinking water from private wells may be at higher risk for drought-related infectious disease. Other groups also at increased risk include those who have underlying chronic conditions.
  • Acute respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses are more easily spread from person to person when hand washing is compromised by a perceived or real lack of available water. During water shortages, the risk for infectious disease increases when hygiene is not maintained.
  • E. coli and Salmonella are examples of bacteria that during drought can more readily contaminate food and cause infectious disease. Food can serve as a vehicle for disease transmission during a drought because water shortages can cause farmers to use recycled water to irrigate their fields and process the food they grow. When used to grow crops, improperly treated water can cause a host of infectious diseases (such as those caused by toxin-producing E. coli and Salmonella), which can be life-threatening for people in high-risk groups. In addition, the likelihood of surface runoff, which can occur when rain fails to penetrate the dry and compacted soil that often accompanies drought, can cause the inadvertent contamination of crops.
  • Other infectious disease threats arise when drought leads to the contamination of surface waters and other types of water that are used for recreational purposes. When temperatures rise and rainfall declines, people are more likely to participate in water-related recreation. Persons exposed to contaminated recreational waters are more likely to become infected with pathogens that thrive in the shallow warm waters that exist during drought conditions.

Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (Free Download)

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. No person should ever have to be injured,become ill, or die for a paycheck.
OSHA’s mission is to ensure the protection of workers and prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Many OSHA standards, which have prevented countless workplace tragedies, include explicit safety and health training requirements to ensure that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work.
Download the 270 page manual by clicking on the image below


Heads Up App to Help Diagnose and Deal with Football Concussions

If you’ve got friend or family member who plays football, you probably worry, knowing how common brain injuries can be in this sport.

The CDC wants to help. “Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, high school coach, school professional, or health care provider, this site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

To do this they have created “Heads Up” an apps to teach you how to detect, respond to, recover from, and help prevent concussions.

Head to to find out more about protection our kids from concussions and to download the Heads Up app.


What Drowning Really Looks Like

You might think that, as you’re sitting by the pool with your kids you’ll hear them cry out if they are in danger of drowning. It takes only about 1 minute before submersion occurs so if you’re looking at your cell phone, reading a book or getting a tan, you probably aren’t watching well enough. Check out what a child drowning actually looks like:


My Car Does What?



Nearly every car on the roads today has safety features that can help drivers be safer. You may already know some of these, and some you may not even realize your car has! Come back to this page often as more and more features are being developed and added to cars. You can also check out our blog for the latest developments in car safety technology.

What? is a national campaign to help educate drivers on new vehicle safety technologies designed to help prevent crashes. These technologies range from increasing the stability and control of cars to providing warnings about crash threats to automatically intervening to avoid or reduce the severity of a crash.


The goal of this campaign is to explain to drivers how best to use these safety technologies, leading to safer driving.


The National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

The University of Iowa
Vehicle safety researchers at the University of Iowa have done research and development of automotive safety technologies for over 20 years. They work to improve vehicle technology design through a better understanding of how drivers perform and behave in crash situations. Their research-driven program works at the intersection of safety technology and public policy. The program’s areas of research include: human factors and human behavior, advanced in-vehicle safety technologies, driver distraction, teen driving, crash analysis and autonomous vehicle policy.