Your Avocado is more dangerous than you think

Avocados have never been more popular. With the ketogenic diet telling us that they are a great source of healthy fat and with other sources telling us they are a great source of all kinds of vitamins and nutrients sales of avocados in the US has grown every year for the past 15 years. Last year alone Americans ate 4.25 billion avocados. That’s a lot of guacamole!

Problem is that injuries to hands have grown just as fast and the lowly avocado is to blame! Apparently emergency room have seen an increase in hand laceration from people cutting up or trying to remove the avocado pit. So much so, in fact, that the California Avocado Growers Association has put out a guide to help you navigate the cutting up of your avocado safely (Hint: don’t stab or try to embed a knife in the pit to remove it!).

Check it out at https://www.californiaavocado.com/blog/may-2015/how-to-cut-an-avocado-without-cutting-your-hand

I guess I should have posted this before cinco de Mayo!




For our Neighbors up North

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Today, Friday April 28th is Canada’s National Day of Mourning. It is “A day set aside each year to remember those who have been killed or seriously injured in the workplace.”

Why is it that here in the US we don’t have something similar? If you Google USA National Day of Mourning here’s the results:

“The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States.”

In the US, it’s primary an “anti-Thanksgiving” protest to highlight the plight of Native Americans.

I don’t want to minimize what the Native Americans are doing in their Day of Mourning but I do wonder why we don’t have a day similar to the Canada day of Mourning.




Warning Signs of Sex Trafficking

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Warning Signs of Sex Trafficking

Right here in America…

Thousands of children are exploited through prostitution. The most common ages a child is first exploited through prostitution is 14 to 16.

What if it’s someone you know…

  1. Could you recognize the warning signs of trafficking?
  2. Do you know how traffickers or pimps recruit their victims?
  3. What makes a child you love vulnerable to the dark underworld of the trafficking industry?

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The Call

This morning, I got a phone call; a phone call from an old friend of mine. He called to ask for 3 more AEDs. The reason the phone call was so special, however, is because three years ago I had sold him an AED. That AED saved a man’s life on one of their job sites. The man went down and they had the AED on hand and were able to save him.

That’s the call we like to get because all too often the call we get about purchasing one of more AEDs looks more like this: “I need an AED because someone on our job site collapsed and we didn’t have one on hand to save his life. By the time the paramedics got there it was too late.”

If you don’t have an AED on hand, you’re most likely going to be the kind of call we don’t like to get.

Zoll-AED

Learn more about the Zoll AED and why you need one on your jobsite.