How Safe is your State?

Ever wondered how safe your state is to live in as compared to other states? You watch the news and you see tornadoes taking out whole neighborhoods or you read in the paper about the number of murders in Chicago and you think “Man, I’m glad I don’t live there!” But how safe is your state actually?


Using some 26 different key metrics to measure safety (financial safety, driving safety, workplace safety, community safety, etc…) Wallethub has compiled the list for you from the most secure and safe state in the USA to live in (Massachusetts) to the most dangerous and unsafe one (Nevada).

Check out your state and find out why it ranks where it ranks.

This is posted from WA which rates as # 19. Not too bad… of course as soon as that big earthquake hits of Mt Rainier erupts we’ll probably drop to the very bottom of the list.


What’s the right gas monitor for you?

This issue came up this week in one of the safety discussion forums I participate in.

Someone asked which gas monitor others in the group would recommend and people just started throwing out the names of the gas monitors that they are currently using and like or dislike. I finally had to say something and probable made a couple of enemies in the process but I couldn’t just sit there and not answer the question properly.

This is what I posted:

“Don’t mean to be contentious but I always have a problem with people just recommending a gas monitor without asking some basic questions first. You need to make sure that you have the right monitor for the right application.
What is your application? How often are you going to be using it? Where are you going to be using it? Is it for confined space applications? Are you comfortable calibrating it yourself? Are you the only who’s going to be using it or will it be used by several people? Etc… There are a number of questions that need to be answered in order to make sure that you get the right monitor. There are about 2 dozen excellent 4-Gas monitors out there with a dozen manufacturers that’ll all swear that they’ve got the best monitor but the key is to let your safety distributor know the specific application and usage. If they are any good they should help you find the right one. What works for someone else isn’t necessarily the one that’s going to work best for you so make sure you find a distributor who’s going to investigate a little before recommending.”

The bottom line is, if your purchasing a gas instrument and your distributor tries to sell you one without asking a set of questions, then you might end up with a gas monitor that you aren’t going to be happy with. More than likely that distributor has got a spiff going or needs to meet a certain quota to get special pricing or something like that; or they just aren’t very good at their job. Either way, you probably need to find another safety distributor.