How to Avoid and Survive a Bee Swarm


Summer is here! This, of course, means more outdoor activities which, in turn, means bugs and insects. Some of these are just annoying but others can be dangerous and even fatal in proper respect isn’t shown. Bees and wasps are in the second category.

Once you are stung, you are way more likely to be stung over and over again because in the sting a pheromone is released that signals other bees to attack as well. If there are a lot of bees around you will get stung multiple times. If you accidentally stumble into a swarm of bees your only hope is to get as much distance as you can between you and the swarm or to get in a closed space before you get stung too many times.

Here are some tips to help protect you from bees this summer:

  1. Listen to the buzzing. Bees, like rattlesnakes, are good at letting you know they are there and they would much rather avoid a confrontation so don’t ignore that buzzing sound, especially if it gets louder (meaning that there are more and more of them around).
  2. Don’t swat at them. Even though this is the first response for most of us, it stirs up the bees and makes them want to attack. They interpret those quick, jerky motions as a threat.
  3. Wear light colored clothing. Bees don’t see color just shades of grey; the darker the color the more you look like a natural predator like a bear or a badger to them.
  4. If the bees aren’t acting aggressively yet, walk away calmly. If, however, they start bumping into you or trying to sting you, run. Try to get as much distance as you can between you and the swarm. Generally it will take about a quarter of a mile before the bees give up and return to the hive.
  5. Do not jump in the water. Unlike what comic books and cartoons taught us, bees don’t go away just because you disappear underwater. They will just wait till you resurface and sting again.

Pressure Washer Safety

If you need to clean your deck, there are a couple of options. You can use a stiff brush and some bleach or you can use a pressure washer.


A pressure washer used to be a tool used mostly by professionals but with the cost of these machines dropping more and more homeowners are buying them.

The problem is that most people don’t read the warnings that come with the pressure washer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “an estimated 6,057 people in 2014 alone went to an emergency room with injuries related to pressure washer use…”

A regular garden hose generates around 50 psi. A pressure washer on the other hand generates anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 psi (and up to 30,000 psi for industrial, high-end pressure washers) and that much pressure can cause serious injuries.

Part of the problem is that the injury isn’t always apparent. If you accidentally get your hand in the spray, you might not think you’ve done that much harm but the problem is that a pressure washer is actually “injecting” water deep into the skin tissue and this can cause serious infections. Because the damage isn’t evident, most people delay treatment and increase the risk.

Here are some safety tips when using a pressure washer:

  1. NEVER use a zero-degree nozzle. Most of the newer models don’t allow anything lower than 15 degrees to keep users safe but many of the older models still have the zero-degree nozzle. If you still have one of these discard it.
  2. Always wear goggles, long pants (never shorts) and long sleeve shirts, as well as proper shoes or boots (no flip-flops or sandals).
  3. Always wear gloves.
  4. Always be aware of where the water stream is pointing and turn it off if your attention needs to be elsewhere.
  5. Be aware that, especially when using an electric pressure washer, there are electrical shock issues involved. Keep extension cords and outlets away from the pressure washer.
  6. Wear rubber sole boots or shoes.


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Grilling Danger you Probably Haven’t Thought About

With the weather warming up and spring in the air, it’s only natural to get out and start up the grill. Millions of us will take the cooking outdoor with burgers and hot dogs this summer.


Most of us realize that we need to be careful to not under cook the food we are grilling but there’s another danger that most of us just haven’t thought about. It’s a danger that accounts for more than 100 emergency room visits each year but it’s probably one that you haven’t even heard of.

The danger comes when you clean your grill. The problem is that your grill brush is made up of wire bristles that can come loose and end up sticking to the grill. The food then gets put on the grill and the bristles end up in the food.

Grill bristles can stab tongue, cheeks or gums or actually end up being ingested and causing internal injuries sometimes requiring surgery.

So protect yourself, your family and your guests by inspecting your grill brush before you use it. If the bristle are loose and falling out, throw it away and get a new one. Also, make sure you carefully inspect the grill after you used the grill brush to make sure that there are no bristles caught on the grill.

E-Cigarettes Tied to “Popcorn Lung”

A new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives has found that 75% of flavored electronic cigarette liquids contain Diacetyl. Diacetyl, in case you didn’t know, has been linked to severe cases of respiratory disease and can lead to what is known as “Popcorn Lung”. “Popcorn Lung” got it’s name because it first appeared in factories that produced microwave popcorn. Diacetyl was used to reproduce the butter flavor. It is slowly being removed from most microwave popcorn. It apparently migrated to e-cig juice.

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Two other chemicals, acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione both of which have been identified as “High Priority” because of their link to respiratory hazards were also found in several e-cig juices.

You can read more about the study online.

Driving Emotionally Impaired

Did you know that driving after you’ve been drinking and or driving while tired aren’t the only dangers when it comes to getting behind the wheel? Apparently getting behind the wheel when you’re extremely emotional (angry, sad, distraught, etc…) can increase your chances of being in an accident by 1000%. That means you’re 10 times more likely to get injured behind the wheel when your emotions aren’t in check.


According to an article by The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, any extreme emotion makes you a danger to yourself and to others if you choose to drive in that condition.

The findings emerged based on more than 1,600 crash interviews where researchers were trying to determine how much distracted driving contributed to accidents. While they found what they were expecting concerning driving while texting, reading, etc… it also found that people who were “emotionally impaired” also posed a very real danger.

So… is there a breathalyzer for emotional impairment?

You can read more about this story here.

Safety Glasses for Small Children on Tablets?

If you’ve got small children you know how much of a lifesaver a tablet, a cell phone or the TV can be at times. Your child might not sit still long enough to read a book but if you put them in front of a video game they’ll stay mesmerized for hours at a time.

Debates have raged concerning the merits or dangers associated with letting your children spend so much time with electronic devices and TVs but there are new studies that seem to point to the fact that it might also lead to vision problems later in life.

The problem is that the crystal lens in your child’s eyes don’t fully develop until they are older. It might not be fully formed until your child is three or four. The blue light from LED screens goes straight through instead of being blocked as it does in adults where the crystal lens is fully formed.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting children under 2-years of age to no exposure and children over 2 to no more than 2 hours a day, others are saying that just isn’t realistic. A better solution, the advocate, is to get your children to wear protective glasses that block the blue light.

If your children already has to wear glasses, you can get a coating added to your child’s glasses. If not you can purchase blue light blocking glasses for your child at


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Hoverboards the Hot New Item for Christmas but there are Safety Concerns

At least one death is already being attributed to what some are calling the hottest new form of transportation, the Hoverboard.

Running as low as $300, the Hoverboard is going to be one of the top gifts given this Christmas but doctors are already worried about potential injuries because mastering it takes some time and usually includes a lot of bruises.

Check out a channel 7 news report out of Omaha Nebraska:


The Dangers of Riding with your Feet up on the Dash


I’ve talked about this on this blog before, namely the dangers of riding with your feet up on the dashboard. We see it all the time driving down the road but should you be in an accident, your injuries are likely to be much worse if not fatal.

That’s what Benson found out the hard way. She wants to share her story with you so that you can avoid the injuries she suffered when the airbag deployed upon collision with a tractor trailer. Truth is that it could have been a whole lot worse. Benson is going to be okay, she’ll go on to lead a normal like. You might not be so fortunate if you’re in a collision when your legs are up on the dashboard in front of you. The impact might snap your spinal cord, killing you or paralyzing you for life.

Read Benson’s story here.