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Protect Yourself This Summer (Crime goes up in the summer months!)

John Nakaki, Keiro Staff Member

Home Safety Tips

As members of the Keiro Senior HealthCare family, we have the assuring knowledge that our employer is providing us with a safe, clean, and well organized working environment. Since we are trained in our job responsibilities and held accountable to carry out our job functions as required, we tend to take for granted that there are departments that will take care of the cleanliness of the facility and grounds, provide nutritious and well balanced meals, give medical care for our residents, and even ensure security for the property and for all concerned. When there is an emergency people are trained to react and provide the proper procedures to alleviate the problem. We have all these things everyday when we leave our homes and come to work. That’s good.

But how prepared are we to act on an emergency at home? What happens if you or a family member falls and can’t get up? What happens if a child ingests some prescription medications thinking that they are candy? What about a fire? What if there is a break-in?

Ideally, you will never have to face an emergency situation at home. If you are lucky one may never occur. But as an old coach once said, “Luck is the sum of planning and preparation.” So let’s look at the top 15 home safety tips as stated by the Employee Health & Wellness Center. They can help us prepare and prevent an accident at home.

Preventing Falls

  1. Install grab rails in the tub and shower. Use non-slip mats.
  2. Have bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings. Keep stairs and walkways clear of clutter.

(For more fall-prevention tips, please see A Fall-Proof Plan: Reduce the Risks of Injury at Home.)

Prevent Poisonings

  1. Keep cleaners, medications and beauty products in a place where children can’t reach them. Use child safety locks.
  2. For poison help call 1-800-222-1222. Keep this number handy and call if you need help about poisons. Call 9-1-1 if someone needs to go to the hospital right away.

Prevent Fire and Burns

  1. Have working smoke alarms and hold fire drills. If you build a new home install fire sprinklers.
  2. Stay by the stove when you are cooking, especially when you are frying foods. Have a fire extinguisher available.
  3. Regularly clear and dispose of dry or dead vegetation in your yard or areas near your home.
  4. Keep your hot water at 120 degrees F to prevent burns. Use back burners and turn pot handles toward to back of your stove. Use a travel mug when you are drinking something hot.

Prevent Choking and Suffocation

  1. Things that can fit through a toilet paper tube can cause a young child to choke. Keep coins, latex balloons, and hard round foods, such as peanuts and hard candy, where children cannot see or touch them.
  2.  Place babies to sleep on their backs, alone in their crib. Don’t put pillows, blankets, comforters or toys in cribs. These things can sometimes prevent a baby from breathing.
  3.  When children are in or near water, watch them very carefully. Stay close enough to reach out and touch them. This includes bathtubs, toilets, pools and spas – even a bucket of water.

Prevent Theft and Burglary

  1.  Make sure all exterior doors have good proper locks. Install 1” deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  2.  If you leave your house or apartment for an extended period of time: discontinue your newspaper, create the illusion that someone is home, leave the T.V. and various lights on a timer, and leave a neighbor or friend’s car in your driveway if possible.
  3.  Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe, bar or wooden broom handle in the bottom track of the door. The pipe should be the same length as the track.
  4.  Keep drapes and blinds shut–especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment. Don’t advertise the items in your home.

By following these simple safety tips we can all look forward to many happy and safe years at work and especially at home.

John Nakaki is a Courier and Staff Training Consultant for Keiro Senior HealthCare.  John previously was in Human Resources at UPS beforing retiring and spending his time volunteering, following USC Sports and fishing!

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer


Summertime Safety and Wellness

Having lived inSouthern California for the better part of seven decades, like many of us, I have become used to our wonderful region and have taken pleasure in the many opportunities afforded by our natural environment. I have also taken advantage of the natural geographic setting that is almost unique to our area. One can ski in the morning and make it to the beach in the afternoon. Plus there are so many other things to do in between. There is great fly fishing in the streams of theSan Gabriel Mountains. There’s surfing and skateboarding. There are college and professional sports teams that we can all enjoy and root for in various seasons, be it football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis or any of the sports that are included in high school and club teams. What a great place to be!

 Since summer is now upon us, we should look at our responsibilities to keep ourselves and our families and friends safe and well during what should be our most enjoyable time of the year. Remember that many of the activities that we enjoy when we are young can have negative effects on our health in later life. The following are some thoughts about safety and wellness during this summer of 2011. 

Summer is here, and for many of us this means looking forward to longer days with more time for activities, sports, vacations, and travel. Here are some safety/wellness tips for your summertime pursuits.

If you or a family member is involved in outdoor activities or sports, consider the following tips:

  • Wear proper protective gear that relates to your sport or activity, which can include facemasks, mouth guards, proper shoes, shin guards, or any other piece of equipment that can reduce the risk of injury.
  • Check the playing surface for any possible tripping hazards,  such as holes, cracks, sprinkler heads or posts.
  • If you wear glasses, make sure to have shatterproof lenses and sports frames.
  • Avoid wearing excessive body jewelry.
  • Learn and practice the specific safety rules for your sport or activity.
  • Always warm up and stretch before a workout or a game.
  • Treat injuries promptly. Do not try to play through an injury. Seek emergency medical help if necessary.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (non alcoholic) before, during, and after your work out or game.

Safety outdoors also includes protecting yourself from the effects of harmful rays from the sun. Whether you are working in the yard, participating in a sporting activity, spending a day at the beach, a ball game, or at the park there is no doubt that ultra-violet (UV) light damages the skin. Ultra violet light (UV) is emitted from the sun. While UV rays are inevitable, there are ways that we can learn to limit our exposure and to protect ourselves. Check the UV index prior to spending time outdoors. The higher the index number, the more potential for harmful UV exposure. To check the UV index, check the local weather report or visit the National Weather Service website.

The following are additional tips for protecting your skin from UV damage:

  • Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. Avoid midday rays which are the strongest between approximately 10 a.m.  and 4 p.m. Infants under six months should not be exposed to the sun.
  • Cover up. Wear long sleeve shirts and pants whenever possible. Sun glasses and a wide brimmed hat are also recommended. Most cases of skin cancer occur on parts of the body that are not covered by clothing.
  • Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15. This should be reapplied every two hours when you are active.
  • Don’t be fooled by cloudy days. 85% of the sun’s rays can penetrate cloud cover. Also 85% of the sun’s rays will reflect off sand, water, concrete, and snow.
  • Check your medications. Some medications can cause your skin to become overly sensitive to sunlight. Consult your doctor if you have concerns.

These are some things to consider when you or your family or friends are enjoying the activities that come along with our wonderful summers here in Southern California.

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

The Great California ShakeOut

On October 21, 2010, at 10:21 am, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit California along the San Andreas fault…or so went the scenario for The Great California ShakeOut.

I was one of the monitors for Keiro Senior HealthCare’s organization-wide participation in the second year of The Great California ShakeOut, a drill designed to educate the public about how to protect themselves during a large earthquake, and how to get prepared. It was the largest earthquake drill to ever take place in the United States.

According to the scenario, which was also observed by 52,658 organizations, hospitals, schools, businesses, and families throughout the state, the shaking lasted two to three minutes. The earthquake impacted the Southern California region, causing the loss of life of 1,800 people, and massive damage to infrastructure, including critical transportation, power, and water systems.

At 10:21 am, I was in the middle of my weekly meeting with Glen and Walter, Keiro’s extremely competent Information Technology Support Specialists (also knows as the “computer guys.”) As the announcement for the earthquake was announced, accompanied by rumbling sound effects, the fellows immediately went into the “Drop, Cover, Hold On” life safety procedures.

a. DROP to the ground.
b. Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
c. HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

As a drill monitor, it was my job to check to see if all employees in the area started to “Drop, Cover, Hold On,” and note any areas of improvement. Happily, everyone in the area was secured…some ladies went so far under their desks that I couldn’t even see them.

After the shaking stopped, Glen and Walter conducted an assessment of our computer system infrastructure in accordance with their disaster recovery plan.

Participation in The Great California ShakeOut is only one of the thousands of ways that Keiro continuously tries to maintain a safe environment for our residents, volunteers, staff, and visitors. Knowing that genki living begins at home, Keiro also shared with all employees a copy of “Secure It Now!” a publication of the Emergency Survival Program, to help all of us identify potential hazards in our homes and begin to fix them. I want to share this publication with you, a fellow chaos manager for the family.