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Monthly Archives: May 2020

  • Learn How to Wear Face Coverings Correctly

    People wearing face coverings correctly

    Why Use Face Coverings

    When worn properly, face coverings like our 3-ply Face Masks can help slow the spread of disease. With the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic still a part of our daily lives. They work as reminder to ourselves not to touch our face; preventing us from spreading bacteria and viruses from our hands into our bodies. Wearing one when it is necessary to go in public places also protects others in case we are infected.

    To ensure proper use follow these steps when putting on or removing a face covering. Wearing a face covering (along with proper Hand Washing and Sanitizing habits, Social Distancing, and good Hygiene) is an integral part of keeping yourself and others protected from disease.

    How to Wear a Face Covering

    Face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, and allow for breathing without restriction. Replace disposable masks after about 4 hours, or when moist. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth whenever putting on or removing any face covering.

    To Safely Put on a Face Covering

    • Clean hands – Wash with soap and water or use sanitizer.
    • Find the top of the face covering (There should be a small wire in sewn into the seam).
    • Hold face covering by ear loops or ties.
    • Place face covering over face and pull each loop back around the ears (for a one with ties, hold by the ties and secure the top ties behind the head just above your ears with a bow).
    • Pull the top of the face covering up over your nose.
    • For a face covering with ties, take the bottom ties and secure behind the neck with a bow.
    • Pinch wire around the bridge of your nose to fit comfortably.
    • Pull bottom of the face covering down around chin.

    To Safely Remove a Used Face Covering

    • Clean hands – Wash with soap and water or use sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching the front of the face covering,
      which is contaminated.
    • Grab each ear loop or tie behind head.
    • Remove the loops from behind your ears (For a one with ties, untie the bottom first, then the top ties).
    • Gently pull the face covering away from your face.
    • Throw face covering in trash.
    • Wash hands with soap and water or use sanitizer immediately after removal.

    Do not place face coverings on small children or anyone who cannot remove them unassisted.
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  • CDC Recommended Hand Washing Habits

    Wash your hands correctly. Don't have soap? Use hand sanitizer instead!

    Woman washing hands between fingers, with soap, water; in a white sink.Learn to wash your hands properly, perform daily, and share the knowledge with family and friends. Proper hand hygiene is a powerful tool that can protect you, your family, and your friends from disease. This becomes considerably more important during our current Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic crisis. Hand washing with soap and water should be performed throughout the day after certain events such as food prep/handling (before, during, and after), caring for the sick,
    wound treatment
    /contact, bathroom use, before touching your face, animal/pet contact, pet food handling, and taking out the garbage. Use these steps below when washing your hands

    Hand Washing

    1. Wet your hands with safe water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Hum/Sing the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice to time yourself.
    4. Rinse your hands well under the water.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
    6. Allow your hands to dry completely before touching anything.

    Don't Have Soap?

    Use a Alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    1. Apply the product on the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount to use).
    2. Rub your hands together.
    3. Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands, including in between fingers.
    4. Allow your hands to dry completely before touching anything.

    Mother teaching son to wash hands at kitchen sink to protect from COVID-19/Coronavirus.Just as it is good practice for us, it is essential that we make sure our children practice proper hand washing techniques. To continue to protect ourselves during and well after this pandemic, make sure to create a habit of proper hand washing. Teach and practice with them the proper steps above. Come up with a fun song they can sing for 20 seconds. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" sung twice is one of my favorites. Remind them often and consistently when to wash - After using the toilet, Before eating, After touching pets, After playing outside, After coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. Most importantly be a role model and practice good hygiene. This is a habit that will benefit them and you for the rest of your lives.

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  • 7 Steps Toward Hurricane Preparedness

    Be ready for hurricane season

    Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins on May 15 and the Atlantic and Central Pacific seasons begin on June 1. Although it may feel like there is not much you can control, there are actions you can take to prepare for a hurricane disaster. Follow these 7 steps and download the Hurricane Preparedness Infographic, to save and share with your friends.

    Find out what types of wind and water hazards happen near your home, then start preparing how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane.

    The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.  If you do, now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles but have multiple options. Your destination could be a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone.  If you live in a well-built home outside the evacuation zone, your safest place may be to remain home.  Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.  As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

    You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones. The CDC recommends if you need to go to a public shelter, bring at least two face coverings for each person and, if possible, hand sanitizer. (Children under two years old and people having trouble breathing should not wear face coverings).

    Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

    If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many retrofits are not as costly or time consuming as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.

    Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies but remember you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

    The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know who issues evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now.  Being prepared before a hurricane threatens makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor.


  • Back to Work! Make it a Safe Return.

    Employers & Employees Need to Prepare for Safe Return to Work and Reopening Businesses!

    Make Safety a Habit:

    • Wash your hands.
    • Don't touch your face.
    • Remember your social distancing.

    What You Need and Why:

    • Disinfectants: Disinfect surfaces & make them safe. Do you have an EPA registered surface disinfectant that kills human Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
    • Isopropyl Alcohol: 70% or higher alcohol has been proven to kill COVID-19. Clean surfaces, light switches, doorknobs, break areas, etc.
    • Gloves: Gloves remind you to avoid touching your face. Wearing disposable gloves while entering common areas, such as conference rooms or warehouses, will help you keep hygiene in mind.
    • Facial Covering: Not only do facial coverings remind us not to touch our faces, but they also prevent an unsuspecting COVID host from touching their face or coughing & sneezing onto objects which others will touch.
    • Hand Sanitizer: Nothing beats washing your hands with warm water & soap, but the CDC recommends that we use an alcohol based hand sanitizer which contains 60%+ alcohol when unable to wash. Keep a refillable bottle in your pocket and keep a large bottle at home or at work for refilling.

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  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 3-9

    With the Atlantic and Central Pacific hurricane seasons starting June 1 and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season starting May 15, now is the time to prepare! Get started now by reviewing and sharing Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources.

    To be ready for hurricane season you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before the hurricane season begins on June 1. Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials

    Don't think that you won't be impacted by hurricanes just because you are many miles from the coastline. If you are reading this post, no matter where you are, click here and communicate what you learned to help friends, family, and coworkers prepare for hurricane season and access disaster & preparedness items before it's too late.

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