Category Archives: Safety Tips

Carbon Monoxide Detector Giveaway

co_detectorMost people own a smoke detector, but many don’t own a carbon monoxide detector.

With that in mind we asked Walmart and Sutherlands to donate some carbon monoxide detectors and they graciously did so.  And we also purchased some detectors ourselves.

We will give detectors out weekly up until Christmas.  All you need to do is answer a fire safety question.  That will put you in the running for a jack pot drawing.

Here’s the first week’s question:

Carbon monoxide is lighter than air, heavier than air, or close to the same as air? 

Send your answer along with your email address.

An Innovative Idea

dr-placard-2The mandated NFPA 704 placard marking system is a great way that on site hazardous materials are identified.

As a spin off of that methodology, Firefighter Chris McGathy came up with an idea to use a similar system to identify building features all on a mini placard.

In the left upper slot (as you look at it) is the roof and building type, the right upper slot for the FDC and sprinkler system, the lower left slot whether there’s a preplan and Knox box, and the lower right slot whether there’s a dr-placard-3basement and attic.

The mini placards will go on the main door into the building.

While it was being developed, Chris put his idea out to the whole department and got some additional ideas from others.

A great innovative idea Firefighter Chris McGathy!

Famous Chad

Chad Famous







Chad is famous!  The El Dorado Fire Department and friends thereof aren’t the only ones who appreciate his fine work.  The State Fire Marshal’s office is using this Chad photo as a header for their Facebook and Twitter accounts. This was the photo of the fire that had 9 departments respond to. Thank you Chad and Thank you Sara with the State FM Office.

Bicyclist Says , “Thank You”

BicyclistThis past week Zach was riding his bicycle with a fellow bicyclist who was in the lead.  They were coming out of the Dillon’s parking lot onto Main St.

The driver of the car apparently saw the fellow bicyclist and didn’t realize that Zach was close behind.  Hence, the two crashed.

El Dorado firefighters, police, and medics launched to the rescue.  Zach was taken to the hospital and diagnosed as having suffered a broken ankle.

Today Zach was delivering Thank You cards.

We are glad Zack wasn’t hurt worse. Let Zach’s story be a reminder to all bicyclists to be sure and wear your helmets.  And, even if you have the right of way, car versus bicyclist is always going to come out in favor of the car.



sun Water. Rest. Shade. The work can't get done without them.

Home Educational Resources Using the Heat Index Training Online Toolkit

A slideshow with photos depicting various workers being proactive about heat illness prevention.

Photos by: CAL-OSHA

Welcome to OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.

What is heat illness?

The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken such as drinking water frequently and resting in the shade or air conditioning. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.

How can heat illness be prevented?

Employers should establish a complete heat illness prevention program to prevent heat illness. This includes: provide workers with water, rest and shade; gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks for new workers or workers who have been away for a week or more to build a tolerance for working in the heat(acclimatization); modify work schedules as necessary; plan for emergencies and train workers about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and their prevention; and monitor workers for signs of illness. Workers new to the heat or those that have been away from work and are returning can be most vulnerable to heat stress and they must be acclimatized (see box).

To prevent heat related illness and fatalities:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Rest in the shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.
  • “Easy does it” on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it.

If workers are new to working in the heat or returning from more than a week off, and for all workers on the first day of a sudden heat wave, implement a work schedule to allow them to get used to the heat gradually. Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep this in mind and plan additional precautions for working in these conditions.

Remember these three simple words: Water, Rest, Shade. Taking these precautions can mean the difference between life and death.

Who is affected?

Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, including new workers, temporary workers, or those returning to work after a week or more off. This also includes everyone during a heat wave.

Industries most affected by heat-related illness are: construction; trade, transportation and utilities; agriculture; building, grounds maintenance; landscaping services; and support activities for oil and gas operations.