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  1. Jason DiRenza, a 10 year old Scout, has loved to tinker with tools and toys, a hobby that propelled him to the national stage with an invention designed to give people more time to escape houses that are filling with deadly carbon monoxide gas. The Connecticut Safety Society honored him for the inclusion of safety, health, and environmental principles and ideologies into his invention, and he also received an award from the judges for the top invention in his judging circle Jason said he got the idea for his invention over lunch one day with his family when a discussion came up about how, in a mishap that happened years ago, their home had filled with carbon monoxide and the fire department had to come and turn on a large fan to air it out. Jason got to thinking, "why doesn't the house just already activate a fan instead?" Thus began his work to create a model home, in which he installed a smoke detector — he used that instead of a more expensive carbon monoxide detector to cut costs — a fan, batteries, and a series of wires connecting them all. When the detector goes off, a pulse is sent to the fan, turning it on and blowing carbon monoxide out of the house, allowing those inside more time to escape. His invention is able to funnel the carbon monoxide out of the home because it's installed near an air duct. More at source with photo: Online: https://bit.ly/2k7IJZN
  2. I always encourage Scouts to play the "what if" game: when packing for a trip, planning an Eagle project, waking your dog.... Like BP when he was asked, "prepared for what?" and he responded, "why, for any old thing...." I recently watched a fascinating documentary film from about 1922 that showed how the Phiilips Company of Holland made light bulbs, radios, radio vacuum tubes ("Fessenden valves"), loud speakers (Bakelite !), phonographs.... and it struck me, reading thru this thread about safety standards.... One of the reasons OSHA exists is because we procreate so many fewer people . The fewer people created, the more valuable they are and the more they need to be protected? Was life "cheaper" back then? Workmen wearing neck ties while the operate machinery, glass blowing without glasses, no eyeshields before metal lathes, bare handed handling of raw materials, no "hard hats".... the best I saw was a full body suit ( helmit with faceplate, overalls, air tube trailing behind) in a painting booth. The women were delegated to "fine" work, threading wire, soldering connections (not to much ventilation apparent), etc. War, desease, accidents,,,, The new car you buy will soon make it VERY difficult to have an accident. Lane change monitor, front/rear radar, auto braking, auto headlamp lighting, speed monitoring and reminding, flat tire pressure alarm, consciousness (!) recognition..... You kind of get the same feeling watching the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, Boulder Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge and other constructions of the past. The men (and women!) had skills and bravery and accepting of risks beyond what many would accept nowadays. And coal mining. Watch October Sky, and How Green Was My Valley sometime. When I attended the 2013 NatJam, the camps were lettered (A,B,C, etc. ) and named after "famous" coalmines. The coalmine names didn't catch on, and I wondered why the Labor Merit Badge wasn't represented by the AFL/CIO.... And that realization about the "value" of life comes after the Great War, the Spanish Flu, World War 2, and various other conflicts. Or was it a matter of the LACK of concern of the "Bosses" involved? Enough rambling. I just got back from a wonderful vacation, and wouldn't cha know, I start on a free association about safety, population, Scouts and labor unionization..... Pass the pie, please.....
  3. RememberSchiff

    Sailing fatalities in TX

    Just read 2 scouts died in sailing accident. Mast hit powerline. Third scout injured. Location TX http://www.wtae.com/article/2-boy-scouts-killed-1-hurt-in-boating-accident/11644231
  4. An awesome update has been published for your reading pleasure. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx Enjoy, RichardB
  5. I'm spinning off of the other discussion about making the new Cyberchip requirements work for crossovers. The question is what can a scout learn via the existing curriculum that gets him somewhat prepared to help someone in need? And, what does a boy need to master to be prepared to help someone? I'm asking because I'm not involved in guiding scouts through the Cyberchip program, but I have scouts who are the "leaders" in their families in internet privacy/security issues. (That's good and bad.) Is this the 21st century equivalent of the old "how to help in case of a runaway horse" requirement in First Class first aid?
  6. The Risk Management Team has facilitated two additional training pieces for Scouters to use to prepare to transport Scouts Safely in addition to the Risk Zone: Transporting Scouts Safely. 15 Passenger Van Training is a short self-guided slide show. As a reminder: Pre-2005 15-passenger vans are not authorized for Scouting activities. Also, new is the Hartford Insurance Companies Driver Improvement Program which can be found on the BSA Learn Center, under Expanded Learning – Scouting U suggests the following: For BSA Learn Center – Members: To begin your Program Safety training, login to https://my.scouting.org. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. There are 2 ways to get to the training. Option 1: On the opening page select the BSA Learn Center Graphic. This will open into a new window, taking you into the BSA Learn Center. Option 2: Once you have logged in select the “Menu†button top left of the page. Then select “My Dashboard.†Then select “Training Center.†Select “Other.†Select “Program Safety.†Once on the home page scroll down to the Expanded Learning Section and Select “Program Safety.†This will take you to an “Expanded Learning Page.†Select the Learning Plan for “Program Safety.†Select the “+ Add Plan.†You may take the module of your choice from this area or go to the “My Learning†tab to begin training.
  7. The html and pdf versions of the Guide to Safe Scouting are now updated and available for your use on www.scouting.org. Since you are excited to go review the updates, and will appreciate the positive, proactive guidance provided here is a direct link to the Table of Contents. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx (are additional commentary added) The updates are: Front Matter: Scouter Code of Conduct added. II. Aquatics Safety: The Safety Afloat section was updated. (Whitewater - Class II or above for helmets - matching industry best practice) IV. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs: The entire chapter was updated and renamed. (simplified, reference Scouter Code of Conduct) IX. Insurance: The Automobile Liability Insurance section was updated. (mostly due to updated auto coverages by councils, some wording for clarity) X. Transportation: The Automobiles, SUVs, and Vans section was updated. (simplified, removed exceptions that I believe have been debated on the forum) RichardB
  8. I’m collecting for a safety moment. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/Safety_Moments.aspx (couple of new ones recently posted) Feel free to discuss or send to me as a message if you like. RichardB
  9. Some fodder for your scoutmaster minute on why you emptied your canteen on some trail-side warming fire your boys lit ... http://wvpublic.org/post/update-three-wildfires-ablaze-dolly-sods-wilderness-two-fires-extinguished Forty years of nutrient litter smolder away in four days. Fortunately limited to just a few acres in a 64 square mile area. It's a shame, but many folks in these parts take fire risk too lightly, thinking it's a Western problem.
  10. http://www.scouting.org/Home/HealthandSafety/Alerts/BePrepared_Active_Shooter_Resources.aspx is a recent update to Scouting Safely. http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety.aspx Perhaps you can work it into your Emergency Preparation planning, programs. RichardB
  11. http://www.scouting.org/Home/HealthandSafety/Alerts/Mosquito-Borne_Illnesses.aspx Richard
  12. RichardB

    Gtss Updates

    Download the PDF: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdfchanges noted on the 6th page of the download prior to the TOC. or peruse the html version which as a couple of landing page tweaks to complete the transition left. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx If you are online then suggest you review YP section for updated barriers to abuse, the Medical and FA section, Age Appropriate Guidelines and the Insurance section for changes...... Richard
  13. http://www.scouting.org/Home/HealthandSafety/Alerts/LDSChurchSafety.aspx Something to talk about at your next meeting...... Richard
  14. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx has the latest updates posted this week. In addition to those below, the revisions include the age appropriate guidelines as well. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416_Insert_Web.pdf Would ask that you take the time to review the updated Climbing and COPE activities section and share this information with others in your area. Would also suggest that if you have not reviewed it Belay On - the publication referenced - is a relatively new piece of literature for those who engage in the COPE / Climbing world. It can be found with other reference material here: http://www.scouting.org/Home/OutdoorProgram/COPE.aspx 2015 Updates April II. Aquatics Safety: The Safety Afloat section was updated to clarify Cub Scout participation in pack and den events. VIII. Sports and Activities: The Climbing and Rappelling, and COPE Activities sections were each revised and expanded throughout. XI. Transportation: Additions to this chapter include the future policy on using 15-passenger vans and guidelines on safe driving. Richard
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