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As the cooler weather approaches a lot of people start using space heaters to supplement their heating needs. They can be a safety hazard if not used properly.

They are not to be used as a primary heating source. They should be used only when they are being supervised. Using them when you are asleep or away from the home is very dangerous.

You must keep the area surrounding any heater clear. Never place anything on top of it. Make sure there is a metal guard around the heater. This guard protects someone from getting burned and items that may come in contact with the heater.

If it is necessary to use an extension cord, be sure you use a heavy duty one. I recommend a 14 gauge or larger size three conductor grounded wire. If your heater has a grounded type plug, do not by-pass the ground. Use the heater only in a grounded outlet.

Place an electric heater well away from any water source. Be sure you cannot touch the heater and any water faucet or water pipe at the same time. These are a direct paths to ground. Never touch the electric heater when you are wet. Your body resistance to current flow is greatly reduced when you are wet.

Do not use portable heaters to dry clothes . They should be clear of all objects. Also, keep the heaters clean and dust free. Read the instructions on the proper operation of your heater before using it.
Think Safety First.

Posted on November 12th, 2007 at 11:00 by Alex Smith in Home Safety - Comments (0)

It’s been a while since my last blog because I have been literally flat on my back and unable to get out of bed for two weeks. We all think, at least some of us guys, that we are ten feet tall and bullet proof. That’s the exact time when we throw caution to the wind and end up getting hurt such as I did.

I was mowing one of my lawn customers properties when my lawn tractor starting malfunctioning. So I decided to finish the lawn cutting with my push mower. The property has some steep burns on it and that’s where I got myself into trouble. While cutting the burns I put forces on my body making some of my muscles put my back “out-of-balance”. This put pressure on my back bone and some of the pelvic muscles, mainly the piriformis muscle located in the pelvic area. At the end of the day I started relizing a slight pain in my lower back. The pain the next day was unbearable. I was experiencing a condition called Sciatica, an irritation of the sciatic nerve.

There can be several causes of scitica so it’s important to get a physician to derermine the origin of the pain. Some of the causes can be related to a herniated disc, lumbar stenosis, isthmicspon-dylolisthesis, a pinched nerve the list goes on.

The pain usually starts in the lower back and it can radiate down one of the legs all the way to your ankle. Believe me, I mean pain. The pain can last for just a few days or for many months or years. It can seem to “go away” but it may return at any time.

The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and it runs through or around the piriformis muscle. This is the main muscle in your lower back. Quite often this is the problem such as mine because the sciatic nerve runs through this muscle and irritates or pinches the nerve causing the pain. Along with with this pain you may experience muscle spasms or leg cramps as well. This only adds to the pain. Further information can be read here.

Siatica can be treated sometimes with steroids, muscle relaxiants, pain medication and plenty of bed rest. Since sciatica is an inflamation applying a cold compress will help reduce the inflamation and pain. Hot compresses may increase the inflamation and is not recommended. If the cause is from a herniated disc, surgury may be needed. Be prepared for it to take a lot of time for it to subside so the best cure is to not put yourself into a position where you may cause this condition in the first place. Think of Safety First.

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 06:59 by Alex Smith in Lawn Equipment Safety - Comments (0)

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