Category Archives: safety

More on Securing Your Home

I received a few comments on yesterday’s blog that I would like to address.  First is the subject of sliding glass doors.  Personally, I would get rid of one as soon as I could afford it, but there are some inexpensive fixes that can make your door more secure

There are a lot of simple locks that can be installed in the track available at most home improvement stores.  These typical sell for between 10 to 30 dollars.  However, a simple way to help secure your door is to cut down a broomstick or similar piece of wood and lay it in the bottom track.…

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The Safe Storage of Gasoline

With all the talk about generators lately, it is time to talk about safely storing fuel.  The majority of generators are gasoline powered.  A few are powered on tri fuel (propane, natural gas or gasoline) a few are on just propane or natural gas.  If you look at my blogs for the last week you will find a post on tri fuel generators.

The safest fuel to store is propane.  Just be sure and keep the bottle in the upright position.  Remember when you decide where to store the tanks, leaking propane is heavier than air and flows downhill like water.…

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As the Hurricane Hits the East Coast, Can We Learn From It.

Watching Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast shows just how vulnerable we are to things beyond our control, storms, fire, earthquakes and man made disasters.  You can have all the preps you could possible need to bug in, but if your house is in the wrong spot, your preps may be history.  There is an old saying in real estate, location, location, location; well it applies in preparedness as well. Give a lot of thought to where you live.  If you don’t have a bug out plan, you may be just another refuge.  Now me I plan to bug in, but I always have a plan B.…

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The Importance of Gaining Knowledge

Knowledge can save your life

I spent a fair amount of time talking to and helping others prepare and one thing I see is that many people have no idea of how fast a disaster can over take them.  Just yesterday, a fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond California forced a large number of people to shelter in place.  As many as 200 people went to the hospital with complaints related to the smoke from the fire.  When the instruction were given to the public to shelter in place they were told to turn off their air conditioners, close their windows and either tape the cracks around doors and windows or block them with wet towels.…

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Nuclear Waste Storage

I recently received some information on the location of nuclear reactors and nuclear waste storage areas.  The big surprise was to find that a small research reactor is located much closer to my location that I had previously thought.  The following link published by National Geographic shows the locations of various nuclear  storage areas and reactors.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0207/feature1/images/mp_download.1.pdf

The following table shows the location of known research reactors.

U.S. Non-Power Research and Test Nuclear Reactor List

 

Licensee/Location Reactor Type/
OL Issued
License Type/
Docket Number
License Number
Aerotest
San Ramon, CA
Triga (Indus)
07/02/1965
OL
50-228
R-98
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
Bethesda, MD
Triga
06/26/1962
OL
50-170
R-84
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Triga Mark II
01/11/1962
OL
50-157
R-80
Dow Chemical Company
Midland, MI
Triga
07/03/1967
OL
50-264
R-108
General Electric Company
Pleasanton, CA
Nuclear Test
10/31/1957
OL
50-73
R-33
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
AGN-201 #103
10/11/1967
OL
50-284
R-110
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
Triga
10/16/1962
OL
50-188
R-88
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
HWR Reflected
06/09/1958
OL
50-20
R-37
McClellan AFB
Sacramento, CA
Triga
08/13/98
OL
50-607
R-130
Nat’l Institute of Standards & Technology
Gaithersburg, MD
Nuclear Test
06/30/1970
OL
50-184
TR-5
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Pulstar
08/25/1972
OL
50-297
R-120
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Pool
02/24/1961
OL
50-150
R-75
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Triga Mark II
03/07/1967
OL
50-243
R-106
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Triga
07/08/1955
OL
50-5
R-2
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Lockheed
08/16/1962
OL
50-182
R-87
Reed College
Portland, OR
Triga Mark I
07/02/1968
OL
50-288
R-112
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Critical Assembly
07/03/1964
OL
50-225
CX-22
Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission
Narragansett, RI
GE Pool
07/21/1964
OL
50-193
R-95
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
AGN-201M #106
08/26/1957
OL
50-59
R-23
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Triga
12/07/1961
OL
50-128
R-128
U.S.
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Sweetening Tainted Meats

If you read many old cookbooks you will soon see that many of them cover the subject of how to freshen tainted meat.  With no refrigeration, people ate meat that we would turn our nose up at today.  These books contained all types of suggestion on how to salvage meat that was starting to spoil.  Today I am going to post some of these methods.  However, I want to be very clear that I have not tried them and would not in any way suggest that they are safe or that you should try them.

The book published in 1908 “Household discoveries and Mrs.…

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The Uses of Road Flares

The other day I was talking to a friend about what to carry in your car and the subject of road flares came up.  He had none.  Now I know that most people only think of flares in relation to a traffic accident, but they do have other good uses.road flares

First, let’s discuss their designed use, for warnings others of accidents.  I recommend everyone carry several in their vehicle.  In case of a accident they should be placed in the road to warn others.

To determine the placement of the first flare, the one furthest from the vehicle, take the posted speed limit and  multiply by a factor of 4, at 30 miles per hour = 30 x 4 means your furthest flare should be 120 ft.…

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Locks and Keys

I am quite conscious of security and have a habit of locking everything.  There is always a set of keys in my pocket.padlock  Yesterday I needed to get into a locked space and realized that my keys were not in my pocket.  After a quick look around, I couldn’t find them, so I asked my wife for her set.  She pointed at the desk and a big box of old keys and says I think they are in there.  She says she never uses hers because I am always around.

So out I go with the box, after trying all the keys, no luck. …

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A Review of the Super Grip Lock

I recently had a new product sent to me that I have found quite interesting. It is the Super Grip Lock, and is a very simple, inexpensive locking device that works on almost all dead bolts. You can take it with you when you travel and use it on most motel room doors. It will secure a door even if the person attempting entry has a bump key or the real key. If someone attempts to force the lock to turn, the key will break before the lock turns.

You can find this for sale on the internet for between 9 to 10 dollars.…

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Smoke Detectors Save Lifes

A few nights ago a family I am familiar with lost their home to a fast burning attic fire.  They were able to escape smoke detectorwith their lives because smoke detectors woke them up.  Without smoke detectors, it is very possible that one or more of them might have died.

Smoke detectors work well and may very well save your life and home.  You can buy battery operated smoke detectors for between 10-30 dollars.

Smoke detectors come in several types, battery operated, hard wired to your electric system or a combination of both.   I recommend that you either have battery operated or hard wired with battery backup. …

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