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Health & Safety Alerts
|Special AED Limited-Time Offer|
Our AED program supporter, Cardiac Science, has created a promotion for BSA local councils and units to support the ongoing effort to help reduce cardiac fatalities.
|Weaver Popcorn Voluntary Recall|
Weaver Popcorn Company is making a voluntary recall of products containing peanuts, some of which may have been sold in your council. Councils should post the Weaver statement to their Web site or otherwise make it available to units, and encourage them to follow the instructions in the statement.
The attached tip sheet, Safety Tips for Parades, has been distributed by the Cradle of Liberty Council. It follows the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.
Check here for brief outlines of insurance coverages available to volunteers and chartered organizations.
|SHIFT Happens: Be Prepared to Move Quickly|
Scouting units from all over Southern California are encouraged to participate in the largest earthquake drill in American history. Find out how.
|AEDs Available to Councils and Units |
As reported in the Spring 2008 Health and Safety Newsletter, only 21 percent of council offices and 58 percent of council camps have automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, in place to be prepared for sudden cardiac arrest emergencies. We are working to make 100 percent coverage a reality for your offices and camps as well as making AEDs available for units and community service projects.
Noroviruses cause stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, complete with nausea, vomiting, diahrrea, and stomach cramping. The Center for Disease Control recommends frequent hand washings and a thorough cleansing and disenfecting of contaminated surfaces after an episode. Do what you can to keep camp attendees safe.
|Paintball Is Prohibited In Scouting!|
A paintball that hits the eyeball can result in severe injury to the eye or even blindness. Three deaths have been noted between 2002 and 2005 from paintball gun equipment.
|Traditional CPR Technique Still Official|
The much-discussed compression-only (or "hands-only") CPR technique may be suitable for some situations, but it is not an all-encompassing method for every CPR-related circumstance.
|West Nile Virus|
To help protect Scouts, Scouters, and camp staff against the threat of West Nile Virus, the BSA advocates a two-pronged program directed at mosquito reduction and personal protection.
|Past Alerts |