Health and Wellness

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This week, October 19-25, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. According the CDC web page about lead, “Lead is a highly toxic metal that at one time was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated […]

EMS Tips Firefighting Operations

Cyanide Poisoning: Video on Cyanokit Use

Cyanide poisoning is a high risk to victims and emergency responders to fire incidents. Hydrogen cyanide, as well as other toxins, are released as byproducts of combustion in smoke. Cyanide causes asphyxiation by displacing oxygen. The Cyanokit is a product approved for use in the United States for paramedic administration to known or suspected cyanide […]

EMS Tips Firefighting

Cyanide Poisoning Signs and Training

Cyanide exists in many products and the incomplete combustion of certain items such as wood, paper, plastic, and synthetics makes it a very real, potential hazard to those who fight fires. All emergency responders should recognize safety hazards and minimize the risks associated with cyanide poisoning. Signs and symptoms of cyanide poisoning include: