Smoke Detector Information – Important to Watch


Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam.

Workers at risk of heat stress include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, factory workers, and others. Workers at greater risk of heat stress include those who are 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.

Prevention of heat stress in workers is important. Employers should provide training to workers so they understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.

Types of Heat Stress

Heat Stroke | Heat Exhaustion | Heat Syncope | Heat Cramps | Heat Rash

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.


Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Chills
  • Throbbing headache
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion/dizziness
  • Slurred speech

First Aid

Take the following steps to treat a worker with heat stroke:

  • Call 911 and notify their supervisor.
  • Move the sick worker to a cool shaded area.
  • Cool the worker using methods such as:
    • Soaking their clothes with water.
    • Spraying, sponging, or showering them with water.
    • Fanning their body.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Workers most prone to heat exhaustion are those that are elderly, have high blood pressure, and those working in a hot environment.


Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Nausea
  • Clammy, moist skin
  • Pale or flushed complexion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Slightly elevated body temperature
  • Fast and shallow breathing

First Aid

Treat a worker suffering from heat exhaustion with the following:

  • Have them rest in a cool, shaded or air-conditioned area.
  • Have them drink plenty of water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Have them take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.

Heat Syncope

Heat syncope is a fainting (syncope) episode or dizziness that usually occurs with prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position. Factors that may contribute to heat syncope include dehydration and lack of acclimatization.


Symptoms of heat syncope include:

  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

First Aid

Workers with heat syncope should:

  • Sit or lie down in a cool place when they begin to feel symptoms.
  • Slowly drink water, clear juice, or a sports beverage.

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps usually affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.


Muscle pain or spasms usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs.

First Aid

Workers with heat cramps should:

  • Stop all activity, and sit in a cool place.
  • Drink clear juice or a sports beverage.
  • Do not return to strenuous work for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Seek medical attention if any of the following apply:
    • The worker has heart problems.
    • The worker is on a low-sodium diet.
    • The cramps do not subside within one hour.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather.


Symptoms of heat rash include:

  • Heat rash looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters.
  • It is more likely to occur on the neck and upper chest, in the groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

First Aid

Workers experiencing heat rash should:

  • Try to work in a cooler, less humid environment when possible.
  • Keep the affected area dry.
  • Dusting powder may be used to increase comfort.

Recommendations for Employers

Employers should take the following steps to protect workers from heat stress:

  • Schedule maintenance and repair jobs in hot areas for cooler months.
  • Schedule hot jobs for the cooler part of the day.
  • Acclimatize workers by exposing them for progressively longer periods to hot work environments.
  • Reduce the physical demands of workers.
  • Use relief workers or assign extra workers for physically demanding jobs.
  • Provide cool water or liquids to workers.
    • Avoid alcohol, and drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Provide rest periods with water breaks.
  • Provide cool areas for use during break periods.
  • Monitor workers who are at risk of heat stress.
  • Provide heat stress training that includes information about:
    • Worker risk
    • Prevention
    • Symptoms
    • The importance of monitoring yourself and coworkers for symptoms
    • Treatment
    • Personal protective equipment

Recommendations for Workers

Workers should avoid exposure to extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible. When these exposures cannot be avoided, workers should take the following steps to prevent heat stress:

  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.
    • Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing.
  • Gradually build up to heavy work.
  • Schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day.
  • Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity.
    • Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.
  • Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. Approximately 1 cup every 15-20 minutes.
  • Avoid alcohol, and drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress.
  • Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.

Children ages 10-14 most at fireworks injury risk

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Hoosiers that children ages 10-14 are twice as likely to be injured by fireworks.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, two out of five people injured by fireworks are under the age of 15, and children ages 10-14 are the most at risk from fireworks.

Despite their seemingly relative harmlessness, sparklers and small firecrackers cause the most fireworks-related injuries. Sparklers burn at about 1200o Fahrenheit, which is 300o hotter than the temperature at which glass melts. Glow sticks make an excellent alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.

General fireworks safety
Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, roman candles and firecrackers.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Do not alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks.
Use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the ignition site.
Light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
Have a fire extinguisher, hose, bucket of water or other water source nearby.
Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.
Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.

Fireworks and pets

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health reminds parents and pet owners that while firework celebrations are fun, four-legged family members might not appreciate them as much as people do.

The noise and bright lights of fireworks displays can cause panic and erratic behavior in dogs, cats and even livestock.  This erratic behavior sometimes results in injury or even death.   Many shelters report an increase of strays picked up during the July 4th holiday.

Pet owners can keep their animals safe and calm by following these simple safety tips.

·         Keep small pets indoors in an interior room without windows.  Keep them occupied with their favorite toy or turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction.

·         Never leave pets alone outdoors, even if they are tethered or in a fenced yard.  It is not uncommon for dogs to escape or injure themselves if they become panicked during nearby fireworks shows.

·         If planning on attending a fireworks celebration, leave pets at home.  If pets MUST be outside at fireworks displays, be sure to have the pet constrained on a leash or in a carrier.

·         Some pets may become aggressive due to loud noises.  Protect pets from children who may not realize the consequences of waving sparklers or setting off home fireworks.

·         Be sure that pets have current ID tag and/or microchip so that pets can be easily reunited with their family in case he or she runs off.

Pet owners may want to consult their veterinarians to see if tranquilizers or mild sedatives could be an effective way to keep animals calm during the holiday.  Natural methods, such as pheromone therapy or melatonin may also help.

Fire safety

The Indiana State Fire Marshal reminds Hoosiers that anyone enjoying consumer fireworks this year needs to do so with a heightened level of caution. Due to extremely dry conditions, some local jurisdictions are restricting the use of fireworks. Contact your local officials to inquire about what fireworks prohibitions or restrictions may be in effect.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has compiled a list of jurisdictions with known fireworks restrictions. A link to this list can be located at under “Topics of the Day.”

For more fireworks safety tips and information, visit

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You’re driving along a rural road and come  around the curve or over the hill and suddenly realize that there is a  slow-moving vehicle just in front of you. It takes a split-second reaction to  slam on the brakes and avoid a collision.

Approximately 47 percent of all deaths resulting from unintentional injuries  are caused by motor vehicles. Each year, collisions involving motor vehicles  and farm vehicles contribute to this statistic.

As farmers head back out to the fields, you are likely to drive up behind a  slow-moving vehicle. The National Safety Council has outlined some defensive  driving steps to help you avoid being  involved in one of these accidents.

The most common accident occurs when motorists try to pass farm vehicles  turning left. The tractor may appear to be pulling to the right side of the  road to let cars pass but is really preparing to make a wide left turn. Check  the left side of the road for anyplace a farm vehicle might turn, such as gates  or driveways. Also, watch closely for hand and light signals.

Patience is one of the best ways to avoid a collision. Even if you have to  follow a tractor for two miles at 20 miles per hour, it only takes six minutes  of your time. That’s about the same as waiting for two red lights in town. When  you find yourself behind a slow-moving vehicle, wait until you can safely pass.

Due to the large difference in speed, it’s common for a motor vehicle to run  into the rear end of a piece of farm equipment. It can be difficult to judge  traffic speed from a distance, so you should slow down as soon as you see a  tractor or a slow-moving vehicle emblem (an orange triangle outlined in red).  Even if you are following a slow-moving vehicle from a distance, you’re closing  the safety distance between the two of you at an average rate of about 59 feet  per second.

Lookout for farm vehicles and practice safety while driving. Remember to slow  down, keep your eyes on the road and wait until it is safe to pass.

Deputy Chief High Returns From Deployment

Honey Creek Fire Department’s Deputy Chief High returned
from his deployment with District 7 Response Team from Henryville. Deputy Chief
High and numerous other agency representatives from the District 7 Response Team
were activated and deployed early Monday morning to help provide support to
areas that were hit with the tornados that hit Southern Indiana on March 2,
2012. Please continue remember all of those that were affected by the tornados
as they will have a long recovery ahead of them.

Daylight Savings

Install. Inspect. Protect. Smoke Alarms Save Lives
When you change your clock for Daylight Savings make sure to check your smoke detector.

Please Do Not Text and Drive It Can Wait

Slow Down and Move Over