Wilderness Survival Part 2

I have made fire! – Tom Hanks, Castaway   As I mentioned in the previous post, at the beginning of August, I attended the California Survival School Core Skills class.  What a fantastic day!  We started with creating shelter and finding/sanitizing water, then we moved on to finding simple foods (small game hunting is a…

Wilderness Survival Part 1

People live in each other’s shelter – Irish proverb On Saturday, August 9, I had the most incredible day. I spent five hours with California Survival School in the Saratoga woods. I wasn’t sure what to expect before going up there, but the day was better than what I had imagined. Anyone who watches Survivor…

Prevention of Dog Attacks

About a year ago, one of the employees at my work was attacked by a dog as he approached the front door to notify the owner that we would be working on the power pole in the rear yard. Fortunately our employee got away without injury, but the incident made it clear that we needed…

Emergency Preparedness

April is Earthquake Awareness Month in California, which is rather fitting – if chilling – considering the devastation that Chile is experiencing right now with multiple massive quakes hitting their county.  Going back years before the Loma Prieta Quake of 1989, I’d kept a complete earthquake preparedness kit.  I have been asked by family, friends,…

Crawl Space Creepers

Do you have a crawl space or basement under your house?  How can it be accessed?  How easily can it be accessed?  Do you know who has been down there?  Could someone be down there right now without you knowing?  Can they get into your house from there?   Most people don’t even think about…

A Couple Driving Pet Peeves

I’ve been on the road a lot over these holidays, and I’ve seen some pretty horrific driving out there. Here are a couple driving pet peeves I have that I’d like to share… First and foremost – if you are driving and you hear a siren, look around. Find the source. Police, fire, and/or medical…

Facts for Writers

Here are some interesting facts that writers may find helpful.  These facts came from a couple of my Occupational Safety and Health classes: Eugene Meyer, Chemistry of Hazardous Materials: “On average, the detonation velocity of an explosive is a staggering four miles per second.”  Definition of “Brisance”: the shattering power of an explosive substance.  The…