May 1999





The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling one million carbon monoxide alarms because they sometimes give faulty readings.   The recall includes 650,000 Nighthawk alarms and 350,000 Lifesaver models made by Kidde Safety Co.  The Nighthawk units involved in the recall have a manufacture date between November 8, 1998 and March 9, 1999 printed on the back.   "NIGHTHAWK" and "Carbon Monoxide Alarm" are on the front of each unit.

The Lifesaver model numbers are 9CO-1 and 9CO-1C, manufactured between June 1, 1997 and January 31, 1998.  The date is listed on the back of each unit.  "LIFESAVER" and "Carbon Monoxide Detector" are printed on the front.

For more information on this recall, visit the company's Web site at



"If it can't be done safely, it shouldn't be done"


Ouch! (slap)  Insect season is almost here!  Mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks can pose serious health problems.   Lyme disease, equine disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and St Louis encephalitis to name a few.

Insect repellents are available in various forms.  The Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following precautions when using insect repellents:

    * Repellents should be applied only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label).  Do not use under clothing.
    * Never use repellents over cuts, wounds irritated skin.
    * When using sprays do not spray directly onto face; spray on hands first then apply to face.
    * Do not allow children to handle these products and do not apply to children's hands.  When using on children, apply to your own hands then apply on the child.
    * Avoid breathing a repellent spray, and do not sue it near food.
    * After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe.
    * If you suspect that you or your child are reacting to an insect repellent, discontinue use, wash treated skin and seek medical attention.

Follow use directions carefully, use only the amount directed and under the conditions specified.  For specific information regarding the active ingredients in repellents and other pesticides call the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network at 1-800-858-7378.



"Look out for those who don't"


This course is taught through the Safety and Health Council of Greater Omaha.  Cost for the basic skills course is $130.00, and for the Experienced Rider, $100.00.  Check out the Council web site at .  If you are thinking about being an "Easy Rider", this is for you.



"Scrapes, bumps and bruises;
Safety first or everyone loses!"


The Consumer Product Safety Commission  is kicking off a campaign to alert consumers of products that have been recalled.  From playpens to toasters, the CPSC announces approximately 300 recalls each year, but actually getting the products out of the consumer's home seems to be a real problem.  If you think that you may have a recalled item, or would like to check a list of recalled products, visit the CPSC Home Page.



"Take some time and look around
Because safety hazards do abound"


It's time once again for the "Arrive Alive" campaign sponsored by the Safety & Health Council of Greater Omaha.  Watch for Creighton Campus Safety Committee Members at the entrance to CU parking lots.   If you are wearing your seatbelt, you will receive a squeeze bottle filled with coupons and a registration form to send in for a chance to win a 1999 Dodge Neon!   Remember,  ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELT!!!!!




"Be protected - Not projected;
Wear your seatbelt"


Genium's chemical container label database.  This site allows you to obtain HAZCOM labels for over 900 chemicals.   Good for secondary container labeling.  Visit this site at:  Search Genium's CCL Database

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.  This site contains:  Health Advisories; Toxicological Profiles; National Alerts and Hazard Data.  Visit this site here: ATSDR - ATSDR's Home Page

Chemfinder.Com;  Allows internet searching of chemical data by chemical name, CAS number, molecular formula or molecular weight.  Visit at: ChemFinder Searching




"Chemicals must be treated with respect.
You are the one that you must protect."


Acids and bases possess the property of severely damaging living tissue and of attacking other materials such as metal or wood.   Special precautions must be taken when storing these materials to reduce the chance of unwanted chemical reactions.

  • Segregate strong oxidizing acids such as sulfuric acid from organic acids such as acetic acid, and all other flammable or combustible materials.
  • Do not store sulfuric acid & nitric acid together; possible explosive reaction.
  • Use secondary containment to separate incompatible chemicals within the same hazard class.
  • Acids & bases are an explosive combination, store them separately.
  • Store corrosives in a cabinet with a corrosion resistant lining.  Corrosive stored in ordinary metal cabinets will quickly damage cabinet supports (i.e. hinges, shelves, etc.).
  • Never store corrosives at eye level.  Store on a low shelf or cabinet.
  • Chemicals should never be stored under the sink or on the floor.



"You control the risks;
Chemicals must be treated with respect"


  • Always wear an approved bicycle safety helmet.
  • Avoid riding after dark or if the weather is bad.   All cyclists are at risk when it's dark.
  • Obey traffic signs, signals and pavement marking.  
  • Move with the flow of traffic.
  • Stop and check for traffic before you enter a street from a driveway, parking lot or sidewalk.
  • Give cars and pedestrians the right of way.   It's an act of courtesy and safer too.
  • Be extra careful turning left.  Vehicles approaching or following you don't expect you to go left and often don't see a turning cyclist.
  • Slow Down, when you approach intersections; stop, look and listen at stop signs.
  • Wear light or bright colored clothes.
  • Avoid broken pavement, litter, loose gravel, mud, or leaves.  Any of these can make you loose control of your bike.



 The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that two-thirds of 220 day-care facilities studied had at least one safety hazard that put children at risk of injury or death.

The biggest problem was children wearing clothing with a drawstring around the neck.  Apparel makers no longer make children's clothing with drawstrings but the items are still being "recycled".   An easy remedy is to remove the drawstring.

Another problem is playgrounds that have grass.  The CPSC recommends that playgrounds have at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch or small gravel instead of grass.

Other hazards found were:

  • Soft bedding in cribs
  • Loops on window blinds
  • Doorways and stairs without safety gates.
  • Recalled products.
  • Cribs that do not meet safety guidelines.

To get a free copy of a checklist identifying hazards, send a postcard to: Child Care Safety Checklist, CPSC, Washington, D.C. 20207 or check out CPSC's Web site at CPSC Home Page.



"The safety of children is an adult responsibility"


The Environmental Health & Safety Staff will be conducting a Child Safety Seat Inspection on May 20, 1999 at the Child Development Center, 2202 Burt Street between the hours of 4:00p.m. and 5:30 p.m..  If you would like your car seat inspected, stop by!  For more information, call Mindy at 546-6400.


"A child has but one life to live.
A safe environment is what you should give."