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Did You Know? (July 2013)

In last month's ECSI eNews, we posed a timely "Did You Know" question to our readers:

Did You Know?

53 cases of West Nile virus in humans, including three deaths, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of July 30, 2013. A total of 35 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.

The CDC provides important "Prevention and Control" tips on their website to help you avoid contracting West Nile virus this summer.

To avoid mosquito bites, the CDC recommends that you:

1. Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

2. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.

3. Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (dusk to dawn).

4. Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors, using air conditioning, and emptying standing water from flowerpots, buckets, pool covers, etc.

The CDC website also provides a list of symptoms to look for if you've contracted the virus, important notes about how the virus can and can not be trasmitted, and maps that show if the virus is prevalent where you live and work.

ECSI encourages you to protect yourself, loved ones, students, and even your pets from this potentially deadly virus when training or spending time outdoors this summer.



Emergency Preparedness Has Never Been Easier

Are you participating in the Do 1 Thing initiative?

The Do 1 Thing program is a free, 12-month emergency preparedness program that aims to break down the daunting task of preparing for the unexpected. Each month of the year has been assigned a topic and includes simple, easy to follow steps one can take to become better prepared.

A list of the 12 Do 1 Thing topics for 2013 can be found here.

Endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Do 1 Thing is a non-profit organization made up of professionals from different emergency-related fields (including emergency management, human services, etc.) who want to better prepare communities for emergency and disaster response. Do 1 Thing believes:

When people in our community are prepared, emergency responders can help more people. When people are prepared themselves, they can help their neighbors.

To learn more or to to get started today, visit the Do 1 Thing website.


Have You Flipped Through Our Online Catalog?

The 2013 ECSI Online Product Catalog is chock full of our emergency care training programs as well as information about who we serve, how you can join, training material formats, and additional resources to help you reach your training goals!

Take a look for yourself today:

View the catalog on your computer or mobile device here.

Download and print a copy for your reference here.



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In fact, if you can find a comparable product from any of our competitors for less, we will meet or beat that price on any qualifying* order! 

Call 1-800-716-7264 now or email our Membership Office to place your order.

For a complete list of course resources, take a look at our 2013 ECSI Product Catalog.

*Invoice must have been issued in the last six months and be based on comparable products with current pricing. $500 minimum order required. Decision to price match determined by Membership Office.


Pet Summer Safety Tips

(Article from ECSI eNews: July 2013)

Have you seen the video that shows a veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, sitting in parked car for thirty minutes on a hot day? His goal in this exercise was to demonstrate how it feels for an animal to be left inside a car on a typical summer day while its owner runs an errand.

Dr. Ward’s experiment highlights the need to think about pet safety during warm weather months. With much of the U.S. experiencing record-breaking temperatures this year, the media often covers stories about heat safety for humans – but may fail to mention the similarly devastating effects hot temperatures can have on dogs, cats, and other creatures. Remember, it is important to make an extra effort in these summer months to keep your pets cool, comfortable, and healthy, just as you keep yourself.

We’ve compiled a list of five important pet summer safety tips you can use to educate students in your Pet First Aid course, and keep in mind when caring for your own domesticated animal:

1. Know your pet.

Every animal is different. Get to know your pet’s normal behavior (including pulse rate, panting habits, etc.) so you can recognize if your pet is acting unusually.

2. Be prepared.

Keep your pet’s medical records up to date and in an accessible location. If you need to go to an emergency clinic, it will be important to have this information on hand.

3. Provide a cool environment.

When possible, keep your animal out of direct sunlight during the day to avoid heat stroke. A general rule of thumb is: if you’re feeling uncomfortable in the heat, your pet is feeling the same way.

4. Avoid strenuous exercise and keep fresh water close by.

On extremely hot days, many veterinarians recommend limiting exercise with your animal to a shorter period of time in the cooler early morning or evening hours. Always keep fresh water close by to allow your animal to cool down as needed.

5. Know the symptoms of heat stroke.

A body temperature of 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in cats or dogs may indicate heat stroke. Get to know your pet’s normal body temperature and learn the signs and symptoms that could indicate your pet is overheated. 

We asked a Needham, MA animal control officer for her opinion of what is most important to remember regarding pet care and summer heat:

Summertime brings hot weather and road trips. Please remember that your car becomes very unsafe for pets very quickly in the heat. Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and get your pet to the vet right away. Signs [of heat stroke] could include uncontrollable panting, salivating, weakness, staggering, and even confusion.  If you are going to be out and about during the heat, it is best to leave your pet at home.

Danielle Landry
Needham Animal Control Officer
Needham, MA

As an ECSI Education Center, you can help promote pet safety in your local community by offering a Pet First Aid training course. Learn more about our Pet First Aid training materials by visiting our online catalog and be sure to check out our monthly special to save on these comprehensive resources!