A Motorcycle First Aid Kit has Special Needs
An ordinary first aid kit just won't cut it. The types of common injuries that motorcyclists may experience need a special balance of first aid supplies. It is important to know the purpose of and how to use every item in your motorcycle first aid/trauma kit- otherwise its just taking up valuable space.
Injuries a motorcycle rider might incur:
- Motorcycle Crash Scene
Burns - sunburn and heat burns from exhaust pipes and other hot motorcycle parts.
- Eye injuries - things flying or blowing into the eyes and insect bites or stings.
- Cuts, abrasions and scrapes - usually from hitting the road (literally).
- Fractures, bleeding, possible amputation,
Trauma to the head, neck, spine, chest and abdomen (Box of Life).
Here's a Motorcycle First Aid Kit Checklist:
- A good compact first aid book or cheat sheet (ASM PACT Card).
- Nitrile gloves No less than 2 pair more is better!
- Anti-microbial Hand Cleaner Waterless is preferred with at least 60% alcohol.
Sting Relief & Burn Gel.
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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has officially declared May is Motorcycle Awareness in the state of Wisconsin. The proclamation officially recognizes two groups that actively work to make Wisconsin's roadways safe for motorcyclists. Both ABATE of Wisconsin and Accident Scene Management's Road Guardians are assets to our state doing the work that they do with a grassroots volunteer force who are passionate about what they do.
Hearing Protection Applies to All Riders
The sun is out and motorcycle season is here. I think most riders will agree one of the best feelings in the world is .
getting back in the saddle after a long winter. Last-minute preparations and repairs are being made with one eye on the forecast, and its easy to miss little details. One often overlooked key piece of rider-prep is ear protection.
According to the American Industrial Paramedic Services, wind-buffeting noise at highway speed (regardless of helmet use or not) will reach sound levels in excess of 100 decibels (dB), roughly the same level as a chainsaw. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines anything above 85 dB as the level at which permanent hearing damage is possible. Being exposed to these high-level noises for just 1.25 cumulative hours over a one-week period can cause permanent hearing damage.
Beginning symptoms of hearing loss include a ringing in the ears called tinnitus, plugged ears and trouble distinguishing sounds from background noise. Sometimes after initial exposure, hearing will return within one to two days. However, if not, the damage may be permanent. The good news is prevention is easy! Over-the-counter foam earplugs will typically have 32 dB of sound reduction, flanged earplugs will be closer to 26 dB, while specialty or custom earplugs offer the highest level of protection and versatility (with the ability to block certain frequencies), but typically cost anywhere from $50-$150.
At Hupy and Abraham, S.C., we always encourage you to have fun and stay safe while on two wheels!
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