It is the golden rule to every outdoor activity to prepare all the pivotal equipment and knowledge beforehand to ensure the utmost safety for everyone in your family, friends or colleagues.
This winter, a lot of enthusiastic individuals would like to face the challenge of snowy mountains as part of their holiday celebration. Irwin Consulting Services supports this passion of many people, but the group’s only requirement for everyone is to be dedicated to their own safety and to the people around them with this kind of venture.
Aside from climbing mountains, you and your friends, colleagues or family members can enjoy other activities as well such as snowshoeing, skiing or other related activities. But before gearing up in climbing a snowy mountain, Irwin Consulting Services requires you to have the appropriate equipment and skills first in preparation for unwanted accidents or emergencies in the mountain.
Learn if the place is safe and is available to perform the activities you prefer. Ensure that your health can also endure the venture you’re planning to do on the mountain. It would be safer and better to tell your relatives and close friends about your desire to climb a mountain. Once you’ve prepared everything, contact and inform them about the location of your trip, the expected date of your return and the circumstances when they should definitely call for help.
Local authorities of a certain mountain place often advise mountain climbers to form a group that is composed of two or more people to better ensure the safety of everyone involved. In case of an emergency, the other person can take care of the injured and look after his or her wellbeing. On the other hand, going alone can be quite risky so better carry every item that is crucial for one’s survival on the mountain with you. You must also be knowledgeable about the place so a little bit of research won’t hurt.
Bring light sources as well even if it is not part of your plan to stay the night on the mountain since emergencies could happen anytime which might require you to camp for a night or two, so be prepared to face the dark mountain at night.
Don’t let negative thoughts fill your mind that can cause you to panic when you are lost in the mountain. Try your best to remain calm and keep yourself warm. Call for help at once and rescuers riding a plane can quickly find you if you’re visible from the sky so try to expose yourself as much as possible and keep away from the huge shades of the trees. Urgent emergencies need to be called to authorities right away so that rescuers can find you when there’s still sunlight.
In other countries like the United States, you can still contact their emergency hotline numbers even without any signal on your phone since the system will activate any cell tower. Emergencies or accidents are unpredictable and such can happen anytime, so it’s best to always have your phone with you and make sure that it is fully charged before leaving your home or bring with you high-quality power banks. Another crucial tip involves carrying with you a satellite phone to acquire help even if you end up in an area with no cell service at all.
We don’t want to encounter an avalanche but simply include it on one of the possibilities of unfortunate events that could happen to your mountain trip. Invest on avalanche safety equipment that might include a transceiver, probe, shovel and the sufficient knowledge on how to use them to be fully prepared in case of such emergency. To help you mitigate an avalanche exposure, determine how to navigate through the terrain.
Irwin Consulting Services would like to remind you that climbing a mountain includes a responsibility to yourself and to others and that is to assure the safety of every individual concerned.
To those people having their last-minute holiday season decorating, don’t panic and focus your mind on putting lovely decorations on your home. It is not too late to have the spirit of the holiday season to fill your house. The feeling of happiness and excitement might be overflowing into you, but remember that you need to practice caution as well in decorating because holiday traditions can, unfortunately, bring dangers or accidents to the family in some cases.
Every night of the holiday season, houses bring light to the darkness with their sparkling and glittering decorative lights and other decorations that have beautiful lighting. It brings happiness even to the lone night but the cold weather also imposes some challenges during the holiday season.
This season can also be the most exciting for many families around the world. With this, a lot of people are greatly looking forward to this event of the year. However, you should be very responsible for this season of joy. Decorating your home would surely involve a lot of electrical connections, so you must confirm if all extension cords or power strips and wirings are all safe to use and are in good condition. Experts added that it would be better to determine how much current is running through the cords.
On the other hand, install the Christmas tree on a spot that is away from heat sources such as fireplaces and space heaters. In particular, there should be at least 3 feet distance between the tree and the heat sources. In choosing a real or live Christmas tree, Irwin Consulting Services suggests making sure that the tree is fresh and avoid the dry ones since such are vulnerable to fires. In order to make sure of good water absorption, cut at least 1-2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing it on a stand, and then fill it with water. Do not forget to water the stand on a regular basis to maintain the rich, green feature of the tree.
Be careful on using extension cords, and as much as possible, don’t use these cords on heaters. Even if you’re busy decorating your home, you still need to be mindful of keeping yourself and your family safe. Stay away from heat sources while putting those beautiful ornaments on a specific spot. The cold weather requires constant use of heaters but make sure each is safe to use and in a safe place.
If you’re going to decorate your home outside, make sure that every extension cord/power strip and electrical decoration has “for outdoor use” label. You need to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and make sure of proper installation of each decoration and equipment you have. The electrical products and their power needs on amperage should match the amperage rating of extension cords. Choose circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCIs to plug your outdoor electric lights and decorations.
Never risk your safety in decorating outside your home, thus avoid coming close to power lines and make certain that you’re at least 10 feet away from it. You also need to avoid overloading, thus check electrical outlets and ensure that they don’t have many electrical decorations or devices plugged into it. Overheating can become a problem and even begin a furious fire.
Electrical cords require proper insulation so make sure that there were no cords pinched in windows, doors or under heavy equipment or furniture. Christmas or decorative lights must be put into place properly without damaging its cord’s insulation. When you are replacing bulbs or fuses, unplug all electrical decorations first. Irwin Consulting Services understand that this is the usual tip from experts but the group would like to remind you once again to turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.
Beautiful candles with good aroma may be a lovely addition to your holiday decorations but these real candles may bring accidents to your house especially if they are within the reach of your small children. Consider acquiring artificial candles instead. But if real candles were really your style, make sure to put them on places away from the reach of your little kids and from combustibles materials too. Extinguish its fire before sleeping or going outside the house.
Irwin Consulting Services hopes for your enjoyable and fun holiday season that is filled with love and the art of giving. For more fire, communications and even EMS consulting advice or tips, visit or contact the group of Irwin Consulting Services.