How to Get Organized in the Car – Organization Tips For Safety and Convenience

How to get organized in the car is a challenge facing all families who own one.  In order to have pleasant trips whether they are long or short, some planning and forethought is required. 

It is also necessary to set some priorities and pay attention first to those things that are the most important such as the safety of the people who are in the car.

The most important planning tasks then for how to get organized in your car requires paying attention to basic safety and that means using the proper restraints.

  • Make sure that you have child car seats that are age and weight appropriate for the child that uses it.
  • Child car seats should be fastened safely into the car following manufacturer’s directions.
  • Children should always be in their child car seats when traveling in the car – no exceptions.
  • Adult passengers should be safely buckled in for the trip no matter how short.

With everyone fastened in they will not become a human projectile in the event of a sudden stop or collision.

However, anything else in your car that is not fastened down will become a projectile if the car stops suddenly. Even a small object flying around in your car can be lethal if it hits someone in the head so make sure that there is nothing in your car that is not fastened down.

In other words store your junk in the trunk!  If you do not have a trunk, there are commercial car organizer products available that can be safely fastened into the back of the SUV or hatchback.  They will keep all the sports equipment, CD’s, diaper wipes, paper towels and other items safely contained in the back of the car.

Here are more car organization tips for your automobile safety and convenience:

  1. Make sure you have a first aid kit. It should contain the usual assortment of gauzes, tape and bandages. Getting organized for health and safety in the car also means including some medication such as over the counter pain relievers and antihistamines. If any one in the family is on regular medication a small supply of personal medication is also recommended but be sure to replace it often as medications can deteriorate in quality in the extreme temperature variations in a car.
  2. Keep a supply of pre-moistened hand wipes in the car. While antibacterial  hand wipes are not usually recommended for common use,  in this application they are the best. You just never know when you are going to be using a public washroom or roadside “facilities” and there is no sink or no soap. They also come in handy for making sure the kids get washed up before snacks in the car (or even washing up afterward!).
  3. Keep a roll of paper towels in the car.  You just know somebody is going to spill something at some time.  They come in handy if someone has a nosebleed or even if you or someone else has to change a tire.
  4. Keep your documents organized. You will want the auto club phone number, owner’s manual, registration, license and insurance information to be easily found when you are stressed. You just know that you are going to need them when you are not thinking straight such as when the police officer says “Vehicle and license registration please.”  Getting organized in the car means knowing where you put it so you can find it fast.
  5. Make sure you keep a flashlight in the car. It is also highly probable that you will get that flat tire or dead battery when it is dark so make sure you have a flashlight so you can actually read the phone number of the auto club!  A hand cranked model is best so you will never be frustrated by dead batteries.
  6. If you have a baby make sure you have extra diapers and diaper wipes. If you have ever had to wait for 3 hours in a traffic jam when a bridge was closed you will know that having extra diapers is essential!

Getting organized in the car doesn’t have to be mysterious.  Think first about safety.  Then when you think about how to get organized anticipate what might happen and plan as if those events were going to be a certainty.

Steel Industry, Coal Industry, and the Cold Hard Reality

What is going on in the Steel Industry these days? It seems we have had some massive iron ore price spikes lately or is the market merely taking us back to where we should have been before the recession and prior to all that incredible consolidation we had a few years back now? Is it because the Global Economy is seeing new life, that large shipping companies are building more ships now, or China is cornering the market on steel and iron ore?

And why are we so darn hostile in the US towards coal mines with coking quality coal, such as those in West Virginia? With this latest coal mine disaster, we seem to be repeating the call for more regulations in the coal mining sector again. At a time when our US Steel industry just got a big break as China raised the price of steel. Why is the Administration, the environmentalists, and the labor unions all attacking our industrial base right now, this is the last thing we ought to do as our industrial base and manufacturing sector is digging itself out of a hard-hitting recession – I thought we wanted jobs?

Regarding the latest rounds of attacks on Steel Mills, well, yes if you are in the industry, I hear you, I just read an old article out of Scientific American today; “Steel Mini-Mills” May 1984 – and it’s not like we didn’t see any of this coming. We need steel for infrastructure projects, let’s make it here, let’s use our own iron ore and coking coal.

Now in the future, we will have new materials like carbon nano-tubes, etc, are 50 times stronger, and unbelievably light weight. But right now, let’s not be stupid with our policy or ram-rod our industrial base, that’s just suicide for our recovering economy right now. We should be working to get things rolling again, not trying to destroy what’s historically made this nation great.

When these new materials come online we can use them for nearly everything if we can do our own high-tech manufacturing without allowing those little nano-particles the ability to escape during the process. Still, we will need steel for some things, and remember WV needs to excavate some of that high-grade coal for the coking process.

If we lose all the steel plants, we also lose the WV, PA, coal mines (JOBS) and we will hurt our auto, heavy equipment, truck making, bridge building, construction, ship building sectors too. We are still a ways out of the carbon nano-tubes, but we are certainly getting there technologically speaking. Let’s not let liberal-socialist-environmental groups and petty politics stifle our growth and recovery. Seriously, let’s be smart about this.

You may email if you have a difference of opinion, but be prepared for an earful, and bring your best arguments, because I know what I am talking about, and I am not about to listen to nonsense on this issue, quite frankly – I really don’t care who you are. This country and our economy are more important than such shallow and petty arguments or talking points in this debate.

Basic Hand Signals In Crane Operation

Cranes are commonly used in the construction of towers and industry, and in manufacturing heavy equipments. Cranes ranges from small site crane to big cranes and deck cranes that lift heavy equipments. Basically, they are temporary structures in construction. They are either fixed on the ground or hoarded on a purpose-built vehicle. Cranes come in different types such as jib, gantry, ship and deck, bridge or overhead, boom, tower, and mobile or truck.

Before operating the crane, operators should carefully read and understand the operation manual from the crane manufacturer. Further, they must always note any instructions given by a reliable instructor or operator. It is also crucial for the crane operator to understand the consequences of careless operation of cranes. They must be instructed of the proper use, prohibition and the safety rules and regulation during the operation.

It is always the responsibility of the owner to make their personnel aware of all federal rules and codes so as to preclude violations along with their penalties. Employers must also make certain that their operators are properly trained and are equipped with the know-how. To be safe in the operation of crane, it requires skill and exercise of great care and ideal foresight, alertness and concentration. Also strict adherence to proven safety rules and practices is necessary.

The personnel who handle the operation of cranes in an area must utilize hand signals, if necessary, as their means of communication. Here are the most commonly used hand signals during crane lifting operation:

1. HOIST. Raise the forearm vertically and extend the right arm straight out with forefinger pointing up. Then, move hand in small horizontal circle.

2. LOWER. Forefinger pointing down and extend right arm downward then move hand in small horizontal circle.

3. STOP. Extend right arm down with wrist bent, palm down and open.

4 SWING. Right arm away from body, point with finger in direction of swing of boom.

5. RAISE BOOM. Fingers closed and thumb pointing upward while extending the right arm straight out.

6. LOWER BOOM. Fingers closed and thumb pointing downward while extending the right arm straight out.

7. BRIDGE TRAVEL. Extend the right arm forward, hand open and slightly raised and make pushing motion in direction of travel.

8. TROLLEY TRAVEL. Thumb pointing in direction of motion with palm up and fingers closed, jerk hand horizontally.

9. EMERGENCY STOP. Extend right arm, palm down and move hand rapidly left and right.

10. MULTIPLE TROLLEYS. For block marked 1. hold up one finger, and two fingers for block marked 2. Regular signals come next.

11. RAISE BOOM and LOWER LOAD. Right arm extended and thumb pointing up. Flex fingers in and out as long as load movement is needed.

12. LOWER BOOM and RAISE LOAD. Right arm extended and thumb pointing down. Flex fingers pointing in and out as long as load movement is needed.

13. DOG EVERYTHING. Hold hands in front of the body.

14. MOVE SLOWLY. One hand gives any motion signal while the other hand motionless in front of hand giving the motion signal.

15. MAGNET IS DISCONNECTED. Spread both hands.

When using these hand signals be sure that you and the crane operator are familiar with these signals. A wrong signal could cause a serious injury or worst – death.

Always stay alert when you are working in construction near any crane. If possible, avoid working under a moving load and stay clear of the counter balance. Always use your safety devices and helmet to avoid injuries. Safety is always the top priority of all workers and the crane operator.