First Aid for Heat Stroke

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

First Aid for Heat Stroke

  First Aid for Heat Stroke   With the summer months comes running through the sprinkler, backyard barbeques, and a whole lot of sun! Living in Canada, it can be exciting to finally have warm weather and spend time outdoors soaking in the beautiful rays of sunshine. The sun is healing for some, but with sudden and constant exposure to the heat, there are also risks.   Heat stroke is one of the most common ailments brought on by increased time in the sun. Not only can it harm your skin, but it can have effects on your brain as well. So how do you protect yourself from heat stroke for those days you want to enjoy nice weather? Let’s learn a bit about it:   What is Heat Stroke? Simply put, heat stroke occurs when your body overheats. If you have been sitting in the sun too long, or are exercising outdoors without proper protection, your body will start to feel the effects. Heat stroke can also be seen in individuals wearing too much clothing on hot days (preventing their skin from breathing) or consuming alcohol (dehydrating the body). Common symptoms of heat stroke are: High body temperature (usually 40 C or above) Hot and dry skin (no sweat) Nausea Reddened skin (similar to sun burn) Headaches Disorientation or delirium Increased breathing and heart rate If you suspect yourself or another has heat stroke, it is important to take action right away.   What to do if you have Heat Stroke Unlike dehydration or heat exhaustion, heat stroke requires immediate emergency attention. The increased body temperature can lead to other harmful effects such as damage to the brain and other organs. When someone begins showing signs and symptoms of heat stroke, it is crucial that you get help right away (call 911 or find a medical on-site worker) as well as work to lower their body temperature. Take action immediately to help lower the person’s body temperature by doing the following:   Give them a Drink Immediately give the person something cool to drink. It is important to rehydrate the person so that their body temperature can begin to cool down. The best drink to offer them is cool water or a sports drink. Sports drinks can work to restore fluids and electrolytes. Be sure to avoid drinks with sugar or alcohol as they may increase the body temperature instead.   Remove Heavy or Restrictive Clothing Heat stroke can be caused by exposure to high heat in addition to heavy clothes. Because the skin is not accessible to the air, the heat stays trapped, warming the person up. Remove any heavy or restrictive clothing, allowing their skin to be exposed to open air (inside or shaded).   Fan and Apply Water Once the individual’s skin is exposed to air, gently fan air on the person. While you do this, apply lukewarm water onto their skin. Doing both of these actions together helps speed the cooling process as water evaporates from the skin.   Immerse in Cold Water Depending on where you are, immersing the individual in cold water can work to quickly bring down their temperature. Whatever you have access to: a pool, shower, ice bath, etc. immerse the individual into the water. Ensure the water is not...

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Healthy Mini Doughnuts

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Mini Doughnuts

Healthy Mini Doughnuts For the month of July, food from the Calgary Stampede midway is a focused satisfying dreams and cravings. The unique and delicious surprises can be anything from Cereal Monster Sandwiches to Crispy Chicken Feet on a Stick. No matter where your taste buds lead you on Stampede week, you can guarantee that the food will make your eyes light up but your stomach upset. Most choices on the midway, unfortunately, are not a healthy option. One of the most popular and sought after treats on the midway are mini doughnuts. Covered in sugar or powder, these delectable little bite-size donuts are always an addicting choice. And while the term ‘mini’ may seem like a good choice, these doughnuts are served in a large bag (or even a bucket) and taste good enough that you will eat the whole batch. Save yourself the sugar, calories, and stomach upset and make your own mini doughnuts at home! This Healthy Mini Doughnuts recipe cuts back on the sugars and uses a doughnut maker instead of a deep fryer. These 62-calorie mini snacks are the perfect thing to binge on instead of the stampede sweets.   Ingredients (Makes 12 snacks) – 2 cups Self-Rising Flour – 1 tsp. Baking Soda – ½ tsp. Salt – ¾ cup Coconut Sugar – 5 Tbsp. Coconut Oil – 1 tsp. Vanilla – 1 tsp. White Vinegar – 1 cup Water – Natural Sprinkles to decorate   Directions Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, coconut sugar). Make 3 holes in the dry mixture (2 small and 1 large). Pour the vanilla and vinegar into the smaller holes, and the coconut oil into the larger hole. Pour the water over the top of the mixture. Mix together well, ensuring that the flour is completely combined. Spray your doughnut maker with cooking spray. Spoon small spoonfuls of the mixture in to your doughnut maker. Cook doughnuts until they are golden brown in colour. Choose how you would like to decorate and flavor them (chocolate drizzle, natural sprinkles, cinnamon, coconut). Serve and enjoy!   Choose these homemade doughnuts over the deep-fried, sugar-coated, calorie-filled doughnuts you would normally get at the Stampede. Thank you to healthymummy.com for the great alternative recipe....

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AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Cardiac Science

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Cardiac Science

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Cardiac Science   When selecting an AED, it is important to consider the similarities and differences between AED brands. A popular choice is the Phillips Onsite Defibrillator, an AED supplied and supported by First Edition First Aid Training Inc. Another common option is the Cardiac Science AED, specifically the Powerheart G3 model. There are many similarities between the Philips defibrillator and the Cardiac Science Powerheart, but there are also many differences: price, size, battery type, etc. Although cost may be a factor when choosing an AED, choosing the cheapest price is not necessarily the best option. You want to make sure your AED is best in class given its important role, and performs 100% when emergencies occur. Here we will compare Philip vs. Cardiac Science to help narrow which is the best AED for you.   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Price and Accessories The Cardiac Science AED is made with usability in mind. The AED has clear instructions as well as self-checking features (similar to that of the Philips Onsite AED) that make it ready to use. The AED is priced around $1,455, but can change depending on the retailer and package (prices range depending upon location as well as type of package e.g. Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Pro).   The standard Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer): Powerheart G3 AED 2 Adult AED Pads Powerheart G3 Battery Pack (4-year warranty)   Accessories dependent upon retailer: Quick Start Tool Kit (Training and Demo Software) Premium Carry Case Fast Response Kit AED Orientation CD and USB Connector Cable for AED data analysis AED decals (2) and wall sign CPR and AED training vouchers (for 2 individuals)   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED Size The Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED is one of the larger AEDs available as well as one of the heaviest (second to the Zoll AED). The Cardiac Science AED weighs a total of 6.6lbs with the battery and pads installed. This is quite heavy for an AED, and is therefore less compact and easy to transport. Although it is only 3.3lbs heavier and slightly larger (3.3” x 12.4” x 10.6”) than the Philips Onsite AED, it can make a difference in transport time. In situations where a person giving assistance is weakened or injured, or a child is instructed to get the AED while an adult begins CPR, this extra weight could cause a delay. Because of the nature of the machine, there should be no difficulties in delivering and transporting an AED, making the Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED size and weight a pitfall.   Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Battery The Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 uses a different battery than most AEDs. Although they are still lithium-based, the battery has an IntelliSense feature that uses a memory chip to automatically store information. The Cardiac Science has a larger memory storage than most, which can allow viewing of the entire operating history. Unfortunately, to replace the Powerheart G3 batteries, the IntelliSense means an increase in price. New batteries can cost up to $395.00 per battery. This replacement is more than double the cost of the replacement battery used with the Philips Onsite AED or other models. If traceability and memory...

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Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins

Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins   One of the common breakfast temptations is banana bread. Heavy enough to fill you up, and tasty enough to leave you satisfied in the morning. This breakfast treat is great even for an afternoon snack alongside your coffee. The problem with banana bread is that it is often unhealthy and is filled with sugar and butter. Even the banana breads that sound healthy (“Walnut Banana Bread” or “Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread”) are not necessarily the better option. Take out those sugars and get your banana fix with these healthy banana crumb muffins! With reduced amount of sugar and butter (and extra banana) you will feel full and ready to go with your now healthy breakfast or snack selection!   Ingredients (Made to serve 10)   Muffins 1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 tsp. Baking Powder ½ tsp. Salt 4 Bananas (mashed) ¼ cup White Sugar 1 Egg (lightly beaten) 1/3 cup Butter (melted)   Topping 1/3 cup Packed Brown Sugar 2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour 1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon 1 Tbsp. Butter   Directions Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups or line your muffin pan with muffin papers. Mix together the flour (1 ½ cups), baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat the bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a separate bowl. Stir the banana mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into muffin cups or papers. In a separate dish, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together for the muffin toppings. Blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the pre-poured muffin batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden in colour.   Feel great about breakfast with these delicious muffins! Thank you to allrecipes.com for the great recipe made healthy!   http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222088/healthier-banana-crumb-muffins/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=16695&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=cardslot%203...

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What AED do I Need?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

What AED do I Need?

  What AED do I Need?   You’ve made the decision to purchase an AED. So, do you know what AED is best for you? When purchasing an AED there are many aspects you need to consider: what brand do I purchase and what type is best? First Edition First Aid Training Inc. has made the decision to supply Philips defibrillators for a number of reasons (dependency, usability, etc.). Philips is a brand we can trust, but also one that offers a machine for different needs. They are not a one-machine-fits all because something that is perfect for your home may not stand up on a worksite. Below are 3 types of AEDs that First Edition First Aid Training Inc. supplies and how they help you answer the question, “what AED do I need?”   Heartstart Onsite AED An AED for the Office   What AED is better for the office than the Heartstart Onsite Philips Defibrillator? The Onsite defibrillator is a great choice for those looking to keep their AED in work-space locations. Whether you work in an office, café, lounge area, or board room, this AED is made with your workspace in mind. The compact kit is easily stored away, and has everything you need for an emergency. Various packages of this AED are available to guarantee you are prepared for anyone who may frequent your space. For example, child SMART pads are available for those who work in a place with children, like an elementary school. The Onsite AED is equipped with more accessories to help with more medical emergencies in populated areas (ex. The Fast Response Kit contains razors, gloves, mask, etc.).   Heartstart Onsite AED Package Inclusions: Onsite AED 1 Battery 1 Adult SMART Pad (additional pads optional) Carrying Case Fast Response Kit DVD Infant/Child SMART Pads (optional) Spare Battery (optional)     Heartstart In-Home AED An AED for Home   The Heartstart In-Home AED is just as the name describes, it is best for your house and home. Although we hope that an emergency will never occur in our homes, the reality is that it happens. This AED is the exact same as the Onsite Philips AED, but smaller and with less accessories. It does not contain the fast response kit, infant/child pads, or a spare battery compared to the Onsite AED package options. The In-Home AED is made simple, easily stored in smaller spaces, and accessible for you to use quickly. Because it is the simplest AED (fewest accessories and simplest model), it is the cheapest to purchase, allowing you to have the means for a safe home. When deciding what AED to choose that works to keep you and your family prepared, the In-Home Philips AED is the best.   Heartstart In-Home AED Package Inclusions: In-Home AED 1 Battery 1 Adult SMART Pads Carrying Case DVD   Heartstart FRx Defibrillator A Rugged AED for Work trucks and Worksites   Depending on your job, work may not always take place in a clean safe building. You need to choose what AED works best for your workplace situation, and Philips has created one. If you are out on the job (trucking, construction site, mobile office, or any other field work), you want to ensure you have access to emergency attention. The Heartstart FRx...

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My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?

  My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?   The room is quiet until suddenly you hear a chirping noise. You follow the sound and discover your AED is chirping. What does that mean? It is common for an AED to give a chirping sound when something needs attention or care. Don’t stress! This is one of the many amazing features these defibrillators have. With Philips AEDs, self-checking occurs daily to ensure that when an emergency occurs, you have the best possible resources ready. When your AED is chirping, it can mean more than one thing. At any time when your AED begins to chirp, press the information button and the AED will read what the problem is. The machine will tell you whether it is an issue with the pads, battery, software, or another more serious problem. Below are the different reasons and follow-up measures you should take when your AED begins to chirp!   Expired AED Pads   Each AED package will include a set of pads. When in use, the pads attach to the individual and will emit a shock when needed. Always remember to replace pads after each use, but when unused, the pads also have an expiry date. The defibrillator will know when the pads expire or have been open to air and have lost effectiveness (pertaining to the gel). If your AED is chirping and informs you that the pads have expired, it is important that you call and order new pads right away. The longer you wait and put off ordering them, the increased risk of someone not getting the attention they need in an emergency. To stay ahead of your AED, you can simply look at the expiration date located on the bottom of the pads and order yours before your AED chirps!   We also highly recommend purchasing a spare set so that when one is used you have a backup available for use right away.   AED Software Update Needed   Philips is constantly updating and developing new technology to ensure that our lives and hearts are saved in the most efficient and safe way possible, so it is not uncommon for an AED to need a software update. This could be something as simple as updating the phrasing of commands, or the timing between shocks. All software updates are there to ensure your AED is in prime condition and offering the best lifesaving technology should an emergency occur. As soon as you notice that your AED is chirping and it tells you that it needs a software update, acquire the update as soon as possible. For software updates, the best way to have this resolved is to call First Edition First Aid Training Inc. at 403-243-2644 and discuss how to go about getting your AED updated. Updates are there to make things run smoother and ensure that when an emergency happens, everything performs 100%.   Expired AED Battery   Although Philips AEDs will do self-checks daily, weekly, and monthly, the batteries will eventually expire. It is when this is about to happen that you will find your AED is chirping. Philips AEDs have a shelf life of 5 years, after that you will need to purchase a replacement. If the battery needs replacing, call and order your...

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AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll   When you Google ‘Best AED’ a number of selections show up. You want the ‘best’ because with every minute that passes in an emergency without an AED, the survival rate drops 7-10%. That is why it is important to ensure your AED is the best – to save a life. Each AED will have features and inclusions that vary. You want to choose an AED that would increase survival rate, be easy to use, and get the job done effectively. In your search for the best you probably came across the Philips Defibrillator. This is also the AED brand we decided to sell because we believe it is the best. That said, there are a number of other AED brands to choose from, one of which is Zoll. Zoll has a very different set up and design than the Philips Defibrillators. Between the two companies, there is a difference in price, battery life, memory, testing, and much more. Here we will compare Philips vs. Zoll so you know which is the better AED for you!   Zoll AED Plus Zoll AED Plus Price and Accessories   The average price of the Zoll AED Plus is $1,699.00. This is not the cheapest AED on the market, but also not the most expensive. This AED, made with simplicity in mind, is targeted towards beginners. The machine has First Responder steps included in the automated voice instructions to assist those who are not up to date in their first aid training. Every aspect about this AED (pads, voice commands, etc.) are there to assist a beginner through the emergency.   The Standard Zoll AED Plus package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer, some retailers may provide extra First Aid Response additions): One-Piece CPR-D Pads Set of Lithium Duracell Batteries Carry Case Zoll Data Review Software Zoll AED Plus Demonstration and Setup CD 5 Year Warranty (additional 2-year warranty extension available for registered devices)       Zoll AED Plus Pads Unlike most AEDs that use two pads to attach to a person in need, Zoll has one single pad. The one-piece pad, shaped in a Z, was initially created to assist beginners with the placement and location of pads. Unfortunately, the Z shaped pads are often confusing and cause a lack of confidence. Because not everyone’s body is the same size/shape, the placement will vary from person to person. With the Zoll AED Plus, it is more difficult to place the pads on a body, and is found to have awkward and unclear positioning when in use.   Zoll AED Plus Self Test The Zoll AED Plus does monthly self-testing to ensure that the batteries and pads are up to date and to save battery life. Other AED’s will do daily self-tests (such as the Philips Defibrillator’s), to ensure that if an emergency happens any day of the month, the machine will be ready. Monthly checks may be a cause for concern if the AED has an un-acknowledged problem in the long stretch of time between checks, and the AED is needed for an emergency.   Zoll AED Plus Voice Prompts The Zoll voice activated steps are much different than that of other AED brands. When you turn on the Zoll AED Plus...

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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie   Comfort foods. These are the foods that make us warm and fuzzy inside but usually leave us feeling bloated and gassy. The truth is that comfort foods are our favorites because they taste amazing, not because they are high quality ingredients. Shepherd’s pie is one of these dishes: filled with heavy mashed potatoes, a lot of greasy beef, and topped with unhealthy amounts of fattening cheese. If only these delectable dishes could be good for us…   You will be happy to know that they can! All it requires is changing/altering those greasy and fatty ingredients with something that your body can appreciate! Reduce the carbs in the potatoes by adding cauliflower, cut back on the cheese, and make a conscious decision to use even more vegetables. Forget unnecessary bloating, and instead feel the comfort from this altered, healthy Shepherd’s pie recipe!   Ingredients (Made to serve 6-8)   Healthy Potatoes   2 large Potatoes (peeled and chopped) 1 small Cauliflower head (chopped – 2 inch pieces) 2/3 cup Milk 3 Tbsp. Butter (divided) Salt and Pepper   Filling   1 lb Ground Beef ½ Onion 2 Garlic Cloves (minced) 3 Tbsp. gluten-free Flour 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp. gluten-free Tamari or Soy Sauce 15 oz. can Chicken Broth 2 cups Frozen Vegetable Medley (add more vegetables and less beef for an even healthy option!)   Directions   Bring a few inches of water to boil in a pot and add steamer basket. Add potatoes into the steamer basket and cover with lid – steam for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped cauliflower into the steamer basket – steam for 10 minutes (or until potatoes and cauliflower are tender). Place potatoes and cauliflower into food processor. On the side, warm the milk and 2 Tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Add the milk and butter mixture to the food processor (season with salt and pepper) Process mixture until smooth and set aside. Preheat oven to 400° Brown the ground beef, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat then drain. Add the flour to the skillet and cook for another minute. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, gluten-free Tamari sauce (or soy sauce), and chicken broth – let mixture come to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened (roughly 5-6 minutes) Add the frozen vegetables (and salt and pepper to taste). Pour the mixture into a large casserole dish and then top with the potato-cauliflower mixture. Put casserole dish into the oven (place it on top of a baking sheet in case of overflow) and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden.   Don’t let unhealthy comfort food stand in your way. Use this recipe to satisfy that craving without the guilt later. Thank you to Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe-made-healthy!   http://iowagirleats.com/2012/03/15/healthier-mashed-potatoes-that-actually-taste-good/...

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How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry, Category | 0 comments

How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price

How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price   The purchase of AEDs is becoming more popular. Many would agree that it is worth every penny no matter what the AED price. Just knowing that an AED can help in emergencies makes it an excellent purchase. Not only does having access to one increase a person’s chance of survival innumerably, just having one on site is often a selling feature and ease of fear.   Why the AED Price Shouldn’t be the Focus   The principal of a product’s price is dependent on the trust we put in quality. It is the same as not wanting to spend less money on tires simply to save money. We will pay more so we are safer behind the wheel (and so are our family and friends). AEDs follow the same concept. Finding the cheapest version does not mean that you are cheating the system. There are downfalls paired with why those models are cheaper (for example, lower battery life, difficult battery insertion, faulty machinery, etc.). Buying the cheaper version also ensures you aren’t purchasing the highest quality. First Edition First Aid Training Inc. sells Philips AED’s because we believe in quality. When someone’s life is on the line, we want the AED to work 100%. Why take the chance on a system that is complicated or less superior, especially when it is a matter of life or death? If we aren’t willing to pay the AED price, are we willing to risk someone’s life?   What All AEDs Have   Depending on the brand, the AED price and style can vary. At First Edition First Aid Training Inc., we supply the same Phillips brand AED’s and packages to ensure that there is continuity between the products. Depending on the type of AED you purchase, there will be different product additions (for example, child SMART pads are only available in select packages). Despite different packages, it is good to know that each AED will offer the same following features:   Step-by-step guidance (installed voice instructions to guide you through the process) Ready to use (easy set-up, pre-installed pads and battery) Instructions adapt to your pace (prompts will be repeated if missed) Fast shocks (to improve treatment success) Personalized therapy for each patient (Onsite automatically checks to make sure shock is necessary) Easy to train your team   The Different Philips AEDs we Sell   Depending where you are planning on keeping/using your AED, there are some that are better suited for specific places. Each defibrillator comes with options for the AED package: accessories, AED cases/cabinets, or trainers and accessories. Of course, the AED price will vary dependent upon the type and inclusions. Here are the range of AED packages that First Edition First Aid supplies, and the details of each:   Heartstart Onsite Defibrillator Package Onsite Defibrillator AED Price = $1,896 Onsite Defibrillator AED Package Includes: Onsite AED (Includes 1 battery, 2 adult SMART Pads II, Carrying Case) Fast Response Kit DVD Recommended for = Homes, schools, offices, churches, community halls, etc. Recommended for first responders with little training, everyday people. Heartstart Onsite performs daily self-tests to ensure it is ready for use. Heartstart Onsite is lightweight and portable.   Heartstart FRx Defibrillator Package FRx Defibrillator AED Price =...

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Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog, Category | 0 comments

Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact Save the Earth, so it can Save You   In the month of April, there is a day (April 22, 2017) that we celebrate our Earth – Earth Day 2017. This wonderful, amazing, and interesting place that we live, filled with about 7.5 billion people. With that many people on the planet, we must be careful what we do to ensure it lasts longer. Saving the environment is good for future generations, but it is also good for your health! Sure, there are people out there telling you to never use your car and technology again, and they may have a point. But for some, that is not realistic for the lives we maintain. We live in a busy and fast-paced world with numerous demands set upon us. So, what are we doing that is so bad? What are some ways we can save the environment that won’t make us leave our jobs and homes? Knowing our impact on the world is a great first start! Also knowing some simple ways we can change our lifestyles to save our planet! Be good to the planet and it will be good to you!   Our Negative Environmental Impacts   Technology It may seem like science fiction, but the increase in technology that our society depends upon is actually harmful. An increase in electromagnetic energy, also known as space weather, can deeply affect our planet. Although it may not be as serious as the world ending, electromagnetic radiation and particles can interrupt our signal transmissions (such as GPS signals).   CO2 In addition to space weather and electromagnetic energy, CO2 is another area that causes our planet harm. Just because it is not an immediate harm, does not mean we shouldn’t take action towards protecting our planet! CO2 is often associated with climate change. This natural gas is produced in increased amounts because of humans. As many know, the increase in CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps in warmth and heats up our planet. This increased gas has even been said to increase the acidity in our oceans. This affects sea life, and further down the food chain, affects us.   These negative impacts are starting to affect us personally now and they can in the long term. Because drastic changed cannot be made in short periods of time, it will require commitment. So, what can we do to reduce our ecological footprint? Here are some ways we can start moving towards a healthier world and a healthier future!     Why Saving the Planet Affects Us   The fact is simple, the worse off the world is, the worse off we will be. If the world is not taken care of and instead is polluted and harmed, it will harm us. As the world fills with toxins and pollution, we will begin to breath in those harmful chemicals and gases. Our health will begin to fail, disturbed by polluted air, water, and grown foods. We need the planet to be healthy so we can be healthy! Wouldn’t you want your children’s, children’s, children to know what grass feels like and to see a mountain range with snow on it? In order for that to happen we need to start today!...

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