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Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Maintaining Your Medical Battery Inventory

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    The average hospital or clinic is forced to keep track of hundreds or even thousands of batteries on a variety of devices. If a health care provider's batteries are not organized and well maintained, the consequences could be devastating -- the last thing medical professionals need is to deal with the malfunctioning of devices that can result from poor battery management. Although keeping track of a diverse array of batteries may seem challenging, a simple organization system should be more than enough to ensure that all batteries are correctly replaced in a timely manner. The following suggestions will prove invaluable in setting up an effective battery management system: Continue reading

  • Laptop Battery Not Charging?

    Tips to charge your laptop battery from Batteryheads.comThere are several possible reasons that a laptop may not be charging the battery.

    How old is the laptop battery?  If the battery is 2+ years old, the battery may be at the end of its life.

    Try taking the battery out of the laptop and then plugging the laptop into an AC power source {without the battery installed}.  If the laptop will not boot up while running on AC power only, the problem is likely an AC adapter issue or a technical problem with the laptop and not a battery issue.

    If it is a new battery and you are able boot the laptop up with AC power alone, we suggest that you then install the battery while the laptop is still attached to the AC power source.  Much of the time this "tricks" the laptop into initiating a charge cycle.  Then drain the battery all the way, charge it completely, drain it again, then charge it completely once more.  {This is known as “cycling” the battery.}  This will allow the battery to synchronize with the laptop software.

    If you are using a new replacement battery, and the laptop does not recognize or charge the battery, was your laptop able to charge the original battery?  If the laptop was charging the original battery, there may be an issue with the replacement battery.  If you purchased the replacement battery from Batteryheads.com, please contact us so we can set up a return and replace the battery.  If you were unable to charge the original battery with the laptop, then the issue is quite possibly an AC problem or the charging mechanism on the laptop has gone bad.  A failing charging mechanism on a laptop is a fairly common problem that is generally an inexpensive fix. You may also want to view Extend the Life of Your Laptop Battery.

  • Backup Essentials - Spare Batteries that Every EMS Tech Should Have

    emergency medical service batteriesAlthough remarkable medical skill and mental fortitude are both necessities for success in emergency medical services, functioning devices are also necessary as well. These devices allow for the prompt communication and vital emergency treatments needed to keep patients out of danger while they are transported to nearby hospitals. If devices (and their power sources) are not properly stored and maintained, patients could be left susceptible. Thus, EMS technicians are advised to always have the following replacement batteries on hand: Continue reading

  • Preventing House Fires: 8 Tips for Family Fire Safety

    In the 1970s, it would take about 30 minutes for a fire to take over a room. TodaFire Safety Infographicy, it can take as little as 5 minutes.– Underwriters Laboratories

     1. Have a working smoke alarm.

    A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear the alarm sound.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

         -How often should I replace the batteries in the smoke alarm? Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once, if not twice, a year.  A great reminder time is to change them when you change your clocks to or from daylight savings time each fall and spring.

    Smoke alarms are powered by battery or by your home's electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. Alarms that get power from your home's electrical system, or “hardwired,” usually have a back-up battery that will also need to be replaced once a year.

    Firefighters fight fires differently when they know that people are still inside the home.  Certainly, it’s a much more dangerous job when they must go into a burning building and find a person.  By putting smoke alarms in every room, you not only increase the chances of saving your own family members by getting them outside…you also potentially save the life of a firefighter by allowing them to not have to run into your burning home.

         -How many smoke detectors do you need The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. So that means a 2 story, 3 bedroom house needs a minimum of five smoke alarms. Click here for a great quiz to see if you have enough alarms for your house and if you know what to do when they go off. Continue reading

  • Will New Technology Replace the Car Battery?

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    Car batteries serve a crucial role in the inner workings of an automobile, as they provide electric energy to the car to help start it. That's why if your car suddenly doesn't start, the likely culprit is a dead battery. Conventional vehicles today are equipped with a lead-acid battery, which are comprised of lead plates, lead dioxide plates and an electrolyte solution composed of water and sulfuric acid.

    Car batteries play a crucial role under the hood of an automobile - and it's unlikely that they'll ever be completely replaced. However, with that being said, alternative vehicles such as hybrids and electric cars require different types of battery compositions. So while car batteries may never be replaced, different types of batteries are starting to emerge on the market with more regularity. Here's a look at some of these different types of battery compositions: Continue reading

  • 3 Reasons To Test and Inspect Your Fire Alarm System Regularly

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    Why Test and Inspect?

    1. Life safety! Fire alarm systems will only operate correctly if maintained. Some issues may not be obvious without testing.

    2. Insurance carriers, fire inspectors, and local building codes. In order to meet their requirements--systems must be tested. Insurance carrier may reject a claim if you do not have proof of annual inspections. You may limit your liability for potential injuries with proof of regular inspection. Fire Departments have limited resources and those resources may be stretched or lives put in jeopardy with by nuisance alarms.

    3. It is the law! National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires that systems be checked on a routine basis. Continue reading

  • Technology in the Classroom - New Technology in Schools

    technology for the classroomWhen today's students head back to school, they are just as likely to see a "smart" board facing them as they are to see a chalk board at the front of the room. Their pencil and paper may be traded in for a tablet and stylus. As technology continues to grow in importance, it is finding its way into the classroom, and with great results. Teachers and other education professionals need to understand the ways that technology can be used in the classroom, how this benefits students, and what potential challenges they might face as a result. Continue reading

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    ...or something like this:

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