SafetyMerit Badge WorkbookThis workbook can help you but you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet (book). No one can add or subtract from the BoyScout Requirements #33215. Merit Badge Workbooks and much more are below: Online Resources.Workbook developer: [email protected] Requirements revised: 2006, Workbook updated: April 2008.Scout’s Name:Unit:Counselor’s Name: Counselor’s Ph #:1) Prepare a notebook to include: a) Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common types and causes of injuries in the home and in theworkplace, and how these injuries could be prevented. b) Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common kinds of crimes and ways to avoid being a crime victim. c) Facts you have obtained concerning the frequency of accidents and of crimes in your local area. d) A paragraph or more, written by you, explaining how a serious fire, accident, or crime could change your family life. e) A list of safe practices and safety devices currently used by your family, such as safety practices used while driving orworking and safety devices that prevent injuries or help in an emergency.2) Do the following: a) Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, make an inspection of your home. (Sample Safety Checklist) b) Explain the hazards found and how these can be corrected.3) Do the following: a) Discuss with your counselor how you contribute to the safety of yourself, your family, and your community. b) Show your family members how to protect themselves and your home from accidents,
Safety p. 2Merit Badge WorkbookScout's Name:fire,burglary,robbery, and assault. c) Discuss with your counselor the tips for online safety.Explain the steps individuals can take to help prevent identity theft. d) Discuss with your counselor the three R's of Youth Protectionand how to recognize child abuse.4) Show your family the exits you would use from different public buildings (such as a theater, municipal building, library,supermarket, shopping center , or your place of worship) in the event of an emergency. Teach your family what to do inthe event that they need to take shelter in or evacuate a public place.
Safety p. 3Merit Badge WorkbookScout's Name:5) Make an accident prevention plan for five family activities outside the home (at your place of worship, at a theater, on apicnic, at the beach, and while traveling, for example). Each plan should include an analysis of possible hazards, proposedaction to correct hazards, and reasons for the correction you propose in each plan.At your place of worship: Possible Hazards:Action to correct hazard:Reasons:At a Theater: Possible Hazards:Action to correct hazard:Reasons:On a picnic: Possible Hazards:Action to correct hazard:Reasons:At a beach: Possible Hazards:Action to correct hazard:Reasons:While traveling: Possible Hazards:Action to correct hazard:Reasons:6) Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for your home, school, place of worship , place ofemployment, or community.
Safety p. 4Merit Badge WorkbookScout's Name:Include in your plan an explanation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Advisory System and appropriateactions to take for each threat level.7. Learn about three career opportunities in the field of safety.Pick one career and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession.Discuss this choice with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.Online Resources (Use any Internet resource with caution and only with your parent’s or guardian’s permission.)Boy Scouts of America: scouting.org Guide to Safe Scouting Age-Appropriate Guidelines Safe Swim Defense Scout Tenderfoot Second Class First Class Rank Videos Safety AfloatBoy Scout Merit Badge Workbooks: usscouts.org -or- meritbadge.org Merit Badge Books: www.scoutstuff.orgExpertVillage First Aid Videos Make a First Aid Kit Basics Basics2 CPR Basics Venomous Snake BiteThe Three R's of Youth Protection: aspxAAA Foundation: http://www.aaafoundation.orgAmerican Red Cross: http://www.redcross.orgAmerican Society of Safety Engineers: http://www.asse.orgASTM International: http://www.astm.orgFederal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov Motorcycle Safety Foundation: http://www.msf-usa.orgNat Highway Traffic Safety Admin: http://www.nhtsa.dot.govNational Safety Council: http://www.nsc.orgNational Youth Sports Safety Found.: http://www.nyssf.orgOccupational Safety and Health Admin.: http://www.osha.gov/Safe Kids Worldwide: http://www.safekids.orgStudents Against Destructive Decisions: http://www.sadd.orgUnderwriters Laboratories Inc.: http://www.ul.comU.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm.: http://www.cpsc.govU.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.ready.govU.S. National Library of Medicine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
Safety p. 5Merit Badge WorkbookScout's Name:Sample Home Safety ChecklistCheck safety steps that being taking in your home. Write N/A if the item is not applicable. Items left blank may present a safetyhazard. This list provides some sample safety steps you might take. See your Safety Merit Badge pamphlet and counselor formore information. Ask your parent or guardian before making any changes.Stairways, Halls, and Outdoor StepsStairways with three or more steps have a strong handrail.Stairs/halls are kept free from boxes, toys, brooms, tools, etc.Gates at top and bottom of stairs prevent children from falling.Before bedtime, furniture placement is checked fororderliness.Furniture and woodwork solid, in good repair, and free from.Fireplace screen fits snugly.The head and foot of stairs have no small or loose rugs.Rugs are fastened or laid on non-slip pads.Stair carpeting or covering is fastened securely.Stairways & halls have good lighting, controllable at each end.Rugs are kept from curling at their edges.Wax on floors is thoroughly buffed.KitchenFire in fireplace is extinguished at bedtime.Candles are in stable holders and fully extinguished after use.Matches are kept where children cannot get them.Knives & sharp instruments are kept in knife drawers orholder.Can openers don't leave sharp edges on cans.Disinfectants & cleaning products are out of reach of children.Pan handles are turned away from stove edges.Spilled grease, water, or bits of food are wiped upimmediately.Pot holders are within easy reach.A fire extinguisher is mounted near the stove.BathroomTub and shower are equipped with strong handholds.Tub floor has non-slip surface.Poisons are marked, sealed shut, and out of reach of children.Medicines are out of reach of children in childproof containers.BedroomSmoke alarm has fresh battery or electrical connection & istested regularly.Carbon monoxide detector has fresh battery or electricalconnection and is tested regularly.Furniture placement for clear passage between bed and door.Light switch or lamp is within easy reach from bed.A night-light illuminates bedroom or hall.Bureau and dresser drawers are closed when not in use.Bar across bunk beds helps prevent falls.Children are taught not to lean against windows or screens.Sturdily screen low windows to prevent children from falling.Smoking in bed is prohibited.Gas and electric heating devices are turned off at bedtime.No one takes medicine in the dark.NurseryAttic and BasementLadder is strong, solid, and sturdily constructed.Crib is free from sharp edges or corners.Stairway is sturdy and well lighted.Children keep skates and play gear in a specific place.Walls and beams are free from protruding nails.Fuses or circuit breakers are the proper size.Rubbish & flammable materials are in covered metal cans.Wastepaper is kept away from furnace and stairs.Living Room and Dining RoomFurniture is placed to allow easy passage in an emergency.Bars on cribs are closely spaced.Crib is approved by Consumer Products or similar.Sleeping garments and covers keep baby warm withoutdanger of smothering.Pillows are kept out of bassinet or crib.No thin, plastic material is in or near the crib.Children are taught not to give marbles, etc. to youngerchildren.Toys are sturdy & have no sharp edges.Nontoxic paint is used on baby furniture and toys.All houseplants are nonpoisonous.
Safety p. 6Merit Badge WorkbookScout's Name:Sample Home Safety Checklist (page 2)Stoves, Furnaces, and HeatersHousehold appliances are disconnected before repairs.Stoves are away from curtains.Unused, open, screw-type sockets are plugged closed.Stoves & furnaces are inspected & cleaned annually.Frayed or worn electric cords are promptly replaced.Long trailing cords are not in evidence.Gas burners are properly adjusted and free from leaks.Gas water and space heaters are equipped with vents or flues.Water heater or boiler has a safety valve & is checked yearly.Cords are kept out from under rugs, doors, and furniture.Flames of gas burners are protected from drafts.Children are taught never to touch electric sockets or fixtures.Insulating shield protects woodwork within 18” of furnace, etc.Keep flammable materials away from stoves, furnaces, etc.Fuses are adequate for the load and are not bypassed.A wrench is stored near the shut-off valve of outside gas line.UA-approved extension cords are the proper size.Circuit breakers are not overloaded.GeneralPorch, Yard, and GarageRailings and banisters are sound and inspected periodically.Steps and walks are kept free from ice and snow.Yard/play space are free from holes, stones, glass, etc.Tools and dangerous articles are out of reach of children.At least one smoke detector in each bedroom & garage.Everything has a place and is in its place.Stepladders are in good repair and stored out of the way.Window screens and storm windows are securely fastened.Guns are stored unloaded and in locked cases.Dangerous products & chemicals are kept in originalcontainers in locked storage areas.Wires and low fences are brightly painted or clearly marked.Wells, cisterns, and pits are kept securely covered.Disposable materials are not burned outside.Guns and ammunition are stored separately.Children are permitted to use only blunt-end scissors.Housework clothing has no drooping sleeves, sashes, or frills.Shoes worn for housework have low heels.An area is marked off in the garage for bicycles, wagons, etc.Lawn mower is equipped with proper safeguards.Kerosene, gasoline, paint thinners, and other volatile materialsare stored outside in special, clearly marked metal containers.Oil mops, dust rags, painting equipment, and other oilymaterials are stored outside in open metal containers.Everyone turns on a light before entering a dark room.WorkshopGood ventilation exists, especially when sanding.Safety goggles and/or face mask are available, with eyewash.Baking soda is kept handy to neutralize acid burns.All electrical tools are either three-wire or double-insulated.Work area is well lit & free of clutter, scraps, rags.All tools have a place & are in their place.All shoes are in good repair.Matches are extinguished before they're thrown away.Children are never permitted to play with matches.Fire extinguishers are readily available.For EmergencyGuards are in place on all power tools.A push stick is available for use with power saws.Know how to get emergency help (911, poison control, etc.).Be able to find water, gas, & electric shutoffs. Check annually.Electrical Devices and FixturesFirst aid kit approved by your doctor/American Red Cross.Know basic first aid procedures.Electrical fixtures and appliances are located & used beyondarm's length of the sink, stove, tub, shower, or other groundedmetal unless outlet is protected by a ground-fault interrupter.Do not touch electrical fixtures or appliances with wet hands.Disconnect seldom-used appliances when not in use.All pull-type sockets have an insulating link.Have a fire escape plan from your home.Emergency water supply.Handheld flashlights readily available.In earthquake-prone areas, make sure that the water heaterand bookcases are bolted to the walls.