There’s nothing like a nice cold draft beer, especially in the summer. Beer on tap is the way to go, because a good bar – whether it’s a craft beer bar or your favorite neighborhood dive bar, will usually put time into its draft selections.  In a bar, draft should be moving faster than bottles, so it’s usually fresher too. But not many of us know what really goes into serving the perfect beer.  How Keg Beer Stays Fresh A kegerator is a draft beer system that is housed inside a refrigerator. The main parts of a kegerator include the refrigerator, beer keg, CO2 tank, regulator, shank, draftRead More →

Fire Safety

Summers are well-known for heatwaves and long periods without rain, along with fire pits and outdoor cooking. So, we would like to share some summer fire safety tips. Check the gauges Every home and business, regardless of industry, should have a fully charged fire extinguisher handy. Make sure you inspect your fire extinguisher every 6-12 months so that it’s ready when you need it most. Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, or leakage. Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable green range and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full. Areas of your home There are some specific areas youRead More →

Are you prepared? It seems like every time I turn on the news, I hear about another car catching on fire. As someone who works within the life safety industry, I feel the need to share the importance of having a fire extinguisher in your car. While it is not required on all vehicles, given the risk, drivers should consider investing in a car fire extinguisher. Only certain vehicle classes are legally required to carry fire extinguishers, but extinguishers give personal vehicle owners peace of mind and sense of preparedness. Vehicle fire statistics According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Fire Administration, firefighters responded toRead More →

oxygen Bar

For centuries, people have spent their Friday nights looking for the hottest watering hole, now many are bellying up to an oxygen bar for the chance to sniff oxygen. Is it healthy or just hype? We have become a society of shallow breathers, causing us to become oxygen deprived. Research has shown this habit of shallow breathing affects us in many ways. Some may notice an increase in fatigue, loss of concentration, and even muscle cramps, caused by our shallow breathing.  Focusing on your breathing can have a significant impact on your stress level and can create physical changes such as lowering your blood pressure.Read More →

Nurse helps patient

MIJA would like to thank and recognize all the dedicated nursing professionals who care for critically ill patients and their families. In honor of their dedication and effort, May is designated National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month. This observance is an excellent time to celebrate the amazing critical care nurses that make a difference in the lives of their patients each and every day! What is Critical Care Medicine? Critical care medicine is the specialized care of patients whose conditions and diseases are life-threatening and who require comprehensive care and constant monitoring, usually in intensive care units. Critical Care includes conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, respiratory issues, burns, gunshot wound, andRead More →

MIJA has successfully completed an 8-week Plant Layout workshop, that was lead by MassMEP as part of our continuous improvement plan. Before starting the program, there were many opinions on how to improve the layout of the production floor, but by following the Systematic Layout Planning approach we were able to come to a consensus and the results are remarkable. During the 8-week program, we learned to identify key relationships and eliminate waste, based on the flow of materials and the non-flow relationship between activity areas. We started by identifying key activity areas and documented how the materials flow between each. Then by value streamRead More →

In 2017, a survey was conducted by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Nursing Assembly Working Group and was the first to elicit patient experiences using oxygen equipment. The survey received a remarkable response from 1,926 oxygen users and revealed numerous and wide-ranging oxygen equipment problems. The survey provides insight into the anxiety and worry that plague home oxygen users’ daily lives. The results show patients key concerns include a variety of issues, including equipment function, portability, adequacy of systems to support a mobile lifestyle and most state that they have a constant concern about running out of O2. Supplemental Oxygen Solutions Although supplemental oxygen isRead More →

bus saftey

Bus transportation is regarded as one of the safest modes of public transportation and is used by millions of passengers who ride it every day for a variety of purposes. However, bus fires can start due to any number of reasons but the causes generally fall into three distinct categories: electrical, friction at the wheel level, and engine component failures. Many incidents can be prevented with quality maintenance and inspection programs. However, there are occasions where a fire occurs resulting from a collision. This event puts lives at risk and can have an enormous impact on operational costs as well as customer confidence.  MIJA’s 2N1Read More →