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 →

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 →

If your child is one of the 26 million students that ride the school bus every day, you’ll be glad to know that traveling by school bus is the safest method of motorized transportation on the American road. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), children are actually seven times safer riding on a school bus than they are in your family car. And while school buses are safe to ride in, accidents and fires do occur. School Bus Fires According to a 2016 study by John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, an average of 379 school bus fires happen annually, that’s 1-2 firesRead More →

Halloween

Halloween is a magical day for kids and adults alike, made up of glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried corn stalks decorating your front porch while excited children dressed in costumes excitedly running around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat for mini-candy bars. But there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns.   Here are some safety tips to help make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters and princesses this year. Before you head out, make sure any long trailing fabric is tied up so that no one trips and if your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are largeRead More →

From the moment you tell your friends or begin showing signs of that cute baby bump, the congratulations will surely be followed up by “is it a boy or girl?” For an increasing number of parents, gender reveal parties are quickly becoming an extravagant new way to share the big news with family and friends. Gender reveal parties are no longer a simple cake cutting or balloon release.  People are said to have wrestled alligators, jumped out of airplanes and shooting tannerite to create a colored powder explosion. Tannerite Concerns While Tannerite is technically legal, it can also be dangerous. According to the many news sources,Read More →

As the summer comes to an end, parents are getting ready to send their children back to school. With that comes back-to-school activities such as shopping for school supplies, packing backpacks, and meeting and greeting new teachers. And while fire drills are taught to students while at school, it is not the same as fire safety guidelines for the home.   Fire safety while at home shouldn’t be overlooked and each family should have a plan in place in case of a fire. Many older children will return home at the end of each school day to an empty house until their parents get homeRead More →

National Skilled Nursing care week (NSNCW) was established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967. This national week of observance was formerly known as National Nursing Home week. This celebration gives us the opportunity to recognize the key roles of skilled nursing care centers and their hard work in caring for seniors and people with disabilities throughout America. The AHCA announced the 2018 NSNCW theme is “Celebrating Life’s Stories”. This was served to commemorate life’s most important events, relationship, and experiences that formed perspectives of residents, family, staff, and volunteers in long or short-term care. Read more on the official press release. TheRead More →

According to USMedicine.com, Veterans are three times more likely to develop COPD than the general population. Actually, it is the fifth most prevalent disease in the veteran population, affecting approximately 15 percent of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare users. Below we will take a closer look at why veterans are more likely to be affected by this incurable disease and its effects on the healthcare system. Causes of COPD Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, irreversible asthma and many forms of bronchiectasis are all possible ailments a patient diagnosed with COPD can face. Cigarette smoke is the leading cause of COPD. In fact, 75 percent ofRead More →