I recently read a blog article suggesting the “Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts to Make Mom Safer in 2020.” There were some good suggestions of items that will give her peace of mind in the home, like security camera systems, safer door locks, as well as flood, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors. Of course, these are good suggestions for anyone, but Mother’s Day might be a good time to re-evaluate your parent’s safety at home.
But what if your mom is a first responder, a firefighter, police officer, part of a hazmat team, a military officer, or a screener at the airport, postal facility, or borders? What kind of safety equipment helps keep her safe while on the job? Here are 5 tools that help mothers (and others) keep safe while facing the dangers of the world, and help ensure they have many happy Mother’s Days.
- Handheld Narcotics Analyzers: The increasing global drug problem means there are more dangerous drugs on the streets, like methamphetamines, heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil, impacting communities worldwide. Law enforcement officials need to quickly identify suspected narcotics in the field to help keep drugs, and drug dealers, off the streets, and keep themselves safe. Officers can scan suspected narcotics in the packaging, without having to directly handle them. This significantly lowers officer risk of exposure. Read how the Porter County Sheriff’s Office is protecting officers in the field.
- Portable Material ID Instruments: Moms and others can identify a broad range of unknown chemicals and explosives in the field quickly, safely, and confidently using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy in a single instrument. This technology gives military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams and first responders significant tactical advantage, helping them minimize time on target and confidently make life-saving decisions. Read Raman and FTIR Spectroscopy Complementary Technologies for Chemical and Explosives Identification.
- Radiation Detection & Identification: The spread of radioactive contamination can be prevented, facilities kept safe, and outside areas secure with radiation detection and measurement systems. This technology provides early warning of airborne radiation threats, detects radiation contamination at critical infrastructure, and clears personnel quickly in radiation controlled areas. View the infographic Who Needs Personal Radiation Detection?
- Chemical Identification Analyzers for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal: Homemade, improvised explosives, chemical threats, and locally manufactured ordnance items by terrorist organizations are growing concerns. EOD teams need to quickly identify potential explosive threats and detect chemical weapons to make informed decisions downrange on the target. Read Application Note: Technology and Training Critical in Evolving EOP Landscape.
- Dangerous Cargo Identification: Customs organizations worldwide face a daunting challenge— detect and deter dangerous and hazardous substances while facilitating commerce and safe travel. From radiation detection to narcotics and explosives identification to anticounterfeit inspection, the ultimate goal is to protect the public by ensuring the integrity of materials that reach our shores and borders. Read Customs and Border Protection on the Front Line.
Happy Mother’s Day to all those moms helping to keep us safe.