Firefighters and Heat Stress: How Kestrel Instruments Provides Protection

No matter the time of year, heat stress is a health concern for firefighters of all experience levels. Monitoring heat stress levels with Kestrel Weather Meters and recognizing the symptoms of heat stress can help prevent illness, injury and even death. A Glimpse Into the Effects of Heat Stress Mark Hofman from Oregon State University is an athletic trainer and a Wildland Firefighter. While being trained to provide medical services to physically active individuals, Hoffman has vital insight into the seriousness of heat stress during firefighter assignments and training. Shedding Light on Heat Stress for Firefighters on the Job Whether...

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Preventing COVID-19 by Managing Ventilation with Kestrel 5200

Many of us don't think about the ventilation system in our homes or office buildings. The truth is that proper ventilation is critical to the performance of residential and commercial buildings, impacting energy efficiency as well as air quality. Most recently, COVID-19 spread has been linked to inadequate airflow as well as cold and dry interior air. When you're looking to help improve interior airflow and prevent Coronavirus spread, the Kestrel 5200 Professional Environmental Meter® is a great companion to have on hand. Why do You Need Interior Ventilation? It might sound counterproductive to allow airflow in your home or...

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Top 4 Ways to Become a Backyard Meteorologist

Are you fascinated by the weather? Do you always find yourself tracking storms with your phone app without the best results? If you yearn to become a meteorologist but don't have $40,000 to spend on a degree, you're in luck. There are numerous tools of the trade to help you become a backyard meteorologist, and it's a lot easier and less expensive to obtain than a meteorology degree. Why Aren't Apps Reliable? First, let's talk about why your phone app won't serve you as a backyard meteorologist. A forecast accuracy study determined that The Weather Channel App, while the most...

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A Better Way to Fly Drones in Strong Winds with Kestrel Weather Meters

Drone technology has surged in recreational popularity during the 2010s. Since their invention in 1916, these unmanned flying aerial vehicles are attractive to people of all ages. With the recreational drone market expecting to explode to over $4 billion by 2022, it's clear that users want an enjoyable and exciting experience from this product. A large part of the popularity of recreational drones is aerial photography. However, other commercial uses include: Remote sensing: heat sensors built into drones that monitor the temperature of livestock Surveillance for emergency response Air quality readings by way of biological sensors Counting and measuring crop...

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Monitoring and Preventing Utility Worker Heat Stress

Many jobs require protection from heat stress - a potentially life-threatening illness that results from exposure to extreme heat. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) research offers valuable insight into heat stress in the electric power industry, where workers are at higher risk of exposure to dangerous heat levels due to their clothing and proximity to power sources. OSHA standards and recommendations can be an effective method for preventing heat stress. Still, a one-size-fits-all prevention strategy should be closely evaluated. Following OSHA recommendations, combined with the assistance of Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker Pro, can keep electric utility workers safe and...

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Getting the Perfect Shot with Kestrel Weather Meters: A Look into Severe Weather Photography

If you've ever looked outside on a stormy night, lightning illuminates the sky in an eye-catching display. Severe weather photographers like Dave Mayhew capture these incredible moments. However, the process isn't as simple as staking out with your camera on a stormy day. This is an inside story on severe weather photography's workings and how Kestrel plays a role in getting the perfect shot. "Storm Chasing for me is about seeing nature at its most beautiful. Each storm is unique, providing new and diverse photo opportunities. The goal of a chase for me is therefore to be witness to spectacular...

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