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  • Get Ready to Get Ready!

    Get Ready to Get Ready!

    September is National Preparedness Month and our clients nationwide scramble for ways to promote preparedness. We’d like to help you plan your preparedness awareness campaign ahead of time (“Preparedness“ begins with “Pre-“ after all!)

    We have assembled some inexpensive, fun, and imminently practical preparedness ideas here that you can get now to promote readiness to your group throughout September… Under $1? Yes… Free? Yes… it is that easy to share preparedness with everyone in your group. Whether you are sharing the need to be prepared with co-workers, family, or a social group, we have the tools ready for you now to spread the word and keep them all safe at little or no cost to you! Something to give out each week! Want more? See our National Preparedness Month Page.

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    From just 98¢-$1.33 each (depending upon quantity) this is the “ultimate survival tool”. So handy and inexpensive,  you will want one for your home, car, desk, purse, pack – everywhere and anywhere!
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    Full color, 52 pages, OSHA & ANSI Compliant - Written, Printed & Published in the USA with collaborative materials from National Security Council Staff, The White House, and the Department of the Defense. Includes new ‘Stop the Bleed’ info and so much more we can’t list here! From 68¢-89¢ each (depending upon quantity) - PASS THEM OUT!

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  • How Excessive Heat Impacts Worker Safety

    Excessive heat in the workplace is a very real hazard. In 2014, 18 U.S. workers lost their lives because of overheating. Over 2,600 more suffered heat-related illness. As heartbreaking as these statistics are, it’s even more tragic when you realize that in all probability, most or all of these casualties could have been prevented.

    Keeping cool at work isn’t just a matter of comfort. Let’s take a look at workplace heat exposure, how it affects workers, and how heat injury on the job can be avoided.

    What Is Heat Illness?
    The human body is designed to maintain a constant internal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When a person’s environment gets too warm, his or her body reacts by trying to cool down through sweating and increased blood circulation (higher heart rate). Prolonged and/or unrelieved exposure to heat (especially when the air is humid or still) can overwhelm the body and cause these coping mechanisms to fail or to become dangerously excessive. When this happens, the person will experience one or more of the following heat-related illnesses:

    • Heat rash
    • Heat cramps
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Heat stroke

     

    Electrolyte Replacement Tablets - Help to Prevent Muscle Cramps and Heat Prostration due to Excessive Perspiration. Electrolyte Tablets are available in convenient two packs. When a person sweats, small amounts of electrolytes – the electrically charged minerals sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium – are lost from the body along with water. Electrolytes are chemical substances which, when dissolved or lost in sweat, are missing the electrically charged particles or ions. These ions are necessary for cellular metabolism, for intra- and extra-cellular chemical balance, and for assisting in the neuro-metabolic expenditure of caloric energy. Basically, many normal bodily functions are dependent on these substances. As important as the fuel you consume and the water you drink during exercise is a consistent replenishment of electrolytes. Regular body functions, and performance performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present, especially in the heat and/or when physical activity continues over prolonged periods of time. To replenish lost electrolytes, a person ordinarily needs only to eat a regular diet that meets energy and nutrient needs. In extreme or demanding activities, electrolyte replacements may be needed. Electrolyte Replacement Tablets - Help to Prevent Muscle Cramps and Heat Prostration due to Excessive Perspiration. Electrolyte Tablets are available in convenient two packs.
    When a person sweats, small amounts of electrolytes – the electrically charged minerals sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium – are lost from the body along with water.
    Electrolytes are chemical substances which, when dissolved or lost in sweat, are missing the electrically charged particles or ions. These ions are necessary for cellular metabolism, for intra- and extra-cellular chemical balance, and for assisting in the neuro-metabolic expenditure of caloric energy.
    Basically, many normal bodily functions are dependent on these substances. As important as the fuel you consume and the water you drink during exercise is a consistent replenishment of electrolytes. Regular body functions, and performance performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present, especially in the heat and/or when physical activity continues over prolonged periods of time.
    To replenish lost electrolytes, a person ordinarily needs only to eat a regular diet that meets energy and nutrient needs. In extreme or demanding activities, electrolyte replacements may be needed.

    Heat-related symptoms range from mild to life threatening and may include cramping, fatigue, nausea and/or vomiting, headaches, confusion, dizziness, fainting, sweating, hot or cold and clammy skin, skin rash, agitation or anxiety, excessive thirst, bloody stool or urine, excessively fast or slow heart rate, fever, delirium, loss of consciousness and/or convulsions.

    Affected persons should be treated immediately with the appropriate first aid for heat illness. Treatments vary according to the type and severity of heat illness, but may include removing the person to a cool location, giving him or her fluids, and helping him or her cool down with the aid of fans, cool compresses and other similar measures.

    What Workplace Conditions Contribute to Heat Illness?
    In addition to temperature, contributing factors to heat illness include high humidity and lack of air movement. These things hinder the body’s ability to shed excess heat through evaporative cooling.

    Workplace conditions that are red flags for potential heat illness include working in or near:

    o Heat-generating machinery or hot pipes
    o High-humidity areas
    o Areas with still or stagnant air
    o Areas where outside heat comes inside
    o Higher level areas where heat is trapped, such as near the ceiling
    o Hot materials

    In addition, wearing protective gear can hinder the body’s ability to regulate heat, while working under heavy time or productivity pressure can cause workers to overexert themselves in a hot environment, putting them at greater risk for heat-related illness.

    How to Prevent Heat Illness in the Workplace
    Employers can minimize risk to their workers by utilizing the following checklist:

    Monitor heat and humidity levels and plan an alternate routine for hot and humid conditions.
    Keep workers hydrated. Make sure all employees have access to water and encourage them to take hydration breaks as needed.
    Provide adequate breaks and recovery time for employees who must work in warm conditions, especially those who are wearing personal protective equipment, on medication or have a previous history of heat-related illness.
    Adjust productivity expectations. Plan for a reasonable work pace that does not overtax the body in warm conditions.
    Acclimatize new workers.Give new hires shorter shifts and/or more frequent breaks to allow their bodies to get used to working in the heat.
    Rotate work shifts and/or locations to minimize heat exposure.
    Insulate hot water pipes and heating ducts to prevent heat loss into the workspace.
    Enclose or isolate hot machinery to keep your work areas cooler.
    Implement safety training. Make sure all employees know how to recognize heat-related symptoms and what to do if they appear.
    Provide proper ventilation and air flow. Make sure your HVAC is running properly, and add fans as necessary to create an evaporative cooling effect.

    Instant Cold Compresses Chemical Cold Packs / Instant Ice Packs / Instant Cold Compresses temporarily relieve minor pain and swelling for sprains, aches and sore joints. Our Instant Chemical Cold Packs are conveniently disposable with no pre-chilling required for quick, effective relief. Be sure to note the substantial savings when purchasing in bulk quantities - from just 28¢ per pack!. New Urea Cool Packs can be expressed shipped with no Hazmat fees, too - call Toll Free for questions or information. We Manufacture our own Instant Cold packs, so the savings go straight to you - see our instant ice packs at wholesale, when you buy bulk! Check out the COOL Kids Ice packs. Also see: Ice Wrap Reusable Hot & Cold Packs Heat Packs & Warmers NEW! Hot or Cold Pack? Learn When and How to use Cold for Injuries! Where else can you buy individual and boxed cold compresses & wholesale bulk instant cold packs from 28¢? Instant Cold Compresses
    Chemical Cold Packs / Instant Ice Packs / Instant Cold Compresses temporarily relieve minor pain and swelling for sprains, aches and sore joints. Our Instant Chemical Cold Packs are conveniently disposable with no pre-chilling required for quick, effective relief. Be sure to note the substantial savings when purchasing in bulk quantities - from just 28¢ per pack!. New Urea Cool Packs can be expressed shipped with no Hazmat fees, too - call Toll Free for questions or information. We Manufacture our own Instant Cold packs, so the savings go straight to you - see our instant ice packs at wholesale, when you buy bulk! Check out the COOL Kids Ice packs. Also see: Ice Wrap Reusable Hot & Cold Packs Heat Packs & Warmers NEW! Hot or Cold Pack? Learn When and How to use Cold for Injuries!
    Where else can you buy individual and boxed cold compresses & wholesale bulk instant cold packs from 28¢?

    Finally, if you hear complaints from your workers, take them seriously. Workers have a right to a safe workplace and may file a complaint with OSHA if they believe their employer is not adhering to heat safety standards. Adding a few fans or allowing an extra break for water is a small price to pay for keeping your employees healthy and happy, and your production line running smoothly despite the heat.

    Author bio: Nikki Heinkel is Marketing Manager for Go Fan Yourself, a company that manufactures patent-pending industrial high-volume, low-speed fans for spaces in need of an energy-efficient air movement solution such as warehousing, manufacturing, and agricultural and commercial facilities.

    LEARN MORE!

    Extreme Heat ☀️

    Do You Know the Signs of a Heat Stroke?

    Heat Stroke First Aid Treatment

    What is Heat Exhaustion?

    Treating Heat Exhaustion

    How do Hurricanes relate to Extreme Heat?

  • Why it's not too Early for a 4th of July Sale

    Why it's not too Early for a 4th of July Sale

    You need these items for the 4th of July Holiday – so why wait to put them on sale?  Order now and receive our 4th of July deal! We wanted to inspire you to order BEFORE the 4th, so you can receive your Summer Fun and Safety products in time to use them, and take an additional 10% off our already deep-discounted prices!

    Enter Promo Code “SUMMER-READY” (in your shopping cart, not at checkout) for the extra 10% off… this discount works site-wide*, even on many of our Summer Season Sale Items! Want our suggestions? Here is what most of our customer want, need, and buy for Summer Safety:
     

    Extra 10% off Summer Outdoor, Hiking, & Camping First Aid


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    Sports First Aid Kits

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    USE PROMO CODE “SUMMER-READY” IN YOUR CART FOR AN EXTRA 10% OFF

    The (Not So) Fine Print

    Offer expires 6/30/17 – Available Online or Toll Free - Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

    *Excludes Laerdal, Simulaids, Oxygen, Free Shipping products, and a few already WAY below cost clearance items.

  • It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane Season Is Almost Here

    The start of hurricane season is right around the corner. According to FEMA’s 2015 National Household Survey, two out of every three Americans are aware of what to do should a hurricane affect the area in which they live or work.

    This week, was National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13)  - which was to remind us each to learn the steps to take to prepare for a hurricane.

    The Pacific hurricane season begins Monday - May 15th and the Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. The Ready Campaign has resources to help you prepare your family and promote hurricane preparedness in your community:

    What you should know about Hurricanes

    It is important to take some time to prepare with your family, colleagues, neighbors, or community group to assess your risk, develop plans, assemble supplies, and conduct emergency drills.

    Lear more in these articles: Hurricane PreparednessBe Ready for Hurricane SeasonHurricane Tips for Businesses

    For information on hurricane preparedness both at home and for the workplace, download the How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide, the Prepare Your Organization for a Hurricane Playbook, or watch the When the Waves Swell animated video. Also read: Hurricane Safety Week & How do Hurricanes relate to Extreme Heat?

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  • Keep Your Valuables Safe from Floods and Fires

    Springtime - floods can occur suddenly and devastatingly.

    There are many things you can (and should) do to prepare for this eventuality. Below, we will help you learn how to document, insure and protect your property in the event of an unexpected flood or fire.

    Also, consider these helpful articles: Planning for Emergencies,  Spring Storms are coming & Don’t forget to prepare your car

    Protect Your Property Deeds, Passports, Birth Certificates, Cash, Photos and more. Holds Legal Size Documents. Protect Your Property Deeds, Passports, Birth Certificates, Cash, Photos and more. Holds Legal Size Documents.

    You can use helpful, free checklists from Prepareathon to Document and Insure Your Property and Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables. By taking pictures of your belongings, you create an inventory of the valuables in your home. The Insurance Information Institute offers a free tool on Know Your Stuff.org, which allows you to create a home inventory with your smartphone, tablet or computer.

    The below tips from Prepareathon’s Document and Insure Your Property checklist recommend you document, insure, and protect your property by:
    • Creating an inventory of your home or business. A detailed inventory of your property’s contents will help you prove the value of what you owned, which could speed your insurance claim processing, and will provide documentation for the tax deductions you can claim.
    • Ensuring you have appropriate insurance. Not all insurance policies are the same. Coverage amounts, deductibles, and payment caps can vary significantly. Consult with your insurance professional to be sure your policy is right for you.
    Safeguard_DocumentsKeeping vital records in a safe place. Store paper copies, or electronic copies on a flash or external hard drive in a waterproof and fireproof box, safe, or bank deposit box.
    • Storing policy numbers and contact information nearby. Keep your policy numbers, your insurance professional/company phone number, and claim filing instructions in a secure, convenient location.

    For more information, visit Prepareathon, KnowYourStuff.org or download the Know Your Stuff app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

  • Prepare Now. Today.

    Emergency-SurvivalPrepare yourself, your business, and your family now. Today.

    The National Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly stressed the need for citizen preparedness and awareness about the threats America faces and the importance of emergency planning. It’s here, it’s real and it can happen at any moment. Natural disasters such as earth quakes, floods and fires can also challenge our readiness and ability to survive. Being equipped with an Emergency Survival kit containing food, water, heat packs and other survival gear along with first aid supplies can make the difference… the difference between survival, or… ? See our Solutions for your Preparedness.

  • Warm Weather is Bringing us an Especially Buggy Spring

    Mellow weather continues to satisfy backyard chefs and schoolchildren ambitious to change from long pants to shorts. But the warm weather is likely to come at a cost… More bugs this spring - appearing earlier than usual in the garden, yard and patio. Just like us, the bugs are simply loving this warm weather, and it’s setting the stage for mosquito-swatting season.

    Warm temperatures will mean better survival rates for bugs that are not cold-hearty. Also, as bug populations are expected to be larger this spring, the warm weather is likely to bring them out and keep them around. Mosquitoes and ticks are going to eat us all alive this summer - Bust out the bug repellant! Get Bug Ready with our great solutions below or read more about this buggy season coming up!

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  • About Medical and First Aid Gauze...

    What's the difference? Why are some only 4-ply, while others are 8-ply or 12-ply?

    Typically, there are several product categories to choose from. Gauze Rolls (Sterile or Non-Sterile), Gauze Pads, Gauze Sponges, Non-Woven Gauze Pads, etc.

    The most common product is the gauze pad which is made from 100% cotton and comes in different “plys” (or folds). The higher the ply, the more absorbent the pad.  On a typical 3” x 3” 12-Ply sterile gauze pad if you completely unfold the gauze pad there will be 12- 3” x 3” cotton squares.  The product itself is folded over that you have 12 “layers” of absorbency.  Hence, if you have an 8-ply pad you would have 4 fewer layers and it would not be as absorbent.  100% cotton pads also help “wick” the wound area to remove the liquid from the wound site.  Sterile product is advised when directly contacting the wound site, however, non-sterile gauze sponges can be used as packing material for a wound or to be used as a pressure dressing.  Most common packaging is 1 pad per package in a sealed and sterile pouch.  However, some manufacturers carry a “2-Pack” that are designed primarily for the hospital market where having 2-pads per package saves on time when dealing with traumatic injuries.

    Non-Woven Gauze Sponges typically have less absorbency and a lower cost point because the manufacturing process is less expensive.  These also typically have more of a more non-adherent effect on the wound site and lessen the chances of lint getting into the wound.  You would have to use more non-woven pads to equal the absorbency rate of a woven pad, so the cost savings can be negated based on the injury.

    Our Gauze Sponges are available in bulk, boxes, and Individual packs - Gauze Dressing Pads for wound care and first aid in a variety of sizes from 2" x 2" and 2" x 3" to 3" x 3", 4" x 4" and trauma, off-center compress and eye pad configurations - Different Gauze sponges for different purposes! Bulk buy or individual Eye Pads, Compress Absorbent Gauze & SmartTab EzRefill Gauze Dressings. ALSO SEE Trauma pads, Sterile Gauze rolls, Non-Sterile Gauze rolls & Non-Stick Gauze Pads Gauze Dressing Pads: Sterile & Non-sterile as well as Trauma Pads, Compresses & even Eye Dressing Pads! Our Gauze Sponges are available in bulk, boxes, and Individual packs - Gauze Dressing Pads for wound care and first aid in a variety of sizes from 2" x 2" and 2" x 3" to 3" x 3", 4" x 4" and trauma, off-center compress and eye pad configurations - Different Gauze sponges for different purposes! Bulk buy or individual Eye Pads, Compress Absorbent Gauze & SmartTab EzRefill Gauze Dressings. ALSO SEE Trauma pads, Sterile Gauze rolls, Non-Sterile Gauze rolls & Non-Stick Gauze Pads
    Gauze Dressing Pads: Sterile & Non-sterile as well as Trauma Pads, Compresses & even Eye Dressing Pads!
  • Bug Season - This one is gonna be GNARLY

    Spring and Winter brought us a lot of warmer weather and moisture this year. While this is  great for curing drought conditions, it brought a lot of flooding, will cause greater wildfire conditions late Summer and early Autumn and is about to cause a boom in the bug population.

    Warmer Winters mean more insects, eggs, and larvae survive to pester us in the Spring.  More moisture means food for plant-eating insects, and breeding grounds for water-breeding insects. This is great for all the benefits we get from bugs, but not so much for annoying and sometimes dangerous bites and stings.

    All those stagnant pools of water should mean enough mosquitoes to keep us firmly indoors, or at least coated in DEET, as we're all still concerned about Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases...

    Insect repellents can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes that may transmit disease such as West Nile virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). These diseases can cause serious illness and even death. Using insect repellent allows you to continue to play and work outdoors with a reduced risk of mosquito bites. The Centers for Disease Control has additional information available. and these articles are helpful, too.

    ~     When do you apply insect repellent?
    ~     Good Morning America Features Natrapel
    ~     General Care of Bites and Stings
    ~     Ben’s Outdoor – with DEET
    ~     Mosquito Control: You Have Options
    ~     What is “Continuous Spray”?
    ~     After Bite Sting Relief Products – The Buzz Behind the Bee

    insectrepellents-animatedAccording to Popular Science, more adult mosquitoes live through a warm winter, and more of their larvae survive as well. And since mosquitoes breed in standing water, a wet spring gives them plenty of romantic enclaves to keep the population boom going. Moreover, warm weather speeds up a mosquito’s reproductive lifecycle—she can lay more eggs and have them hatch more quickly. If this is making you itchy, it should.

    The National Pest Management Association recently released its "bug barometer", and the predictions are lousy. This spring and summer, most of the continental United States (apart from the Pacific Northwest) will experience an uptick in insect numbers. In most regions, mosquitoes and ticks will emerge earlier and in greater numbers than usual. The southwest doesn’t have to deal with earlier mosquitoes, according to the barometer, but it gets to share in the nation’s bitter, buggy bounty: once the insects do emerge, they'll be more prolific than usual.

    bug_barometer_spring_2017 2017 Spring Bug Barometer After a somewhat mild winter experienced across much of the country, Americans can collectively expect a very buggy spring and summer. See below for the official spring Bug Barometer, which details what Americans can expect in terms of pests in each region of the country based on past and current weather patterns.

    Ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are also a concern in much of the northeast. The bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, can harm the joints, heart, and even the nervous system if left unchecked.

    Coast to Coast, Americans need to think about protection against insects. From Washington's top news warning that  bug populations are expected to be larger this spring, the warm weather is likely to bring them out sooner ("I would expect to see earlier mosquito activity than we do in the so-called normal year, so I think the biters are just around the corner, too") to the San Diego Union-Tribune advising that as a precaution, the county government’s vector-control crews are already dosing large bodies of standing water with larvicide pellets that can keep mosquito larvae from becoming droves of the blood-sucking insects - we KNOW what's gonna be buggin' you this year!

    “Because of the rain we’ve had, there is an abundance of food out there. Insects are famously reproductive; they lay a ton of eggs, so if there is food available, they will get to work,” said Michael Wall, curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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