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  • 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?

    Have an evacuation plan.Have an evacuation plan.

  • 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, 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, 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!


  • 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.

  • Happy Earth Day

    Be Green - today and every day!


  • ​8 elements to a compliant, effective first-aid program

    Great article from the Business Journal!

    A quick response is necessary when there is an injury or sudden illness. Getty Images (SolStock) A quick response is necessary when there is an injury or sudden illness. Getty Images (SolStock)

    Minutes count when someone is injured or becomes ill on the job. You can keep the situation from getting worse by providing the right type of first-aid treatment right away.

    Anyone who has been designated by an employer to provide first aid must have thorough training on how to respond to the injuries and illnesses anticipated in the workplace. Employees who are not designated first-aiders should know how to promptly report injuries and illnesses. Here are eight elements that can be used as a general introduction to first-aid programs.

    1. Introduce OSHA’s expectations for first-aid programs

    Where an accident is possible based on hazards and can result in suffocation, severe bleeding or other life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness, OSHA expects a three- to four-minute response time from the time of injury to the time of administering first aid. If such a life-threatening or serious injury is unlikely, OSHA allows a longer response time, such as 15 minutes.

    To ensure treatment is available within these time frames, OSHA requires the employer to train persons to render first aid when there’s no nearby hospital, clinic or infirmary that’s used to treat all injured or ill employees.

    First-aid providers perform the initial assessment of injuries and illnesses and provide immediate care and life support before emergency medical service (EMS) professionals arrive.

    2. Display your first-aid supplies

    First-aid supplies must be readily available in an emergency. There must be appropriate supplies (in adequate amounts) for the types of injuries and illnesses that are likely to occur based on an understanding of the activities in the workplace.

    OSHA says that medical personnel must be available to consult with the employer on matters of plant health. Employers can work with the medical professionals who treat injured employees to get help in determining what supplies should be in the facility’s first-aid kits and how many kits are needed.

    As guidance, employers can consult American National Standards Institute standard Z308.1, Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits. It describes two classes of basic kits.

    The Class A kit contains the following:

    • Adhesive bandages, 1 inch x 3 inch
    • Adhesive tape, 2.5 yards
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Antiseptic
    • Breathing barrier
    • Gel-soaked burn dressing
    • Burn ointment
    • Cold pack
    • Eye covering with a means of attachment
    • Eye/skin wash
    • First-aid guide
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Medical examination gloves
    • Roller bandage, 2 inches
    • Scissors
    • Sterile pad, 3 inches x 3 inches
    • Trauma pad, 5 inches x 9 inches
    • Triangular bandage

    The Class B kit contains a larger quantity of all of the items listed in the Class A kit, and also includes:

    • Roller bandage, 4 inches
    • Splint
    • Tourniquet

    3. Emphasize the importance of first-aiders taking universal precautions to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens

    Blood can carry microorganisms such as hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can cause serious diseases. OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard, 1910.1030, applies to all “occupational exposure” to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs). Employees who are expected to provide first aid as part of their job duties are covered by the standard.

    When a first-aid response involves exposure to blood and OPIMs, first-aiders must use “universal precautions.” This is an approach to infection control where all human blood and certain body fluids are treated as if they were known to be infectious for bloodborne pathogens. Wearing rubber exam gloves and protective clothing is part of following universal precautions.

    4. Explain how first-aid providers start by assessing the situation

    When first-aid providers arrive at an accident scene, they first evaluate what happened, how many people are injured, and whether it’s safe to enter the area. In serious situations, they’ll make sure EMS professionals are on the way.

    First-aiders must ensure their own safety before they can help the injured. They’ll consider everyone’s safety when they decide on making rescues and moving victims. They’ll assess the injuries of each victim. They’ll check for responsiveness, breathing, and circulation; and they’ll look for any medical alert tags a victim might be wearing.

    5. Outline first-aid response to life-threatening emergencies

    Life-threatening medical emergencies can involve conditions such as:

    • Chest pain
    • Stroke
    • Breathing problems
    • Allergic reactions
    • Seizures
    • Severe bleeding

    If an injury is life-threatening, first-aid providers are trained to:

    • Perform rescue breathing, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR), and use an automated external defibrillator ( AED)
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of shock and provide treatment
    • Control bleeding with direct pressure
    • Provide other treatment to stabilize the victim

    6. Discuss AED programs

    OSHA’s Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program says that an AED should be considered when selecting first-aid supplies.

    AEDs provide the critical and necessary treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) caused by ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation is the uncoordinated beating of the heart leading to collapse and death. An electric shock delivered by an AED can restore the heart to a normal rhythm. Using an AED within three to four minutes after the victim has suffered SCA significantly improves the survival rate.

    Administer CPR until the AED unit is brought to the victim. This basic form of life support uses chest compressions and artificial respiration.

    7. Outline some non-life-threatening emergencies encountered by first-aid providers

    First-aid providers know how to provide initial treatment for conditions such as:

    • Cuts, abrasions, puncture wounds, crushing injuries, and other wounds
    • Burns
    • Frostbite, hypothermia, heat stroke, and other temperature-related conditions
    • Sprains and strains
    • Eye injuries

    Even though these conditions may not be life-threatening, the victim may still need medical treatment beyond first aid.

    8. Summarize your program

    Every employee needs to know how to report a medical emergency. A quick response is necessary when there is an injury or sudden illness. However, the response needs to be made by personnel who have proper training.

    Judie Smithers is an editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, a compliance resource company that offers products and services to business professionals. Smithers’ subject matter expertise covers safety training, lockout/tagout, permit-required confined spaces, hearing conservation, exposure monitoring, personal protective equipment, asbestos, lead, radiation, and illumination. Previously, Smithers was the health and safety information coordinator for an industrial company.

  • 65% OFF First Aid Cabinet Sale!

    We have an overstock of First Aid Cabinets and need to make some room in our warehouse. We are offering our loyal customers 60-65% OFF, plus Free Shipping on Urgent First Aid™ Stations.

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    PLEASE NOTE: At this special overstock sale price a BRAND NEW FULLY STOCKED OSHA & ANSI First Aid Cabinet costs less than refills for your existing cabinet!

    That's right - do the math... why replace your missing or expired items in an old kit or cabinet when you can get a spanking new Urgent First Aid™ Station meeting the latest ANSI guidelines for less?

    These are our best selling OSHA & ANSI compliant first aid cabinets assembled in the USA…and don’t worry when it comes time to refill your cabinet because keeps all brands of refills very affordable.

    Order now as supplies are limited. No Coupon required – But sale ends soon!

    These Urgent First Aid™ first aid cabinets are assembled right here in the USA of domestic and imported content.

    • The Cabinet itself

      When you receive your Urgent First Aid™ first aid cabinets, you will notice the cabinet is a bit heavier, and certainly sturdier than an average first aid cabinet – Why is that? Most first aid cabinets sold today are imported from overseas (usually China) and are built to meet the absolute minimum criteria allowed by current regulations. This means over time they will get dented and dinged, the hinges will sag, and the paint or powder coating will chip, flake, or peel – often leading to a rusty cabinet.  Urgent First Aid™ first aid cabinets are custom built in California by an expert metal fabricator that has been perfecting the process since 1946. These cabinets feature interlocking, welded 20 gauge primary steel to assure rugged durability and versatility. All Urgent First Aid™ first aid cabinets feature 90 degree continuous hinges (which make convenient working shelves in the drop-front models) plus key holes for easy wall mounting, and our double draw-bolt latches. Then, knowing the abuse these cabinets can take, the Urgent First Aid™ first aid cabinets are triple powder coated in white which exceeds ASTM standards for salt spray and humidity to help ward off rust, as well as to resist dings and scratches.
    • The content inside the Urgent First Aid™ cabinets

      What’s in the box? More than you think.  Every Urgent First Aid™ Cabinet is guaranteed to meet, and almost always exceed OSHA and ANSI regulations for the recommended purpose or setting of that cabinet. While you want to meet regulations, Urgent First Aid™ likes to add the little “extras” that make Urgent First Aid™ products special. Quality and reliability in the first aid content is very important to Urgent First Aid™, as it is to us here at – and as it should be to you… nobody wants to hear that an emergency care product failed when someone needed treatment.

    The (Not So) Fine Print

    Offer expires midnight 04/21/17 or sooner if overstock depleted – Available Online at or Toll Free (800) 933-8495 - 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.

    Only valid on 2, 3, 4, and 5 shelf Urgent First Aid™ Cabinets.

  • Get Real-Time Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device

    WEA_logo_smlDo you know when a tornado is coming?

    Did you know it is possible to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of time?

    According to the 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency National Household Survey, three out of four people know how to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of a storm. Make sure you are one of them.

    Stay safe against severe weather with real-time emergency alerts on your cellular phone and computer. Keep yourself prepared for the unexpected by receiving information about emergencies in your area. Learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts: WEAsAwareness

    Review the Know Your Alerts and Warnings fact sheet from Prepareathon to receive alerts as soon as possible.

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