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Child Safety

  • Safe Kids in Panama

    With our help, school buses in Panama City, Panama are now equipped with first aid kits including injury treatment, supplies to clean, treat and protect minor wounds, and supplies for other regional concerns like insect bites and stings. School children will be safer and the school bus drivers seem happy about it!

    School Bus Drivers in Panama with their new First Aid Kits School Bus Drivers in Panama with their new First Aid Kits


  • Swim Safely - Avoid Drowning incidents

    With summer in full swing, we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial.

    To help prevent drownings, please remember to:

    · Have active adult supervision
    · Never swim alone
    · Make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates

    Learn more:  Pool Party!Steps for Using an AED if an Unconscious Casualty is Found In WaterBoating Essentials for Fun & Safety

    Pool & Lifeguard Kit - 16 Unit - 141 Piece - Metal Case w/ Gasket - 1 Each This swimming pool and lifeguard first aid kit has everything you'll need around the pool and more  – even a whistle for warnings and calling for help!  Use the products in this first aid kit for fun in the sun and around the water - protection and treatment for insect bites, minor cuts, scrapes and eye irritations. In addition, our lifeguard kits provide a CPR one-way valve face shield to protect rescuers from contaminants when performing CPR. Products are contained in a strong metal case with gasket for protection from weather and moisture around the swimming pool. Pool & Lifeguard Kit - 16 Unit - 141 Piece - Metal Case w/ Gasket - 1 Each
    This swimming pool and lifeguard first aid kit has everything you'll need around the pool and more – even a whistle for warnings and calling for help! Use the products in this first aid kit for fun in the sun and around the water - protection and treatment for insect bites, minor cuts, scrapes and eye irritations. In addition, our lifeguard kits provide a CPR one-way valve face shield to protect rescuers from contaminants when performing CPR. Products are contained in a strong metal case with gasket for protection from weather and moisture around the swimming pool.
  • Parents' Day


    What Is Parents’ Day?

    Many Americans are unaware that our nation has a new day of commemoration called Parents’ Day. This is good news for America’s parents and families. In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents’ Day, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children. Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents’ Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family. The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.

    Learn more:

    Events & Parents of the Year

    Read more:

    Family Preparedness

    Family Emergency Readiness

  • Poison Prevention Week

    This is National Poison Prevention Week - a few reminders about the dangers of poisoning and how to deal with a poisoning emergency. Remember that while we often think of a child ingesting something the should not as "poisoning", there are in fact many forms of poisoning, and you should learn about them all:

    » Signs and Symptoms of Poisoning

    » Treating Swallowed / Ingested Poisons

    » What to do: Convulsions from Poisoning

    » Chemical Burns & Skin Exposure to Chemical Poisons

    » Inhaled Poisons (smoke, chemical or gas fumes)

    » Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    As far as accidental poisoning and children, learn about the up, away, and out of sight campaign:


  • After Bite Sting Relief Products - The Buzz Behind the Bee

    Want to know the story behind the bee? How did the After Bite brand develop, and how does After Bite Work?

    After-Bite-BeeIn the late 90s, Tender Corporation realized that despite After Bite’s success, challenges had appeared in the marketplace as competition in insect bite treatments grew. In response, Tender came up with two new formulas in 1998.

    Through consumer surveys Tender Corporation recognized that the #1 way people treated their mosquito bites was with After Bite. The surveys also indicated that when bee stings, jelly fish stings and spider bites were explored, the preferred treatments were all over the board. Tender Corporation concluded that After Bite was seen as the only mosquito bite treatment by the consumer. Home remedies such as meat tenderizer, tea tree oil, and baking soda paste were commonly cited as being used to treat mosquito bites. It was also recognized that children tend to scratch insect bites therefore leaving an open wound. When After Bite Original was applied to these open scratches on children they would experience a very unpleasant stinging sensation from the ammonia in the formulation - thus creating the need for a sensitive formula for children. This “all natural”, gentle, non-stinging cream was created which contained tea tree oil, baking soda, vitamin E and Aloe Vera. It was launched in 2003 as After Bite Kids and quickly became the #2 selling insect bite treatment in the market.

    In addition, Tender Corporation recognized consumers were treating bee, wasp, jelly fish and fire ant stings with a variety of remedies as well. They then came out with a gel that still had the active ingredient of ammonia but added things such as baking soda and tea tree oil. The gel format was created due to the need to treat multiple bites over a larger area. Unlike the traditional After Bite pen application the gel can be easily spread over an area of many bites in one treatment. This is particularly helpful with fire ants, bee stings and jelly fish stings in which you get bitten multiple times.

    Tender Corporation’s mission was then to create the messaging that was appropriate for the mosquito bite treatment market in which After Bite dominated, the kids market and expansion in the lawn and garden and insecticides area with the After Bite Extra formula. Recognizing that After Bite was also used in the outdoors they added the After Bite Outdoor formula which is the same as the Extra formula but repackaged to assimilate that larger audience that deals with a wide range of bites. The liquid in After Bite, the cream in After Bite Kids or the gel in After Bite Extra and After Bite Outdoors will work equally well on mosquito bites, the preference is in which delivery system the consumer desires.

    Recently, looking at the trends in the marketplace, Tender Corporation began to brainstorm how they could continue to improve upon this product. In 2014 they launched the After Bite New & Improved formula which added 5% baking soda making it the active ingredient and kept the ammonia at the original 3% as a preservative. Baking soda and ammonia in the chemical world are bases and stings and bites are acids. When the two are mixed together you essentially neutralize the effect of the sting/bite immediately. Most other products in marketplace typically have a benzocaine or lidocaine that masks the pain temporarily and you will find yourself itching and scratching later on whereas the After Bite formula dissipates the bite. See more...

    Insect Bite & Sting Relief for Adults & Kids Insect Bite & Sting Relief for Adults & Kids

    After Bite® Products - Insect Bite & Sting: Bite treatments from AfterBite, the overwhelming favorite for over 30 years - Try After Bite® - the original, trusted Itch Eraser®. Choose from: Outdoor-a powerful gel-formula for immediate itch and sting relief, Outdoor Chigger & Ant special formulation, & new After Bite® Kids: a gentle, non-stinging cream specially formulated for kids.After Bite Products - insect sting relief applicator for mosquitoes, ants, chiggers & even a Childrens' stick!

  • Burns and Scalds in the Kitchen

    Whether a professional kitchen or a home kitchen, burns and scalds occur more frequently than any other type of injury (even more than cuts.) During Burn Awareness Week, we thought it an appropriate time to cover some burn-related kitchen safety tips.


    • ~ Use oven mitts, not towels, to handle hot pots & pans.
    • ~ Use caution when cooking with grease – keep burner on a low to medium setting and keep a pan lid in reach.
    • ~ Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.
    • ~ Create a 3-foot “no kid zone” in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
    • ~ Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters. Use spill-proof mugs with tight-fitting lids.
    • ~ Adults most often get cooking related scalds from hot liquid spills or when moving containers of hot liquids. Consider the weight of pots and pans fill with hot liquids and food before lifting them. Don’t lift hot items that are too heavy
    • ~ When you microwave food, steam inside cover containers can quickly reach over 200 o F and can burn your hands and face. Pro Tip: Puncture plastic wrap or use vented containers to allow steam to escape while cooking.  Or, wait at least one minute before removing the cover.  When removing covers, lift the corner farthest from you and away from your face or arm.


  • First Aid for Conscious Choking Adults and Children Older Than 1 Year Old

    Image of choking infantChoking can occur when a foreign object, such as food or fluid, blocks the airway. The airway is the passage through which air moves from the nose and mouth through the trachea, or windpipe, and into the lungs.

    • Signs of a severe airway obstruction –
      • Poor air exchange and increasing difficulty breathing, a silent cough, gasping breaths, whistling or wheezing
      • Pale or bluish skin, especially around the mouth (from lack of oxygen)
      • Inability to talk or breathe
      • Universal Sign for choking (the universal and naturally occurring sign for choking is a hand, or hands, around the neck.)

    If the casualty exhibits any of these signs for choking, take the following steps:

    • Prior to providing care for a Conscious Adult, a responder should first obtain consent. This is a very quick and simple procedure.
      • Tell the casualty your name.
      • Tell them you have been trained to assist in First Aid and/or CPR
      • Ask the casualty if he/she wants help: “Can I help you?”
      • Once the casualty indicates that they want your help (usually with an affirmative nod), begin care.
    1. Stand behind the choking adult or child.
    2. Make a fist and place the thumb side of the fist against the casualty’s abdomen, just above the navel and below the ribcage.
    3. Encircle the fist with the other hand and deliver quick inward and upward thrust into the abdomen.
    4. Repeat the thrusts in rapid and forceful sequence until the object is dislodged or until the casualty becomes unconscious.
    5. Thrust should be a firm, inward and upward movement and each thrust should be a separate attempt.
    6. If the casualty loses consciousness, follow steps 1 through 5 below.

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

  • Nosebleeds (Epistaxis)

    Image displaying directions on pinching nose and leaning forward during a nosebleedMany people lean backward when treating a nosebleed, which causes blood to flow into their sinuses causing infections, or into their stomach causing nausea and vomiting.

    Who wants to throw up while dealing with a bloody nose!?!? Pinch and lean Forward…

    • Have the casualty sit in a chair and lean slightly forward.
    • Apply pressure below the midline of the nose, close to the nostrils, by pinching with the thumb and index finger for 10 continuous minutes. Do not press the bridge of the nose between the eyes.
    • If the bleeding does not stop, apply a cold compress to area.
    • If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, is extremely heavy, or if the casualty has difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.


    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

    QR WoundSeal + Applicator for Nosebleeds, 2 Applications QR WoundSeal + Applicator for Nosebleeds, 2 Applications
  • Holiday Surprises

    Everyone likes a Holiday Surprise... well we got ours!

    For our Company Holiday Event, we were just told to arrive at the Company Building for a 7:00 AM Saturday departure and that we would be back Sunday evening around 8:00 PM (It actually ended up closer to 10:00 PM.) Clues were posted on the Employee Bulletin Board each day for a Month... but the clues still left use clueless (they ALL make sense now, Ha Ha!)
    We were told to dress for any type of weather (layers) to wear comfortable shoes, and to bring something nice for dinner... away we went!

    What an awesome time - Solvang Danish Village, Suites for all at the Cambria Pines Lodge, The Cambria Christmas Market, a Holiday light show like none of us have ever seen (it went on for miles!) and great Dinner and dancing...then Hearst Castle the following day... wow. We were overwhelmed (and a bit wiped out for work Monday!)

  • Holiday Safety

    holiday-safety-2Nobody is going to be paying any attention in the next few days, so here's our last bid at getting you to have safe as well as happy holidays...

    CHRISTMAS TREES: ? BEFORE purchasing, check for freshness to minimize fire hazard of dry needles. ? BEFORE mounting a tree in the house, cut base so it can absorb water. ? Place tree away from fireplaces and other heat sources. Read about Christmas Tree Fires (NFPA Fact Sheet) & Selecting and Caring for your Real Tree (Nat'l Christmas Tree Assoc.)

    DECORATIONS: ? Lights that are Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved for (exterior use.) Exterior lights, unlike those used inside the house, need to be weather-resistant. The same goes for any extension cords used outdoors. Don’t use outdoor lights indoors. They’re too hot for interior use. For the coolest bulbs and greatest energy efficiency, try LED lights, which come in a wide range of styles and colors. ?Inspect light strings. Discard any that are damaged. Frayed or cracked electrical cords or broken sockets are leading fire hazards. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting multiple strings. The general limit is three strings. Light strings with stacked plugs can usually accommodate greater lengths than end-to-end connections. Replace burned-out bulbs promptly. Empty sockets can cause the entire string to overheat. Don’t attach light strings with nails or staples. They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Only use UL-approved hangers.

    Do not run electrical cords under rugs or in high traffic areas. ? Turn lights off before going to bed or leaving the house. ? Place lighted candles away from combustible material. ? Extinguish all lighted candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

    TOYS: ? Ensure toys are appropriate for child’s age (not buttons, etc. for toddlers). ? Do not purchase infant toys that contain ropes or cords. ? Ensure toys are large enough not fit in a child’s mouth. Consider Eye Safety and Noise / Hearing Safety. Check the Holiday Toy Recall Checklist (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

    FIRE and CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY: ? Be sure all family members know and practice fire exit drills in the home. ? Have Fire Extinguishers ready at hand, Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. ? Be sure chimney and fireplaces have been inspected and cleaned. ? Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach. ? Do not overload electrical outlets. ? Do not leave a stove unattended. ? Follow manufacturer recommendations for kerosene and propane heaters.

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    PARTY SAFETY: ? Be sure rides are provided for intoxicated guests. ? Provide non-alcoholic beverages (and Food!) ? Provide large ashtrays for smokers to put ashes and discarded cigarettes. ? Be sure smoking materials are extinguished before tossing into trash container.

    When preparing and serving Holiday Food - be careful... here are some great guides:

    LADDER SAFETY: ? Inspect ladders for loose or missing screws, hinges, bolts and nuts. ? Be sure ladders extend at least three feet past the edge of the roof. ? Non-metal ladders should be used around electricity.holidayhazards

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