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    • First Aid for Bleeding: Soft Tissue Injury, Cuts, Abrasions

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      First Aid for Cuts and Abrasions

      General Information

      When treating for minor cuts and scrapes, the most important goal is to prevent infection. For more severe wounds, call 9-1-1 or EMS, or transport the casualty to the nearest hospital if safe to do so.

      Treatment

      • Immediately clean the wound area thoroughly with soap and water. Clear, cool running water works best to flush debris and dirt from the injury site. Remove any embedded materials such as dirt from the wound.
      • If available, Responder should use gloves to protect from Bloodborne Pathogens.
      • With superficial cuts or abrasions, apply a first aid balm such as a triple antibiotic ointment and cover with a sterile bandage.
      • If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure with a sterile dressing to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding will not stop, call 9-1-1, activate EMS, or transport the casualty to the nearest hospital.
       Antiseptics & Ointments - First Aid wound cleansing, topical antiseptics and wound healing. Topical Treatment First Aid products - Antiseptics, Germicides and Antimicrobial products to  prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. All types of First Aid Ointments and Topical Medications for treating ailments and avoiding infection. Our First Aid Antiseptics and Ointments include; Insect Sting Relief, Lubricating Jelly, Smelling Salts, Sponges, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sanitizers & Ammonia Inhalants. We offer Povidone Iodine, Benzalkonium Chloride, Antiseptic Spray... Hydrocortisone Cream & Hydrogen Peroxide. We have it all: Find Burn Relief and Burn Cream, Single and Triple Antibiotics, Cold Spray, Spray Bandage, Blood Stoppers and More. Cleansing Antiseptics for Injuries and Abrasions & Topical Ointments for First Aid
      Antiseptics & Ointments - First Aid wound cleansing, topical antiseptics and wound healing.
      Topical Treatment First Aid products - Antiseptics, Germicides and Antimicrobial products to prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. All types of First Aid Ointments and Topical Medications for treating ailments and avoiding infection. Our First Aid Antiseptics and Ointments include; Insect Sting Relief, Lubricating Jelly, Smelling Salts, Sponges, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sanitizers & Ammonia Inhalants. We offer Povidone Iodine, Benzalkonium Chloride, Antiseptic Spray... Hydrocortisone Cream & Hydrogen Peroxide. We have it all: Find Burn Relief and Burn Cream, Single and Triple Antibiotics, Cold Spray, Spray Bandage, Blood Stoppers and More.
      Cleansing Antiseptics for Injuries and Abrasions & Topical Ointments for First Aid

      First Aid for Bleeding – Soft Tissue Injury

      General Information

      Severe bleeding is a Medical Emergency. Controlling severe bleeding is an important part of first aid.

      Treatment

      • Call 9-1-1 or EMS if bleeding is severe and difficult to stop.
      • Have the casualty lie down, if possible.
      • BandaidsPlace a clean, sterile, cloth directly over the bleeding site. If available, Recuer should wear gloves to protect from Bloodborne Pathogens.
      • Firmly apply pressure to the wound using one or both hands.
      • Apply a bandage to hold the first dressing in place. Apply additional cloths or pads if bleeding continues. Do not remove the initial dressing as this will tear away the clotted blood and cause bleeding to start over.
      • Elevate the bleeding site above the heart level if bleeding is difficult to control with firm, direct pressure. Do not elevate the limb if you suspect the possibility of broken bones or head, neck or spinal injury.
      • Continue to apply direct, firm pressure to control bleeding until Emergency Medical Personnel arrive.
      • A tourniquet should be used only as a last resort and is not recommended unless the responder has specific training on how to use a tourniquet safety.
      • Do not give the casualty alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or aspirin.
      • Once the bleeding has been controlled:
        1. Continue to apply firm pressure to the injury site.
        2. Keep the casualty warm by covering him/her with coats or blankets.
        3. Do not move the casualty unless necessary.
        4. If the casualty is conscious and asks for water, moisten her/his lips with a small amount of water. Do not give water to an unconscious casualty or if abdominal injury is suspected.
      Over 50 varieties of Bandages & Bandaids - Detectable Blue Metal Bandages, Butterfly Wound Closures, Telfa, Non-Stick, Plastic, Trauma Pads, Heavy Bandages, Gauze and Gauze Rolls. Also find Fabric Bandages, Triangular Slings and Triangular Bandages. Blood Stoppers & HemoStats, Too. ~ Don't miss the Novelty Bandages... Fun for Kids and Adults.
      We offer Blue Metal Detectable Bandages in Finger Tip, Knuckle and standard sizes - SmartTab EzRefills, too - Blue Adhesive Bandages for food processes and recognition.
      Bandages can be boring. Take the sting out of your cuts and scrapes with our fun bandages. Find designer printed bandages to fit your personality.
      Blue Visible Bandages to avoid process contamination and for easy recognition. We also offer our Visible Blue Adhesive Bandages in Knuckle & Finger Tip sizes and SmartTab EzRefills.
      HemCon® Bandages were proven to be effective lifesavers in combat. KytoStat by HemCon is a top choice of America's Armed Forces to stop severe bleeding. Now the same advanced, natural blood-stopping technology can go right into your first aid kit.
      Butterfly Wound Closures in dispenser boxes and bulk + SmartTab EzRefill Butterfly bandages for wound care in lieu of stitches.
      3” x 4" Non-Stick Gauze Dressing pads - Our "ouchless" non-stick pads are designed to cover and cushion large surface cuts, scrapes and burns with an extra-absorbent, breathable 100% cotton filler.
      Fabric Bandages in many sizes ranging from Fingertip, Knuckle, and patch to standard 1" x 3" - even SmartTab EzRefill fabric bandages in dispenser boxes.
      2” X 3” Non-Stick pad with Adhesive edges, Our non-stick pads are designed to cover and cushion large surface cuts, scrapes and burns with an extra-absorbent, breathable 100% cotton filler.
      Finger Protection for covering bandages or in High Tech-Clean Room Electronic Assembly, Laboratory and Food Processing industries. Finger Cots, Bandage Protectant, Finger Condoms - Product Contains Latex.
      Adhesive plastic bandages in bulk and dispenser boxes. We offer all sizes including Elbow & Knee, Junior Bandages, Spot, bandage Buddy, and SmartTab EzRefill.
      Closures are Pre-Cut and Reinforced for added Strength. Minimizes the Risk of Superficial Wounds opening During Healing. Ideal for Wound Support after Removal of Sutures or Staples.
      Woundseal QR Powder stops bleeding instantly. QR does not wait for the body's clotting process to take place. QR Powder does not burn the skin and does not cauterize. QR Powder is non-toxic and is not biologically derived.
      Gauze Dressing Pads, Eye Pads, Compress Absorbent Gauze & Available in dispenser boxes, individual, and SmartTab EzRefill Gauze Dressings.
      Super Stop Bandage with Pressure Block - Our emergency pressure dressing is an asset to any trauma kit.
      Conforming Gauze Roll Bandage, Non-sterile available in many sizes and individual or bulk boxes.
      Trauma Pads, Abdominal Dressings for wound care and Multi Trauma Dressings available individually for responder medic trauma bags refills and in bulk packs of 25+ per case -Trauma Pads
      Individually wrapped Sterile Gauze Rolls & Medical Roller Gauzes bandages available in bulk or each.
      Triangular Sling / Bandage with two Safety Pins. An essential item for first aid, and Triangle bandage can be used to sling, swathe, bind, support and hold a variety of injuries.
      Our Heavy Woven Bandages come in Patch, Knuckle, Fingertip, and Mini sizes as well as standard Adhesive Bandage and are made to last in abusive environments.
      Alternatives to stiches and sutures - Wound closures such as Steri-Strips and Butterfly bandage Closures
    • Asbestos: a ticking time bomb?

      Asbestos:The product became popular in the construction industry for several reasons - It offered excellent properties seen by of construction workers - low to no electrical power and heat conductivity, and very long lasting. Further it resists temperature changes and dissolution from many chemicals.

      Considering all these "benefits", Asbestos was a very cheap material for construction.

      After years of its widespread use, however, it was discovered to have many harmful effects. The fibrous structure associated with asbestos minerals are also rigid and inflexible. These "non-stretchable" fibers trigger fatal lung illness. Large fibers are relatively harmless, but small fibers are deadly. Small fibers in the lungs nest inside tissues forever. Repeated lung tissue irritation by the materials leads to changes and development of cancerous cells/ tissues. This can develop first into asbestosis, then later on turns into malignancy.

      asbestos-awareness-tileOSHA's regulation 29 CFR 1910.1101... "Occupational Exposure to Asbestos" requires that all employees who could come into contact with materials that might contain asbestos be given appropriate training on working safely in these situations. Employees are divided into four classes. Classes I - III are employees whose work involves "installing" or "disturbing" materials that might contain asbestos. However, the largest group of employees covered by this regulation fall into the Class IV group, which involves employees that get involved in... "maintenance and custodial activities to clean up waste and debris containing these type of materials."

      Since many materials commonly used in buildings for many years (including ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, and wall and pipe insulation) contain asbestos, this means that the regulation applies to virtually every custodial, janitorial and maintenance worker in the country.

      Our training products on "Asbestos Awareness" have been created specifically to educate employees about the dangers of working with materials that may contain asbestos. Topics covered in these products include:

      • Hazards of asbestos.
      • OSHA's Asbestos Standard.
      • Composition and nature of asbestos.
      • Types of materials that may contain asbestos, and where they are encountered.
      • How to protect yourself when disturbing a material that may contain asbestos.
      • Air monitoring and decontamination.

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    • Steps for a Safer Playground

      School is beginning! While thoughts of "back to school" usually bring thoughts of desks, pencils and paper, it's also time to start thinking about the playground. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year ERs across the country treat more than 200,000 children for playground-related accidents. About half of those accidents are severe, including fractures, concussions, dislocations, amputations and internal injuries. Now is the time for your school to do what is necessary to make your playground safe. Here are four steps to take to make your playground safe:

      1. Make Sure It's Soft

      playground2Kids break arms and legs when they fall from tall playground equipment, yet you don't want to keep them from experiencing the joy of climbing. Instead, make sure that the ground underneath the playground is soft and that the ground cover, whether you choose wood chips, pea gravel or sand, is well-maintained and is shock absorbent. Schedule regular times to rake the ground cover into place so that kids do not wear away spots underneath it.

      If you have a little extra budget and don't want to have ongoing maintenance of your ground cover, consider pour-in-place rubber flooring. This gives enough softness without the need to constantly pay attention to raking the mulch back in place.

      Looking at softness extends beyond the ground as well. Inspect the playground for pointed, sharp edges that could cut children or snag clothing. Make sure all of these are properly filed or covered, and that the surface is smooth and safe on the actual play structures.

      2. Ensure Proper Supervision

      Playground duty is no one's favorite task, but you can't sacrifice safety because the staff can't agree on who should be on duty. Make sure that all age groups are properly supervised, with staff at key areas with a clear view of all climbing equipment so they can see if someone is playing too rough or using the equipment improperly. Proper supervision is an absolute necessity for playground safety.

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      3. Choose Play Structures According to Age

      Children of different ages have different ability levels when it comes to playground equipment. Make sure that your children are playing on equipment designed for their age range.

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      For preschool children, the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) recommends small steps and crawl spaces. Railings need to be placed appropriately for smaller bodies. Low platforms that limit injuries from falls are also important, and slides should be no taller than four feet from the ground. Overhead bars and rings, long spiral slides and seesaws should not be on a playground for children in this age group.

      For elementary-school children, rope and chain climbing structures are great. Tire swings and slides are also excellent pieces of equipment for this age group. Taller slides, provided platforms are properly closed so that children do not fall, are also lots of fun for this age group.

      4. Inspect the Playground Regularly

      Finally, make sure the playground is inspected on a regular basis by an authority on playground safety. This inspection should look for signs of wear and tear, including problems with the ground cover, and should take care of those problems before they cause injuries. Any problems found must be addressed before children are allowed to play on that piece of equipment.

      It only takes a moment for a tragedy to occur on the playground. Do what you can to ensure the playground at your school is safe, and let your kids and students enjoy hours of recess time on a safe, age-appropriate playground.

      playgroundAbout the author:
      David Reeves is Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. The company designs commercial indoor and outdoor play equipment. The company offers safe equipment sets compatible to your space with components including swings, panels, tunnels and balancing structures.

    • Avoid the Top 10 OSHA Violations

      Workplace safety is not just about hard hats, safety glasses, or gloves, but includes a tireless dedication toward identifying and reducing ALL safety risks.

      See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available! See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available!

      Is maintaining the highest level of safety easy? Will you be able to think of all the hazards your workers may face? Probably not, as no one can think of everything.

      Top 10 Safety ViolationsThankfully, we can benefit from the safety community’s collective body of knowledge with the help of OSHA’s annual list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards.

      Review the list and ask yourself some of these key questions to common OSHA violations. While reviewing the most common failures is a great start, we’d highly recommend a comprehensive safety review conducted by an experienced safety consultant who knows exactly what to look for.

      1. FALL PROTECTION 1926.501 (CONSTRUCTION)
      - Do your employees work 6 feet or more above the ground?
      - Do you know the difference between fall prevention and protection?

      2. HAZARD COMMUNICATION 1910.1200
      - Did you know OSHA changed their HazCom standard to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS)?
      - Did you know workers need to be trained on this as of Dec 1st 2013?

      3. SCAFFOLDING 1926.451 (CONSTRUCTION)
      - Who can design and construct a scaffold?
      - Can you mix and match scaffolding manufacturers?
      - How often must they be inspected?
      - Did you know when using scaffolds above 10ft tall, employees must be protected from falls?

      4. RESPIRATORY PROTECTION 1910.134
      - Are your employees exposed to harmful dusts, mists, vapors, or other respiratory ailments?
      - Have your employees signed Appendix D where necessary?
      - Do you have proper storage areas for respirators and dust masks?

      5. ELECTRICAL, WIRING METHODS 1910.305
      - How long can you use temporary wiring for experimental/developmental work?
      - Can flexible cords be used as a substitute for fixed wiring or run through doorways, windows, walls, or ceilings?
      - Have you check any non-current carrying parts serving as grounding conductors to ensure they are effectively bonded?
      - Do you have any wiring systems in ducts used for ventilation, vapor removal, or transportation of dust or flammable vapors?

      6. POWERED INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS 1910.178
      - Do your employees have their certifications for operating forklifts, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, or other specialized industrial trucks?
      - Are employees required to perform pre-operation inspections of the equipment and report any damages or defects immediately for servicing?

      7. LADDERS 1926.1053 (CONSTRUCTION)
      - Do you employees perform pre-use inspections to look for damages, cracks, missing rungs, slipping hazards, etc?
      - How many points of contact must an employee maintain while ascending or descending a ladder?
      - Have you heard of the quarter safety rule for throwing portable ladders?
      - Do your fixed ladders have a ladder safety device, self-retracting lifeline, or cage if the length of the climb is more than 24 feet?

      8. LOCKOUT/TAGOUT 1910.147
      - What does lock-out/tagout prevent?
      - How often do you conduct mandatory and periodic (at least annually!) inspections of energy control procedures with appropriate employees?

      9. ELECTRICAL, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS 1910.303
      - Have you checked your electric equipment for suitability for insulation, mechanical strength, wire-bending and connections, electrical insulation, heating effects under all conditions, and arcing effects?
      - Do you have enough space around your electric panel boxes, which must be free from obstructions and have a clear workspace that is at least 36” in depth in front and a width of at least 30 inches or the width of the panel box, whichever is greater?

      10. MACHINE GUARDING 1910.212
      - What types of machines require guarding?
      - Can you alter any manufacturer installed guards?
      - What should you do if a guard is damaged?

      Never stop questioning your company’s safety processes and prevent complacency which can lead to injuries.

      Would your company violate any of these standards? Have you unknowingly put any of your employees at risk of bodily injury?

      Stop injuries and OSHA violations before they happen by conducting a Mock OSHA Inspection.

      Stay Safe!

      DVDs and VHS videos available for American EHS & Medical Association materials. Spanish/English Bilingual VHS & DVD. Newest CPR, AED & First Aid Guidelines. Also, CAL/OSHA Standards, DOT/49 CFR Standards, Federal OSHA, Forklift Safety, Over 80 OSHA Safety Training Topics, Eye Safety, First Aid, Accident Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogen videos and many more. Safety Compliance Kits, Regulatory Compliance Packs, Safety Posters+ Watch our FREE First Aid Video Online!
      American Environmental Health & Safety offers in-depth, fully comprehensive training materials and programs for all your training needs. Students will get the full experience. Videos, DVDs, Student & Instructor Materials 

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      OSHA Handbooks & DVDs for OSHA Construction Regulations, OSHA Dictionary & General Industry Regulations (Bilingual). OSHA Compliance Kits, Books, CDs: OSHA 1910 General Industry & OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Including OSHA Log Books, Update Services & Regulations - Federal OSHA 29 / CFR Standards - Helping you protect workers and stay compliant with OSHA mandates. OSHA Compliance Kit OSHA 1910 General Industry OSHA 1926 Construction Industry OSHA llog books
      AMA First Aid Guide Handbook and the SmartTab EzRefill AMA First Aid Handbook in individual Booklets.
      Forklift Safety information for Forklift Construction, General Industry & Compliance Kits in Spanish and English.
      Cal / OSHA Handbooks & DVDs for Industry Safety, Construction Safety, OSHA Compliance & Electrical / General Safety. Cal / OSHA - General Industry & Construction Industry - OSHA 300 Logs & More
      Maritime OSHA regulations, will help keep you in compliance with the latest safety and health regulations affecting longshoring, shipyard employment, and marine terminals.
      Survival Book and DVD, Disaster Preparedness Video and the Mountain Road Warrior Emergency Kit.
      Help your company in the oil and gas industry protect its workers and stay compliant with OSHA mandates.
      DOT DVDs/VHS for Federal Motor Carriers, 49 CFR Hazardous Material Regulations, DOT Compliance & Compliance Kits.
      OSHA Safety Training keeps your company compliant with OSHA Standards and offers training in every category of work.
    • Hazard Prevention - Injury, Death and Loss Avoidance

      Implementing a hazard prevention program may help avert workplace accidents.

      Many hazards can be prevented. Workplace accidents are a good example. A comprehensive accident prevention program can reduce the frequency of accidents dramatically. Most fires can be prevented. Spills of hazardous chemicals can be avoided. Business disruptions resulting from machinery breakdown can be prevented by following the manufacturer’s recommendations for inspection and maintenance.

      Resources for hazard prevention include OSHA’s free on-site consultation for small business. OSHA also provides many resources to evaluate and improve workplace safety. Many insurance companies provide free workplace safety, property loss prevention and other assistance for their policyholders. Check with your agent, broker or underwriter to see what services are available. Contact your local fire department’s fire prevention division for assistance with fire prevention.

      OSHA Handbooks & DVDs for OSHA Construction Regulations, OSHA Dictionary & General Industry Regulations (Bilingual). OSHA Compliance Kits, Books, CDs: OSHA 1910 General Industry & OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Including OSHA Log Books, Update Services & Regulations - Federal OSHA 29 / CFR Standards - Helping you protect workers and stay compliant with OSHA mandates. OSHA Compliance Kit OSHA 1910 General Industry OSHA 1926 Construction Industry OSHA llog books OSHA Handbooks & DVDs for OSHA compliance

      Deterrence is a strategy to prevent criminal activity. A building with clear lines of sight and lighting around its perimeter is not an easy target for criminals. Security of all entrances and screening of visitors, contractors, employees and packages is another element in a good security program. A properly designed and installed intrusion detection system provides a measure of deterrence and can provide notification of unauthorized entry. Security begins with every employee. Consider providing basic training for all employees so they know how they can contribute to a secure workplace.

      Cyber or information security should be a part of the security program. Installation of antivirus and anti-spyware software and maintaining strong firewalls are essential to protect network and information security. Keeping computers updated with the latest operating system and application “patches” should be part of the cyber security program.

      See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available! See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available!

      Natural hazards such as flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes cannot be prevented. However, there are still opportunities to reduce damage from natural hazards.

      DVDs and VHS videos available for American EHS & Medical Association materials. Spanish/English Bilingual VHS & DVD. Newest CPR, AED & First Aid Guidelines. Also, CAL/OSHA Standards, DOT/49 CFR Standards, Federal OSHA, Forklift Safety, Over 80 OSHA Safety Training Topics, Eye Safety, First Aid, Accident Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogen videos and many more. Safety Compliance Kits, Regulatory Compliance Packs, Safety Posters+ 
      American Environmental Health & Safety offers in-depth, fully comprehensive training materials and programs for all your training needs. Students will get the full experience. Videos, DVDs, Student & Instructor Materials 

      FirstAidStore.com™ Featuring First Aid Only® watch our FREE First Aid Video Online!

      OSHA Handbooks & DVDs for OSHA Construction Regulations, OSHA Dictionary & General Industry Regulations (Bilingual). OSHA Compliance Kits, Books, CDs: OSHA 1910 General Industry & OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Including OSHA Log Books, Update Services & Regulations - Federal OSHA 29 / CFR Standards - Helping you protect workers and stay compliant with OSHA mandates. OSHA Compliance Kit OSHA 1910 General Industry OSHA 1926 Construction Industry OSHA llog books
      AMA First Aid Guide Handbook and the SmartTab EzRefill AMA First Aid Handbook in individual Booklets.
      Forklift Safety information for Forklift Construction, General Industry & Compliance Kits in Spanish and English.
      Cal / OSHA Handbooks & DVDs for Industry Safety, Construction Safety, OSHA Compliance & Electrical / General Safety. Cal / OSHA - General Industry & Construction Industry - OSHA 300 Logs & More
      Maritime OSHA regulations, will help keep you in compliance with the latest safety and health regulations affecting longshoring, shipyard employment, and marine terminals.
      Survival Book and DVD, Disaster Preparedness Video and the Mountain Road Warrior Emergency Kit.
      Help your company in the oil and gas industry protect its workers and stay compliant with OSHA mandates.
      DOT DVDs/VHS for Federal Motor Carriers, 49 CFR Hazardous Material Regulations, DOT Compliance & Compliance Kits.
      OSHA Safety Training keeps your company compliant with OSHA Standards and offers training in every category of work.
      Help protect your workers against fall-related accidents and stay compliant with OSHA.
    • Are Emergency Supplies all you need in a Disaster?

      With National Preparedness Month just days away, it is important to think of preparedness in larger terms.

      Most our readers have an inclination toward First Aid, CPR, Emergency Preparedness and Survival, but this beyond the kit.. are you and your loved ones mentally prepared? Financially prepared? Have you thought of the"little things" that mean a lot in an emergency situation?

      We found this article helpful and informative:

      Beyond the first-aid kit: Financially preparing for disaster

      By Claudia Buck, The Sacramento Bee
      Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere.


      It’s not just wildfires that threatens our safety and financial well-being. It could be a flood, earthquake, landslide, or even a home or office break-in.


      Regardless, the old adage applies: Be prepared. Here are some ways:


      Take the video


      One important precaution is a room-by-room inventory of the contents of your home. In case of fire, flooding — or even a break-in — you want a clear record of your home’s contents, including the garage and back yard, in order to make an insurance claim.


      CPA Perry Ghilarducci learned that the hard way. About 20 years ago, he and his wife returned home from a weekend vacation to find their home had been burglarized. Thieves had carted away computers, electronics, a TV — and drove off with all of it in the family car.


      “It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate but don’t realize,” said Ghilarducci, who said he and his wife “struggled to remember everything we had in the house.” Trying to make a complete inventory for an insurance claim, they did their best from memory.


      To avoid that time-consuming headache, there’s an easier solution: make a home inventory video.


      “Take your digital camera and walk through your home. Do a room-by-room narrative,” said George Yee, a homeowners’ insurance agent.


      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.

      Open cupboards and closets, pull out drawers. Zoom in for close-ups of valuables. Put your hand or a ruler up to give scale to smaller items, he said. If you have a valuable collection — coins, guns, jewelry, collectibles, etc. — spread them out on a solid, dark surface, such as a dining room table to photograph.


      Wherever possible, state the value or provide photos of documents that back up the purchase price, said Yee.


      When you’re done, make a duplicate copy of your camera’s digital chip and store in a safe place, such as safe deposit box, that’s away from your home. Do the same room-by-room inventory with the contents of your office.


      If you don’t have a digital camera, you can also create a home inventory video using your smartphone, Yee said. Be sure to store it digitally somewhere safe, such as a “cloud-based” storage device.


      “The key is to just do it and be able to keep it someplace where you can retrieve it later,” if necessary, said Yee, a 28-year veteran of the insurance business.


      Don’t call home


      “The desire to call loved ones after an emergency or disaster is natural,” said the Safe America Foundation, a nonprofit that launched a “Text First. Talk Second.” campaign after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks in New York City and other locations.


      In emergency situations, too many frantic cellphone calls often overwhelm wireless phone service and can prevent essential 911 calls from going through, the foundation warns.


      “Just a single one-minute phone call takes up the same bandwidth as 800 short text messages,” it says on its website, SafeAmericaPrepared.org.


      Instead, if you need to contact family or friends, send a text message. It can be as simple as, “R You OK?” or “IM OK.” The idea is to quickly get in touch, without needlessly jamming essential phone lines.


      Have a family plan


      When disaster strikes, it’s easy for families to become separated — by work, school or other circumstances — and face the panic of being unable to communicate with one another. Emergency officials recommend that you sit down together and create a family emergency-response plan. Designate a location where you will meet in case you’re displaced from home, such as a familiar destination, a family cabin or another home of friends or relatives. Name an out-of-town or out-of-state contact who can relay messages. Make sure your kids know how to contact you or a designated relative.


      On the Ready.gov website, there are simple wallet-sized cards that you can fill out for each child or family member, listing emergency contacts for neighbors, an out-of-town contact and the family’s designated meeting place in case of an emergency. You can fill them out, clip and save for each family member’s wallet, purse or backpack.


      Prepare an EFFAK


      In emergency-preparedness jargon, that’s an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.


      Regardless of the size of your income or bank accounts, the EFFAK is essentially one place where you assemble a copy of all your pertinent financial documents. The idea was born in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, when federal emergency-response officials and a nonprofit, Operation Hope Inc., realized that Americans needed a tool to ensure “financial stability in the wake or an emergency or evacuation.”


      “Emergencies often come when we least expect it, yet many of us do not think to prepare our financial interests in advance,” said the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its website, www.FEMA.gov.


      The website has an official EFFAK list of essential financial documents that should be included: home mortgage or property records; bank accounts; power of attorney forms; certificates for death, divorce, marriage, birth; passport, insurance policies; credit card accounts.


      If your house burns down, these documents can be useful in speeding up the process for applying for loans and sorting out financial assistance.


      It’s recommended that the documents be kept in a waterproof, grab-and-go box or binder. Ideally, it’s portable enough to stash in a backpack or tuck under your arm on the way out the door.


      Of course, an emergency or natural disaster isn’t limited by time, date or season. It could happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Taking a few steps now can minimize the financial and emotional upheaval none of us wants to face in an emergency.



      Grab and go: What you need in an emergency


      Here’s what the American Red Cross suggests that every household have on hand, in case of an emergency or evacuation:

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      Water: One gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)


      Food: Nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)


      Flashlight (with extra batteries)


      Radio: Battery-powered or hand-crank


      First aid kit


      Medications: At least a 7-day supply of prescriptions


      Multi-purpose tool: Should include can opener, knife, etc.


      Personal hygiene items


      Personal documents: Copies of medications list, proof of address, mortgage or property deed, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies


      Cellphone (with chargers)


      Emergency contacts (Names of family members, insurers, etc. )


      Extra cash


      Emergency blanket


      Map(s) For local area, as well as designated family meeting spot in case of emergency


      Other: Baby care items, pet supplies, hearing-aid batteries, spare eyeglasses or contact lenses, extra car keys

      Disaster, Survival, Preparation 

      Disaster, Survival, Preparation

    • We can't Bear it - SAVE US

      We talked about Pigeon CPR, Wallaby CPR, Squirrel CPRAnimal CPR & First Aid in general... now... Koala CPR? (No, a Koala is NOT a bear!) That's right!

      Firefighters and wildlife workers in Melbourne, Australia, performed lifesaving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an unconscious, injured koala Thursday, a dramatic effort that was captured on video.

      Rescuers dropped the koala from a tree to crews below holding a blanket.

      A worker from the Animalia Wildlife Shelter performed mouth-to-mouth and rubbed the koala's chest, while a firefighter from the Frankston Fire Brigade gave the koala oxygen through a tube.

      The koala eventually woke up, groaning a drawing relief from the rescuers, who nicknamed the animal 'Sir Chompsalot'

      He was later taken to a local animal hospital for treatment.

    • FEMA Urges Caution Following California Earthquake

      The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Regional Office in Oakland, California, is monitoring the situation following the U.S. Geological Survey report of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred this morning six miles south southwest of Napa, California.  FEMA remains in close coordination with California officials, and its Regional Watch Center is at an enhanced watch to provide additional reporting and monitoring of the situation, including impacts of any additional aftershocks.

      Schedule and Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Class for your Group! Schedule and Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Class for your Group!

      FEMA deployed liaison officers to the state emergency operations center in California and to the California coastal region emergency operations center to help coordinate any requests for federal assistance.  FEMA also deployed a National Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT West) to California to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs.

      “I urge residents and visitors to follow the direction of state, tribal and local officials,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “Aftershocks can be strong enough to cause additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks or even months after the quake.”

      Image of Gas Shutoff Wrench Gas Shutoff Wrench

      When disasters occur, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations and numerous private interest groups who provide emergency assistance required to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate human needs.

      Safety and Preparedness Tips

      • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks or even months after the quake.
      • During an earthquake, drop, cover and hold on. Minimize movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place. If indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and exiting is safe.
      • If it is safe to do so, check on neighbors who may require assistance.
      • Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Cellular and land line phone systems may not be functioning properly. The use of text messages to contact family is the best option, when it is available.
      • Check for gas leaks. If you know how to turn the gas off, do so and report the leak to your local fire department and gas company.
        Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto
    • Chattanooga firefighter flash mob dances to "Stayin' Alive"

      Fun!

    • Back to School

      As autumn approaches, many children are heading back to school. Because children spend much of their time in classrooms, schools are an ideal setting to teach and model healthy behaviors. As children across the country get ready to return to school, parents and staff can gear up to improve the health of students and help them achieve academic success.

      What Parents Can Do to Support Healthier Schools

      • Ask that water be made available throughout the day.
      • Encourage teachers and administrators to reward kids with extra recess, fun pencils and erasers, or time for a special game—rather than with sweet treats.
      • Encourage kids to sign up for after-school sports, running clubs, and other physical activity opportunities offered by the school—or volunteer to lead such activities.
      • Talk with neighbors about forming a walking school bus—taking turns walking with groups of children to and from school.
      • Support safe walking and biking routes to school if the community does not already have them.

      FAS-First-Aid-FundraiserLooking for a fast, easy and unique approach to fundraising for your school, church, non profit or other group this year? Our First Aid Kit Fund Raiser is the solution for a fun, healthy and safe fundraiser – this new idea for fundraising is sweeping the nations with popular response from PTAs, PTO’s, Scouts, Schools, Churches and more – See how easy it is to raise funds with this new alternative to the worn out and unwanted candy, gift wrap, magazines and candles – download the free brochures and get your First Aid Fund Raiser Starter kit TODAY.

      Fundraiser Mixed First Aid Kit Package with ToteFirst Aid Fundraising Program... simple steps to big profits... 100% Mark up or greater! 50% profit guarantee... first aid is needed everywhere, home, business, events... with this unique healthy alternative fundraising program you can meet your fundraising goals while offering a nice alternative to the typical candy, candles, magazines, and gift wrap! Buy them for $4 Sell them for $8 or more... (Most groups sell for $10 per kit)

      Who can refuse?

      *Note: FREE SHIPPING FOR 1000+ Kits - In order keep the price of these kits so very low so you can make a great profit for your group, we cannot honor free shipping for orders under 1000 kits.

      Two amazing First Aid Fundraising Program Items... Home or Auto First Aid...

      1. Order the Sample Pack
      2. Download Your FREE Customizable First Aid Fundraiser Promotional Pack and Order Form
      3. AND GO GET 'EM!

      What an EASY Sale! Buy them for $4 ~ Sell them for $8 (or $10)! Easy enough? Pre-Sell, or sell at your fundraising event or Door to Door.

      After you have taken your orders, just fax in your order form, or return here to place your order online!

      This Easy to implement fundraising program includes colorful sales materials plus samples to train the participants and show to your buyers. This is an easy Program even for first time fundraisers.

      FREE Downloadable Fundraising Starter Kit Includes

      Additional Sales Tools:

      • 5 sample fundraiser first aid kits (mixed) in a Fundraiser carry box. (purchase below for just $20 including Great Door-to-Door Carry Tote - FREE!)
      • Use these samples for training, and carry them along in the convenient carry box to show your buyers!
      • Some successful Fundraisers have purchased the kits in advance so they can sell them immediately at their event or door to door... Online Special Each Starter Pack of 5 Mixed Home & Auto Fundraiser kits ordered online comes with the fundraiser carry tote.
      • See our NEW "Plan D" ("D" is for Defibrillator) below...
        Get a FREE Automated External Defibrillator (for Schools only)

       

      3 Easy Ways to RAI$E Money... GREAT WAY: Download the free brochures, type in your Organization's information & print out as many as you need, go take orders!

      BETTER WAY: Download the free brochures, type in your Organization's information & print out as many as you need, ORDER A SAMPLE PACK BELOW TO SHOW YOUR "Customers", go take orders!

      MOST SUCCESSFUL WAY: Download the free brochures, type in your Organization's information & print out as many as you need, PRE-ORDER AS MANY AS YOU EXPECT TO SELL, go take orders! (We have seen 40% higher returns when the "customer" can get an immediate exchange of the kit for their money...it is the BEST way to get high sales, whether Door-to Door, take home, or at an event ~ You do not have to ask the "customer" to trust that they will receive something in the future, the get it right then and there! (You can still take orders for more when you sell out!)


      Fundraiser Mixed First Aid Kit Package with Tote
      Fundraiser Mixed First Aid Kit Package with Tote

      ITEM / SKU: EXP-3000

      This tote package was designed to carry the kits in our fundraising program from door to door. This tote package includes 3 of the Fundraiser Home First Aid Kits and 2 of the Fundraiser Auto First Aid Kits.

       

      Fundraiser General Purpose Home First Aid Kit
      Fundraiser General Purpose Home First Aid Kit

      ITEM / SKU: EXP-2800

      This 31 piece home first aid kit is designed for our fundraising program.

      Includes:
      (1) American Red Cross First Aid Guidebook
      (1) Moleskin (Blister Protection)
      (5) 3/4" x 3" Bandages
      (5) 3/8" Junior Bandages
      (1) Knuckle Fabric Bandage
      (1) Fingertip Fabric Bandage
      (1) 2" x 4" Elbow/Knee Bandage
      (1) Butterfly Wound Closure
      (1) First Aid Antibiotic Ointment
      (2) Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes
      (2) Alcohol Cleansing Wipes
      (1) 2" Gauze Roll Bandage
      (1) 5" x 9" Trauma Pad
      (2) 2" x 2" Gauze Pads
      (2) Extra Strength Non-Aspirin Tablets
      (2) Ibuprofen Tablets
      (2) Medium Safety Pins

      Approximate Dimensions 7.5" x 5" x 2.5"

       

      Fundraiser Auto First Aid Kit
      Fundraiser Auto First Aid Kit

      ITEM / SKU: EXP-2825

      This 31 piece auto first aid kit is designed for our fundraising program.

      Includes:
      (1) First Aid and Accident Guidelines
      (1) Call 9-1-1 Flag
      (5) 3/4" x 3" Bandages
      (5) 3/8" Junior Bandages
      (1) Knuckle Fabric Bandage
      (1) Fingertip Fabric Bandage
      (1) 2" x 4" Elbow/Knee Bandage
      (1) Butterfly Wound Closure
      (1) First Aid Antibiotic Ointment
      (2) Antiseptic Cleansing Wipes
      (2) Alcohol Cleansing Wipes
      (1) 2" Gauze Roll Bandage
      (1) 5" x 9" Trauma Pad
      (2) 2" x 2" Gauze Pads
      (2) Extra Strength Non-Aspirin Tablets
      (2) Ibuprofen Tablets
      (2) Medium Safety Pins

      Approximate Dimensions 7.5" x 5" x 2.5"

       

      Success Stories

      I wanted to just let you know how much we enjoyed working with your company for our Boy Scout troop fundraiser. Our initial plan was to sell 250 kits. That number was blown out of the water  - we sold 384 kits in just two weeks! We could have sold many more if we had had them on hand. We're definitely going to do this fundraiser again, but we'll start with 500 kits next time!Every employee we worked with was excellent and made this process as easy as could be. I highly recommend anyone to go through your program for their fundraiser.

      Thank you,

      Dawn V
      Troop 3 Boy Scouts
      Houston, TX

      We purchased 800 kits for the Cub Scouts and 200 kits for the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts have not yet started their fund raiser effort but the Cub Scouts have done really well with this program. As of last Tuesday, we have sold 668 kits with commitments from many families to sell the remaining 132 kits. We fully expect to sell all 800 kits by next Tuesday. This was a great program - the 668 kits were sold in 3 weeks. This fund raiser was so successful that we are looking at other items you offer for next years fund raiser.Thank you,
      Stephen D
      Pack 29 Cub Scouts
      Mobile, AL

      This was a fantastic fundraiser! It was an easy sell as the product was a new idea and something that people will actually use. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great way to raise money quickly. Really. I think we might use the same one next year. My Daughter used it to pay her way to summer camp.Michelle M

      Thank you for all your help with our school fundraiser. You made the whole process so easy and I enjoyed our conversations.
      I will surely tell anyone who will listen, what a terrific Fundraiser we had with you!Lisa O.

       

      Plan D ("D" is for Defibrillator) - Get an AED FREE!!

      Sell 300 Kits and Get an AED FREE for your School!Sell 300 Kits and Get an AED FREE for your School!Every school should have Automated External Defibrillators, so we put together a plan that makes it easy for YOU and YOUR KIDS to raise money for AEDs. All you have to do is sell 300 First Aid Kits and you get a FREE AED in your school - PLUS special discounted pricing on accessories and replacement parts. NOTE! This is a different program than the standard First Aid Fundraising kits sales programs - be sure to read more information, or email us for more details on the Great AED for Schools Fundraiser...MORE INFO HERE

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