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    • 5 States with the most Drunk Drivers

      Even though it is well known that drinking alcohol impairs your ability to drive, some believe that they can handle it and still get behind the wheel without any problems. However, in 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol impaired driving crashes, meaning that the driver who caused the crash had a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher. This comes out to one alcohol impaired driving fatality every 53 minutes. Considering that there were a total of 32,675 traffic fatalities in the United States for the entire year, the fact that alcohol played a role in 31% of the deaths is staggering.

      That being said, the United States is a large country and instances of drunk drivers are not equally spread out across each state. By taking numbers provided by the National Highway and Safety Administration and combining it with other relevant data, we decided to shed some light on the issue and find out which states have the worst share of drunk driving and alcohol related fatalities.

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      1. North Dakota: North Dakota tops out the list with almost half (49%) of the state’s overall traffic deaths influenced by the presence of alcohol. Furthermore, it has the 8th highest number of DUI arrests per 100,000 residents, meaning that that number could be much higher if not for the activity of law enforcement.
      2. Texas: Texas is tied for number two with Massachusetts at 47% and also has one of the lowest rates of DUI arrests per 100,000 residents. Percentages aside, the sheer size of Texas means that it is responsible for more alcohol related deaths than any other state at 1,446 in 2014.
      3. Massachusetts: Even though Massachusetts is tied in terms of percentage of alcohol involved fatalities with Texas and has a low rate of DUI arrests, the population of Massachusetts reduces the number of deaths caused by a driver with .08 BAC or above to only 133.
      4. Connecticut: Even though Connecticut has some of the strictest laws on DUI in the country, it ranks fourth in terms of alcohol related deaths and one of the last in terms of DUI arrests. Like Massachusetts, the state is smaller, but the laws designed to protect their drivers are clearly not working as they should.
      5. Montana: According to 2014 data, Montana ranks fifth in alcohol related deaths at 44%. It also has one of the highest youth alcohol consumption and binge drinking rates in the country. Even though it falls in the middle of the pack in terms of DUI arrests, it makes our list.

      Regardless of what metric you want to use, having a high percentage of alcohol involved fatalities creates a dangerous environment for drivers. While it’s not always easy to determine what correlates to higher numbers of drunk driver crashes, the numbers do provide insight to the drunk driving climate of each state. If you are surprised about these results, check the list above to see how your state compares. Most importantly, remember that wherever you find yourself in the United States, to stay safe and make smart decisions behind the wheel.drink-driving

      Rob writes for the Omaha personal injury attorneys at Knowles Law Firm in Nebraska.

    • Fresh Ideas: Tips to Survive Summer BBQ Season

      It's summertime and the eating is easy—too easy.

      While we're at it - don't forget to be safe in the yard and at the grill! Read about Mud, Bugs and Barbecue and  Grilling Safety. Also check these out:

      Cholesterol and excess weight are serious health risks that you can avoid to live a longer, healthier life:

       

      Here are four fixes from the CDC for avoiding temptation this summer.

      BBQFix #1: Pay attention to portions. Use these 3 memorable points of reference:

      • A tennis ball or baseball = about 1 cup (or use your clenched fist as a rough estimate). This measure is useful for scoopable sides (think: potato, pasta and bean salads). If you’re trying to keep a cap on calories, aim for 1 cup total of these side dishes.

      • Your cell phone (provided you’ve upgraded since 1999) = about 3 ounces meat. (The other oft-cited reference for 3 ounces of meat is a deck of cards.) This measure is useful for steak, chicken and fish.

      • Your thumb = about 1 tablespoon. This measure comes in handy when you’re trying to estimate dressing or a spread. Most full-fat salad dressings have 50 to 100 calories per tablespoon (creamy ones fall toward the higher end); mayo (at 100 calories per tablespoon) is another one to watch. Choose reduced-fat varieties, which usually have half the calories, whenever you can.
      Fix #2: Fill up on vegetables first.

      • Eat loads of green salad—with a couple of tablespoons of dressing, preferably one that’s lower in fat.

      • Crunch on the crudités—go easy on dips—instead of chips.
      Fix #3: “Prioritize” your favorite food—like this.

      • If you’re dying for a big cheeseburger, get in line at the grill. Stick with a green salad or grilled vegetables and fruit as sides.

      • Not so big on buns? Go for grilled chicken, fish or tofu on top of greens and spend that starch serving on a scoop of the creamy potato salad you truly love.

      • Have a piece of lean protein (chicken, fish), grilled vegetables and a healthy side (1/2 cup or so of baked beans or a bean salad) so you can indulge on dessert.
      Fix #4: When you’re finished, go play.

      • Start tossing a ball with the kids.

      • Rally the adults to play badminton or some other outdoor game. The point is to have fun and enjoy some physical activity to pull yourself away from the table.

    • July 4th Sale Starts Now... Summer Savings

      That’s right – we’re getting a head start on celebrating our Nation’s Independence by saving you US Dollars on all your Summer and Safety Needs!
      What does Summer mean to you? Travel? Beach & Sun? Boating? Sports? Camping & Outdoor? Whatever your summer pastimes, we've got your needs covered so you can play it safe! And now through the 4th of July, take an EXTRA 10% Off Sitewide! Enter dicount code “Fireworks” in your shopping cart (not at checkout).

      To get you started – try our SALE items, or these categories below… and don’t forget the EXTRA 10% off when you add the code to your cart…

      Summer 1st Aid Kits & Bags

      Every summer has its own stories. These summer safe products will help keep the unlucky stories at bay.

      Pool & Lifeguard Kit

      Here comes the bright hot sun, the summer season has begun. Gear-up your pool with this before you jump in.

      Sunscreen Lotions & Towelettes

      Be sure not to fizzle when the summer starts to sizzle. Keep your skin cool with our sun protection products.

      Insect Repellent & Sting Relief

      Grass stains, flip flops, and bugs! You can do without one this summer and these products will help.


      Offer expires midnight 07/04/16. Available Online & Toll Free - 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 us Toll Free with any questions.

      Please Note: 10% off “Fireworks” code excludes Oxygen Products, Laerdal, Simulaids, & a few already WAY below cost clearance items.

    • Circumnavigating the Globe

      Slocum-2On this day in 1898, Joshua Slocum sailed into Newport, Rhode Island, completing the first single-handed circumnavigation of the world. Slocum's return went almost unnoticed, the Spanish-American War having just begun two months before, dominated the headlines. The voyage, a distance of more than 46,000 miles aboard a 36 foot oyster boat he rebuilt named
      Spray, was later detailed in the book, "Sailing Alone Around the World". In later life, Slocum lectured and sold books wherever he could, but

      by 1909 his funds were running low and he set sail for the West Indies with hopes for another book deal. He was never heard from again and is suspected to have capsized. Despite being an experienced sailor, he had never learned to swim, considering it a useless skill.

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      A Captain Joshua SlocumTimeline:

      • Born February 20, 1844, in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, by the Bay of Fundy.
      • Ran away at age of 14 to be a cook on a fishing schooner, but returned home.
      • Left home for good at 16 (1860) when his mother died, shipped as ordinary seaman on deep-water sailing ships, merchant vessels to Europe and the U.S.
      • Obtained his first command on the California coast in 1869, and sailed for 13 years out of San Francisco to China, Australia, the Spice Islands, and Japan.
      • Married an American girl, Virginia Albertina Walker, on January 31, 1871, at Sydney, Australia.
      • Built a steamer for a British architect in Subic Bay, P.I., in 1874.
      • Bought shares in and commanded the three-skysailyard ship Northern Light in 1882, considered at the time by many to be the finest American ship afloat.
      • Sold the Northern Light and bought the bark Aquidneck in 1884. In the same year, his wife Virginia died (July 25) and was buried in Buenos Aires.
      • Married Henrietta M. Elliott ("Hettie") in 1886.Slocum-3
      • Made several voyages on the Aquidneck before she was lost in 1887 on a sand bank off the coast of Brazil.
      • The Libergade, a 35-foot sailing canoe, built after the stranding; Slocum sails with Hettie and his oldest and youngest sons to Washington, D.C., 5000 miles away.
      • Voyage of the Liberdade published in 1890 at Slocum's expense.
      • In 1892, a friend, Captain Eben Pierce, offers Slocum a ship that "wants some repairs" Slocum goes to Fairhaven, MA to find that the "ship" is a rotting old oyster sloop propped up in a field. It is the Spray.
      • Slocum prints Voyage of the Destroyer from New York to Brazil in 1893, again at his own expense.
      • Slocum departs from Boston Harbor, MA on his famous circumnavigation on April 24, 1895, at the age of 51, in the rebuilt 37-foot sloop Spray. Click for Map of his JourneySlocum
      • Slocum returns, sailing into Newport, RI, on June 27, 1898 in his tiny sloop Spray and after single-handedly sailing around the world , a passage of 46,000 miles. This historic achievement made him the patron saint of small-boat voyagers, navigators and adventurers all over the world.
      • Sailing Alone Around The World published in book form in 1900 by The Century Company. It describes his experiences on this adventurous voyage and became an instant best seller. It has been translated into many languages, and is still in print today.
      • Slocum buys first home on land in 1902, a farm on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
      • Slocum sails each winter to the tropics, 1905 - 1906, returning to New England in the summer.
      • On November 14th of 1909, at the age of 65, he set out on another lone voyage to South America leaving from Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, but was never heard from again.

      Boat, Marine & Fishing First Aid Kits

      First Aid Store offers Name Brand Fishing and Boat / Marine First Aid Kits for Life Boat and on the water injuries - see our Pitt Stop packs, and our Maritime OSHA regulations guides, too!
    • Get Alerts from the National Weather Service

      As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we often share weather tips and preparedness ideas, as Mother Nature brings many surprises, some of which can be devastating - especially when unprepared.

      Now we remind you that you can receive alerts from the National Weather Service on the FEMA app, free on the App Store and on Google Play.

      You can follow up to five locations anywhere in the U.S. to stay updated on severe weather affecting family and friends across the nation.

      The new weather alert feature adds to existing features in the app to help Americans through emergencies. In addition to this upgrade, the app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The FEMA app also offers a “Disaster Reporter” feature, where users can upload and share photos of disaster damage.

      List of features includes:

      • Alerts from the National Weather Service: Receive severe weather alerts for up to five locations across the U.S. and see information about how to stay safe.
      • Disaster Reporter:  Upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts.
        Image uploaded via FEMA Disaster Reporter of Lawton, OK flooding in June Image uploaded via FEMA Disaster Reporter of Lawton, OK flooding in June
      • Maps of disaster resources: Locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
      • Apply for assistance: Easily access DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for federal disaster assistance.
      • Custom emergency safety information: Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency.
      • Safety tips: Receive safety and preparedness reminders and learn how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
      • Information in Spanish: Easily toggle between English and Spanish for all features of the app.
      PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes! PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes!
    • 7 Tips for Keeping Your Yard Green Without Doubling the Water Bill

      We've discussed climate change and drought - What can you do?

      LawnEven if you are an avid Gardener, proud of your lush lawn, you can use less water and help out... Green grass lovers unite! Here are seven ways to keep those yards lush without a hefty water bill.

      As we are spending more time outside and curb appeal season is ramping up, let's talk about these seven tips for keeping your yard green without doubling the water bill.

      1. Determine whether the type of grass in your yard is the best variety for your climate. There are dozens of unique classifications of turf grass, and all varieties respond differently to their environment. A few basic examples are cold- or heat-tolerant, saltwater-tolerant, grasses that stand up to wear and tear. Start by asking a lawn expert what you have (be prepared to discover there are several kinds) and which is the easiest to keep green.

      Landscaper First Aid Kit2. Mow it at a higher setting. The blades on grasses act like satellite dishes for the roots. They attract sunlight, convert the energy into food and feed the roots. Raising the height on your lawnmower will prevent damage to the crown (just below the green part) and give the grass a bigger receptor to the sun's energy.

      3. Pick the best time to water. On hot summer afternoons, water evaporates quickly, so it will take more water to saturate your lawn then than at other times during the day. On average, 5:00 a.m. is the best time to run the sprinklers or hose.

      4. Go with a rainwater collection system. Rainwater collectors don't have to be fancy — some are in the shape of barrels — but they do help cut back on the water bill while keeping your yard healthy. But if you want to go fancy, there is a company that makes a system that doubles as a fence.

      mower-15. Prevent disease by applying the appropriate chemicals. Grass blades are susceptible to disease, like any other living organism. If you notice brown spots in a somewhat regular pattern in your yard or mushrooms in a circle, that could be a symptom of a fungus. The fungus could spread and possibly destroy parts of your lawn. An expert can advise you on what is appropriate for your variety and environment.

      6. Fertilize it. Healthy yards stay green longer, are less prone to contamination and recover from foot traffic better than their counterparts. Feeding your grass is one way to keep it healthy. Going back to number 1 on this list, determine what you have in your yard and buy the appropriate fuel for it. You'll see the blades grow faster and thicker when properly nourished.

      7. Overseed it in the fall or winter. This strategy applies mostly to folks who live in mild or warmer climates, but cold-weather lawn-lovers can overseed as well. Overseeding means just that — seeding over an existing yard. You'll have a green yard in the winter, but those seedlings will also help insulate your existing grass.

      Soon your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood!

    • NEW 2015 ANSI Standards – What to expect, know, and meet

      On June 17th, 2016, the ANSI standards concerning first aid kits changed. As these new guidelines were developed a year prior, they are referred to as the 2015 standards, but did not go into effect until mid-2016. Should you be required to meet OSHA regulations, you too were affected by this change as OSHA refers to the ANSI guidelines within their standards. With that said, the kit mounted to your wall is more than likely out of date. While these standards may have changed, your obligation to adhere to them did not and as such, it is highly suggested to familiarize yourself with the current regulations and do what is needed to remain in compliance with them. In short, the changes in standards were in regard to the degree of injuries that may be sustained, kit label and features, and particular minimum content within.

      1715To start, ANSI created two grades of kits – Class A and B – with respect to the extent of injuries that may occur in the workplace. Class A was developed to furnish environments that would only be subject to basic and common injuries, and includes 22 more pieces than that of the previous 2009 standards. This classification would be suitable for office buildings, call centers, school classrooms, and the like. Contrarily, Class B was designed to outfit workplaces that are susceptible to more severe and serious injuries, and consists of 145 more pieces than the former standards including a splint and tourniquet. This classification would be applicable for construction sites, industrial facilities, restaurants, and the like. You may also find kits described as “A+” or “B+”, which simply means that more than the minimum fill of the said class is included.

      In addition to the two introduced categories, ANSI also set forth requirements concerning the kit’s label and its physical features. In prior standards, label requirements were addressed but the specifications for such are now in greater detail. The former and present guidelines both mandate that the kit and/or location be clearly marked as a place of first aid supplies and for the text on the label to be written in no smaller than six (6) point font. However, the current standard also requires that the label be legible and permanent, and not easily removed if/when adhesive is utilized. Additionally, rather than only stating that the kit meets the ANSI requirements when the “minimum fill is maintained”, it must read the following:

      “This kit meets the ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 standard as sold. It contains first aid products which meet performance specifications detailed in the standard at the below required minimum fill. It will continue to be compliant only when maintained with products that meet the standard at specified quantities.”

      As it did before, the label is to note that the kit “may be suitable for some businesses”, should be judged by qualified persons to ensure it is sufficient for the particular workplace, and that employers may find it appropriate to house additional kits and/or supplies dependent on the job task(s). Now, the label is also to state the below:

      “Kits should be inspected frequently to ensure the completeness and usability of all first aid supplies. Any supply beyond its marked expiration date should be discarded and replaced.”

      In regard to the characteristics of the kit, the four types indicated in the prior standard have not changed; they remain as shown in the figure below. What has slightly changed is the performance rating of the Type IV kit. The 2009 guidelines described the kits within the drop test by the container unit size, whereas they are now listed by the approximate dimensions of the case, as the current standards do not require the kits be unitized.ANSI_Types_I-IV

      Lastly comes the criteria to be met in regard to the performance of the components within the first aid kits, some of which have remained the same and others the contrary. Additionally, there have been items removed as well as others added. The below charts compare the requirements between the previous and current standards of the minimum fill for first aid kits, with the gray areas indicating excluded product.

      2009

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      2015 Class AANSI_Z308_2015_A

      2015 Class BANSI_Z308_2015_B

      Overall, as ANSI was developed in 1918, the organization is surely versed amongst the many industries they set standards for including but not limited to that of first aid. As regulations are ever-changing, and adopted and/or referenced by OSHA, it is crucial that businesses stay in compliance with the most current standards to ensure the safety of employees within the workplace. For the ease of our customers, we carry a variety of options related to the current ANSI standards, making compliance simpler than ever. For those whom have kits with depleted or expired content, refill packs are available to replace all the content and transform the unit to meet the current standards. For those whom have kits still equipped with the “ANSI 8” supplies and that have yet to perish, upgrade packs are available to add the needed content to the unit to get it up to par with the present minimum fill. Lastly, for those whom do not yet have a kit or would prefer the route of starting anew, fully stocked kits are available in a variety of sizes and styles. Read More about ANSI Z308.1-2015osha-ansi-new-compliance-requirements-now-effective

    • Zika Update

      While the initial "panic" over Zika has abated, the issue has in fact worsened. Many US States and Territories have taken measures to prevent and protect from the virus. As of Today, there are still no locally contracted cases know in the US and Dc, but many in US Territories - other cases are lab- or travel-related.

      Now, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) has launched a huge International study of approximately 10,000 women to study the Zika Virus and pregnancy - In a massive effort to enroll women throughout affected and potentially affected areas, NIH, with other health organizations have begun a multi-country study to evaluate the magnitude of health risks that Zika virus infection poses to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and infants. Learn more

      Data from the CDC:
      Pregnant Women with Any Lab Evidence of Zika Virus Infection as of June 9, 2016:

      • US States and DC: 234
      • US Territories: 189

      As of June 15, 2016 (5 am EST)

      • Zika virus disease and Zika virus congenital infection are nationally notifiable conditions.
      • This update from the CDC Arboviral Disease Branch includes provisional data reported to ArboNET for January 01, 2015 – June 15, 2016.

      US States

      • Locally acquired mosquito-borne cases reported: 0
      • Travel-associated cases reported: 755
      • Laboratory acquired cases reported:  1
      • Total: 756
        • Sexually transmitted: 11
        • Guillain-Barré syndrome: 3

      US Territories

      • Locally acquired cases reported: 1,436
      • Travel-associated cases reported: 4
      • Total: 1,440
        • Guillain-Barré syndrome: 6

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    • Happy Summer - Are you Ready for Summer Safety, Summer Sun and More? #Summer

      Today is the First Day of Summer! Summer means fun outdoors, at the beach, Barbecues, sports - so many great ways to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.. but only when you do it safely! Here are some of our favorite Summer Safety Tips:

      Don’t let Summer begin without getting geared up... as we explained during Extreme Heat WeekExcessive Heat is more common now with Global Warming, and more Heat Waves -  Heat is a Major Killer. Watch out for Heat Alerts and know the Symptoms of Heat Disorders.

      Other Safety Blog Posts we think you may enjoy when preparing for a safe Summer:

       

    • 3 Days left! Is your First Aid Kit ANSI 2015 compliance ready?

      New ANSI 2015 Standards for First Aid KitsFAO_ANSI-First-Aid-Kit-Calendar

      Are you ready for the change?

      The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has changed the standard for first aid kits in the workplace. The new standard goes into effect June 17, 2016.

      First Aid Store offers a full line of kits to help meet the new ANSI standard and OSHA regulations.

      See all our ANSI 2015 Compliant First Aid Kits & Cabinets See all our ANSI 2015 Compliant First Aid Kits & Cabinets

      Choose from a wide assortment of kits designed to meet your needs.
      Find your kit today!

      Our professional customer service sales teams are ready for your questions. 

      Call us today at (877) 5-First Aid (877-534-7782)

      Learn more about the ANSI update:

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