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Preparing Your Home for Disasters

They say no one is every truly ready. That's a pretty spot on statement. The general nature of an emergency after all, is that happens at the most unexpected time. The problem is further compounded when people are unprepared for those situations. Failure to predict possible dangers or to know basic survival and first aid skills can make a trying situation that more difficult to endure.

In our own homes, where safety is a priority, it’s important to be well prepared for potential disasters and have a plan in place that everyone in the family is confident and well-rehearsed in.

Here are some tips for preparing your home for disasters.

Understanding the Possibility of Catastrophes

Most people will admit that if there isn’t an immediate or direct danger to them, they aren’t thinking of the possibilities for a catastrophe or how to plan in advance for it. If you live in California, earthquakes and wildfires are on your radar much more than someone living in Connecticut who may have much less frequent encounters with these natural disasters. Still, the threat shouldn’t be taken lightly. Urgency is a must and understanding that no one is safe will make it easier to get a plan in place that could save valuable lives.

Have a Preparedness Plan

Putting together a plan for when disasters strike is key. That includes details on where to go if there is a fire, who to call if family is separated, and access to important documents in the event that they cannot be retrieved. These details as well as practicing how they will play out can keep your family confident even during emergency situations.

Review First Aid Skills and Tools

Not only is it important that your family know where first aid kits are located and what supplies are needed for certain injuries, but you should spend some time getting the family comfortable with delivering medical treatment using those supplies.

Pack important supplies like bandages, gauze, antibiotics and the such. You can also purchase first aid kits that come prefilled and ready to go. 

1st Aid Supplies carries everything you need to keep your first aid kit fully stocked. From bandages, antiseptics, dressings, medical instruments, OTC medications, CPR products, and even fully-stocked first aid kits and wall-mount cabinets.

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First Aid Safety Tips for Patios & Pools

The summer season is one of the most enjoyable times of year across the nation because it means warmer weather, longer days and fun outdoors. 

Even if your home is the perfect oasis and you spend hours entertaining guests al fresco, there are still injuries and risks you need to be aware of.

Having a first aid kit handy and knowing basic safety precautions around the pool and patio can go a long way to ensure your summer is a fun and safe one.

Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Rules are a Must

Things can get out of hand pretty easily when you have a yard full of guests – grown-ups and kids - running around and swimming. Setting ground rules from the moment they step foot into your backyard is important. Remember, not everyone can swim and drowning accidents are a very common problem. Your pool should also be fenced in and up to local codes. Keeping an adult swimmer nearby to supervise is important and having CPR certification is an added bonus to consider.

Not just around the pool, but remember there are other things going on in the yard that are potential hazards too. A hot grill, fire pits and swing sets all come with dangers. Having and enforcing basic rules like no running, being aware of the surroundings and staying safe at all times are critical to preventing injuries.

First Aid Essentials for the Backyard

In the case of an emergency situation, having first aid supplies on hand can prevent serious, life threatening outcomes.

Burns: In case a burn does occur from improper handling around fire, be sure to have some BurnAid gel for pain relief on hand and assess how bad it is before deciding whether or not to have the burn seen by a professional.

Splinters and bites: Running barefoot and the increase in bugs outdoor at this time of year make carrying tweezers for splinters and bug spray at night to stay protected, important.

First Aid Skills: CPR knowledge around the pool in addition to someone trained in the Heimlich maneuver while everyone is enjoying picnic foods can also make an outing that much more enjoyable.

There are so many other things to pay attention to when it comes to summer safety, and the list of supplies is long. Whatever you do, don't go unprotected this summer. 

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Workplace Safety & Protective Equipment: How Compliant Are You?

Workplace safety has become a critical element in many organizations. Regardless if the labor at hand calls for operating heavy machinery, or performing light duty, ensuring that workers have a safe, fair environment to work in isn’t only what’s right, it’s also the law.

OSHA and other organizations fight to ensure that workplaces are producing products that are safe for consumers and following protocols for quality when doing so. There are also standards for sanitation, for handling of materials and equipment and so many other rules that must be followed in order to remain in compliance.

These rules protect workers from injury and also keep businesses from hefty fines and lawsuits.  

Protective equipment plays an increasingly important role in today’s workplace.

As more and more jobs are being created in the manufacturing and transportation industries, the need for equipment that protects workers is also on the rise.

According to a study by Transparency Market Research, the global personal protective equipment market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 7.0 percent from 2017 to 2025 and $72.08 bn.

Of the protective equipment sales, fall protection and equipment designed for manufacturing industries are seeing the highest sales. Other products like hand protection and clothing are also named as being significant for jobs.

Another study by Hexa Research on the global market for personal protective equipment found the market would reach $55.6B by 2028 and focused on businesses realizing the importance of meeting increasingly strict regulations and also on more consumer awareness that safety is important.

How Compliant is Your Workplace?

While there are specific requirements for certain industries and job functions, the basic requirements for PPE in workplaces includes:

- Performing a “hazard assessment” of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards.
- Identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees.
- Training employees in the use and care of the PPE.
- Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE.
- Periodically reviewing, updating and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program. offers a wide variety of protective equipment for individuals.

Our personal protective equipment (PPE) includes spill clean-up, environmental safety, personal protection, confined space, ergonomics, safety posters and signs, lockout and tag out and other OSHA-compliant safety equipment.

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Disaster Planning Tips You Need to Hear

Disaster planning initiatives are ramping up across the country as local communities and government bodies work to reduce the impact of disasters. These include training and basic emergency response skills as well as detailed planning for how to handle different disaster situations.

Being prepared isn’t just about reducing chaos, it’s also about saving more lives and reducing the number of casualties that result from emergency situations when possible. It’s also about helping communities to bounce back after a disaster and be ready to get their lives back to together.

While there are a number of different factors that play into the success of disaster planning – from a government and policy level to individual responsibilities, it is important to focus on those skills that can save lives.

Here are some tips to consider.

First Aid Supplies

Nothing can be more effective in treating disaster situations than first aid. Supplies to soothe burns, stop bleeding and sanitize wounds can go a long way in preventing the spread of germs, infection and even maintain an injury until emergency responders arrive. Be sure to have supplies or a first aid kit accessible and fully stocked at all times.



Taking the time to learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, perform CPR and bandage a wound and even how to escape from a burning building are all critical skills for emergencies. You never know when disaster will strike and how long it will take for first responders to arrive on the scene. Being prepared with the proper ways to handle the situation will allow you to take control of the situation and even help others in need.


Advanced Planning

One of the best ways to prevent possible emergency situations is to be aware of their probability. Safe operation of equipment and appliances in your home and recognizing when a hazard is present will go a long way in stopping a problem before it can even become one. But in cases when a disaster occurs unexpectedly, having a plan in place can keep you calm and alert. Plan an escape route for your family, pick a meeting place, a list of emergency contacts and be sure everyone knows where the first aid kit is.

Looking for disaster preparedness supplies?

At you’ll find essential equipment for emergency situations. From Disaster/Earthquake Kits that contain emergency supplies in case of natural calamities such as earthquakes as well as Lights, Radios & Communications that help keep you connected & informed, to Emergency Food & Water and Search and Rescue tools to help victims out of disaster. We also have Storage & Containers for hard goods and water and Sanitation products to promote a clean environment and reduce in the spread of airborne illnesses.

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Types of First Aid: Covering Minor & Major Medical Situations

Being prepared in an emergency situation is extremely important. Since injuries, illness and disasters can happen at anytime and anywhere, it’s important to have the skills and supplies on hand to address the unexpected. That’s where first aid kits come in. Even if there isn’t a way to be absolutely sure you’ll be prepared, pre-planning will help keep you calm and in control in these intense situations.

Types of first aid and level of skills can vary. From basic first aid to more major procedures, understanding how to address differing complications can be the difference between life and death in some scenarios.

Basic First Aid

Minor events like cuts, scrapes and even small burns can be addressed with a basic first aid kit and without the need for any  specialized training. Having a good set of supplies on hand such as ointments, gauze, bandages and wraps is important however to properly address injuries. 

First Aid Classes

Workplace training and first aid classes are great ways to become informed and learn necessary skills for more detailed emergency aid. During larger incidents such as bone breakage or dislocation or when choking is occuring, there is more know-how to address them appropriately. For example, knowing not to move someone to further increase their injury if something is broken or how to properly perform the Heimlich maneuver on someone who is choking and unable to breathe, takes a set of skills and prior instruction to master.

Major Medical Situations

In instances where major trauma is involved and there are people who are critically injured or when someone is undergoing cardiac arrest, having advanced skillsets can go a long way in keeping the injury contained until emergency response arrives. With these skills it's possible to stop catastrophic bleeding or even CPR training will help to get blood flowing properly and stop brain damage or even death.

1st Aid Supplies has everything you need from first aid kits to disaster preparedness supplies for emergency medical treatments – and more.  Our first aid product supply and refills can be purchased direct online, worldwide.  Shop today!