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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.

1staidsupplies.com 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.

 

Training

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 1stAidSupplies.com 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!

 
What's In a First Aid Box?

First aid kits are very important in emergency situations and for routine care in any environment. To take it a step further and ensure proper medical treatment is available in greater emergency scenarios, there are first aid boxes. These can be cabinets that are hung on a wall or metal boxes that are transported to job sites for example, and contain an assortment of critical supplies.

The expansiveness of the contents included in first aid boxes can vary. Some kits come prefilled and ready to go, or you can build the kit per your specific needs.

In some workplaces there are regulations and rules around what must be included in a first aid kit and there are recommendations in place for families from the Red Cross. Be sure to take inventory of the risks and common ailments in your situation so you can be best prepared.

Here is a look at a very basic level at some of what’s usually included in a standard first aid box.

- Bandages – Treat cuts, lacerations and other skin wounds immediately to prevent infection and keep them covered to faster healing. Butterfly bandages and elastic strip bandages in a varied sizes will cover most types of injuries. Larger wounds may call for gauze and compresses. You’ll also want to consider water resistant and metal detectable bandages if your environment requires it.

- Burn dressings and creams- Burns are a very common occurrence and can be treated quickly with the right supplies. Sooth pain and stop infection.

- Sanitation – It’s important to protect those treating wounds from infection as well. Keep your kit stocked with disposable bags, medical latex gloves and sanitizing sprays.

- Eye Care – The chances of getting a small particle in your eye are high. Having an eye wash on hand can help with emergency clearing and flushing in these situations.

- Tools – Medical instruments that assist with emergency care are critical to completing the task. Be sure your kit includes scissors, tweezers, thermometers and other necessary tools.

- Medications - Over-the-counter medicines individually packaged to address anyone who is feeling is important for business operations and ease someone feeling under the weather.  

Don’t Forget to Restock!

Use of the supplies contained within a first aid box make it essential to routinely check and restock on items so there is never an emergency that cannot be addressed. It’s also important to check for product expiration dates and toss anything that is no longer useful and order new supplies to replace them.

1st Aid Supplies has plastic and metal first aid boxes, cabinets in various sizes and a large quantity of supplies to keep your first aid box fully stocked, compliant and ready to address emergencies as they happen. Shop today!