ūüéĀ This Father’s Day, Give the Gift of Safety ‚õĎ

Preparedness items make ideal gifts by providing peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are ready for an emergency, such as losing power, breaking down in an automobile, or needing supplies and tools when time is of the essence. In addition, preparedness gifts serve as a reminder to make preparedness a priority.

OUR TOP 8 SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GIFT IDEAS 

Roadside Assistance Kits

roadside-assistance-kitJust like your Dad taught you, breakdowns can happen anytime, anywhere. In addition to having the necessary equipment handy to change a flat tire, there are some other items you should always have on hand. But sometimes our greatest teachers forget to prepare themselves.  Is your father prepared for emergencies in his vehicle? Here are our top picks: AAA, Survival Supply,  and Global Industries. 

Hand-Crank Cell Phone Chargers 

CellChargerThere’s not much¬†worse than being in serious situation¬†with a dead cell phone. Keep your Dad safe with one of these options: American Red Cross, Eton, Or¬†K-Tor. You’ll be worry free knowing your father can reach out to you or to emergency service providers without the concern of a dead cell phone.¬†

Hand-Crank Radios

RadioPerfect in the case of an outage! Your father can stay aware in inclement weather conditions or during serious issues with a hand-crank radio that requires no power but offers the same capabilities of the average transistor radio.  We think both Sangean and Eton make great and affordable models.

Gas or Solar Powered Portable Generators

PowerLiving in Southern California means we all face power outages during the hottest summer months. ¬†Unbearable heat is a health hazard! Also, for many, the food in the¬†refrigerator is¬†no picnic to replace. ¬†Having a gas or solar powered generator to keep electricity functioning during an outage can be a major asset during such times. Try one of these options: Gas –¬†Sportsman, Power Pro, or Solar – ¬†WEIYI, and Suaoki.

Flashlights 

flashlight-beamHere’s another item your father likely taught you to have on hand, but has he kept up with the latest updates to this common household item? ¬†There are a variety of flashlights available today with a variety of¬†features¬†from waterproof, to solar, to hand-crank powered. Here are our favorites: Dynamo, American Red Cross, and Logix.

Computer Protection Programs

virusHelp Dad keep his computer healthy too! Anti-virus software, sometimes known as anti-malware software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software. Learn what the best programs available are here!

Identity Theft Protection Services

Identity-TheftIdentity theft occurs when someone uses one’s personal identifying information, without authorization, in order to perpetrate fraud or other offenses, such as obtaining loans, services or credit. To reduce that risk for your father, Identity Theft Protection Services are available. Learn what the best services available are here!

Medical Alert System

IMAG016If your father is elderly or lives alone, this really is a necessity! ¬†Depending on your dad’s¬†needs or capabilities, you will need to choose the best system suited for him. ¬†Here is a comprehensive guide of what to look for when shopping Medical Alert Systems.


Make your dad¬†proud and happy this Father’s Day by showing him that all his good advice about preparedness really did matter, and how much his safety means to you too! As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. These great gifts may not prevent incidents from happening, but they do prevent the stress of facing such circumstances unprepared. ¬†

 

Give the Gift of Safety! Smart & Secure Stocking Stuffers That Show You Care

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Here’s our list of the top 10 gift ideas to
keep your loved ones prepared for emergency situations:

  1. First Aid Kit — It‚Äôs always smart to keep a First Aid Kit in your vehicle as well as your home. You can build the kit yourself and put it in a decorative, personalized container as a gift or you can buy a First Aid Kit. Be sure the kit contains the following important items:
    An assortment of band-aids, a compress, adhesive cloth tape, gause, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone ointment, Asprin, Ibuprophen, Scissors, splint, Ace bandage Wrap, Antiseptic wipes, Thermometer, Flashlight, and a first aid manual.
  2. Vehicle Emergency Kit ‚Äď Like the first aid kit, you can build one yourself as a gift or purchase a pre-made kit. Many pre-made kits include a first aid kit already! Be sure your vehicle safety kit has:
    a jump starter, a portable air compressor to air tires, a car escape tool set, a lantern, reflective road flags or triangles
    and a fire extinguisher.
  3. Fire Extinguisher ‚Äď Every home and car should have a small Fire Extinguisher in case of emergency. Kitchen fires are more common than we realize and most insurance companies will discount home insurance policies for homeowners equipped with protection and prevention items such as extinguishers and smoke detectors. The National Fire Protection Agency reported an average of 31 vehicle fires on the road per hour¬†and an average of one death per day and 12 severe injuries as a result.
  4. Computer Protection Programs — Antivirus¬†or¬†anti-virus¬†software (often abbreviated as AV), sometimes known as anti-malware software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software. Learn what the best programs available are here!
  5. Identity Theft Protection Services — Identity theft occurs when someone uses one‚Äôs personal identifying information, without authorization, in order to perpetrate fraud or other offenses, such as obtaining loans, services or credit. To reduce that¬†risk Identity Theft Protection Services are available. ¬†Learn what the best services available are here!
  6. Security Camera ‚Äď Depending on your loved one‚Äôs need, a security camera is a great way to add a watchful eye to their home. Security cameras often deter crime when spotted by criminals. ¬†Choosing the right camera and system relies on several factors so we suggest you read this article before purchasing.
  7. Medical Alert System ‚Äď This is really a necessity for anyone you love who lives alone but especially for an elderly or ill loved one who lives alone. Once again, depending on your loved one’s needs or capabilities, you will need to choose the best system suited for him or her. ¬†Here is a comprehensive guide of what to look for when shopping Medical Alert Systems.
  8. Multi-Purpose Flashlight ‚Äď A flashlight is always handy, but one with additional options is even better. Today you can get rechargeable, bright flashlights with other useful tools included such as USB ports, a compass, a knife, a emergency signal and more.
  9. Weather and Hazard Alert Radio — These hazard specific radios work only with¬†a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR (Working with the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Alert System)¬†broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week¬†making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards ‚Äď including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).
  10. Safety Training Classes¬†— You can buy your loved ones gift certificates for important classes to train in CPR, Gun Safety and more! Visit our website to learn what classes we have available to¬†equip our students with important knowledge on how to stay safe and prepared to handle dangerous situations.

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We wish you and your loved ones a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!

Gun Safety Starts at Home

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Civilian gun ownership has become a hot button topic in recent times.  Owning a gun requires extreme responsibility regardless of if you have a gun for your job, to protect your home, for hunting or sport.

If you have a gun or are considering purchasing a gun, it is important that you know how to use it properly.  The correct handling of a gun is not something to take lightly and requires professional training.  Without attending specialized gun training and practice at a proficient shooting range you put not only yourself at risk but also those around you.

Statistics are showing a continued rise in death and injury due to gun shots in the USA at an shocking rate of nearly 100 deaths per day and over 200 injuries per day.  Of these numbers, an alarming 15% is accidental due to lack of knowledge and improper storage.

Aside from proper training, proper storage is also incredibly important.  An estimated 2 million US households have loaded guns inside and many of these households also have children.  Storing guns out of the reach of children is imperative. Some simple and safe ways to store your firearms are:

  • keep unloaded firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault, or storage case
  • use a gun locking device
  • store ammunition separate from firearms; and double-check firearms to confirm they are unloaded when storing/removing them from storage.geob.jpg

Additionally, parents should educate their children about gun safety.  Gun violence in movies, on television and in video games has caught their attention.  They need to understand not to go looking around for guns, to STOP and tell an adult if a gun is found, and even if a gun looks like a toy, not to touch it.

Another disturbing statistic is that over 20% of the daily gunshot deaths/injuries in America are the result of suicide (or attempted suicide). ¬†Multiple research studies show that firearm ownership correlates with suicide rates. This is likely because firearms are more lethal than nearly¬†every other means of suicide attempt. ¬†If you are depressed or are taking new medication to treat depression and you own a gun, please cautiously¬†remove the gun from your property to be safely stored elsewhere or disposed of. ¬†If you believe someone you love is suicidal and you know they own a gun, please speak with them about removal or contact your local police department for advice. If you would like to learn more about safely storing your gun while you are battling the clinical illness of depression please contact your local police department to learn the proper procedures for storing a gun that you own outside of your property. ¬†Studies have shown that depression is a common factor among most assailants in mass shootings. Many times the shooter is far removed from their true selves and in the throws of clinical depression (which is often triggered by sudden life changes or medications and completely out of the ordinary for the assailant’s normal behavior). ¬†(Learn 10 ways to identify depression here)

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If you or someone in your presence is ever shot, call 9-1-1 immediately. ¬†Even if a bullet only scratches the surface of flesh it can still do harm!¬†When a bullet strikes a person all of the bullet‚Äôs kinetic energy must be transferred to the target and when that happens the energy of the bullet is not only visible by torn flesh of the bullet hole but energy is also dissipated creating a cavity¬†that expands, deforms tissues, and contracts all within a fraction of a second.¬†Thus the damage a bullet imparts is much greater than the visible evidence on the outside of the body.¬†It takes the care of physicians ‚Äď specifically emergency physicians ‚Äď to determine whether or not a person who is shot is going to need emergency surgery. ¬†To reiterate, call 9-1-1 as quickly as possible when tending to a bullet wound and¬†If the wound is bleeding you should attempt to apply a trauma bandage and control the bleeding through pressure. Keep the wound clean and protected and have the victim lie down and keep them calm until help arrives.¬†If you’re a gun owner concerned about the possibility of a gunshot wound you should put¬†together a first aid kit that includes trauma gear.

Make Your Own First Aid Kit, for you and your pets‚Ķ

 

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What You Will Need:

‚ėź Blanket

‚ėź Flashlight or penlight

‚ėźBandages of different sizes

‚ėź Gauze

‚ėź Medical Tape

‚ėźTweezers

‚ėźScissors

‚ėźInstant cold compresses

‚ėź Antiseptic wipes

‚ėź Disposable gloves

‚ėź Safety pins

‚ėź Contact lenses, saline, and case

‚ėź Tylenol and Ibuprofen

‚ėź Benadryl

‚ėź Hydrocortisone cream

‚ėź Antibiotic ointment

‚ėź Hydrogen peroxide

‚ėź Thermometer

‚ėź Saline eye flush

‚ėź Belt or leash, to use as tourniquet if needed to prevent blood loss

‚ėź Soft cloth or bandana to use as a muzzle for your pet (do not use if

vomiting)

‚ėź Disposable CPR mouth guard