Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Incident Command System Vests & How They Can Help Your Team

If you are an incident safety officer, you understand how important it is to be prepared at any time for whatever disaster may occur. You’ve completed numerous drills with your team as well as continually monitor the workplace and other areas for potential hazardous conditions. An integral part of this preparation is having the right safety vests to ensure you and your team can easily be seen in an emergency situation. A perfect solution for any officer is the Incident Command System (ICS) vests from SOS Products.

The ICS vests have a number of unique features that make them a great option for disaster situations. First, the vest comes in a variety of colors allowing you to organize your team by color based on their required job. For instance, red vests could be for those who are assigned to give medical attention and blue vests for those responsible for employee check-in at safe areas.

Additionally, the vests are one-size fits all and come with high intensity 1” reflexite yellow stripes, which allow staff to clearly be seen by those in need. Lastly, the vest has clear plastic pockets on the front and back of the vest where you can place identifiable job title inserts or company logos.

The ICS plays an important role during emergency response situations as ICS officials are often first to the scene of a disaster. You don’t want to have to worry about any equipment including your safety vests during this time. These ICS vests are durable and specially designed with your team in mind. They’ll help you get your job done no matter what the emergency is.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Safety Tips for Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad can be fun and exciting, but it’s important to be prepared for emergencies while traveling as well. Moreover, being in a strange territory can exacerbate any issues that develop. Fortunately, there are certain precautions that you can take to ensure that your international journey is safe and enjoyable.

Carry a Safety Device

Thieves and other troublemakers often prey on vulnerable tourists. In an unfamiliar city, you might become lost and suddenly being followed by a suspicious character. In many cases, drawing attention to a potential attack is the safest option to avoid trouble. An item as simple as a public safety whistle can attract attention to your situation. A sharp blast on a whistle can be unnerving to many thieves, and the noise is likely to catch the attention of helpful individuals in your immediate area. Additionally, a whistle is easy to carry and won’t be affected by the weather.

Stay Clean

When you travel abroad, you will encounter a wide variety of unfamiliar eating habits and social customs. There is nothing unclean about most international practices, but your lack of familiarity with foreign customs can lead to unsavory messes and troublesome germs. A small container of antiseptic hand cleaner can handle most bacteria, so you can eat and mingle without worrying about coming down with an unwanted illness. A small bottle is convenient and discreet, allowing you to carry the hand cleaner in your purse or pocket.

Stay Hydrated

While on your trip, stay hydrated with fresh, clean water. If the water source is questionnable, use a water filter to filter the water before consumption. Filters like the Sawyer Mini Water Filter with Pouch is perfect for traveling. This filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons.

Carry First Aid Supplies

Stopping at a corner convenience store for bandages is not always an easy task in some countries. You should always carry a small first aid kit that contains bandages, antiseptic wipes, and antibiotic ointment. These supplies will treat most small injuries and can heal small bumps and bruises without interrupting your plans. Also, moleskin is easy to pack and can help protect areas of the feet that are vulnerable to blistering.

Protect Your Valuables

Few things can ruin an international trip faster than a damaged passport or ruined camera. A waterproof utility pouch is a great tool for protecting your belongings and keeping your valuables in one place.

Hide Your Money

International tourists tend to carry large amounts of money, and many thieves will watch for careless tourists who visibly handle that money. Money belts and other products can be worn under your clothes. You can carry a few bills in your wallet but can keep most of your money safely hidden with money belts. Make sure to separate out your cash as well, that way if something does happen you, it is not all one place.

Enjoy Your Trip

Your safety concerns should never overwhelm your travel plans, but taking precautions can reduce the likelihood that your trip will be spoiled by a bad experience. The tips and products listed above can promote a safe travel experience. Happy traveling!

Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Safety Tips for Outdoor Summer Adventures

Even with blue skies, abundant sunshine and westerly breezes, summertime creates dangerous moments for children and adults. From extreme heat to deadly insects, venturing outdoors in the summer can pose a risk even to the seasoned hiker. Trampling through the wrong underbrush can cause itchy rashes, and hiking over loose rock can cause serious accidents. Before you get excited about summertime adventures, take precautions and head out prepared with these summer safety tips and items.

Water Hydration Pack

While you can live more than three weeks without food, you can only live up to a week without water. If you throw in extreme heat and a lack of shade, you may only last a couple of days. A water hydration pack ensures you have plenty of water on hand in such emergencies. It has zippered pockets for storing items and padded shoulders for comfort. Because the 2-liter bladder connects to a long hose, you can take a drink without having to stop along the trail.

Water Purification & Filtration

When your water supply runs low and you need hydration, do not drink from streams, ponds and puddles without first purifying the water. Untreated water contains thousands of small organisms and parasites, such as giardia, which causes bloating, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Purification tablets not only kill bacteria and viruses but also neutralize the water's taste, color and odor. Also, water filters can effectively remove bacteria and protozoa. For example, the Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel, and emergency preparedness. This high performance mini filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons.

Poison Ivy Treatment

You never know when the trail will lead you through a patch of poison ivy, a three-leafed plant that causes an irritating rash, blisters and itching. A poison ivy kit can help prevent the itch and make your trek through the underbrush less risky. Apply a pre-contact towelette to your skin before contact with poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac or use IvyX cleanser towelettes after coming in contact with poison ivy, oak and sumac.

Insect Repellent

From fleas and ticks to black flies and mosquitos, these insects turn a pleasant outdoor adventure into a huge annoyance. To make matters worse, some of these insects carry and spread diseases, such as the West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. Use an insect repellent towelette and protect your body from the onslaught of these summertime pests before you head outdoors.

First-Aid Kit



Always carry a first-aid kit with you on a mountain trek, a forest hike or even a day at the pool. From bumps and bruises to cuts and headaches, a first-aid kit contains everything from antiseptic wipes to aspirin and helps in times of an emergency. A small first-aid case fits neatly in a hiking backpack and has clear pockets with organized supplies.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Surviving a Camping Trip

It’s impossible to predict with pinpoint accuracy when any disaster will strike. If fire, tornado or other unexpected natural emergency should arise, an entire family could find itself having to evacuate.

While living away from the comforts of home can be stressful, it is far less so for those who have camping experience. Learning the tricks of roughing it can help any family stay calm during an actual disaster, but before setting out, it's important to know what you're doing. Without the proper preparation, that long-anticipated camping trip can become a disaster of its own.

Here's what you'll need to succeed.

A Tent
This is your home away from home, so be sure to choose one that's big enough to accommodate your party in comfort. The one that you buy should offer you:

  • Sufficient headroom.
  • Adequate ventilation.
  • Easily manipulated doors.
  • Proper rainfly coverage.

While an inexpensive tent might do for those just starting out, the additional features of the higher-end models will better serve any outdoor enthusiast who intends to continue on additional camping adventures.

Tarps

Never set a tent on bare ground. A sturdy tarp will not only guard against damage from sticks and stones but also keep the ever-present ground moisture from seeping into the floor of your shelter.

Sleeping Bags

The appropriate specifics of this essential item will vary according to the climate of your intended camping location. The rating on every sleeping bag will indicate the lowest temperature at which it will keeps its occupant warm. If the night air falls below that measurement, the sleeping bag will fail to do its job.

Camp Chairs

Sitting on the ground could make roughing it somewhat rougher than you really anticipated. Before long, you'll yearn for more-comfortable seating. When choosing camp chairs, be sure to consider child-sized ones for the younger set, and don't forget the hammock. For those relaxing afternoons around the campsite, a snooze between the trees can prove surprisingly restful.

Propane Stove

Although campfires can be romantic and fun, cooking food over one can get old in a hurry. A propane stove, particularly the two-burner variety, will make meal preparation far more enjoyable, leaving you with time to do the things you really want to do in the great outdoors.

A Cooler

The proper cooler for the purpose will vary according to its intended use. While a personal six-pack holder may suffice for a daylong hike, a large 70-quart model will serve much better for a weeklong camping trip.

A Water Purification System

No matter how much H2O you carry along, the day may come when you find yourself forced to drink from a pond or stream. Unfortunately, the bacteria, parasites and viruses often found in untreated water can cause serious illness. A purification system will assist in providing the pause that refreshes while averting a pause in the nearest emergency room.

Survival Essentials

The following items are easy to forget until you find them missing once you get there. To stay safe and keep a smile on everyone's face, be sure to bring along:

  • Flashlights.
  • Batteries.
  • Bug Spray.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • A sturdy Mylar space blanket.
  • Cooking pots.
  • Cutlery.
  • Unbreakable dishes or paper plates.
  • Kitchen tools.
  • Paper towels and toilet tissue.
  • A whistle.
  • A compass.
  • A signaling mirror.
  • A first-aid kit.

When Camping, Leave Nothing to Chance.

Regardless of how far afield you plan to roam, a few precautions will help to keep you safe. Take the time to:

  • Carry basic survival gear.
  • Know the area. Thoroughly study a local map and don't leave home without it.
  • Familiarize yourself with the region's plant and animal life. Learn to differentiate between things that are safe to be around and those you must strictly avoid.
  • Tell someone where you're going, who you'll be with and how long you plan to be gone. In an emergency, this could mean the difference between life and death.
  • Always carry a cell phone, portable CB radio or personal satellite-enabled locator beacon.
  • Evaluate the condition of the overhanging plant life at your intended campsite. A 10-year-old Wisconsin girl died recently when a tree branch fell on her sleeping family’s tent.

If an unexpected emergency should arise, remain calm. Sit down quietly, observe your surroundings and give yourself time to think. Remember that in any unexpected situation, panic will be your worst enemy while a good stash of survival materials will be your best friend.

Practice Makes Perfect

The parallels between camping and disaster survival are hard to miss, and a person who is good at the one is sure to do well at the other. A few nights spent in the wilderness can help your loved ones hone their subsistence skills and better position themselves for any emergency that may occur in the future. You couldn't give your family a better gift than that.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

EMT Equipment

At SOS Survival Products, we sell a wide range of equipment, such as tactical cases, large holsters, complete first aid kits and belts that are designed to keep specific devices in place.

Belts And Holsters

Our business provides several belts that have a length of 26 inches to 54 inches. We also sell numerous holsters with extra pockets that can hold shears, a mobile phone, a knife and a flashlight, and one of the devices is large enough to contain a stethoscope. Each of the holsters is resistant to water and oil.

Treating Lacerations By Using Ointments And Antibiotics

Within one minute of the creation of an abrasion, more than one million bacteria can enter the open wound. After using cold water to wash a large laceration, the pad that contains rubbing alcohol should be placed on the wound, and subsequently, a person should fairly aggressively rub the abrasion with the small cloth that contains antibiotics.

Applying pressure will ensure that the medications penetrate deeply into the wound.

Cleansing Formulas For The Eyes And Skin

When using the device to remove chemicals from the eyes, the individual should tilt the head sideways and allow the liquid to pass from one side of the eye to the other, and as a result, the fluid won't remain stagnant in the patient's eye and will be able to get rid of a large amount of harmful contaminants.

Pads That Have Iodine

Some of our first aid kits contain patches that have been soaked in iodine. Unlike antibacterial patches, iodine can remove viruses, numerous types of fungus, yeast and protozoa. Most handbooks that teach first aid recommend that iodine should be applied to an injury after rubbing alcohol and antibiotics have been used.

Burn Sheets

These patches are completely sterile, and by placing the sheet on a large burn, the patient can substantially reduce the chance of infection.

The Airway Kits


This equipment should be used if a person is having difficulty breathing or experiencing an allergic reaction that is causing the natural airway to close. The device must be inserted into a person's mouth until it comes into contact with the back of the throat. Next, the equipment can be rotated, and as a result, the artificial airway will also keep the individual's tongue in place.

Most medical handbooks stipulate that the device should be taken out when the patient can swallow because this ability indicates a natural opening of the body's airway.

Splints For Fingers

Our deluxe kit has a splint that can be used to treat any finger on a patient's hand. If a bone in the finger has become broken, the digit should remain straight until it heals in order to minimize the pain and to ensure that the bones heal while they are in the correct positions.

Eye Shields And Face Masks

In addition to preventing harmful dust or particulates from entering the nose and the mouth, these devices will protect the eyes from contaminated water or blood. The masks also wrap around the user's face to protect the sides of the head.

Gels That Treat Burns

Some kits that we sell contain packets with burn gel. The substance cools the burned area and has lidocaine, which blocks pain signals that travel from the burn to the brain.

Petroleum Dressing

Numerous studies have indicated that the application of petroleum to an open wound can prevent an infection and allow the laceration to heal much more swiftly than an untreated abrasion. By keeping the cut constantly moisturized, the blood's platelets will be able to coagulate more swiftly, and the petroleum can reduce the risk of developing a large scab.

Hemostats

When a patient sustains a sizable abrasion or laceration, the most common cause of death within the first hour is a serious loss of blood. These steel devices are able to control bleeding by clamping onto blood vessels that are situated near a large wound and closing them.

Cold Compresses

Some of our first aid kits and trauma kits contain cold compresses, and once they have been activated, these devices will remain cold for approximately three hours. Several studies have shown that applying a cold cloth or a frigid object to a wound can decrease the level of inflammation by 25 percent.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Most Vital Communication Equipment For Emergency Situations

Communication is absolutely essential in an emergency. You may need to ask for help, warn people about safety hazards or learn the location of a nearby shelter. Every situation calls for different devices. Simple air horns or whistles may attract the attention of a search and rescue team. A megaphone enables you to address a huge crowd. On the other hand, corded telephones and two-way radios facilitate long-range emergency communications.

Rescue Whistles

A whistle will help you get attention in almost any environment. It's capable of producing a 115-decibel noise that people can hear about 1,300 feet away. Most manufacturers use metal or plastic to make rescue whistles. A metal unit weighs and costs slightly more, but it's harder to destroy. Some plastic whistles will float when you drop them in water. This makes them a good option in areas at risk of flooding.

Emergency Air Horns

An air horn attracts attention even more effectively than a rescue whistle. When activated, this device produces a loud blast that can often be heard from up to a mile away. You may use some units up to 80 times before you need to buy a refill. They're easy to operate; you only have to push down on the top of a horn to trigger it. Nonetheless, a plastic whistle will work more reliably in subfreezing conditions.

Professional Megaphones

You can use a megaphone to call for help or give instructions to a large group of people. This battery-operated device may prove useful if you run a business or public institution. Some models can increase your speaking range by up to 3,000 feet. The more powerful megaphones cost a bit more and need extra batteries. Many units also feature an attention-grabbing horn function.

Radio Communication Equipment

Even when a disaster destroys cellphone towers and utility lines, you can still communicate over long
distances with a two-way radio. Many small walkie-talkies use the Family Radio Service band. They let you transmit up to two miles without a license. On the other hand, you can achieve a maximum range of 25 miles with General Mobile Radio Service equipment. The downside is there is a fee for a GMRS license.

Portable Radio Receivers

During most emergencies, it's very helpful to have a pocket or table radio with unexpired batteries. An AM/FM receiver will allow you to hear local news, weather forecasts, survival tips and cancellation lists. Consider selecting a model that also tunes the weather information band. You can use it to receive official warnings and forecasts at any hour. Some GMRS two-way radios also cover this band.

Corded Landline Telephones

Phone service usually continues to work when the power goes out. However, it's important to realize that cordless phones and cellphone chargers become useless without electricity. Disasters also cause people to overload cellphone networks. Fortunately, a standard telephone jack supplies enough energy to run a corded phone. Some units even feature brightly illuminated keypads that you can see in the dark.

Communication equipment will help you stay informed and safe in a crisis, but it's crucial to protect your investment. Store the devices in a sturdy waterproof case and spend a few extra dollars on well-made batteries that won't easily corrode. If a major disaster appears imminent, remember to hang a rescue whistle around your neck. Finally, be sure to familiarize yourself with the equipment under normal conditions.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquakes are caused by rocks and plates in the earth shifting underneath the surface, and they can be small and harmless or large and devastating. Unfortunately they are completely unpredictable, giving no warning of when one will happen or how big it will be. Because they are so unpredictable, and because they can have such devastating consequences, it is important to be prepared for all circumstances. Here are some tips to help you prepare for an earthquake.

Get an Emergency Survival Kit

emergencysurvivalkitOne of the most important steps in preparing for an earthquake is purchasing or preparing an emergency kit. It’s impossible to know how much damage an earthquake will cause when it hits, and you may need to go without basic amenities, such as water and electricity, for several days. Emergency kits should have enough supplies for several days for each person. Water and food are absolute necessities, and you can purchase water bottles or pouches and nonperishable food items or food bars for your kit. A small first aid kit is also a necessity, including bandages, gauze, antiseptics and antibiotics, and OTC pain killers. Include a flashlight and extra batteries as well in case power is knocked out or if an earthquake hits at night. Blankets, rain gear, and extra shoes and socks are also good to have if you have the room to include them. Keep your emergency kit someplace easily accessible so you can get to it when you need it.

Locate Safe Spots

Locate safe spots to take cover during an earthquake. This may be under heavy, secure furniture or against an inside wall with nothing hanging on it. Make sure your children and anybody you live with know these safe spots and understand to take cover under them in the event of an earthquake. Practice drills are a good way to help kids understand what to do in an earthquake, especially if one occurs when they are home alone.

Fasten Shelves, Heavy Art and Furniture

It is important to fasten heavy shelves, art, and other décor to the wall and away from places where people sit, such as beds or couches. Fastening them will make them less likely to fall down in the event of an earthquake, and will keep people from getting hurt by heavy falling objects. You may also think about strapping down heavy furniture such as desks and tables, and especially secure the furniture you plan to take cover under during an earthquake.

Secure Heavy Appliances

One often-overlooked earthquake preparedness step is securing heavy appliances such as refrigerators, water heaters, and gas appliances. Secure these items to studs in the wall to keep them at their most secure. These items can be harmful if not secured, and could fall on people or other pieces of furniture, causing injury and further damage. An unsecured gas appliance may end up doing more harm than the earthquake itself, so it is smart to know how to turn off gas valves in your home in case one of these items is damaged.

Keep Heavy Items Low

Keep heavy items lower to the floor. Don’t put heavy décor, file cabinets, or safes on upper shelves or anywhere they could fall down. These items could do a lot of damage in an earthquake, and will seriously hurt or even kill somebody who was underneath when the earthquake hit.

Latch Cabinets

Securing cabinets shut will help minimize damage and items that need to be replaced after the earthquake. While you may not want to secure all of your cabinets, make sure you secure those with heavy items, tools, and flammable and chemical products such as pesticides, weed killers, and aerosol containers. These items bring the most risk of injury and damage, so keep them secured as a precaution.

Secure Foundation

If you own your home, make sure the foundation is sturdy and anchored. If you do see any structural damage, consult a professional to ensure it is safe and to fix it if it is not. While this may seem like an unnecessary expense, you’ll be happy you took the precaution when an earthquake does hit and your home is secure and undamaged when it otherwise wouldn’t have been.

Earthquakes are unpredictable and, while they can be minor, they can also be very harmful. It is important to be prepared for all situations so that, when an earthquake does hit, you and your family are as safe as possible. Prepare a survival kit (and don’t forget to pack for your pet if you have one!), make sure your home itself is anchored into an undamaged foundation, secure heavy appliances, furniture, and décor, and know where the safest spots in your home are. These tips are some of the best ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an earthquake, and will help you get through any situation an earthquake may bring about.