Are You Prepared For An Emergency? 5 Steps To Be Sure

Emergency Supplies

Proper preparation can make the difference between surviving and being a victim.

USA Today records 2011 as the Costliest Year in World Disasters. What were those disasters? A tsunami (Japan), earthquakes (Turkey, US East Coast & New Zealand), tornadoes (Central U.S.), typhoons (Japan & Philippines), a volcanic eruption (Southern Chile), flooding (North Dakota, Thailand, Brazil, El Salvador, Australia, Pakistan, & Spain), a hurricane (U.S. East Coast), drought (East Africa, Somalia & China), wildfires (Canada) and winter storms (Europe). If any of these disasters happened in your area, would you be prepared?

If you had to leave your home suddenly (perhaps because of a natural disaster, chemical spill or even an explosion at a nearby business), would you be able to grab and go quickly?

A USA Today Gallup Poll showed that 42% of people don’t have enough food and water stocked in case of an emergency, and 27% don’t have an extra supply of medications. In addition 40% do not have a central contact person in case of a disaster, and 18% don’t even have a first-aid kit. These are all steps that the Federal Emergency Management Agency says are “basic disaster preparations.”

Where do you fall in those numbers?

Fortunately, creating a basic emergency kit and plans for what to do in an emergency are not that difficult and really don’t take an inordinate amount of time compared to the tremendous benefit they can provide in an emergency. Take the following 5 steps to make sure you and your family are prepared for an emergency.

  1. Believe you are at risk. The American Red Cross says that the main reason people fail to prepare for an emergency is because they fail to believe they are at risk. Emergencies can happen anywhere and at anytime, so be proactive by preparing for an emergency.
  2. Be aware and share. As with safety in any area, from wearing safety glasses to following safety procedures, awareness is a key component of being prepared. The American Red Cross provides a variety of emergency-specific checklists as a way to have and share preparedness information.
  3. Prepare to be self-sufficient. Create a basic emergency kit that is waterproof, easily accessible and mobile. In addition, create a Go-Bag to hold additional necessities.
  4. Maintain your preparedness. Check your supplies every six months and reassess your needs yearly. Maintain your kit regularly so it is safe to use when needed.
  5. Consider preparedness for other locations. While workplaces, schools and daycares are responsible to a great extent for employee safety and safety of those in their care, this is not a fact that should be depended upon should a large-scale natural or other disaster happen. Create emergency plans for the places where you and your family spend the most time (school, work, daycare, etc.) in addition to the site-specific plans that should already be in place.

Not only does lack of preparation for an emergency affect you and your family in significant ways, it also affects an already-taxed emergency response system. And 2012 does not appear to be improving over last year; if anything, 2012 will eclipse 2011 with natural disasters. (In January and February 2012, Australia experienced severe flooding, Mozambique a typhoon, and Europe severe winter weather with over 600 dead). While no one can prevent natural disasters, almost everyone can be prepared. The steps above are the starting point for doing just that.

Note: See a related article Everyday Carry for the Car to find out how many people prepare and what experts recommend for vehicles in emergencies. Also related are Everyday Carry for Men and Everyday Carry for Women, which reveal what men and women feel are essential items to always have with them.

Safety from the Heart This February

Safety Glasses Make a Worker Happy

Protect your loved ones and give them the gift of safety this Valentine's Day.

February is a month that is truly from the heart – from Valentine’s Day smack in the middle of the month to American Heart Month casting a red glow throughout February, it’s a month that is all about giving from the heart –whether it’s a material gift or through care and thought. Safety Glasses and safety equipment might not shine as bright as diamonds, but when your loved ones are operating dangerous equipment or are working in precarious situations, you’re going to rely on safety equipment to keep the cherished people in your life safe.

A Passion For Safety
The calendar doesn’t have to specify a holiday for you to give the gift of safety – it’s a gift that is welcome all year round and shows how much you care about the special people in your life. If you’re just swinging by our website, don’t feel overwhelmed – first think about what type of conditions they’re working in. For example, does he or she need Splash Goggles, or perhaps Polarized Safety Glasses? Then, think about Safety Glasses Lens Tints in accordance with the lighting conditions he or she works in.

Think safety bundles – safety glasses, face shields, gloves, and hard hats. Giving your loved one the complete safety package ups the likelihood that he or she will keep safety on the brain, and be armed with the safety equipment to make it a reality.

Promote Safety In February
As you’re embracing the love this February, use heartfelt action to promote the cause of safety:

  • Tell your loved ones how vital their safety is to you. We live busy lives, and it’s easy to forget to tell the people in our lives how much they mean to us. Take a few minutes this February, and all year, to remind them.
  • Promote safety – together. Don’t things always seem to stick better when you do them together? If you want your husband to wear safety glasses when working in the yard, buy yourself a pair and wear them too!
  • Start safety early. We learn habits early, and the habit of safety is a wonderful one to teach. Children’s Safety Glasses are made for smaller faces, and get your kids in the habit of promoting safety from youth to adult.

Safety comes from the heart this February, and choosing safety equipment for your loved ones is not only a wonderful surprise, but one that shows how much they mean to you. We’re always here to help, so please contact us if you need a helping hand selecting the right safety equipment for the people who hold the keys to your heart!

Did Your Holiday Gift of Power Come with Protective Eyewear?

Power Tools Require Safety Glasses

Never take safety short cuts, always wear proper eye protection when using power tools.

Perhaps you looked forward to the holidays with a little extra excitement this year because you just knew that the power tool you’d been dropping hints about all fall was under the tree or next to the Menorah, just waiting for your eager hands. Then “Hallelujah!” there it was! But was the very next gift you opened sort of smallish and light? Was it a pair of safety glasses or goggles to go with your new toy? No?? Then you have some online shopping to do before you tackle that first do-it-yourself project this winter.

Bob Vila, remodeling author and TV host, cautions power tool users to never trust their own glasses to protect their eyes. Vila advises you to wear either safety goggles or safety glasses with good side protection to avoid flying bits of wood and metal that can enter your eyes from the sides. Safety Glasses USA has just the right protection for you and your job in every size and price range, from Pyramex’s Ztek Safety Glasses with Clear Lens for $1.65, to Oakley’s Polarized Fast Jacket XL with Polished Black Frame and Black Iridium Polarized & Persimmon Lens for $280 — whatever your needs, we’ve get you covered.

Would you be curious to know whether your new power tool made Forbes’ list of the 10 Most Dangerous Power Tools? Check out the list below, then get those safety glasses ordered!:

  • Power Drills: The common household power drill sends 5,800 people a year to the ER.
  • Snowblowers: 5,700 patients a year arrive at the ER with 600 finger amputations, and 19 deaths since 1992. (Read more on our blog: “5 Important Snow Blower Safety Tips”)
  • Air Compressors: Strange as it may seem, air compressors cause 2,400 injuries a year.
  • Circular Saws: ERs see 10,600 patients a year thanks to these common tools.
  • Table Saws: 29,000 people a year end up at the ER due to accidents with table saws.
  • Power Nailers: Between 2001-2005, power nailers sent 37,000 people each year to emergency rooms. And, since their popularity has continued to grow, the number would be much higher if the survey were done today.
  • Riding Lawnmowers: An average of 37,000 people a year land in the hospital (with 95 deaths) using these seemingly harmless, everyday yard maintenance vehicles.
  • Chain Saws: Chain saws account for 36,000 ER cases a year.
  • Backhoes: Now available to any do-it-yourselfer who can afford to rent one, be warned. Even professionals are killed every year operating these complicated, heavy-duty pieces of equipment.
  • Wood Chippers: Only about 3 people per year die using wood chippers, but their size and power means it doesn’t take much for the worst to happen.

The most important step before you power up your new gift is to read the entire instruction manual thoroughly, then follow these additional safety tips:

  • Clamp your work down: Instead of using your free hand to hold the piece you’re cutting, use a clamp to hold it in place instead.
  • Stay awake and alert: ”People work when they’re tired and shouldn’t be working with tools,” warns Norm Abram, master carpenter for This Old House.
  • Wear protective eyewear at all times: Bob Vila knows what he’s talking about.
  • Don’t disable the safety: Abram was on a construction site when a carpenter fired a staple into his own thigh bone when he rested the tool against his leg. So if the safety guard on your new table saw is in your way, don’t remove it; return it to the store and buy a better quality saw.
  • Beware of the danger of ricochet: When a power nailer misses the pre-drilled hole in a piece of metal, it can bounce back and seriously injury your chest, face, neck, or eyes.

We do congratulate you on your new power tool, and we wish you all the best of luck with your projects, as well as lots of fun along the way. But we strongly encourage you to purchase the appropriate eye protection for your tool and your job before you get started, and then we urge you to form the habit of consistently wearing your safety glasses or goggles every time you work. Don’t let yourself become another statistic.