first-aid-kit-for-carAn emergency can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. A first aid kit is always a great thing to have with you at home or in the car or on a trip. But sometimes an emergency involves serious bleeding and it takes time for paramedics to arrive. This is where a good trauma kit with QuikClot can literally save a life. You don’t even have to be a medical professional, just a good Samaritan. Even for moms, dads and coaches, a trauma kit can come in handy.

What is QuikClot?

trauma-kit-quickclotIn the movie Saving Private Ryan there was a moment where a medic sprinkled powder on a gaping wound. That’s QuikClot. These days it’s a special sponge, but the use remains the same: to stop bleeding. The chemical in QuikClot, either zeolite or kaolin, accelerates clotting by absorbing the water in the blood.

  1. Every Floor of Your Home

Regardless of how many floors you have in your home, a trauma kit with QuikClot should be on each floor. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the kit is so that they can get it when they need it.

  1. Garage

Arguably one of the more dangerous places in your home. You never know when something you’re working on can cause you grief, especially tools. Place a trauma kit in an easy-to-reach location that never gets blocked off, like next to the light switch. A small, lightweight kit is great because you can hang it on a tool hook.

  1. Car

A trauma kit with QuikClot is essential for your car, either in the trunk or the glove box alongside a first aid and emergency preparedness kit. A huge asset if you get into an accident or you come across one.

  1. Kitchen

In a word: knives. Accidents happen, sometimes serious ones in the kitchen. If you work in a commercial kitchen, risk is even higher. A knife wound needs the bleeding stopped quickly.

  1. Emergency Go-Bag

Your emergency kit that you keep waterproofed and sealed outside your home in case of an earthquake or fire or other emergency. You need non-perishable food, water, space blankets, flashlights, batteries, radio, and so on… including a first aid and trauma kit.

  1. Sports Bag

Pretty much every outdoor sport means carrying something in a sports bag. A trauma kit can be compact and light enough to store in a duffel or backpack. Just leave it permanently in a side compartment.

  1. Hiking Gear

Especially if you go hiking alone. But for any hike, solo or otherwise, a trauma kit is a life saver when you’re out in the sticks and far from help.

  1. Work

Most workplaces, by law, have a first aid kit. Or several. But that law doesn’t usually require a trauma kit for stopping bleeding. Be a smart and sensible boss.

  1. Biking Bag

Just like hiking, if you go out on your bike regularly, anything can happen. You can be hit by a car or fall off when on a mountain trail. A trauma kit can attach to a fanny pack.

As we said earlier, a good trauma kit with QuikClot is lightweight, compact, and can fit just about anywhere.

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best-mosquito-repellentMosquitos suck, in more ways than one. With some of them today carrying viruses like West Nile and Zika, we want to avoid them more than ever. Mosquito repellent may work for keeping those blood-sucking devils (and other nasties) off our skin, but at what cost? Is mosquito repellent harmful? Are the chemicals in them truly safe? Are there other options that are more natural and still work to keep us from doing the mosquito slapping dance? Chemical solutions and rub/spray on repellents were a revelation when they first came on the market, but are they doing as much harm as the mosquitos?

DEET

DEET has become the most used ingredient in virtually every bug repellent on the market. It goes by a few names: diethyltoluamide, N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide, and N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide. It’s been around for decades. DEET definitely works to keep mosquitos away but it can have side-effects that we’ll examine in a moment.

The BIG Mistake

We rely on the FDA, USDA and EPA and to inform us of health concerns. But consider how often people don’t read directions for anything. Do you read directions for mosquito repellent? We just squirt it, spray it and rub it in without thinking until exposed skin is ‘secure’. Parents spray down their kids, pets, and themselves. Sure, we have to consider user error when examining how harmful the chemical ingredients are. When used as directed, reported issues are pretty low. But those warning labels exist for good reason… mosquito repellent can be harmful.

Will it Kill You? Probably Not, But…

mosquito-bitesThe issues associated with mosquito repellent are varied and unpleasant. For starters there’s eye irritation and allergic skin reactions. People who ingest DEET or use products with high concentrations have sometimes needed medical help. Labels tell us not to use it on infants, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. So, consider potential effects like:

  • skin irritation
  • breathing problems
  • eye irritation
  • insomnia
  • mood swings/disturbances
  • seizures
  • slurred speech
  • impaired cognitive function
  • nerve damage
  • coma

The concentration levels of the active chemicals determine a lot of the risk. For example, Canada banned the sale of mosquito repellents that are more than 30% DEET.

So, What Alternatives Do I Have?

Mosquitos are obnoxious creatures and you want to enjoy your time outside without having them eating you alive. Luckily, you don’t have to wear nets and cover yourself from head to toe in thick clothing. There are alternative repellents and treatments with active ingredients and delivery systems that work just as well and are far better for you. Look for these ingredients in a natural mosquito spray for your lawn and yard or in repellents for your skin:

  • Citronella oil
  • Geraniol (found in citronella)
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Garlic oil
  • Cedar oil
  • Herbal extracts and essential oils
  • Picaridin – for topical solutions

All the ingredients above help protect you from mosquitos without any adverse effects. A good rule when reading the label is: if you can’t pronounce it, beware.

A lawn and yard spray solution could be the simplest and easiest method because it keeps mosquitos away from your property. Much easier than having to slather on harmful mosquito repellent and certainly won’t cause skin problems.

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cpr-maskLearning how to perform CPR is truly awesome. Your courage and skill will serve you – and an injured person – well one day. But, as you learned in class, you need to be able to protect yourself against infection and bacteria from a victim’s saliva, vomit (gross, but it happens), blood and other fluids. There’s even the possibility of being bitten during mouth-to-mouth. This is where a pocket CPR mask with a one-way valve is worth more than its weight in gold. If you haven’t access to paramedic level equipment, keep a CPR mask in your pocket or on a key ring. To do that, you need the right kind. Some aren’t so easy to carry. Others, like the kind used by the American Red Cross, most definitely are.

The One-Way Valve

There are two types of valves for CPR airway equipment: one-way and two-way. Two-way valves are bulky, have other moving parts, and are complicated for everyone except paramedics, nurses and doctors. The upside is that you can attach oxygen. This kind of equipment is for hospitals and ambulances.

Then there is the simple one-way valve. It can be small and flexible with no moving parts. Its two-fold purpose is to protect the user (from blowback) while delivering lifesaving treatment. A CPR mask fitted with a one-way valve is perfect for anyone who knows CPR because it’s easy to figure out.

An Inexpensive Life Saver on Your Key Ring

The equipment used by health care professionals varies from a few dollars to a several thousand. A CPR mask with one-way valve is inexpensive yet invaluable. For under $20, you can be ready to perform CPR anywhere – safely.

Safety is Number One

One-way valve CPR masks obviously allow air to flow in one direction only, thus preventing cross-contamination between you and the patient. Most work very well. They also feature a facial barrier of some kind. This varies from model to model – from a molded mask to a plastic sheet barrier. A filter is not enough, despite being replaceable.

The Red Cross Mask - Complete Portability and Simplicity


key-ring-cpr-maskMany one-way valve masks claim to be portable, but they really aren’t. OK, maybe a model fits in a backpack or glove compartment or first aid kit or trauma kit, but that doesn’t necessarily make it fully portable or practical. In an emergency, sometimes there simply isn’t time to go rummaging around for a CPR mask. Every second counts. The mask needs to be small, effective and simple to use. Portable should mean fitting on your key chain. The American Red Cross uses and recommends precisely this kind of miniature version.

  • It has no bulky pieces or case.
  • No pieces to connect. It unfolds in seconds.
  • It is sized for children and adults.
  • The one-way valve is compact and uncomplicated.
  • It has a clear plastic barrier to protect you while allowing you to monitor the victim’s color.
  • It comes with simple instructions.

Buying a pack of these CPR masks is very inexpensive. Just attach one to your keyring and it will be with you everywhere. You never know when it and its one-way valve could save more than one life.

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disc magnet usesMost disc magnets you might come across are only as big around as your pinky fingernail and are stuck to your fridge. Yet they pack some power. Neodymium magnets are what they’re really called and their pull force is around 2 pounds and up, depending on the magnet’s size. You may not be aware that their uses are so many they could rival duct tape. Let’s check out some ingenious disc magnet uses. Just remember they’re not toys and can be swallowing hazards around children and pets, so use them wisely.

 

  1. Battery Extraction

Batteries in small compartments and stubborn holders are pretty infuriating. Using things like pliers, butter knives and screwdrivers to pry them from their tombs can cause damage. Maybe you smack things against a hard surface to dislodge batteries. Forget the hassle and frustration. A few simple disc magnets can do the trick easily. Stack several magnets together. (Combining them increases their power and reach.) Then attach them to a stuck battery and pull. Voila!

  1. Locate Studs

Don’t have a stud finder for your walls? You could tap and listen for the sound to change, or you could use a better solution. Take a disc magnet (or two together) and slide it over your wall, both across and also up and down. The powerful little thing will latch on to a screw or nail in a stud on the other side. If you have metal studs, even better - it’ll attach to those. Leave it in place and you don’t even have to mark up your wall.

  1. Clasp Replacement

Holding things shut is a very simple use for disc magnets. Think jewelry boxes, tool boxes, cabinet doors, gates, drawers, and more. Secure a small strip of metal to the thing you wish to hold shut and a magnet to the frame where it will close.

  1. Tool Holder


disc magnet usesDon’t have a tool belt? Put a disc magnet or two (or three) in your pocket. With these powerful little suckers, you can hang a wrench from your pants pocket, even a hammer. Your hands will be free to work and you won’t have to bend down or twist around to find your tool. Also attach nails and screws to the magnet(s) to save reaching into pockets.

  1. Magnet Repair

That’s right, use a magnet to fix a magnet problem. If your fridge door is having problems staying closed, insert a disc magnet or two into the accordion rubber seal to close the gap.

Likewise, if a window magnet for your alarm system is weak, use a disc magnet to replace that. 

  1. Levitation Fun

This is a fun use for disc magnets. It’s also a science project for children to get into. Diamagnetic levitation is the term. It means using the repulsing ends of two magnets to make an object levitate. Attach or insert the magnets and entertain the kids with ‘magic’.  

  1. Car Cover Holder

It’s frustrating to place a cover over your precious ride and later find it on the ground or down the street after the wind took it off. Your simple solution is to attach disc magnets to the car cover and let them anchor the cover to your vehicle. Just be sure the magnets aren’t touching the metal of your car directly and scratching it.

That’s just a few disc magnet uses that are more than handy. And let’s face it, even for the most serious adult, they’re still kinda fun and cool. Get some neodymium disc magnets now and you’ll wonder how you even survived without them.

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