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The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.

Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.

Drowning:
Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.

Harmful algal blooms:
Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info

Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info

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Learn When to Turn Your Clocks Back

It is now one of two times a year when everyone spreads the words, “spring forward, fall back.” On November 4 at 2 AM, a majority of the country will move "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time (ST). Our team here in Encinitas, California will be converting from Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Many use the sayings “spring forward, fall back.” to remember what to do with their non-cell phone clocks and turn them back one hour. Keep in mind, especially while doing business, not every region of the U.S. observes this change. In Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and most of Arizona, clocks will stay the same. For all those who are participating, enjoy the extra hour of cozy sleep!

Of course, as a safety company, we want to remind you that every time you change your clocks, you should check the batteries in flashlights, smoke detectors, and other emergency devices as well as checking expiration dates on emergency food and water, medications, and first aid supplies, and your AED batteries and AED pads, too!

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Nobody ever has enough cold packs (never, ever, ever). Here's your chance to stock up for pennies. Our warehouse is filled to the brim with overstock of our best selling Instant Cold Compress Products and we need to get rid of them!

Use the promotional code "MEGA" to SHOP and SAVE 20% off all our Cold Pack Products.

OTHER GREAT ITEMS:

Outdoor Protection & Preparedness

Fall Sports Medicine & Sports First Aid

Hurricane, Earthquake, & Disaster Survival


Use Discount Code Box in your Shopping Cart or at Checkout

Whoa! That's Heavy!

Just a forewarning that Shipping could be higher than the product - We already have the lowest cold pack pricing anywhere, so with this additional discount, your shipping fees could exceed the product pricing. These are essentially big, bulky, heavy boxes of water. It ain't cheap to ship them, but we always pass our discounted shipping on to our customers - we make no profit on shipping, so we are more than happy to ship on your own FedEx or UPS account if you prefer, and we do not charge any shipping or handling for doing so. Just call us Toll Free to place your order if you would prefer to ship on your own account instead.

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The U.S. Department of Labor is ready to make available National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to help North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia assess workforce needs in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

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13% OFF! Friday the 13th Sale

Kinda scary, isn't it? Not really... at least not once you get LUCKY and save 13% of your shopping cart total on our already deep-discounted First Aid, CPR, Safety, and Disaster Supplies! Get 13% OFF Sitewide* Code valid now - so get a head start! (Code: 13FOR13)
*HINT: Double down on Lucky 13. Take 13% OFF most Sale Items too!

Best Sellers! Trending Now...

Clever Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Fine Print

Offer expires 04/13/18. Available Online at FirstAidMart.com or Toll Free 1.888.622.6324 - Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details. *Sitewide offer excludes Laerdal, Simulaids and Oxygen products.

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BE PREPARED FOR SPRING & SUMMER NATURAL CATASTROPHES

Spring and Summer are certainly two joyous seasons. From the perfume of fresh flowers blooming & the symphony of birds chirping, to the scent of sunblock & sand between your toes... Although, most do not consider that natural catastrophes such as severe weather, floods, extreme heat, and wildfires are very likely during Spring and Summer! Resolve to be ready by taking a moment to read the tips below. Share this and encourage your family and friends to prepare throughout the year for all weather hazards during spring and summer 2018.

GENERAL SEASONAL PREPAREDNES TIPS

Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets. Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends. Check on neighbors. Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work, etc. Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts. Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action. Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise. Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive. Learn more! Read our Disaster & Survival Forum and remember power outages are the most common emergency. (Why? Because almost all other emergencies cause power outages).

SPRING PREPAREDNESS TIPS
Severe Weather

Severe weather has the potential to cause damage, social disruption, and even loss of life. Severe weather during spring includes flooding, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, severe & supercell thunderstorms, hail, and even hurricanes! Plan ahead of seasonal severe weather phenomena by identifying a safe emergency shelter location. Stock emergency shelter and sleeping supplies, from blankets and tarps to ponchos and body warmers. If ordered to evacuate, take action immediately. Know the route and plan where to go.

Flood

Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Check your flood insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage. Keep an automotive emergency kit in your vehicle so that one is available when disaster strikes.

Rain Ponchos

Keep dry during rainfall or a storm to prevent sickness. Our adult and child rain ponchos are about wallet-size when folded, yet when opened, are large enough to adequately cover the body to protect against the elements.

SUMMER PREPAREDNESS TIPS
Extreme Heat

Extreme heat can be deadly. Stay inside where it is cool. Wear cool clothes and change activities to stay safe. Never leave children or pets in a car. Stock a Mylar solar sleeping bag / blanket, which can be used as a heat shield. Practice heat safety wherever you are. Stay hydrated and take breaks if you are at a job site. Check up on the elderly, sick, and those without AC. Never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle. Limit strenuous outdoor activities.

Wildfire Safety

Report a wildfire if you see one; you may be the first to see it.
Wildfires can kill. If ordered to evacuate, know the route and plan where to go. Stock up evacuation & fire supplies at home.

Children & Youth + Back to School

Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations.
Know the emergency plan for your child’s school, college, or child care facility.
Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis.
Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place. Purchase your child a kids first aid kit.

Disaster Kits

Survival Kits For Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Food & Water

Emergency Food Rations & Water Supply

Shelter & Sleeping

Emergency Blankets, Tents, Canopies, Tarps & More

Signal & Messaging

Devices for Signaling & Communicating in Emergencies

Survival Tools

Fire Starters, Survival Knives, SOL, Leatherman & much more

Emergency Heat & Light

Warmers, Heating, Candles-Flashlights-Lanterns-GlowSticks

CERT Gear & Supplies

CERT Kits & vests, caps, shirts, logo patches, fieldbooks +

Red Cross Supplies

American Red Cross Emergency Kits: Be Red Cross Ready

Triage & Incident Command

S.T.A.R.T. Triage Tags, Tape, Kits + ICS Gear and Supplies

Sanitation & Hygiene

Personal Hygiene Kits, Toilets & Chemicals + Sanitary Items

Roadside+Auto Emergency

Auto Emergency Survival Kits, Roadside Tools & Survival Items

Empty Bags & Containers

Backpacks, Duffels, Buckets and Rolling kits to build your own

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That’s right… Groundhog Day is a this Friday, and until it happens, we know not when Winter 2018 will end.
It is already bitter cold in many areas, wet and flooding in others, and who-knows-what still lies in store for Americans this cold and blustery season... Are you Winter Ready?

To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off now through Groundhog Day on all these great Winter Items you need! Enter Code “Burrow” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

"Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream... of spring." While Groundhog Day is a lighthearted movie about a fun winter rite, the reality is that - just as in days gone by - Winter is still Deadly and Dangerous Today.

Groundhog Day is February 2 and has been celebrated since 1887. On Groundhog Day, crowds gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow after emerging from his burrow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter weather. Originally, in many locations where this was observed with less famous groundhogs than Phil, the way it worked was that if the day was cloudy when a groundhog emerged from its burrow on this day, then it would indicate an early Spring; if it was sunny, the groundhog would supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather would then persist for six more weeks. Some say that the tradition has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear was the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog. The custom also has strong similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc (the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 2 and also involves weather prognostication).

Get ready for a long Winter with all the great Winter Safety Needs above and learn more by reading our Winter Safety Articles.

If you don't "get" the quotes above… you really need to watch the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray – always good for a chuckle.


Use Discount Codes box in your Shopping Cart (Or in the Payment section of the Checkout Page)

Clever Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Fine Print

Available Online or Toll Free – This sale ends at Midnight on Groundhog Day! (2/2/18) While this is a Winter Sale, and applies to all the recommended Winter Items above, there are oh-so-many other items we offer that apply to Winter Readiness (for instance, you can’t be ready for Winter Exigencies without a First Aid Kit…) so we are making this discount available site-wide on all our products, except Laerdal, Simulaids, and Oxygen Items!
Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

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What's in your sock? Ours is full of fun, useful & inexpensive preparedness!
From under $1 to about $15 you can build a mini-survival kit out of these great safety items everyone needs! Quick links to the featured items… (in stock!) … consider adding either the Light Stick - High Intensity (L88A) or make it fun with Theme Bandages or Emergency Underpants
BAM! You’ve got a 5 to 10 item emergency kit for around $10! Check out all the great UNDER $5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas!
See our other “On SALE” ideas, too - or check out these great emergency & preparedness items:

Disaster Kits

Survival Kits For Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Food & Water

Emergency Food Rations & Water Supply

Shelter & Sleeping

Emergency Blankets, Tents, Canopies, Tarps & More

Signal & Messaging

Devices for Signaling & Communicating in Emergencies

Survival Tools

Fire Starters, Survival Knives, SOL, Leatherman & much more

Emergency Heat & Light

Warmers, Heating, Candles-Flashlights-Lanterns-GlowSticks

CERT Gear & Supplies

CERT Kits & vests, caps, shirts, logo patches, fieldbooks +

Red Cross Supplies

American Red Cross Emergency Kits: Be Red Cross Ready

Triage & Incident Command

S.T.A.R.T. Triage Tags, Tape, Kits + ICS Gear and Supplies

Sanitation & Hygiene

Personal Hygiene Kits, Toilets & Chemicals + Sanitary Items

Roadside+Auto Emergency

Auto Emergency Survival Kits, Roadside Tools & Survival Items

Empty Bags & Containers

Backpacks, Duffels, Buckets and Rolling kits to build your own

SAR Gear: Rescue Stuff

Search & Rescue Kits and Essential SAR Provisions

Disaster Supplies for Pets

Disaster Emergency Kits for Dogs and Cats + Survival Food

Fire Safety & Evacuation

Caution Tapes, Escape Masks & Ladders + Fire Safety Gear

Survival Guides & Videos

Disaster Planning Books, Checklists & Videos for Survival

Hi-Vis Safety Vests

CERT Vests & Bright Reflective Safety Vests for Visibility

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