Protect your Home and Family With This Checklist

The National Safety Council recommends this home ‘fire safety’ checklist to insure your home is safe and fire hazard free:


 Check electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords. Do not place wires under rugs.

 Check for outlets overloaded with plugs; including TV, computer, stereo, and printer.




 Install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in your home, especially near sources of water like your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

 Use the correct bulb wattage for home light fixtures.

 If any appliances spark, smell unusual or overheat, replace or get repaired by a professional.

 Lamps and nightlights should not touch any fabrics (bedspreads, drapes, etc.).

 Electrical blankets should be unplugged when not in use. Check for frayed or loose cords and any odd smell. If a problem is detected, replace.



 Supervise children around the stove and microwave.

 Perform annual inspection of furnace or heating system.

 Candles (and matches) should be out of reach of children and pets, curtains and furniture. Never leave candles unattended.




Space heaters

o Keep out of walking paths.
o Keep away from children and pets.
o Placed away from beds.
o Newspapers, magazines, and any fabrics, including curtains, sheets, tablecloths, should never be within 3 feet of a space heater.
o Unplug when not in use.


In the kitchen

o Keep an eye on appliances when in use.
o Make sure appliances are turned off and unplugged when not in use.
o When using pots and pans, use the rear burners and turn the handles inwards.
o Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.




o Keep the fire place clean.
o Cover your fireplace with a screen.
o Only burn wood. Papers and other materials can escape while burning and ignite something nearby.
o The fire should be completely extinguished before leaving the room.
o Have your chimney cleaned professionally once a year.


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Emergency Blankets have so many uses besides warming up in frigid temperatures!

Here are some super ways you can use your Mylar emergency blankets for sports and first aid:


Sports and Teams


  • Protection for outdoor sports teams to use as blankets to keep warm and dry in every season




  • Keep heat in after marathon running, endurance events, bicycling or extreme sports to prevent cramping and promote muscle regeneration


  • Keep yourself warm and dry as a spectator in any kind of weather







  • Perfect for the Coaches pocket to keep warm and dry when ‘weather happens’




Emergencies And First Aid


  •  Keep shock and trauma victims warm until help arrives
  • Cut to make a shoulder or arm sling
  • Use as a tourniquet
  • Use as a compression bandage
  •  Cut into strips to use as ties in splinting broken bones
  •  Use as cushion material for splints


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Emergency Blankets Are For More Than Just Emergencies!

Most people think of using a Mylar Emergency blanket for protection from the cold during an emergency.

However, there are may more everyday applications that you won’t be able to live without after discovering them!

Here are some great outdoor and garden uses that you will just love:


  • Tired of scraping down your windshield?

Prevent car windshield ice build-up by placing on windscreen while car is still warm and tucking ends into the doors. Great for overnight parking and when parked during snow or threat of snow.




  • Prevent garden plants from shriveling from extreme heat or fall frost. Use as a cover weighted down by stones.
  • Use under picnic blankets to prevent dampness or spread on rocks or picnic table as a makeshift tablecloth.
  • Use cut pieces as reflective mulch in gardening to repel some plant pests and to increase the amount of sunlight reaching plants.




  • Birds hate Mylar! Keep away nesting geese, birds and their attacking visitors with strips of Mylar tied to tent stakes and placed in the ground where they habitate.
  • Hang behind trellises to reflect more light onto the backside of vertical plants




  • Line dog and cat outdoor houses/crates for warmth.
  • Line chicken coops and other animal shelters for warmth and protection.
  • Makes a great improvised tanning bed.



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Emergency Blankets Are For More Than Just This!!

Although most people think of using a Mylar emergency blanket for survival purposes to keep warm, here are many fabulous applications for home and indoors that we think you will just love.



*  Protect furniture from pet hair by using as a Mylar blanket a drape. Cats won’t scratch a couch back if a Mylar blanket is in place. And it’s easy to remove when company comes.



*  Place behind candles or lanterns to reflect light back into the room. You will be surprised how much extra light you get from this.

*  Also place behind wood stoves to more effectively radiate heat into the room.


*  Increase radiator heat substantially by placing thin cardboard covered with Mylar a relatively short distance behind it. Mylar has an extreme heat tolerance, melting at 254 degrees C (that’s 489 degrees F), so there is little danger.




*  Retain heat in the bottom and sides of dog, cat and pet crates when the area is cold or drafty, and especially if your pet or animal kennel is outdoors. For necessary warmth, place a blanket on top of the Mylar that is  on the floor of the kennel.



*   Makes a good temporary window tint. (Mylar sheets are semi-transparent, similar to sliver sun glass lenses)

*  Use over windows or as curtain liners to keep heat in during winter, out during summer, and reduce your electric bill considerably

*  Use in attics for blocking summer heat


*  If heat or power goes out at home, place under blanket or quilt to retain 90% of your body heat. The crinkling noise may be noticeable, but you will keep warm and toasty!

Always have plenty of emergency blankets on hand especially in this case, for yourself and loved ones.



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Emergency Blankets Are For More Than Just Emergencies!

Mylar Emergency Blankets, sometimes called thermal, space, solar or foil blankets, are for more than keeping warm in a cold weather emergency!

Here are some awesome emergency blanket uses for camping, outdoors and wilderness adventuring:


*  Magnify campfire heat for warmth. Place blanket around you and hold it open sitting in front of the fire to ‘bounce’ heat around you. (Mylar melts at 254°C so there is no fire danger)

*  Catch rain by placing blanket in a natural depression in the ground or one you have created

*  Make water from melted snow by placing on blanket in the sun

*  Reflect the sun to heat water

*  Cut and line boots or gloves that have become wet, to keep warm and dry

*  Dry wet clothes and gear quickly by placing on blanket in the sun

*  Use as a ground tarp to keep dampness out

*  Twist for extra rope material

*  Create a makeshift hammock

*  Mark a trail with cut strips

*  Build a horseshoe pack to carry small items

* Make a belt by twisting and looping through pants, and tie

*  Use as aluminum foil to warm food near the coals of a fire

*  Cut to size and wrap food to waterproof

*  Use as a poncho in sudden rain or wind storms

*   Make fish lures by cutting small pieces to use as a lure (shiny surfaces attract fish)

*   Make fishing weights by cutting 3-inch squares to wrap stones

*  Make a food/bear cache by wrapping food in the blanket, tying with rope, tossing rope over a high branch, hoisting up, then tying off the other end

*  Make ‘gaiters’ by wrapping cut-to-size pieces around legs and secure with duct tape

*  Make a sunshade. The reflective properties makes it many degrees cooler under the shade than in full sun

*  Stuff with clothing and tie ends to use as a warm pillow

*   Fill with sand, snow, or dirt and tie ends to create an anchor*

*  Improvise a light by redirecting light from a full moon, sun or flashlight

Always have plenty of Mylar emergency blankets on hand for all outdoor adventuring!

For survival, cold weather uses and instructions, please visit our previous blog

“How To Use Your Emergency Blankets Correctly for Cold Weather Survival”


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Emergency Blankets: General Instructions for Survival

Sometimes called space, thermal or foil blankets, ultra-thin reflective Mylar emergency blankets provide excellent protection in severe weather, yet it is crucial to understand how they work so you can use them correctly for optimal results.

How Emergency Blankets Work

Emergency blankets prevent heat-loss from radiation (this is how the majority of our body heat is lost). Radiation is when heat radiates away from its source. This is where your Emergency Blanket shines.  It allows hot pockets of air to form between you and the blanket, containing your body heat to keep you warm.

Your Emergency Blanket requires insulation in certain cases to prevent body heat loss through conduction. By laying the blanket on the bare ground, for example, there is no “dead air space” for the hot air to collect so, by the process of conduction (heat loss by touching something cold) your body may lose heat by the blanket touching the cold ground.

No worries!  In this case, a layer of insulation on top of the blanket (such as leaves, clothing or a sleeping bag) will keep you warm when lying on the ground.


Survival Instructions

*  To sit or squat, wrap the blanket firmly around your jacket and body to prevent heat loss and to stop wind from getting under the blanket.

*  To lie down, place one emergency blanket on the ground and cover with a layer of leaves and wrap another blanket around yourself before lying down.

*  If you have a sleeping bag, use the blanket underneath as a ground tarp OR line the insides of your bag and you’ll be toasty in no time. Better yet, do both.

*  Your goal is to keep warm and DRY, not damp or wet. Overheating and becoming sweaty may lead to hypothermia if re-exposed to the cold. If sweating begins to occur, use extra clothing or dry leaves for absorbtion.

*  Emergency Blankets are tough and tear-resistant. As with all Mylar products, it is recommended to avoid sharp or piercing objects when using.

*  Wrap loosely when using inside jackets, clothing or sleeping bags to maximize air pockets facilitating heat retention and to prevent potential tearing.

*  Mylar does not breathe. Never cover your face and head completely, and be cautious with use around children.

Crinkly, yes, and when doing their job, the sound will be like a song.


More Great Survival Uses

*  Create a makeshift shelter in the advent of sudden storms. Make buttons by looping a slip knot over the corners of blanket and use to tie it down

*  Make a signal that acts like a giant mirror. Place on the ground with rocks on top, or cut to communicate a message such as SOS

*  Twist into an antenna to boost cell phone, radio, or TV reception

*  Create a reflective shelter to keep cool during extreme heat

*  Use in a shallow creek during a forest fire to make an air pocket to breath while the fire passes over. (Mylar melts at 254°C so there is little fire danger)

*  Reflect the sun onto tinder to build a fire

*  Use to catch snow and rain for water

*  Use as ground tarp to keep water out

*  Wrap around your body, or inside clothes, boots and gloves to maintain 90% body heat

*  Wrap around your body for protection against extreme wind, rain and snow

*  Keeps you and everything else dry in the event off sudden storms

 More is Better!
Always carry several Mylar Blankets with you to have plenty on hand for the many applications you may need.



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T’is The Season To Be Protected Against the Cold and Know How to Treat Unexpected Frostbite.

General Information:

Frostbite is an injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold. It is caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. At first, the skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin.

The goal of frostbite treatment is to salvage as much tissue as possible, to restore body functioning, and to prevent complications.


The earliest sign that the body temperature begins to fall below normal (hypothermia) is shivering. This is actually good since the body is attempting to warm its temperature. However, prolonged exposure to extreme cold temperature can have the following symptoms:

* Numbness and loss of pain sensation
* Cold skin that feels hard and solid
* Confusion
* Loss of function
* Blistering
* Color change from white, to red to purple
* Slurred speech


When you notice these signs, make sure to apply the following first aid procedures:

* Call 911 for moderate to severe symptoms or seek immediate medical care.

* Move to a warm place and remove any wet clothing.

* Unless it is absolutely necessary, do NOT walk on frostbitten toes or feet.

* Do NOT begin to warm the skin until you can maintain keeping it warm. Warming, re-exposing to cold air, and then re-warming can cause further damage.

* Gently warm the area in tepid to warm (NOT hot) water or with wet warm towels until the skin appears red and warm.

* If no water is nearby, breathe on the area through cupped hands and use blankets.

* Do NOT use direct heat from heating pads, a heating bottle, radiator, or by sitting close to fires.

* Do NOT rub or massage the skin or break any blisters that may have formed.


While outdoors and especially when hiking or camping, always be prepared for extremes in temperatures including the sudden potential for very cold weather when the seasons are changing, even when it is warm at the onset of your outing.

Higher altitudes and mountainous regions are highly susceptible to swift changes in temperatures. Do not ignore your body when it begins to shiver. Wear more layers of clothes as necessary.

Carry a Mylar emergency blanket or two, to protect against sudden onset of cold and protection in the event of encountering severe weather.

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Understanding these guidelines will prepare you to safely give assistance should an emergency occur.

1. Be safe.

This is the most important rule. Never put yourself or another in harm’s way. Never perform first aid in such a manner as to cause harm to yourself, the victim, or bystanders.

If possible tend to imminent issues to create a safe environment such as turning off a stove, electricity or equipment, having someone direct traffic, keeping bystanders away, etc. Do not attempt to fix dangerous issues such as gas or chemical leaks, live electrical wires, buildings on fire or falling objects.

If dangerous factors are present and you are not easily able to provide a safe environment for yourself or the victim, step away, do NOT treat, and immediately call 911.

2. Assess the Scene

If many things are happening all at once, assess the situation and determine what needs to be done first, such as attending to lifesaving or critical needs, including calling 911. Get “permission to treat” if the victim is conscious. Look for bystanders that may be able to help, or bring first aid items for treatment.


3. Observe Symptoms



Look for signs and symptoms to help determine the cause of trauma such as poisoning, injury, shock, choking etc., and then set your course of first aid treatment.




4. Treat the Victim


Treat with appropriate first aid that you feel confident in performing, such as keeping the victim warm with a blanket or coat, performing CPR if you are able, and other protocols you feel comfortable in administering safely.


5. Obtain Critical Information

From the victim, get as much information as possible such as name, address, emergency contact information, details of what happened and symptoms they are experiencing. From bystanders, obtain anything that might be useful such as what happened before you arrived or details involving the trauma.

Give this information to emergency teams when they arrive.


6. Get Help in the event of serious trauma.


Call 911: Have a bystander do this if possible. Or have the victim seek appropriate professional medical emergency treatment immediately.



Acting with knowledge and confidence could help save a life.

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 NEW Patch-Up Survival Kit

Containing 12 Lifesaving Emergency Tools for Home, Outdoors and Disaster Preparedness

Head out on a hike or outdoor adventure being safe and well prepared to fix just about anything you may need or encounter! This kit is built to last and could help save your life if you get lost or stranded.

And…be prepared for survival, earthquake and disasters at home or while travelling.

This portable and lightweight Survival Kit is a “must have” safety item to take everywhere!

  • The compact size (6.5 “X 4.5”) makes it easily portable
  • It’s tough plastic waterproof and shockproof case stands up to extreme weather conditions to protect the contents inside.
  • Side case clips provide an airtight seal for further contents protection, and will float if your boat has capsized.
  • All survival tools inside are made with tough plastic, stainless steel or aluminum alloy so they will never rust or corrode.


Fire Starter

9 Function multi-tool pliers

3 Mode flash light

11 Function saber card

Wire saw

3 Function knife

Fishing line and hooks

Compass with solar dial

Tactical defense pen

Mini light

Rescue whistle

Waterproof case

Have fun outdoors knowing you are well prepared for your adventure!

  • Start a fire without matches
  • Open bottles and cans for food
  • Cut down debris, make firewood or shelter with the wire saw
  • Find your way with the compass
  • Be able to see at night with the 3 flashlights included
  • Have a knife to cut through seatbelts among many other uses
  • Signal search and rescue teams with the whistle
  • Fish for food if lost in the wilderness
  • Open or fix anything with the multi-tool pliers
  • Break window glass safely to escape
  • Protect yourself against intruders or animals with the tactical self-defense pen
  • This kit is perfect for everything from everyday outdoor activities to wilderness treks and survival preparedness.


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Accidents happen, they are a potential part of everyday living. Are you prepared to help a friend or loved one?

Could you confidently help someone having a heart attack, has fainted or is having a stroke? Would you know what to do if someone sprained a muscle or has broken a bone?  How about if someone gets caught in a fire or if someone suddenly has an asthma attack and stops breathing?  Would you know what to do?

A general first aid guide is something everyone should have and also be familiar with the training and information inside.

Accidents happen. You will know how to help in these situations with confidence if you have a good general training in first aid.  Sure enough, accidents are a part of life and are unfortunately present as a potential every day.

A Background on the Necessity of First Aid Kits

Simply put, first aid is urgent care that is immediately provided to the victims of accidents prior to the arrival of the trained medical personnel. It includes the use and application of simple yet rapid measures such as applying pressure to wounds, clearing a blocked air passage, or rinsing chemical burns from eyes and skin. While it is impossible to predict the occurrence of any of these mishaps, it is important to prepare yourself and be ready for what may come.

As the cliché goes, prevention is better than cure. Meaning to say, every emergency situation that has to be cared for must be coupled with a good first aid kit. This is a special pouch which you always keep nearby. You should know how to use all of the items contained inside.

First Aid Kit Contents

What should comprise your first aid kit? At the very minimum, it should contain plenty of adhesive bandages, alcohol pads, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, gauze, surgical  gloves, and antibiotic ointment. You may either collect these items individually or purchase a ready to go emergency kit.

It should be portable, durable and easily fit into your suitcase, sports bag, vehicle, RV  or backpack for camping and adventuring. With a good first aid kit on hand, you can readily tend to those who need immediate medical  attention and increase the potential of saving lives.

The Role of a First Aid Manual

Apart from being prepared with your first aid kit, as mentioned above, it is strongly advised to have a first aid manual to learn basic first aid treatment for every day emergencies and therefore be confident and knowledgeable in treating common wounds, accidents and injuries should they arise.

Study the information in your manual and keep it handy for reference should the need arise.


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