May 31st, 2013
Allergies are a problem that affect many people. Some of the most common allergies include dust, mold, and pet dander. People who are particularly susceptible to these allergies can have a difficult time when trying to get simple chores done around the house, so when it comes time for spring cleaning, it can be a nightmare for allergy sufferers.
At Safety Gear Online we understand the importance of being safe and healthy when completing a task. That’s why we offer a variety of tools to help allergy sufferers get their spring cleaning done without having to sneeze, cough and gasp their way through it. The simplest solution for people with allergies is to wear a dust mask. These simple masks can block airborne particles and prevent an allergic reaction. When used in combination with goggles to protect the eyes from allergens, a dust mask is an inexpensive solution for allergies.
Dust masks make spring cleaning, home renovation projects, yard work, or any other activities where airborne particles can cause problems, more tolerable for allergy sufferers. Do you have more tips on staying allergy free when getting things done around the house? Comment and let us know. We love to hear your ideas!
May 24th, 2013
It’s not uncommon to see highway workers doing construction throughout the warmer months. It’s important to be aware of work zone and follow certain precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, the workers, and the other drivers on the road. Not every work zone has a flagger with a 24” hand held stop sign signaling motorists to stop. In some cases, especially on highways, it is up to the drivers to slow down and heed all cautionary traffic signs.
It’s these highway work zones that have the highest instance of accidents, injuries and fatalities. With a little caution it’s easy to protect everyone on the road when you come across these work zones. The following tips are all good practice for safe driving in work zones. Take note, because one day they may save a life.
It may seem like a no brainer, but most work zone accidents occur when drivers are speeding. Be sure to observe all posted work zone speeds to prevent an accident.
It’s important to leave room between yourself and the driver in front of you. It’s not uncommon for drivers to have to brake quickly because a worker or piece of machinery may be obstructing their path. By leaving room you lower the likelihood of a rear end collision.
Always use your turn signals or flashers to let other drivers know you are changing lanes, drastically slowing down, or stopping in a work zone. Because roads can be lacking shoulders r lanes can be tighter than normal, you need to let other drivers know what you’re doing.
Above all, be patient when driving in work zones. This can be difficult if you’re running late or under stress, but remember anything can happen at any time. You need to be patient and observant to avoid accidents.
May 17th, 2013
Spring and summer months mean more time spent outdoors. For many, the warmer months are a time to go on trips, take vacations or experience outdoor sports and music entertainment. If you’re one of the people who enjoy getting out and having fun under the sun, keep your eyes peeled for those high visibility safety vests.
Whether you’re headed out to a ballgame, a theme park, a concert, or even the airport it’s hard to miss people wearing their safety vests. From parking lot attendants, to traffic cops, to airport ground crews, everyone seems to be wearing a brightly colored reflective vest. That’s because it’s important to be seen while working in high traffic areas.
No matter what kind of summer fun you have planned, take notice of those people who stand out in their safety vests. That’s why they’re wearing them in the first place. If you work in an area where you need to be seen by people, machine operators or motorists, it’s a good idea to have a safety vest of your own. Be safe and be seen with the help of a high visibility safety vest, and enjoy your summer fun!
May 10th, 2013
Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, it’s the perfect time to hit the trail! If you love to camp or hike, late spring and early summer are the ideal times to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors. But remember to pack your first aid kit in case anything happens when you’re far from home. Below are some great tips for safe camping and hiking. Safety Gear Online wants you to be prepared for anything.
- Hike with a group. It’s always safer to hike with a group of people in case someone gets sick or injured.
- Check the weather before heading out. Be aware of changing weather before it occurs so you’re not stuck in a storm unexpectedly.
- Wear light colored clothing. Not only will it be easier for others to spot you, but it’s also easier to spot ticks since they’re attracted to white.
- Use sunscreen to protect against sunburn.
- Take a cell phone in case of emergencies. If you’re hiking in a remote area without service, always inform friends or family members of your route beforehand.
- If you have a trail map or GPS it’s important to keep it on hand to prevent getting lost.
- Be sure to have a way to make a fire in case you’re stranded over night.
- Always pack a first aid kit in case of emergencies.
April 25th, 2013
If you work outdoors in the spring and summer time then you know just how hot it can get on the job. For some jobs, the necessary safety gear can prohibit workers from cooling off with shorts or short sleeve t-shirts. That’s why Safety Gear Online offers a variety of safety accessories to keep you safe while you’re staying cool on the job.
If you work in a job where you’re required to wear reflective safety vests, we offer a selection of light weight breathable vests that will help you stand out without making you overheat. We even carry mesh vests that are completely breathable.
For those who wear a hard hat all day we have a variety of accessories to stay cool. From neck shades to sweatbands we can help you make the most of your hard hat on those hot afternoons. Safety Gear Online also offers MiraCool bandanas which are designed to retain water and work with the body’s natural evaporation process. These unique bandanas offer the wearer an easy way to stay cool even on the hottest day.
We even offer breathable work gloves that can keep your hands safe while letting heat escape. No matter what kind of safety gear you need, let Safety Gear Online help you stay comfortable.
April 18th, 2013
Ears are like fingerprints—everyone is slightly different. And ears are precious. They help us avoid danger, recognize our family and friends’ voices, and escape into the world of music. But our ears are constantly under attack from our daily activities. You know our custom molded ear plugs are vital to protecting your hearing on the job or out in the yard, but have you considered the following uses as part of their allure?
Whether you’re attending a rock concert or performing one yourself, custom molded ear plugs help prevent tinnitus (ringing in ears) and hearing loss. You can also bring your ear plugs to the office and block out the sound of your noisy neighbors in the next cubicle. Because they’re custom molded, they are less likely to be stolen too. Ear plugs can also silence the roar of nearby traffic, or a snoring partner, as you settle in for a good night’s sleep.
If you’re not protecting your hearing, you should be and the custom molding process could not be simpler. The ear plugs come in a variety of colors and the molding process takes only ten minutes. Check out the instructional video for more information and start protecting your hearing today.
April 11th, 2013
Head injuries are among the most common and most dangerous forms of occupational injuries. Over 100,000 head injuries are reported every year and in many cases the victim was not wearing proper head protection. It’s important to wear the hard hats, safety glasses, earplugs or dist masks at all times when working in potentially hazardous environments.
Safety Gear Online offers standard and full brim hard hats in a variety of colors. These certified hard hats protect the wearer from cuts, scrapes, lacerations, concussions or fractures. When a hard hat is worn in combination with a pair of shatter resistant polycarbonate safety glasses, it is possible to protect the head from flying debris or falling objects.
Head protection is extremely important because traumatic head injuries can result in lifelong disabilities. You should never trust your head to hard hat or pair of safety glasses that are not properly tested and rated for safety use. Improper safety equipment can break or shatter resulting in even greater injuries to the wearer. That’s why Safety Gear Online only carries certified safety equipment that is designed to hold up during serious accidents.
Browse our selection of safety products today to find the right hard hats safety glasses and more!
April 5th, 2013
Few things startle us the way fire does. Flames can spark without warning and cause serious damage or personal injury. But you no longer have to drag a full-size fire extinguisher around to protect yourself from a sudden blaze. A Portable Fire Extinguisher is the same size as a canister of bug repellent and packs a punch its larger red cousin would appreciate. And with a price tag considerably lower than traditional extinguishers, the portable canisters are becoming more popular for personal use and travel.
A Portable Fire Extinguisher is the perfect size to stash in your backpack or toolbox. With this safety item, grease, wool, and electric fires will no longer threaten your safety or the well-being of your loved ones. This canister allows its user to simply point and fire, unlike the complicated instructions found on traditional extinguishers. Perfect for indoor and outdoor emergencies, a Portable Fire Extinguisher uses non-toxic foam to suffocate flames before they spread out of control. The foam is environmentally safe and made in the USA.
This miniature extinguisher makes a great addition to your workplace first aid kit and can help make your home a safer place. What will you use your portable fire extinguisher for?
March 28th, 2013
For many, the springtime means warmer weather, longer days and more time spent outdoors. Spring can also mean unpredictable weather and increased precipitation. If you live in an area that tends to get a great deal of rainfall in the spring, there are certain safety precautions you should follow, especially while driving.
The most important thing to remember when driving in the rain is not to rush. Always allow for extra travel time when the weather is rainy. Don’t forget to keep greater distance between yourself and the car in front of you. These two tips can greatly reduce your risk of hydroplaning or colliding with another car that is losing control.
Getting in the habit of braking earlier than usual and braking with less force can also be helpful techniques for preventing accidents. Sliding and skidding in wet conditions are common causes of fender benders. By breaking earlier you reduce your risk of sliding during a quick stop, and it lets the driver behind you know that you’re slowing down.
It’s always a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car in case of a roadside emergency. Having a bright signal light or eFlare can alert motorists to your stopped vehicle from a distance, and reduce the risk of an accident. This can be used in conjunction with your hazard lights for maximum visibility.
March 18th, 2013
At last, winter is on its way out and spring is just around the corner! As the age old saying goes, the month of April tends to be the wettest month we see all year. Although the rain does bring beautiful May flowers, it dramatically increases the risk for injury at job sites. With factors like slick surfaces and decreased visibility, this is the time to make sure you take all the necessary precautions to stay safe starting with High Visibility Rain Gear.
Here are some tips for making the best of a slippery situation:
-Promote working in pairs in order to better identify potentially hazardous situations.
-Learn about the dangers rain can introduce to a site, so you are aware of what to expect.
-Know your surroundings and the location of the nearest shelter, should the weather conditions escalate.
-Utilize signs and cones around unsafe areas including potholes and incomplete structures.
-Make certain good drainage systems are in place to avoid flooding, utilize additional water pumps if necessary.
-Identify electrical hazards and take the necessary precautions to avoid any exposed live wires.
-Wear the appropriate high visibility protective gear, such as our ANSI Class 3 Rain Jacket, so you can be easily identified.
Regardless of the scope of your site, it is essential to take the extra care in wet conditions to prevent injuries. Following these tips will help reduce the risk rainy weather brings.