Category: Emergency

Aug 24

flowers.pngThese clever artificial flowers are used to put out oil and grease fires.

They have magnets and stick to your refrigerator or other magnetic surface. If you have a fire, you simply grab them and toss them on the flames, where they melt into a gooey film and extinguish the blaze - as shown in the video below.

Melted, these flowers make quite a mess, but then so does the spray from a canister fire extinguisher, or worse - the destruction and mess of a fire unchecked.

These fire flowers, which are not unattractive, strike us as a novel and amusing yet highly practical gift. You would be remembered every time the cook sees them in his or her kitchen. And in the event of a fire your name would be revered!

(via Random Good Stuff)

Aug 22

6-in-1.pngThe this device with six functions:

The six-in-one safety device features an LED flashlight, cell phone charger, FM radio, signal flasher, 130 decibel siren and a compass - all operated by a hand crank.

Also check out the company’s Wings of Life backpack and Life Essentials.

Aug 19

The Home Safety Council estimates that only 30 percent of households have discussed and created an emergency plan outlining how loved ones would stay in touch during a major weather or disaster event.

Even if you live alone it’s important to have such a plan so you can let others know you are OK or in need of help. Below are a few of the things you need to do in order to be prepared. (They may seem basic, but many of us don’t even have the basics for an emergency.)

Compile a “Ready-to-Go Kit” in case your family needs to leave home and a “Ready-to-Stay Kit” in case your family needs to stay inside your home for an extended time. Kits should contain water, canned food, can opener, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, change of clothes and first aid.

Designate a safe meeting place outside your home and out of harm’s way, and designate a safe place to stay in your home in case of severe weather.

Update wireless phones with “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) contact information. And be aware that land-line phones with cords attached to the handset will continue to operate if the power goes out in your home. Cordless phones will not.

Click here for a form that you can print out and then fill in with important emergency numbers and information. (It’s going to appear on your computer screen upside-down, but will print out just fine. And you do want to print it out because your computer won’t be operating if your power goes out.)

Eds Note: No more than 20 minutes after we wrote this post, we lost all electricity in a widespread outage in our city. The only thing that kept working was Cait’s kitchen wall phone that has a cord attached to the handset.

Jul 18

Every home, workplace and car should have a first aid kit. But while all of them contain basic supplies, few include clear and simple directions of what to do until the ambulance arrives or you get to a doctor.

first-aid.pngIntelligent First Aid offers several options to the basic first aid kit.

The first, and most amazing in our opinion, is the talking kit which comes with color-coded packets containing the supplies you need for the particular injury - so there’s no digging around for bandages or cold packs.

Pressing the button on the packet activates a sound chip that gives step-by-step instructions on how to proceed. For example, press the button on the packet for Bleeding and you hear this.

The talking kit also includes individual “speaking” packets for injuries including shock, head & spine, bites & stings, bone, breathing & CPR, burns, eye and basic first aid.

The company’s other first-aid options include smaller kits with non-speaking packets that include supplies and simple and clear instructions and graphics printed on over-sized cards for each injury.

May 17

These two products help people locate your home quickly by turning ordinary lights into flashing beacons.

911-beacon.pngThe Beacon, seen here to the left, is a porch light that screws into an ordinary socket. The Flasher, seen to the lower right, is an adapter that screws into a lamp in your home.

The flashers on both products activate by simply flipping the light switch twice.lamp-adapter.png

In an emergency, the flashing light could be a signal to neighbors you need help.

The flashers also help fire and police visually locate your home quickly without have to search for an address that may be hard to read, or obscured by physical objects or poor weather conditions.

May 15

The Gimpy Girls routinely use ice packs for one ailing body part or another, and we’ve found that homemade ice packs work as well, if not better, than ice packs bought in the store. They’re certainly cheaper and mold much easier to your body than many commercial ice packs.

To make them, mix three parts water with one part rubbing alcohol in a freezer zip-lock bag and insert that bag in a second bag for insurance against leaks. Put it in the freezer and in a couple of hours the contents will set up to a firm slush. To make it softer, add a little more alcohol.

Marty learned this trick from a physical therapist years ago. These ice packs last seemingly forever and certainly come in handy.

Eds. Note: Because the alcohol is poisonous, consider labeling the bag so everyone using the freezer knows it is not edible. And if the ice pack is too cold, put a wash cloth between it and the affected body part so you don’t ice burn yourself.

Apr 30

Our mantra is “safety safety safety” and we think this light is a must have.


The light has a nice feel in our hands, simple controls and a retractable plug, which is easy to fold down to carry the light in your pocket. The LED technology also means lower carbon emissions and no bulbs to burn out.powerlight.png

The only drawback we see is that the flashlight covers both sockets in an outlet, giving you one less socket to plug something else in.

Sep 29

Escaping from a fire, or a smoke-filled room, may be the furthest thing from your mind right now.

But the cold weather returning means, for many of us, a return to space heaters, electric blankets, baseboard heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, humidifiers and, too often, overloaded extension cords.

Eighty-two percent of all fire deaths and injuries occur at home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and we aging Gimpy adults are among the highest at risk. So take a minute and read on to remember what it takes to stay safe in your home from fire. Read the rest of this entry »