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Boating Safety Equipment Checklist

Boating safely means having the right equipment on board for all emergencies, big and small.

Basic First Aid
Maintain a first aid kit stocked with basic supplies. You can include gauze, bandages, alcohol cleaning pads, aspirin, PPE like gloves, or protective eyewear etc. This is essential for any boat trip and the boat should not set sail without a first aid kit. Of course, whilst it’s important that you have a fully-packed first aid kit at your disposal, making sure that it has been stored in the safest way possible is also very important – read the guide from somewhere like Storemasta here to find out more.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
The U.S. Coast Guard and/or state laws require you to have an approved PFD (also called life jackets and life vests) when you are in a boat, and that boat must carry one PFD for each passenger on board. Certain types of boats must also have a cushion or ring that can be thrown to a person in the water. Learn about the BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program and watch a video they created about how to properly fit a child’s life jacket.

Signaling Devices
Keep day and nighttime signaling devices on your boat including a sound horn, distress flag, flares and/or a fog system.

Marine Batteries
Ensuring you have an emergency stock of marine batteries can give you peace of mind that your boat will not be short on power.

Fire Extinguisher
You must have a fire extinguisher with you while you’re on the water. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it’s an essential item to keep close at hand should a fire ignite in the engine, galley or on the grill.

Boat Anchor
To keep from running aground in bad weather or as a result of engine failure, every boat needs an adequate anchor. Read more in our Anchoring section.

Tow Ropes & Dock Lines
Make sure you have an extra tow rope in case you or another boater is stranded and needs a lift. Dock lines also come in handy when you need to tie up to someone’s pier.

Marine VHF Radio & Cell Phone
Keep a VHF radio on your boat at all times and bring your cell phone along too. Read our Emergency Protocol section for instructions on how to call for help.

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Safety Horn Inspection Recommendations

All of our safety horns and components are inspected and tested during manufacture and prior to packing and shipment.  We recommend that you inspect any horns upon receipt as things can happen in transit.  Each horn is tested to be sure they meet the required quality dB requirements.  All canisters follow required DOT manufacture requirements for compressed gas products.  The following inspections should be performed and recorded:

  • If product has been shipped to you, visually inspect the outer and inner packaging to ensure they haven’t been damaged in any way from shipping and handling.
  • Visually inspect all components and assemble horn as directed.  Be sure to tighten without overtightening.  Sound horn to be sure device is in working order.
  • Once assembled, weigh and record the completed horn and place in storage location for emergency use.
  • Be sure horn is stored in a cool, dry location and protect from tampering, heat sources, and direct sunlight.  Never store in enclosed vehicle or where temperatures can exceed 120°F/49°C.

 

Monthly Inspection Recommendations:

  • Visually inspect all components and check for tampering, cracks, or rust.
  • Weigh completed horn and compare with original received weight.  Record weight for inspection comparison.
  • Test if required to ensure completed horn is in working order (see attachment for average number of blasts for the safety horn you have).  Remember to include the number of 1-2 second blasts when calculating shelf life.
  • Replace horns if blast life is exhausted or there is evidence of damage or tampering.  NEVER USE A HORN THAT HAS BEEN DAMAGED OR IS NOT IN PROPER WORKING ORDER.  REPLACE IMMEDIATELY.  Products contain compressed gas, not air.  Always follow SDS recommendations for use and storage.
  • Recommended replacement of our larger sized 8 oz., 5.5 oz., and 5 oz. horns is every 5 years if still in working condition or when gas level is at 50% based on weight.
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Versatile Dust-Off Duster Offers Cleaning Applications Beyond Electronics

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Versatile Dust-Off Duster Offers Cleaning Applications Beyond Electronics

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Branchburg, (February 22, 2013)Dust-Off®, the leading brand of consumer electronic cleaning products, is pleased to share a number of uses for their versatile Dusters beyond cleaning electronics. For years Dust-Off’s cleaning dusters have been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronics, but they are also a convenient cleaning tool with a multitude of applications including cleaning household items, crafts, hobbies and collectibles.

Dust-Off dusters are a handy cleaning tool for uses both in the home and at the office. They are ideal for cleaning cloth mini-blinds or to blow off dust from drapes and lamp shades. Hard-to-reach areas like small cracks, holes or grooves in decorative items around the house are easy to clean with the Dust-Off duster. The duster can remove dirt and debris from bracelets, pendants or rings making jewelry sparkle and shine like new. Keep office space clean by removing particles from desk decorations or overlooked corners on book shelves.

The Dust-Off duster is also an ideal tool for crafts and hobbies. With the duster, artists can remove charcoal and pastel dust from building up on their artwork. When a woodworker is finished with their tools, the Dust-Off dusters make it simple to remove loose wood chips from materials. Collectibles and models on display tend to accumulate dust and dirt, however Dust-Off dusters rid them of the excess build up without distributing fragile collectibles.

To learn about more uses for Dust-Off’s duster please visit, https://www.dust-off.com/cleaning-resources/100-plus-applications-for-dusters. All of Dust-Off’s duster products are currently available and can be purchased at http://www.dust-off.com/shop/category/computer-dusters.

About Dust-Off®

Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.Dust-Off.com or follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KeepitDustOff.

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Dust-Off Offers Two Ways To Keep Electronics Dirt Free

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Dust-Off Offers Two Ways To Keep Electronics Dirt Free

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Branchburg, (January 29, 2013)Dust-Off®, the leading brand of consumer electronic cleaning products is providing consumers with two types of cleaning solutions, Premium and QuickClean, to keep their electronic devices clean and fingerprint free at home, at the office or on-the-go.

The Premium line of screen cleaners is comprised of a two part system which provides consumers with the best clean possible. The first part of the system is the Premium Screen Spray which, when sprayed directly onto the device, breaks through built up dirt and grime. The Screen Shammy MicroFiber Cloth, the second part of the system, safely collects the dirt and grime without leaving streaks or residue. The Premium line is safe to use on all electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops, TV’s, gaming devices, eReaders, and GPS. Screen cleaning kits in the Premium line include:

  • Laptop Computer Care Kit – Regular maintenance is essential to keeping laptops working properly. This kit contains everything needed for effective cleaning such as a duster, Shammy, spray, and swabs. It also includes step-by-step cleaning instructions to ensure the laptop is not damaged during the process.
  • LCD & Plasma Screen Care Kit – Plasma and LCD screens need to be cleaned with care to prevent scratching or any other damage. The Microfiber cloth included in this kit safely wipes and polishes the screen without leaving behind streaks, residue or scratches. The kit also includes spray that can safely be sprayed directly onto the screen.

The QuickClean line of screen cleaners allows for consumers to conveniently clean on-the-go with either wet wipes or sprays that are quick drying and leave a streak free shine. Like the Premium line, these products rid devices of dirt, grime, fingerprints, germs, and facial oils on all types of electronics. All of these cleaners are small enough to fit in a purse, laptop case, car, or briefcase. Products in Dust-Off’s QuickClean line include:

  • Electronics Screen Wipes– Electronic devices have become a part of everyday life and are marred with dirt, grime, fingerprints and facial oils. These wipes are quick drying for on-the-go clean up, are safe to use daily, and keep every device looking like new.
  • Portable Tablet Screen Cleaning Kit– Tablets are now being used as laptop alternatives for both work and play. This kit features a Screen Spray Pen and Microfiber cloth that is a safe and effective way to quickly clean tablets and ensures that files, web pages, and photos are being seen properly while on-the-go.

All of Dust-Off’s screen cleaning products are currently available and can be purchased at http://www.dust-off.com/products.

About Dust-Off®

Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.Dust-Off.com or follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KeepitDustOff.

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Dust-Off Helps Clean Electronics for This Year’s Thanksgiving Gathering

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Dust-Off Helps Clean Electronics for This Year’s Thanksgiving Gathering

Branchburg, NJ (November 15, 2012)Dust-Off®, the leading brand of consumer electronics cleaning products, is helping consumers keep their electronic devices free of sticky candy-coated fingerprints this Halloween with their extensive line of screen cleaning products.

It’s the time of year again when homes are filled with family, friends and delicious food. Impress guests this holiday by keeping devices spotless for this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Whether it’s a television or smart phone, Dust-Off’s screen cleaners are a safe and effective way to clean all types of screens.

  • LCD/Plasma TVs – Enjoy the parade or the big game with your guests dust and grime free with Dust-Off’s LCD & Plasma Screen Care Kit. The kit is safe and effective for cleaning LCD and plasma LED TVs. The LCD & Plasma Screen Care Kit’s spray can be sprayed directly on screen because of the exclusive “no-run” formula. Its non-aerosol formula contains no VOC’s or alcohol allowing users to clean their TVs without damaging the screens. The Screen Shammy™ Microfiber Cloth safely wipes and polishes screens clean without leaving behind streaks or residue and is machine washable for repeat use.
  • Smart Phone – Keep smart phones free of greasy turkey fingerprints this Thanksgiving. Smart phones have become a large part of everyday life, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Make sure to use Dust-Off’s Smart Phone Cleaning Kit to safely and effectively clean any smart phone screen of fingerprints and dust, to help extend the life of the device. This Kit features the Screen Spray and Screen Shammy™ Microfiber Cloth for optimal results. Traveling for the holiday? Dust-Off’s Smart Phone Screen Wipes provide the same safe and effective cleaning results against dirt and fingerprints, and they are ideal for on-the-go use.
  • Camera – To capture family memories from the holiday meal without fingerprint smudges on camera screens use Dust-Off’s Portable Screen Cleaning Kit. This Kit includes the Screen Spray Pen and Microfiber cloth that offers a quick, easy and safe solution that can be used on any camera, from point-and-shoots to high-end DSLRs.

All of Dust-Off’s screen cleaning products are currently available and can be purchased at http://www.dust-off.com/shop/category/screen-sprays-and-microfiber.

About Dust-Off®
Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.Dust-Off.com or follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KeepitDustOff.

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Dust-Off Helps Clean Electronics of Sticky Candy-Coated Fingerprints This Halloween

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Dust-Off Helps Clean Electronics of Sticky Candy-Coated Fingerprints This Halloween
Branchburg, NJ (October 31, 2012)Dust-Off®, the leading brand of consumer electronics cleaning products, is helping consumers keep their electronic devices free of sticky candy-coated fingerprints this Halloween with their extensive line of screen cleaning products.

It’s the time of year again when homes are overloaded with sugary candy, and children are hunting for the one house that gives away the king size chocolate bars. Sticky candy and melted chocolate can do horrors to children’s hands and electronic devices. Whether it’s a smartphone or television, Dust-Off’s screen cleaners are a safe and effective way to clean all types of screens.

  • Smart Phone – Smart Phones are great tools for planning out routes while Trick-or-Treating. Before going out make sure to use Dust-Off’s Smart Phone Cleaning Kit to safely clean any smartphone screen of dust and sticky fingerprints, so Trick-or-Treaters can easily find their ways. This Kit features the Screen Spray and Screen Shammy™ Microfiber Cloth for optimal results.
  • Camera – In order to capture all the spooky costumes and Halloween party festivities without fingerprint smudges on lenses or screens use Dust-Off’s Portable Screen Cleaning Kit. This Kit includes the Screen Spray Pen and Microfiber cloth that offers a quick, easy and safe solution that can be used on any camera, from point-and-shoots to high-end DSLRs.
  • LCD/Plasma TVs – Enjoy horror movies fingerprint and dust free with Dust-Off’s LCD & Plasma Screen Care Kit. The kit is safe and effective for cleaning LCD and plasma LED TVs. The LCD & Plasma Screen Care Kit’s spray can be sprayed directly on screen because of the exclusive “no-run” formula. Its non-aerosol formula contains no VOC’s or alcohol allowing users to clean their TVs without damaging the screens. The Screen Shammy™ Microfiber Cloth safely wipes and polishes screens clean without leaving behind streaks or residue and is machine washable for repeat use.

About Dust-Off®
Manufactured by Falcon Safety Products Inc., a world leader in compressed-gas technology, Dust-Off offers the most comprehensive line of dust removing and preventive maintenance products for consumer electronics and home or office equipment. Dust-Off compressed-gas dusters are one of the most versatile cleaning accessories available to consumers today and have long been a staple for the care and maintenance of computers and other electronic equipment. For additional information, please visit www.Dust-Off.com or follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KeepitDustOff.

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Preparing for the Worst Scenario with Hurricanes

Hurricane Preparation When a severe storm is forecasted to be heading your way, be properly prepared. We’re talking secure anything lose on your property, get impact windows and doors hallandale so you won’t have to replace them every time a storm hits, sandbag your property if you’re at risk of flooding, do anything you need to do to ensure your safety. Damaging winds and power outages, as well as major local river and coastal flooding, can become a serious threat. In preparation for the hurricane, here are some emergency kit supplies to have on hand and things to check in case of a major hit. It’s also good to know what to do in the aftermath of such a storm in order to return your home back to normal. High winds can take their toll on things like the guttering on the exterior of your home. Debris can build up quite easily and it could even sustain damage. Services like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Charleston can help to remove debris and restore gutters to their prior state.

Not knowing when or where a hurricane may land is stressful? but there are ways to be prepared for the worst of the storm. Not only physically but financially, if you are worried about the contents of your home becoming damaged and worried about paying out for it, you can always get home insurance, no matter where you are you should be able to find an insurance company to discuss your options with you, for example, if you are in California and you want to know what rates are available, you can search ‘find the best rates in CA‘ and go from there. The rates you’ll be paying for your home insurance will most likely depend on your credit report. With a good credit score, you could be paying less than someone with a poorer credit score. However, everyone can improve their own credit score. Even those people without a Social Security Number and a credit card can improve their chances of getting better insurance rates (learn more about getting a credit card without a Social Security Number to build your credit). Make sure that you are as prepared as you can be during these horrendous times.

Some other ways residents can get ready for bad weather include:

  • Develop a family evacuation plan.
  • Have a Signal horn in an emergency kit in the house. Use the clip to have it with you at all times.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank, as gas stations are vulnerable to power outages.
  • Stock up on enough water and non-perishable food items that could last each person in the home up to five days. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water daily per person.
  • Put together an emergency kit, including a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, and rain gear.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Have enough cash on hand in case ATMs and banks are not open.
  • Keep important documents such as insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, birth certificates or social security cards in a waterproof or watertight container or resealable plastic bag.
  • Keep all of your prescription medicines in a plastic bag, and keep it with you.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Bring your pets indoors.
  • Have at least 3 days’ worth of pet food, bottled water, and supplies for your pet.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep emergency supplies in your car.

For more information about emergency preparedness, go to the American Red Cross website.

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Top Boat Maintenance Tips for the Boating Season

Getting Your Boat Ready for Summer

Branchburg, NJ (March 20, 2012) – With summer right around the corner, many are already thinking about taking their boats out of storage and preparing them for the season. Proper preparation is essential for the safety of everyone on board as well as avoiding problems that could arise when out in the water. Keeping up with the care and maintenance of your boat will extend its life and reduce the need for costly repairs. There are numerous items that should be on every captain’s checklist to ensure a safe and fun season.

Inspect fuel and electrical systems

After sitting in storage for a long period of time, it’s important to inspect both the fuel and electrical systems to make sure they’re running properly. The fuel system should be checked for any leaks or damage especially on the fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces. Additionally, the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems should be tested to ensure they’re working after a long winter season. Make sure all fluid levels, such as engine oil, are regulated. All electrical connections should be clean and tight and it’s vital to charge the battery and test it for holding a charge before taking off into the water.

Inspect propellers and hulls

Inspecting propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion is essential. If your propeller is damaged your boat can vibrate and damage your drivetrain. The propeller must be secured properly before taking off. There shouldn’t be any blisters, distortions or cracks on the hull. In addition, the hull needs to be cleaned using an environmentally safe cleaning solution.

Safety Equipment

Make sure your boat is equipped with the proper safety gear. Life jackets must be in good condition and there needs to be enough for the amount of passengers on your boat. The life jacket sizes should also be appropriate according to the size and age of the passengers. Also, be sure to have a sound producing device on board such as the Falcon ECO® Sound Marine Horn, a non-flammable horn that features a GWP (global warming potential) rating of 6 which is 99.5% lower than any other non-flammable horn on the market. Any fire extinguishers on board need to be the correct class for you boat as well as fully charged and stowed away in a safe place. Also on board should be an emergency first-aid kit along with battery-powered flashlights.

Create a Pre-Departure Checklist

A Pre-Departure Checklist is a great way to make sure that all items are ready to go for the boating adventure. The Pre-Departure Checklist should include but not be limited to lights, food and water supply, extra batteries, life jackets, and proper and updated documentations. This list should be somewhere in the boat to double check that all items are checked-off before each departure.
By checking these items off your list, your boat is sure to be smooth sailing all season long.


About Falcon Safety Products Inc.
Founded in 1953, Falcon Safety Products Inc. is a privately held corporation headquartered in Branchburg, New Jersey. A world leader in compressed-gas technology, Falcon manufactures a diverse line of products including the Dust Off® brand of computer / personal electronics cleaning products and signal horns for the marine, sport and safety markets. For additional information, please contact Falcon Safety Products Inc. at 908 707 4900 or visit www.falconsafety.com.

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Sound Advice for Campers

When you pack your belongings into a car and pitch a tent, own a Class B RV (visit campingfunzone.com if you don’t know what this is), or hire a caravan for your trip, it’s vital that you keep you and everyone around you safe during your camping trip. Campers have a lot of responsibility. When taking your family or a group of kids on a weekend adventure, proper safety planning is key. One additional item to remember to throw into the back pack is a Signal Horn.

A Signal Horn is a great way to signal emergencies, signal activities and events with your group. By pre planning your activities, you can inform all members of simple daily events including:

  • Emergency (1 short, 1 long, 1 short blast)
  • Breakfast (one blast of horn)
  • Lunch (2 blasts of horn)
  • Dinner (3 blasts)

This is a simple usage to keep the group alert and ready to regrouping during the course of your camping trip.

In addition, many park rangers and guides have commented on using a Signal Horn to “spook” unwanted wolfs, coyotes, and other aggressive animals while camping or hiking. Obviously, if your camping trip is for the sake of hunting, you’ll not want to use or go to a park where rangers use these sounds, as animals will be spooked away from the perimeter. Just ensure that you bring your most accurate air rifle for the occasion and prevent any other loud noises that may make game cautious.

With these tips, your camping trip should be a blast, and more importantly, you and your family will be kept safe. Happy camping!

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Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Tips

Simply wearing a life jacket isn’t enough; anyone putting on a jacket should make sure that it fits properly and the straps, buckles or zipper are secure.

Working in pairs, have one person (A) stand behind the other person (B) and test the life jacket for proper fit. While person B puts his arms straight overhead (similar to a football referee signaling a touchdown), person A should grasp the tops of person B’s arm openings and gently pull up. Excess room above the arm openings and the life jacket riding up over the chin and face are signs of a bad fit. A snug fit in these areas represents a good fit.

A proper fit means once it’s zippered and/or buckled, it should keep your head and upper shoulders above the water. If it fits too loose, the flotation will push the jacket up around your face. If your life jacket is too small, it won’t keep your body afloat. When not using your life jacket, store it in a readily accessible place away from sunlight and chemicals. Nylon and other synthetic materials used to make your life jacket will be harmed over time by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Fabric that becomes discolored may indicate ultra-violet damage. In other words, don’t leave your PFD hanging outside all summer exposed to the sun. Also, prolonged exposure to chemicals or exhaust fumes can attack the flotation’s foam.

Content courtesy of the www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com