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What to Stock in your Emergency Go-Bag

What to Stock in your Emergency Go-Bag

While COVID-19 causes continued distress worldwide, the silver lining of this pandemic is that safety has become a priority matter for virtually everyone. In many ways, we’re taking inventory of the resources we have so we can better prepare ourselves for future emergency situations.

Whether for the pandemic, wildfires, earthquakes or any other public safety concerns we face, it’s vital that everyone takes precaution whenever possible. One of the best preventative measures is to stock an emergency “go-bag” in the event it’s needed in the future.

Go-bags are not a new idea, but they’re becoming increasingly important. If you aren’t sure what to stock in yours, here’s our recommended list.

Wildfires Flare Up Demand for OCTO® Respirator Mask

Wildfires Flare Up Demand for OCTO® Respirator Mask

Clean Air Day is just around the corner on OCTOber 8. This day was started in the U.K., but it’s being commemorated in different ways around the globe now. In California for example, Oct. 7 has become the local Clean Air Day. Regardless of where you live, Clean Air Day is more than a one-day observation; It’s a call to action for long-term health and wellness.

As we publish this blog, fires are raging. The Western United States is breaking out with wildfires in numerous states. California alone has already burned through millions of acres …

The Moment We Knew Respirator Masks Needed to Evolve

The Moment We Knew Respirator Masks Needed to Evolve

Before COVID-19, not many people knew what an N95 mask even was. Now it’s a household name. What most people still don’t know is that the N95 mask has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1970s. In the time since, there have been quite a few epidemics including SARS, MERS, and H1N1.

During the SARS outbreak in 2003, it was revealed that 43% of the casualties were healthcare workers, many of whom removed their Surgical N95 masks and risked exposure because the masks were too uncomfortable and impractical for use during long, grueling shifts. Other industries where the use of N95 masks is common told the same story of discomfort. If professionals can’t bear wearing N95 masks, then it should be apparent that an upgrade is needed.

After the SARS experience, the federal government launched Project B.R.E.A.T.H.E., to assess how to improve N95 masks in order to provide better protection for frontline workers. This group of experts from across a number of specialties recommended 28 changes needed for respirator masks to be truly effective. The report, published in 2009, was a call-to-action … that was widely ignored by manufacturers.

OCTO Respirator Mask Surpasses N95 Standards, Becoming the First to Meet Nearly All 28 Recommendations in the Federal Government’s 2009 B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Report

For the first time since the federal government’s 2009 B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Report was released urging 28 recommendations needed to significantly improve respirator masks, a device that meets nearly all 28 is now available. Created by OCTO Safety Devices, the patented OCTO Respirator Mask (ORM) was tested to and surpassed all commonly held standards set by the N95 mask, while maintaining easy breathability. Offering true bi-directional protection to keep both the wearer and those around them safe, ORM starts to kill pathogens on contact with its advanced silver-bonded filter material. With easy disinfection and sanitization, ORM is designed for long-term use and a decade of shelf life.