Archive for December, 2012

Tactical Flashlights: Essential Features for First Responders

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Rescue Task Force begins mission in New Jersey

No first responder would be caught in the middle of a disaster without his or her trusty tactical LED flashlight. Tactical flashlights are specially designed for military and law enforcement use, so they can stand up to nearly any disaster situation. These torches are crafted to make a difference in life-or-death circumstances, and they’re tough enough to withstand daily use in the field. Here are just a few ways a firefighter, police officer or other first responder may use an emergency LED flashlight during a rescue operation.

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3 Stocking Stuffer Ideas from COAST Products

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

stockings

The entire world over, Christmastime sees children rushing to see if their footwear has been filled with candy and gifts. In Italy, La Befana the good witch fills children’s shoes with presents on the eve of Epiphany, Jan. 5. Dutch children fill their clogs with straw for the magical horse Sintirklass, with hopes that Old Saint Nick will fill their shoes with gifts. Here in the United States, the tradition of hanging a Christmas stocking on the fireplace first appeared in early nineteenth century story illustrations by Thomas Nast. One thing ties all of these traditions together: the size of the gifts. Stocking stuffers must be small.

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Holiday Shopping: How to Spot a Quality Multi-Tool

Monday, December 17th, 2012

LED 130 LED Micro Pliers multi-toolA smart shopper always prepared to compare products. However, this kind of informed buying can be difficult when you’re shopping for a gift. Multi-tools, for instance, are sophisticated enough to offer dozens of different features. How can you be sure the multi-tool you purchase for a loved one will be used regularly, and that it will last? Our holiday shopping guide below is the answer. Read on to learn what to look for in a quality multi-tool.

Features. First, decide which features your gift recipient needs most. Multi-tools can be used for hunting, on-the-fly repairs, camping and much more. Figure out where and why the multi-tool will be used most – this will help you prioritize attachments and features. For instance, a computer technician would benefit from a tool that includes lots of slim screwdriver attachments for opening computer cases. Campers, on the other hand, would look for a saw blade (for cutting up firewood), a can opener, a strong knife and perhaps wire cutters for tent repair.

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Holiday Gift Spotlight: COAST HP3 Twist-Focus LED Inspection Light

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This holiday season, we’re highlighting COAST products that make fantastic gifts. Today’s spotlight product is the HP3 LED inspection light, an LED flashlight that will light up the face of any technician this year. Plumbers, home inspectors, mechanics and general contractors would all love to receive this LED light as a gift, as would hobbyists who require bright light for visually intense activities such as sewing and modeling.

What sets this LED flashlight apart is its sophisticated optics system. The HP3 offers two light settings: For a circle of consistent, bright light, dial the focusing bezel to flood light. This is an ideal light for close-up work. Or, if you need to focus on something specific while also seeing nearby objects, choose the Bulls-Eye Spot™ setting, which creates a hot spot of highly focused light with a surrounding halo of more diffuse light. This is an excellent light beam for inspecting pipes, wires and other elements in home construction. Car mechanics love the fact that this flashlight can help them focus on parts deep in the engine while still illuminating surrounding components.

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LED Headlamp Comparison: COAST HL4 vs. HL7R

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

HL7R LED HeadlampFor those whose work involves peering into dark, tight spots, an LED headlamp is a crucial tool. Mechanics, home inspectors, firefighters and anyone else who needs hands-free light may be interested in the following comparison of two of our top LED headlamp models: the HL4 Dual Color LED headlamp and the HL7R Rechargeable Focusing Headlamp. Because we know it’s not always easy to wade through lengthy product descriptions, we’ve organized the basic facts about each LED headlamp in an easy-to-digest table. We’re hoping this will allow you to quickly compare them against your own needs. Alternatively, if you’re shopping for a loved one, this table can help you choose the best LED headlamp for a gift.

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Make the Holidays Greener with LED Lights

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Xmas TreeDeck the halls with boughs of holly! Like many Christmas songs, this ditty is outdated. Who actually decorates with live holly anymore? Then again, many people still light up their homes with incandescent holiday lights – even though they’re energy hogs that are notorious for blowing fuses. For a greener holiday season, we suggest switching to LED lights, which use 80 percent less energy than standard bulbs. Advantages of LED holiday lights include:

More shatter resistant.The average LED light cover is made of plastic – not glass, as traditional holiday bulbs are. Moreover, because LEDs are so small, they are less likely to shatter.

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Hurricane Sandy: Lessons in Disaster Preparation

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy & Marblehead [Front Street 7]Hurricane Sandy’s path along the East Coast was one of incredible destruction. Although the storm was officially downgraded from hurricane to “superstorm” just before hitting the New Jersey shore, Sandy is predicted to have caused at least $20 billion in property damage. Ninety-four people lost their lives in the storm. As survivors piece their lives back together, the rest of us naturally wonder what we can learn from this horrific event. Hopefully, Sandy’s terror will spur all Americans to better prepare for emergencies.

Here are a few lessons the so-called “Frankenstorm” taught us:

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Holiday Shopping: Give the Gift of Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

My gifts were the prettiest, as alwaysGiving emergency supplies as a holiday gift may seem boring or overly practical, but doing so sends the sign that you deeply care about your loved ones’ welfare. Plus, many emergency items are great “tuck-ins” for those presents that just need a little something extra. For example, an emergency LED flashlight is easily tucked into a stocking, as is a multi-tool. Finally, with all of the natural disasters around the world these days, no one on earth would turn away an extra chance to be prepared. Giving a disaster prep item as a present gently encourages your family members and friends to put together their own emergency kits.

Here are our top five disaster preparedness gift ideas for the holiday season:

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