Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Manitowoc Police Officer Says Pepper Sprays, Not Tasers for Personal Protection

Crime Prevention Day in Manitowoc, Wisconsin may not have been on your radar until now - but that's because this one day event was full of some great personal safety tips that we want to share.

A local news affiliate says last Saturday the law enforcement community in Manitowoc invited residents to an expo center where 35 booths were set up. People who attended participated in hands-on activities and received helpful tips about both personal and home safety.

Bike helmets were fitted for children, Central Dispatch talked about appropriate phone numbers to call for different types of emergencies, and police officers discussed everything from neighborhood watch to self-defense.

One officer explained the pros and cons of using two types of personal protection tools. Officer Jason Wilterdink cautioned against the use of civilian tasers, claiming these only incapacitate a threat for about five seconds. A better option? Wilterdink says pepper spray can disable someone for up to 30 minutes thanks to the debilitating irritants that can affect the eyes, nose, and throat.

SABRE agrees! Pepper sprays offer protection at a safe distance, up to 10 feet, so the user doesn't have to get close to the threat in order to use it. Plus, when used correctly, SABRE Red pepper sprays will force the attacker's eyes to close and it's during this time that the victim is able to get away and call for help. SABRE offers helpful videos about how to use pepper spray the right way on our YouTube Channel.

As you can see in this picture, we tell our customers to use their thumbs to deploy the pepper spray - the user has a better grip and it's easier to spray the pepper spray in the most effective way: straight across the attacker's face from ear to ear.

SABRE make pepper sprays for protection at home and on the go! To learn more about our products, visit: www.sabrered.com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Interview with Janelle Hail, CEO & Founder of The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ®

We're about halfway through the month of October, but our efforts to continue raising awareness and funds for our partner, The National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. ® are still going strong. Today we're sharing an interview the SABRE Team was able to get with the NBCF's CEO and Founder, Janelle Hail. In this interview, Janelle shares her own story of survival and how she turned that journey into her life's work.

SABRE: Let’s start by learning a bit about your story Janelle, when were you diagnosed with breast cancer?

Janelle: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34.  At the time of my diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and I was forced to make a decision about my health care without knowing my options.  Early detection saved my life. 

SABRE: And it was during your path to recovery that you realized helping other women find and treat breast cancer early was your calling?

Janelle: As a survivor, I made a commitment to educating women around the world so that they could make well-informed decisions when facing breast cancer. 

SABRE: How did the National Breast Cancer Foundation we know today get started?

Janelle: My husband, Neal, and I founded the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 1991 with the mission to help women now and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. 

SABRE: What is the #1 goal of the NBCF and how is the organization striving to meet that goal today?

Janelle: At NBCF, we are committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer.  By funding free mammograms for women who could not otherwise afford them and supporting research programs in leading research facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win this monumental battle.  Today, NBCF is recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, and breast cancer research programs.

SABRE: Obviously October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the NBCF is taking part in the efforts to spread awareness and raise funds. But the NBCF helps women year-round, so what can people expect throughout the year?

Janelle: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is every October, but breast cancer impacts the lives of women year-round.  While we try to leverage the heightened awareness in October, our sponsors and donors help us keep the message of early detection continually at the forefront. We have seen a significant increase in the survival rate of breast cancer since the early 90’s.  This is a direct result of organizations like NBCF that educate women about the importance of early detection.  This message is working, but we have to continue until the survival rate is 100% or the disease is cured. 

SABRE: When you think about the National Breast Cancer Foundation and all that’s been accomplished over the last several years, what are you most proud of?

Janelle: One of our greatest accomplishments over the years has been the National Mammography Program.  Through our network of qualified hospitals, NBCF provides free mammograms for women who cannot afford them.  A program that started as one hospital in Texas has now expanded to over 120 medical facilities across all 50 states.  We are now providing tens of thousands of free mammograms every year, and the results have been tremendous. We’re also very proud of what we have accomplished with Beyond The Shock® (BTS).  What’s most remarkable about BTS is its use of color and culturally sensitive graphic design to create a feeling of hope and understanding about breast cancer.  We continue to collaborate with doctors from leading medical facilities to ensure our content is accurate and up to date.    We have also translated BTS into five languages, English, French, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, and Portuguese.  Beyond The Shock is now the #1 breast cancer app on iTunes. 

SABRE: That’s great news! And for the last question – if you could give just one piece of health advice to women ages 18-60, what would it be?

Janelle: The best advice I could give to women, ages 18-60, is to sign-up for our Early Detection Plan, a reminder system to help schedule mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams.  To create your plan, download the Early Detection Plan on iTunes or Google Play or visit Early Detection Plan.  Early detection saved my life, and it can save yours. 

For more information about Janelle or the National Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.nbcf.org.

To learn more about SABRE's Pink Pepper Sprays and Personal Alarms that can help the NBCF's efforts, visit our website.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bears aren't much of a threat in the United Kingdom, but that didn't stop U.K. based website Metro from showing a video of what it would be like to get attacked by a bear.

A man named Robert Meier published the video on his YouTube channel a few weeks ago - you can find the video here. Apparently Meier's father set up a game camera on his Island Park, Idaho property to observe wildlife at night. 

The video is only 10 seconds long, but it seems that's all it takes for this bear to charge at the camera and knock it down. 

The U.S. National Park Service says bears are wild and therefore unpredictable in their behavior. But taking these steps can help people in bear country stay safe:
  • Identify yourself by talking calmly so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Remain still; stand your ground but slowly wave your arms. Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.
  • Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Bears may bluff their way out of an encounter by charging and then turning away at the last second. Bears may also react defensively by woofing, yawning, salivating, growling, snapping their jaws, and laying their ears back. Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won't be threatening to the bear. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack. Never imitate bear sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.
  • Pick up small children immediately.
  • Hike and travel in groups. Groups of people are usually noisier and smellier than a single person. Therefore, bears often become aware of groups of people at greater distances, and because of their cumulative size, groups are also intimidating to bears.
  • Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).
  • Do NOT allow the bear access to your food. Getting your food will only encourage the bear and make the problem worse for others.
  • Do NOT drop your pack as it can provide protection for your back and prevent a bear from accessing your food.
  • If the bear is stationary, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Bears can run as fast as a racehorse both uphill and down. Like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.
  • Leave the area or take a detour. If this is impossible, wait until the bear moves away. Always leave the bear an escape route.
  • Be especially cautious if you see a female with cubs; never place yourself between a mother and her cub, and never attempt to approach them. The chances of an attack escalate greatly if she perceives you as a danger to her cubs.

The NPS also recommends bear spray for encounters with aggressive bears. SABRE makes Frontiersman bear attack deterrent for life-threatening situations. Frontiersman sprays up to 35 feet away compared to just 15 feet like the competition. Plus, SABRE's Frontiersman formula follows all EPA and Health Canada guidelines. One blogger told us he chose to carry Frontiersman on a recent 7-day trip through Yellowstone.  He says as he and his group prepared to take on Avalanche Peak climbing higher elevations where bears were known to live.

The National Park Service asks anyone who does encounter a bear report it to them immediately so appropriate action can be taken.Visit the website for more information on how to stay safe when interacting with bears.