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5 Causes of Heat Stress and How to Avoid It

As the weather starts to get warmer in the northern hemisphere, the daily risks of heat stress and heat stroke increase. Workers in outdoor environments like those working in the utilities, oil & gas, and construction industries are at a greater risk.  Heat stress occurs when the body’s natural cooling processes fail to effectively regulate body temperature. Signs of heat stress can include fatigue, exhaustion, headaches, flu-like symptoms, cramping, dizziness, rash from excessive sweating, fainting and more. Not only is heat stress a health hazard, workers suffering from heat exhaustion are at greater risk for accidents since they are less alert and may not be able to think clearly. It is important to know the risks of heat stress and how to properly mitigate them to stay healthy and productive.

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Four Things to Know about Tan 499

With the Army transitioning to a single combat uniform, base layers are changing as well. There are already plenty of Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniforms being worn in the field and various positions throughout the Army and Air Force as the switch started back in 2018. Both branches are transitioning to the OCP; with the mandatory possession date of October 1, 2019, for the Army. The Operational Camouflage Pattern is slightly darker than previous patterns, which calls for a better complimentary shirt that is darker as well. For the Army, base layer shirts will have to be either Sand or Tan 499. To get ready for this change, here are four things you should know about Tan 499.

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DRIFIRE FR Storm Jacket

Cleveland, OH December 13, 2018 – The team at DRIFIRE® announces the launch of the DRIFIRE® Storm System and DRIFIRE® FR Contact Glove.

The DRIFIRE Storm Jacket and Storm Pant feature GORE-TEX® PYRAD® technology, keeping you protected from the elements in a waterproof, windproof and breathable FR system. Ultra-lightweight, the DRIFIRE Storm System meets the demands of extreme temperatures: breathability in hottest of desert or tropical climates and crack-resistant in severe cold. Sealed waterproof seams keep the water from penetrating the system while the gear moves sweat away from the wearer.

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When it’s hot, we complain. We crank up the air conditioning. We go to the beach or pool or run through sprinklers. But for those of us who work outside all day, the heat is more than an inconvenience. It can be a dangerous thing if you are not careful. The risk of heat-related illnesses due to heat stress should not be taken lightly. What are these illnesses, you ask?

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When it comes to washing our clothes, it seems simple. And when in doubt, just set the washing machine on cold and line dry, right? Well, that’s what most of us did the first time someone wasn’t there to guide us. Luckily, we’re here for you when it comes to washing camo. Here are six things to remember about how to properly wash your FR camo:

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When looking for field gear, there is a lot to consider. Is it flame resistant? Is it durable? Is it comfortable? Will it fit just right? Fortunately, these factors were at the forefront when developing the DRIFIRE®/Crye Precision™ FR Field Shirt and Pant. As a continuation of DRIFIRE’s partnership with Crye Precision, this Field Uniform combines DRIFIRE’s FORTREX® FR fabric with Crye Precision’s design.

Here are six benefits of the DRIFIRE/Crye Precision Field Uniform that make it the ultimate FR solution for the military and law enforcement.

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National Safety Apparel is pleased to announce that they have acquired DRIFIRE from Optimer Brands based in Chicago, IL.  DRIFIRE is a brand of technologically advanced performance safety apparel that was born on the battlefield to protect military personnel. Today the DRIFIRE line of products is utilized in a variety of industries, which include power generation, petrochemical, and IndyCar racing.  

The acquisition of DRIFIRE further increases National Safety Apparel’s portfolio of flame resistant (FR) brands and adds another market leader to their already established “House of Brands”. The DRIFIRE line of safety products will be promoted to distributor-partners alongside their existing ArcGuard®, Vizable 360°™, Carbon Armour™, HYDROlite FR™,  and TECGEN Select™ brands. The addition of the DRIFIRE brand further validates NSA’s commitment to building a house of premium PPE brands for their customers.

Chuck Grossman, President & CEO of National Safety Apparel is quoted as saying, “This acquisition further strengthens our position in the safety market as a leader of FR performance garments. We will continue to look for strategic acquisitions that complement the markets we serve.”

Darryl Schimeck, CEO of Optimer Brands states, “NSA is a perfect fit for DRIFIRE. I am confident that the combination of DRIFIRE’s global brand and NSA’s manufacturing and distribution resources will produce high performance FR solutions that cannot be matched. It is indeed a perfect fit.”

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