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Emergency Preparedness Tips - Eighteen Uses for Space Blankets by SOS Rescue Tools

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Palm Springs, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/30/2014 -- SOS Rescue Tools, a global provider of Auto Safety Products and Emergency Survival Gear, offers tips and uses on how to use Mylar technology to help in severe survival situations as well as uses outside emergency situations.

“Mylar technology is absolutely amazing,” says William Douglas, SOS Rescue Tools executive. “It is one of the most diverse products you can add to your bug-out bag, survival pack or auto safety kit. These amazing space blankets, as they are often referred, can save your life. They’ve become standard equipment for first responders domestically and in the military.”

Below are some of the may uses for Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:

- Warmth - Mylar blankets retain 80-90% of your body heat and since they’re so compact, they fit easily into any bug-out bag, car compartment, miscellaneous drawer, hiking pack, etc.

- Sleeping Bag - For a child, fold the blanket over and duct tape the edges together. For adults, you may need two, depending on the size of the person. They also work great as liners for existing sleeping bags.

- Shelter - If constructed properly, your Mylar Blanket can keep rain out while keeping warmth in. You can use the blanket to make a simple “lean-to shelter” in the woods.

- Signaling Device - Emergency blankets are very reflective. In fact, they can reflect over 95% of light rays making them an ideal signaling device to search and rescue teams and first responders. Leave a little slack so that the blanket moves causing a flickering light action.

- Collect Rainwater - Your blanket will attract dew and easily trap rain water. It’s important to keep a container handy to drain water into. If you do not have a clean bucket or bottle handy, you can wrap the Mylar around the collected water to create a make-shift canteen.

- Power Outages - Since Mylar blankets are good at keeping heat in, you can use them on your windows if the power goes out. They will reflect back light from a fireplace indoors and create a pocket barrier in your window frame to keep the cold out.

- Snow Melt - Most survivalist would agree that eating snow for hydration is not the greatest idea. With Mylar you can melt snow by placing small amounts on the blanket in the sun and funnel the water into a container.

- Make a Rope - Twist your blanket into a rope. Ideally you’ll have several Mylar blankets so you can use one or two for your spontaneous survival needs.

- Horseshoe Pack - Build a horseshoe pack to carry essential items.

- Boil Water - Use a stick and Mylar to create a pot to boil water.  Hold over the flame but not so close that it burns the foil. (The melting point of Mylar is listed at 500° F or around 260° C.)

- Heat Food - Use the blanket as aluminum foil to warm food near the coals of a fire. The key is to keep the Mylar NEAR the fire, not ON the fire.

- Use as gaiters – Keep legs and feet dry by wrapping Mylar around legs and secure with duct tape.

- Pack Liner - Using as a pack liner to keep spare clothes dry in rainy weather.

- Boot Liner - Line inside of boots to keep socks dry and your feet warm.

- Keep Food Cool - Build an outdoor refrigerator by wrapping food, tying off the thermal blanket, then placing it in a cold creek.  Weigh down the end of bag with a rock or another sand filled Mylar unit to keep it from floating away.

- Trail Marker - Cut an extra blanket into strips and tie them to trees for trail marking.

- Fishing Weight - Cut into small squares and wrap stones to create a weight for a fishing line.

- Food Cache - Use to make a food cache by wrapping food in the blanket, tying with rope, then tossing rope over a high branch. You then hoist the bag and tie off the rope to keep Bear and other scavengers away from your food.

- Tip - Keep plenty of duct tape handy. Many of the above tips and ideas work easily in conjunction with duct tape. We recommend keeping duct tape stocked in hiking/camping packs, in the home as well as in all your vehicles. Ultimately, having both will save precious time and energy in an emergency.

SOS Rescue Tools was founded in early 2013 and is headquartered in Palm Springs, CA. The company is focused on providing top quality Survival Gear at prices that make sense.

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