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A Purveyor of Safety

Born on March 4, 1877 Garrett Morgan founded the National Safety Device Company and was best known for creating the first Safety Smoke Prevention Hood, the predecessor to modern Escape Hoods & Gas Masks; for which he was granted a patent in 1914. The invention was created after Morgan witnessed firefighters struggling from the smoke they encountered in the line of duty. The hood was sewn from heavy cotton and contained clear eye holes. A hose dangled to the ground which allowed clean air to enter into the hood (due to the hot, smoke rising upward). The device was used “to provide a portable attachment which will enable a fireman to enter a house filled with thick, suffocating gasses and smoke…and enable him to perform his duties…without danger to himself from suffocation”. Morgan went on to state, “The device is also efficient and useful for protection to engineers, chemists and working men who are obligated to breathe noxious fumes or dust derived from the materials in which they are obliged to work”

Morgan’s Hood (left). Early Gas Masks (middle). Modern Escape Hood (right)

In 1916 he put his invention into service when he personally rescued workers trapped within a water intake tunnel beneath Lake Erie. Eight men were saved and the mayor of Cleveland hailed Morgan as a hero and credited his safety hood for saving lives. The National Safety Device Company went on to sell Morgan’s hoods to several firefighting brigades across the United States and Canada. By World War I, his breathing device was refined to carry its own air supply, making it one of the first gas masks in use. Garrett Morgan also invented the modern day Traffic Signal with the first ever ‘warning’ position in 1922.

Morgan dons his device to rescue workers from a collapsed Lake Erie water tunnel in 1916

Today, an estimated 5 million workers are require to wear respirators in 1.4 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays. RPE is used in several industries such as firefighting, military, marine, manufacturing, construction, welding, machining, confined space and food service.

Ritz Safety is a reseller of Personal Protective Equipment with a catalog of over 20,000 products from 100 different suppliers.

Honeywell Open House in Pompano Beach!

The Grand Opening celebration continues at Ritz Safety – Pompano with a Honeywell Open House on Thursday, February 19, 2015!

Join us this Thursday, February 19, as we join with Honeywell to celebrate the Grand Opening of Ritz Safety’s new Pompano Beach sales and distribution center. This will be another full day of safety training, product demonstrations, free food, and prizes! Make sure to stop by on Thursday, and enjoy 10% off all Honeywell products during the entire week of February 16 – 20. Check out the schedule of events below!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Fall Protection and Respiratory Training
12:00 pm –  1:00 pm   – Free lunch!
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       – Ear, Head and Hearing Protection Training
2:15 pm                              – Grand Prize Drawing!  (must be present to win)

MSA Training and Open House in Pompano Beach!

Ritz Safety – Pompano will continue our Grand Opening events with an MSA Open House on Friday, February 13, 2015!

MSA, one of our premiere safety suppliers, will join us Friday, February 13, to continue celebrating the Grand Opening of Ritz Safety’s new Pompano Beach sales and distribution center. This will be another full day of safety training, product demonstrations, free food, and prizes! Make sure to stop by on Friday, and enjoy 10% off all MSA products during the entire week of February 9 – 13. Check out the schedule of events below!

Friday, February 13, 2015

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Fall Protection Training
12:00 pm –  1:00 pm   – Free lunch!
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       – Confined Space Training

3M Safety Roadshow and Speedglas™ Tailgate!

Ritz Safety – Pompano will be kicking off our Grand Opening celebrations with a two-day event sponsored by 3M. Stop by on Friday or Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2015 to join in the festivities!

First up, it’s the 3M Safety Roadshow, on Friday, February 6. This day will feature interactive instruction on Construction Industry safety, led by 3M-Certified Trainers. Training runs from 1 to 3 pm. Free lunch will be provided from noon – 1 pm, with door prizes and a giveaway at 3:15 pm.

Then, on Saturday, February 7, come back for the 3M Speedglas™ Tailgate. From 11 am to 4 pm, join Ritz Safety and 3M for a unique opportunity to hear about 3M Metal Working Products and Solutions! The days’ activities will include 3M Metal Working Hazards seminars at 11 am and 1 pm, prizes and giveaways, and some of the best local food trucks Pompano Beach has to offer! Click here for more information, and come join us for the Grand Opening kickoff!

Thank you for joining in The Fight!

In October, Ritz Safety partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Miami/Ft. Lauderdale branch to help support breast cancer research and early detection. And with YOUR help, we were able to raise $500 to the Komen Foundation!

Thank you for helping Ritz Safety in The Fight against breast cancer. About 1.3 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation has made great strides to aid in early detection and more affordable treatment. For more information, check out Susan G. Komen’s website. Or, do donate directly to Susan G. Komen, you can click here.

Thank you for joining us in The Fight!