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February 09, 2004

Safety First

This kit is convenient and inexpensive.

Knife cuts, hook gouges, line burns. Fishing carries everyday dangers that anglers sometimes forget. Captains should always keep proper first-aid supplies on board; now Swabplus has made that task easier. The 3-Step First Aid Kit contains 12 antiseptic/anesthetic-filled swabs to relieve pain and cleanse wounds, 12 iodine swabs that kill germs and help prevent infection, and 12 sterile bandages to cover wounds - all in lightweight, portable containers. The swabs resemble ordinary cotton-tipped sticks, but the hollow tube between the tips contains liquid. Snap one end off the swab and liquid flows into the opposite end, wetting the cotton. Treat the affected area and throw away the swab.

The three-step kit costs $4.99 and is available at many major grocery and drugstore chains. For more information, call 888-588-6781 or visit www.swabplus.com.