CHILD SAFETY TIPS
- When any child is in car make sure they are secured with a seat belt and/or car seat.
- Never leave any cleaning chemicals, medications, cremes and perfumes around. When you are done using these put away as soon as possible.
- Throw plastic bags away and seal trash or take out to trash bin asap. Especially, plastic bags from newspapers that can suffocate small children.
- Warn children of the dangers when meeting some strangers. Don’t talk to strangers, don’t take or eat anything a stranger gives you, do not enter into any place alone with a stranger, etc.
- Keep an emergency card on your child with important phone numbers, ID bracelet, or anything that can help identify if lost.
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HOME SAFETY TIPS
- Always keep doors locked when you are alone.
- Secure home with deadbolt locks.
- Secure home with as many security devices as possible, covering windows, glass doors, etc.
- Notify someone to help when you are away by picking up mail and newspapers, or forward mail and cancel subscriptions in the meantime.
- Never leave your phone number on an answering machine.
- Do not invite strangers into your home. Pick a public place to meet at first.
- When returning home always look around before leaving your vehicle and entering your home.
- Have emergency/police phone numbers on or next to your phone.
- If you feel someone has broken into your home, stay out and call for help.
- If you have children go over these safety tips, and include an emergency plan in case of an earthquake, fire etc.
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EMW SAFETY TIPS
- When using beepers, cellular/cordless phones, protect yourself with an electromagnetic field absorber.
- Keep electrical equipment in good working condition.
- Discard old or poor functioning electric equipment.
- Avoid use of electric blankets, or any other electrical devices in your bedroom.
- Reduce number of electrical devices or use battery powered appliances when possible.
- Keep appliances, computers, any electrical devices at a distance when sleeping and resting.
- Pregnant women: try to avoid more than 20 hours of computer usage a week.
- Keep a distance of at least 80cm or more from computer screen when possible.
- Use surge protectors.
- Test microwaves with testing meters for possible leakage.
- Be cautious of overloading outlets with cords.
- Unplug major entertainment appliances when not in use or buy an on/off switch box.
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TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS
- Always observe the areas around you when entering and leaving your car.
- When traveling to new destinations, always research to see where the not too favorable areas are and be aware of different laws/policies in other countries.
- Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
- Do not invite strangers to your room.
- Do not answer the door in your room without first verifying who the caller is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if the staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
- Always close your door securely whenever you are in your room and use all the locks that are provided.
- Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked at all times.
- Report any suspicious activity immediately to the management.
- Be observant to the emergency exits in case of fire.
- Do not leave valuables in plain site. Whenever possible use a safe or hotel safe deposit box at the front desk.
- Do not display room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restroom counters, restaurant tables, by the swimming pool, or any place where they can be stolen.
- When returning to the hotel late in the evening, use the main entrance. Always be observant and look around before entering parking lots. If concerned request escort to car from management.
- Have handy items when you travel such as a portable lock, alarm, mini flashlight and first aid kit.
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DID YOU KNOW THAT 3,531 CARS ARE STOLEN EVERY DAY IN THE UNITED STATES? Which comes out to be about a total of one car stolen every 24 seconds. Overall, over 21/2 million cars are broken into or stolen every year in the U.S. Insurance is great to cover the costs of the car but will not cover the emotional damage or time lost.
Be aware that a majority (80-85%) of vehicle thefts are done by amateurs. Any basic car security device will usually scare them away. They will move on to another car that is easier to break into.
Most thefts occur in residential areas and the same number of cars are stolen in the daytime hours.
You can take precautionary methods that will help
- For standard door lock buttons (mushroom shape), you can replace them with the slim, tapered kind.
- Install different locks for your door, ignition, and trunk. A thief or dishonest parking lot attendant who gets his hands on one of the keys will not be able to do very much.
- Install special locks for easy-to-steal parts (hubcaps, gas caps, seats, etc.) A hood lock will help protect things like your battery and engine.
- Have installed or place any electronic security devices to help deter thieves.
- Never put identification tags or markings on your keys. If keys are lost or stolen it makes it to easy for thieves to enter your car or home. Don’t keep car and house keys on same ring and if you have a set of spare keys do not hide them in the car.
- When parking you should always roll up the windows tight, and lock all the doors
No matter how quick the errand never leave your car running and keys inside.
- If you’re parking in a residential driveway, do it so the car faces the street (it makes it easy for neighbors or people passing by to see who is tampering with the hood.
- Always park in well-lit and heavily trafficked areas when parking on a street.
- Always park with your wheels turned sharply. Do you know that 10% of cars stolen are towed away. Turned wheels make it hard for thieves to tow.
- Avoid if possible unattended or poorly lit parking lots.
- Long term parking (airports, hospitals, etc.), find a parking spot in the middle. Make sure you have no valuable items in view.
- Valet parking lot, don’t ever tell attendant how long you’ll be gone. Write down odometer and fuel gauge readings in full view of attendant. Take your parking claim check with you.
- When on travel make sure you take your valuables with you and luggage to room. If you need to put items in trunk try doing so before parking at the hotel and then transferring.
- If you break down or stalled at night make sure to use the nearest telephone and then stay inside vehicle and wait for police. Keep all doors locked at all times.
- Check your license plates once in awhile as these are stolen by thieves. To help prevent this, put a few drops of solder on the bolts, or blur the threads.
- Never leave important papers, credit cards, garage door openers, in vehicle.
- When you return to your parked car always make sure the back is clear.
- Selling a vehicle do not allow buyer to test drive alone. Never surrender your "pink slip" to the new buyer until bank verifies check has cleared.
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WAYS TO PREVENT DOG BITES
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that dogs bite more than 4.7 million people each year. Tragically, children and the elderly are the most frequent victims. To help you prevent a dog attack, here are some recommendations from the National Safety Council.
What are the warning signs that a dog will attack?
Dogs constantly communicate and usually give some type of warning before they bite. Most warning signs you can see. Others you can hear.
- Growling, snarling or aggressive barking.
- Shyness or fear, such as when a dog crouches, has his head low or tail between his legs.
- Fur raised up, ears erect, body stiff, tail high.
- An unnaturally still or unresponsive dog. Many fighting breeds have been bred for their ability to disguise aggressive intentions.
- A dog in pain will bite anyone that touches him, even his owner.
Why do dogs bite?
Most dog bites are reported as "unprovoked." However, something causes a dog to bite, and victims are often taken by surprise. Dogs live by their instincts. These instincts tell them to chase prey, guard their territory, protect their young and defend themselves when cornered.
What are some dangerous situations to avoid?
- Stay away from dogs that are in cars, chained or cornered. They often feel vulnerable and will bite to protect their territory.
- Never run past a dog. Joggers and children on bicycles can trigger their instinct to chase and attack.
- Don’t go near a dog that’s eating, chewing, sleeping or caring for puppies.
- Never tease a dog or play too rough.
- Be careful around older dogs. They may be blind, sensitive to touch or hearing-impaired.
- Never leave infants or children alone with a dog.
- Never try to break up a dog fight with your hands. Use a water hose, stick or throw a blanket over the dogs to disorient them. Children should call an adult for help.
- Keep your face away from your dog’s face, especially when disciplining.
How can I defend myself?
Many people are bitten because they unintentionally provoke or escalate an attack. If an aggressive dog approaches you, don’t make eye contact or move suddenly. This can challenge a dog and cause him to attack. Stand motionless, like a statue. Face the dog, but turn your head away. If a dog lunges at you, don’t try to overpower him. If you’re holding something, put it into his mouth. If you don’t have anything in your hand, put your arm up to protect your face. If you’re knocked to the ground, don’t move or scream. Pretend for example, that you are a turtle. Curl up in a ball face down, and cover your head with your arms. Stay in this position until the dog leaves.
Special thanks to the National Safety Council.
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