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The Weekly Roundup 6.26 Edition

by Cassie June 26, 2015

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Samsung Attaches Screen to Semi-Truck to Show the Road Ahead

In the coming weeks, Samsung is expected to launch the Safety Truck, a semi-truck with the goal to reduce head-on collisions. By installing a front-mounted camera on the front of each truck, Samsung’s vehicles will give drivers behind the truck a clear view of the road ahead. Additionally, to make passing safer, drivers will be able to see any obstacles that could impede their progress. This will reduce the need for emergency braking and give drivers more time to react. With back-up cameras already standard in most new vehicles, this innovation by Samsung may signal an up-and-coming technology trend in the trucking industry.

For the original article on Mashable.com, click here

 

Home Security Steps Help Ensure Happy Endings to Vacations

According to Modesto police, the most impenetrable layer of security is a strong network of neighbors. Officers suggest joining a Neighborhood Watch or downloading a private social network such as Nextdoor, to help make your home more secure. In addition to having a community of vigilant neighbors, police also suggest the following safety tips:

  • Secure side doors and garages
  • Keep curtains open at all times to give the illusion you are home
  • Install an alarm even if you can’t afford the monitoring; the noise will most likely scare off any intruder
  • Add screw-on stoppers to all windows and replace any aluminum frames

For the original article in Modbee.com, click here

 

Just in Time for Summer, N.J. Police Provide Home Safety Tips

Whether you are leaving Philadelphia for a day at the beach, or a lengthy vacation, below are some tips from the New Jersey State Police to help make your summer as safe as possible.

  • Always lock windows and doors, set the alarm, and place security signs in plain sight.
  • If you have an extra vehicle, park it in front of your house to make it look like someone is home.
  • Take photos of valuables and record serial numbers of firearms, and keep them locked in a safe place.
  • Secure outdoor property such as lawn chairs, equipment and bikes.
  • Have a neighbor watch over your home while you are out of town.

For the original article in NJ.com, click here

 

Security Checklist for Your Employees

When it comes to enforcing data security in the workplace, employees are often the worst offenders. For businesses, this can have significant economic implications. Early establishment of best practices and tips can help an employer protect a company’s digital property from employee slip-ups.

Authentication:

  • Use a password manager like 1Password and make sure all passwords are secured and backed up.

Software:

  • Install an ad block on all browsers, make plug-ins click-to-play and use HTTPS at all times.

Antivirus:

  • Turn your firewalls on, turn off sharing & Bluetooth and avoid using public or free WiFi.

Mobile Phone:

  • Always use a passcode, turn off Bluetooth, turn off WiFi and make sure to download a Find My Phone application.

For the original article on Business2community.com, click here

 

 

 

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Communities That Work Together, Stay Safe Together: Focus on Philadelphia and Seattle

by Cassie June 25, 2015

 

Since My Alarm Center serves both Philadelphia, PA & Seattle, WA we wanted to have a post where residents in one city can learn something about the other city and vice versa so here you go, enjoy!

Social programs do far more than offer help when help is needed: they inspire hope, they extend a helping hand, they prevent violence, they offer refuge. Social outreach saves lives, but it also saves communities: assistance offered when it is most needed, can encourage children to take pride in their communities, can steer youths away from the path of violence, can encourage adults to contribute and better their neighborhoods.

And it’s not just the recipients who benefit: volunteers and other program participants learn about their communities, befriend their neighbors, and are gifted the incredible opportunity to change lives. It’s no surprise, then, that social programs help reduce crime. Here’s a few examples of two cities that are doing it right:

Philadelphia

  • LEAP Program: Philadelphia Public Libraries do their part by offering free, accessible after-school help to any school-age child who wants it.
  • City Heroes Program: There’s nothing like a bit of community pride to instill faith in oneself. Philly’s City Heroes program matches high school students with various projects around the city, giving them the chance to effect change in their communities.
  • Communities In Schools of Philadelphia: Children represent such monumental possibility, but their chances are often squashed before they even have a chance to try. Communities in Schools works to change that, by offering individualized educational help – tutoring, a mentor, or just a healthy meal to fuel a child’s studies – to the city’s youth.
  • Healing Hurt People (HHP): A hospital-based program and the cornerstone of Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, this community-focused program works to teach youth (ages 8-30) how to resolve conflict, reduce reinjury, and prevent retaliation.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Community Programs: There are a lot of awesome cultural programs for Philly youth, but the Museum of Art has some of our favorites. Not only are they free, but these programs introduce kids to some of art’s greatest masters – an incredible opportunity for all young Philadelphians.  (And oh yeah, the arts play a proven role in crime prevention.)
  • Project HOME: Talk about a killer tagline: none of us is home until all of us are home. Philly’s Project HOME is all about offering assistance – something as simple as a warm meal, to something as life-changing as housing, medical care, work and education – to the city’s underprivileged.

There are dozens of other community programs in Philadelphia, dedicated to reducing violence, supporting the family, leveling the educational playing field, and more.

Seattle

  • Community Arts Create: The community that creates together, stays safe together. This Seattle arts program builds community through one creative experience at a time, hosting community projects and events to involve anyone interested in the arts.
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA): This multi-ethnic organization supports and protects Seattle’s immigrant and refugee women and their families, offering a selection of events, campaigns, volunteer opportunities and much-needed services.
  • SafeYouthSeattle: Seattle may have a lower rate of youth violence than other cities, but SafeYouthSeattle knows that even one injured child is too many. This local organization works with at-risk youth to connect them with services – educational, extracurricular, family mediation, and more – they need.
  • Seattle Social Development Project: The goal of this community organization: healthy, safe children who succeed in school. The services: health education, instructional support, parental education, and youth development – anything needed to get kids and families back on the right track.
  • Seattle Community Justice Program: Designed as a vehicle for youth leadership and social change, this community outreach organization seeks to end racial disparities in the criminal justice system by encouraging community involvement, education on social and racial issues, and extending “healing justice” to the incarcerated.

Seattle’s social programs extend far beyond this list, offering a helping hand to any child or adult, at-risk youth or hungry mouth.

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The Weekly Roundup 5.19 Edition

by Cassie June 19, 2015

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Ultimate Assisted-Driving Machine: BMW Unveils Gesture-Recognizing, Self-Driving 2016 7 Series

BMW is taking technology to a new level with their latest smart car. The German-based luxury car company has employed new technology to enhance the driving experience and ensure superior vehicle quality. Car enthusiasts can look forward to the following features in BMW’s upcoming smart car release:

  • Total control – iDrive, touchscreen, gesture recognition, touchpad, voice input, and navigation routes
  • Active driving assistance
  • Self parking from outside the car
  • A lightweight body and “carbon core”
  • Bells and whistles – touch sensitive control, a wireless charging module, 8 fragrance injectors, updated traffic control, an auto opening trunk and a panoramic moonroof.

For the original article in ExtremeTech.com, click here

 

Keeping Lights On is Only Part of the Home Security Equation

There may not be one definitive answer to the question; does turning on your porch light really keep criminals at bay? However, it certainly does not hurt. Rob Weinhold, security expert with the Fallston Group, provides some additional advice:

  • Put indoor lights on timers to give the appearance someone is always home
  • Light all four corners of your home by investing in motion detecting sensors
  • Keep your garage doors closed and secured
  • Don’t be predictable with your schedule; switch up your routine
  • Trim your hedges so you can see out and criminals can’t hide in the bushes
  • Always lock your windows and doors, especially on the first floor

For the original article in ABC2News, click here

 

When a Tree Falls: IoT, Smart Homes and Sound Sensors

If your home security alarm goes off and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Yes, but it may do little more than startle an intruder. By investing in a sound sensor or monitored security system, you can be sure that when your alarm goes off, specific actions are taken to prevent further intrusion. With the technology available today, you can receive alerts on your smart devices notifying you when something goes wrong in your home. Alarms are great resources to help protect your home from intrusion, fires and floods, but to optimize your system, it is important to have a sound sensor or monitored security system, ready to respond with more than a noise.

For the original article in IPTV-news.com, click here

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Full Home Check: Are You Safe (Checklist and full list of securing your home)

by Cassie June 18, 2015

Home Security Checklist from My Alarm Center

There’s something deeply comforting about ticking off boxes, knowing that with each check your family is a little safer. Rest easy with our full home security check, which takes you on a safety review of your home’s alarm system, windows and doors, locks, various emergency detectors, and other safety measures.

Home Security

Advertise your system. Sometimes the best burglar deterrent is a well-advertised home alarm system – even if you don’t actually have one. Err on the safe side and install a few signs in your windows and yard.

Outdoor lighting is your friend. Flood lights, especially motion-activated ones, help scare off prowlers before they even have a chance to break in.

Ditch the hide-a-key. Burglars today are hip to all the tricks and hiding spots, so instead of squirreling away your key in a plastic container of fake rock, stash one with a trusted neighbor.

Always arm your system. Once you have a system, it’s all too easy to skip arming it for a quick trip to the neighbor’s. You may even forget once in awhile. Don’t! Your system is only as good as you allow it to be. Home automation systems make this as convenient as pulling out your cell phone and tapping a button. Set alerts on your systems mobile application and you’ll always have a reminder.

Communicate with your alarm company. If you’re going away, be it for the weekend or the week, let your alarm company know. They’ll be extra vigilant on your behalf.

 

Windows, Doors & Locks

Install deadbolts. Old school deadbolts still offer great burglar protection, so install them on every entry door. For sliding doors, secure them shut with a metal bar or wooden dowel in the track.

Check your windows. Every 4-6 months, do a whole-house window check to make sure all latches are working and no windows are cracked. Replace broken locks and panes immediately.

Landscape wisely. Burglars often lurk in shrubbery outside windows, so be sure to prune trees and bushes to eliminate hiding spaces.

 

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Be generous with your installation. At the very minimum, you should install one carbon monoxide detector per floor, as well as smoke detectors on every level, outside every bedroom, in the kitchen, and at the bottom of stairs. My Alarm Center offers monitored detectors that reduce response times and therefore, saves lives.

Go hardwired, when possible. New homes come hardwired for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which are far safer as they don’t operate off batteries. (They do have battery backup to account for power outages.) If you own an older home, speak with an electrician about the possibility of hardwiring at least some of your detectors, for example one per floor.

Test regularly. Hardwired or battery-operated, you should test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month.

Keep ‘em clean. A quick vacuuming (or dust-busting) over detector grills will keep them clean and functioning properly.

Run drills. Like other safety equipment, detectors are only as good as your reaction to them. Run both smoke and carbon monoxide drills with your family, so everyone knows what to do in case of emergency.

 

Other Safety Checks

Purchase fire extinguishers. At a minimum, you should have one extinguisher in the kitchen, and one more for every floor (including the kitchen level).

Install flood detectors. Did you even know these existed? Incredible new technology lets you know when your pipes burst or your basement starts to leak. My Alarm Center’s flood protection is the piece of mind you need that costs less than a quarter a day.

Establish an escape plan. One of the best things you can do for your and your family’s safety is to establish an emergency escape route – and practice it. Regularly.

Buy rescue ladders. If you live in a two-story home, purchase a rescue ladder for ever second-floor bedroom. Especially if you have young children, practice its use.

Lock up hazards. Household cleaners, poisons, guns, knives, and other potential dangers should be kept locked away from children.

Be safe!

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The Weekly Roundup 6.12 Edition

by Cassie June 12, 2015

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Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers Over Fire Risk

These “Beats” are so hot, they are literally on fire! This week Apple recalled their product, Beats Pill XL Speakers, over a potential fire risk. Although the recall is voluntary, Apple is urging customers to return the product due to a rare malfunction that can result in the battery of the device heating to the point of explosion. Although this product was rated highly at the time of its release, holding on to the popular Bluetooth speakers is not worth the risk. A $325 dollar refund for the speakers is certainly preferable to a battery explosion and an ensuing house fire. For the original article in the PCmag.com, click here

 

Get Healthy: Keep Safety In Mind At Home and At Play

June is National Safety Month. Do your part by following these simple and easy to remember tips:

  • Check your smoke detectors to ensure the batteries are working; replace them regularly.
  • Test your fire extinguishers a few times a year to make sure they are working.
  • Avoid slips, trips and falls by putting a non-slip strip in the tub, shower or on the floor.
  • Make sure to keep poisons and chemicals in their own separate storage area.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear to keep safe when engaging in physical activities.

For the original article in Nevadaappeal.com, click here

 

Protect Your Home From Burglaries and Theft This Summer

It’s summertime, which means BBQs and pool parties are at their peak. Unfortunately, so are burglaries. Take care and follow this advice to protect your home during the next few months:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times
  • Slow burglars down by using specialty locks
  • Lock and label large items, especially in your garage
  • Light areas around your house
  • Be aware of neighborhood activity and join the Neighborhood Watch

For the original article in the Tennessean, click here

 

Wireless Charging Over Wi-Fi Could Be on the Horizon

Say goodbye to cables; researchers at the University of Washington have successfully tested Wi-Fi charging. With the continued rise of smart products, there has become a real need for a more elegant charging solution. Researchers hope to give us a lasting answer to our tethered charging troubles, but they still have a ways to go. Currently, power output limits on wireless routers are the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of this Wi-Fi charging method. This means that the routers in our home are, at present, prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission from outputting enough energy for Wi-Fi charging to be successful. Still, we can be optimistic about what this new development in technology means for electronic charging in the future. For the original article in Mashable, click here

 

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The Not-so-Hidden Dangers of Sun Exposure

by Cassie June 11, 2015

My Alarm Center warns you of sun exposure.

It’s soon to be summertime and the flowers are in bloom, the sky is blue, and the sun is shining. The days are longer. It smells good. It’s warm. And you want to spend every waking moment outside.

Us, too. Actually, hold that thought. Now that you mention it… be right back!

Kidding, kidding. But the point is, we get it. After a frigid, icy winter, it’s only natural that you’d want to enjoy warm afternoons in the sun.

But here’s the deal: that warm sun can be an evil little siren, luring us despite obvious dangers. Yes, the sun can be dangerous – and we’re not just talking sunburn. (Although there’s definitely that, too.)

The good news is, these not-so-hidden dangers are just that: unhidden. You can see and feel them; you know when they’re happening. And you can also take measures to prevent every, single one.

 

Sunburn

We’ve all suffered from sunburned skin. It’s red; it’s painful. The mere brush of clothing is enough to unleash hundreds of red-hot needles on your skin.

Sunburn hurts, but the hurt is just temporary – right? Not quite. Yes, the reddened skin and discomfort will pass in a few days, but there are also long-lasting effects of sunburn. Take this statistic, for instance: Just one, blistering childhood or adolescent sunburn more than doubles your risk for melanoma. That’s right, one bad sunburn can equate to a 200% increased risk of skin cancer. Cover up and protect yourself.

Sun Poisoning

Think of sun poisoning as sunburn’s evil stepmother. Though many think of sun poisoning as just bad sunburn, in reality its symptoms can be much more severe, and include: fever, nausea, chills, dizziness, headache, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, dehydration, shock/confusion, faintness and/or loss of consciousness, severe blistering, and facial swelling. And like sunburn, sun poisoning increases your risk of melanoma.

Dehydration

Dehydration is a common but incredibly dangerous risk of sun exposure. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the easiest to ignore: thirst, which is the first sign of dehydration, is common when you’re under the sun. But sun-lovers beware: dehydration is life-threatening, if left untreated.

You should always try to avoid dehydration – drink plenty of fluids, reserve physical activity for cooler times of day, consume electrolytes – but you should also be aware of dehydration symptoms: intense thirst, fatigue, light-headedness, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth, increased heart rate, and rapid breathing. Children may also suffer listlessness, high fever, irritability, and a sunken abdomen, cheeks, or eyes. If you suspect dehydration, see a doctor immediately.

Heat Stroke

Like dehydration, heat stroke – the body’s inability to cool itself – is life threatening. Again like dehydration, the symptoms of heat stroke are physical and easy to identify, giving you time to react adequately by cooling your body and seeking medical help. Symptoms of heat stroke include headache, dizziness, agitation, confusion, fatigue, seizure, loss of consciousness, fever or high temperature, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, and hot, dry skin that doesn’t sweat.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer, including the very-fatal melanoma, is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. The best thing you can do to lower your risk? Protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays, with sunblock, UVA/UVB sunglasses, and clothes and cosmetics with UV protection.

Pass the sunscreen! (Minimum 30SPF, always.)

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The Weekly Roundup 6.5 Edition

by Cassie June 5, 2015

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From the Big House to Your House: Burglars Share Home Security Tips

The Columbus Police Department’s crime prevention unit asked three convicted burglars to share some insights into their trade. With an interesting twist, here’s what these criminals said people DON’T do, to make their crimes easier (until they got caught, of course):

  • Don’t close the curtains on window or doors, and leave your valuables out in the open so they can be spotted easily
  • Don’t lock second story windows because burglars only break in on ground floors
  • Don’t replace outside lighting
  • Don’t bother to lock your door if you’re only running out for a minute or two
  • Don’t change up your routine; do the same thing at the same time, every day

For the original article in the Pix11.com, click here

 

Home Security Checklist

June is National Safety Month – a good time to put into practice these home security basics, if you aren’t doing so already:

  • Make sure to keep your yard well maintained
  • If you go out of town, ask a neighbor to grab your mail
  • Install a home security system or place a security sign outside your home
  • Get creative with hiding a spare key outside; but never hide a key under your doormat
  • Don’t let flyers or newspapers or mail pile up on your lawn while you are away
  • Consider purchasing a TV Light Simulator to make it look like your home,even when you’re not

For the original article in Sabre, click here

 

Is Technology Getting Ahead of Itself?

Six years ago, Google began testing self-driving cars, with the goals of lowering accidents and improving safety to lower the number of accidents. Since their initial launch, Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin revealed that there have been a total of 12 vehicle accidents. Several states have passed laws in favor of self-driving car testing on their public roads. Along with the optimism and open-mindedness, there is also a very large concern regarding safety. Safety is extremely important to most people and is often a major selling point for products. It’s too early to say if Google’s smart vehicles will become successful or not, but for now one thing is certain—technology is advancing at a rapid pace—and we consumers need to keep up with it.

For the original article in Telegraph, click here

 

Share the Brilliance, Skip the Hassle

We’ve all been in situations like the one that follows. You’re in a meeting and everything is going exactly to plan—until it’s time to pull up the presentation on your computer screen. Right on cue, you get an error message instead. Now, with the real-time collaboration solution from Intel, that’s all in the past. The new product, called Unite, decreases the risk of computer error when sharing presentations. Meeting attendees need to simply download and install a small software application or “lightweight client” on their Mac or Windows® machine. Once installed, everyone in the meeting can share the content on their desktops, annotate shared presentations and even view up to four people’s screens at once. This new technology enables co-workers to work together on a single presentation, reduces a common technological headache, and facilitates faster meetings—and who wouldn’t want that?

For the original article in Intel, click here

 

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CPR Certifications Save Lives (& How the Good Samaritan Law Protects the Certified)

by Cassie June 4, 2015

CPR Training & Safety from My Alarm Center

In an emergency, we all know to call 911. But what if, instead of standing by idly, completely unable to help while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, you were able to administer critical assistance? What if you were able to save a life?

That’s what CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is all about. The horrifying truth is that 92 percent of people in cardiac arrest will die before they even reach the hospital. Literally every second counts, and the 3-5 minutes that lapse between calling 911 and the arrival of emergency medical personnel can be the difference between life and death.

Indeed, the American Red Cross states that CPR can double or even triple someone’s chance of survival. You read that right: double or triple! Unfortunately, the American Heart Association (AHA) reports that only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. The takeaway: You – yes, you – have it within your power to save lives. All you need is some CPR know-how.

Getting CPR Certified

Once you’ve decided to get CPR certified, the next step is to look for the nearest class. Thankfully, CPR Certification courses are common across the country; the American Heart Association’s Find a CPR Course search will help you locate one near you.

Most CPR certification courses take about 4-5 hours and run $30-$75. Ask around, though; you may be able to find discounted rates at the local YMCA, Red Cross, or other associations.

And remember to keep your certification up-to-date! (Typical CPR renewal rates are every 1-3 years.)

How Does the Good Samaritan Law Work?

Of course, CPR certification is worthless if you’re too uneasy to use it. After all, it’s no secret that our society is litigation-happy; likewise, it’s also unsurprising that the CPR-certified are often concerned about legal liability and other repercussions. So here’s the deal: All 50 states have a “Good Samaritan” law on the books, designed to protect you from legal consequences of your life-saving actions.

First things first – how does the law define a good Samaritan? Laws vary by state, but generally speaking a good Samaritan is:

  • Not a medical professional or emergency rescue worker;
  • Does not expect monetary compensation for services rendered;
  • Is acting selflessly and voluntarily;
  • Does not act willfully negligent or reckless in giving CPR; and

• The victim does not refuse assistance. (In this case, call 911 immediately and wait for assistance from emergency personnel.)

Note that there are addendums to each of these points. For example, if you accept money after the fact, even if you administered CPR with no expectation of monetary reward, the Good Samaritan laws in your state may no longer protect you. The key is to provide selfless, voluntary assistance and to refuse any offered compensation.

 

Go forth and save lives, good Samaritans. Check out below how My Alarm Center went through CPR training.

 

It’s National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Get involved with local communitygroups and sign up for classes that offer…

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The Weekly Roundup 5.29 Edition

by Cassie May 29, 2015

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Home Automation: Understanding a Resident Device VS Automation Hub

Home automation relies heavily on two controlling devices—a “resident device” and an “automation hub.” It is important that you research and understand the differences between the two when making decisions on the best way to make your home a smarter and safer place.

Resident Device: a device that always lives on your network and listens for any requests you send over your IP. It is also accessible from outside your network.

Automation Hub:considered the “brains” of your smart home, a hub device allows automation and enables smartphone access.

For the original article in the Mac Observer, click here

 

Safety for Older Americans

In a study by the CDC, a leading cause of injuries among the elderly is falls – at the rate of millions each year – which can cause severe hip, joint and head injuries. Here are some good personal safety tips and injury prevention advice seniors should heed:

  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Discuss medications and potential side effects with your doctor
  • Get regular health checkups and eye exams
  • Reduce hazards in your home to avoid trips or falls
  • Install grab bars wherever possible

For the original article in Sabre, click here

 

We’ve Got the Answers, You Have the Home Security Questions

Having a safe home is important, but not everyone has a top-of-the-line home security system. How then are homeowners supposed to protect their homes? While there is no single answer to this question, some good advice to consider is, think like a thief! Here are some clever tips that can help you outwit even the smartest of thieves:

  • Hire a locksmith and switch out the locks of your new home to ensure you are the sole key holder
  • Hide a spare key in a unique place – even inside your dog’s collar!
  • Keep your plants and bushes well maintained to reduce hiding spots for burglars
  • Change up your routine and always lock your door, even while on a short outing
  • Keep your home’s exterior well illuminated, especially if your neighbors live far away
  • Hide valuables in places other than your safe – try inside a wall or behind a false switch plate

For the original article in Storify.com, click here

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If Someone Were Drowning Would You Know What To Do? Read This And You’ll Know.

by Cassie May 28, 2015

My Alarm Center , Water Safety So the weather is warmer and we will all get a chance to go swimming in the ocean or a nearby pool. However, medical emergencies are something we don’t want to think about; the mere thought of a loved one having an emergency is enough to make our minds engage in evasive maneuvers. But the thing is, planning for a medical emergency before there’s an actual emergency is one the best ways to prepare and stay calm (or as calm as possible), were an emergency to occur. Drowning is one such emergency, but luckily, it’s one of the easiest to prepare for. Unlike broken bones, a heart attack or similar situation, you don’t need a medical degree to react to drowning: you just need a cool head and some basic first aid skills–and a phone handy, so you can call 911.

Drowning is a Leading Cause of Death First and foremost, you should know that drowning is the fifth-most common cause of accidental injury death in the United States. It’s most common in the very young and very old, and especially for the young, it can happen anywhere: in the pool and at the beach, but also at home in a kiddie pool or bathtub. It takes just a few seconds and a few inches of water.

Prevent Drowning Before it Happens As in all things safety, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Just a few quick words about preventing drowning:

  • Teach everyone in your family to swim
  • Never leave children unattended near water (even a few inches of bath water)
  • Install a safety fence around your pool, and locks on your hot tub cover
  • Only swim where there are lifeguards
  • Do not dive into unfamiliar water

What to Do When Someone is Drowning Accidents happen. The first and foremost important thing to know about drowning is how to recognize it. Because it’s not like what you see in the movies: instead of screaming and splashing, drowning is often silent. So if you see someone’s head quietly but strangely disappearing beneath the surface, know that s/he might be in as much trouble as a swimmer who is flailing and calling for help. Once you know that someone needs help, here’s what to do:

  1. Alert the lifeguard: Unless you are a trained lifeguard, do not attempt to rescue a drowning person; they are often panicked and may pull you under.
  2. Call 911: As soon as you’ve notified the lifeguard, your next move is to call 911 immediately. Explain that someone is drowning, so that the EMTs can ready themselves on the way.
  3. Provide flotation: Pools and beaches should be equipped with life-saving flotation devices, often attached to a rope that you can use to pool a swimmer to safety.
  4. Take life-saving measures: If the drowning victim is unconscious, do not immediately give CPR! . First, tilt his or her head back, lift the chin and check for breathing. If s/he is not breathing, give two slow rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth). If the breaths go in, you may start CPR, provided you are trained. If the breaths do not go in, reposition the head and chin, and try again. If you give CPR, know that in real life, CPR is aggressive enough to break ribs. And in addition to coughing up water, drowning victims often vomit during resuscitation; this is normal. Click right here for a very helpful PDF File from RedCross.org on CPR for adults. Here is the same guide for CPR on children.
  1. Wait for help: Provided you called 911
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