As you celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family, avoid these 6 holiday hazards to keep your friends and family safe. 1. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture. Always use a proper step stool or ladder. 2. Don’t place mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and other poisonous plants within reach of children 3. Don’t use a dull blade. It requires more pressure, which increases the potential for injury. 4. Don’t post if you are traveling or going to be away from home on social media. 5. Don’t let your Christmas tree dry out and become a fire hazard. Pick a fresh tree and keep it hydrated. 6. Don’t burn or throw gift wrap in the fireplace. Recycle your gift wrap instead.
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Halloween is a time of fun frights, but there is also a high risk of a real fright when it comes to the safety of your children. Take some time to follow some simple safety tips to ensure your family’s Halloween is a spooktacular time!
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
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Fire Prevention Week is celebrated October 8-14, and this year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
In the event of a fire emergency, your Smart911 Safety Profile can give fire personnel vital information that will enable them to deliver help to you faster. The timesaving details in your profile might include your addresses, the number of people and pets in your home, or the location of bedrooms and emergency shut-off valves in your home.
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The theme of National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” At Smart911, we’re encouraging everyone to take the time TODAY to make a crisis preparedness plan before an emergency strikes.
As part of that, take time to create or update your Smart911 Safety Profile to ensure 9-1-1 and first responders have the information they need to help you in the event of an emergency.
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As the new school year commences, safety is top of mind for parents and teachers alike. Help us educate your friends and family about ways to keep our kids and school communities safe by sharing the Smart911 Back-to-School Safety materials.
I have not taken to reading one new book a month or frequenting the gym five times a week. I admit I have let many a New Year’s resolutions fail and have barely made it passed January 15th, but this year is different. This year I am making five New Year’s resolutions to improve my health and safety. These are five resolutions I cannot afford to let slip. These are five important resolutions I promise to keep.
Resolution #1: I will wash my hands often.
I do not want the flu or cold this winter. I resolve to use soap and water or hand sanitizer to keep from spreading germs. Additionally, I do not plan to touch my face and will cover my mouth if I have a cough. All of these easy changes make a huge impact during flu.
Resolution #2: I will create and update my home emergency preparedness kit.
Everyone has a different kit and should to fit your individual needs. At the very least, you should make sure your kit contains enough food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Your kit should reflect your needs for example, pet food for pets and any prescription medications.
Resolution #3: I will not use my cell phone or text while driving.
According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million auto accidents occurred in the U.S. last year related to using a cell phone or texting while driving. A trick I have learned is to keep my cell phone out of reach while driving. I store it in my purse on the passenger side floor. I have found that if it is out of sight and out of reach, I am less compelled to reach for it and more focused as a driver.
Resolution #4: I will learn CPR.
If I witnessed someone having a heart attack and could not help revive them I would never forgive myself, which is why I have resolved to learn CPR because it is not unlikely that this situation could happen. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. It accounts for 325,000 annual adult deaths in the United States. By learning how to effectively administer CPR my New Year’s resolution could mean the difference between life and death for someone.
Resolution #5: Keep my Smart911 Safety Profile Up to date.
Speaking of the difference between life and death, it is imperative that my Smart911 Safety Profile only contains accurate information for me and my household. In 2015, I will have moved twice and need to make sure they if I am unable to communicate my location, my profile will accurately display my correct address and other vital information about myself and my family.
If you are like me and can’t stick to a resolution, use the safety of yourself and your family as motivation to stick to your goals and make 2015 your safest and most prepared year yet.
From Not Posting Your Vacation Plans on Social Media to being Mindful of Fire Risks, the Creators of Smart911 Encourage All to Have Safe and Happy Holidays
The holiday season is a time of festivities and celebrations, yet each year there are tragic reports ranging from injuries to house fires to burglaries that could have been easily avoided with just a little bit of preparation. With this in mind, the experts from Smart911 are celebrating the season by offering useful tips to help assure a fun and safer holiday season for individuals and families.
“Six Holiday Hazards to Avoid” and other helpful tips may be found here. Tips include:
Keeping Burglars at Bay: Don’t share vacation plans on social media. While it may seem like family and friends are the only ones commenting on your Facebook posts, a profile can be seen by a much wider audience. The FBI reports nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in the U.S. during the holidays and thieves look for signs that occupants are away. Avoid having large displays of gifts that can be seen through your windows. When traveling, have someone collect your mail, consider an automatic timer for your lights, stop newspaper delivery, make sure snow is shoveled and keep a vehicle in the driveway if possible.
Lessen your Fire Risk: According to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking is the leading cause of household fires. Have an extinguisher handy and never leave the area when cooking, and because a busy kitchen means an increased risk of accidents, keep people away. Make sure a Christmas tree has plenty of water and does not dry out. Candles should be used with caution – 13 percent of home fires begin with decorations catching fire – so keep them clear of anything flammable and never in a child’s care. Make sure smoke detectors work and have fresh batteries. When using a fireplace, be certain the flue is open and never burn wrapping paper – this burns intensely and can cause a flash fire. Also, according to the National Fire Protection Association, decorative lights start an average of 170 home fires each year. Inspect all lights – indoor or outdoor, new or old – for damaged sockets, frayed or bare wires and faulty connections. A single extension cord should have no more than three standard-size light sets.
Decorate with Care: When putting up decorations, use a proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. When climbing a ladder, always grip the rungs and not the side rails, and keep three points of contact at all times (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand). Make sure your ladder is on solid ground and be sure to have someone on-hand as a “spotter.” When outdoors, get down from a ladder during inclement weather – high winds can blow you off and precipitation can make rungs and the ground slippery. Don’t place mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and other poisonous plants within reach of children. Also, keep tinsel, ornaments (and toys) that have small parts, metal hooks, or look like candy, out of reach of children and pets. And when you’re visiting others, remember your host’s household may not be child-proofed, so keep a watchful eye.
Finally, citizens are encouraged to create a Smart911 Safety Profile containing details about their household that they want 9-1-1 to have during an emergency. This can include all family members and photos, information on medical conditions and disabilities, home and vehicle details and even pets. Once created, when a citizen places a 9-1-1 call the Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the call-taker and can be immediately relayed to teams in the field, allowing for a better understanding of the situation and more effective emergency response.
Each Smart911 Safety Profile is private, secure and only available to 9-1-1 call takers during an emergency call. Smart911 is currently available in 37 states and more than 1,000 municipalities. If you’re traveling this holiday season, remember that Smart911 is a national system, so a Safety Profile can be delivered with an emergency call in any area of the country if the local 9-1-1 call center is supported by the service.
Diabetes is a serious disease with no cure. However, there are many ways people can manage it to minimize its impact on their lifestyle. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1 out of every 4 is completely unaware they have it. There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is when the body doesn’t create enough insulin which regulates the bodies blood sugar. Type 1 is a far less common form of diabetes and approximately 5% of those who have diabetes have type 1. Though extensive research has been done, no one knows yet how to prevent type 1.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease it occurs when the body can’t use insulin properly and is unable to regulate its blood sugar and keep it at normal levels. Nine out of 10 people with diabetes has type 2 and it has been linked to several risk factors including being overweight, physically inactive, and being directly related to someone with type 2 diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes is when a pregnant woman develops diabetes during her pregnancy and can be a risk to the mother and baby. Gestational diabetes often develops around the 24th week of pregnancy and is the abnormally high blood sugar levels. The cause of gestational diabetes is unknown however it is believed that the many hormones from the placenta and developing baby can block the mothers insulin in her body. It can also lead to type 2 diabetes later in life.
Living Right and Preparing Well:
Today, there are numerous options for managing all types of diabetes with and without medication. From healthy eating and exercising habits to medications proven to help, it’s possible to not only live with your diabetes, but thrive with it too. Maintaining a healthy diet and monitoring your blood sugar is essential to helping your body regulate its sugar levels better. Exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight can not only reduce your risk but also improve your body’s blood sugar. Take advantage of the research and resources made available through organizations like the CDC and American Diabetes Association. You can prepare yourself and those you love by taking advantage of new technologies that allow you prepare for an emergency ahead of time like Smart911.
How does Smart911 help me or my loved ones with Diabetes?
-List your type of Diabetes and the degree of the signs and symptoms. Include any medications being taken or and their location in the home.
Why does creating a Smart911 Safety Profile help?
-Put in your address and medical information. If ever there is an emergency, your Safety Profile will allow 9-1-1 call takers to know medications you may or may not be on and share that information with EMS and medication location within the home.
-At the 9-1-1 center, they can append a note to the person’s address and mobile number, which could be leveraged in an emergency (Example: Amanda Jessup has type 1 Diabetes. Medication is located in upstairs hall bathroom cabinet above the sink).
-In your Safety Profile, you can write in the notes section what hospital you or your loved one is associated with so that a first responder can bring the patient to their health care provider for financial reasons and convenience.