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Shelter Safety: Protecting Your Home...

Shelter Safety: Protecting Your Home

OCOKA is a military acronym that stands for Observation, Concealment, Obstacles, Key Terrain and Avenues of Approach. Those serious about protecting their families and homes during a potential martial law scenario will learn the methods and means behind this strategy. The following shelter safety tips will help get you started. Pay Attention to the Dog It’s not uncommon for the family to be sitting around watching TV when the dog suddenly starts growling and yipping. That’s because a dog’s sense of hearing is far superior to that of their human masters. Dr. Bruce Fogle, author of the “The Dog’s Mind,” says a dog’s ears can absorb sound waves at...

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GMOs: Are They On Your Grocery List?...

GMOs: Are They On Your Grocery List?

By Reno R. Greenidge – Bullock – GMOs are genetically modified organisms created by combinations of genes within plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses, creating an edible product that does not occur naturally or in traditional crossbreeding. Sometimes these GMOs are specially designed to combat certain insects for more robust growing capabilities. Sometimes they are designed to enhance nutritional levels like Vitamin A in rice which is genetically modified to have Vitamin A in the grain. However, unchecked with no regulation or even an honorable mention on packaging is not appropriate for the consumers. “Most Americans aren’t familiar with GMOs or aware to the extent of their use in food,”...

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Top Tips to Prevent Injuries in the Workplace...

Top Tips to Prevent Injuries in the Workplace

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers spend nearly $1 billion per week on workman’s compensation, accounting for a massive cost to companies nationwide. Organizational psychologists and human resource researchers have devoted considerable efforts to creating new systems to keep workers safe, but accidents still happen. Here are a few strategies to keep your workplace as safe and accident-free as possible. Make Them Feel Safe Stories from the dawn of the skyscraper construction era tell us that workers who feel safe in their environment are less likely to have falls. New research into workplace injury is confirming these anecdotes. In a study published in the Safety Science journal, perception...

Three Fun and Safe Travel Destinations for your High School Graduate...

Believe it or not, your first-born baby—you know, the one you labored with for 21 hours and who you cried over for an hour on the first day of preschool—is now an independent, funny, and successful high school senior. To celebrate this amazing rite-of-passage, your teen would love to go on a short vacation with some of his or her friends. You’ve talked with the other parents and everyone is okay with the idea, provided that they go someplace safe and that they check in via text on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places for teens to travel together that won’t turn you into a massive worry wart the entire time they are gone…well,...

Three Fun and Safe Travel Destinations for your High School Graduate
posted on: May 15, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

4 Important Products to Keep Kids Safe around Water...

After the long winter many parts of the country endured, spring is a wonderful and welcome reprieve. Before you know it, you’ll be hanging out at the pool with your kids, splashing and swimming in the cool water and having a blast. As a parent, you realize there are some inherent dangers involved with an afternoon at the pool. From keeping a sharp eye on the kids and protecting them from the sun’s harsh rays to keeping them safe from stinging insects, summertime swimming has its hazards. To keep everyone as safe as possible, take these basic safety items along to the pool. Every parent should carry these four basic items to the water: Pool Safety Ring Kids...

4 Important Products to Keep Kids Safe around Water
posted on: Apr 13, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Vacation Tips: 4 Steps for Home Security...

Leaving home for a trip can be stressful. Organizing travel documents, packing suitcases and checking flight reservations occupy most of your pre-trip checklist. But, you also should make sure your home is secure from burglars before leaving. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, burglary accounts for 18 percent of all serious crime in the U.S., topped only by larceny-theft. Fortunately, you can help prevent this from happening with these four steps: 1. Draw Your Blinds One of the easiest things to do before leaving home is to draw your blinds. This is especially important for ground-level windows so potential burglars walking by can’t see valuables or determine if someone is home. Make it a habit to draw...

Vacation Tips: 4 Steps for Home Security
posted on: Apr 4, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Seven Ways to Protect Your Identity While Shopping...

There was once a time when consumers did not think twice about identity theft when shopping at brick and mortar retail outlets. But that all changed when the massive data breaches of big-box retailers, like Target and Michaels, surfaced. Recovering from identity theft can be a long, protracted process, which means preventive measures should be taken and consumers should arm themselves with information. Don’t know where to start? LifeLock offers an extensive collection of resources on identity theft and ways recover if your personal information is compromised. Here are some simple actions you can take to drastically reduce the chances of being a victim: Shop Smart Unless you’re familiar with a particular retailer and its security practices, dig a little...

Seven Ways to Protect Your Identity While Shopping
posted on: Mar 24, 2015 | author: Safety Issues
Liquidity and You (Part 2 of 3)

Liquidity and You (Part 2 of 3)

posted on: Mar 10, 2015 | author: William Valentine

This is this is the second installment of a 3 part series on liquidity and how it relates to your financial investments. The first part can be accessed here (insert hyper-link). Through these articles we intend to demystify the term “liquidity”, define “liquidity risks”, and help you “identify liquidity risk in your investments.” Part 2: How do liquidity risks develop in financial markets? The first article in this series established a framework for understanding what components comprise market liquidity: “There are two elements that impact a market’s ability to be liquid or not: Crowd size – or the number of active market participants Availability of the asset (or thing) being traded A contraction in either one of these elements can diminish market liquidity.” Loss of liquidity in a financial market creates the risk that the asset being traded will be susceptible to large, unpredictable changes in price that are...

Liquidity and You (Part 1 of 3)

Liquidity and You (Part 1 of 3)

posted on: Feb 23, 2015 | author: William Valentine

This is the first installment of a 3 part series on liquidity and how it relates to your financial investments. Through these articles we intend to demystify the term “liquidity”, define “liquidity risks”, and help you “identify liquidity risk in your investments.” Part 1: What is market liquidity and why is it so important to you? The word “liquidity” is being used more frequently by today’s financial media and for good reason. Markets have become larger, and therefore more vulnerable to changes in value due to liquidity shortages. For investors, understanding liquidity is essential to understanding the hidden risks in your portfolio. Liquidity is a subjective word like the word “beauty” There is no specific or standard method of quantifying or measuring the value. Just as beauty is said to be subjective and is “all in the eye of the beholder”, the terms “financial” or “market” liquidity are also...

Help Your Car Run Forever

Help Your Car Run Forever

posted on: Feb 16, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

The average car on the road in the U.S. was 11.4 years old in 2014, according to IHS Automotive. The Federal Highway Administration estimates the average number of miles driven by the typical American is 13,476 per year. Those two data points mean there are a lot of cars out there with more than 100,000 miles on them that need a little extra TLC. Later model vehicles aren’t necessary better built or more reliable. The 2014 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependency Study found that owners of 2011 vehicles reported 6 percent more problems than those who owned 2010 cars. Japanese-made cars, particularly Hondas and Toyotas, are known for their long-term reliability. In fact five of Warranty Direct’s top 10 most reliable cars of all time are made by those two companies. No matter what type of car you own, its longevity will rely mostly on your adherence to maintenance schedules...

Paving the Way for Safer Roads

Paving the Way for Safer Roads

posted on: Feb 9, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Obtaining a driver’s license means increased independence, but also a measure of accountability. Drivers need to exercise caution when taking to the roads. Recent statistics suggest that an estimated 10 million traffic accidents occur every year. If people practice defensive driving, it minimizes the risks of an accident. Safety, of course, plays a definite role. Here are five compelling reasons to practice caution when driving on the roads: 1. Motorists must eliminate distracted driving. Any time a driver chooses to take his or her eyes off the road and deviate toward another task, safety is compromised. Distracted driving may range from eating in the car, applying makeup or talking or texting on your cell phone. During the daytime, approximately 660,000 people are using some kind of device while driving. As a result, 420,000 were injured because of distracted driving. When making a choice to drive, you must keep your eyes centered...

Six Health and Safety Apps for the iPhone 6

Six Health and Safety Apps for the iPhone 6

posted on: Feb 4, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

In 2014, Apple debuted the Health app for iOS 8, which is compatible with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Also, other health and fitness apps that have been installed via the Apple Store can sync with the Health app. This allows users to monitor their nutrition, fitness, sleep vitals and more, all from one easy-to-navigate platform. It also is equipped with a Medical ID feature, which acts as an emergency card, just in case first responders need to locate information. Health, safety and emergency related apps are becoming standard in today’s new technology. Ensure that you are well protected with these six apps: Health Glucose Buddy: This app, created by SkyHealth, has been featured in Wired Magazine, Diabetes Health and the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Forecast Magazine. Glucose Buddy is recognized as one of the best, free ways to manage diabetes. Users can log their exercise, medications, glucose levels and...

Watch for These Signs Your Tires May Be Unsafe

Watch for These Signs Your Tires May Be Unsafe...

posted on: Jan 24, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Tire-related issues cause approximately 80,000 car accidents a year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. Check your tires often and know the signs they need to be replaced. Don’t wait until an accident gives you a sign you can’t ignore. How Tires Work Tire designs are composed of tread and grooves. Over the past 100 years, manufacturers have developed sophisticated treads and patterns for all types of driving. They each have a different design to maximize their efficiency in specific conditions. The Signs of Wear When the tread wears down to a minimum amount, your tire can no longer grip the road safely. The two common ways to tell if your tires are excessively worn and need replacing both measure the amount of tread left. Get into the habit of doing one or both tests each time you fill up with gas, and you’ll stay on top of...

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