An emergency arises and you call 9-1-1 for help, but you don't know what to tell the dispatcher because you've suddenly forgotten your address. Being prepared can help eliminate some of the stress that sets in during emergencies. National Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week and 9-1-1 Education Month serve as important reminders that being prepared can make all the difference!
According to SafeKids.org, window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children five and younger each year. National Window Safety Week is designed to heighten the awareness of what can be done to help keep families safe from the risk of accidental falls or injuries in the home. Falls from a window are extremely dangerous, especially for children, and can cause serious injuries or death.
An unmanned aircraft system (UAS), sometimes called a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard - instead, the UAS is controlled from an operator on the ground.
When you fly a drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules.
When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others. National Drug Facts Week began in 2010 by National Institute on Drug Abuse scientists to promote educational events and opportunities for teens to learn about drug use and addition. Follow the hashtags #drugfacts or #NDAFW this week to shatter the myths surrounding drug use.
Frostbite and hypothermia are cold-related emergencies that may quickly become life or limb threatening. Preventing cold-related emergencies can be as simple as not starting an activity in, on or around cold water unless you know you can get help quickly in an emergency.
Cold Weather Basics
Storms are becoming more frequent as winter weather sets in, so it is time to ensure your car, truck or SUV is ready for driving as conditions change for the season.
Tires are a critical part of safe winter driving. Tire tread should be at least 1/8 inch deep. You can check your tires using a quarter - insert the quarter into the tread with George Washington's head pointed toward the center of the tire. If you can see the top of his head, your tires will not provide enough traction should be replaced.
Holiday lighting and decorations contribute to the splendor of the season but they can also significantly increase the risk of fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) has put together a comprehensive list of holiday lighting and decoration safety tips and resources. You can view the complete list at www.esfi.org.
Whenever winter weather arrives, remember this simple message: Get to where you need to be before the weather gets bad! In other words, stay off the roads when it snows!
Cyber Monday - November 27 this year - is becoming as big as Black Friday for getting your holiday shopping done and finding amazing discounts. There are some great deals, but buyers must beware of scams and the tricks identity thieves may use. Last week's article about protecting yourself at stores during Black Friday - and any other time of year - can be found here.
Here are some tips that will help you enjoy a safe online shopping experience: