Are You Safe From Your Own Employees?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When Denise Edwards (not her real name) saw a text on her 11-year-old son’s phone that said, “Im gonna kill you 2mrw” from an unrecognized number, her heart stopped. She asked her son about it and was shocked to hear an older boy on his bus had been sending these types of texts for about two months.
Experts estimate that teens are at least four times more likely to say something hurtful or demeaning to another child when behind the veil of a phone or computer.
Tim Woda, a digital safety expert, explains: “Cyberbullies are often not the biggest kids on the playground or the meanest girls at school. If you want to protect against cyberbullying, parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing online and be willing to act quickly when they see a red flag.”
Here are a few tips for parents to prevent cyberbullying:
* Talk about it: The best defense is a good offense. Ask your child how they would respond if someone were mean to them online. What should they do? Is it okay to forward a text message making fun of someone?
* Spot it: Cyberbullying can cause kids to avoid using their phone or computer, or appear stressed when receiving an e-mail or text. They may act reluctant to attend social or school events or avoid conversations about school or friends. In extreme cases, the child will have declining grades, stop eating or have difficulty sleeping.
* Deal with it: Teach them to never respond, save the evidence and report the incident to an adult they trust. Next, engage school administrators to discuss their cyberbullying policy and develop a plan of action. Finally, talk about the situation with the bully and the parents. Sometimes a school guidance counselor can act as a mediator for this type of meeting.
* Prevent it: Stealing your child’s phone or their passwords to social networking accounts is not an ideal way to understand what’s going on in their digital world. Use a parental intelligence service, such as uKnowKids.com, that can alert you to dangerous behavior and cyberbullying. The best time to install parental monitoring software is the moment a child gets a social media account or mobile phone so kids accept it for the long run.

Do You Take Drinking Water for Granted?

You turn on the tap, and water comes out. Period. Safe, plentiful and affordable drinking water is one of our nation’s most precious resources and something most of us take for granted.

But what if you turned on the tap and nothing happened, or if the water you drank made you sick?

While pouring a glass of water may seem simple, before it arrives at your tap there is a complex process of collecting, storing, treating and distributing the water that helps ensure its availability and quality. In fact, water utilities implement comprehensive water management plans to ensure that adequate amounts of drinking water are available. These include conservation and reuse, reclamation and sourcing strategies.

5 Tips for Safe and Healthy Travels

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Vacations should be a time of rest, relaxation and adventure. For too many travelers, they’re anything but. A double whammy of stress and anxiety on top of an already compromised immune system is a formula for disaster, sending many jet-setters home sick as dogs. Fortunately, a few essential items are all you need for a safe and healthy getaway. Be prepared for the inevitable with these five health and safety tips:
Bring a first aid kit. While you can’t guard against all accidents, you can foresee the minor surprises with some degree of probability. Have something handy to relieve headaches, diarrhea and insect bites. Your “just in case” kit should also have bandages and plenty of antihistamines. You might not know that you’re allergic to certain plants or insects until it’s too late.
Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often, especially before eating, to ward off germs and viruses. Rely on hand sanitizer when there is no running water available. Use wet wipes to make sure the surfaces you touch frequently are kept as clean as possible.
Beware of pests. Check the seams of your mattress, cracks and crevices of the headboard, nightstand and drawers for critters or droppings. To prevent bed bugs from coming home with you, EcoSmart Technologies (www.ecosmart.com) offers a travel-size bed bug killer and repellant with natural ingredients.
“The pest control industry is trending toward using stronger products to treat bed bugs because these pests have developed resistance to some of the current chemicals,” says Steve Bessette, bed bug prevention expert. “EcoSmart incorporates over 15 years of science into a completely natural, safe and — most importantly — effective line of pest control products.”
Stay hydrated. In a plane or on the road, it’s important to stay hydrated while in transit to prevent achy muscles and deep vein thrombosis. At your destination, rely on bottled water for hydration to ward off various bacteria, viruses and other parasites that can cause diarrhea. If you need to use tap water, pack purification tablets just to be safe.
Remember your smartphone. It’s a guidebook, GPS, Internet connection, dictionary, camera, alarm clock and restaurant-business-movie theater-gas station-and more locator. It’s also a phone that can be used for emergencies anywhere you are. Don’t forget to pack yours in case of emergencies.

Some Public Pools Struggle With Budget to Stay Open

In December 2007, Congress and President Bush passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB). Inspired by the tragic drowning of a seven-year-old girl, the law required all public spas and pools to install VGB-compliant drain covers, properly separated or unblockable drains or anti-entrapment systems such as a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) – by December 19, 2008.

In 2011, many public swimming pools still don’t meet the law’s requirements.

Many community pools simply don’t have the funds to make the mandated changes. Facilities serving under-privileged children, senior citizens, physically or mentally disabled citizens, or other facets of the community with special needs do not run on large budgets, and economic conditions have cut many public pools’ budgets.

Is your Public Pool Struggling to Stay Open?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In December 2007, Congress and President Bush passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB). Inspired by the tragic drowning of a seven-year-old girl, the law required all public spas and pools to install VGB-compliant drain covers, properly separated or unblockable drains or anti-entrapment systems such as a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) — by December 19, 2008.
Today, in 2011, many public pools still do not meet the law’s requirements.
“We know that, due to economic cutbacks, this is a difficult time for many public swimming pool operations,” said Kevin Potucek, Hayward vice president of product management. “There are many facilities serving under-privileged children, senior citizens, physically or mentally disabled citizens or other worthy causes. For whatever reason, they are not yet compliant and are at risk of not opening this spring.”
There are resources for non-compliant pools and spas whose budgets do not allow them to make the required changes. For example, Hayward Pool Products, the largest manufacturer of residential swimming pool equipment in the world, created its “Safe Swimming Initiative” to aid public pools serving the communities that are facing compliance challenges with VGB due to budgetary issues.
The initiative will run through July 1 or until $1 million in Hayward Stratum VRS products have been been given to public pools in need. Hayward will refer facility operators to registered installers.
To submit a request for consideration in Hayward’s Safe Swimming Initiative, go to www.haywardpool.com and click on the “Hayward Pledges up to $1 Million for Pool Safety” button. Products will be awarded with special consideration for public or non-profit facilities serving populations that are under-privileged or have special needs.

Know the Benefits of Safe Ear Cleaning

It’s automatic – you finish your shower and reach for a pack of cotton-tipped swabs. After all, if you don’t clean out your ears, wax will build up and give you an infection, right?

Actually, your body produces cerumen, or earwax, for a reason. Earwax is sticky, allowing it to trap dust, dirt, pollen, insects or anything else that might otherwise enter the ear canal. Without it, our ear drums would be left vulnerable to foreign particles that could cause infections.

Don’t Turn a Deaf Ear to Safe Ear Cleaning

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s automatic — you finish your shower and reach for a pack of cotton-tipped swabs. After all, if you don’t clean out your ears, wax will build …

Safe Water Program Aims to Save Lives

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A growing crisis is threatening families every day as contaminated drinking water spreads contagions and diseases to households worldwide. But contaminated water is not only making people sick, it is also leading to early mortality.
“Mothers lose 1.8 million children every year from diarrheal diseases caused by contaminated water — more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined,” says Dr. Greg Allgood, director of P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW), a non-profit organization focused on the critical, global need for clean, safe drinking water.
Some organizations and companies, however, are stepping in to help. Pantene, the world’s leading hair care brand, has announced a charitable partnership with CSDW. Pantene launched Healthy Hair for Healthy Water (HHHW), a global program that supports CSDW in helping women, children and their communities access safe drinking water. The program hopes to prevent 20 million person-days of illness and save an estimated 2,500 lives by providing half a billion liters of clean drinking water every year by 2020.
The Pantene HHHW initiative is part of Pantene’s ongoing commitment to making meaningful improvements in sustainability through its products, operations and social responsibility programs. Pantene is working toward creating innovative, beautiful products that are better for the environment, without trade-offs for consumers in performance, aesthetics or price. They expect to launch the HHHW program in several regions around the world over the next five years and are currently working toward the next introductions in Brazil and Indonesia.
Consumers can participate by purchasing Pantene products from the P&G eStore at www.pgestore.com/Pantene/pantene,default,sc.html. For each bottle purchased from the eStore through February 28, 2011, Pantene will donate 10 cents to CSDW. Ten cents is enough to buy one PUR packet, which transforms contaminated water into clean water. Just one PUR packet can turn 10 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water.

Safe Water Program Aims to Save Lives

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