Safe Living in a Dangerous World: An Expert Answers Your Every Question from Homeland Security to Home Safety

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Since September 11th, the American public is more concerned about personal safety than at any time in the last 50 years. Now the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a comprehensive, but easy-to-use resource with quick safety checklists to guide you through living in America and traveling outside its borders. From threats of terrorism to home safety; from safety for seniors to safety for babies, children, and college kids - learn how to prepare yourself for all contingencies. ...
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Overview

Since September 11th, the American public is more concerned about personal safety than at any time in the last 50 years. Now the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a comprehensive, but easy-to-use resource with quick safety checklists to guide you through living in America and traveling outside its borders. From threats of terrorism to home safety; from safety for seniors to safety for babies, children, and college kids - learn how to prepare yourself for all contingencies. Includes the new Homeland Security Guidelines, as well as instructions for developing a Family Disaster Plan, practicing and maintaining it and what to include in your Disaster Supply Kit.
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"You're busy enough this Christmas worrying with what to get the kids and who to visit for how long. So here are a few tips to stave off safety concerns during the holidays. They are from the book ‘Safe Living in a Dangerous World’ by Nancy Harvey Steorts, a former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931868440
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Harvey Steorts was Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission during the Reagan administration. Since then, she has become an international expert on safety, a television commentator and media spokesperson, and gives workshops and seminars on safety issues to Fortune 500 corporations and national organizations. She is the author of "Safety & You" (Syracuse, 1999).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Preparing for a Disaster, Are You Ready?

PART I: HOMELAND SECURITY

Chapter 1 - America’s Response to New Challenges
Homeland Security Advisory System, A New Threat to Safety: Bioterrorism, Our Role

Chapter 2 - What You Can Do
Your Home, Neighborhood, and Community, Your Work, Evacuation of High-Rise Building, Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit, Create a Family Disaster Plan

PART II: PERSONAL SECURITY

Chapter 3 - Home Safety: How Safe Is Your Home?
Checklist: Room-by-Room Home Safety

Chapter 4 - Fire and Electrical Safety
Safeguarding Against Fires, Smoke Detectors, Fire Extinguishers, Escaping from a Fire, Checklist: Fire Safety General Tips, Electrical Safety, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), Electrical Safety Checklist

Chapter 5 - Carbon Monoxide, Air Quality, and Poison
When Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risk Is Greatest, Checking Your Home, How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Purchasing a Carbon Monoxide Detector, Indoor Air Quality, Contaminants, Indoor Air Quality Checklist: Room-by-Room, Indoor Air Quality Checklist: By Contaminant, Poisons, Types, Recognizing the Symptoms of Poisoning, How to Treat a Poisoning Victim, Preventing Poisonings, Poison Lookout Checklist: Room-by-Room

Chapter 6 - Food Safety: How Safe is Your Food?
Food Safety Checklist, Cooking and Defrosting

Chapter 7 - Holiday Safety: Preparing for the Holidays
Independence Day, Fireworks Safety Checklist, Halloween, Halloween Safety Tips, Thanksgiving, Ten Tips for Safe Food Preparation, Christmas, Buying a Gift of Safety, Christmas and Holiday Season Safety Tips

Chapter 8 - Mail Safety
Signs of Suspicious Mail, What to Do if You Suspect a Piece of Mail, What to Do if You Receive an Anthrax Threat, Symptoms and Effects of Anthrax

Chapter 9 - Child Safety: Guidelines for Preventing Incidents
Baby Safety, Baby Furniture and Equipment, Baby-Proofing Your House, Child Safety, Child Safety Checklist, Toy Safety, Playground Safety, Clothing Safety

Chapter 10 - Senior Safety: Safety Concerns for Seniors
Safety for the Older Consumer Checklist, Burns and Fires, Grab Bars, Medications, Rugs and Mats, Water Temperatures

Chapter 11 - Outdoor Safety: Being Safe While Having Fun Outdoors
Your Backyard, Swimming Pools, Bicycle Safety, Education and Training Programs, Sports and Recreational Safety, Common Minor Sports Injuries

PART III: THE COMMUNITY

Chapter 12 -School Safety: Improving Your Child’s Safety at School
Preventing School Violence, School Fire Safety, School Bus Safety, Backpacks, Latchkey Children

Chapter 13 - College Safety: Tips for the College Student
Dorm Fire Safety, Student Travel, Meningitis, Eating Disorders, Alcohol Abuse, Date Rape and Sexual Assault

PART IV: THE EXTERNAL WORLD

Chapter 14 - Travel Safety: How Safe Are You as a Traveler?
Airline Safety, Hotel Safety, Room Safety

Chapter 15 - Weather Safety: How to Survive Mother Nature
Thunderstorms, Lightning, Hail, Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes

Chapter 16 - Medical Emergencies and Safety: How to Respond
First Aid, Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation, Abrasions and Injuries, Burns, Blisters and Scalds, Choking, Drowning, Electric Shock, Heat-Related Illnesses, Cold-Related Illnesses, Strangulation, Suffocation, Calling 911, Patient Safety

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Every Home Needs This Book

    This book guides the user through all kinds of situations. Emergency planning and emergency coping in all aspects of living in today's world are presented in a careful, readable and useful way. The book is well organized and extremely relevant.

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