Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why Should I Learn Infant CPR?

Learning baby CPR is not just a practical thing to do when you have some spare time; it is something that should be made a priority. Thankfully, as the below guide clearly illustrates, it is not a complicated procedure. Just about anyone can learn how to perform baby CPR on a young child and the following points can give you the motivation you need to either learn or refresh your skills in this area. 

CPR Will be Vital in a Doomsday Scenario

Don't expect hospitals, doctors, nurses and paramedics to be available should a doomsday scenario occur. Such individuals are likely to be caring for their own families, fleeing danger zones, or will be so overwhelmed that they won’t be able to provide proper assistance. Knowing infant CPR can enable you to save your child's life if there is no one else around to turn to for help; what is more, you may even be able to trade this skill for food and/or other items or services you may need in a disaster scenario. 

Babies Are Prone to Dangerous Accidents

Babies grow quickly and tend to put dangerous things in their mouths, drink or eat poisonous substances and engage in other unsafe behaviors. While there are a number of things you can do to protect your little one from serious accidents, you cannot expect to be able to shield your child from danger all the time. Your child can have a bad accident when left unsupervised for a few minutes or when visiting a less than safe relative's or friend's home. A car accident could also result in serious injuries that may require your CPR skills.

Bystanders Are Reluctant to Help

It may be a simple procedure to learn, but you want to practice CPR regularly to ensure that you do it correctly in the time of need. Unfortunately, many bystanders are reluctant to help because they are afraid of doing something wrong. Don't refrain from offering CPR even if you don't remember the exact procedure or feel less than confident in your skills. In a traumatic situation, you may not remember how many compressions should be given per second, how deep the compressions are meant to be, or whether or not you should flick a child's feet first before giving CPR. However, even flawed CPR is better than none at all if there are no signs of circulation. 

Written by Audrey Jenkins

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Prepare for Disaster with These 5 Home Essentials

Though disasters like floods, earthquakes and hurricanes are rare, they can wreak havoc for whatever lies in their path. But even if your home is not damaged, the lack of electricity or functional roads can quickly cause problems. Be prepared for disaster with these five home essentials:

Nonperishable Food

Keep a sufficient supply of nonperishable food items that will last your family several weeks in an emergency situation. These need to be items that will not go bad without electricity, and they should be eatable without stove, oven or microwave preparation. Keep in mind that people need more calories than usual to recover from a disaster.

Fully Stocked First Aid Kits

Have a first aid kit that can treat most basic injuries like cuts, scrapes and basic infections. This will help keep any injuries from getting worse while emergency medical services are overtaxed by the disaster. Try to include any prescription medications that family members will need.

Clean Water

Experts recommend that families have two weeks’ worth of clean water in case of emergencies. Each person typically needs one gallon of water per person per day. If you store the water jugs in your garage, make sure that you can access them easily, especially if the power goes out. Companies like AAA Garage Door, Inc. specialize in durable garage door systems. In addition to drinking water, clean water can also be used for hygiene purposes.

Battery Operated Flashlights

This one might seem obvious, but a surprisingly high number of families do not have alternative lighting sources other than the flashlight on their smart phones. If the electricity goes out, this can be disastrous because people may be hurt while attempting to move about. Be sure to have a lot of batteries on hand too.

Communication Tools

Being cut off from the outside world can be dangerous during a disaster, so it is important to have a battery powered radio that can alert you to shifting weather patterns or other dangers. Local cell phone towers may be down, but a hand-cranked or solar cell phone charger can still be useful.

No one can really say when disaster will strike. But if you keep your family prepared and ready for anything, it won’t matter as to how and when emergencies arise. These items can be very helpful in keeping your home and family safe during a disaster. Following these guidelines will give you an advantage in disaster recovery.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

First-Time Rider: Safety Tips for Motorcyclists on the Road

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, especially when it's new or your first time riding. Bikes are also a generally safe mode of transportation, though because riders aren't as protected in an accident as automobile drivers, the fatality rate is 26 times higher here than people in a car. To help keep you safe, we have gathered some tips for when you're out on the road.

Wear a Helmet

This is probably the most important tip on this list and also the most obvious. Helmets save lives and prevent long-term or permanent brain damage. While 31 states don't require wearing a helmet, you're about 40 percent more likely to survive a crash if you're wearing one.

Gear Up

Gloves, boots, pants, and a jacket are all necessary to protect you from nearly whatever the road can throw at you. Even just a simple spill can give you pretty bad road rash if you're not wearing the right gear, to say nothing of a nasty accident. Denim and a t-shirt will just leave you with less skin than you want so you'll want to invest in some leather accessories.

Get Defensive

According to Scherline And Associates, most accidents between a car and a motorcycle are the car driver's fault, mostly due to violating right-of-way rules. Assume that drivers will not see you, whether when they're changing lanes, at an intersection, or pulling out of a parking lot. Also, scan for things up ahead that might cause traffic patterns to change quickly (such as construction or an accident). It sounds intimidating, but the awareness does become second nature pretty quickly and can even save your life.

Be Road Ready

Before you set out, walk your bike, and make sure it's ready to go. Check the chain or the belt to make sure they're in good condition and moving smoothly. Tires need to be in good shape and inflated to the right pressure. When you get on the bike, make sure the mirrors are adjusted properly as well.

Learn From a Pro

Learning to ride a motorcycle is not something you should try to learn on your own, or something your buddy can teach you. Look into a rider class through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or a similar group. You learn the basics, laws for your state, and may even get a break on your insurance.

Safety isn't the first thing people think about when getting a motorcycle, but it should be. Staying safe when you ride will ensure you'll be riding for years to come.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Save on the Essentials: 5 Frugal Ways to Prep for Any Disaster

In the face of looming disaster, you may find yourself unable to cope with the expenses of properly preparing your home. However there are many steps you can take to prepare yourself on a tight budget with little stress. Getting the family together and making a list of set goals for everyone to work towards can be a good start.


The first step to preparing for any disaster is to prioritize your needs. What items, tools and foods are essential for survival when you are in the most need? Food storage is something that every person that prepares has plenty of, it’s an essential. Create a short list of the items that you believe are 100% necessary, and then add optional items afterwards. Make sure all of the essentials are marked off your list before you begin on anything else. A great deal on ice cream won't help you if you run out of flashlight batteries in a storm that takes out your electricity.

Compare Prices

If you have the luxury of preparing for a disaster before it is upon you, you certainly have the option to shop around and price match the essentials. Take control of the situation ahead of time and give yourself options to choose from instead of having to pay a higher price at the last second. See which stores offer a price match guarantee or price match and discount deal. Look in the paper for case lot sales, and search online for more readily available discounts.


While you're busy comparing prices and brands, make sure to stop by sites that offer discounts and coupons for specific items. For instance, you can find a Brownells coupon and many others on sites like Using coupons effectively can greatly reduce your preparation costs. Put your accumulated coupons together in a binder for easy access when you need them.


One of the biggest challenges of being frugal in the case of an emergency is that you often don't have time to do much research or planning. However if you make a habit of taking advantage of good deals all year long, then you should have a healthy stockpile built up before trouble arises. As a result, you won't be forced to pay higher prices when supplies are running low.


There are now many communities of people who love to barter and trade. Usually the people in these groups have access to a specific product or skill that may be in short supply. They may be willing to trade and barter for your supplies and services as well, which can allow you to broaden the scope of your preparations without spending any additional money up front.

There are many ways to prepare for a disaster in a budget friendly way. Take the time to decide what you need and then do the research to ensure you are getting a good deal on those items first. Shopping and trading effectively is the only way to save yourself money when the pressure is on.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Aftermath Automobiles: 4 Options for Bug-Out Vehicles

It's hard to overlook the appeal of an automobile if something goes wrong. A good car is one part transport, one part hauler, and one part mobile fortress. Given the sheer amount of vehicles on the market, though, it's good to know your options for when things go bad and it’s time to bug out. Below are four of the best options for bug-out vehicles, as determined for disaster type.

Short-Term, One-Way Escape: Hybrid SUV

While staying on the grid might rankle a hardcore survivalist, you want to look for high gas mileage in a one-way escape. A good hybrid SUV combines the best of all world when on-road, giving you plenty of room for passengers and gear while still allowing you to go the distance. According to Edmunds, you can expect to get around five hundred miles on a single tank with a 2016 RAV 4, which should get you clear of any disaster.

Short-Term, Off-Road: Traditional Off-Road SUV

While a hybrid’s nice for staying on the roads, you'll need something more rugged if you don't think the roads will be available. This is perhaps the trickiest category, because you'll need to consider taking everything you need while still having the full expectation of someday coming home. A traditional off-road SUV can get you there and back again, but be careful—there are plenty of SUVs out there that look rugged but can't actually leave the road.

Long-Term, Shelter: Minivan

While conversions might offer you more space, you do want something that will keep you on move on a more limited amount of gas, such as a minivan. A modern van not only provides ample space for both passengers and goods, it also has the requisite hookups to provide both power and entertainment for those inside. Consult a car dealer like Woody Sander Ford if you have questions about the available features you need. While vans aren't ideal for going off the road or long hauls, they can make for a fantastic shelter when you have no other choice.

Long-Term, Shelter Provided: Rugged Truck

You're looking for a farm truck here, not a luxury model. A good truck can handle a lack of roads, deal with the weather, and provide you with hauling capability. If you have a fallback location—and you should—the lack of passenger space in the cab should become a non-issue. In a worst-case scenario, you can even bring several passengers with you in the truck's bed. Trucks aren't always ideal because of their lack of fuel economy and passenger capacity, but they can't be beat for long-term survival.

This article was written by Dixie Somers. Dixie is a freelance writer and avid blogger who gets her inspiration from her wonderful husband and three little girls.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

4 Signs Your Security System Is Failing You

Security systems are getting more sophisticated. The downside to this is when it comes to knowing whether or not they are working perfectly. If you install a new set of motion sensors tied to the internet, you will instantly know when someone is inside your house. But if the sensors are not working well, they may not actually inform you that you are getting incomplete data. Here are 4 signs that your security system is failing you:

Trouble finding events

If you have cameras in your security system, they should faithfully record every disturbance or problem in their field of view. Yet in some cases, an event will occur that will not be saved to the system that is storing the recorded video. So if you have trouble finding video of a security problem that happened, it can either be a computer problem or you may have had a camera go bad or lose power at a certain point at night.

Electronic unpredictability

Most security equipment is built to handle the indoor or outdoor conditions that it is designed for. When there are fluctuations in temperature, humidity, or when the electric power source is unstable, it can degrade their performance and cause malfunctions over time. Having a strong partner that can regularly validate your key security electronics provides you with the ability to have complete confidence that your system will operate as flawlessly as you intend it to.

Errant alarms

When there is a problem, you want your alarm system to tell you about it. When you don't have a problem and your alarm system goes off, then it is likely the case that you have an incorrectly configured system or the electronics require repair.

Non-functioning equipment

One of the most popular types of security door upgrades uses biometrics or fingerprinting to allow access for employees. The software is not always perfect and sometimes people registered for access are denied. If it isn't possible to return your faulty equipment for a refund or exchange, experienced technicians at Contec Direct and other electronic support services specialize in home security repair.

Security systems protect the valuables you have in your home and business. Knowing the sign of a faulty operating system can mean the difference between security and taking a loss. Ease your mind by routinely checking on your security system and catch any faulty bugs before misfortune comes knocking on your door.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Six Things Your Business Can Do To Prepare For Emergencies

Unfortunately, not all things that can really hurt a business can be foreseen. Accidents, disasters and emergencies can happen at any given time. As a business owner or manager, you need to be prepared. Being prepared can mean saving the lives of employees as well as the financial health of the company overall. Below are six things you can do to prepare for emergencies.

Have the Proper Insurance Coverage

Businesses spend a decent amount of money on insurance but not without good reason. A sudden fire, flood or earthquake could do irreparable harm to your facilities. Make sure you have the right insurance policies to protect your business if an emergency were to occur.

Have Safety Plans on the Books

How a company deals with emergencies shouldn’t be an open question. You must have rules and regulations in writing that determine how safety hazards, accidents and other emergencies are dealt with. All employees must also be trained on how to follow those rules.

Have the Right Equipment Installed

Another responsibility of a business is to have the proper safety equipment installed. This should include alarm systems that tell employees to evacuate in case of a fire, chemical spill or other emergency. It should also include things like sprinkler systems and emergency stops for equipment.

Hire Employees with the Right Degrees and Experience

Being prepared for emergencies also means having the right staff on hand. If you have facilities like factories where safety hazards could pose a real threat to employees and others, you should probably have experienced staff members on hand. Professionals who have been through emergency management degree programs can help make sure the workplace remains safe.

Make First Aid Available

First aid should be made available for employees that are injured on the job. The proper supplies should be located nearby all workstations. You should also have staff members on hand that are trained on how to properly administer first aid until EMTs arrive.

Backup Important Data

Many companies store very important data on their computer hardware regarding customers, sales, products, marketing plans and more. You should make sure such data is backed up either at multiple locations or in the cloud. Even a simple thunder storm can wipe out all the data on a company’s local servers. Anytime the weather gets bad, that is a real risk.

Devastating emergencies that can harm a business and its employees could occur at any time. Make sure you are always prepared for worst case scenarios if they ever do come to pass.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

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