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  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe

    10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe Recent world events may have you feeling especially concerned about your family's safety. The biggest threats to safety, though, are very close to home. According to ...

  • 5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook

    5 Home Safety Threats You Might Overlook You're a careful parent who steers children away from things that could harm them. But hidden threats lurk in every house—sometimes where you least expect the...

  • 5 Key Mistakes Parents Make With Car Seats

    5 Key Mistakes Parents Make with Car Seats You wouldn't think of not having a car safety seat for your infant or toddler, but are you using it the right way? Safe Kids Worldwide estimates that three ...

  • A Common Plastic Comes Under Scrutiny

    A Common Plastic Comes Under Scrutiny Polycarbonate plastic is durable, impact-resistant, and clear, making it an ideal material for baby bottles, refillable water bottles, sippy cups, and many other...

  • A Grandparents' Guide to Home Child-Proofing

    A Grandparents' Guide to Home Child-Proofing Whether they are coming for an afternoon or a week, taking some steps before your grandchildren arrive can help keep them safe during their visit. Adopt a...

  • A Heads-Up for Football Safety

    A Heads-Up for Football Safety In school sports, football is the leading cause of sports-related injuries for children in the U.S. And, thanks to some changes, it is safer than it used to be--especia...

  • A Primer for Preschooler Safety

    A Primer for Preschooler Safety Your little ones can learn a lot about safety if you take some time to teach them. Keep your lessons simple, say the experts, and even very young children can learn how...

  • A Recipe for Food Safety

    A Recipe for Food Safety Almost any food can be contaminated. Though most foodborne illness comes from raw animal foods—such as eggs, meats and dairy products—fruits and vegetables may carry germs, t...

  • A Safety Checklist for Parents

    A Safety Checklist for Parents You can help keep your children safe by following these precautions and using common sense. General steps Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently through...

  • About Balance and Safety

    About Balance and Safety Having good balance means you’re able to control and maintain your body’s position, whether you’re in motion or remaining still. Learning about the causes of balance problems...

  • ADHD Drugs Safe, Experts Say

    ADHD Drugs Safe, Experts Say Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face a tough choice: whether to medicate their children or not. And this affects a lot of families. E...

  • Air Bags and Kids

    Air Bags: Not for Children A car with an air bag is considered safer than a car without one. But for children under 13 years old, air bags can be dangerous. In fact, no child younger than 13 or under...

  • All About Child Passenger Safety

    All About Child Passenger Safety Installing your child's car seat properly and using it every time your son or daughter rides in the car is one of the best ways to help keep him/her safe in case of a...

  • Are You at Risk in Amusement Parks?

    Are You at Risk in Amusement Parks? For two minutes, you're moving very fast. You face rapid starts, jarring stops, sharp turns, disorientation, and a sense that you're three times as heavy as normal...

  • Avoid Injury Around Barbecue Grills

    Avoid Injury Around Barbecue Grills The act of flipping a row of sizzling burgers on a barbecue grill is one of summer's simple pleasures. But there is danger lurking in those glowing embers, and the...

  • Avoid Injury When You Exercise

    For Seniors: Avoid Injury When You Exercise Staying active—getting regular exercise—is one of the best ways to minimize the effects of aging. Exercise helps prevent chronic illness and loss of functi...

  • Avoiding Non-Impact Eye Injuries

    Avoiding Non-Impact Eye Injuries You may think wearing goggles is enough to protect your eyes, but many injuries can happen to your eyes that goggles won't prevent. Protecting them from the sun, dirt...

  • Basketball: Make Safety a Point

    Basketball: Make Safety a Point Basketball is an exciting sport, but it can also be tough on your body. College and professional basketball players must train to avoid injury--and so should your youn...

  • Be Careful With Kitchen Knives

    Be Careful With Kitchen Knives Every year about thousands of people end up in emergency rooms with injuries caused by using kitchen knives, according to the National Safety Council. But with a few cu...

  • Be in the Know When on the Go in Winter

    Be in the Know When on the Go in Winter If you live in an area where winter brings snow, slush and ice, the best advice about driving in these conditions is not to drive in such conditions. But if yo...

  • Beware of Over-the-Counter Contact Lenses

    Beware of Over-the-Counter Contact Lenses Want to make your brown eyes blue? You've got lots of company. Decorative contact lenses have grown more and more popular, especially among the young. You ca...

  • Bike-Helmet Safety Smarts

    Bike-Helmet Safety Smarts Adults and children who ride bicycles should always wear a helmet. Many states require they do so. But even without the threat of a legal penalty, it makes sense to wear a h...

  • Break the Cycle of Repeated Accidents

    Break the Cycle of Repeated Accidents Sandy sprained her ankle on the job Tuesday. A week later, she threw her back out. Two months later, she was on sick leave for neck problems. Co-workers easily c...

  • Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope

    Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope Bullying can happen in school, on the playground—and now even on the Internet through social networking sites. Bullying is intentional tormenting that can be physical...

  • Buying Guidelines for Safe and Fun Toys

    Buying Guidelines for Safe and Fun Toys The right toys can help children develop imagination and coordination. The wrong ones can do more harm than good. Toy-related injuries send tens of thousands o...

  • Ceramics: Pretty, and Maybe Poisonous

    Ceramics: Pretty, and Maybe Poisonous Those brightly colored ceramic mugs you bought at the craft show certainly liven up your breakfast table. And that old pitcher from the yard sale is just the per...

  • Cheerleading Safety

    Cheerleading Safety Is your child doing cartwheels at the thought of being a cheerleader? It's not just a matter of standing on the sidelines looking good in a uniform. Today, it's often an athletic ...

  • Child Safety for All Ages

    Child Safety for All Ages Reducing the risk for SIDS Here are recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to reduce the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sleep-relat...

  • Chilling Meat: It's All About Safety

    Chilling Meat: It's All about Safety From the farm to the store, meat and poultry products must be chilled—and kept chilled, packaged, and handled properly so they will be safe for consumers to buy a...

  • Chilling Tales From the Freezer

    Chilling Tales From the Freezer Here's a cold, hard fact: Foods shouldn't stay frozen indefinitely. In fact, some foods -- like bacon -- shouldn't be kept in the freezer for much more than a month. A...

  • Clinical Trials: Should You Participate?

    Clinical Trials: Should You Participate? Being involved in a clinical trial has risks and benefits. Being informed and asking lots of questions can help you make a decision. A clinical trial is a res...

  • Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer

    Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer It's better to miss a game than a whole season. That's the key message of a campaign by the CDC aimed at an underrated health threat: sports-related concussions. ...

  • Contact Lens Safety Tips

    Contact Lens Safety Tips Here is a list of safety tips from the American Optometric Association: Visit a reputable eye care professional for a complete eye examination every 12 months or more frequen...

  • Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens

    Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens A common ingredient in many cough and cold remedies has become a popular substance to abuse by teenagers searching for a cheap, easy high. Dextromethorphan (DXM), a coug...

  • Cycling Safely

    Cycling Safely Many biking accidents could be prevented if riders protected themselves with the right equipment and maintained their bikes with safety in mind. The following checklist from the Nation...

  • Do I Really Need a Fire Extinguisher?

    Do I Really Need a Fire Extinguisher? You probably know already that a smoke alarm is by far the best home-safety investment you can make. For as little as $10, a smoke detector can help you literall...

  • Do You Have a Family Disaster Plan?

    Do You Have a Family Disaster Plan? Natural disasters can strike quickly and force families like yours to evacuate your neighborhood. But families can and do survive such circumstances if they make p...

  • Doing Your Part to Help Prevent Drunken Driving

    Doing Your Part to Help Prevent Drunken Driving Just about everybody loves a party. But if your party menu includes alcohol, be a smart host and insist that your guests play it safe at your party and...

  • Do-It-Yourself Safety

    Do-It-Yourself Safety If you're among the millions of do-it-yourselfers working around homes and gardens, you may not pay much heed to the risks of injury. After all, lawn mowers, chain saws, and oth...

  • Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road

    Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road More than 45,000 Americans lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 2.4 million more suffered disabling injuries in 2005, according to the lates...

  • Driving Safely on Your Family Vacation

    Driving Safely on Your Family Vacation Planning on driving your family to a vacation spot this summer? Your chances for arriving safely increase with a healthy respect for the realities of highway tr...

  • Eating Raw Clams: Is It Risky?

    Eating Raw Clams: Is It Risky? Americans love clams, scallops and other seafood, raw or cooked. But how safe is a trip to the raw bar? Experts say that any time you eat something raw, there's a risk....

  • Essential Eye Protection

    Essential Eye Protection Nearly one million people in the United States suffer eye injuries each year. Ninety percent of these injuries could have been prevented by wearing the proper protective eyew...

  • Essential Guidelines for Fireworks Safety

    Essential Guidelines for Fireworks Safety Thousands of Americans, many of them children, are injured each year in incidents associated with fireworks, according to the National Council of Fireworks S...

  • Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game

    Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game Protective eyewear can help prevent many of the 40,000 sports-related eye injuries that occur to children each year. The sports that cause most of these injuries...

  • Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?

    Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury? Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform. Teen girls have their teen growth spurt at an earl...

  • Five Steps to a Safer Kitchen

    Five Steps to a Safer Kitchen Your kitchen is a hub for family life, but it's also a place with risks. Although you can't foresee every hazard, you can make the room safer with five simple steps. 1. ...

  • Focusing on Safety at School

    Focusing on Safety at School School should be a safe place for children, where neither parents nor children should have to worry about violence. Unfortunately, that's not always the case in today's w...

  • Follow the Road to Safety

    Follow the Road to Safety No one is too young or too old to exercise. The United States Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, nearly every day. E...

  • Food Freshness: What Those Dates Really Mean

    Food Freshness: What Those Dates Really Mean Here a rundown on the dates you find on food labels and what those dates mean, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. “Packed On” The f...

  • For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants

    For Adults: Take Care with Antidepressants Antidepressants are an important part of the treatment for depression. With the help of antidepressants, prescribed alone or along with psychotherapy or cou...

  • For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat

    For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature—especially heat—as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-relate...

  • Get Real Behind the Wheel

    Get Real Behind the Wheel The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) blames inattentive or distracted drivers for up to 30 percent of motor vehicle crashes—an estimated 1.2 million a ...

  • Grandparents, Keep Kids Safe in Toyland

    Grandparents, Keep Kids Safe in Toyland Buying toys for your grandchildren is one of the joys of grandparenting. Before you hit the stores this holiday season, though, remember that the best toys are...

  • Hand Tool Safety

    Hand Tool Safety Despite the advent of power tools that do everything from drilling holes to driving nails, conventional hand tools are still strong sellers. You may have some in your house, and you ...

  • Hand Washing Prevents Hepatitis A Infection

    Hand Washing Prevents Hepatitis A Infection Hepatitis A is a preventable disease. A vaccine is currently available for people at risk for hepatitis A. It is also recommended as a routine childhood im...

  • Handling Hazardous Materials at Home

    Handling Hazardous Materials at Home Many common household products contain chemicals that can cause injury or death if they are handled, stored or used improperly. Some of the household products tha...

  • Have a Hazard-Free Halloween

    Have a Hazard-Free Halloween When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes, jack-o'-lanterns glowing in house windows, and buckets brimming with candy and treats. Expe...

  • Hazardous Substances Demand Your Respect

    Hazardous Substances Demand Your Respect Depending where you work and the substances you handle, you may be at risk of accidental poisonings, chemical burns or suffocation. Knowing and following the ...

  • Health Precautions When You Travel by Air

    Health Precautions When You Travel by Air Q. How can I improve plane travel? A. Most people don't have any problems when they fly, but it's possible to make airplane travel safer and more comfortable...

  • Help Your Back Work for You

    Help Your Back Work for You Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it. Then you may wish you could return to the days when you took y...

  • Hold the Line on Phone Fraud

    Watching Out for Phone Fraud Phone fraud might seem like something you'd never fall for, but it can hit anyone. Many frauds focus on older people on the theory that they're generally more trusting an...

  • House Fires: Don't Underestimate Them

    House Fires: Don't Underestimate Them You just threw a party at your home. The last guest just left, and you're going to bed. But there's something you don't know: One of your guests accidentally dro...

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    How Does Your Garden Grow? For many of us, spring means gardening -- and our pursuit of greener grass or pest-free flowers may lead us to fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Recent studies, howev...

  • How Older Adults Can Prevent Hypothermia

    How Older Adults Can Prevent Hypothermia You probably know winter can spell trouble. You can fall on ice or overdo it shoveling snow, for instance. But did you know cold itself can cause a problem? I...

  • How Safe is Nonstick Cookware?

    How Safe Is Nonstick Cookware? You probably have some pots, pans, or baking tins in your kitchen that are coated with Teflon. The chemical name for Teflon is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This chem...

  • How Safe Is the School Bus?

    How Safe Is the School Bus? When you get in your car, you buckle up for safety, and if you're a parent, you make sure your children are buckled up, as well. But if you're a parent, do you wonder abou...

  • How to Avoid At-the-Desk Injuries

    How to Avoid At-the-Desk Injuries Your office cubicle doesn't look like a dangerous place. But if your computer, chair and other parts of your workstation aren't positioned properly, you can end up w...

  • How to Be a Happy Camper -- or Hiker

    How to Be a Happy Camper -- or Hiker Whether you're a first-time hiker out for an easy walk in the woods or an expert camping in the wilderness, think about safety before you head outdoors. Have fun,...

  • How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe

    How to Keep Your Baby or Toddler Safe Keeping your baby safe isn't difficult, but you do have to pay careful attention at all times. The following tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission rev...

  • How to Make the Move from Crib to Bed

    How to Make the Move from Crib to Bed Moving your child from the crib to a first bed is a milestone event. But more than the bittersweet emotional concerns, your priorities will be safety and a healt...

  • How to Map Out a Safe Vacation

    How to Map Out a Safe Vacation If you're going on vacation—whether to cruise the Greek islands or visit your grandchildren in Maine—a little planning goes a long way. Although we all enjoy a bit of e...

  • How to Prevent Identity Theft

    How to Prevent Identity Theft Computers, credit cards, and e-mail have made our lives more convenient and more efficient than ever before, but they have created other problems. It's now easier than e...

  • How to Prevent, Treat Choking on Toys

    How to Prevent, Treat Choking on Toys When it comes to dangerous toys, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn't play around. In one recent year, the government confiscated 2 million toys—m...

  • How to Safely Choose OTC Medications

    How to Safely Choose OTC Medications Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and pain relievers, laxatives, and headache remedies may treat different conditions, but they all have one thing in common: They’re s...

  • How's Your Car Safety Knowledge?

    How's Your Car Safety Knowledge? Most of us think of ourselves as safe and responsible drivers. Yet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Safety Council report that auto...

  • Is It Too Hot To Trot?

    Is It Too Hot To Trot? When the first warm, sunny day of spring arrives, you're rarin' to take your exercise program back to the great outdoors. Whoa, hold your handlebars. If you're not careful, you...

  • Is Pink Turkey Meat Safe?

    Is Pink Turkey Meat Safe? The color pink in cooked turkey meat raises a "red flag" to many diners and cooks. Conditioned to be wary of pink in fresh pork, they question the safety of cooked poultry a...

  • Is Your Medication Working for You?

    Is Your Medication Working for You? Prescription drugs can enhance your life, but when not used correctly, they may have the opposite effect. Medications are serious business and should never be take...

  • Keep Clear of Golf's Hazards

    Keep Clear of Golf's Hazards Golfers often dwell on how far they can hit the ball. But while many people view golf as a leisure activity, more golfers are becoming fitness-minded. To do well on the l...

  • Keep Kids Safe During Yard Work

    Keep Kids Safe During Yard Work Power tools make yard work easier, from mowing the lawn to trimming the bushes. These tools, however, also pose a threat to children if precautions aren't taken. Accid...

  • Keeping Kids Safe at Home

    Keeping Kids Safe at Home Children have fun exploring, and you can keep them safe by controlling the household terrain. Fire Practice two escape routes from your home. Install smoke detectors, and te...

  • Keeping Little Shoppers Safe

    Keeping Little Shoppers Safe A supermarket is a tempting arena for children. And a frustrating one. All those bright packages--cookies, candy, toys--out of their reach because they're stuck riding in...

  • Keeping Your Kitchen Under Control

    Keeping Your Kitchen Under Control The "dirtiest" rooms in your house are probably the kitchen and bathroom(s). The kitchen leads the list, according to a recent study, because people are less likely...

  • Kids Need Safety Gear for In-line Skating

    Kids Need Safety Gear for In-line Skating In-line skating is a zippy way to get exercise, but sometimes it's also a quick way to end up at the hospital. Each year, about 100,000 people are treated in...

  • Leave Mushroom Hunting to the Experts

    Leave Mushroom Hunting to the Experts In some instances, eating a single mushroom can be deadly. After abundant rainfall, mushrooms pop up in yards, playgrounds and other locations. Of the thousands ...

  • Little League Goes to Bat for Safety

    Little League Goes to Bat for Safety Baseball is known for timeless traditions, but some modern retooling may help keep young players safer. That's why Little League Baseball has amended the rules fo...

  • Make Friends with Your Meds

    Make Friends with Your Meds Prescription medications are more powerful and beneficial than ever. One small tablet can help someone avoid a deadly stroke or heart attack by controlling blood pressure;...

  • Make Sure Bunk Beds Meet Safety Rules

    Make Sure Bunk Beds Meet Safety Rules Do you breathe a sigh of relief after you tuck your child into bed at night? If your child sleeps in a bunk bed, your sense of security could be a false one. Eac...

  • Medication Strategies During Pregnancy

    Medication Strategies During Pregnancy When you're pregnant, you want to do everything you can to protect your baby. If you have a cold, a headache, or heartburn, is it safe to take an over-the-count...

  • MRSA Infections on the Rise

    MRSA Infections on the Rise Bacteria are everywhere, even on our skin--and most exist without causing any health problems. Staphylococcus aureus --or staph--is one of those common skin bacteria. Stap...

  • Myths and Tips About Dressing for Winter

    Myths and Tips About Dressing for Winter Do you know enough about the cold to keep warm? Poor planning of a winter outing can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. The following are some misconceptions ...

  • New Rules for OTC Cold Relief

    Rules for Some OTC Cold Relief Medications Some over-the-counter (OTC) remedies you may have used to ease your cold and allergy symptoms in the past are no longer available in the pharmacy aisles at ...

  • Older Adults and the Common Cold

    Older Adults and the Common Cold Cold and flu season is hard on everyone, but for older adults who may have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic obstructive pulmo...

  • On the Barbecue, Charred Is Barred

    On the Barbecue, Charred Is Barred Many foods seem to taste better hot off the grill. But there's a dilemma facing those of us who love to barbecue in warm weather. Researchers have found that cookin...

  • On the Road to Safety

    On the Road to Safety Many of us drive so often that we operate on autopilot. We step in and out of our cars without giving our actions, or our safety, a second thought. By taking even the shortest r...

  • OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks

    OTC Medications: Understanding the Risks Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may seem risk-free – after all, you don't need a doctor's prescription to buy them. But just because they are readily avail...

  • Parents: Check Toys for Lead

    Parents: Check Toys for Lead You’ve heard lots of reports about lead paint causing recalls of children’s toys. While federal officials and health experts work to fix the problem, what can you do to k...

  • Plastic Surgery Is Up Among Youths

    Plastic Surgery Is Up Among Youths In 2010, doctors performed nearly 219,000 cosmetic surgeries on those between the ages of 13-19, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Those...

  • Play It Cool in the Hot Tub

    Play It Cool in the Hot Tub What's more relaxing than a good soak in a hot tub? Hot water sure makes you feel great, but hot tubs and whirlpools can sometimes be dangerous—and even deadly. Let's take...

  • Play It Safe With Kitchen Fires

    Play It Safe with Kitchen Fires Almost half of all fires in the home start in the kitchen, and kitchen fires can quickly become serious. Because of that, it's important to take steps to avoid a kitch...

  • Preparing Against Dangers When Out of Doors

    Preparing Against Dangers When Out of Doors Many people who embark on wilderness jaunts don't consider the fact that just a few seconds of inattention or recklessness can lead to disaster. Yet, most ...

  • Prevent Accidents in Your Home

    Prevent Accidents in Your Home Many people enjoy the sanctuary their home provides from the hustle and bustle of the world. This makes accidents in the home such as falls, fire, poisoning and drownin...

  • Preventing Broken Bones

    Preventing Broken Bones Bones are tough and resilient, but if you push them hard enough—if you fall on a hard surface, for instance—they can crack or break. Common sense and certain safety precaution...

  • Preventing Car Crime

    Preventing Car Crime Vehicle thefts, carjackings, and thefts of vehicle contents are common crimes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following suggestions to help...

  • Preventing Falls One Step at a Time

    Preventing Falls One Step at a Time Although it's impossible to prevent all falls, you can help keep yourself safe as you grow older by improving your balance and employing "fall-proofing" behaviors ...

  • Preventing Household Poisonings

    Preventing Household Poisonings More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in homes, and more than 53 percent involve children younger than age 6. The following steps can help you prevent a poisoning i...

  • Primer: GHB, the Club Drug

    Primer: GHB, the Club Drug GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) is a fast-acting, central nervous system depressant once sold as a food supplement. It is now generally called a club drug because of its popula...

  • Primer: Smokeless Tobacco

    Primer: Smokeless Tobacco Many people think using smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking. Just because there's no smoke, doesn't mean it's safe, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says. A person who ...

  • Protect Your Child from Medical Errors

    Protect Your Child from Medical Errors Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury for American adults, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine. A medical error can occ...

  • Protect Your Eyes When Jump-Starting a Car

    Protect Your Eyes When Jump-starting a Car No one likes the idea of being stranded with a dead car battery. But many car owners don't know how to jump-start a battery safely. This lack of knowledge c...

  • Protect Your Hearing on the Job

    Protect Your Hearing on the Job Wearing ear plugs and earmuffs can protect your hearing on the job. Noise at work that is above 85 decibels can cause damage to your ears. One-time exposures that are ...

  • Protect Your Kids From Internet Crime

    Protect Your Kids From Internet Crime Computers and the Internet have become an important part of our lives and our children's lives. An estimated 77 million American children and teens are now onlin...

  • Protect Yourself from Food Contamination

    Protect Yourself from Food Contamination In recent years, contaminated foods have been making news. Some of the dangerous foods were imported from foreign countries, but many were grown and prepared ...

  • Protect Yourself from Sexual Assault

    Protect Yourself from Sexual Assault Sexual assault, including but not limited to rape, is any kind of sexual physical contact that involves force or any form of coercion or intimidation. Rape can ha...

  • Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries

    Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries Most children depend on recreational and school sports for exercise and fun. But too many young athletes suffer needless injuries. Each year, more than 3.5 ...

  • Putting Disease Risk into Perspective

    Putting Disease Risk into Perspective Are you terrified you might get mad cow disease? Does news of E. coli outbreaks make you swear off spinach salads for life? True, a few people will get those ill...

  • Raise the Alarm Against Carbon Monoxide

    Raise the Alarm Against Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless and colorless gas, is created from the incomplete burning of fuels like gas, oil and wood. CO can come from any device that b...

  • Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse

    Recognizing a Partner's Emotional Abuse Physical violence is just one form of domestic abuse. If you have a partner who verbally humiliates you, demands all your attention, blames you for everything ...

  • Recommended Temperatures for Safe Cooking

    Recommended Temperatures for Safe Cooking Eggs, meat, and poultry not cooked to a safe internal temperature can cause food-borne illness, leading to abdominal pain, diarrhea, and severe dehydration. ...

  • Safe Food-Handling Tips

    Safe Food-Handling Tips From shopping to storing to cooking, food is a big part of our lives. However, foodborne illness don't have to be included. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are sickened e...

  • Safe Handling of Food Gifts

    Safe Handling of Food Gifts Many people make gifts of food or order food gifts from mail-order companies, especially during the holidays. To ensure food items arrive in safe, edible condition, it's i...

  • Safe Summer Play

    Safe Summer Play May through August can be a dangerous time of year for children, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. The following recommendations can help keep your kids safe and sound. Water rules E...

  • Safe Use of Alternative Remedies

    Safe Use of Alternative Remedies Some of them have household names: garlic, soy, vitamin E. Others are less familiar: feverfew, echinacea, pycnogenol. You can find them lining the shelves of natural ...

  • Safety Checklist: How Does Your Family Rate?

    Safety Checklist: How Does Your Family Rate? Keeping your family safe and sound can be as easy as following simple safety rules consistently. The following checklist from the National Safety Council ...

  • Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars

    Safety Precautions for Kids in Cars Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood death in the United States. In 2008, 968 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor veh...

  • Secondhand Smoke, Firsthand Problems

    Secondhand Smoke, Firsthand Problems According to the American Lung Association (ALA), secondhand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), is a serious health problem that causes close t...

  • Set Limits to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

    Set Limits to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe Handing the car keys to your newly licensed son or daughter is a milestone. But while your teen celebrates new independence, you face new worries. Motor vehic...

  • Simple Ways to Make Your Home Safer

    Simple Ways to Make Your Home Safer The safer and more livable you make your home, the longer you can maintain your independence and avoid debilitating injuries. A host of commonsense precautions and...

  • Sound Advice for MP3 Users

    Sound Advice for MP3 Users As teens and preteens plug in their earphones and crank up the volume, "Can you hear me now?" threatens to become more than an ad catch phrase. Experts say today's small mu...

  • Sports Eye Safety Is No Game

    Eye Protection Critical in Sports Your budding baseball star steps to the plate hoping to whack the ball—but sometimes the ball whacks back. Each year, thousands of children suffer sports-related eye...

  • Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

    Stay Awake Behind the Wheel Would you ride in a car with a driver who’s been drinking alcohol? No way. How about riding with someone who just pulled an all-nighter? If you’re not sure, consider this:...

  • Stay Safe When You’re In the Hospital

    Stay Safe When You’re In the Hospital Every year hundreds of thousands of medical errors occur, and as many as 98,000 Americans admitted to hospitals die because of treatment mistakes, according to a...

  • Steer Clear of Sports Supplements

    Steer Clear of Sports Supplements Big-name sports stars aren't the only ones who use risky performance-boosting drugs or supplements. High school youths, especially athletes, frequently use supplemen...

  • Stop Dating Abuse Before It Starts

    Stop Dating Abuse Before It Starts Seeing your teen off on a date can give you the jitters. Unfortunately, parents also must consider a particularly unnerving topic--teen dating violence. It's worris...

  • Street Hockey: Good Surface, Gear Are Critical

    Street Hockey: Good Surface, Gear Are Critical In an era when many children play little but video games, experts are glad to see street hockey is on a roll. Boys and girls across the country ages 6 a...

  • Take Care of Your Hard Hat

    Take Care of Your Hard Hat If your job calls for wearing a hard hat, wear it -- there's never a good excuse not to. Areas where potential head hazards exists include anywhere there's a danger of fall...

  • Take Care When You Take a Walk

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  • Take Care With Nasal Sprays

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