Imagine the unimaginable … you find yourself in a dangerous situation where you don’t want to draw attention to yourself and are unable to get help by usual means.
The Silent Bodyguard is an app that functions as a secret panic button, as well as a location tracker. Once activated, it will automatically send emails, texts and other social networking messages every 60 seconds from your smartphone. Since it is silent, you can reach out for help without alerting an attacker. And the repeating messages help ensure that your distress calls are not ignored or missed.
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If you’re pregnant and happen to be involved in a car accident, even a minor one, its vital that you be physically examined as soon as possible. This may mean an inconvenient trip to the emergency room, but if that’s the case don’t even think twice. Although your body does provide some protection for your growing baby, any jolt can have serious effects on the placenta. In fact, even something as serious as the placenta separating entirely from your uterus can occur without any noticeable symptoms on your part. So even if you are declared OK by a doctor, be sure to keep a close eye on your condition after the accident. Read this for more details on how to protect yourself and your baby.
Ford has announced that its newest innovation in child safety is the inflatable seat belt. In a report released by ConsumerReports.org, the benefits and potential pitfalls of this new safety feature are explored and brought to the attention of all us safety-conscious parents.
Of course the advantages of inflatable seat belts are obvious; the report cites the spread of the force of impact over a larger surface area and a possible reduction in head injuries, due to tighter belts. The disadvantages, though, could outweigh the positive effects that this new feature could have.
Be A Buckle Buddy! is holding their annual public service announcement contest open to college students in Illinois. This is a great promotion for car safety, as all of the contestants submit fully produced PSAs about seatbelt safety, and is a great resource that some of you with older kids can share. My kids are too young to enter, but they are definitely not too young to benefit from being properly buckled in or from hearing a great message relaying the importance of staying safe while riding in a car!
Comparing the safety features and ratings of numerous makes and models of vehicles can take more time and energy than many of us have. Even though safety is at the top of my list as a parent, I’ll admit that I don’t always have the time to do as much research as I’d like.
Thankfully, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has made our job a little easier by annually announcing its Top Safety Picks. The vehicles on this list are the ones that provide the highest level of protection during an accident, as well as features like electronic stability control that actually help avoid crashes. Last year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety upped the standards concerning roof strength and protection in a rollover crash. Manufacturers complied in impressive numbers, resulting in a total of 66 vehicles on the list of Top Safety Picks.