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Safe living in a dangerous world : an expert answers your every question from homeland security to home safety
Steorts, Nancy Harvey, 1936-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sterling, Va. : Capital Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 232 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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HV6432 .S738 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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. 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.REVIEWS "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."Leigh Woosley, The Tulsa (OK) World, 2005/12/12

Table of Contents

Introduction: Preparing for a Disaster: Are You Ready?p. xv
Part 1 Homeland Security
1 America's Response to New Challengesp. 3
Homeland Securityp. 4
A New Threat to Safety: Bioterrorismp. 5
Our Rolep. 6
"Don't Be Afraid... Be Ready"p. 8
2 What You Can Dop. 13
Your Children, Home, Neighborhood, and Communityp. 14
Your Workp. 16
Evacuation of a High-Rise Buildingp. 17
Your Family Disaster Supplies Kitp. 18
A Family Disaster Planp. 24
Part 2 Personal Security
3 Home Safety: How Safe Is Your Home?p. 29
Checklist: Room-by-Room Home Safetyp. 31
Conclusionp. 42
4 Fire and Electrical Safetyp. 43
Safeguarding against Firesp. 43
Electrical Safetyp. 49
5 Carbon Monoxide, Air Quality, and Poisonp. 53
When Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risk Is Greatestp. 53
Indoor Air Qualityp. 56
Poisonsp. 62
6 Food Safety: How Safe Is Your Food?p. 69
Food Safety Checklistp. 70
Cooking and Defrostingp. 75
7 Holiday Safety: Preparing for the Holidaysp. 77
Independence Dayp. 78
Halloweenp. 80
Thanksgivingp. 83
Christmasp. 86
8 Mail Safetyp. 91
Signs of Suspicious Mailp. 91
What to Do If You Suspect a Piece of Mailp. 92
What to Do If You Receive an Anthrax Threatp. 92
Symptoms and Effects of Anthraxp. 93
Conclusionp. 93
9 Child Safety: Guidelines for Preventing Incidentsp. 95
Baby Safetyp. 95
Child Safetyp. 107
Toy Safetyp. 109
Playground Safetyp. 113
Clothing Safetyp. 117
10 Senior Safety: Safety Concerns for Seniorsp. 119
Safety for the Older Consumerp. 119
11 Outdoor Safety: Being Safe While Having Fun Outdoorsp. 123
Backyard Safetyp. 124
Bicycle Safetyp. 128
Sports and Recreational Safetyp. 134
Part 3 The Community
12 School Safety: Improving Your Child's Safety at Schoolp. 141
Preventing School Violencep. 141
School Fire Safetyp. 143
School Bus Safetyp. 145
Backpacksp. 146
Latchkey Childrenp. 148
13 College Safety: Tips for the College Studentp. 151
Dorm Fire Safetyp. 151
Student Travelp. 152
Meningitisp. 155
Eating Disordersp. 156
Alcohol Abusep. 160
Date Rape and Sexual Assaultp. 163
Part 4 The External World
14 Travel Safety: How Safe Are You as a Traveler?p. 169
Airline Safetyp. 169
Hotel Safetyp. 174
15 Weather Safety: How to Survive Mother Naturep. 179
Thunderstormsp. 180
Lightningp. 183
Hailp. 184
Floodsp. 185
Tornadoesp. 188
Hurricanesp. 194
Earthquakesp. 196
16 Medical Emergencies and Safety: How to Respondp. 201
First Aidp. 202
Calling 911p. 215
Patient Safetyp. 218
SARSp. 220
Conclusionp. 221
Resourcesp. 223
Indexp. 225
About the Authorp. 231