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Cybersecurity Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Cybersecurity CoronavirusTo practice social distancing in light of COVID-19, and at the behest of their employers, millions of people are working remotely. Virtual environments come with perks, such as eliminating commutes, offering quality time with pets and providing easy access to snacks. But the shift also begets copious cybersecurity threats. This is noteworthy because data breaches were already on the rise before the pandemic hit. According to a 2019 report, 7.9 billion records were exposed by data breaches in the first nine months of 2019. This figure is more than double (112%) the number of records exposed in the same period in 2018.

Because we care about your safety, we have put together a cybersecurity tip sheet to help you navigate this brave new digital world.

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Coronavirus: How to Be Safe

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Coronavirus FolderIf you’re getting tired of hearing about the coronavirus, you’re in good company. For the past several months, writers, news anchors and talk show hosts have been covering the topic ad nauseum. But, like it or not, the subject probably won’t likely disappear from headlines anytime soon. As of the time of this writing, Worldometer reports that 80,377 people have been diagnosed with the illness, officially named Covid-19. The death toll stands at 2,707.  (more…)

American Heart Month

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Heart Health MonthEarlier this month, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolate candy and romantic meals. And every 40 seconds this month (and every month thereafter), an American will suffer a heart attack. Although these events are seemingly unrelated, the American Heart Association (AHA) contends that lifestyle is the leading contributor to heart disease. In fact, with an average 635,000 heart-related deaths each year, experts name cardiac disease as the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. To call attention to the prevalence of heart disease in America as well as encourage proactive steps, the federal government first declared February as American Heart Month in 1964. (more…)

National Stalking Awareness Month

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Stalking Awareness monthJanuary 2020 marks the 16th Annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), a call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. Organized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the campaign

is extremely important  because, although most people have heard the term, few understand the serious nature and prevalence of stalking-related incidents in the United States.

Legal definitions of stalking vary by jurisdiction, but here is a good working definition: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. (more…)

Winter Safety

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Winter SafetyA series of winter storms recently wreaked havoc on the Pacific Northwest. With heavy rain, wind and snow forecasted for the rest of the country, people will likely encounter floods, tornadoes, avalanches and mudslides in the weeks ahead. Apart from adequate disaster preparation, extreme weather could threaten public safety. At the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System, we care about your safety. So, we have prepared tips to help you manage winter weather.

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Thanksgiving Food Safety

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Thanksgiving Food SafetyMillions of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28, 2019. While family traditions differ, nearly every festive gathering will include some type of food. Since unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness, keep your family and friends happy and healthy by paying attention to food safety. In addition to observing the tips we shared during National Food Safety Month in September, keep the following Thanksgiving-specific food safety issues in mind: (more…)

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Down Syndrome Awareness MonthIn our ongoing effort to promote public health and safety, we wanted to take the opportunity to call attention to an important associated observance, held annually across the United States in October: Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) created the campaign in the 1980’s to educate the public, provide families with information and resources, and address social policy issues and challenges facing the Down Syndrome community. The Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System is tailor-made to educate people from this (and every other) special needs’ community. The system is designed to help everyone prepare for and recover from natural and manmade disasters. What’s more, the system reminds subscribers to pay careful attention to anyone who may require additional assistance in an emergency. (more…)

National Ergonomics Month

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Ergonomics Public SafetyOctober is National Ergonomics Month. Calling attention to the importance of effective work environments, the campaign is meant to help refine office product design for maximum health and safety. Concentrating mostly on efficient construction and use of office chairs, desks, computers and keyboards, the field of applied ergonomics is crucial.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American works 44 hours per week, or 8.8 hours per day. People who perform repetitive tasks in non-ergonomic environments suffer unnecessary stress, fatigue or even injury. To minimize your risk of this type of workplace hazard, take a few minutes to review the following tips: (more…)

National Preparedness Month

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Preparedness MonthThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earmarked September as National Preparedness Month. The annual awareness campaign is designed to encourage individuals and businesses to proactively plan for disasters. The need for awareness is crucial. Nearly three-quarters of Americans report they are worried about natural disasters, terror attacks, or serious accidents affecting their communities. And most admit they aren’t adequately prepared for such calamities. (more…)

National Food Safety Month

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has earmarked September as National Food Safety Month. The campaign is designed to keep Americans healthy. Every year, 48 million get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die as a result of eating contaminated food. While anyone may experience symptoms associated with foodborne illness, certain groups of people have a higher risk of developing far more serious conditions if they eat tainted food: pregnant women, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. The best way to combat food poisoning is to avoid contracting it in the first place – no matter your age or health status. (more…)