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More Ideas for Holiday Safety

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

Safety Holiday Travel

To date, our series has covered safety relative to choosing, displaying and decorating Christmas trees, working with wrapping paper, and guidelines for being safe at work and home. This week, we will conclude our three-part series by focusing on travel, shopping and food safety. Our thanks to Universal Services of America, Food Safety.Gov, Web MD, TSA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, for contributing to our holiday safety series.

Holiday Travel Safety

  • Drive slowly when visibility is reduced. It’s better to arrive alive even if you get to your destination a bit late.
  • If you’re flying, prepare for crowds. Arrive at the airport in plenty of time, so you won’t be bothered by long lines.
  • If you notice an item that has been left unattended, alert airport security. Don’t ever agree to watch luggage for someone you don’t know.
  • For instant access to TSA information anywhere, anytime, use the MyTSA app.

Holiday Safety ShoppingHoliday Shopping Safety

  • If you choose to shop online, do so only with well-known businesses. Research websites for legitimacy and track record.
  • Conduct transactions on a secure server only. Look for the padlock device on the browser’s status bar. URLs should change from http to shttp or https when you begin checking out online. To check for site security, make sure the page is encrypted before you enter payment information.
  • At the mall, park close to your destination, in a well-lit area. Take note of where you park, so you won’t get lost.
  • Don’t carry multiple bags as you walk around the mall. This could attract thieves who could follow you back to your car. If your packages become cumbersome, it’s time to head to the car to drop them off. When you get to your vehicle, lock packages in the trunk, out of sight.
  • As you shop, carry your purse close to your body and/or stow your wallet inside a zippered pocket.
  • Report suspicious activity and/or unattended packages to store/mall security or law enforcement.
  • Pay by credit card, rather than check/debit card, to reduce the risk of having fraudulent purchases made against your bank account. Although most such funds are refundable, depending on your financial institution, your money could be tied up far longer than might be convenient…especially during the holidays.
  • To make sure all debit and credit card charges are legitimate, keep receipts and compare them to your monthly bank and/or credit card statement.
  • Avoid being overcharged. Review your receipt regardless of your method of payment.
  • Keep car keys handy.
  • Lock your doors as soon as you get inside the vehicle.

holiday-food-safetyHoliday Food Safety

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling any food.
  • Wash food-contact surfaces (cutting boards, dishes, utensils, countertops) with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly under cool running water.
  • Use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
  • Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking in order to avoid spreading bacteria to areas around the sink and counter tops.
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry, and fish are cooked to a safe internal temperature.
  • Bring sauces, soups, and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating.
  • Don’t eat uncooked cookie dough. It may contain raw eggs, which can harbor salmonella.
  • Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in the microwave—never at room temperature.
  • As a general rule of thumb, leftovers should be used within three to four days, unless frozen.
  • For fire safety, keep flammable materials far from open flames.

We hope that this blog series has helped inform you about ways to #BESAFE this holiday season and always, by taking necessary steps to improve your health and safety. The Allied Universal Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services is a convenient and affordable solution to helping improve and save lives. Visit our website for ways proper planning can make a difference in numerous aspects of your professional and personal life.

Holiday 10 Travel Tips in the Air

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

(Part 1 of a 3-Part Series)

No matter which way you choose to travel this holiday season, you would be wise to take advance precautions to guarantee that your family and friends are safe in the air, on the road, on the rails. After all; winter and holiday travel are stressful propositions. Not only is traffic at an all-time high but the vast majority of people get edgy and tempers flare with crowded parking lots and long lines. This week, we’ll focus on tips for easing your air travel. Tune in over the next two weeks when we cover alternate means of holiday travel. At Allied Universal, Inc., we want you to travel safely this holiday season.

In the Air

  1. Plan Ahead. For the sake of your own sanity, plan ahead. Waiting until the last minute to book a flight can result in high fares, high prices and lots of frustration. If you would rather not handle your own booking, contact a travel agent to about your vacation plans well in advance. This way, you will be able to avoid peak travel times, secure low airfare, fly direct (or at least minimize connections).
  2. Pack Right. Check on FAA regulations so you won’t show up with bottles full of hair gel or pocket knives that have to be tossed as soon as you check in.
  3. Pack Light. Since airlines are developing stringent guidelines regarding weight, packing less and light could save you time and money. If you’re planning to travel to be with family and friends, consider shopping online and having gifts shipped directly to your destination. This strategy will reduce luggage weight and minimize the risk of loss. Before heading to the airport, check the restrictions for carry-on bags to avoid long delays after you board.
  4. Arrive on Time. Make things easy on yourself by checking in online.Avoid long lines by taking advantage of early Internet check-in available through most major carriers. Leave for the airport at least an extra hour earlier than you think you should. This will help you stay calm if and when you encounter peripheral delays. Where it used to be okay to rush to the gate, post-9/11 rules require you to allow plenty of time before your flight leaves, generally 90 minutes for domestic flights and at least 2 hours before international.
  5. Dress Right. Since FAA requirements demand the removal of belts, suspenders and shoes, wear something that’s easy to remove and replace so you won’t have to juggle all of your possessions on your lap while simultaneously, painstakingly reassembling your detail-ridden wardrobe.
  6. Pack Smart. Also with an eye to the lengthy security screening process, pack all of your electronic devices in a single layer. When things are tossed in haphazardly or jumbled together, TSA agents say they spend more time determining what those items are. Avoid this delay and eliminate the need for agents to manually check your bags by making things easy to access.
  7. Stay Calm. Remember to bring something to read while you wait in security or at the gate. In cities with snow or ice, arrival delays can exceed two to three hours and de-icing procedures sometimes require an additional hour.
  8. Stay Healthy. Steer clear of influenza. Winter travel can breed germs that lead to colds and flu. Avoid adding this miserable element to your winter itinerary. Before you leave, visit your doctor’s office to get a flu shot or nasal spray flu vaccine, available for anyone age 5-49. Most germs will spread by contact, so wash your hands or use hand sanitizer constantly.
  9. Stay Calm. Once you’ve boarded the plane, make sure you get up and stretch your legs so they won’t fall asleep. Remaining in cramped quarters or crossing your legs during takeoff and landing can lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). So, remember this essential airline travel tip on your next flight — take some time to walk around and stretch your arms and legs once an hour.
  10. Stay Smart. While you’re at the airport, pay attention to your surroundings. Keep your possessions close to you at all times. Don’t ever leave them out of your sight. What’s more, refuse to guard anyone else’s luggage since you don’t know what is inside of it.

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