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10 safety tips for airline travelers

Despite recent unfortunate events, flying is still the safest means of transportation in the world. But whether you travel for business or for pleasure, there are some safety tips you should keep in mind – besides the ones instructed by the professionals on board. Before anything else, make sure you follow the airline’s guides and protocol, together with the airport regulations as well. But let’s see some personal safety tips to remember before you book your next flight!

  1. Put your luggage in the overhead bin across the aisle you sit in so you can perfectly keep an eye on it and see if somebody is trying to open up your bag during the flight.
  2. Dress first for comfort and secondly for safety. Ladies should wear trousers, because in case of an emergency, the safety slide is made of a very rough material while the end features strips of Velcro, so skirts or dresses might get torn apart at the end of the slide ride. The best clothes to wear in planes are the ones made of cotton, denim, leather or wool, as they offer you the best protection against heat or fire.
  3. Carry a pen flashlight in your handbag in case of an emergency and no other light sources are available.
  4. To avoid different health issues, avoid drinking too much alcohol and caffeinated drinks during your flight.
  5. If you are wearing eyeglasses, secure them with a strap and bring on a second pair in case they get damaged or stolen.
  6. Have your Certificate of Vaccination-ICV, passport, ID, Visa, and travel / health insurance at hand in case something should happen. Also – and this is quite important – list your blood type on your passport or at least carry a paper stating your blood type and RH together with donor’s information (in case you are one).
  7. To make sure your chances increase should something happen, also carry a smoke hood to give you extra time to breathe filtered air during an escape.
  8. Always carry a paper listing of all your belongings in all your bags in case something goes missing after an inspection and never carry something that might embarrass you – these days, bags and luggage are quite often open at random and controlled by the authorities.
  9. In case you notice someone behaving oddly during the flight, discretely notify the flying attendants and the pilot. Don’t play hero, real threatening situations are not quite like the movies. There are rules and protocols to be followed and your personal intervention may lead to worse results. Keep calm no matter what.
  10. Listen to what the flying attendants are telling you and do exactly what they tell you when they tell you in an emergency situation. You may need to fasten your seat-belt or stay put in your seat, use the oxygen mask or use your life jacket or floatation device. Such “orders” and “requests” are meant to save your life, so ask questions later!

Don’t forget to pack everything you need to stay safe no matter where you go (separate copies of your papers, passport, visa, documents and insurance), take some helping apps with you (a Red Panic Button for travel safety and some GPS-based apps to find your way in crowded tourist destinations) and enjoy your flight and your trip!

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6 Safe and Clean Countries to Travel to This Year

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner so it’s no surprise we get that “wanderlust” feeling and a need to discover new places and new cultures. There are plenty of amazing destinations to explore in the world, but are they all safe and clean countries worth to travel to this year? A recent report shows us the most beautiful, safe, hygienic even and comfortable countries to travel to this year alone or together with family or friends!

1. Spain

With its rich history, amazing scenery, long stretches of picturesque coastline and cities which are thriving hubs of culture; Spain is considered the safest countries to travel to this year and one of the cleanest ones. The coastline and the city of Barcelona (impressively friendly with pedestrians and tourists traveling with children) are the top favorite Spanish destinations of specialists in 2017.

2. Japan

Japan boasts 20 World Heritage sites, including the ancient monuments at Kyoto and the Himeji castle, a vibrant and amazing capital and scenery of a beauty beyond belief. The safety and the cleanness of the country put it among the top favorite travel destinations in the world last year. In 2017, Japan keeps its position of one of the most interesting, safe and friendly countries on the globe. While crowded in some parts, there is little to no worries related to hygiene or health safety.

3. Australia

Far but fascinating, Australia attracts millions of tourists every year. Either you are into the discovery of nature or the vibrant life of Australian cities, the country is a small wonder one should experience at least once in a lifetime. Famous for its climate, huge array of natural resources, culture, entertainment and wildlife, Australia has some miracles for you to discover. Don’t miss the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, or cities including Sidney, Melbourne and Perth.

4. Italy

A veritable European gem, Italy has to be thoroughly visited, tasted and seen in all its beauty and glory. A cradle of history, culture and art and a natural wonder in and out of itself, Italy is considered safe enough and clean enough to be traveled by solo explorers or people with kids. The fifth most visited country in the world Italy loves its visitors and can’t wait to enchant them with its picturesque beaches or mountains, its energetic cities, its fashion, cuisine, art, history and religion and especially with its atmosphere.

5. Canada

Incredibly safe and clean, Canada is a small patch of Paradise for those who want to run far away from the madding crowd and find inner peace. Majestic, wild natural scenery, a multitude of cultures, an interesting history, some culinary wonders and urban gems such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver – this is how Canada can be described for all those wanting a true unique travel experience.

6. Singapore

A city-state known for its draconic lawn on cleanness and safety, Singapore is a health, cultural, historic and entertainment hub, attracting over 15 million tourists every year. A blend of cultures, religions, traditions and modern life, Singapore is one of the safest, most enticing travel destinations in the world.

No matter if you travel solo or with family / friends, make sure you take some precautions no matter how safe and clean the country is labeled. Keeping in touch with the ones back home, having a Panic Button app close at hand and respecting the local rules of health and safety are the minimal prerequisites of an unforgettable vacation this year.

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12 Tips For A Safe And Fun Road Trip

If you are planning that fun road trip with your friends and family you have been talking about for a while, some driving safety tips should be in order. No matter how long the trip is, you need to stay safe, save some money and avoid heavy traffic or potential road trip problems. Read More

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15 Pieces of Advice that May Save Your Life One Day

We might not know this (or rather not think about it), but our everyday lives are in constant danger. Considering that household accidents are one of the top reasons for peoples’ health problems or even death or that a fall on the stairs in the supermarket can tremendously negatively impact your life, we have to be aware that we can never be too careful. Read More

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5 Easy Home Safety Tips to Try for Your Peace of Mind

Keeping your home and your family safe has always been important. In this fast pace world we live in is even more important to be able to feel safe, especially in your own home.

Today we will look at five easy and smart home safety tips to keep everyone safer and preserve a much needed peace of mind especially if you are away from home or you live alone.

1. Use the child’s room smartly

A burglar wants to rob you fast and with as little risks as possible, this is why many burglaries are limited to the living room or the master bedroom’s closets or nightstands. Of course, it is always better to keep money, jewelry and other valuables in a safety deposit box in a bank, but if you keep some of them home, hide them in the children’s sock drawers or toys piles, especially if you leave the house for a few days in a row. Read More

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3 Reasons You Need a Safety App for Your Organization

If recent history taught us something, it was that people and organizations are equally exposed to accidents, violence, terrorist attacks and a wide range of felonies, including breaking and entering, theft and many others.

Public venues in Paris, Mali, San Bernardino and others have been the target of attacks lately, emphasizing once again that one cannot be too safe in our modern world, unfortunately.

Enhancing security systems and measures, relying on the authorities and doubling the efforts to educate the general population on how to act, intervene and stay safe during such events can only take us so far. We need even more safety nets for ourselves and the people we love, and this is where safety apps and panic apps come into play. Read More

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Michelle’s Life Wouldn’t be the Same without Pebble and the Red Panic Button App

Some of us are fortunate enough to be completely independent and in full control of our lives. There are, however, the less fortunate, who need care and supervision just as much as they need to have their own freedom.

Michelle is a young girl with a mild form of learning disability, an infliction impairing her everyday life, but a teenager strong enough to face everyday challenges if provided with the correct type of support. Read More

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5 Safety tips for dog walkers from the Dog Whisperer

Cesar Milan needs little to no introduction when it comes to dog training and care. He is an expert not only in the daily education and entertainment of your best furry friend, but also in its daily safety. Dog owners don’t have the easiest of lives: they have to work their schedules around their friends’ walking and feeding times, they have to take important precautions when it comes to their pets’ cleanliness, health, play, diet and so on. Read More

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Healthcare apps that make a difference

It’s amazing to think that today there are apps that can interpret the symptoms of a disease and get you an accurate answer and help you find treatment. This saves us time, money and maybe even a doctor’s appointment.

Healthcare app mobile industry is getting hugely popular and profitable with new ideas coming up and new startups appearing all the time. Read More

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Car Safety Tips for Expecting Moms

Contrary to popular belief, modern expecting mothers are not helpless or in permanent need of supervision. Many juggle hard jobs and personal lives, run companies, drive themselves wherever they want to go, do shopping and go out. But expecting moms, granted, have to take some precautions when it comes to protecting the precious cargo they carry around all day. Read More

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