Category Archives: Personal Safety

Raleigh Is Fit

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 11.24.03 AMNot bad Raleigh! According to the American Fitness Index, Raleigh ranks as the 15th fittest metropolis in the U.S. The study, done by the American College of Sports Medicine, is based on health behaviors including smoking, exercise, obesity rates, chronic health problems, and access to health care. It also takes into account the environment, including things like the availability of parks and recreational facilities, walking trails, and farmers’ markets. Raleigh has plenty of parks and a fantastic greenway system, and has taken other steps such as banning smoking in many public spaces to increase overall health. Visit USA Today for the full list!

Students can earn $5,000 and Help The Elderly At the Same Time

The scholarship, “’s Awareness and Prevention Scholarship,” – the first of its kind – was created to financially assist US students committed to raising awareness and preventing nursing home abuse.

Any student enrolled in an accredited online post-secondary institution is eligible to apply, however, this scholarship is particularly suited for students studying nursing, social work, psychology, or healthcare administration. The applicant must also be receiving some form of need-based aid. The scholarship will help pay for non-tuition related living expenses for the 2012-2013 academic year that are not covered by the recipient’s current financial aid such as:

– Rent

– Childcare

– Books and School Supplies

– Utilities – Gas/Electric

– Utilities – Internet Connection

– Groceries


Applications must be emailed or postmarked by February 15th, 2012 to be considered. The winner will be announced on May 31st, 2012.


Further information about the scholarship can be found at:


If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m happy to assist in any way I can. We’re hopeful you’ll consider mentioning our scholarship on your site.


Best Regards,


Shannon Shoemaker

Outreach Coordinator – ‘Dedicated To Preventing The Causes And Repairing The Consequences Of Nursing Home Abuse.’

What You Should Know About Carpet, Asthma and Allergies

Not only does carpet add warmth and comfort to any room, it also helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants when properly vacuumed and maintained.

Simply put, what falls to the carpet – such as allergens, common dust, pet dander and other pollutants – tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed, unlike smooth surfaces that allow these particles to re-circulate. Properly maintained carpet leads to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment because regular vacuuming with a Carpet and Rug Institute-certified vacuum cleaner locks pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe.

Here are several facts that support the use of carpet to help prevent asthma and allergy symptoms:

There is no scientific study linking the rise of allergy and asthma to the use of carpet. Indeed, several studies actually disprove any correlation.

A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet usage and the incidence of allergy or asthma. In fact, even when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent.

Carpet may even be helpful to people with asthma: an 18-nation study of nearly 20,000 people found a statistical relationship between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma and allergy symptoms and improved breathing.

A 2003 study of more than 4,600 school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication.

Studies have compared the distribution of airborne dust associated with normal activities on hard and soft flooring surfaces. Findings show that walking on hard surfaces disturbed more particles. These particles became airborne and entered the breathing zone. In contrast, carpeted surfaces trapped more particles so that walking disturbed fewer particles. The result was less dust in the breathing zone over carpeted floors.

What You Can Do

Vacuum regularly and thoroughly. It may come as a surprise that something as simple as regular vacuuming can have a big impact on the air you breathe. When vacuuming, remember to keep the following guidelines in mind:

Use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. A quick once-over doesn’t do much. Move slightly to the left or to the right every four strokes.

Don’t ignore the corners or crevices where dust builds. Use the proper attachments to clean those difficult-to-reach areas.

“Top-down” cleaning saves you the step of vacuuming after dusting. Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first and then vacuum away any fallen dust.

Remember to remove and replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full.

Use CRI Seal of Approval cleaning products. An independent laboratory tests solutions, spot removers, vacuums and deep cleaning extractors and systems. Only those that meet high performance standards receive the Seal of Approval.

Professionally clean your carpet every 12 to 18 months. Regular vacuuming removes soil and dust, but periodic professional cleaning is needed to remove embedded dirt.

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Winter Can Be Hazardous: Tips on Preventing Home Fires

The cold weather and winter conditions often bring an increase in home fires as many people use alternate heating sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, or coal or wood stoves to stay warm. Fires related to heating are the second leading cause of home fires in this country, and fixed and portable space heaters are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths.

As the winter months continue and people look to keep their homes warm with various heating sources, including portable heaters, the Greater NY Red Cross urges everyone to use caution when turning to these heating methods and offers the following safety tips on fire prevention: 

• Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
• Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
• If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
• When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.
• Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
• Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
• Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.

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Duke and UNC have Tow of the Nation’s Best Childrens’ Hospitals

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill earned high marks nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Duke finished tops in the Triangle area, ranking among the top 50 nationally in all 10 areas of specialty. UNC finished second in the Triangle with six specialty areas ranked nationally, including a No. 10 ranking in pulmonology, the only top 10 ranking for any hospital in the state.

The rankings, released Tuesday, recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. The Children’s Hospital Boston ranked No. 1 in six specialties, No. 2 in three specialties and No. 3 in a third, making it the top-rated children’s hospital in the nation. There are 76 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News & World Report named the Duke University Medical Center as the area’s best hospital overall in March.

Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal

Isn’t it great when we’re NUMBER ONE!

Check out this story from the Triangel Business Journal about how Raleigh is the major market that offers the best quality of life in America, according to a new study by

Read more: Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal

Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal.

Safety Tips in a Dangerous World

Even though the Triangle area is relatively safe compared to many other large metropolitan areas I do think safety tips like these need repeating often to make people aware, especially women, that there are SMART choices to be made when it comes to personal safety. Take a look at the tips below and try to remember them if you ever find yourself in one of these situations. You probably never will but it’s better to know these tips than to be the unlucky person who does end up facing one of these situations and doesn’t know what to do.


1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. If a robber asksfor your wallet and/or purse DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM  Toss it away from you….Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. Then RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy..The driver won’t see you, but
everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkebook, or making a list, etc.DON’T DO THIS!)
The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.
a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car.Your Air Bag will save you.
If the person is in the back sea they will get the worst of
it .As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.  Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car
parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side…If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you
back out.  IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (Andbetter paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8. Women are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP
It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy,
the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man,
who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9.. In some communities women have heard a crying baby on their porches. One such lady called the police
because it was late and she thought it was weird.. The police told her ‘Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..’ The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried
that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coaxwomen out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not
verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.
10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbours!