Know How To Spot & Treat Poison Oak & Poison Ivy

The weather is changing and its time to start enjoying the outdoors again. Walking, biking,  and hiking in your local, state and federal parks are great ways to exercise and explore nature. Make sure you know how to stay comfortable, safe and hydrated. Watch out for Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, Sumac, and any other plant life that can be dangerous in your area.

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Self-Defense Tips: Outrun Your Attacker

landscape-1447086772-11-18“Engage only when necessary, as a last resort” is the rule of thumb in self-defense.

Running away from an attack is the optimal option rather than engaging and defending yourself.

Getting away from an attacker is really about recognizing the moment that you can get away from the situation, and then creating distance and attracting attention.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times. It is important to remain alert to your surroundings at all times.

Recognize when a confrontational situation is imminent. Recognizing early signs can make it easier for you to know when to do something about it and to get away faster. A lot of times, people give off signs and warnings as to what they’re about to do. Awareness of these signs will greatly increase your ability to get away.

Look for such signs as:

Aggressive stances of the potential attacker and any other people standing around.

Aggressive, abusive, and unfriendly language being shouted out.

Threats being made to you and others.

The brandishing of weapons, whether obviously a weapon, or a makeshift weapon such as pieces of wood, cut glass, broken items that have been sharpened etc.

Menacing gestures and attitudes

Your inner gut feeling tells you that you’re getting into a bad situation; sense it and listen to your senses.

Exit the situation as soon as you can prior to physical contact. If you can quickly turn off down a street or double back swiftly before you even reach the aggressor, do so. You may not need to run or you may consider that running might attract undue attention at this stage; you’ll need to assess that according to the situation. Judge it swiftly and simply get out of there.

Avoid making eye contact or speaking with any aggressor. By leaving before a confrontation even ensues, you may “outrun” your attacker by deflating their opportunity and not have to run that far at all; just around the corner and out of sight.

If you’re put into the situation where you have been physically caught up with an aggressor or you’ve walked into an aggressive situation and you’re surrounded, you’ll need to find the moment when you can run away. Don’t wait to see how the situation will evolve. It is probably going to evolve in a direction that won’t be beneficial for you, so presume the worse and get running as soon as you can.

Run to escape your attacker. Run fast initially to place distance between you and the attacker. However, after an initial burst, you need to both assess the commitment of the pursuer (are they following or not?) and then to pace yourself and run without exerting yourself.

Find ways to throw off any pursuing attacker. Make noise. Try to attract attention by yelling out “Help me!” and other phrases designed to draw the attention of others to your plight. A great option is to yell, “FIRE!” People who don’t want to get involved in a personal situation may turn their backs on “HELP” but most will be curious and come to see where the fire is located. More people mean more help. Run into a crowds or a bright area.

Do not assume that your pursuers have stopped chasing you. If your pursuers are intent on catching you, they may wait for you. Call the police and make a report, even if you manage to make it home and think it’s all over with.

Are You Traveling Soon? Brush Up On Airport Safety With These Tips…


Don’t leave your baggage unattended

You never know who could sneak up and grab your bag before you even notice. It is very important to protect your personal belongings while waiting for your flight. If you feel the need to sleep or run to the restroom or any reason you would need to leave your luggage, make sure you have someone you know and trust keep their eyes on your stuff so you’re protected!

Don’t let anyone other than airport staff members handle your luggage

Unfortunately, there are a lot of fraudsters anywhere you go these days, and that includes the airport. It is important to remember to check for name badges with anyone that asks if you need help with your luggage. If at all possible, try to avoid letting anyone you do not know handle your luggage.

Don’t accept any packages from strangers

This rule should go for everywhere, not just the airport. If you’re not expecting a package, it is important to check who sent the package before opening it, and if you are worried, you can always contact local authorities about the mysterious package.

Report any suspicious activities

If you see anything going on that seems suspicious, contact security while at the airport. You never know what could happen and it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Follow all safety and security rules and instructions


There are many rules and restrictions that take place while flying. It is very important you follow all these rules and restrictions, as they are in place for a reason. Make sure you read signs at the airport that instruct you to be safe. This will help you have a seamless travel.

Make Your Own First Aid Kit, for you and your pets…


What You Will Need:

☐ Blanket

☐ Flashlight or penlight

☐Bandages of different sizes

☐ Gauze

☐ Medical Tape



☐Instant cold compresses

☐ Antiseptic wipes

☐ Disposable gloves

☐ Safety pins

☐ Contact lenses, saline, and case

☐ Tylenol and Ibuprofen

☐ Benadryl

☐ Hydrocortisone cream

☐ Antibiotic ointment

☐ Hydrogen peroxide

☐ Thermometer

☐ Saline eye flush

☐ Belt or leash, to use as tourniquet if needed to prevent blood loss

☐ Soft cloth or bandana to use as a muzzle for your pet (do not use if


☐ Disposable CPR mouth guard




LA crime in certain areas is on the rise. Here are some useful tips to help stay safe while walking alone….

1. Keep your keys ready

Even if it’s a quick jaunt from your front door to your car, it’s a good idea to keep your keys ready at all times. Hold on to them inside your pocket. Then, bring them out holding the proper key in position as you approach your car or front door. This will eliminate fumbling around in your purse for them outside, which will distract you from your surroundings.

2. Walk with confidence

Keep your head up and don’t be afraid to make eye contact with those you pass. Walk at a steady pace and walk facing traffic to keep yourself visible. If you get lost, don’t wander aimlessly. Keep your pace steady and head for the nearest store or restaurant to ask for directions.

3. Trust your gut

When out alone at night, your instincts are your best friend. If you are worried someone is following you, turn around. Let the person know you’re aware of their presence. Don’t head straight for your car or home, but go to a nearby store or restaurant, somewhere public and safe.

4. Carry a noisy friend

Keep some kind of noisemaker on your keychain or pinned to your jacket. A personal alarm or whistle can be used to let those around you know when something is wrong.

5. Know what to do in the worst-case scenario

The best defense against an attack is awareness and action. If you are faced with an uncomfortable or dangerous situation and you can escape, do so immediately. Only you can determine what you can or will do when faced with an attacker. Self-defense moves and tips can be found from various web sources, or through community self-defense classes.

6. Avoid struggling with lots of bags

Struggling with five different bags at night as you make your way into the house can be a fact of life, but you should avoid it whenever possible. Multiple bags can prevent your ability to react quickly should a dangerous situation arise.

7. Avoid hiding spots

Parked cars, dark alleys and unlit corners of parking garages are all places that you should avoid when you’re out alone. Keep yourself in visible places on the sidewalk or street as much as possible.

8. Choose your footwear wisely

Choose footwear that is comfortable, such as runners. If necessary, wear one pair of shoes to the office and bring your indoor footwear in a bag.