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COVID-19 & Mental Health

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Out of respect for those who are suffering as a result of COVID-19, I will refrain from using my usual firedog-isms in this post. Please #BeSafe and #StayHealthy.

As COVID-19 cases increase, most people are adapting to life in the “new normal.” Unfortunately, others are experiencing anxiety, fear, and depression. Millions of people are facing newfound emotions brought about by the pandemic. These result not just from Coronavirus symptoms and the lives lost. They also stem from social isolation caused by lockdowns, mask requirements, social distancing measures, severe economic downturn, and a break from normal routines. Continue reading “COVID-19 & Mental Health”

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Best Practices for Reopening a Business

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National Safety Month Part 2

This blog features suggestions for safely reopening a business. It does not constitute legal advice. (After all; I’m not a lawyer. I’m a dog. In fact, I’m a virtual dog.)

Earlier this month, we started a two-part series marking June as National Safety Month. In part one, we focused on ways to keep people safe during a pandemic. To read the first entry in the two-part series, click here. This week, we conclude the series by focusing on best practices for reopening a business after the Coronavirus lockdown. I’m glad the lockdowns are currently behind us. I grow stir crazy spending all of my time in the doghouse. Continue reading “Best Practices for Reopening a Business”

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COVID-19 Safety for High-Rise Buildings

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The following information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. For guidance about how to comply with Coronavirus regulations relative to your high-rise facility, please contact state and/or local government officials such as OSHA and/or facility management.

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Happy Distracted Driving Month

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Since the nation is effectively locked down because of the Coronavirus, fewer vehicles will be on American roads in April 2020 than at any other time in modern history. Even so, April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I didn’t spend much time behind the wheel of a car even before COVID-19. It’s difficult to drive without opposable thumbs. Allow us to take advantage of this time of reflection to share the myriad reasons you should drive free from distraction when you are back on the open road (or before then – when you head to the store during the quarantine to stock up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer and dog treats). Continue reading “Happy Distracted Driving Month”

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Cybersecurity Implications

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To practice social distancing in light of COVID-19, and at the behest of their employers, millions of people are working remotely. Dogs and cats have been practicing social distancing for years! It’s great! Virtual environments come with perks, such as eliminating commutes, offering quality time with pets and providing easy access to snacks. I’m all for easy access to snacks in the real world, too. 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. Continue reading “Coronavirus Pandemic: Cybersecurity Implications”

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Happy American Heart Month

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Earlier this month, millions of people celebrated Valentine’s Day with chocolate candy and romantic meals. Personally, I prefer bacon to celebrate pretty much any holiday. 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. Continue reading “Happy American Heart Month”

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Stalking Awareness

RJ Body ShotOut of respect for victims of stalking, I have refrained from using my usual “firedog-isms” in this post.

January 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. Continue reading “Stalking Awareness”

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Severe Weather Safety

Winter Weather Safety TipsA 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 for man and beast. 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. Continue reading “Severe Weather Safety”

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Holiday Travel Safety

Holiday Travel Safety PlaneMillions of people around the world will be traveling this holiday season. To promote safe passage, the folks at the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System have assembled some tips to help wayfarers arrive at their destinations, whether they travel by land or air. As our holiday gift to you, we encourage you to follow these tips to improve your 2019 travel experience: Continue reading “Holiday Travel Safety”

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Happy Toy Safety Month

Toy Safety Tips Allied UniversalAccording to the National Retail Federation, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is typically the most popular time of the year for consumers to purchase toys. In fact, holiday sales account for 20-30 percent of annual retail sales each year. Unfortunately, however, far too many of toy purchases ultimately lead to emergency room visits. What’s more, some dog toys can injure pets. Continue reading “Happy Toy Safety Month”