Safe Cleaning alternatives: 

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits:

Baking soda as cleaning alternative:

Epsom salt has been used as an old remedy but learn more in order to apply it safely:

Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic, learn more about its applications:

Lemon juice as a Natural bleaching function:

Using lemon juice to whiten without bleach is even simpler in a washing machine. Just add a cup of lemon juice along with your detergent and wash as usual. Again, drying the clothes in the sunshine will enhance the whitening effect.

Toothpaste as a cleaning and stain remover alternative:

Vinegar as an cleaning alternative:

Earthquake Preparedness

7 Steps to Earthquake Safety:

Earthquake preparedness resources:

Fire safety and prevention: The simplest and easiest thing to do at home is to make sure the power outlet is not overloaded, it's a fire hazard if outlet is overloaded.

The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands.

National Fire Protection Association has safety tips and preventions for all kinds of situations including car fire:

9 Volt Battery Safety

Some crucial information about 9V batteries that you should really be aware of. It can catch a fire when the metal terminals touch other metal objects, tape the terminal to prevent problems.

 Be aware of CFL light bulb safety issues:

Important info about downed power line and car fire. fLVzvMTgGDY

Food Safety Resources:

Check out recalls, food poison and contamination and properly handling food safety issues

USDA has excellent food safety educational services and resources:

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) also has information regarding disease signs and symptoms for foodborne illness and outbreaks:

CDPH – The California Department of Public Health has a Food Safety Program:

The mission of the program is to protect and improve the health of consumers by assuring foods are safe, and are not adulterated, misbranded, or falsely advertised. We accomplish this through sound investigations and enforcement based upon scientific principles and specific legal authority.

Keep Food Safe tips and information:

 Please check the US Food and Drug Administration safety alerts, recalls, withdrawals :

 Please check for other alerts for imported food, medication or medical devices by typing in the key word in the FDA website search field to look for more information. 
Here is a sample of import alert for food contamination:

Microwave Oven safety tips from USDA:

Warning: It’s important to understand the microwave instructions and do not put metal objects in the microwave oven; it would create sparks and cause fire. Please read the microwave safety


  • Cold storage containers: margarine tubs, cottage cheese and yogurt cartons, etc. These materials are not approved for cooking and chemicals can migrate into food.
  • Brown paper bags and newspapers.
  • Metal pans.
  • Foam-insulated cups, bowls, plates or trays.
  • China with metallic paint or trim.
  • Chinese "take-out" containers with metal handles.
  • Metal "twist ties" on package wrapping.
  • Food completely wrapped in aluminum foil.
  • Food cooked in any container or packaging that has warped or melted during heating.

 NHTSA -National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Pet Disaster Safety Tips and Safety Care for Pet Owners: Jackie Shelton; the author who published a pet owner disaster safety guide diving into general preparedness tips, how to plan/pack for disasters, tips for taking shelter at home, evacuation safety, and pet safety considerations after a disaster. Please check it out here:

Red Cross Flood Safety
Red Cross Flood safety checklist

Safety awareness while Pumping gas:

Here are some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas..

You should know that Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes !

Here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.


The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during
fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed
the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered
severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as
they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin
as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in
their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust,
(I.e.., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc...)

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people
aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:

1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of a static spark from their bodies from sliding out of the vehicle .

3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas

6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.

7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.

8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr.. Renkes stresses you should NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get into your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

Sinkholes and The Groundbreaking Truth;
About 1/2 way through the video they start explaining in text/graphics how and why this is occurring

To prevent the heart breaking story such as the missing high school senior Natalee Holloway :
We like to suggest our teenagers to take the following precautions while traveling abroad: 
1. Always travel in pairs to watch out for each other to be safe
2. Make sure your travel partner do not drink too much or use drugs
3. Be confident and never trust any strangers