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Beware & Protect Yourself 01 (May 08 - Dec 08)

Postby winston » Fri May 16, 2008 9:22 am

Put your keys by your bedside at night

Tell your family, your friends, your neighbors, the check out girl at the market – everyone you run across…

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar rapist won't stick around.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. It would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.

A friend of mine has suggested to her husband that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby kennynah » Sun May 18, 2008 5:11 pm

i gave personal "alarm" gadgets to all my past girlfriends. i gave one to my wife too. the problem is that in singapore, everyone is so complacent. most of the girls dont carry them.

in case, you are interested, u can buy one easily..i got those from IMM... <$15 @... battery operated.
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby winston » Sun May 18, 2008 5:20 pm

Hi k,

Battery operated alarms does not raise really alarm anymore.

Just like screaming for help. Nobody will respond.

However, if you shout "fire" or "bomb", then people will pay more attention to you :P.

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P/S Hmm... past girlfriends. Wonder how thick that black book is :p
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby helios » Sun May 18, 2008 5:42 pm

Ken: how many (no. #) of alarms have u bought liao?
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby kennynah » Sun May 18, 2008 6:33 pm

my secret ...hehe.... finding a wife is akeen to shopping for a good stock....takes time and along the way, bound to have some losers...but in the end, must bag a long term winner... hahaha

and this kind....buy and hold...forever...

and sure got ups and downs...but unlike stock, on down period, one doesnt throw it out.. :mrgreen:
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby winston » Sat May 31, 2008 12:38 am

House Fires

Received from a friend who is in the insurance property business. It is well worth reading.

The original message was written by a lady whose brother and wife learned a hard lesson this past week. Their house burnt down.. nothing left but ashes. They have good insurance so the house will be replaced and most of the contents. That is the good news.

However, they were sick when they found out the cause of the fire. The insurance investigator sifted through the ashes for several hours. He had the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom.

He asked her sister-in-law what she had plugged in the bathroom. She listed the normal things....curling iron, blow dryer. He kept saying to her, 'No, this would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures'. Then her sister-in-law remembered she had a 'Glade Plug-In', in the bathroom.

The investigator had one of those 'Aha' moments. He said that was the cause of the fire. He had seen more house fires started with plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He also said, the plastic they are made from is THIN. In every case there was nothing left externally to prove that it even existed. When the investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs from the plug-in were still in there.

Her sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said she had noticed that the light would dim and then finally go out. She would walk in to the bathroom a few hours later and the light would be back on again. The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot and would dim and go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would come back on. That is a warning sign.

The investigator said he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too many places that have been burned down due to them.
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby kennynah » Sat May 31, 2008 4:52 am

wonder if this applies to those plug in air refresheners in cars too ?
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Re: Personal Safety Thread

Postby winston » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:23 am

Singaporeans need to change attitudes regarding safety
By Hasnita A Majid, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 31 May 2008 2011 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to change their attitudes and mindsets with regard to safety, said Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

Speaking at a community event in Jurong on Saturday, Dr Balakrishnan said lessons learnt from the dragon boat tragedy in Cambodia last November should extend to all aspects of life.

He said Singaporeans are so used to a safe and sheltered life here that they tend to adopt the same heedless attitude elsewhere.

"This, in my mind, is the most dangerous mindset. That is why Singaporeans are in greatest danger when they are outside Singapore because we take things for granted... Singapore – as a safe, calm, regulated place – has perhaps lulled us into taking safety for granted," he said.

Winston's comments: This applies to investment as well. If a deal goes wrong, don't think that you can rely on the courts in other places to deliver some justice for you ..


The dragon boat tragedy showed that there is a risk even in seemingly safe activities, so Singaporeans need to change their attitudes and be prepared for the unexpected.

Dr Balakrishnan said: "If we start thinking about 'what if something goes wrong, what would I do?', then we will get into a sensible and rational way of dealing with risks.

"We must understand what risks are involved and take appropriate precautions and prepare for eventualities. If we are prepared for that, we will be much better prepared to deal with problems as and when they arise.

"If we can do that, then I think we have made a positive difference and I think that's the best way to honour the memory of our five team-mates."

Five Singaporeans drowned in the Tonle Sap River when their dragon boat capsized at the end of a race at the Water Festival in Cambodia last year.

A Safety Inquiry Panel that was set up to look into the tragedy found that the team did not have an established procedure of risk assessments, such as safety briefings and drills.

Dr Balakrishnan said he is sure the Singapore Dragon Boat Association and the Sports Council will implement the panel's recommendations as soon as possible.

The minister made these comments at a major outreach programme by the National Cancer Centre to help Singaporeans understand how they can lead healthy lifestyles to fight cancer – a top killer in Singapore.

More than 8,400 people in Singapore are diagnosed with various types of cancer every year.

Between 2001 and 2005, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer were the three most common cancers among males, while breast and colorectal cancers are most common for women.
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Beware ... ( former Dangerous Food & Protect Yourself )

Postby winston » Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:18 am

From The Hindu:-

Bacteria scare pushes tomatoes off Hong Kong shop shelves

Hong Kong (PTI): Tomatoes imported from New Zealand have been pulled off the shelves in Hong Kong, after the former banned further export of the vegetable following discovery of a new disease-causing bacteria.

While New Zealand authorities slapped an export ban on tomatoes and capsicums after the mysterious bug was found in three commercial hothouses in Auckland, leading stores in Hong Kong, dumped the already in store tomatoes as a precautionary measure.

"We do not know if the products come from the same place as the affected products but we have stopped selling them in our stores", spokesman of ParknShop, a leading store, said.

Adding to the bacteria scare from New Zealand, the United States has announced an outbreak of salmonella linked to its tomatoes.
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Re: Dangerous Food

Postby winston » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:59 am

Red alert as tomatoes pulled
Nishika Patel
Friday, June 06, 2008

Hong Kong has been hit by a double food scare after New Zealand banned exports of tomatoes and the United States announced an outbreak of salmonella linked to the fruit.

City supermarkets have pulled New Zealand tomatoes off their shelves because of the discovery of a new disease- causing bacteria in the country.

And local food and hygiene chiefs are carrying out tests on US-imported tomatoes after outbreaks of salmonella in nine states.

The authorities in New Zealand have slapped an export ban on tomatoes and capsicums after the mysterious bug reported to be new to science was found in three commercial hothouses in Auckland.

ParknShop in Hong Kong dumped the tomatoes yesterday as a precautionary measure.

We still do not know if the products come from the same place as the affected products but we have stopped selling them in our stores, a spokesman said.

About 121,534 kilograms of fresh and chilled tomatoes worth HK$4.3 million were imported from New Zealand to Hong Kong in 2007 making it the fourth most popular tomato after those from the mainland, the Netherlands and Italy.

Hong Kongs Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has not issued any direction while awaiting more information from the New Zealand authorities. We will closely monitor the situation and we are seeking to understand what is happening. We cannot say when the ban will be lifted as that is the decision of the New Zealand authorities, a spokesman said.

The department is also carrying out tests on samples of the US-imported tomatoes. US health authorities blamed the poisonings on large and uncooked tomatoes.

The FEHDs test results will be available in a week. Hong Kong imported 16,647kg of fresh or chilled tomatoes from the United States worth HK$608,000 in 2007.

The New Zealand pest which spreads the disease could also infect potatoes, chillies and eggplant.

And because the bacteria, which mysteriously turned up in New Zealand two years ago, are likely to also feed on native plants they have a year-round reservoir for breeding outside the commercial crops.

What happens next will depend on whether the bacteria is also found in commercial crops in customer countries, and whether growers can control the insects spreading the organism.

Annual New Zealand tomato exports are worth US$7.3 million (HK$57 million) and capsicum exports US$34 million.

Important markets include Japan, the Pacific Islands, Hong Kong, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Biosecurity New Zealand director of border standards Tim Knox said he did not know if the export ban will be lifted by October, when growers are due to ramp up harvests from the new crops they are now planting for export.

The withdrawal of certification was a precautionary measure until more was known about the bacteria, its transmission and distribution.

There is no known human health risk from the bacteria, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of New Zealand said. But it also said little is known about the organism or its origins.

The bacteria may be spread by a small insect that is widespread in New Zealand and could affect other plants, MAF said.

It is the offseason for production and exports resume in the fourth quarter.
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