Happy Friday Everyone!
Wishing you all a safe, family-filled, BBQ-laden Memorial Day.
Throughout the United States, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer. This federal holiday is observed annually to honor American soldiers who gave their lives in defense of this country.
One of the grand traditions associated with Memorial Day weekend is cooking food on an outdoor grill, enjoying the weather and spending time with friends and family. Grilling and barbecue can be fun and tasty, but certain safety precautions are a must. The infographic below provides some general grill safety information, grilling tips and common pitfalls to avoid to help ensure a safe holiday weekend.
Meeting a date for the first time?
Turn on our app’s Follow-me feature before you go on your date and let your friends and family track you in real-time until you return home safely. Find out more about our Follow-me feature on our web site at: www.reactmobile.com
An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldnât be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.
With the React Mobile app you can dial 911 and you can let a wide network of you trusted contacts know that you’re in trouble and where you are. Find out more at: www.reactmobile.com
Dating should be fun. But it should also be safe. Sadly, there have been many cases in recent years involving women who are harmed or even murdered by men they go out with. Whether you’re a dating pro or just got back in the game, take these precautions to protect yourself.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS IN THE LOOP
Tell a friend or family member where you are going, when you will return, and how to reach you. If plans change, text your friend the new details of where you’ll be.
USE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION
Either take your own car, or if you plan on drinking, take public transportation or a taxi so you don’t have to rely on your date to get home. Also, that way he won’t know your address.
MEET IN PUBLIC
Meet your date in public. Not only will this decrease your chances of being put in an unsafe situation, but other people may also remember you being in that location, should something happen to you.
DON’T LEAVE YOUR FOOD OR DRINK UNATTENDED
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) and Rohypnol are odorless, colorless date rape drugs that can make you disoriented or unconscious. Worse, these effects are exacerbated when alcohol is involved. So, don’t accept a drink from your date unless you open it yourself or watch it being prepared.
BRING EXTRA MONEY
Even if he’s paying for dinner, carry some cash for cab fare if the date goes south.
DON’T GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFO
Guard your personal contact information on any dating or social networking site. If using an online dating website, you can choose to have the individual respond to the site, rather than your email address, or you can set up an email address specifically for this purpose.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Go out with at least one other girlfriend, especially if you are headed to a place where you don’t know anyone else. That way, you can help keep each other in check if one of you starts getting doe-eyed over some dude feeding you liquor or trying to get you to go home with him.
HAVE A PLAN IF THE BUDDY SYSTEM FAILS
If said friend winds up disappearing from the party or the bar, have another way of getting home,. Try calling or texting your friend to find out where she went, who she’s with and how she plans to get home.
If you cannot drive, call a friend you know well or a taxi. Let someone else know what has happened, how you will be getting home and all that you know about where your friend has gone and with whom.
REMEMBER THAT MACE STILL EXISTS
A lot of women think it’s over-the-top, but tucking some pepper spray or Mace in your purse when you go on a first date can help if he gets too grabby or tries to attack you.
CARRY YOUR CELL PHONE
While mace and pepper spray can be effective if used properly, more often than not they’re left at home or zipped in a back pocket, rendering them useless in an emergency. But you still have a weapon: Your cell is a great self-defense tool especially if you are using the React Mobile safety app.
React Mobile enables you to report suspicious incidents or send your current GPS coordinates to pre-selected contacts with the push of a button if you’re approached. Turn on our Follow-me feature before you go on a date and let your friends and family track you in real-time until you return home safely. Find out more about our Follow-me feature on our web site at: www.reactmobile.com.