more about: safety

Don’t Let a Natural Disaster Take You by Surprise

Whether or not you’re being impacted by Hurricane Sandy this week, take this as reminder to make sure you have an emergency kit and an emergency plan in place with your family. Take a look at what you should have in your stash with our emergency supplies checklist. Then, to make sure your family is truly prepared, pick a low-key […]

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Is it Illegal to Wear Headphones While Driving?

Whether you’re using them to listen to music or talk on your phone hands-free, the laws around whether you can use headphones while driving are a bit vague at best. Luckily, Lifehacker and AAA teamed up to get to the bottom of the issue. Check out their interactive map to see what the laws are in your state. And drive […]

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Follow the 2:4 Rule for Leftovers

Leftovers can be a lifesaver on a night packed with sports practices and PTA meetings. But that teriyaki chicken can spoil faster than you realize. To make sure your family isn’t eating anything past it’s prime, follow the 2:4 rule for leftovers. 2: Don’t let leftovers sit out on the counter at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 4: […]

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Space Heater Safety Tips

The holidays are over and the temperatures are finally starting to drop here in New York. Tonight the low is going to be in the teens, and while I’m no stranger to cold weather, it doesn’t mean I don’t struggle every time winter really rolls around. Especially since my bedroom in my apartment doesn’t actually have a heater. So, instead […]

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USDA Revises Cooking Temperatures for Meat

You’ve likely heard that the USDA has revised their recommended safe cooking temperatures for a variety of cuts of meat. The one that is really causing a stir is pork. Previously, the USDA recommended that all cuts of pork be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, but the new recommendations say it is safe to consume after cooking to 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium.


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What hasn’t changed is that all ground meat should still be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum safety.


Do you follow the USDA guidelines and use an instant read thermometer when you cook meat?



Ask the Expert: Is Pork Really Safe at 145F?

10 Recipe Ideas for Pork Tenderloin

Summer Grilling Guidelines


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Which Sunscreen is Right for You?

Though you no doubt wear sunscreen year-round (right?), it’s especially important to wear it during the spring and summer when you’re spending more time outside. But how do you know which one is best for your skin? The key might be in the active ingredients.


Keep reading to find out the difference between the two most common active ingredients in sunscreen.


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Kick-Start Your New Year: Test Your Smoke Detectors

Take five minutes this weekend to test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


If you install new batteries on any of your smoke detectors, set up two reminders of when to replace them. Keep reading to find out what to do.


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If you see something, say something?

New Yorkers are used to seeing this slogan plastered all over the subways, but when it comes to noticing things that could be hazardous to our friends or their children, is it always acceptable to say something? I’ve found the answer, all too often, is no. Which raises the question: When should etiquette take a back seat to safety concerns?

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