Why Dogs Keep You Safe! Check Out This List Of Reasons Your Best Friend Is Also A Safety Asset

Why dogs keep you safe!

As most people know,dogs are amazing creatures.  They are man’s best friend. Also,they fill your life with love, joy and playfulness. They can also add a layer of protection for you and your family. Many dog owners know this and add protection to the long list of why dogs keep you safe. There are several reasons dogs are protective but the list below sums up a few of the more important ones!

why dogs keep you safe
Why dogs keep you safe from the LOIS Safety Blog

Dogs are loyal and will defend you to the death! Most dogs would attack and intruder or aggressor. They are pack animals and tend to guard other members of the pack – YOU!- with amazing loyalty. This is one wonderful way dogs keep you safe.

Another way dogs keep you safe is they are very fast! Dogs can run and chase away a would-be predator. Just the sight of a dog charging at them would scare most people away and have them heading for cover!

In addition, dogs have vice like jaws and sharp claws. This speaks for itself and comes into play if someone were to attack their owner.

And finally, the barking can help keep people away. A dog’s barking can be just the thing to get the bad guy to leave. Most burglars for example would rather attempt to rob a house with an alarm system than with a dog!

To sum it up, dogs can increase your level of protection while adding a wonderful companion to your life. If you are considering getting a dog please keep these factors in mind. Not only are they wonderful creatures but they will be loyal and protect you no matter what.

For more safety tips and to learn about the LOIS Safety App, please visit the LOIS website today! We would love to have you as a part of our safety community 🙂

 

 

How To Use Pepper Spray from the LOIS Safety App

How To Use Pepper Spray! LOIS Safety App Tip of the Week!

Have you ever wondered how to use pepper spray? While this is a common safety tool, many of us don’t know how it really works.  In this blog post, “How To Use Pepper Spray!”,  we will explain how. Here are some tips on how to use it as well as how to do this safely!

The first step is to purchase your pepper spray and remove it from its package. You can find some inexpensive versions on Amazon HERE. The spray should be in the ‘off’ position when you take it out of the packaging. Make sure you NEVER point the nozzle towards you while handling the spray.

How to use pepper spray
How to use pepper spray

Next, test the pepper spray to make sure it’s working. Turn the nozzle to the ‘on’ position. Do not point the nozzle towards you! Extend your arm as far as possible and spray and spray a little bit on to the ground. The spray will come out and that way you know it’s working.  Try again if the spray doesn’t work and if that fails manufacturer or store where it was purchased.

Finally, switch the nozzle to the ‘off’ position and store the spray in your purse, car, bedside table or carry it with you! Some models come with a key chain ring so you can keep it on you always.

Remember…point the spray towards their face on spray if you are ever approached by an attacker! However, make sure you NEVER move towards your attacker or become aggressive with them. The trick is to immobilize them and get out of there! You can also yell and draw attention to yourself while you get away. Contact the police as soon as you are sure you are in a safe place.

While most of us hope we never have to use something like pepper spray, it’s a great tool to have in your safety arsenal. Sometimes just having it and pointing it at an attacker is enough to get them to stay away!

Lastly,  in mind situational awareness is key in any scenario and it’s the best way to keep yourself safe! We hope you enjoyed How To Use Pepper Spray  by LOIS Safety App Tip of the Week. Sign up for emails from this blog for weekly updates!

 

 

Online Dating Safety Tips- Staying Safe while Having Fun!

Online Dating Safety!

We all know someone who has tried online dating. Perhaps you are online dating yourself and wonder how safe it is. Or maybe you haven’t thought about it at all. As fun and exciting as meeting prospects can be, keep in mind you are meeting someone you don’t really know. This article will give you four online dating safety tips that might help keep you out of a sticky – or harmful! – situation. Whether you are on an app such as Tinder or Bumble, or have tried a website such as Match.com or E-harmony, the same rules apply!

Online Dating
Online Dating Should Be Fun AND Safe!

Tip 1: Get the phone number of your date. While this might seem obvious, it’s surprising how many online daters don’t have this basic information. Why is having the number important? It will qualify your date to some degree and let you know that the person you have met online is actually the person you are talking to. Sure having the persons cell phone might not guarantee this person is legit, but it’s one step closer to qualifying them.

Tip 2: Meet in a public place. This is really essential. Given that this person is a complete stranger, you don’t want them picking you up at home and you don’t want to meet them in a private place, such as their home. You are risking your personal safety if you allow a stranger to know where you live. Perhaps the first meeting could be at a coffee house or a local lunch place during the day. If you have to meet at night, find a spot you are comfortable with in an area you are familiar with. This will help you feel more comfortable and allow you to leave the situation easily if you choose to.

Tip 3: Do a background check. While this might seem severe, you would be surprised how many people could have benefited from this step. There are several background check websites and app’s and some are free. Although a background check won’t give you the entire picture, it should give you enough information to know if this person is lying about or hiding something from you. This behavior is a good indication that this is NOT a person you want to be meeting with!

Tip 4: Tell a friend or family member who and when you are meeting. This added layer of protection is essential. Someone close to you should know that you are meeting a potential prospect and, ideally, be ‘on-call’ in case you need help.

Online dating can be safe and fun and you might even meet your soulmate! This does not have to come at the cost of your personal safety, however. I hope these tips were useful and give you that much more personal protection when meeting YOUR next online date!  You can also use a safety app such as LOIS on your next online date!

Realtor Safety- Could This Crime Have Been Prevented?

Realtor Safety Alert:

Realtor safety is always a main topic for the LOIS Safety App blog. It’s a sad fact but Realtors put themselves in danger every day on the job! As a recent example,  a Realtor who was sexually assaulted in Idaho.  It’s unfortunate but this happens much to often in the Real Estate community. The news article describing the event states:

“A Boise man is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a Realtor in Meridian Wednesday night.

realtor safety
Realtor Safety

Meridian Police say the Realtor had shown the suspect, Ertan Ikic, and his wife several other homes in the past, but this time it was just him. He came alone.

So what can Realtors do to try to stay safe?”. The article goes on to say.  “We spoke with Danielle Cullip with Silver Hawk Realty to find out how they’re trained.

“Everyone does it it every day,” said Cullip. “We go out and we’re out to show a home and we’re ready to sell. It’s all about that instinct.”

Oftentimes, Realtors are alone with a prospective buyer in an empty house, making them vulnerable.

“You really don’t know these people,” said Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea with the Meridian Police Department. “You know them on a very limited basis when they’re showing you their best behavior. They’re potential buyers they want to show you they’re good people.”

Obviously this is a horrible case of what can happen to Realtors on the job. There are ways to protect yourself, however including getting the clients information, telling someone where you are and using the LOIS Safety App.

Hopefully this awareness will spread and Realtors everywhere will become safer on the job as a result!

Date Rape Drugs: How to Protect Yourself!

Date Rape Drugs: How to Protect Yourself!

The issues of sexual assault and date rape are serious. Date rape is common on college campuses. It is present in the dating scene and also in everyday life. Date rape is the same as a rape that occurs with a stranger. The impact on the victim is the same. In fact in some cases it might be worse. On some level they trusted this person. It’s an unfortunate fact of life… Some people desire to pray on others. However, there are ways to keep this from happening to you!

While it may be impossible to eliminate date rape completely, there are solutions and proactive tools out there that can help mitigate this risk. One of these tools is called Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when placed in a drink with a date rape drug! How great is that?! Their website describes the product. They state the following:

“wearable nail tech that identifies the presence of common date rape drugs in a variety of beverages through color change”.

Also, the company states the problem:

 “One in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. This unthinkable problem has reached epidemic levels on college campuses”. 

Undercover Colors is providing a unique answer to this problem.

And the solution is:

“The only perfect solution to drug induced sexual assault is ending it altogether. As we all work toward that ideal, Undercover Colors’ technology provides wearable protection at your fingertips. Simply dip your finger into a verified beverage and within seconds the presence of prevalent date rape drugs will be identified in color change”.

At this time, Undercover Colors is in the development stage of their product. Hopefully this modern technology will be available for everyone very soon! In the meantime, situational awareness is key! Don’t allow anyone to buy you a drink. Don’t leave your drink unattended.  Also, if you feel unsafe, contact the bar manager or bartender immediately. Your life may depend on it!

In addition, the LOIS Safety System blog is dedicated to educating the public. We are passionate about education on safety issues and topics. Our goal is to make the world a safer place for everyone!