NAWIC: National Assoc. of Women in Construction

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Talk about girl power…this organization needs some recognition! The NAWIC was founded in 1953 by sixteen construction workers who just happened to be women. They understood that the amount of women in the construction business was declining, so why not make it special club and recognize more strong women. Their core purpose is to “enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” It is basically a support network. They give their participants really cool opportunities such as professional development, education, networking, leadership training, and public service.

If you become a member, you can be nominated for special rewards such as a lifetime achievement award for being active in this special group, member of the year award and future leader of the year. They then have an annual meeting every year to announce the winners.

There is a code of professionalism you must follow such as believing in their core values: belief in yourself as a woman, perseverance and daring to move into new horizons. That doesn’t seem so bad. It actually seems refreshing to be appreciated so much by such a great organization.

There are international affiliates, also. the NAWIC has connections with Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. All of these countries and places around the world also have their own NAWIC program.

You can find a chapter near you by simply searching your zip code on the site. For example we searched chapters near us in New Stanton, PA and there is one in Pittsburgh, PA!

Construction workers work hard, long days and the only people that can understand are other construction workers. So go ahead…vent, you can sign up right on their page!

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips – Timeless

New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate with friends, but it’s also a time of increased risk for your personal safety. If you’re going out on the town or to another friend or family member’s house to party the night away, follow these simple tips to ensure that you and other guests stay safe and enjoy the evening.

  1. Appoint a designated driver. Having a designated driver probably the most important New Year’s Eve safety tip. Make sure you appoint a designated driver who will be reliable and drive safely on New Year’s Eve. As a back-up plan, take a phone number for a taxi company with you or, if you live in a big city, have a plan to use reliable transportation (but don’t forget about potentially reduced holiday hours).
  2. Take a friend with you. Everyone, but especially women, is more vulnerable when alone, so go out on the town or to a party with a friend you can trust. Having a friend you can trust to go out with means both you and your friend will be safer.
  3. Don’t drink too much and watch your drink. If you’re not the designated driver in your group, don’t forget to monitor your own alcohol consumption. New Year’s Eve can be a long night and too much alcohol can be deadly. Also remember to keep your eyes on your drink at all times to avoid the risk of someone slipping illegal drugs into it.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re going out, don’t walk through potentially dangerous areas and don’t walk alone. Travel with a friend, don’t talk on your cell phone while walking or driving, and keep an eye out for potentially dangerous situations.
  5. Take care of your own home and pets. If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve, be sure to care for your pets before you go, leaving enough food and water. Also be sure to lock your doors (use an alarm system, if you have one) and don’t leave potentially dangerous household objects, such as candles, unattended.
  6. Many businesses offer free or reduced-cost services to help with your safe travel, from free cab rides to free coffee. Call ahead when in doubt.

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Your babies are headed off to college, whether for the first time, or a repeat. Whether you suffer from an empty nest or view it as a whole lot of “me” time ahead, your stress level will be way down if you send your girls to campus armed with knowledge and some SafetyGirl products.

Half the battle is getting your precious cargo to actually carry the products so they are available for use should she need them (we hope not!). We’ve come up with an array of great-looking items and an arsenal of tips.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and recognize your vulnerability. Carry the Zap Dazzle Stun Gun. For under $40 you get 950,000 volts of power encased in rhinestones.
  • Report all suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities to campus security.
  • Use the “buddy system” when going out. One of you should have the Sabre Stun Gun with Flashlight. Small enough to carry easily and the flashlight temporarily startles and illuminates your threat.
  • Keep your dorm and apartment doors locked when you are alone. Have the Mace KeyGuard Pepper Spray nearby at all times in case things get ugly. With a five-foot range, it will buy you time to run past your attacker and out of the confined space for help.
  • Report hazardous conditions to campus maintenance immediately.
  • If you see someone victimized, get involved and report it to the authorities. Use the Sabre Personal Alarm to frighten off the attacker.
  • When walking to your car, have your keys ready to go. Keep the Sabre Red Spitfire Pepper Spray in your palm. It is designed to fire with less effort and aim with greater accuracy, perfect for use while running.
  • If threatened by an approaching vehicle, run in the opposite direction – the car will need to turn around, buying you time. Keep the Mace Screecher Personal Alarm with you at all times to draw attention to an incident.
  • If your dorm has an elevator, stand near the panel box if you are alone with a stranger, so you have control of the alarm. Stop the elevator, sound the alarm, and exit the car. Keep your Lipstick Pepper Spray handy in case you need backup protection.
  • If you are a victim of rape or sexual assault, report the incident immediately, even if you choose not to pursue the matter further. Carry the Mace Hot Pink Pepper Spray and don’t be afraid to use it.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Party Hosts

New Year’s Eve is a great time to host a party, enjoy the company of family and friends on the last day of 2012, and watch the ball drop on TV. Hosting a party should also involve safety precautions, for both you and your guests. Safety Girl is to your rescue with these simple and easy-to-follow safety tips for party hosts.

  1. Don’t let your guests drive home after drinking. To prevent this from occurring, there are a few step you can take. First, make sure that each car of guests that arrives at your party has an appointed “designated driver.” Once you know who the designated drivers are, be sure these people don’t have anything to drink. As a backup plan, contact a local taxi company to offer rides home to any guests who may need a ride.
  2. Be sure to offer non-alcoholic beverages as an option for all guests. Not only will your designated drivers appreciate a beverage option other than water, but your other guests may also appreciate the gesture. A variety of sodas and sparkling waters, sparkling grape juice, or virgin cocktails are all great non-alcoholic options for New Year’s Eve parties.
  3. Use caution when preparing meats. Be sure not to let raw meat come in contact with other foods. Cook meats thoroughly; when serving, don’t let meat sit out for more than two or three hours to prevent food-borne illness.
  4. Keep cold foods cold. If serving dips, and especially dairy- or meat-based appetizers, be sure they are kept refrigerated until serving and only keep them out for two or three hours to prevent bacteria from growing.
  5. Practice simple hygiene tips when serving foods. Be sure to have serving utensils out for all dishes that you serve. Toothpicks stuck in appetizers can prevent guests from picking up finger foods with bare hands, too. Be sure to have plenty of napkins and cutlery out for guests.

Holiday Home Safety Tips

The holidays are a time for celebrating and enjoying the company of family and friends, but they are also a time of increased crime, notably theft, burglaries, and break-ins. Keep your home safe for the holidays this year with these simple tips.

  1. Lock your doors. Locking your doors even when you are home is one of the easiest ways to prevent holiday crime. Be sure to lock all windows and doors when you leave your house, too, even if you’re only leaving for a few minutes.
  2. Install an alarm system and activate it whenever you leave your home. If an alarm system isn’t in your budget, consider a Home Defense Pepper Spray from Safety Girl’s website.
  3. If you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time, arrange for a neighbor or friend to check on your house, take in your newspaper and mail, and shovel your driveway.
  4. Install light timers near windows to give the appearance that someone is home. Consider keeping your TV on a time when you’re away as well.
  5. Keep valuables, such as electronics and gift displays out of sight, especially if you’re leaving town. Be sure to dispose of or store boxes from gifts, as well.
  6. Install motion-sensing lights around your house. Crimes are less likely to occur in well-lit areas, so keeping lights around your house–especially those that turn on in response to movement–will deter criminals from breaking in.
  7. Create an inventory of your valuables, including the make, model and serial numbers, and have photographs of them, too. Valuable should include electronics and jewelry. Keep the inventory in a safe place, preferably out of your house.