Living in a Skyscraper is Safer Than Living in a House

Skyscrapers are now built with a special staircase specifically for firefighters. 

It’s never just a fire if it’s in a skyscraper, is it? It has to be an inferno.

Skyscrapers might represent the height of lavishness and offer incredible views, but they’re death traps all the same.

Except that they’re not, really. Not anymore. With every inferno, earthquake and terrorist attack over the last half-century, every new landmark architectural brief, building technology has got better and better. Though comparisons to 70s disaster films are expected, high rise no longer needs to be seen as a shrine to all the bullshit in the world since the design has come to the rescue.

Today’s tall buildings aren’t just silhouetting on the skyline. They have scenery far beyond their panoramic views. This is excellent since with rising urbanization, and the rise of the megacity, plenty of us will probably end up living in one.

Bad by design

When it comes to skyscrapers, a design disaster has been the father of invention. It’s due to horrific earthquakes in Japan and San Francisco that in any quake today, the 25th floor of a modern skyscraper is one of the safest places to be. While the building sways instead of collapsing, you will be very safe from falling debris and stampedes of scared people in the street.

Since 9/11, engineers and architects have worked harder than ever to enhance fire safety and evacuation possibilities. Where one of the issues in tall buildings has been firefighter access, whose hoses will usually only reach 50ft, this is now a huge consideration in any new skyscraper building project.

The new Freedom Tower, on the site just north of the Twin Towers, has a staircase for emergency crews. Protected and pressurized by 3ft. concrete walls, it runs through the very heart of the building, guaranteeing firefighters have access enough to handle the flames in good time.



Ways to Tell if Your Nail Salon is Safe and Sanitary

How do you know if the nail salon you’re going too is safe and sanitary? 

Do you like to get manicures and pedicures but are very skeptical about where to go? Are you really cautious about catching possible diseases from other folks, and want to be absolutely sure that your nail salon takes extreme care to be germ-free and clean? Keep reading on how to be sure of a salon’s sanitation.

Check the general area. When going into a nail salon for the first time, look around and take notice of how immaculately clean the space is. If corners, bathrooms, and storage areas are organized and clean, this is a good sign.

Look at the tools used. Are the nail implements washed properly after each use? This includes changing towels after every client. Metal implements must be sterilized in a surgical autoclave and wood sticks and files must be thrown out after every single client.

Check for disinfecting capacity. After every nail implement is washed, is it put in a disinfectant solution? Barbicide and likewise chemicals are efficient for sterilizing tools and pedicure rubs.

Be aware of your nail tech’s sanitation habits. Does she or he wash their hands with antibacterial soap, or use a hand sanitizer like Purell? Sanitizing both her hands and yours before a manicure can diminish the number of bacteria on your skin that can later be infectious.

After cleaning implements with a disinfectant solution, does she dry them with a clean towel?

What other types of sterilizers do the nail salon use? Does it use steam autoclaves, UV light, or soaking solutions?

Are the foot baths or nail tables sanitized after every session? In between each client, pedicure tubs should undergo a 15-minute sterilizing cycle in which they are filled with sanitizer or other eco-green chemicals and the jets are cut on. If you are seated in a pedicure chair immediately after another client, without the tub being sanitized, you should leave ASAP.




Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe During Halloween (Part II)

Keeping our kids safe on Halloween is our number one priority.

Of course, you want your children to have a really fun night. But like most parents, you’re probably worried about their safety. Keep reading! From infants to teenagers, below is the maximum checklist for keeping your kids safe during Halloween.

Refresher course on street smarts
The thrill of Halloween, linked with the inevitable sugar rush, can make even the most cautious child forget to look both ways before crossing the street. Regardless if you’re accompanying your children or they are old enough to trick-or-treat with you, parents must review safety skills with their children before letting their costumed little ones go out for the night.

Teach your little ones to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of cars. Also, remind them to follow all traffic laws, cross at designated crosswalks, stay on the sidewalks and obey pedestrian signals at traffic lights. Don’t forget: Drivers aren’t the only ones who can be distracted by texting. Young people must keep phone usage to a minimum in order to stay aware and alert of their surroundings.

Stop costume catastrophes
Minor bruises and bumps and more serious falls can be hindered with some costume common sense. All children’s costumes must fit correctly and be flame retardant. Put a hem in princess gowns and pirate pants so your little one won’t trip. Pick accessories that don’t block your child’s vision and consider swapping the superhero mask for non-toxic face paint.

Oversized or fancy footwear can cause tumbles. Your little one should be wearing comfortable sneakers.  Finally, props, such as toy swords or wands, must be pliable and soft in order to avoid unintentional scratches and pokes. If you’re looking for a photo op with your little in full Halloween gear, get the picture before trick-or-treating starts, then leave the less practical costume pieces at home.