7 safety apps and gadgets
Stay cool—and safe
Enjoying time and activities outdoors comes with some risks. Luckily, there’s a load of high-tech products to help you avoid mishaps while biking, hiking, swimming and hitting amusement parks. Read on for the top danger deflectors.
-- By Alexandra Gekas
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Sometimes the sun can be deceptively strong, and sunburn can strike if you’re not careful with the sunscreen. To save your family’s skin, use the SunMate UV ray detector, which tips you off about UV-ray intensity so you can skedaddle to shade. Since it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or a purse, it won’t bog you down when you’re out and about. SunMate, $9.99; PurelyProducts.com
Breathe a little easier the next time you’re walking alone at night. With StreetSafe, a mobile safety service, a panic button and GPS tracker allow you to discreetly send police to your exact location if you feel unsafe. You can even talk with a live safety advisor until you reach your destination. StreetSafe, $19.99/month if you opt for a month-to-month plan, or $12.50/month for a one-year plan. Get 25% off any plan with WD discount code WDSAFE; StreetSafe.com.
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Always be prepared
This American Red Cross S.O.S. app will help you in almost any emergency: There’s step-by-step narration by Dr. Oz and follow-along demonstrations to perform CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver and more. It also has a 9-1-1 feature that auto-launches a map to pinpoint your location for you to share with the dispatcher. To be alerted when the updated app is ready for download in June, text GETFIRST to 90999. Red Cross S.O.S. Emergency Support, free; RedCross.org.
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In the Army now
Who better than the American military to prepare you in case you ever get stuck in the wilderness? The U.S. Army’s field manual may just be the most authoritative guide on survival out there. This iPhone/iPad app offers tips on first aid, tying knots, finding shelter, dealing with dangerous animals and more. So whatever predicament you find yourself in, you’ll be ready. Army Survival for iPhone/iPad, $.99; iTunes.Apple.com.
Whether you’re headed to the pool or the beach, teaching your kids about swimming safety is vital. Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, an audio book and app,makes a great first guide. It teaches children ages two through six how to be safe near water with interactive animations, sound effects, a memory game and sing-along. Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, free; StewietheDuck.com.
It can be a real challenge to keep track of little ones in summer-fun spots like amusement parks, the public pool and the beach. This Toddler Tag Child Locator, an unobtrusive device that attaches to your kid’s clothing or backpack, lets you track him up to 150 feet. In fact, if your wee one wanders away from you, just press the button on your receiver and his unit will beep loudly enough for you to find him. Toddler Tag Child Locator, $29.95 with WD discount code TTAG10; BrickHousesSecurity.com.
As plants come back to life in warm weather, the threat of your pet getting into something poisonous soars. To be sure you purge potential dangers, download Petoxins, the poisonous plant app from the ASPCA. Not only will you learn which toxic plants can be found in your backyard and around your property, but you’ll also find out which blooms to avoid bringing into your home. And at the touch of a button, you can be connected to the Animal Poison Control Center. Petoxins, $2.99; ASPCA.org.