Be Safe!: Simple Strategies for Death-Free Living

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Quirk Books, 2004 - Humor - 128 pages
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We all know that life is full of hidden dangers -- but what are you doing to avoid them? Do you know the safest lane on a highway? The best way to defrost meat? The cleanest stall in a public restroom?
Be Safe! is your road map to navigating the perils of everyday life. You'll discover that June is the safest time to get elective surgery (it's the month before the new class of medical residents arrive). You'll also learn that Friday morning is the most dangerous time to go to the bank (historically, it's when most bank robberies occur). Author Melissa Heckscher even explains why tuna is the safest kind of sushi (this deep-water fish doesn't contain worms that thrive in warmer temperatures).
The perfect gift for a paranoid friend, Be Safe! will make you a stranger to danger!
  

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Dude, how much would it stink if you died right now? If you, like, got whacked in the head by a foul ball at a Yankee game? Or if you ate too many apples, cherries and peaches, and OD'd on pesticides ... Read full review

Contents

Around the House What Is the Safest 14 Position for TV Watching?
14
Number of Appliances to Plug into an Extension Cord?
15
Kind of Landline Phone?
16
Position for Sleeping?
17
Height to Climb a Ladder?
18
Way to Hammer a Nail?
19
Way to Get Paint off Your Hands?
20
Way to Protect Your Home Against Burglary?
21
Kind of Fireworks?
70
Amusement Park Ride?
71
Travel and the Great Outdoors What Is the Safest
72
7A Kind of Hotel?
74
Room in a Hotel?
75
Way to Sleep in a Motel Bed?
76
Place to Pitch a Tent?
77
Way to Swim in the Ocean?
78

Way to Get Rid of Roaches?
22
Way to Get Rid of Backyard Pests?
23
In the Kitchen What Is the Safest
24
Temperature at Which to Set Your Refrigerator?
26
Amount of Time to Keep Leftovers in the Refrigerator?
27
Amount of Time to Let Food Sit on the Counter?
29
Amount of Time to Store Canned Foods?
30
Way to Clean the Kitchen Counter?
31
Amount of Time to Keep a Sponge?
32
Kind of Cutting Board?
33
Food and Drink What Is the Safest
34
Way to Defrost Meat?
36
Way to Cook a Hamburger?
39
Kind of Raw Fish?
40
Kind of Fruit?
42
Kind of Bottled Water?
44
Way to Drink from a Soda Can?
45
Amount of Caffeine to Allow in Your Diet?
46
Artificial Sweetener?
48
In the Bathroom What Is the Safest
49
Way to Bathe?
52
Way to Wash Your Hands?
53
Place to Store Your Toothbrush?
54
Number of Times to Use a Disposable Razor?
55
Way to Color Your Hair?
56
Mans Best Friend What Is the Safest 58 Way to Meet a Dog?
58
Kind of OvertheCounter Pain Reliever to Give a Dog?
60
Sports and Entertainment What Is the Safest
61
Spectator Professional Sport?
64
Seat at a MajorLeague Baseball Game?
65
Seat at a Professional Hockey Game?
66
Seat at an Auto Race?
67
Piece of Gym Equipment?
68
Seat at a Concert?
69
City in the United States?
79
City for Air Quality in the United States?
81
Place When Outdoors During a Lightning Storm?
82
Place When Indoors During a Lightning Storm?
83
Place to Be During a Tornado?
84
Planes Trains and Automobiles What Is the Safest
86
Kind of Flight to Take?
88
Kind of Plane?
89
Location on a Plane?
90
Form of Mass Transit?
91
Car on a Train?
92
Type of Car to Drive?
93
Seat in a Car?
94
Driving Lane?
95
Color Car to Drive?
97
Place to Pull Over When Stopped by an Unmarked Police Car?
98
Place to Park in a Parking Garage?
99
Everyday Safety What Is the Safest
100
Time to Go to the Bank?
102
Bank Location?
103
ATM Location?
104
Time to See a Friend Who Has the Flu?
105
Kind of Pain Reliever?
106
Temperature for a Hot Tub?
107
Amount of Time to Sit in a Sauna?
108
Stall in a Public Restroom?
109
Way to Sit on a Public Toilet?
110
Way to Dry Your Hands in a Public Restroom?
111
Part of the Body for Piercing?
112
Month to Get Elective Surgery?
113
Way to Talk on a Cell Phone?
114
Sources
115
Acknowledgments
128
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Melissa Heckscher is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in several newspapers, magazines, and television shows, including The Daily Breeze, The Times Picayune, The Monterey Herald, Entertainment Weekly, and New York 1 News. She lives in San Francisco.

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