PERSONAL AND FAMILY SAFETY by Nancy Z. Olson

PERSONAL AND FAMILY SAFETY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Do you use slip-resistant floor wax? keep a list of emergency numbers near each telephone? take out your key before you reach the front door? This fourth manual from the Preventive Medicine Institute/Strang Clinic follows the format of the others (which makes integrating the information and acting on it easier), providing self-assessment questions and short paragraphs on recommended safety and crime prevention measures at home, at work, and at play. Like Corbin's Nutrition (p. 1490), Halper's How to Stop Smoking (p. 1494), and Halper & Neiger's Physical Fitness (p. 1495), this concentrates on core topics--wiring, medicine chests, vacation safeguards--giving basic facts quickly and then moving on. Once in a while the advice is too cursory. For example, the admonition to never leave a child unattended in the bathtub gives no upper age limit. And the kitchen section, which correctly covers dangerous substances and rickety pot handles, neglects to mention how best to remove toast from a toaster. But the advice for bicyclists, women pedestrians, drinking drivers, and playground users is sufficient, making this approach to behavioral change an invaluable first aid.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1980
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston