Have you finished your holiday gift shopping? Maybe just getting started? The safety experts at Public Safety and Institutional Assurance at IU have some great gift ideas for under the tree, stuffed into stockings or for some well-deserved self-care.
For those on the move
Emergency Management and Continuity staff and the IUPD campus chiefs were big on emergency kits for vehicles to keep their commuting students and staff safe this winter. You can put one together for yourself or your loved ones or buy one already assembled (example). They usually include jumper cables, tire sealant and inflator, a flashlight, poncho, safety vest, duct tape, screwdriver and some first aid supplies. Non-perishable food, water and a blanket are good to include, too.
- Vehicle escape tool. Recommended by several of our experts, these tools (example) can cut seatbelts and break windows. It's important to keep these tools within arms' reach.
- Portable battery charger. A nifty item suggested by several experts combines jumper cables with a compact battery charger (example); Some versions include flashlights and can charge digital devices, as well (example).
- Protect IU. Visit our website for more emergency kit details.
- Cyclists and pedestrians. Other suggestions for active Hoosiers include LED lights for runners or walkers, bicycle helmets that are CPSC, ASTM or Snell-certified, and U-lock or cable bicycle locks.
For the fan
Clear plastic bag policies have been adopted for large venues and events across the country -- and as of fall semester, at IU Bloomington. Gallon storage bags suffice but there are more stylish and durable options for your sports or music fan. Check out the new policy.
For better online security
A colleague from the University Information Security Office suggested a license for a password manager. These vaults can beef up online security by creating tougher passwords and making it easier for people to keep track of multiple passwords. They can also help prevent you from accidentally entering credentials into phishing sites.
For the home
Environmental Health and Safety experts say food thermometers make great gifts because they help prevent illnesses resulting from improperly cooked food. They recommend a digital thermometer with National Sanitation Foundation certification (example). Here's a chart for food temperatures.
- Cleaner water. Other ideas include water filters with activated carbon, which will remove contaminants like mercury, cadmium, copper, chlorine and in some cases lead and disinfection byproducts (example).
- Local veggies. On the pricier side, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription would be a good option for the health conscious. These programs provide weekly supplies of produce (sometimes eggs) from local farms.
- Public safety enthusiasts. The Control of Communicable Diseases Manual would be good for those "obsessed with infectious disease." Non-profits such as UNICEF offer opportunities to buy vaccinations, mosquito bed nets and other public health items for populations in need.
- When there's smoke. No list would be complete without smoke detectors. Also consider flameless candles -- they look great without the fire risk.
Consider chemical lights (glow sticks), box of bandages, flashlights, vacuum-sealed water bottles, USB power packs, and a box of matches and candle.
Public Safety and Institutional Assurance falls under the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO.