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Preventing a kid and his grandfather alone on a boat, without insult

My 75 year old dad is not as sharp as he used to be (recent example inside). However, he still has a motor boat that he takes out on the water (Long Island Sound) when he's up north for the summer. The problem: he continues to want to take my seven year old son out on the boat with him -- just the two of them. How can I make sure that I or my husband always accompany my son on the boat, without insulting dad's competence? [more inside]
posted by misoramen on Jun 24, 2016 - 28 answers

Late 30yr Little Person keep getting hit by Married (fetish) men. Advice

My case is very similar to this woman's story. Otherwise I feel I'm at my wits end regarding this issue. Would appreciate thoughtful answers, as I've asked this in other forums and have gotten some of the jealous lot who say I must be a flirt, I must dress sexy, I'm a hoe, etc. -- which all are not true and are really the opposite. I have strict rules of having male friends to only past work colleagues, classmates and social circles. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jun 17, 2016 - 16 answers

Toddler Safety at a Lakefront Vacation Rental House

Please suggest tips and gear for keeping an active toddler safe for a week's vacation at a lakefront rental house. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 16, 2016 - 35 answers

Sex ed and self defense for a recent high school graduate

My younger sister just graduate from high school this year and will be attending a local university in the fall. Although I won't be far away, I'd like to give her some practical graduation gifts. The incidents of campus assault and rape have worried me for some time and I want her to be prepared. [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 on Jun 13, 2016 - 31 answers

Can I use this bulb in this lamp?

I have a lamp. The socket is marked "660W", but the outer part of the lamp says not to go over 60W. I used a 250W infrared bulb in the lamp for a few hours with no problem. Is it safe to continue doing so? Is it even safe to use a normal 60W bulb?
posted by gray17 on May 27, 2016 - 7 answers

How to deal with bumping into a stalker-y former friend in public?

Soon, I'll be face-to-face with a former friend who's been harassing me. What are some things I can say/ do to get out of there, while also keeping the public 'scene' to a minimum? [more inside]
posted by (F)utility on May 3, 2016 - 21 answers

Bay Area beaches: out to murder me or what?

When and where in the SF Bay Area can I safely boogie board? Are there safer beaches? Safer tides? I see scary reports of several drownings a year, and it seems like all the beaches say, "Hazardous rip currents, if you go swimming you're an idiot." Baker Beach and Ocean beach don't seem especially hazardous to me, but the conventional wisdom is that they aren't safe for swimming. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Apr 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Bookcase in corner?

I have a bookcase in the corner of my room. I want to replace it with a taller one. Is there a safe way to anchor it given that it's not against a flat wall? Do I need to anchor it at all? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Mar 28, 2016 - 20 answers

How to protect young, female employees out in the field?

(Opening a new business) how do I protect young employees that I will be sending into stranger's homes? How are real estate agents protecting themselves these days? My question is about screening clients and possibly live-streaming the actual meet-up. [more inside]
posted by cda on Mar 11, 2016 - 20 answers

Is the IMMI GO kids carseat any good?

The IMMI GO looks interesting, since it also looks semi-portable for travelling, but doesn't yet have IIHS ratings. The seat is only available through the website, so it has no user reviews on Amazon. Does anyone have personal experience with this seat? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Would a DIY fabric cable management sleeve be flammable?

I'd like to sew a version of this Amazon Cable Management Sleeve for my home office in a fabric that matches my decor. Would a loose-fitting cotton or polyester sleeve for 5-10 computer cords be flammable or dangerous? Do I need to get a different type of fabric or scrap the idea altogether?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Traveling to Managua for work, any tips and/or advice?

I got stuck with a work trip to Nicaragua, and have to admit that I'm a little concerned about the safety aspect among other things. Any tips or advice to stay safe and not worry so much? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Feb 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me find a replacement power cable for my receiver

I have a Marantz receiver that uses a C17/18 power cable. I just got a new media cabinet and it is shallow enough that the door will not close due to the clearance required for the reciver's power cable. I would like to find a replacement cable with a right angle at the female end. Please help! [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on Feb 26, 2016 - 7 answers

YASTE (... Safe to eat?)

I have left over slices of abs fab BBQ beef brisket from Franklin's BBQ in Austin, TX. It will have been at room temp for 12-16 hours, wrapped in plastic. I dearly want to eat this ... dare I?
posted by cameradv on Feb 20, 2016 - 38 answers

Crushed AA battery. How do I handle?

Workmen just came to my new apartment to remove a broken washing machine. After they left, I found a crushed AA battery where the machine was left. I have no idea how old it was or if they crushed it moving the washer. There was liquid on the floor, but that could have been from disconnecting the washer. How do I clean this up safely? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Feb 5, 2016 - 7 answers

I want a Pelican, Puffin, Toucan, or even just a Zebra in Miami

My wife and I recently moved to Miami, Florida, having previously lived in more pedestrian-oriented cities. We've learned that many people view driving here as a free-for-all, with little regard for rules, responsibility, or merely trying not to kill anyone. I don't expect to single-handedly change this culture, but I would like drivers to have better awareness of one pedestrian crossing in particular and for cars to actually stop when people are walking in it. What are the things I can do to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by theory on Feb 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Driving alone in the Yucatan. Difficulty level: 35-ish woman

I've done my research and had concluded that driving around the Yucatan with my husband would be safe - only now circumstances have changed and I'm alone. Should I still do it? Bonus points for other things a slightly morose woman could do around Cancun to lift her spirits. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Jan 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Small Business Internet Safety

Hey all. I'm looking for advice as well a good novice level resources to beef up the IT security at my workplace regarding use of the internet. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Right turns and u turns

It occurred to me if you're making a right turn from, say, a parking lot, you would be in obvious conflict with someone in the left turn lane who decides to make a u turn (which you would have no way of knowing beforehand). When you're making a right on red or from a parking lot, do you usually wait for the left turn lane to be clear of cars? Or is that overkill? I never see people taking that precaution and I think lots of honking would result if you did.
posted by theshire on Jan 9, 2016 - 23 answers

Will my stash stay safe?

Will TSA confiscate my emergency pain med pill box? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jan 6, 2016 - 29 answers

Skiing Safety and call-for-help necklaces

Is there something like a call-for-help necklace that isn't tied to a specific location? If not, what are some ways to ensure the safety of skiers? [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on Dec 28, 2015 - 11 answers

New mommy help - door safety edition

Baby Grr is soon going to be crawling (yay) and my Google-fu is failing me for door safety as I am not really sure what I am looking for. On my main floor there is a door to the basement which needs to be open at least partially for the cats to get to their litter boxes, but obviously can't be open all the way with a little mover scooting around. Is there a product that will lock the door partially open?
posted by MandaSayGrr on Dec 18, 2015 - 34 answers

Left turns from side streets and parking lots

I know it's not safe to make a left in front of a car that has stopped for you, or in front of backed up traffic, when entering the main road from a side street or parking lot since they are blocking your view. But that made me wonder about when there is cross hatching on the road specifically indicating to keep the intersection clear, and the backed up traffic is obeying those instructions. Will you turn left in such a situation? Or is that still unsafe? I have a hard time drawing the line between safe driving and just being a timid driver sometimes.
posted by theshire on Dec 13, 2015 - 5 answers

How do you keep your cat inside (front door edition)?

Pretty simple question: how do you keep your cat(s) from darting out the front door when you leave/come home? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 4, 2015 - 34 answers

Should I cook this?

Turkey defrosted for Thanksgiving. Sat in the fridge until yesterday, when it was re-frozen. If it safe to cook and eat? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Need apt ventilation while keeping kittens safe.

We live on the third floor of an apartment complex, we have kittens, we need to ventilate the apartment without jeopardizing the safety of the kittens; help us solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2015 - 10 answers

How to handle my anxiety on "active shooter" drills at school?

So, my daughter's daycare/pre-school is doing a "safety awareness" week. Yesterday was fire safety, there was a firetruck there, the kids practiced what to do in an emergency. Today it's earthquake safety. Tomorrow, it's "Silent Evacuation / Active Shooter." This is causing me some intense anxiety. I haven't done a whole lot to prepare my four-year-old for the fact that if someone in her community has access to firearms and they feel upset that they might try to murder all the teachers and students. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Oct 27, 2015 - 22 answers

Can I Eat This? Creamy Pork Stew Edition

Last night I made this recipe for a creamy pork shoulder stew (which was delicious). Everything was thoroughly cooked as it was simmering for probably 1.5+ hours. I put the leftovers in a covered (but not sealed) container and forgot to put it in the fridge. I just found it this morning, so it was sitting out for about 12 hours. Can I eat this? I was thinking I could throw everything in a pot and boil it again, or perhaps microwave it.
posted by gumtree on Oct 25, 2015 - 24 answers

Should I take this job?

After deciding to leave my current job that has grown to be a toxic, stressful environment which is exacerbating my mental health issues, I finally have a job offer that I am excited about! But I'm on the fence as to whether or not it's worth making the jump for - if these concerns are legitimate or if it's my anxiety holding me back from a great opportunity. Please help me decide the most appropriate course of action. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Oct 25, 2015 - 11 answers

What to do about someone with a cavalier attitude towards child safety?

We are friends with a family that has a daughter the same age as mine. On a recent visit, my daughter told me that the father offered to leave her and her friend (both 10 y.o.) at home alone while he went to pick up his wife. My daughter didn't want to be left alone, so he had them hide between two of the van seats as he drove to pick up his wife to play a "joke" on her. I am not ok with either of these things. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Oct 25, 2015 - 35 answers

Notes Left at Theater Set Off Spider Sense

I work at a theater. Troubling notes taped to outer wall lead to troubling, rage-filled social media presence of the isolated male signatory. Unsure what action, if any, to take in this situation but given recent events, I'm pretty freaked out. Hoping someone smart can help. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Oct 8, 2015 - 38 answers

Help My Trans Friends Be Safe At My Show

I've invited my trans friend to see my band play a party, but I am having anxiety about helping her be safe. What's should I do to make my party a safer space for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2015 - 25 answers

Can I Eat It Filter: Sweet apricot kernels

My father bought a box of four mooncakes, the five-kernel type, containing mostly cashew nuts, but also sweet apricot kernels. Is this okay to eat? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Oct 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Desiccant Food Safety

The internet seems to say that silica gel is safe to use in a food context. I have a jar of sugar that's pretty lumpy. Is there any concern about placing a desiccant packet in the jar for a while? Note that this packet did not come with a food item.
posted by Phredward on Oct 4, 2015 - 16 answers

Mixed company: adults + babies

I'm going to be throwing a party soon & many of my friends have babies or toddlers. What can I have on hand to entertain babies and toddlers? [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Oct 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using?

Which power tools should you wear gloves when using and which should you not?
posted by Infernarl on Sep 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me bounce back from a (non-violent) mugging

I was mugged on my way home 2 nights ago. I wasn't hurt, but presumably that's because the attackers were only interested in my iphone and ipod, which they took. I'm relatively new to my neighborhood and have never been the victim of crime before, despite my 20 years in NYC. Have you? What did you do/not do in order to move past the incident and stay safe? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Sep 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Roller Skating with the Least Chance of Death?

Hi! I've just spent way too much time (about 4 hours) online trying to learn which type of skating will hurt less. All information, including this thread, has only told me preferences regarding style and speed, not what will make me go boom less. I care not about speed, performance or dancing in them, only if they can get me to work (much downhill) without dying. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Is air travel safer than it was 5 years ago?

What advancements/improvements, technological or otherwise, have been made over the last 5 years to make commercial air travel safer? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Sep 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it safe to leave the oven on while unattended?

My husband believes it is safe to leave the house with the (electric) oven on. Maybe not 100% safe, but no less safe than leaving the house with any electrical appliances plugged in. I am not so sure, and I am failing to find any reliable information online. Please resolve this disagreement: how unsafe is it to leave the house with the oven going? [more inside]
posted by meese on Sep 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Drinking and swimming

In the movies, you sometimes see people jumping into a pool on a hot day and drinking the water. Where is this possible in the world? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Aug 26, 2015 - 26 answers

If your plane is crashing is there anything you can do to save yourself?

I travel a lot and I often wonder if you know your plane is going down is there anything you can do to save yourself. For example, could you turn the spare liferaft into a parachute? Or would it be better to try to move to the back? Assume the plane can't be saved. What would mcgiver do?
posted by gwen1234 on Jul 30, 2015 - 32 answers

Why aren't gun stores held liable?

This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommendation for a safety razor for leg-shaving?

If you're a woman and use a metal-handle, old-fashioned safety razor for shaving your legs, give me your recs! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Can pregnancy and an art studio mix?

I recently learned I was pregnant. Just before that, I put down a deposit on a rented workspace. Artists work in adjacent spaces, using paint, pens, etc. The place does not actually smell fume-y. Should I be worried about safety? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Can I safely include once musty-smelling labels in my label collection?

I have a collection of unused labels (ca. 1830 on), which I store in archival-quality sheets with mostly top-loading pockets. I just purchased about 40 labels that were taken from a printer’s archive. The labels are spotless and appear to be in perfect condition, but they smell musty. They are not moist and do not show any water stains. [more inside]
posted by kirsti on Jun 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Cat collar recommendations - Looking for FUNCTIONAL, not fashionable.

We need to purchase a new collar for our cat. Concerns over previous collar and new collar requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jun 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Best practices: floatation devices for learning to swim

An expert in children's motor-skills development suggested that I get my kid to try swimming by using a floatation vest. Nonswimmers should use real life vests for boating or other times when they might fall in the water unexpectedly. However, I thought that using a floatation device for just playing around in the pool would make it harder for kids to learn to swim because they hold kids in the wrong position thus causing bad habits, and inspire them do riskier things due to their feeling invulnerable. [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Jun 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Preventing elderly guests with poor vision from falling down stairs

My family has a summer house with a steep, poorly lit stairway to the basement. The top exits into the kitchen. There is a door that is normally kept closed at the top, and guests other than children rarely need to go down these stairs. So, what's the problem? Recently, a family friend with a similar setup had their elderly friend tumble down such stairs (presumably confusing it with the bathroom), and were badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. We have lots of elderly friends/family/neighbors that regularly come over. So... [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jun 21, 2015 - 23 answers

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Jun 13, 2015 - 14 answers

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