UL Safety Smart in Action

Safety Smart Around the Globe

Fire Prevention Month In Alaska

Governor Sean Parnell signed a proclamation announcing October 2010 as "Fire Prevention Month."

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Cleaner-burning Diesel Buses for Students

Students in Victoria are riding to school in cleaner-burning diesel buses. These clean-burning buses are helping to support the B.C. government's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020.

Family Thrift CentersDdonate Proceeds to the KID Foundation

Since 1984, the Family Thrift Centers have been donating a percentage of all proceeds to the KID Foundation, a Colorado public charity which is the fundraising arm of the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation. SPD refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or "sensory integration."

US Headquarters for Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

The US headquarters for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is located in Northbrook, IL. UL helps to make sure the products people buy operate the right way and are safe.

Greenland's Supplies Energy Through Hydropower.

Man's existence in Greenland has always been a struggle, the conditions varying from harsh to sometimes inhumanly harsh. Everything happens in an interplay with nature, the implacable and ever-present friend and foe. Man has been the small player, but has always managed to cope with the impossible by adjusting, adapting, changing, inventing. The virtually inexhaustible supplies of energy from hydropower, obtained from fresh water lakes on the inland ice, means that Greenland can supply energy-demanding industry with green industry.

Safe School Transportation Prototypes in Uruguay.

A Safe School Transportation prototype vehicle is being developed for Uruguayan children.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Denmark Provides Clean Drinking Water.

Thanks to support from Denmark, almost a million people from the poorest villages in the parches West African state of Burkina Faso now have clean drinking water from drilled wells.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Rehabilitation of Water Points and Sanitary Facilities in Zimbabwe.

"Reliable access to a safe water supply and sanitation and hygiene facilities for up to 500,000 people and 200,000 school children are being provided through the drilling of boreholes and the rehabilitation of water points and sanitary facilities.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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School Resumes for Ethiopian Children Affected by Drought, Flood and Conflict.

An estimated 220,000 children who have dropped out of school because of drought, flood and conflict are resuming their schooling at either newly constructed temporary learning spaces or rehabilitated schools.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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The First National Museum Dedicated to Design.

Located in the city of Holon, south of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Design Museum Holon is the first national museum dedicated to design. The building has been designed to form a new educational and cultural hub for Israel.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Children use Computerized Laboratory Bags to Replace Textbooks with Ebooks.

To help develop technical capabilities and make learning enjoyable, children from primary to high school use Computerized Laboratory Bags which basically replaces textbooks with ebooks.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Norway's Support of Education in the Event of an Emergency.

Norway invests in children and their futures by providing funds for increasing children's access to quality learning, and ensuring that education is restored as quickly as possible after an emergency.

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Habitat for Humanity partners with the International Indian Film Academy.

To symbolize the peace and reconciliation process, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is partnering with the International Indian Film Academy to build 100 homes.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Global Children International Program in Cambodia.

The Global Children International Program teaches Cambodian orphaned children about their culture through their Performing Arts Project. Children study traditional Mahowry music and Apsara dance of their Khmer culture.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Yellow River - China

China Youth Development Foundation's Mother River Protection Project plants trees along the Yellow River in an effort to help preserve China's ecological environment.

Our Safety Smart educational program is currently activated in 25+ countries around the world through a variety of innovative programs. We work with schools, community leaders, governing bodies, private and not-for-profit organizations and many more to share our educational content with millions of kids and educators.

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Want to Stay Warm in Winter? Think Cold

Winter in many places means ice skating, sledding and snowball fights. But unless someone is prepared, outdoor fun can also mean frostbite and hypothermia. Today we talk about how to stay warm, dry and safe.

Frostbite is damage that happens when skin is exposed to extreme cold for too long. It mainly happens on the hands, feet, nose and ears. People with minor cases of frostbite that affect only the skin may not suffer any permanent damage. But if deeper tissue is affected, a person is likely to feel pain every time the area gets cold.

If blood vessels are damaged, people can suffer an infection, gangrene. Sometimes, doctors have to remove frostbitten areas like fingers and toes. Hypothermia happens when the body cannot produce as much heat as it loses. The condition comes on slowly. Signs include uncontrollable shaking, unusually slow breathing and difficulty thinking clearly. If not treated, hypothermia can be deadly. The best way to avoid cold-related injuries is to be prepared for the outdoors. Here is a simple way to remember four basic steps to staying warm. Think of COLD -- C.O.L.D. The C stands for cover. Wear a hat and scarf to keep heat from escaping through the head, neck and ears. And wear mittens instead of gloves. Gloves may not keep hands as warm because they separate the fingers.

The O stands for overexertion. Avoid activities that will make you sweaty. Wet clothes and cold weather are a bad mix.

L is for layers. Wearing loose, lightweight clothes, one layer on top of another, is better than a single heavy layer of clothing. Also, make sure outerwear is made of water resistant and tightly knit material.

Can you guess what the D in COLD stands for? D is for dry. In other words, stay as dry as possible. Pay attention to the places where snow can enter, like the tops of boots, the necks of coats and the wrist areas of mittens. And a couple of other things to keep in mind, one for children and the other for adults. Eating snow might be fun but it lowers the body's temperature. And drinking alcohol might make a person feel warm, but what it really does is weaken the body?s ability to hold heat. Next week, experts talk about what to do, and not to do, to help someone injured by extreme cold.

And that's the VOA Special English Report, written by Caty Weaver. For more health news, along with transcripts and MP3s of our reports, go to voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Faith Lapidus. Reference: VOA Special English Health Report; VOAnews.com.

Safety Smart outreach SW Wisconsin

UL Safety Smart Ambassador Tyler Gitter teamed up with the SWWBIA (South Western WI Building Inspectors Association) to share fire safety messages at a local Home Depot. Through a joint venture, the SWWBIA and SWWEIA (South Western WI Electrical Inspectors Association) have put together a complete building wall that was set up in the parking lot. It was amazing and definitely an eye catcher.

Parents and kids came over and I would show them how to use a fire extinguisher as if the building wall was on fire. There was a dad that came with his 3 young boys and they all raced against each other switching out the batteries in the CO detector and smoke alarms. A volunteer fireman with his son came over and after words mentioned he really appreciated the fire escape plan handouts and showing the kids how to use a fire extinguisher. Kid's loved the safety smart® awareness wrist bands.

I had a wonderful time, I couldn't have imagined the smiles on some of the kids at the thought of getting to hold and squeeze a fire extinguisher.

Safety Smart children Go Green!

UL Safety Smart Ambassadors Shirley Shao and Yani Chang visited Shanghai Pinghe Bi-Lingual School and taught two sessions of Wild About Safety Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart Goes Green! in G1 international stream. The teachers appreciated very much this excellent opportunity allocating two official science class times for us to share the safety lessons with the forty five students.

Shirley shared her experience. 'The video was so well designed that the kids immediately got the messages after watching it. The games easily got the kids to be engaged and made them think, share and learn via playing. The most unforgettable moment came when I asked the kids to hold their pals' hands and tell him/her one thing they will do in the future to help make the environment clean. They were so pure-hearted when they held each other's hands and looked at each other's eyes, telling 'I will use a fabric bag not plastic bag when I go shopping? I will donate my books to little kids? I will tell my dad no littering...' they are the seeds and they will spread the GREEN! It is such a great topic and lively way to teach kids how to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and no littering to make a clean environment to live.'

Safety Smart In Mexico

Jorge Sanchez as a new UL Safety Smart Ambassador presented Safety Smart About Fire! to the 2nd grade students at Juan Ignacio W. Covarrubias elementary school located in Nogales Sonora Mexico where one of my daughters is currently studying.

Safety Smart lessons continue in Korea

In Korea, Gyeseong Elementary School had conducted the program for 3 years since the last half of the year 2009. "Safety Smart is a good opportunity to get safety educations" said Jae-sun Lee, the teacher who is in charge of the overall school life. "1st and 2nd grade students who were educated last year had each gone a grade higher and this year the education had expanded to 3rd graders. Also, since the safety education is subdivided in to grade levels as well as the program is repeatedly operated, the education actually continues to real life" Lee added.

Students in 1st grade watched Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart At Home! animation discovering the importance of always being on the lookout for safety problems and learning the correct way to use electrical devices. Followed up with interactive safety activities the children showed how to be Safety Smart! Safety Ambassador Ms. Yang joined as the dual instructor for the Q and A session.

2nd and 3rd grade students watched Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart In The Water! animation learning about important 'water safety' lessons to be followed at beaches and swimming pools. Examples included being aware where the lifeguards are, rules for playing in water after a meal, wearing protective water devices, and others. The children easily answered detailed questions from the Safety Ambassador when called upon. "The quiz time was so much fun. I used to get in the pool after I was full after a meal and had neglected warming up exercises. But, now I'm definitely going to follow the safety rules" said Su-yun Choi (3rd grade).

In conclusion of each event, all students were presented with a Certificate of completion.

UL Safety Smart Ambassador Steve Margis said "Korean students are very active and enthusiastic. I hope the children could make a clean and safe world through this education."

Safety Smart lessons shared during National Engineers Week

Over the past few years, UL continues to take part in National Engineers week (NEW) program at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot in Orlando, FL. During the week professional and educational organizations collaborate to raise awareness of engineering's benefit to society and to promote education in math, science and technology. Pictured is UL President and CEO, Keith Williams sharing Safety Smart lessons with the children.

Safety Smart outreach in India

UL India organized and conducted a "Water Smart" program for their employees' children.

Children were invited to contribute safety lessons by writing a song, poem, story, drawing, painting, or a letter to UL to make our World - A Water Smart World.

Dr. TNVV Rao served as Safety Ambassador to lead an interactive classroom session on the topic of Water Conservation. The children learned lessons on water contamination, purification, conservation, water cycle and much more. To end the day, the children were exposed to a Lab session where they were asked to come forward with the water samples from their homes. They experienced firsthand the testing and results.

Steve Margis shares his thoughts on being a Safety Smart Ambassador

Having served as a Safety Smart Ambassador in a number of events now, it is very interesting to see the different perspectives that the kids have through the varying stages of the 'I am Safety Smart!' program.

In the introductory Safety Smart series with Timon & Pumbaa, (K - 3rd grade) the children's minds are opened to the idea of safety and how the actions they, and their family, take every day relate to creating a safe environment. With the middle school kids, (4th - 8th grade) they are engaged in an environment of safety experiments and thoroughly enjoy being hands on and inquisitive about techniques that can be implemented to further ensure a safe environment. They truly become Safety Smart Ambassadors in their own right.

I encourage others to take the time to take part in the rewarding experience of being a Safety Smart Ambassador. While many children are exposed to fire safety and public safety from our Fire and Police Departments, the 'I am Safety Smart!' program provides a truly unique exposure to the world of safety for our children. Please join myself and the rest of UL's Safety Smart Ambassador team in sharing this key message.

UL Japan Supports Science & Technology Students

By: Saiko Yamazaki
Team Leader
Communications Section (Marketing Dept.)

"Japan High School Science Championships" (JHSSC) is hosted by the Government's Science and Technology Institution - Japan Science and Technology Agency (Called JST) and sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. JST also serves as a strategic partner of the Science Olympiad in the US (http://www.soinc.org/). JHSSC was designed based on the Science Olympiad. 47 finalist teams from all over Japan, who had won the prefectural tournaments, participated in the national convention on March 23 and 24 at Hyogo Sports Center. The winning team obtains a chance to compete at the Science Olympiad National Tournament 2013, which will be held on May 17 and 18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Eiichi Negishi (Prof. at Purdue Univ. and a Nobel Prize Laureate) is an official supporter of this event.

This event aims at motivating high school students talented in the field of science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics, and information technology) to compete against each other in these various fields. "Co-operation" among team members is also highly encouraged from educational point of view. Under excellent teamwork, students challenged the written and practical exams such as lab experiment, computer programming, solar car development, etc. The winner of the competition is determined by each team's overall score which includes written and practical forms. All events require teamwork, group planning and cooperation among students.

UL Japan award and Hyogo Prefectural Governor Award were presented to Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba (Tokyo), the third prize winner of the total score. This team also marked the highest score in written exam.

UL Japan decided to become a partner of this event because, through the active participation of different enterprises the Japan Science and Technology Agency, aims to cultivate top-level science and technology students. UL Japan is thankful for the great support from UL's Public Safety Officer - Gus Schaefer and Global Manager of Corporate Citizenship, Jane Coen as we believe this CSR activity is closely related to "our mission."

You can see the following video (in Japanese) which introduces this event well. http://hyogoch.jp/channel/programview/id/861/

UL Safety Smart Advisors Mentor FIRST Students

Moriam (Mo) Raji and LaTanya Schwalb, both Senior Project Engineers at UL-Northbrook, attended the Bedford District First Robotics Competition (FRC) in Temperance, Michigan. The competition was held April 5-6, 2013. They were joined by Joe Horth, Dan Brooks, and Jeff Whalen, who also served as part of the team of Safety Advisors.

Their role as Safety Advisors was to coach and motivate participants, staff, and the public to practice safe behaviors to ensure an injury-free competition. We encouraged everyone to wear safety glasses, closed toe shoes, use proper lifting techniques, and be conscious of their surroundings.

When they met with each team's Safety Captain, they talked to them about their housekeeping – i.e. – how clean they keep their pits, how they handle accidents or incidents at the event, etc. They also reviewed the team's safety manuals, discussed with them about their community outreach and how they can continue to promote a safe environment while working with their peers or particularly young children.

This event was the second event at which they volunteered. Their first FIRST Robotics event was the Gull Lake District FRC in Richland, Michigan in March 2013!

When asked what was most enjoyable about their volunteer experience LaTanya and Mo echoed the same sentiment, "what we truly enjoyed about serving as Safety Advisors was the opportunity to mentor the Safety Captains; and we were impressed by the teens? creativity, teamwork, and enthusiasm."

LaTanya's favorite moment at the Bedford event when a Safety Captain she met in March found her on Thursday evening. "She found me and brought me over to look at her team's Safety Manual and showed me the changes she made based on our conversation in March. I was truly impressed by her initiative."

Mo enjoyed the enthusiasm of the young adults and their initiative to correct a safety concern immediately. "A young gentleman at the Bedford district received feedback from the Safety Advisor Team that some of his materials in his First Aid kit were expired. The gentleman took the initiative to go out after the pits closed at 10pm and purchased a new First Aid Kit for his pit area. The next day he sought out the entire Safety Advisor team to notify us of the changes made within his safety area."

LaTanya and Mo were pleased to see that the students were listening and paying attention to the mentoring and coaching from the Safety Advisors team.

The picture on this page was taken at the Gull Lake event in March 2013. The gentleman in the center is Francois Castaing, who has served on the Board of Directors for FIRST since 1994, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for FIRST in Michigan.

Want to Convert Kinetic Energy into Electrical Energy

Looking for a Kid–Friendly Summer Project?  Build a Wind Turbine!  Keep kids busy during the summer months and throw in some fun safety science learning with this DIY science project.  To get the kids excited about wind energy and wind turbines watch the award–winning video Winderiffic with them.  Just click on the wind turbine and enjoy the video.

Before building a wind turbine it's helpful to talk about Energy.  What is Energy?  Simply put, Energy is the ability to do work.  It's the ability to move an object by the use of force.  Energy causes things to happen all around us.

Look out the window, during the day the sun gives out light and heat energy.  At night the street lights use electrical energy to light the way.  When a car drives by its being powered by gasoline, a type of stored energy.  Even the food we eat contains energy, we use that energy to work and play.

There are two types of energy, stored and moving.  Stored energy is called potential energy.  Moving energy is called kinetic energy.  To help visualize the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy try this activity.

Place a pencil on the edge of a counter top, then push it off and let it hit the floor.  The moving pencil is using kinetic energy.  Now, pick up the pencil and put it back on the edge of the counter top.  You used your own energy to lift and move the pencil.  While the pencil is sitting on the edge of the counter top, it has potential energy.  If you lift the pencil higher in the air, it will fall further – meaning the pencil has more potential energy when it is higher than when it is lower.

A fun way to demonstrate the conversion from kinetic to electrical energy is to build a working wind turbine!  Download the instruction sheet and worksheet by clicking here.  These include diagrams and a parts list – you'll find the wind turbine can be built for under $25 and you may already have many of the needed parts at home!

A wind turbine is a machine for converting the kinetic energy in wind into electrical energy.  Moving air (wind) is used to rotate a machine called a turbine.  Inside the wind turbine is an electrical generator.  It's the electrical generator that transforms the kinetic energy into electrical energy.

Ready to get started?   First let's learn about the working parts of a wind turbine.  You can use your downloaded diagrams to help.  Once familiar with the parts, it's time to start building!  Follow the directions on your downloaded instruction sheet.

After building your wind turbine you can test it by using the kinetic energy (wind) from a fan.  Just remember to line up the center of the fan with the hub of the turbine.  Using a voltmeter (set to the millivolt DC (mV DC) scale) you will be able to measure the electrical energy!

There you have it – wind turbines convert kinetic energy into electrical energy!  And that's not just hot air!

Experiment taken from Safety Smart® Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy®: Renewable Energy.  Complete Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD Series can be purchased from Disney Educational Productions, and UL Knowledge Services.  For more safety science fun log on to ULSafetySmart.com

Safety Smart® is a registered trademark of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.© 2013.  UL and the UL logo are trademarks of UL LLC.

Safety Smart Ambassador Visit: Chicago, IL

UL Field Specialist shared some of her experience being a Safety Smart Ambassador while visiting the Science Academy of Chicago: “The kids enjoyed the Wild About Safety: Safety Smart At Home! DVD and activities with personalized I’m Safety Smart at Home! certificates. Using the Flashcards, we had a lively discussion about their contribution to safety in the home, what they should do during an emergency, safety in the water, and while on summer vacation. Thank you for offering the opportunity for these kids to have a fun time learning important lessons doing their part being safety smart!”

UL & Safety India 2014

UL was a primary sponsor for Safety India 2014 Professional Development conference, where approximately 250 health and safety professionals representing over 100 companies attended. The event brought together a global community of safety experts to discuss topics focused on health and safety management systems, health and safety best practices, global trends, culture, petrochemicals, construction, road safety and others. UL’s Global Director of Workplace Health and Safety played a prominent role in the design of the conference, participated in panel discussions, and facilitated a discussion on safety culture. UL is doing its part to ensuring safety throughout the world!

Safety Smart Ambassador Visit: Taiwan

UL Safety Smart Ambassador from Taiwan visited a kindergarten to share the safety messages with about 32 kids between three and six years of age. The children had a wonderful time during the hour-long session and learned about home safety through fun and interactive activities.

Safety Smart Program to Start in UAE

UL recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates Federal Government to roll out the Safety Smart program in classrooms nationwide. The Safety Smart program seeks to enhance the children’s awareness and understanding of safety, health sustainability, and environmental issues, and the program was endorsed by the nation’s Minister of Education. The Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE said, “Nations progress through the possession of proper education and knowledge…We hope that our students receive high quality education in institutions that are on par with international standards, in order to build our nation and bolster its achievements”, commending UL and other institutions that aspire to develop the educational community within the UAE. UL’s Chief Public Safety Officer was present at the ceremony and added, “We are very pleased to join forces with both the Interior and Education Ministries to take our Safety Smart program to higher levels, including the qualification of teachers to act as the program’s ambassadors. Teachers will play a major role in spreading proper health and safety instructions in all UAE schools through the various curricular activities.” The signing ceremony took place after many months of work led by the Lead UL Safety Smart Ambassador in the Middle East. Beyond UL’s knowledge and experience in standards, codes, conformity assessment, research and safety science, UL is now a leader in providing safety science education to communities around the world. This MOU is the first of its kind which provides a governmental mandate that every child within the UAE will receive UL’s Safety Smart program as part of their required school curriculum.

Safety Smart Ambassador Visit: Beijing, China

A team of UL Safety Smart Ambassadors visited a kindergarten in Beijing to share safety messages to their school by engaging the children in fun and interactive ways. The teachers enjoyed and appreciated the work that the UL Safety Smart Ambassadors are doing with schools throughout the world.

“Safety Smart at Home” in Tao Yu Lu, Guangzhou China

UL held a “Smart Safety at Home” event in Tao Yu Lu, a primary school in Guangzhou, China where a Safety Ambassador gave a safety lesson for 47 kids in 3rd grade. A number of journalists and publication personnel were invited to see first-hand UL’s efforts on public safety education. There was positive feedback from the event, with a representative from the parents saying, “The safety knowledge our kids learned at class is very practical. We hope the school will continue to pay attention to safety education, having kids enjoy a safe childhood.” The¬¬ president of the school commented, “We are happy to see the hot discussion during the class. The interactive lesson not only strengthens kids’ understanding of safety knowledge, but stimulates kids’ learning desires as well. We are looking forward to our next cooperation.”

Lambs Farm Visit

Safety Ambassadors from UL in Northbrook, IL visited Lambs Farm to discuss what they do as well as safety in the workplace and in the home. The presentations covered topics such as electrical plug safety, including the proper way to plug and unplug electrical items, avoidance of frayed cords, proper placement of cords, and how to determine if an electrical appliance is damaged. The ambassadors discussed fire safety, shared how to check a fire extinguisher to make sure it’s charged and what to do if it isn’t, and reinforced the evacuation and safety procedures already in place at Lambs Farm. Safety Officer of Lambs Farm said, “Even though Lambs Farm regularly works with the participants regarding safety issues including fires, evacuations and the like, we always enjoy having other agencies come out to reinforce the message.”

“Be Safe. Drive Smart.”

Local, county, and state officials kicked off a campaign to highlight the importance of safe driving in work zones in order to reduce wrecks and fatalities in Odessa, Texas. Their campaign including putting up large colorful signs by the Interstate reminding drivers to “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” This area has a high incident of accidents and injuries, and the Odessa Police Department Chief Tim Burton asked drivers to be more conscious of each other – especially between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. when the most wrecks occur – and know that serious wrecks can occur even at low speeds and in rural areas. This campaign hopes to remind drivers to be patient, and that speed, driver inattention, aggressive driving, and failure to yield and stop at stop signs are not safe driving practices.

Global Reach Starts at Home

A teenage daughter of a UL employee was inspired and raised over £2,500 through working, babysitting and cake sales to go on an expedition to rebuild a nursery school in Ghana. She spent three weeks painting classrooms, building a playground and taking part in a teenage pregnancy awareness program there. What a great way to live the mission of UL and help others worldwide!

Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Strategy

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a global safe energy strategy that will enable millions of refugees to have reliable access to fuel and energy without a threat to their well-being. Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) strategy will address the energy needs by providing 175,000 refugees with stoves and 150,000 with solar-powered lanterns, giving them access to energy so that they can cook as well as be safe and continue activities at night. This program is doing great things to improve the health and safety of refugees!

Launch of "My Education ... My Hope” Campaign

Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) is a leading non-profit education and community development organization in Qatar, and has launched a “My Education ... My Hope” Campaign. This campaign is providing community-based education opportunities to children in Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, Pakistan and Nepal by improving access to educational facilities, projects and resources through raising funds. It will also work with communities to recruit, train and develop local teachers’ skills. ROTA is asking the Qatar community to think about growing up without access to educational facilities and resources, and contribute to this project.

“We Create Change” has global impact

Students from a Washington high school created a campaign “We Create Change” to raise money to build a school in Oloirien, Kenya in partnership with the global non-profit organization Free the Children. Free the Children’s mission is to “Empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.” The town of Oloirien has only one school in the village that is not big enough for all the children, with only nine rudimentary classrooms for 501 children. The high school students collected change throughout the year, and put on fundraisers for this cause, reaching a final total of $10,000 that will help pay for the new school in Kenya.

Zaragoza, Spain

In Zaragoza, Spain, the City Council and the Zaragoza tram started a road safety campaign to educate pedestrians, drivers and cyclists about the importance of respecting traffic signs and signals. As part of the initiative, new signs will be put up along the tram route and streets perpendicular to it that will urge citizens to encourage safer travel. In addition, the Tram campaign will conduct talks in schools to promote responsible behavior among students.

“Model School Zone”

Safer Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children; this organization created the program “Model School Zone” in order to create safe zones around schools so that kids can walk to school in safer environments. Vietnam’s Model School Zone project was extremely successful in making 42 modifications to the street environment surrounding a primary school in Dong Nai Province. The majority of students in the province walk to school every day, and, prior to the renovations, most kids would walk on the road since there were inadequate walking paths. The project installed sidewalks, crosswalks and speed bumps in addition to improving safety signage, designing safer traffic patterns, and implementing a walking school bus program. The Model School Zone project was successful in reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities in that district and improving the safety of children walking to school!

Chennai Girls Higher Secondary School goes GREEN

Students at Chennai Girls Higher Secondary School in Nungambakkam, India participated in a program led by the Indo-International Initiative for Billions of Fruit trees and the National Green Corps in which the students planted seeds that they had found from their fruit wastes at home, and nurtured the plants. Once the plants had grown into fruit-bearing saplings, the students were able to contribute more than 4,000 saplings to tree banks. Planting fruit-bearing trees leads to better food security in the future. G Thangaraj, District Coordinator at the National Green Corps said, “These children exhibited enthusiasm to collect seeds from the fruit wastes at their homes and plant them in plastic milk covers and water them regularly. It is a positive sign that they show an interest towards preserving the environment.”

Alberta, Canada

Alberta Health Services in Canada educated swimmers on water risks during National Drowning Prevention week. Their message is "Before you think only other swimmers drown, have a word with yourself". The education is tailored for children, but these lessons are important for parents as well. Their goal is to spread the message of water safety, especially throughout the summer months when families are spending the most time in the water.

Improving a country’s ability to prepare

Australia is doing its part to prepare its country for emergencies! The government established National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) grant program, which will provide funding to projects that work to strengthen communities and institutions to decrease the effects of disasters. The projects will improve the country’s ability to prepare for and recover from disasters on a national level.

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Earthquake Preparedness

Turkey created the National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) to prepare them for natural disasters that often happen in their country. NESAP aims to help reduce the damage that is done by earthquakes, and prepare the country for these hazards. This initiative aims to teach the country about earthquakes, implement earthquake safe settlement and construction, and prepare the country to be able to cope with the consequences of earthquakes. Now that’s Safety Smart!

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Going above and beyond to be prepared!

The Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) follows the principle that aid should “empower people to help themselves”, and performs a broad range of tasks to help others: emergency medical services, tracing and family reunification, health services, and more. The GRC has about four million volunteers, and has expanded its reach by working in other countries focusing on disaster relief and preparedness as well as improving communities’ living conditions and helping families escape poverty. This country is going above and beyond to help citizens be prepared for emergencies!

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That’s a big earthquake!

Our earthquake table is used to create fake earthquakes up to 8.3 on the Richter Scale. That’s a big earthquake! Most of what we test is equipment that controls your telephone and internet services, so in an emergency, your phones will always be available for an emergency phone call. We run the test to make sure the equipment doesn’t move more than 3 inches in any direction and to make sure nothing goes flying off the product. It also needs to keep working at the end of the test. Remember, if you are ever in an earthquake drop to your knees, take cover under a table or desk and stay far away from large furniture that could topple over!

UL Safer Roads, Safer India Youth Service Grants - YSA

Youth Service America (YSA) and UL are looking for creative ideas from young people about how they can help create safer roads and a safer India during Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Two YSA Grants programs will help youth find their voice, take action, and make an impact on the issue of road safety in India. 16 Safer Roads, Safer India Youth Fellows, ages 15-25, will be selected - 4 each from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune. Youth Fellows will receive a grant of up to USD $1,000 and an in-person training in March 2015 to lead a 6-month-long road safety campaign that includes public awareness and education events, volunteer service projects, and policy advocacy activities. Up to 40 primary, secondary or tertiary classrooms - up to 10 in each of 4 cities: Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune - will be selected to be Classrooms with a Cause: Safer Roads, Safer India. Educators will receive a grant of up to USD $500 and in-person training in March 2015 to support a student-led service-learning project that challenges students to use what they've learned in the classroom to lead a road safety project in their community during the last 4-6 weeks of the school year. Youth and educators can apply through April 9, 2015 at www.YSA.org/SaferIndia

First Safety Parliament Organized by UL India

UL India organized its first Safety Parliament

On the occasion of Children’s Day (Nov 14), UL India organized a Safety Parliament in Bangalore intended to serve as a platform for students across India to understand and question the current safety standards in our country and inspire young minds towards creating a safer India. This thought provoking initiative was part of the pioneering National Safety Science Quiz 2014 (NSSQ 2014) held by UL at the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bangalore, in association with the National Council of Science Museums, a premier institution involved in popularizing science through informal modes. This is the first time that a quiz on Safety Science was conducted at a national level to create an immense educational and experiential impact. The quiz was intended to instil a greater sense of awareness amongst school children on the need for safety and be a vehicle to spread the message of safety education across the country.

At the Safety Parliament session, 28 students represented as Members of the Safety Parliament, came from various schools across the country and interacted with a panel of safety experts comprising key industry spokespersons like Mr. Hemant Kumar, District Fire Officer, Bangalore, Dr. Asha Martin, CFTRI (Central Food Technology Research Institute) Mysore, Mr. Vishwanath, Water and Sanitation Expert and Mr. Girish, DCP, Traffic Police, Bangalore. Mr. R.A. Venkitachalam, Vice President, UL Public Safety Mission gave the introductory speech and the session was moderated by Vasanthi Hariprakash who is a former television reporter.

The Safety Parliament brought to the fore safety concerns with recommendations and solutions put forth by the students. The event was divided into 3 sessions. Cross Connection where students expressed their safety concerns to the expert panel, a High Voltage Q & A session and Fuse and Spark where students shared their recommendations and solutions to safety issues.

At the end of the event, five participants were given the responsibility and privilege of being Safety Ambassadors, creating safety awareness in their respective cities and neighborhoods. The five students who will present the safety charter to the Government of India are Aditya BH from Ryan International School Bangalore, Rishabh Bhargava from Dhirubhai Ambani International School Mumbai, Anupam Agarwal from DPS Ghaziabad, Malaika Rastogi from Meerut and Noble Saji Mathew from JBIMS Mumbai. Some of the important points of the charter include introduction of safety related education, strict implementation of safety laws in important buildings, better use of technology and safety of children in schools.

The two hour Safety Parliament was enlightening and instilled a sense of pride in the next generation who are well informed and on the right path towards building a safer society.

UL Poland goes Safety Smart!

UL Poland is starting out its year with a challenge: to implement UL’s Safety Smart Program in 10 cities around Poland! So far, UL Poland has educated 2620 children on health and safety in elementary schools and kindergartens throughout the country. By educating children, they will make the world safer for the future! They are even choosing locations that connect to create the letters U and L on the map of Poland. UL Poland is doing their part to make their country Safety Smart!

Child Safety in Taiwan

UL Safety Smart teamed up with Taipei Fu-An Child Service Center, an organization supported by Jing Chuan Child Safety Foundation, to improve children and teenagers safety awareness and skills in Tawain. Over 60% of lethal and nonlethal incidents occur at home, and by educating children and teenagers on risks, 80% of the incidents can be avoided. UL is being implemented in the Child Service Center’s afterschool program curriculum; the children watch Safety Smart educational videos, do hands-on experiments, and do fun and engaging question-and-answer activities. The participating children were thrilled and responded enthusiastically to the activities! Lin Yueh-chin, the chief executive officer of the Jing Chuan Child Safety Foundation, said “We are pleased to team up with UL to improve children’s safety knowledge in an interesting way using their international teaching resources, thereby reducing the occurrence of incidents”.

UL Korea Supports Future Robot Scientists

UL Korea supported young future robot scientists by sponsoring the Korea Intelligent Robot Contest in Pohang, South Korea. 38 teams of children and teenagers participated in the final contest, and three were chosen as the winners! Engineers evaluated robots based on UL Korea’s criteria, and awarded the top 3 teams with the UL Industrial Safety Award, a prize, and a scholarship. UL Korea is getting kids excited about science and engineering and is fulfilling the company’s mission of “working towards a safer world”!

UL Hosts India Road Safety Forum

UL brought together 23 organizations in Gurgaon, India to discuss improving road safety and explore collaborative solutions. The forum consisted of non-profit, government, academia and commercial organizations that are all focused on improving road safety and addressing the impact that road accidents have had on the country. India has a high rate of loss of life from road accidents, so UL is dedicated to creating solutions and improving the safety of the country. UL sponsored the “Safer Roads, Safer India” competition and the four winners will receive support from UL in the next year to expand their solutions to road safety in India. The four winners are Neighborhood Improvement Plan, Kolkata Emergency Medical System and Service, Home Safe and Positive Strokes. Neighborhood Improvement Plan is a citizen-drive project that makes roads safer for pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and has made a huge impact at two high risk locations. Kolkata Emergency Medical System and Service is a medical emergency system that helps India’s emergency service providers better respond to traffic incidents. Home Safe is an “on call” chauffeur service in New Delhi to help citizens get home safely at any time. Finally, Positive Strokes positively reinforces good road use behavior through volunteers that watch and commend other driver’s good behavior; this engages citizens and gives them a sense of ownership over their safety. UL is proud to support such great organizations, and bring together people who are committed to improve road safety! UL brought together 23 organizations in Gurgaon, India to discuss improving road safety and explore collaborative solutions. The forum consisted of non-profit, government, academia and commercial organizations that are all focused on improving road safety and addressing the impact that road accidents have had on the country. India has a high rate of loss of life from road accidents, so UL is dedicated to creating solutions and improving the safety of the country. UL sponsored the “Safer Roads, Safer India” competition and the four winners will receive support from UL in the next year to expand their solutions to road safety in India. The four winners are Neighborhood Improvement Plan, Kolkata Emergency Medical System and Service, Home Safe and Positive Strokes. Neighborhood Improvement Plan is a citizen-drive project that makes roads safer for pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and has made a huge impact at two high risk locations. Kolkata Emergency Medical System and Service is a medical emergency system that helps India’s emergency service providers better respond to traffic incidents. Home Safe is an “on call” chauffeur service in New Delhi to help citizens get home safely at any time. Finally, Positive Strokes positively reinforces good road use behavior through volunteers that watch and commend other driver’s good behavior; this engages citizens and gives them a sense of ownership over their safety. UL is proud to support such great organizations, and bring together people who are committed to improve road safety! UL brought together 23 organizations in Gurgaon, India to discuss improving road safety and explore collaborative solutions. The forum consisted of non-profit, government, academia and commercial organizations that are all focused on improving road safety and addressing the impact that road accidents have had on the country. India has a high rate of loss of life from road accidents, so UL is dedicated to creating solutions and improving the safety of the country. UL sponsored the “Safer Roads, Safer India” competition and the four winners will receive support from UL in the next year to expand their solutions to road safety in India. The four winners are Neighborhood Improvement Plan, Kolkata Emergency Medical System and Service, Home Safe and Positive Strokes. Neighborhood Improvement Plan is a citizen-drive project that makes roads safer for pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and has made a huge impact at two high risk locations. Kolkata Emergency Medical System and Service is a medical emergency system that helps India’s emergency service providers better respond to traffic incidents. Home Safe is an “on call” chauffeur service in New Delhi to help citizens get home safely at any time. Finally, Positive Strokes positively reinforces good road use behavior through volunteers that watch and commend other driver’s good behavior; this engages citizens and gives them a sense of ownership over their safety. UL is proud to support such great organizations, and bring together people who are committed to improve road safety!

EARTH HOUR UNITES MILLIONS FOR CLIMATE ACTION - UL participated in 2015 Earth Hour

In over 172 countries worldwide, World Wildlife Foundation's Earth Hour swept around the globe on Saturday 28 March 2015 (8:30 p.m. local time). Millions of Earth Hour supporters worldwide joined forces to highlight the need for climate action.

589 UL employees globally, participated in this Earth Hour event.  Employees from UL sites in US, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, etc. participated by pledging to turn off all non‐essential lighting for one hour starting 8:30 pm, local time on Saturday, March 28th. “This was a bold statement of UL’s collective commitment to a sustainable future,” said Jane Coen, Global Manager Corporate Citizenship at UL.  “By participating in Earth Hour, we demonstrate our commitment to protecting our planet—not just for one hour a year—but every day.  Together, we can send a strong message that UL is a partner in the campaign for a sustainable future,” she said.

Earth Hour is more than an event ‐ It is a movement that has achieved massive environmental impact, including legislation changes by harnessing the power of the crowd.  Earth Hour was famously started as a lights‐off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide.

To learn more about the Earth hour and this movement, please visit: http://www.earthhour.org

Behind the Scenes of UL

Rhonda Connor, a Kenan Teaching Fellow, went behind the scenes of UL Research Triangle Park in North Carolina where she discovered ways to incorporate engineering and safety science into her classroom. After spending five weeks in the summer shadowing UL engineers she created lessons around safety, behavior, economy and academic endeavors for the upcoming school year. Her hope is to provide students at Underwood Elementary the opportunity to be inquisitive problem solvers with an open ended engineering challenge. To learn more about Rhonda’s experience at the UL Research Triangle Park, NC, please visit: http://ul.com/newsroom/pressreleases/underwood-elementary-teacher-completes-kenan-fellows-internship-at-ul/.

It’s Everybody’s Ocean, It’s Everybody’s Problem

Atsuko Quirk, a member of the Cafeteria Culture, UL Innovative Education Award winner, is on a mission to save our precious oceans, and she needs your help fighting the marine plastic pollution! In her documentary, It’s Everybody’s Ocean, she shows the people of a tiny island in Japan, struggling with plastic trash coming to their beautiful beaches. The movie also tells about the impact of plastic debris on marine life. Through this documentary, she hopes to start an international discussion and action plan that will save our oceans from the devastating effects of plastic pollution. This 40 minute movie is perfect for classroom screenings. Start the conversation and spread the word! Please visit http://www.itseverybodysoceanmovie.com.

UL Safety Smart Goes to Kindergarten

Meet UL Korea representative, Lucy Lee! She is working to create a safer world by deploying the UL Safety Smart program to children all over Korea. Recently, she even introduced Safety Smart at Home to her son’s kindergarten class, which is made up of 125 adorable students. UL Safety Smart reaches over 4,500 students in Korea each year with community outreach and engagement.

Safety Smart Role Model: Barbara Guthrie

In celebration of National Inspirational Role Model month, we’re showcasing some of Safety Smart’s role models. Meet Barbara Guthrie, UL’s Chief Public Safety Officer, one of the amazing advocates who championed the UL Safety Smart® program. With her support and dedication, UL Safety Smart® is improving children’s lives everywhere. Learn more here.

STEM in the Classroom

Rhonda Connor, a third grade teacher at Underwood Elementary, continues to integrate findings from her five-week internship at the UL Research Triangle Park with a recent lesson plan on the importance of 21st century skills. In this Friday afternoon activity, students learned how to communicate, collaborate, think critically and be creative. How did she do it? Read her blog to find out more: https://kfpcentral.com/blogs-2016/rconnor/2015/09/26/super-skills-for-the-21st-century/

Safety Smart Role Model: Dan Posner

Meet Safety Smart’s inspirational role model Dan Posner, a 15-year employee at UL’s Melville, N.Y. facility, and the go-to guy when a manufacturer has a new robot to evaluate and test. Thanks to Dan for making the world a better place, one robot at a time! http://ul.com/inside-ul/uls-robotics-tester-is-always-learning-on-the-job/

SCOUTS New Zealand

We’re excited to announce our partnership program with SCOUTS New Zealand to deliver UL Safety Smart messages with Kea, Cub and Scout groups throughout New Zealand. The initial partnership will focus on fire safety through the New Zealand summer season and impact approximately 14,000 children in total.

WINS in Mongolia

Women in Natural Sciences (WINS), an innovative science enrichment program conducted by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, chose a select group of students to study climate change with a once in a lifetime trip to Mongolia. Geré Johnson, one of the ULIEA winners, had an amazing experience in Mongolia stating, “I realized that our Mongolian counterparts are no different from us. We may live on two different sides of the world but we’re still teenage girls.” For more information visit http://www.ansp.org/education/programs/wins/