National Safety Month: Free and Cheap Apps to Make Your Life Safer

Posted on 06/04/2013

June is National Safety Month, an annual observance dedicated to educating people about preventable injuries and deaths. Your odds of being struck by lightning are one in 126,158 according to the National Safety Council, while one in 108 will die in an auto accident. We can't promise that your Smartphone will keep you completely out of danger, however these apps may help keep you a little safer.

Spark App
Reduce your odds of getting struck by lightning with the Spark app from WeatherBug, $2.99. It detects when lightning strikes the ground and in the sky delivering minute-by-minute information to your Smartphone.

GEICO Tricky Traffic App
Designed to teach teens the rules of the road, the free Tricky Traffic app from GEICO tests your driving skills through fun challenges. Players work to guide pedestrians to safety while completing objectives and collecting badges.

PulsePoint App
Heart attacks are common and CPR can drastically increase survival rates. The free PulsePoint app immediately alerts everyday citizens to the need for CPR nearby. It also pinpoints public access to defibrillators. It's currently connected to 911 emergency centers in more than 100 communities.

State Farm Driver Feedback App
According to the Highway Patrol the three riskiest driving behaviors are hard acceleration, hard deceleration and hard swerves. The free State Farm Driver Feedback app will evaluate your driving and help you improve in these areas to make your travel safer.

Yahoo! Weather
Your odds of dying from exposure to excessive natural heat are greater than contact with a sharp object, contact with hornets, wasps or bees and far more likely than dying from a dog bite. Keep track of the summer heat with the free Yahoo! Weather app. And while you're at it, keep an eye out for cataclysmic storms. Your odds of dying in one of those is one in 126,158.

By Alison Storm

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