Life-saving gadgets, apps

4 technologies to make you more safety-savvy


According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, around 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States and more than 10,000 are taken to the emergency room for food-choking-related injuries.  Danger seems to be all around us, but you can use technology to be prepared and prevent a crisis.

To keep track of kids, try the Toddler Tag Child locator.  It clips to their belt loop, and if they get lost, you just have to push a button and the gadget beeps up to 150 feet away.

A new app from the ASPCA can protect your pets from harm.  The app Petoxins warns you which backyard and household plants are toxic to animals.  It's $2.99 and can help you avoid a trip to the vet.

Be prepared in a crisis with the free American Red Cross S.O.S. app. Dr. Oz's voice explains step-by-step how to perform CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and more.

For those who love camping or hiking, an app for iPhone and iPad called Army Survival has tips on first aid, tying knots, finding shelter, and dealing with dangerous animals.  It can be downloaded for $1.99.