GE Privacy

Introduction: protecting your privacy, enhancing your online experience

When it comes to data privacy, protecting your personal information is most important. We feel it’s also important to give you, your colleagues, and your family members a voice in the development of this web site and your overall experience with it. To do this, we need to collect certain types of information to help us evaluate how the HealthAhead web site is being used, so we can continually improve your experience and the content we offer to you. By tracking overall usage patterns, providing an easy channel for your feedback, and allowing you to tell us what content is most useful to you, we can refine our offerings and provide more of the content you personally find valuable.

Overall, we are committed to giving you the option to participate – or not participate – in a manner that’s right for you. Read more for how we do this.

Information we collect and how we use it

Identifiable Information Collecting

All methods of identifying yourself to GE will be optional and opt-in, may be updated by you at any time, and will not be required for all areas of the web site.

We will not collect any identifiable user information from the areas of the HealthAhead web site which do not require SSO (Single Sign On), unique User ID (Identification), and/or Password.

There are areas of the web site that require you to identify yourself to us (authenticate). This allows you to access certain parts of the web site that may otherwise be restricted for privacy and security purposes.

There are also areas that may provide the option to create a personalized profile. The information you provide is optional and what you tell us will determine the level of personalization you will experience.

Access to identifiable information is restricted to internal, administrative personnel and solely for purposes of providing web site support, awarding prizes and other recognition, and customizing the web site content and overall functionality for the user. However, we will also allow you to change your mind and opt-out of sharing personal information with us at any time.

Non-Identifiable Information Collecting

When you visit the HealthAhead web site, we track, collect and report on certain aggregate and non- identifiable information. In other words, the information we collect does not relate to a single identifiable visitor. It tells us things such as how many users visited our web site and what pages they viewed.

This non-identifiable data will be collected and stored in a secure database in the U.S., and may be viewed by GE. We will analyze this information to refine our web site to better reflect user preferences, such as the type of content users are searching for most, and to improve the usability of the web site and the user’s web site experience. The information may also be used for purposes of promoting the web site. The data will not be used for medical analysis or other medical purposes.


Like many web sites, the HealthAhead web site uses browser cookies – bits of text placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit. We use them to tell us things like whether you’ve visited us before, and to help us identify features in which you may have the greatest interest. We also use cookies to track country and language selection.

In the future, we may use cookies to track additional details, such as city and state.

We keep this information unless you don’t wish GE to capture this and choose to delete your cookie history. If you wish to stop accepting new browser cookies, get notification when you receive a new cookie, or disable existing cookies, the “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how. Keep in mind, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our web site features or have your preferences saved for future visits.

We also use Flash cookies on the web site to enhance your online experience. These are similar to browser cookies, but they store data more complex than simple text. Flash cookies, by themselves, cannot do anything to or with the data on your computer. In addition, Flash cookies cannot access or remember your email address or other personal information unless you provide the information on this web site.

Web Beacons

Certain pages on our web site contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons obtain information such as the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies. Web beacon data does not include IP address. The web beacon data is stored at Google Analytics, a third party (see ‘Tracking and Reporting’ for more information on this technology).

Tracking and Reporting

Specifically we will track, collect and report on the following data using software from Google Analytics. For more information about Google Analytics, including information about how to opt out of these technologies, go to

Our primary metrics include: Poll response rate, repeat visits, number of times content is shared, and visits by country.

The sub-metrics include:

Most Popular Content Types, Most Popular Content Topics, User Pathing, Exit Links, Bounce Rate, Traffic by Source (region), Time on Web site, Visit Time of Day, Unique Views/Page Views, Thumps Up/Down, Most Shared Content, Number of Times Content is Rated, Most Rated Content by Type, Language Selection.

We will also be tracking how much communicators, web site leaders and other HealthAhead operations teams are leveraging the web site to support and align their business, regional and web site specific efforts. Some of these metrics may be tracked using existing support central tools.

These metrics may include:

Number of Content Submissions by Region, Number of non-corporate Driven Promotions by RCs, Number of Promotional Downloads by Region, Support Central Survey

Feedback Form

Your feedback is important to the web site’s ongoing development, so we’d love to hear your opinions and ideas. To contact us, please use this Feedback form. We will not be able to respond directly, but all feedback will be reviewed, evaluated, and factored into future content decisions. Please note: this form is monitored by IT support staff only. Please do not submit any personal or medical information. And thank you in advance!

Poll and Quiz Responses

On the web site, we will conduct polls and quizzes to better understand user activities, attitudes, interests and knowledge across multiple health topics. These polls may also help us serve you better by asking questions that relate to the usefulness of our web site. We will not capture any personally identifiable information through the collection of poll response data. As part of these polls and quizzes, we will capture responses sorted by country. In the future, we may capture responses sorted by additional anonymous demographics such as language, affiliated GE business, work web site location, gender, etc.

Sharing Content with Family and Friends

We want you to share the web site’s content with important people in your life, so most articles, videos and slideshows can be emailed. To do so, we will ask you to provide your name and the recipient’s email address. We simply use this information to send the content as you request. At this time, we do not capture or store your, or the recipient’s, email address. Please see below to learn how we track and report on email sharing activity.

Please also review GE’s Social Media Guidelines

How we protect information

GE maintains administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, alteration or destruction of any information you provide on this web site. We use secure socket layer (SSL) technology to help keep the information you provide on this web site secure. See ‘Information We Share’ and ‘Information We Transfer’ for additional details.

Information we share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our visitors, except as described here. We may share information provided by visitors with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information, except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you if we are required to do so by law or legal process; to law enforcement authorities or other government officials; or when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

Information we transfer

We may transfer the information we collect on this web site to other countries where we do business, but only for the purposes described above. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described here unless otherwise required by applicable laws.

Links to other web sites

We provide links to other web sites for your convenience and information. These web sites may have their own privacy statements in place, which we recommend you review if you visit any linked web sites. We are not responsible for the content of linked web sites or any use of the web sites.

Children’s privacy

This web site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen on the web site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of thirteen, we will delete the information from our records.

Some links on this web site may take web site visitors to web sites that are directed to children. These web sites have their own privacy notices that address children’s privacy. We encourage you to read these privacy notices if you visit any linked web sites directed to children.

Updates to our privacy & data policy

This Privacy & Data Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our online information practices. We will post a notice on this web site to notify you of any significant changes to our Privacy & Data Policy, and indicate at the top of this policy when it was most recently updated.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy & Data Policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us by visiting our Feedback Form.

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Water Safety for Children at Every Age, From Babies to Teens
Kid swimming

Whether you’re bathing your baby or taking your kids to the local pool, water safety matters at every age. Drowning and other water injuries are preventable—yet drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1 to 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Water-related deaths and injuries are also a serious problem among teenagers, especially boys. Understanding the basics of water safety for children can help prepare you to keep your kids safe around the water—today, and as they grow older.

Supervise Your Kids

When it comes to water safety for children, there’s no substitution for adult supervision. Watch your kids carefully whenever they are playing in water—whether in the bathtub or at the lake.

If you take your kids swimming, the Red Cross notes that you should always keep young children within arm’s reach. And don’t hesitate to get wet yourself if a child is struggling.

Take special care during pool parties and other social events, when it’s easy to get distracted. Assign an adult to stay sober and actively supervise the kids. You should also take regular headcounts to make sure that every swimmer is accounted for.

When visiting public pools or beaches, choose locations staffed by a lifeguard. But don’t get complacent! Lifeguards have many people to supervise; keeping your kids safe remains your responsibility.

Around the House

Infants can drown in one inch of water, and most accidents involving infants and water happen in the bathtub, warn experts at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. When bathing your baby or toddler, maintain eye-to-eye contact and never leave them alone. Bring everything into the bathroom with you, so you don’t have leave to fetch a towel or change of clothes.

Once kids begin to crawl and climb, other areas of the house may pose water-related dangers. Keep mop buckets, fish tanks, and other containers of water out-of-reach for toddlers and young children.

Around the Pool and Backyard

Water safety for children is important for all pool owners, whether they have kids of their own or young neighbors. Even if your pool is inflatable or portable, it’s vital to take precautions. Backyard water hazards may exist in many forms, including hot tubs and ornamental ponds.

Many areas have laws requiring fencing around a pool. Even if you live in an area without specific requirements, the Red Cross recommends installing a fence to separate your pool from the street, your house, and the rest of your yard. The fence should be five feet tall or higher, built from material that is not easily climbed, and kept in good repair to prevent young children from getting through it or over it. The gate should be self-closing, self-latching, and locked when not in use. In addition, take the time to move items that a child could use to scale the fence, including shrubs, chairs, or playground equipment.

If you have a pool with a filtration system, consider investing in protective drain covers. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that children can become ensnared by the suction from uncovered drains, which may trap small hands, feet, or even hair.

The Red Cross also suggests maintaining a stock of appropriate rescue equipment, such as a shepherd’s hook, lifesaving ring, and first aid kit. Keep a phone nearby, with the local emergency number (ie. 9-1-1) posted somewhere visible.

If a child goes missing, check the pool area first! The Red Cross notes that seconds count when it comes to preventing serious injury or death.

At the Beach

A day at the beach can be lots of fun, but it brings some risks for young swimmers. The Red Cross advises against letting kids swim alone. Even if they are wearing a life jacket or playing with floating toys, they still need supervision.

Before entering the water, check online, review local signage, talk to lifeguards, and survey the waterfront to check for safety issues, like cold temperatures, waves, currents, undertows, and high levels of bacteria or pollution. On days when it’s not safe to swim, stick to sand castles instead. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

On a Boat

The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that 80% of boating-related fatalities could be prevented with proper lifejacket use. When boating, bring well-fitted lifejackets for all on board, and make sure everyone wears them.

Don’t forget to pack other safety equipment too, including a buoyant rescue line, bailer or manual pump, and emergency sound-signaling device, like a whistle or horn.

Watch out for other people in and on the water, and avoid designated swimming areas.

Older Kids and Teenagers

Water safety for kids is important at every age! In fact, experts at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital note
teenagers – especially boys – are one of the highest risk age groups for drowning in open water, including rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Alcohol is involved in too many of those incidents. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol plays a role in 25% to 50% of drownings among adolescents and adults in the U.S.

Remind older children and teenagers of water safety rules, including the importance of swimming with a buddy. Consider if you should discuss the safety risks of underage drinking, and the importance of staying sober while swimming and boating.

HealthAhead Hint: Be Prepared

Although learning to swim is no guarantee that you and your children will stay safe around water—it’s a good place to start. The Red Cross recommends that everyone in your family learn to swim well. Consider enrolling in swimming lessons and a water safety program. You may also find it useful to take a course in CPR. With the right knowledge, skills, and tools, you and your family can stay safe around water.