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7 Unusual Home Security Tips

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

The best way to prepare for a burglary is to prevent it from happening. Here are some unusual methods to help keep you and your family safe-

1. Use dowel rods in sliding glass door tracks. If a burglar manages to get the sliding door unlocked, this will prevent them from sliding it open.

2. Move your alarm key pad to an unusual place. Most homeowners have them by the front or back door because it's convenient. However, potential burglars can look in and see if it's alarmed or not. By moving it to an unusual place, it can trick the potential burglar in thinking you do not have one.

3. Use as key lock box. Most homeowners leave a spare key in common places. By using a lock box, your spare set is just a quick combination away and is protected.

4. Don't take Mother Nature for granted. Use thorny bushes as a home defense system. By planting them under windows, it would make it difficult for someone to crawl through them safely. 

5. Don't hide valueables in the master bedroom. That is the first place to look! Move your valuables to another room like a child's room where someone would not think to look.

6. Get a decoy safe. Buy a small decoy safe. They will be more likely to run off with a decoy safe full of fake valuables than to continue looking. 

7. Keep your car keys with you. Most key fobs have a panic button. If you hear or see someone trying to break in, hit the panic button. The last thing a burglar wants is to rob a noisy house. Most likely they will discontinue their efforts

All TREATS No TRICKS-Halloween Safety Tips

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Remind your little ghouls, goblins, super heroes and princesses of these safety tips to help keep Trick or Treating SAFE and FUN-

  • Never go trick or treating alone. Be sure to have a parent or group with you.
  • Plan and review your route ahead of time
  • Never go inside of a stranger's home even if you are invited. Only accept treats at the door.
  • Wear a reflective costume or carry a flashlight.
  • Stay on sidewalks and walkways 
  • Be very cautious of strangers on the sidewalks and in the street
  • Only go to houses with the porch light on
  • Never run across the street-cross only at corners or crosswalks
  • Watch out for cars backing out of driveways
  • Be sure to secure any loose clothing to prevent trips and falls. 

Coping with Pet Loss

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Loosing a pet is not an easy thing, but it can be therapeutic to honor them by spreading a little joy---just as your pet did for you. Consider doing these simple things to channel your grief.

  • Donate food bags of your pets uneaten food and treats to your local animal shelter. Shelters always need food, so by donating your leftovers, you will help a needy animal and prevent waste.
  • Give to a charity. Give money, volunteer to walk dogs, foster animals or spread the word on social media about rescue efforts. Most charities related to animal rescues will take donations in your pets honor.
  • Adopt. After some time passes, it may provide comfort to bring home another pet. Because pets instinctively respond to your needs, they wont be turned off by how introverted you are during this difficult time. Instead, they will gravitate closer to you as they offer unconditional love.