Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips
Many people take vacations in the summer. Houses or apartments are left alone and burglars see this as a chance to break in and steal. Make sure your home appears lived in by having your lights turn on and off during the evenings. Invest in a digital timer or have a trustworthy neighbor turn them on. Some people have a relative house sit their home. If you normally have the drapes or shades open, leave them that way. If you have a garage, make sure that it is locked. Have your mail held at the post office or again, have a neighbor get it for you. This also applies to newspaper deliveries. Let your local police station know you are going to be away. Many police stations have time for their officers to occasionally patrol your property. Don't leave a message on your answering machine that you are going to be out for a few days!

Pool or Beach Safety Tips
Always have an adult keep an eye on children while in a pool or at the beach. When at the beach, not only watching kids swimming is important, but also making sure you keep an eye on them while they are walking or running about. Many children get kidnapped on beaches. If you have a pool and a small child, you might also consider investing this summer in a pool alarm. It will detect when a substantial splash occurs. These alarms have a remote receiver that you can have inside your home. It will let you know, while your are inside, if someone or something goes in your pool.

Summer Cookouts
Many people know what precautions must be taken when you have an open fire or barbecue. One thing that has caught the attention lately by the medical field is the amount of deaths caused by children chocking on HOT DOGS! Please make sure that small children have their hot dogs cut up in small pieces. We know this is a given, but with all the fuss that goes into a family picnic, the obvious, sometimes goes unnoticed! Same applies to grapes, cherries, etc.

Self Defense Weapons Tips
Yes, these can also be an issue if you are not careful. First of all, never let a child under 18 carry a self defense product. Keep these products away from a child's reach. Second, make sure you never leave pepper spray or mace in a heated environment such as a hot summer car. Pepper spray inside it's canister can expand and burst open and cause a HOT mess! Third and lastly, keep in mind that if you are going to board a plane, you cannot carry pepper spray on board. If you are going to fly internationally, remember that in many countries, it is illegal to carry pepper spray, stun guns or Tasers!
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