Monday, November 24, 2014

The Basics of Urban Home Defense

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It is no surprise that people in urban environments lock their doors more regularly and take a defensive posture more readily than those in suburban and rural environments. Unknown is whether or not this behavior is associated with higher crime rates per capita in cities or the fact that one is more likely to encounter more strangers than familiar faces in cities. Regardless, there are proven tactics to better secure living spaces in urban areas.

Layering Security

Think of security as an onion. The core of that onion is the family and belongings being protected from accidents and criminal behavior. The layers surrounding the core are each independently functioning security protocols and equipment. Security protocols include things such as not walking down dark alleys at night and making sure to see who is at the door before answering it. Security equipment comes in all types and varieties, from early warning equipment such as alarm systems to defensive equipment such as custom locksmith-made door locks.

Alarm Systems

A serious crime committed in a neighborhood gets other homeowners primed to add to their own home security setup. This usually involves a call to an alarm company. This is a great first step in securing any home or apartment. Alarm companies today install perimeter and motion detection systems as well as smoke and carbon monoxide warning devices. They are all connected to a central alarm system that is monitored around the clock. Basic systems are often low cost or free with a monitoring agreement. Being connected to a monitoring agency is a layer of security unto itself because someone is there to send help to occupants who cannot help themselves.

Home Fortifications

Going beyond early warning of criminal entry, a developing fire or an appliance leaking deadly carbon monoxide is fortifications to deny or resist forced entry. The costs for these types of fortifications really have the sky as the limit, but even homeowners on a budget can install devices that help keep the criminal element on the outside. For apartment dwellers, a specialist from Davies Lock & Door Services Ltd. says that simply changing out the old locks upon moving in will improve security. There is no knowing who has a key for old locks. Also, some older locks are easy to defeat while custom locks made by a locksmith are not.

Additional Home Defense Measures

Even meager budgets can afford more elaborate security upgrades if they are added a little at a time. Security grates added to ground floor windows may not be affordable to add all at once but may fit into a tight budget adding one at a time. The addition of outdoor lighting that have motion detection switches is a good deterrent. Nothing startles intruders like a bright light suddenly announcing their presence. A well-trained pet dog is also a deterrent. Not a guard dog, but just a common canine who is part of the family and knows when and when not to bark.

Security Protocols

Leading in home and family protection is all family members following standard safety and security protocols without fail. Locking doors and windows should be routine. Everyone who answers the door should know who is on the other side before opening it. Surveillance cameras are a great help here. Children should have clear instructions as to how to respond to strangers to prevent luring and abductions. Adults should not take unnecessary risks just for the sake of convenience.

As a planted onion develops its outer layers a little at a time as it grows, so should the layers of security for a family. It should be adapted according to risk and budget. However, above all personal security protocols should be things the whole family is willing and able to participate in. Add protocols and equipment a little at a time, and reassess the entire security system in place on a regular basis.


Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Emergency Water Preparedness: How to Distill Clean Drinking Water

If you are an adventurer, you must know how to distill clean drinking water. Hikes, expeditions and all sorts of thrilling adventurers in the wild require survival knowledge and experience. Drinking water is one of the most important life supporting necessities. Without food we can survive for quite some time, but without water we can not last long because our bodies are made out of it. Therefore, it is more than important to know how to prepare yourself water that is safe enough for consummation. Learn your lesson because it can save your life.

Actually, everyone should have at least basic understanding of drinking water distillation because this is one of the most important things in life. There is no guarantee that you won't find yourself in a situation where life sustaining skills and knowledge would be determinative. After natural disasters, transportation accidents, and many other unfortunate events, there is a very high possibility that the water supply won't be enough to ensure your safe being till you get out of the situation. In crisis, our bodies tend to dehydrate really fast, therefore we should always have a descent supply of drinking water.

Using water with uncertain purity for drinking, cooking or even washing may put our health at risk. Taking water from random sources is very dangerous because it could have infectious character. Water that hasn't been distilled could contain various micro-organisms, germs, bacteria, parasites or chemicals. Splendid Deep Cleaning would like to give you some survival advices which everyone should know.

The easiest and most common method for drinking water preparation is boiling. All you need is a water container and a heating source that will warm the water till it reaches the boiling temperature. Once the water starts boiling distinctly - with nice big bubbles, leave it for about five to ten minutes. It would be wise to filter the water before boiling. A t-shirt fabric will do the job. After boiling you could pour it several times from one container to another. That process with add more oxygen to the water content, so it will taste better and it will have more life sustaining qualities. Boiling kills almost all of the dangerous bacteria and micro-organisms but it doesn't remove all the heavy metals, chemicals and salts. Bear that in mind if you are planing to boil water with poor quality.

Water distillation is a more efficient method for processing water for direct consummation. In camping or emergency conditions, you will have to find heat source and two containers – larger one and smaller one that fits inside. You will also need a flat lid that will cover the larger container. River water, spring water, rain, snow or even sea water can be distilled for drinking. Pour the water in the larger container and place the smaller one inside. Leave it floating above the surface or hang it somehow to the lid. Place the lid to cover the container and let it boil. The steam which evaporates from the boiling surface cools on the lid surface and condenses. The condensed water is pure and falls - drop by drop - down inside the smaller container. The collected water will be good enough for drinking. The distillation method kills the boiling resistant bacteria and removes even salt, heavy metals and some chemicals. The overall process requires more time and preparation but it is more effective than boiling.

Every human being must have basic survival knowledge. We have to know how to sustain our lives, if we find ourselves in a natural environment. Since we are made out mostly out of water, so we should learn how to prepare drinking water in case of emergency.


Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.