Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sneaky Ways to Maintain Privacy and Safety in Your Home

These days, the number of victims of home burglary is quite alarming. According to FBI data American homes are robbed every 15 seconds. In any given time, especially if you live in a high-density area, your house may be next.

Burglars don't just take your belongings and walk away quietly, leaving you and your family unscathed. In many cases, a burglary often leads to other more dangerous crimes that can physically hurt you and your kids. That is why it is very important to make sure that you protect your family from any potential break-in.

No matter where you live, the safety of your family must be of utmost priority. The best way to ensure family safety is to apply effective security methods that can prevent a potential break-in. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to burglar-proof your home. Making simple adjustments in your lifestyle, rearranging certain things in your house, and investing in affordable yet efficient alarm systems are a few simple techniques you can use to guarantee the safety of your family.

Read on below for some tips on how you can keep burglars away.

  1. Make your house a chore to break into.

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  2. Burglars go for houses with easy access. That is why it is very important that you make your house so hard to break into, that burglars simply won’t even dare to come close to it. Here are a few ways you can make your home unappealing to burglars:

    • Use heavy-duty locks for all your doors. Consider using deadbolt locks with long horizontal bolts—these are the hardest locks to open. Remember, relying on doorknob locks are usually not enough, since burglars are experts in opening locked doorknobs with improvised keys.
    • Make sure to lock your windows before going to bed, or whenever you go out. Even small windows, if left open, can allow a burglar to access some items within reach, or even allow them to open a locked door from inside.
    • Never leave ladders outside the house that can help a burglar climb your roof or access a second story window.

  3. Invest in multiple types of alarm systems.

    If there is one thing burglars hate the most, it’s an alarm going off during a planned break-in. Take advantage of the different kinds of alarm systems available in the market that can easily scare burglars away, or even get you catch them in the act. Here are some ways to incorporate security devices in your home:
    • Place a hidden security camera in any part of your home that is most likely to serve as an entry point for burglars, to help you ensure added safety for your family. This way, you can monitor these parts of your home even from a remote area, and detect any suspicious activity right away.
    • Install alarm systems on all your windows and doors. This will allow you to catch any unwanted entrance to your home right before a burglar even gets inside.
    • Another thing that rarely fails to ward off burglars: dogs. If you have a pet, make his home or “territory” near your gate or front door.

  4. Make your house look occupied all the time.

    Even when you’re out, don’t make it appear like nobody’s home. Here are some simple tricks you can use to make burglars think that someone is home even if nobody really is:
    • Invest in automatic light timers that turn your lights on and off in normal patterns—the way they normally would if someone was in the house. This will create an illusion that someone is moving inside the house.
    • Always close the garage door so that burglars have no way of knowing if your car is parked or not.
    • If you’ll be out for a relatively long period of time—2 days or more—ask a trusted neighbor to get your mail or pick up deliveries to your house. You can also ask them to use your trash bin from time to time. This gives burglars the idea that someone is watching over the house.
    • Have your calls forwarded to your mobile phone so that you can answer them even when you’re away. Some burglars call to see if anyone’s home before breaking in.
    • Never leave a note indicating that you’re not home. This is tantamount to sending an invitation to a potential burglar.

  5. Maintain the privacy of your home.


    Oftentimes, burglars are tricky, they check the interiors of your house from afar. This way, they will know where certain items are placed; making it faster and easier for them to access these things once they successfully break into your home. Follow these tips to ensure the privacy and security of your home.
    • Use shades, drapes, and other means of covering the larger windows of your house. This will prevent any “window shopping” tactics of most burglars.
    • Strategically place eye-catching or expensive furniture, gadgets, or equipment away from windows, or glass walls (if any). Make sure that there are certain things blocking the view of any expensive property you must have inside your house.
    • • Rooms should have extra cover, as this is where most important belongings are kept. Make sure your room curtains are thick and cover your windows from end to end.

These are a just a few tips you can use to keep your home safe from burglars. You can research more about this so that you can be more creative in making up your own techniques.

Being vigilant of your surroundings and applying the necessary methods to ensure family safety are the two most important things you need in order to lead a peaceful life. During these times, when there is danger on every corner and in every street, it is always better to be safe than sorry.


Christopher Britton is an Interior Architect by day and a Freelance Writer by night. He writes for PlanItDIY.com. Circle him on Google+

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Survival Tips You Should Use For Different Injuries

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Whether at home or at work, when there is an injury from a small cut to a twisted ankle, it can be frightening. Keeping a clear head and doing a few small things while waiting for help can make a big difference. According to 911 Industrial Response Inc., a leader in industrial safety services in Grande Prairie, you can make a difference in an injured person’s recovery time and severity of the injury by following a few little tips.

Burns

If someone has gotten a burn, you should immediately remove any clothing from the affected area because some materials will melt into the burn. If clothing has already melted into the skin cut the loose clothing from around the burn to prevent further melting or pulling. Once the clothing is removed, you should soak the area in room temperature water. Some people think it should be cold water, but this can damage the tissue. If blisters appear, do not attempt to pop them.

Breaks and Sprains

If you suspect someone has broken a bone or sprained an ankle or wrist, you should immediately get that person off their feet. You will want to apply ice, if you believe it is a sprain. Removing restrictive clothing will cause the area to swell. If swelling is hampered, it might cause further tissue damage around the tendons and muscles.

Cuts, Scrapes and Bleeding

If someone has a serious injury with bleeding involved, you should take immediate action while waiting for help. You will need to clean the wound out with cool water and scrub it as best you can with soap to get any debris or dirt out of the wound. You can apply hydrogen peroxide or any other antibacterial cream you have on hand. Depending on the size and location of the wound, you will need to slow or stop the bleeding. You might be able to do that by bandaging the wound or by applying pressure to it.

Animal Bites and Stings

If you or someone else has been bitten or stung by an animal, you should immediately clean out the wound with soap, warm water and antibacterial soap. If it was an animal bite, try to contain the animal if possible. You do not want to take the chance of anyone else getting bit, so use extreme caution. If it was an insect sting, you can give the person an allergy medication like Benadryl to slow an allergic reaction.

When an injury happens, everything becomes chaotic while waiting for help. You can keep a cool head and use these tips to bring the person some relief and possible avoid further injuries.


Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.