Tuesday, May 31, 2016

4 Ways to Storm-proof Your Home

Throughout the year, especially in the spring and summer, you might experience severe storms at your home. Protect your home before severe weather arrives by walking around the home and making a list of what needs to be done. When you know what you need to fix, then you can begin to get the materials that are needed so that your family is protected.


Check the shingles of the roof to make sure there aren't any that are loose. If there are strong winds in the storm, then the shingles could get blown away. At times, the roof could receive damage to the point that there are small holes, which would allow water to get inside the home. When you're checking the roof, it's best to check the gutters as well to make sure they are clear of debris, allowing water to drain. If your roof needs repairs, be sure to consult a roofing and construction professional.


Keep limbs of trees and hedges cleared away from the sides of the home, windows and the roof. You should also check with the electrical company to see if limbs can be cut away from power lines. If a tree limb, or tree, were to fall in the direction of the home or near a line, then it could prove disastrous as windows could be broken, and power could be lost. Any dead trees should be cut down as they are the weakest in the yard and the easiest to blow over.

Shutters and Doors

Make sure the windows and doors are supported. Qualified construction companies can install shutters on the windows to help decrease the possibilities of debris flying into the home during a severe storm. Ordinary glass windows usually don't withstand against harsh winds the way stormproof windows can. Doors can also be reinforced with a second storm door to provide a bit of protection if hail, rain, or debris does get blown into the front of the home.

The Extras

One of the things that you might not think about right before a storm is that there are toys and other items outside that can get tossed in the air. Keep all of the loose items, such as water hoses, toys and gardening tools, in a secure area. This could be a storage shed or a small plastic container that is secured to the ground.

Before storm season arrives is the time to make sure the home is protected. Examine the windows to see that they are reinforced. Check the roof as well as the limbs on the trees to minimize damage. Keep the little things put away so that they aren't blown into the side of the home. These tips can help keep your home and family safe.

Information credit for this article, particularly the information on roofing, goes to D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc.

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.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Home Security Techniques that Keep Your Family Safe

Many people view their home as a literal safe haven. It can be a place where the owner or family can unwind, let loose and relax after a long hard day. It’s where your children play, family dinners are hosted and where memories are made. That being the case, the safety and security of your home, and your family should be a top priority. There are some ways to protect your home and ensure your family is safe. Here are just a few…

Installing a Security Gate

Installing a security gate on your property is an excellent tool to protect your family and your home. Although this may be the most expensive of the three techniques mentioned here, it is well worth the money. A security gate usually involves a card or code to access the gate and has an intercom system and controls from inside the home. This allows the home owner to monitor and talk to anyone at the gate before allowing access to the property. In this way, people unknown to the homeowner or their family cannot enter and therefore an intrusion cannot occur.

Home Alarm System

Getting a wired alarm system from places like Perimeter Security Systems for your home is a great way to deter a possible break in. Most alarms have a code that is pre-programmed upon installation that is only known by the home owner. That code will be required to access the home from the outside, or in some cases to open the doors from the inside. If a door is kicked in, window broken, or any other intrusions are detected, an audible alarm is activated and the police are automatically contacted. This audible alarm works to deter a crime in progress as well as alert your neighbors that something is taking place. An intruder will most likely leave if an alarm is detected and your family and possessions will be safe.

Getting a Firearm

As a homeowner, you may register a firearm by going through the proper steps in your county to be licensed for owning and operating a firearm. After receiving this permit, and purchasing the firearm, it is wise to go to the gun range to sharpen your skills and learn about proper firearm safety, cleaning, and storing as well as handling of the firearm. If there are minors in your home, you will want to purchase a lockbox for everyone safety. If an intruder does enter your home, and is the cause of a threat to you or your family, most states allow for you to use your firearm in defending your family. Similar to having an alarm, having a firearm can deter a possible intruder as well.

There are many ways of keeping your property and your family safe, but these are some of the most common and effective techniques to do so. It may take a little extra money or time to get these services installed in your home, but it is well worth it. When it comes to the safety of your family and your beautiful home that you worked hard for, that investment in safety and security is priceless.

Written by Rachelle Wilber

Friday, May 13, 2016

Safety First: What Your Kids Should Know to Stay Out of Trouble this Summer

Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside and play and parents need to prepare them for some hazards that could be outside the home. Parents also need to take action to keep children safe whenever possible. Here is what your kids should know to stay out of trouble this summer.

Never Go Swimming Alone

Water is a major summertime danger. Kids can be easily injured or even drown while trying to swim alone. Make certain your kids understand to never go swimming without adults or a lifeguard supervising and that they should never go near bodies of water alone. Prevent a real tragedy by having them enrolled in swimming lessons as well.

Always Wear Safety Gear When Biking or Playing Sports

Riding bikes and skateboards throughout the summer is a summer classic. Even soccor and other sports games seem to ramp up this time of year and are all opportunities for being injured and getting into trouble. It takes only one second for a child to slam a bicycle into a moving car, or for an errant ball to hit someone in the face. Tell your children to always wear the appropriate safety gear when biking or playing sports for maximum protection against injuries.

Be Careful Playing around Garage Doors

It is common to see kids playing around open garage doors outside of homes during the warm months. An open garage door could be dangerous. Let your kids know to be extremely careful around these doors and have them know not to stand or sit under the door. A garage door could malfunction or be damaged and come crashing down causing serious injuries. Parents should also contact a garage door repair company like AAA Garage Door, Inc. inspect and fix any problems at the start of the summer.

Never Approach Wild or Unknown Animals

Many wild or stray animals can wander into residential areas during the summer. Inform your children to never approach wild or unknown animals, even if they seem cute or friendly. An animal like a raccoon could lash out leading to serious bites and scrapes and could even be carrying diseases like rabies.

Wear Sunscreen and Carry Water While Outside

Be sure your children know to wear sunscreen and carry water while outside in the summer. Apply sunscreen to them yourself if possible. This is going to prevent harmful sunburns and having water helps to stop dehydration that could leave your child unconscious or alone in the summer heat.

Your children might not be aware of all the potential dangers that summer brings. This is why you need to take the time to inform them about good safety practices. Following these tips will make a difference and keep your kids out of trouble this year.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Picker of Locks

If SHTF and you are anywhere near even a small a population center, one of the most important skills that you will need to know is how to pick a lock. Whether you are trying to get inside an old shed, abandoned home or gutted out grocery store – this skill may save your life. The art of picking locks may take a while to get use to, so practice up and you will be on your way!

This is an infographic for how you can prepare for a survival situation no matter where you live. If an axe or bolt cutters aren’t available, you can follow these 4 simple steps and pick right through most padlocks, deadbolts and door locks with ease. You can head over to PickerOfLocks.com for more comprehensive tutorials like how to pick a lock with a paperclip, reviews on lock picking tools and more. Don’t fear the end, get prepared!

Written by James Francisco

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