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You’re sending your kid off for her first sleepover—it’s exciting and nerve-wracking for both of you. On the one hand, you essentially have free overnight childcare. You get your home to yourself. Maybe you and your partner can have that date night you’ve been trying to have for months. On the other hand, you’re giving someone else jurisdiction over your child for the night, and that’s a bit scary. Your kid has apprehensions, too. You can make everyone feel more at ease if you have a talk with the parent whose house your child will be sleeping at, to go over some safety matters. Who lives in the home? It won’t just be your child, his friends, and the parents at the house. There may be older children or teens living there. There could be in-laws or cousins living there temporarily. Make sure you know everyone who will be there. Meet each individual who resides there before sending your kid over. You should feel completely safe with your child being around each person under that roof—not just his friend. Get… Read more

Although we mostly associate fire with summer since that is technically fire season, the fall poses its own threats of uncontrolled flames. Much of the shrubs and trees are still quite dry for the first part of fall, and while the weather stops providing warmth, we seek it through furnaces, space heaters, and other risky alternatives. As the leaves turn red and orange, it’s time to scan your home for fire hazards so the trees are the only red and orange you see. Here are fall fire hazards to get under control, now. Clear areas in front of fireplaces Make sure the area surrounding the fireplace is completely clear. There shouldn’t be any potentially flammable object, like curtains, an indoor plant, or a sofa skirt, within at least seven feet of the flame. Set space heaters on timers If you would like to use space heaters to conserve energy and just keep one or two important rooms warm, be very careful. Space heaters are the cause of many home fires. Put them on timers so that if you forget to… Read more

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to hear a window being smashed in. At first, you might fear that it’s a window in your own home. Hopefully, you don’t go looking into that in person (since it may not be safe), but you grab your tablet or smartphone, tune into the live feed coming from your security cameras, and see that your property is, in fact, secure. So where did the smash come from? You look outside the window and realize…it was your neighbor’s home. And two or three individuals are crawling in a window, with one staying in a running van out front. Your neighbor’s property is being burglarized. What do you do? Do not try to interfere First, do not put your safety at risk by trying to interfere. You want to help your neighbor, but you may just hurt yourself if you show up with a bat in hand, ready to make threats. You should and will be of help with our upcoming tips, but not by interfering in person. Call the police Immediately… Read more

If you’re a very busy person, you might consider your car your second home. With all the time you need to spend in there, you might keep snacks, water, a change of clothes, a car charger, some books, and a number of other things to help get you through the week. While it’s convenient to let some belongings permanently live in your car, you have to remember that your vehicle is vulnerable. You likely park it on streets and in public lots several times a week. Even in your driveway, your car is still exposed to the elements and people passing by. With that in mind, here are things you should never leave in your car. Electronics You probably wouldn’t leave your laptop in plain view on your passenger seat, but don’t forget about the smaller electronics you use in your vehicle on a regular basis. A GPS system, for example,  can easily be resold for several hundred dollars. While it may be a hassle to detach it from your dashboard every time you park your car, not doing so… Read more

It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives, rushing from appointment to appointment, and barely spending time in our own neighborhood except when we’re in our homes, eating or sleeping. But taking a little time to get to know your community, stroll the sidewalks, and meet neighbors can be an important factor in improving your safety. A community that doesn’t communicate or look out for one another is an easy target for burglars, so be the neighborhood that stays in touch. Here is why befriending your community could enhance your safety. Differentiate residents from strangers If you get to know who does live in your neighborhood, as well as who their regular visitors are (between friends, family, boyfriends, and girlfriends) then you can also quickly identify when someone doesn’t live there or know someone who lives there. Having a general awareness of who regularly comes and goes from your street will help you notice any suspicious characters who look out of place. Extra eyes on your child It never hurts to know the other parents in your neighborhood… Read more