Home Safety

Backyard ‘Staycation’ Safety Tips


Summer brings more opportunities for outdoor activities around the house.  Why not plan a “staycation” in your own backyard; but play it safe:

  • Keep your grill on a level surface away from your house, garage and any flammable objects.
  • Don’t step away from a grill while it’s on, and keep children and pets at a safe distance from the flames.
  • When using charcoal, extinguish properly by breaking up the embers with a long stick or grilling tool, then covering the grill to cut off the oxygen.  Or, slowly sprinkle the coals with water.  Once the coals are cooled completely, dispose of them in a metal container.

 

 

  • Before mowing, clear the yard of any loose objects that could fly out from under the lawnmower.
  • When using power tools for yard work, wear protective gear and cover your eyes with goggles.
  • Wear protective clothing when using pesticides etc and don’t spray around children or pets and precisely follow directions.
  • Before you dig a hole in your yard for any reason call your local utility company to avoid underground gas or power lines.

 

  • Install four foot high fence around the pool area and include self-closing gates with latches out of reach of children.
  • Keep the pool area clear of toys and other objects that someone may trip over.
  • Never allow children to swim without adult supervision.
  • Place a sturdy pool cover over the pool when it’s not in use.

 

  • Place swing sets and other play equipment on level ground, and make sure legs are properly
    anchored.
  • Inspect play sets regularly for any sharp bolts, screws, nails or rot.
  • When celebrating with fireworks, wear safety glasses when handling fireworks, and have water handy to soak spent fireworks before disposing of them.

Be careful of becoming over-exposed to the sun.  Drink plenty of fluids, and seek air conditioning if you become overheated, and have fun!

Ideas taken from: https://www.horacemann.com/insurance/property-insurance/summer-backyard-safety-tips
Categories: family, holiday, Home Safety, Home Tips, Organize, Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips to Shop Safely Online


online-shopping-conceptShopping online this holiday season could leave you with your identity stolen, or at least an expensive surprise when a thief charges a ticket to Fiji on your credit card. Swearing off online shopping isn’t necessary, though. You just need some simple steps to protect yourself from online fraud, which ticks up this time of year as more people shop.

1. Strong passwords and phrases

Using a hack-free password may sound elementary. Many people, however, continue to use passwords that are too easy for attackers to figure out. To make a strong password, use some special characters, numbers or, better yet, a phrase. Phrases like “Iamthegr8est” are harder for a dictionary attack to break. Also, using different passwords for different sites is never a bad idea. So don’t leave all of your accounts open to a single password.

2. Beware of free Wi-Fi

Sometimes you’re sitting in the coffee shop, and you think, “Now would be a good time to get that gift for someone.” Don’t do it. Unsecured Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to people listening in. A fraudster can just let his or her computer gather up all the data flying around the room, and sort out the usernames and passwords later. If you’re going to shop online, do it from a password-protected network. “A lot of people connect to Wi-Fi and don’t think anything of it,” Hanson said. “Every single thing that you type is vulnerable.”

3. Don’t be phish bait

Sometimes an email can look like it’s from a trusted company or bank. Many people don’t check before they click the links, or they send back Safe-Online-Shoppingwhatever information the institution asks for without first requesting more detail, said Hanson. “Sometimes you get an email that says ‘we’d like to expedite something, click here.” Remember that emails from major retailers or banks never ask for personal information or passwords. And when in doubt, call.

4. False friends

Scammers often take advantage of the clumsy typing skills of the average person, or the fact that few people pay close attention to the Web address of a site they are shopping on. For example, Amazon’s Amazon Payments site is hosted only on certain domains — and no others. If you see an email or are directed to a website where the Web address looks close, but doesn’t match, then it’s likely a fraud, and your information could be at risk.

5. Look for the lock

6.HTTPS_On browsers such as Firefox and Safari, there’s a small lock icon next to the site address, and the “https” on the address bar. The lock shows whether the connection to the site is encrypted. If you don’t see the lock, it’s probably not a good idea to send any credit card information over that link.

 

6. Credit cards, not debit cards

Sometimes it may seem like a good idea to use a debit card, because the money comes right out of an account and keeps you honest —gift_card_1no running up huge debts. However, credit and debit cards have different rules. Generally, it’s easier to get your money back (called a charge-back) from a credit card if you get scammed and a thief uses the card. It tends to be harder to do the same on debit cards, if they offer such protection at all.  Use gift cards. That way, you need not enter your personal information on a site, and you know that there’s a preset amount of money on the card. “Most of the time, we think of them as gifts for other people,” he said. “But they are really good for this.”

 

7. Check your statements

Checking your bank statements more often is never a bad idea, but doing so during the shopping season is even more important. That way, it’s easier to spot transactions that aren’t yours. Even better, sign up for the alerts that the credit card company will send, either by email or to your phone, whenever a purchase is made. This is a good way to guard against the fraud that happens when thieves buy blocks of credit card numbers online, because the only way to know if yours is among them is when it is used. This way you’d know when that happens and can call the credit card issuer right away.

Excerpts from: http://www.livescience.com/52982-tips-safe-online-holiday-shopping.html

 

Categories: Christmas, Cyber Safety, family, holiday, Home Safety, Home Tips, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enjoy An Extra Hour of Sleep!


TIME CHANGE RESIZED

Contact me if you are in the Nashville Area!  Fall is a great time to evaluate you real estate needs.  With interest rates remaining low it is a good time to buy and with the growth taking place in Nashville your home may be worth more than you think.  Call me today for a FREE no-obligation market analysis.  My objective is to work diligently to assist you in realizing your real estate dreams.

 

Categories: Condo, family, For Sale, holiday, Home Safety, Home Tips, Real Estate | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Halloween! Some Pumpkin Carving Tips…


  • ?????????????Do not eat a pumpkin that has been carved as a jack-o’-lantern.
  • Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve.
  •  When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through.
  • When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy as well as tasty snack. A 1-inchpumpkinseeds2x thickness of the pumpkin wall is optimum.
  • Print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Use small sharp scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving into the pumpkin. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines. Cutting slits in the paper will help it to conform to the round surface.
  • As an alternative, you can tape the outline to the pumpkin and use a nail or large pushpin to score the carving lines onto the pumpkin. Connect the dots as you carve.
  • A long serrated knife or a pumpkin-carving knife with teeth will be necessary to cut through the thick flesh. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue.
  • iStock-4639032_toothpick-teeth-pumpkin-carving_s3x4_lgConsider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin, as well as the top. The pumpkin will be more stable and also easier to carve. If you plan on using a candle to light your jack-o’-lantern, be sure the opening in the bottom is large enough to fit over the candle. Place the candle on a fire-proof base large enough to accommodate the pumpkin. You can then easily lift off the jack-o’-lantern to light the candle.
  • Pumpkin-Carving-Ideas-for-HalloweenA small battery-operated flameless candleis a safer choice than traditional candles for lighting your jack-o’-lantern.
  • Sprinkle the bottom side of the pumpkin lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves to let your jack-o’-lantern do double duty as an air freshener.

cute-cat-kitten

 

from … http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/pumpkincarving.htm
Categories: family, halloween, holiday, Home Safety, Home Tips, pumpkin carving, Real Estate | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Getting Rid of Stuff Feels Good … Why?



7-General-Action-Plan-for-Decluttering-Your-Home-Successfully-1
7-General-Action-Plan-for-Decluttering-Your-Home-Successfully-2Many of us strive for a more simplified life, in which what surrounds us are things we either truly love or truly need, preferably both. To arrive at — and to maintain — such a lifestyle, we have to get rid of things, whether it’s in one fell swoop or in small doses. While it feels like a big mountain to climb, getting rid of things ultimately feels sooo good. Here’s why.

Physical space and mental space go hand-in-hand. Clutter is visual noise, and the disarray creeps into our mental faculties as well; for some of us more than others. So it stands to reason that clearing out our physical spaces, making room for air and light and growth, would be mirrored in our psyches as well. Just think how much better you work when your desk is cleaned off — now extend that to your life.Kitchen-Counter-Declutter-Before-After-Only-Took-10-Minutes

Separating from the past can heal us. We hang onto so many things because of the memories tied to them. When we de-clutter, we have the opportunity to interact not only with our physical possessions, but with the memories and feelings they trigger. This can be negative but cathartic, as when we let go of things we’ve held onto out of fear of letting go or of not being in control. The act of getting rid of these things can be painful but is nevertheless triumphant, inspiring a feeling of this has no hold on me!! as things are discarded. I think watching this interplay between our things and our personal histories is what had me hooked on Hoarders for a time.

Making decisions makes us strong. When we make a decision about something, even something as small as whether to keep those curtain rods, we dogain some control, and the feeling is addicting and self-perpetuating. If you can donate years’ upon years’ worth of children’s clothes, for instance, you’re not only making room mentally and physically. You’re also empowered to tackle that next thing that’s been hanging over you or crowding your consciousness: exercising, asking your boss for a raise, copying your pictures off your phone, whatever.

You have less stuff to deal with. This is the most obvious reward of getting rid of stuff, and most definitely not the smallest. Each thing that goes out your door is one less thing you have to find a place for, organize again and again, or clean. That, my friends, is freedom and boy does it feel good!

I found this interesting and thought you would too; I shared from: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/why-does-getting-rid-of-stuff-feel-so-good-223176

Categories: family, Home Safety, Home Tips, Organization, Organize, Real Estate | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Simple to Make Healthy Dog Treats


10746_518595488182074_2097744876_nI’m sure many of you have furry friends … I found this recipe floating around facebook and thought you might want to try making these simple doggy biscuits.
Stop giving your dog treats from China that is killing our dogs! Here is a Pumpkin Recipe that is healthy for them –
Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

Categories: family, Home Safety, Real Estate, Recipes | Tags: , , | 4 Comments

Surprising Home Fire Hazards


On average, more than 300,000 house fires occur each year in the U.S. — and most of them are preventable.  Make sure to check your smoke alarms and familiarize yourself with the fire hazards around your home — especially these surprising ones:

  • Dust bunnies: If dust collects near electrical sockets and floor heaters, just one spark can cause a fire. Sweep or download (1)vacuum your floors regularly to prevent buildup. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as behind doors or around entertainment systems.
  • Clothes dryers: Cleaning the lint trap should be part of your regular laundry routine. Left dryer_vent_cleaninguntouched, lint can build up in your dryer duct with every load of laundry. Have a professional inspect and clean your dryer at least once a year to help eliminate a fire hazard.
  • pink-glass-vase-of-pink-tulips-in-window-jessica-holden-photographyGlassware: When sunlight passes through some kinds of glassware, the concentrated ray can ignite flammable materials such as stacks of papers. Play it safe by moving all glass accessories, including vases, away from windows.
  • Loose batteries: Nine-volt batteries, which power smoke detectors, are designed with both posts on the top.img-9-volt-battery-fire-danger Bits of metal, including other batteries and loose change, can create a bridge between the posts that causes a heat-creating charge. To prevent this, keep unused batteries in their original packaging and cover the posts of expired batteries with black electrical tape before properly disposing of them.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information.

Categories: family, Fire Safety, Home Safety, Home Tips, Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: