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Home Safety Resources (10)

Home Security Checklist
This site by the Sacramento County, California Sheriff gives you an excellent checklist for securing your home, but most importantly, to make you aware of steps you can take to discourage a burglar from targeting your home in the first place. It is a literal checklist with Yes and No checkboxes. Every No checkbox is an item you should probably put down on a priority list to take some action. The checklist is divided into the following categories to make it easier for you to draw up a plan of action: Exterior Doors, Garage and Sliding Door, Protecting Windows, Outdoor Security, Security When Away from Home, and Outdoor Valuables and Personal Property. Taking Outdoor Security as an example, the items are: shrubs and bushes are trimmed to there's no place to hide; no dark areas around the house, garage or yard where prowlers can hide; every outside door has a bright working light to illuminate visitors; floodlights are used appropriates; lights are on in the evening whether someone is home or not and motion-sensitive lighting is installed; and finally, the house number is clearly displayed so police and emergency vehicles can quickly find you.

Safety Advice for Installing a Firepit or Chiminea on Your Deck
You can install a firepit or chiminea on your deck safely. Get the advice you need to do so by reading this informative article. It starts with the basics, like checking with your local municipality to familiarize yourself with local codes. The article also reminds new fire pit or chiminea owners to read the manual thoroughly before operating it for the first time. Safety reminders about not leaving the backyard firepit unattended and keeping the area clutter-free are listed here.

Mobile Home Fire Safety Tips
People who live in mobile homes have different safety issues than those who live in other types of residences. One of the greatest dangers has to do with fire. Find out from AARP how to keep your mobile home safe with these helpful tips. AARP's page says don't bring combustible materials into your unit; don't smoke in bed or use an open flame; don't leave food unattended; be careful about trapping electric cords against walls where heat can build up; refrain from using electric space heaters and be very careful when using portable heaters, keeping combustible items at least three feet away; and only use UL-approved electric blankets and warmers, making sure cords are not frayed. Importantly, you family should have an escape plan and practice it once a month. You should also designate a meeting location away from home.

Power Safe Tips for Your Home and in Your Neighborhood
Mishandling electric power is every dangerous for homes and the entire neighborhood. Here are four sets of helpful tips that can help you. The first set is how to how to safe at home when it comes to power, which includes not to overload circuits and always use cords with a third (ground) prong. The second set of tips is how to plan your work if it is near the power lines. The third set is how to perform dangerous activities that can potentially lead to be electrocution, such as installing antenna at the roof. The fourth and last set of tips is how to avoid danger zones especially children.

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