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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 1 of 4

Finding a home that your family will be happy with is only one step in buying process. Just because you and the other members of your family like the house itself, doesn’t necessarily mean that the home will be a good fit for you. You also have to take into consideration the location and all that that entails. You will want to be within comfortable range of your workplace, if you work outside of the home, as well as other needs such as grocery stores and hospitals, and you will also need to put some thought into whether or not the neighborhood is right for you, your spouse, and any children you may have now or in the future. This is a big decision and has the potential to impact you for quite some time so you will need to give it careful consideration.  You will want a home security firm such as ADT as well.

If you already have children or plan to, you will want to look for a neighborhood where there are other families with children already present. This serves two main purposes, it lets you know that your neighbors will be tolerant of children and alert to their presence, it also gives you and your spouse the opportunity to have peers that are also raising children nearby for support and companionship for yourselves as well as your children. Having other children nearby will encourage your child to develop social skills and friendships that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Having parents in the area that you can build relationships with will give everyone a sense of community and offer the opportunity to make lasting friendships with people who have things in common with you. Knowing and having friendly relationships with your neighbors also makes communities safer, along with an ADT security system. Everyone can look out for each others homes and children, and even the parents when hard times strike.

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Summer Birthdays: Steps To A Fun And Safe Party Part 3 of 3

Food Safety

Consider offering foods that do not contain mayonnaise, cream, sour cream dips, or any dairy products for that matter. If you feel it necessary to provide these types of foods to your guests, make sure to keep them refrigerated up until you are ready for them to be consumed. After everyone has gotten their share, get them directly to cold storage for safe keeping. Although it is tempting to put out a huge spread of attractive foods to wow your guests, don’t fall prey to this unsafe temptation. If people are going to be continuously snacking instead of eating one sit down meal at the same time, put out the snacks and foods in a rotating schedule so that nothing stays out for very long. If perishable food is allowed to come up to room temperature, it will not be safe to eat, even after being chilled again. Don’t forget that some beverages such as juice have to play by these same rules as well. If the bottle says to refrigerate after opening, that should be taken seriously because it means that if it is allowed to sit out for long it will go bad and could pose a serious health risk to individuals at your get together. No one wants to be remembered for serving the food that made everyone sick and no one needs that guilt on their conscience. Play it safe and don’t take chances with the food you serve.

Another good idea is to place individual servings of foods in small paper cups or containers, include a plastic fork or spoon and make sure to cover them tightly. This will help to cut down on the number of people that will be handling and looming over the food, possibly contaminating it.

Basically, your goal should be to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. You can enlist the help of large bowls, buckets, or troughs of ice or, for hot foods, electric warmers in order to make sure your food stays healthy and edible.

Make sure to ask each guest to report any allergies to you BEFORE the party. If there are any, namely peanut, seafood, or wheat allergies, don’t take on the task of trying to keep the contaminated separate from the allergen free foods. This can be much trickier than it seems, especially if the allergy is severe. Instead, work you menu to avoid using the allergen at all, this way you won’t have to have the stress of trying to make sure the allergic person or people don’t come in contact with the harmful substance on your watch. Even so, it’s never a bad idea to have an epi pen handy in case a sudden onset of an allergic reaction. If the persons allergy is serious, don’t waste time before calling medical personnel.

If you’re looking for more ways to keep your family and others safe at your home you might want to consider an ADT security system. There are some great deals going on now at ADT‘s official web page.

Summer Birthdays: Steps To A Fun And Safe Party Part 2 of 3

Harmful Litter and Objects

Regardless of whether the party will be on your property or in a public area, make sure to take some time out to pick up trash, sticks, fallen tree branches, and other potentially harmful debris from the party area. While you are at it, scan the yard as you walk for any holes which could cause a trip and fall or a twisted ankle. Also be on the lookout for poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, or bushes or trees with edible-looking berries that could make children sick. If there are trees or man-made structures nearby, check branches, trunks, eaves, gutters, and overhangs for hornet’s, bee’s, or wasp’s nests and make sure to find out if anyone at the party have severe allergic reactions to insect stings. If so, and perhaps just as a precautionary measure, it would be a good idea to have an epi-pen on hand in the event of such an emergency.

If there are sandboxes or sand under a play structure for shock absorption, rake through the sand thoroughly to make sure there is no broken glass or other sharp objects.

Party Favors

Check party favor packaging for age suitability recommendations and make sure to stay within the guidelines. If there will be small children present, consider going with higher quality favors as cheap ones have the tendency to break apart which can pose a serious choking hazard or cause cuts with their sharp, broken plastic edges.

Hygiene

Providing supplies for proper hand washing is also a very important aspect when it comes to the health and safety of the children. Make sure that food and drink servers wash their hands often and that all the guest wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before eating.

Another aspect of protecting your family is keeping your home safe from intruders with a quality alarm system from a trusted company such as ADT.  Summer time means higher crime, so check out the great ADT deals that are going on now.

Summer Birthdays: Steps To A Fun And Safe Party Part 1 of 3

Throwing an outdoor birthday party for your child during the summer months can be a lot of fun. It can be extremely rewarding to watch the smiling little faces and hear the sounds of laughter. The last thing that any parent wants to happen on such a happy occasion is for an accident, illness, or injury to disrupt everyone’s good time. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take well before the first guest arrives in order to prevent such and incident from occurring. Keep in mind that if you have an ADT alarm system, your keypad will have a panic button to press in case of accident, poisoning, fire, etc.

As you are planning your child’s summer birthday party, you’ll want to be aware of the surroundings where the children will be playing. Use caution when choosing a location, especially if you are familiar with the area, there may be many safety hazards in your own backyard or local park that may be disguised by sheer familiarity. Keep the following tips in mind in order to keep your child and all the other party goers safe, happy, and healthy while they are under your watch. Once you know what hazards to look for and avoid, volunteer to help out other parents who are throwing parties that your child will be attending for the safety of your child and others. Also, don’t forget to educate your child or children about the potential hazards that they should be looking out for. This way, they are more likely to stay safe even when you can’t be with them.

Balloons

Balloons are one of the most common decorations for birthday parties, indoors and out. However, they are not necessarily a safe choice for all age groups. Younger children in particular can choke on broken or uninflated balloons very quickly. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission reports that balloon have led to more suffocation deaths in children than any other single toy. Just keep a cell phone nearby for emergency calls and don’t forget that your ADT alarm panel can be used to alert help.

Keeping The Family Safe During Disaster (Part 2)

Disasters can happen suddenly and without warning. Everything from a home break-in to a flood or a tornado can instantly throw your normal life into a fast paced panic. Planning is everything, and it can be the key factor in saving you and the life of your family.

Last time we talked about the importance of keeping emergency spare cash on hand at all times, as well using an extra mobile phone to dial 911, even if the phone has never had service or has had service shut off.

Now let’s talk about keeping your children informed and ready. This is especially important if you have older children that might be at home alone at times, like during the summer or after school.

Your children should have easy access to any emergency phone numbers that matter: police department, fire department, poison control centers, doctors, and other family members’ contact information. If you have a teen with a cell phone, make sure they have this information programmed in! 911 is easy to remember, but not too many children, or adults for that matter, know poison control center or doctors’ information by heart.

Phone numbers are important for communication and survival. Ensure that your child knows how to get a hold of as many trusted family members as possible in case of serious emergency or events that can separate entire families such as floods and earthquakes.

For children who may arrive home from school before an adult arrives, seeing a supposedly locked door opened or signs of an obvious break-in, fire, or other situation can be frightening. If possible, speak with a neighbor that you know and trust, and have an understanding with your child that if they arrive home to anything suspicious, they are to report to that safe neighbor and contact you or an alternate family member.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Keeping the Family Safe During Disaster

We can take preventative measures to protect our families, such as the use of home security systems, but we can never predict things like natural disasters, violent threats, or break-ins and terrorist attacks. It’s important to have a good, solid family plan to ensure the maximum safety of you and your loved ones.

In these days of such economic hardship it’s very tough to keep extra money in the bank at times. Many people are living paycheck to paycheck and barely making ends meet. But whether or not you can keep money saved in the bank isn’t nearly as important during a natural disaster as keeping cash money in your wallet or other immediate safe place that you can ensure easy access to. Even $20 can be a lifesaver in the event of a robbery, home burglary, or a disaster that results in power outage that would make ATM access more dangerous or harder to come by, given the event.

Another good thing to have in a safe room, hidden in the car, or somewhere easily accessed is an extra mobile phone. If yours is stolen, broken or destroyed, you’ll need emergency call center access. It is federal law in the United States that every cellular phone network must allow an attempted 911 emergency call regardless of whether or not the phone has ever had any service or has suspended or inactive service. So, don’t throw away that old cell phone, keep it charged and tucked away.

Along with an extra inactive emergency-only phone and at least a little bit of cash held back for disasters, it’s also important to fully instruct your child about procedures during different disaster situation types. Next time, we’ll discuss briefing your child about emergency phone numbers, as well as a few other things to ensure the survival and safety of your loved ones.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Is It A Cold?… Or Mold?: How To Tell And What To Do Next (Part 2 of 2)

At the root of all of these physical reactions is an elevated level of toxic spores. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to protect your home and family from these dangers.

A simple visual inspection of you home can give you a good idea of whether mold is present. Keep in mind, though, that it prefers dark, damp growing conditions so you’ll need to check basements, under carpets and pads, and in other somewhat hidden locations in addition to what is readily visible. If any water damage or leaks have occurred, the chance of mold increases. Mold growth will usually show up 24 to 48 hours after water saturation occurs.

Mold may also hide inside cabinets, behind drywall, under baseboards, or behind wallpaper. Check behind bubbled or peeling paint, particularly on windowsills, in basements, crawl spaces, and attics. Any substance that looks slimy, dark, furry, or otherwise suspicious may be mold. It will typically be accompanied by a musty odor.

If you do locate mold inside your home, the next step is to identify what type of mold you’re dealing with. Specially trained mold inspectors should be brought in to determine the type, source, and extent of your infestation. They will identify the mold by collection samples and sending them to a lab for further analysis.

Another more cost effective option is to purchase a home mold testing kit. These do-it yourself kits are able to detect the presence of mold and provide you with the data you will need in order to have the mold identified. These kits can be purchased online and even at some home improvement and “super” stores.

Inside the kit, you will find instructions explaining how to collect a usable mold sample. You will then be asked to send the specimen to a laboratory for testing. The laboratory will then determine whether the mold is benign, allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic.

Once the type of mold has been analyzed, you will then need to decide on their next course of action. If the mold appearing in your home is found to be toxic, a mold specialist may be your safest bet. A mold specialist will be able to safely and professionally remove the mold infestation. Some homeowners insurance will cover the costs of professional mold removal.

In most instances, mold removal is a simple process involving the removal of a small section of wall or floorboards at the source of the infestation. In more severe cases the process could require some substantial deconstruction and reconstruction. In this sort of situation, other contractors including plumbers, roofers, foundation specialists, etc. could be required in addition the specialists doing the actual mold removal.

For the best in home security, I recommend selecting one of the premium home security systems from ADT, the nation’s leading provider of security services. ADT home security systems can provide a critical lifeline to emergency response services in case of home invasions, medical emergencies and fires.
Because of the growing number of infestation reported each year, some states have passed laws and started programs designed to help to protect consumers from the damaging physical and financial effects of toxic mold damage in the home.

Is It A Cold?… Or Mold?: How To Tell And What To Do Next (Part 1 of 2)

With warmer weather moving in, many fun and healthy outdoor activities will soon be able to be enjoyed by individuals and families all across the country. However, spring also brings with it an elevated risk of certain health hazards such as indoor mold infestation. Some types of mold commonly found in and around households can be considered little more than a nuisance and can be removed with a spray bottle of diluted bleach and a sponge. However, other types can cause very serious health problems, especially in individuals with preexisting conditions such as allergies, asthma, emphysema, and other respiratory problems.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the most dangerous type of mold to have in your home. Still, no type of mold is good to have around and all infestations should be dealt with correctly and promptly. It is important to know how to spot mold growth around the home and to be able to identify signs and symptoms of mold exposure in family members.

There are many different ways that mold allergy can manifest itself physically in humans. They range from mild allergy symptoms (scratchy eyes, stuffy nose, etc.) to severe and chronic upper respiratory infections and life threatening seizures. The more toxic the strain of mold you are exposed to and the higher the concentration and duration of exposure, the more severe the symptoms will be.

After exposure to mold, individuals may experience brittle nails, frequent nosebleeds, and even hair loss. Prolonged mold contact can even lead to cancer, anaphylaxis, reproductive organ complications, and major weight loss.

Scientists have been able to identify over one hundred different species of molds that exists within everyday living environments. Although not all molds are toxic, there are around fifteen species that have been proven to cause health problems in humans.

Doctors from all across the US have been reporting an increase in the number of patients with toxic mold related conditions. No one is sure as to what is causing this increase, but it is an undeniable fact that more people than ever are being affected by mold related health problems.

For the best in home security, I recommend selecting one of the premium home security systems from ADT, the nation’s leading provider of security services. ADT home security systems can provide a critical lifeline to emergency response services in case of home invasions, medical emergencies and fires.

New Year Resolution ’09: Create A Home Escape Plan (For Real!)

Any situation that would cause your family to need to execute their home escape plan is going to be a frightening one. Fear can cause mistakes in judgment to be made, especially when young children are involved. Otherwise responsible kids can become overwhelmed by emergency situations and react in ways that make it difficult to get them to safety quickly, such as hiding, struggling, or simply freezing up. Although these defense mechanisms are perfectly normal, they can have tragic results.

Kids aren’t the only ones, either. Don’t forget that adults, too, can become flustered into poor decision-making. Even if you stay cool as a cucumber under stress, toxic gases can cause dizziness and disorientation that could cost you valuable time if you need to think about what to do next in order to get yourself and your entire family to safety. Fortunately, there is a simple, two-step way to combat the fear that arises from unexpected emergencies.

1 Expect them.

2 Have a plan.

Last year alone, there were 3,430 Americans killed in fires. Half of the fire related deaths reported are adults, the other half are children and senior citizens. The vast majority of these fatal fires occur in the victim’s own home. Properly executed escape plans have been proven to have the power to reduce those numbers significantly and really should be taken seriously.

To ensure your escape plan goes off without a hitch, each family member will need to know exactly what will be expected of them in the event of a fire or any other reason a family might need to abandon their proverbial ship. The only way to make sure everyone in your family knows their part is by practicing the home escape plan together. Make it fun, make it pizza night; most importantly, make it happen.

Even with a plan in place, your family’s first line of defense comes from knowing a few precautionary measures that will lower your household’s risk of ever having an uncontrolled fire break out. Make sure you have working smoke detectors or monitored fire detection provided by way of your home security system. Encourage family members to sleep with their bedroom doors closed. This reduces the chance of smoke inhalation occurring before fire or smoke sensors are triggered. Also, it takes about twelve minutes for a fire to burn through a typical wooden door. That gives the occupants about the same amount of time to get out of Dodge or, if unable, signal for help.

Protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.