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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 2 of 4

Judging whether or not a neighborhood offers enough other families for your family members to interact with is only part of choosing a great neighborhood to purchase a home in. Another very important element when it comes to neighborhood selection is the school district your children will be placed into. This is especially important for families that are planning to send their children into the public school system. If you opt to go with a private school, you will want to go ahead and find one in the area, close enough so that you can provide your child with timely and reliable transportation, that you will be happy with. This should be done even if the prospect of school is still years away for your children. It’s also wise to have more than one good option for your child’s education available in the area just in case your financial situation, your child’s learning needs, or the available of the school or program that you are interested in enrolling your child in happens to change.

One website to check out if you are looking for information on the school systems in particular areas is http://www.Homes.com. They have information regarding the number and type of schools located within a specified zip code, the student population of those schools, and other pertinent information. If you have young children, or may have one in the future, you will also want to look into child care options as well as early learning centers and preschools. More and more parents are discovering the benefits that come from enrolling their young children into educational and social programs prior to kindergarten and you will want to be well versed on your options and alternatives as far as that is concerned. These types of programs should be looked into well before you will require their services as, depending on the area and program, some tend to have extensive waiting lists that can be months or even years long.

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Keeping The Family Safe During Disaster (Part 3)

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 (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 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.

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Why You And Your Family Should Be Anti-Antibacterial

Take a stroll down your friendly, neighborhood soap aisle these days and you’ll be hard pressed not notice that about 75% of liquid soaps you are likely to encounter will be prominently touting their “antibacterial” formula on their label. It’s not a trend that’s likely to change any time soon, either. The popularity of “antibacterial” additives in dish and hand soap continues to grow. As a result, new types of bactericidal soap and other cleaning products designed specifically to kill bacteria are added to the market on an almost daily basis.

So, why do we suddenly need this hardcore, germ-slaughtering soap?
Because it gets rid of more badness than regular soap, right?
Right?
Well…

Although the price of “antibacterial” soaps tend to run higher than the normal stuff, like many things, that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice. In fact, the special chemical additives found in products that say they’re “antibacterial” don’t do anything normal soap doesn’t do already. Add to that the possible harm that those extra chemicals can cause and you’ve got two really good reasons to go anti-antibacterial.

Soap works by breaking up the bonds that hold water together and then reassembling them around oil molecules, dirt particles, and, yes, even bacteria, trapping them so that they can be easily washed away.

Still not convinced?

Consider these facts:

Triclosan, the most common chemical added to soaps to kill bacteria, must be allowed to work for close to two minutes before it can handle its business. Perhaps your family is a different story, but I have a hard time getting the required 18 seconds of hand washing time out of mine.
Bacteria can develop a resistance to antibacterial agents with frequent exposure. This is the cause of so-called superbugs, which, today, is a hugely underrated threat to our society.

Antibacterial agents are not selective. Even normal, beneficial populations of bacteria that are always present on healthy human bodies are fair game to the chemicals. Good bacteria helps keep our bodies clean and protected against other bacterias that do cause illness.

Sicknesses are often caused by viruses, not bacteria. Antibacterial soaps offer no protection from those organisms.

Simply washing your hands thoroughly with plain soap and very warm water is still one of the best ways to ward off infection.

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Escaping Smoke: To Crawl Or Not To Crawl

Over the years, I’ve periodically stopped to wonder whether getting and staying low during a fire is really the best thing to do. I had suspicions that although smoke and heat rise, some of the heavier, more toxic fumes may wind up hanging out closer to the floor.

So, I decided to check into the matter and this is what I was able to find out:

Nothing has changed since kindergarten.

Each and every single source I was able to rustle up still recommends the good old low-crawl in the event you need to pass through smoke in order to escape from a burning building.

Even though I pretty much proved myself wrong about the sinking toxic fume thing, I’m glad to hear crawling out of structure fires is still in style. It always did strike me as one of the more entertaining elements of being caught up in that sort of emergency situation. Paling only in comparison to that high-energy activity that burning people everywhere should engage in- Stoppin’, Droppin’, and Rollin’ those worries away. Rolling around on the ground is more than just fun, it’s functional too. It smothers the fire by removing its oxygen supply. Just remember to cover your face while you roll and it’ll be nothing but good times for the whole family.

If the circumstance happens to arise and you or a family member ends up with a burn of the non-emergency variety, get the wound under cold, running water (do not apply ice!)and keep it there for 10-15 minutes or until it stops hurting. Oh, and never put butter or any other oily substance on a burn; this will hold in the heat and prolong the burning process.

Home fires can be devastating. I recommend that you help protect your family with an ADT home security system, including a monitored smoke alarm. A monitored smoke alarm ensures that the fire department responds in an emergency, even if you are asleep or away visiting family. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years in business.

Choosing Your Escape Routes

One very good first step when planning your family’s home fire escape plan is to draw up a floor diagram of your house and highlight the regular and emergency escape routes. Every room should have at least two exit routes. This will help to ensure each member of the family knows the quickest way to get outside safely from anywhere in home. by at least two routes.

Family members should practice opening their bedroom windows in order to become familiar with their operation. Any non-functioning or sticky windows should be repaired immediately. The family should be instructed that, during a fire, if an exit window is stuck, it will need to be broken out with a hard object and a blanket or towel should be placed over the frame to keep climber-outers protected from sharp glass.

Make sure the whole family knows the safe way to exit from a window:

1. Slide out on the stomach, feet first.

2. Hang on with both hands.

3. Bend the knees when landing.

In 1987, a residential fire occurred in Phoenix. A family of four was tragically killed after becoming trapped behind security bars they had installed over their windows. If you decide your family needs that kind of extra security, only fire-safe bars equipped with a single-action quick-release device should be used.
Special provisions need to be taken into consideration if living in a home with infants, young children, or a disabled or elderly individual who may need additional help during an escape. This should be discussed while creating your family’s home fire escape plan so all members are kept in the know.

At a safe distance from the house, a special meeting place should be established. Choose something that isn’t likely to be moved, such as a neighbor’s flag pole or large tree. What ever location you choose, make sure everyone knows it is where to meet in the event of an emergency evacuation of the home. This will keep family members from wandering around looking for each another, or worse, being tempted to re-enter an unsafe house in an unnecessary rescue attempt.

Once outside, decide who will be the one to make sure the fire or other emergency is reported as soon as possible. If anyone is missing, relay that information to the fire department upon first contact and inform them of possible whereabouts. Never allow any member of the family to go back in the house for any reason.

Practice your home escape plan with the family often and make sure it gets updated if there are any pertinent changes.

protect your family with an ADT home security system, including a monitored smoke alarm. A monitored smoke alarm ensures that the fire department responds in an emergency, even if you are asleep or away visiting family. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years in business.

Keeping Kids Safe: Yard Safety

Some of my favorite memories of childhood are based around backyard picnics and lazy days in the hammock swing. Make sure your child’s backyard memories are happy ones by keeping the outside of your home as safe as possible.

1. Don’t allow children to play outside while a lawn mower or any other dangerous tool or piece of machinery is being operated. When not in use, ensure all tools and other yard and garden equipment are kept well out of harms way.

2. When grilling out, keep kids safely away from the cooking area. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from the house, piles of brush, or anything else that could easily catch fire. Always stay alert and nearby when using a grill or other fire whether children are nearby or not.

3. If you have a pool or even a small fish pond, do not let children play in or around them without responsible adult supervision and even then, the adult should stay close enough to touch them at all times. All pools should have a security fence that covers all points of access equipped with a self-closing gate. Even large buckets can pose a drowning risk to small children; store buckets upside down to prevent them from accumulating water.

4. Keep all steps and walkways free from obstacles and in good repair.

5. If you have a play structure in your yard, cover the ground underneath with wood chips, mulch, or other material that will cushion falls.

6. Keep all chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, fuels, and fluids put away and in a locked storage place.

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.

Garage Safety: Part II

4. Garages are often used to store toxic chemicals. If you are going to use your garage in this way, keep poisonous, flammable, or otherwise dangerous substances under lock and key, literally. Throw out any toxins that you don’t absolutely need to have around. Make sure that the products you do keep remain in their original containers with readable labels.

5. Never keep gasoline, propane, or kerosene in any type of container that wasn’t specifically designed for their storage.

6. Ladders should be stored horizontally to prevent them from being knocked over or climbed on.

7. Lawn tools should be stored either on secure wall brackets made to hold tools of the type you plan to hang from them or in an upright storage container such as a wooden box with high sides. In both circumstances, sharp or pointed ends should be pointed downward, and if wall-mounted, dangerous ends should point toward the wall.

8. Garages should be well-lit and free of clutter in walkways.

9. Install a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) the main circuit breaker or an outlet, this will not only prevent wires from overloading but will also protect against shocks.

10. Check the walls separating your home and garage to ensure that you have an effective fire wall that will prevent garage fires from quickly spreading to the rest of the house.

11. Throw out rags or towels that have been used in conjunction with gasoline, grease, paint, oil, or any other toxic or flammable substances immediately after use.

12. Make sure your garage has a fire extinguisher rated “A-B-C”, meaning the extinguisher can put out all types of fires, including wood and paper, electrical, and gasoline or grease fires.

Protect your family with an ADT home security system, including a monitored smoke alarm. A monitored smoke alarm ensures that the fire department responds in an emergency, even if you are asleep or away visiting family. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years in business.