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Posted by Realty Vision on 6/23/2016

home security cameraIt's a good thing if you feel safe in your neighborhood. It shows that you trust your neighbors and that you have faith in the safety of your family. However, many of us grow so comfortable that we overlook simple security measures that will only improve the safety of your property and your family. Each year in the U.S. there are millions of property crimes carried out. Burglary accounts for a large amount of these crimes. People often say that if a burglar wants to gain entry to your home they'll find a way and determine not to take security measures seriously. If you're of the "it couldn't happen to me" mentality, read no further. But if you want to learn some basic tools and practices that will keep you and your family safer, read on.

Be the burglar

Not literally. But pretend to be. Go through the exterior of your house and think like a burglar. Check your windows. Especially the low-hanging ones. Are all of your locks secured? Do you make it a point to lock them nightly?   Test your locks.  Not all locks are created equal. Doorknob locks are often easily picked or forced open. Deadbolts are harder. However, none of these things matter if the integrity of your door is compromised. French doors, for example, are particularly easy to force open. If you're worried about your locks, consult a locksmith that can help you choose better options. Look inside your home from the sidewalk. Are there valuables within view from the street? Do you have a tendency to leave your garage door open, exposing expensive items like lawnmowers, grills, or even motorcycles? Burglars don't just target homes. Don't end your search with the house. Many items are stolen from sheds, backyards, and even off of porches, which happened to me as a child when a bicycle was taken from our porch in the night.

Tighten up security

The number of small steps we can take to improve security and mitigate risk of burglary is boundless. Here are some security tips that should be on every checklist for home safety:
  • Use a security mailbox and don't leave mail with personal information exposed in front of your home
  • Install a fireproof safe in your home. Hope for the best but plan for the worst. Keep your important documents in the safe, and better yet, keep them backed up in a secure file on the cloud like Google Drive or Dropbox.
  • Use motion light detectors. When calibrated correctly they won't go off for every car or cat that happens by and they're a great theft deterrent.
  • Tell your neighbors if you're going out of town, and have someone take in your mail/newspapers for you. Keep a kitchen light on and a car parked in the driveway if possible.
  • Don't leave spare keys under the rug or anywhere obvious. Also, keep tabs on all of the keys to your home. Know who has a copy and check up on the spare keys on occasion.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 8/22/2013

When the power goes out dangers can rise. Often times there are dangers that you don't expect. Here are some tips to keep you safe when the power goes out. If you encounter down power lines: Stay away from power lines they could be live. Call 911 if a person comes in contact with a power line. Do not touch the person as the electric current could flow through you. If your vehicle comes in contact with a power line, stay inside the car. If you must leave your car, jump clear to avoid being in contact with the car and the ground at the same time. If you lose power in the summer: Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your home. Find an air conditioned building like a shopping mall to cool down. Drink plenty of cool liquids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Eat light and opt for foods high in water content such as fruits, salads and soups. Take baths and showers (water conducts heat away from the body). If you lose power in the winter: During the day, open your blinds to let the sun warm the space. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. Place heaters on a hard, non-combustible surface. If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees F, open faucets slightly so they drip to prevent pipes from freezing. Never use a gas range or charcoal for indoor heating. Keep a gas powered generator at least twenty feet away from your home.      





Posted by Realty Vision on 5/17/2013

Bringing home baby can be stressful but making sure your home is safe for baby is a part of being a new parent. You may think that there isn't much a newborn can do or get into but before you know it your tiny little baby will be toddling around and getting into everything. Here are some quick baby proofing tips to get you started: -Check the crib slats and make sure they are no further than 2 3/8th inches apart. -No soft bedding, blankets or toys in the cribs which can cause suffocation. -Remove hanging cords and secure them from window blinds and treatments. -Plug all electrical outlets. -Set the water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. -Install locking lids on all toilets. -Store poisons, including medications in a high cabinet. All medications and toxic chemicals should also have safety lids. -Use foam corners to soften all the hard and sharp corners of tables, the hearth etc. -Install baby proof locks on drawers and cabinets. -Door locks and hinge protectors are also good ideas for doors to rooms and closets. These are just a few tips for baby proofing your home. You can find more information on how to keep kids safe from the American Academy of Pediatrics at HealthyChildren.org.







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