A home burglary occurs every 12 seconds. The losses and strong feelings of violation and vulnerability that follow can be devastating. By taking preventive steps and developing the right habits, you can reduce your chances of becoming a target.
Securing your home begins right at your front door! Make sure you have sturdy locks and that every family member is in the habit of locking the door. Even when you're working in the yard, keep doors locked. A burglar can be in and out of your home in just a few minutes. Don't give burglars any place to hide - keep shrubs trimmed and use outdoor lighting around your home.
If you arrive home and it appears that your home has been broken into, do not go inside - call the police immediately. If you hear a burglar at night, stay in bed and pretend to be asleep. Most often a burglar will want to take valuables and leave unnoticed.
If you're away on vacation or for a business trip, be sure to keep jewelry and other small valuables in a safe deposit box. Have a friend or neighbor collect your newspapers and mail, and arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shoveled. Never leave a note on the door that indicates your absence. Leave window shades and blinds in normal positions, and use timers on both indoor and outdoor lights. Making your home look lived in while you're away will make it less of a target to intruders.
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Did you know? A fire threatens a home and family every 57 seconds
Home fires are the fifth leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.
Nearly 80 percent of all fire deaths occur where people sleep
Home fires rank as the first cause of death for children under the age of 15 at home
Escaping a fire is not easy, and because of its unpredictable nature and the manner in which it spreads, it's difficult to know where and when a fire might strike. This is why it's so important that you and your family develop and practice a fire escape plan that everyone understands. It can mean the difference between life and death.
The first rule of survival is to GET OUT IMMEDIATELY. When fire strikes your home, you may have as little as 1 to 2 minutes to escape. When you and your family prepare your escape plan, a meeting place should be prearranged. This should be somewhere safely away from the structure where all family members know to go immediately after escaping.
The use of candles around the home has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people appreciating the many scents, designs, and ambience. However, the increased use of candles has resulted in an increase of home fires. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that candles are responsible for 10,000 residential fires per year.
Most candle fires occur as a result of candles being left unattended. It is important that anyone who uses candles in the home be aware of basic fire safety and the proper use and care of candles.
The National Candle Association recommends that burning candles be always kept within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Never burn a candle on or near anything that is flammable, such as furniture, drapes, bedding, etc. It is also very important to always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. Appropriate candleholders should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to catch drippings. And, be sure that you place the holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
It is important to keep candles away from drafts, which can cause rapid, uneven burning, smoking and excessive dripping. Drafts can also blow lightweight items around, potentially causing a fire.
By taking some simple steps of caution, you can use and enjoy candles without becoming a statistic.
Candles and ChildrenAlways keep candles out of reach of children
Never leave a child alone in a room with a candle
Do not allow teenagers to burn candles in their rooms
Keep candles, matches and lighters stored up high and out of sight and reach