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Take steps to keep home, family safe

Be prepared: Considering tornado season starts in spring and hurricane season in summer, some preventive measures can keep everyone safer. Set aside one day a month to discuss your family’s home emergency plan.   Aside from discussing things like evacuation routes and checklists, assembling preparedness kits is key. Include bottled water, nonperishable foods, a flashlight, radio and a first-aid kit.  For more information on being prepared, visit www.redcross.org.

DIRK SHADD | Times (2009)

Be prepared: Considering tornado season starts in spring and hurricane season in summer, some preventive measures can keep everyone safer. Set aside one day a month to discuss your family’s home emergency plan. Aside from discussing things like evacuation routes and checklists, assembling preparedness kits is key. Include bottled water, nonperishable foods, a flashlight, radio and a first-aid kit. For more information on being prepared, visit www.redcross.org.

When it comes to the safety of your home and family, no detail is too small. This doesn't mean you should convert your house into a fortified bunker. From simple precautionary family activities to affordable home surveillance, there are several modest steps to beef up your security and new ideas to integrate into familiar routines. StatePoint Media Wires

Electrical safety: Depending on the age and layout of your home, there could be several lurking electrical hazards. One of them is the potentially tragic combination of electricity and water. A special outlet called a ground fault circuit interrupter, or a GFCI, can prevent trouble by shutting down appliances whenever they come in contact with water, particularly in rooms where outlets are located near water sources, like the kitchen and bathroom.

When it comes to electricity, there are precautionary measures to always follow. By keeping electrical circuits from getting overloaded and flammables out of the way, you could save yourself big trouble.

See home when not home: What about when you're not home? Yes, you can make sure windows are locked and the blinds are drawn. But many families are going further and installing home security cameras they can connect to the Internet and view from any computer or Web-enabled cell phone. Such devices let you know your home hasn't been burglarized when you are on vacation, or that the kids have arrived safely after school and Fido isn't chewing up the furniture.

Take steps to keep home, family safe 03/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 8:31pm]

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