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Nighttime Home Security. Are You Safe?

by Rebecca Shahan

You’ve probably heard it on the news or from a neighbor about someone that had a home invasion. You may think “That’ll probably never happen to me, I live in a nice, peaceful neighborhood”. Honestly, it can happen to anyone at any time. Here are some tips and tricks to help ensure that you and your family stay safe at night.

Always Lock Up. This may seem obvious, but many people simply forget or don’t bother to lock up all the windows, doors and even garage doors, simply because they don’t think they are at risk. Sure the neighborhood is safe and you know your neighbors really well, but the threat most often comes from outside your neighborhood. So, make sure to lock up. It could mean lives.

Home Surveillance System. These might be expensive, but well worth the price. Hidden home security cameras with nighttime vision are the most recommended while readily visible ones can be easily destroyed. To help, you can tie most of these systems right into just about any device or devices you want. Now you can find out if that strange noise was simply a stray animal or someone lurking about your home.

Motion Sensor Lights. Naturally you want those even when you’re just coming home from a late shopping trip. These can also be of great importance to home safety at night. Deter a not that insistent break and enter guest.

Safety can never be overrated, so be safe and check out these other great tips for nighttime safety for your home, and just as importantly, your peace of mind. Be safe!

How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

by Rebecca Shahan

Home safety is of utmost importance. Whether it’s just you or you have a family. The biggest thing most people overlook is electrical safety. Home electrical fires are estimated at around 51,000 fires a year, with nearly 500 deaths, over 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in damages. Naturally there are ways to reduce the risk to you and your family. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

  • Light Bulbs: When using light bulbs be sure to use a bulb with the correct wattage for the fixture you are using it in. A higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat and possibly cause the bulb itself to explode.
  • Outlets: When it comes to outlets it is always best not to overload them with extra adapters and power cords. Especially so in older homes that may not have a large enough power supply causing breakers to trip or overheat and very possibly cause major fires.
  • Appliances: We own many more appliances now than used to be in the average home 50-60 years ago. Appliances from a simple clock to a computer generate heat. So be sure to give the appliance plenty of circulation space and never leave blankets, towels or anything that will cover them so that they do not overheat and cause an overload or short out an electrical socket.

Electrical fires can be such a dangerous and traumatic incident that following some simple tips can save you or your family’s lives and your family’s livelihood. Here are quite a few more suggestions on how to minimize the possibility of an electrical fire in the home.

Great Ideas for Fall Décor in Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

Pumpkins. A definite sign that fall is on your doorstep or is already falling all over it with incredible speed from your trees. Matching this beautiful end-of-summer Texas wonder with fresh homey decoration ideas is a must. One way to start is with an awesome pumpkin or two on your front porch and strategically placed saucer pumpkins or fancy gourds in windowsills to add to the effect.

Don’t forget the trees outside feverishly dropping their spring and summer growth. Now is the best time to take advantage of their seasonal molting to cozy up your home with some spectacular Texan colors, like leaf art. Don’t forget the fun variety of twigs and wild berries that can become art pieces to make entertaining fall vases and inviting DIY welcome wreaths.

Don’t forget that wood stove that’s been sitting quietly over the summer. Bring out the best for your fall as the Texas nights start getting cooler, giving you a reason to huddle around the warm and entrancing flames with friends and family to remember the good old times, and to look forward to many more to come.

Tips on Staying Safe This Hallows Eve in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​All Hallows Eve. A time of making memories, scary costumes for the kids and free candy! It’s also a time to remember a little caution and safety preparation can go a long way for our little candy monsters. Let us share some fun and practical ways to stay safe for this year’s Halloween in Austin.

The chances of a car accident for a child goes up a very unpleasant amount this night more than any other of the year, so we have a few suggestions on how to keep the young ones as safe as possible.

A good way is to try integrating reflective tape or stickers into costumes and bags, as well as using face paint, non-toxic of course, as an alternative to masks that can be visually obstructive for young ones. Besides, what kid doesn’t love getting their faces painted! Also give the kids some glow sticks, glow bracelets and whatever other fun glowing things you can find for them. Not only will that be added fun to their costumes, but it will help with added visual for drivers.

Younger ones, 12 and under should never be out alone without adult supervision. Also remind the older kids to stay in areas that they are familiar with, are well lit and maybe suggest to them that going trick-or-treating with friends would be more entertaining. They’re sure to like that!

Check out this link for more tips on safety this Halloween. Most importantly, don’t let them forget to have a themselves a scary time this Halloween in Austin, Texas!

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