Gun Safe Buyer’s Guide

December 23rd, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

Owning a gun is a big responsibility. There are many precautions and safety issues related to gun ownership, including owning a gun safe. You can reduce the risk of harm in your home by storing your firearms in a well-constructed, secured gun safe.

You may be an expert in handling firearms and consider yourself to be gun-safe, but visitors to your home may not be, especially if there are children in the home. If they have access to your firearms, you could be putting your guests, as well as family members at risk. And did you know that in some states, if a gun is stolen from your home and used in a crime, you could be held legally responsible for any damage related to the incident?

One way to prevent potentially dangerous situations and be “gun safe,” is to keep your guns locked in a secure gun safe. Not all gun safes are the same and not all safes are designed for holding just any type of gun. With so many gun safes to choose from, you will want to make sure you choose the best, and the right safe for your gun, or collection of guns.

There are practically an unlimited number of gun safes for sale, and multiple types to choose from. With multiple gun safe manufacturers, as well as multiple makes and models, you are sure to find the one that fits your needs.

When shopping for a gun safe, here are some guidelines to follow, and specifics to look for to help you choose the right safe:

  • Shell Strength
  • Wall Thickness and interior design
  • Type of locking mechanism
  • Fire protection on inner portion of safe, especially for paper and media
  • Slide out drawers for handguns
  • External finish is rust resistant
  • Purchase a safe larger than you think you’ll need. It should be large enough to hold all of your guns - at least 58” tall by 30” wide

When installing your gun safe into your home, it’s a wise decision to choose a safe location that is easy access, and has ample lighting. You will also want to install it in area that’s free of water drainage issues; such as a basement. When installing your safe, install it away from walls to have full access of the safe door.

Use bolts to anchor the safe to the floor and consider adding a burglar alarm system to your home for added security and peace of mind. This is especially true if your gun collection is a valuable collection.

Keeping your gun collection locked in a gun safe is always the best decision. Making sure you have the proper safe for your collection is top priority. Locking your guns into a safe that is adequate in size and construction, as well as following all recommended guidelines for installation and gun storage is always the best and safest decision.


Best Reviewed Gun Safes

December 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Consumer Protection, Home Safes, Home Storage, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

No matter what gun safe you purchase, you want to make sure you are getting the best one for your money. Before you buy, you will want to do your research on the types of gun safes available, to find the right gun safe for you and your needs, as well as the best one for your money.

There are not only multiple brands of gun safes to choose from, but multiple types. You can choose from a freestanding floor safe, a wall safe, even an in-ground floor safe. Doing your research before you buy will help you to be sure you are getting what you need and want in a gun safe.

Reviewing gun safe reviews can help you make the most educated decision on your gun safe purchase. Some of the most popular and positively rated gun safes are:

  • Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 gun safe- For a single handgun, the Gunvault Speedvault SV500 gun safe got great reviews. It mounts in small spaces, easy to use and offers electronic entry access. The Gunvault Speedvault SV500 gun safe got great reviews.
  • SentrySafe G1459E 14-Gun Electronic Lock Safe, Black Powder Coat- The SentrySafe G1459E 14-Gun Electronic Lock Safe, Black Powder Coat received 4 1/2 stars for its features. Standing at 59.0 - Inches in height and 21 inches in width, it can store multiple weapons. It contains 3 steel live locking bolts and 3 dead bolts as well as it contains a hardened steel plate that protects from drill attack.
  • Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock - The Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock received great reviews for being convenient, durable and for offering a key or electronic access. It can store one gun or hold multiple smaller guns such as, 2 compact revolvers and a Compact Semiautomatic Pistol. It is durable, made of thick steel, and can be kept in smaller spaces.
  • Homak HS30103660 8-Gun Security Cabinet, Gloss Black - This gun cabinet received excellent reviews for being a very safe cabinet. It is a hard cabinet to break into. Although this is not considered a safe, but security cabinet, it can hold about 8 rifles and ammo.. It is very well secured and comes highly recommended.

Keep your gun where it belongs, in a safe. When looking for gun safes for sale, review what others are saying about the safe you are interested in to get their feedback. No matter what it is you are looking for, you can find a safe to hold your single gun, or collection of guns. With multiple types of gun safes to choose from, you can have the added security you need and want for your gun.


How to Install a Gun Safe

December 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Consumer Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Family Safety, Home Safes, Home Storage, Security | No Comments »

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a gun safe, you’ll want to make sure you install it correctly to be sure you get the intended benefits of owning the safe. Correctly installed and used, it can be an excellent way of keeping your firearms safe and protected.

Before beginning installation, be sure to read the instructions thoroughly. Different safes may have different installation requirements, space needed for your safe; the types of tools needed for installation, and directions on how-to install it. Installing your safe correctly helps to insure you get the maximum benefits of your safe.

Most people prefer to set up their gun safe in a closet, a garage, a den or trophy room, a bedroom, or in a room designated as a safe room. Make sure you get the correct-type safe for the location where you plan to set it up.

Some guidelines for your floor safe installation are:

  • Choose a location - When choosing the location of your safe, choose a spot away from water and water related issues, such as plumbing leaks. Basements are notorious for water related issues. If you do install it in the basement, do not set the safe on a wooden pallet, off the ground. This can make it easy for a burglar to walk away with the safe. Do choose a place where two or more sides of the safe can be blocked off, like the corner of a room.
  • Get measurements - Measure the location of where your safe will be installed. Be sure there is adequate room for the safe, as well as enough room to open the door adequately enough to have easier access to your guns.
  • Keep away from combustibles - If you store combustible products, such as paint cans or aerosols, be sure to plan to install your safe away from them. Many people store products like this in a basement or the garage. Install your safe in a location that is free and clear of any combustible products.
  • Adequate lighting - Make sure there is adequate lighting where your safe will be. Although you can purchase lights for inside the safe, you will need good lighting for the outside so you can easily see the safe lock.
  • Anchor your safe - If there is an anchoring system with the safe, it’s always best to use it. Most gun safes already come with pre-drilled holes at the bottom of the safe to use as an anchoring system.

Some people prefer a wall safe. To install a wall safe, you may need a little handyman know-how. You will first need to locate the wall studs at the level you want your safe. Measure the back of the safe and draw a finished square. Use a small saw to carefully cut a hole within the penciled square. You will want to use cut pieces of a 2 by 4 for braces on top and bottom of the safe. Screw the braces into the studs and place the safe into the opening.

If you want a floor safe, you will probably want a professional to install it, due to its complexity. Wherever you install your safe, be sure there is plenty of room to open the door wide enough to easily get in and out of it.

The more prepared you are ahead of time; the more likely you will be happy with the finished product, and your gun safe.


I’m Begging You to Lock Up Your Guns

December 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

Last Friday’s massacre at Sandy Point is heart wrenching. The news is so terrible that I can’t watch as the 24/7 saturation media digs every bit of flesh and detail they can from the gruesome corners of this story. I just can’t stand to watch it, or comprehend how something like that can happen.

Tragedies like this create firestorm discussions about gun ownership, access to firearms, and the Second Amendment. Unfortunately all of this conversation is too late for those poor souls killed at Sandy Point Elementary.

I understand the reasons to own and keep guns at home, sometime one “at the ready”. Home invasion crimes are often brutal, unforgiving, and happen so quickly that law enforcement can’t respond before terrible harm sometimes comes to the occupants of the home. If you feel like a home invasion is something you can talk your way out of, best of luck to you. If you feel you need a firearm, a shotgun is generally considered your best defense. (I can go into more detail “why”, if anyone is interested.)

But you only need a weapon at arms reach when you can be in control of it. At all other times, if the weapon is outside of your immediate reach and control, secure the damn thing in a safe where only the registered owner knows the combination or carries the keys on them. If you have a “collection” of firearms, you MUST disarm the ones not “at the ready” and store them unloaded, and SHOULD store ammunition separately in it’s OWN fireproof safe.

Keeping guns out of the hands of children, the mentally ill, and thieves is every law-abiding gun-owning citizen’s TOP priority. It’s wise to install a gun safe BEFORE you begin collecting weapons.

Here’s another expert tip: If you can’t afford the safe, you can’t afford the guns.

Yes, we sell gun safes at HomeSafe, and so do a lot of other vendors. I don’t care if you buy a gun safe from us or from someone else. But, if you own guns, I’M BEGGING YOU to PLEASE secure them in a gun safe with controlled access to combinations and keys. It’s your responsibility as a gun owner.


How to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency

November 9th, 2012 | Filed under: Consumer Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Family Safety, Flooding | No Comments »

We are all witnessing a repeat of the Katrina disaster happening right now in New Jersey and New York, making many of us wonder what we could do to help protect our families if an emergency like that should shut down our normal supply lines.

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 15 day supply of water (about one gallon for each person each day).
  • An emergency food supply - 15 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A first aid kit and manual.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.

You should also keep an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc. that can help you make it through the night or for a few days if you travel in remote areas.


Home Safety Checklist by UL

September 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Fireplaces & Woodstoves, Senior Safety, Slip-and-Fall | 1 Comment »

UL offers some great home safety tips. Here are our favorites, check their website for more:

  1. Sound the Alarm: Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home and carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas. If already installed, test them! Tip: Replace the batteries every daylight-saving time change.
  2. Avoid Overload: Check for overloaded extension cords – usage should not exceed the recommended wattage.
  3. Don’t Get Tippy: If young children are in the home, bookshelves and other furniture should be firmly secured with wall brackets to prevent tipping.
  4. Childproof, Childproof, Childproof: Check your local library or online for complete lists of childproofing suggestions. Areas of particular danger include outlets, appliances, electronics, stairs and windows.
  5. Cover Outlets: Cover all unused outlets to prevent children from sticking a finger in the socket.
  6. Keep Extinguishers Handy: Place all-purpose fire extinguishers in key locations in your home – the kitchen, bedroom and basement. Be sure to check expiration dates regularly and know how to use them safely.
  7. Go New in the Nursery: Check that all painted cribs, bassinettes and high chairs were made after 1978 to avoid potential lead paint poisoning.
  8. Put Away Medications: Take medications and medical supplies out of your purse, pockets and drawers, and put them in a cabinet with a child safety lock.

Check the UL website for more information.

What are your favorite home safety tips - post them in the comments below.


Placement of Carbon Monoxide CO Detectors Important

September 5th, 2012 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Fireplaces & Woodstoves, Furnaces, Water Heaters | No Comments »

Re-posting one of our most popular topics - where to place your carbon monoxide detector:

Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

Read the rest for more advice on installing your carbon monoxide detector.


Fire is Smoke and Gas (Video Parts 1 & 2)

December 1st, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Fire Safety | 3 Comments »

While home sick from work today, I was channel surfing the local cable stations, and stopped when I found a compelling fire safety video concerning the dangers of smoke inhalation during a house fire.

I’ve seen a number of fire safety videos, but none as well done as this one. It was so good I actually watched it through to the end to see if I could find out who had produced it to see if it was available online.

With a little bit of help from Google, I found an announcement at the website of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) of Greater New York that has a great deal of background on the documentary. Apparently the series was produced by retired Emmy Award winning science journalist Dr. Frank Field with the help of a grant from the MetLife Foundation.

I also found that someone has uploaded the episode I watched to YouTube in two parts (part 1, part 2) - I’ve embeded them below.

It’s realistic, accurate, compelling, dramatic, and incredibly informative.

The complete collection of “Fire Is…” fire safety videos is also available for purchase at Amazon.com.


Fire is Smoke and Gas - Part One


Fire is Smoke and Gas - Part Two


Seven people taken to local hospital due to carbon monoxide exposure in Green Bay, WI

October 25th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Family Safety, Poisoning | 1 Comment »

Source: WFRV News

GREEN BAY, Wi–(WFRV) The Green Bay Fire Department responded to a carbon monoxide call on Saturday evening at 10:42 pm. The home residence, 1600 Farlin Avenue, recorded very high levels of CO.

Five children and two adults were transported to the hospital for CO exposure.

The Green Bay Fire Department says the CO was ventilated from the home.

The fire department says the source of the CO was produced from a generator running in the garage used to supply power for lights and heat.


Carbon Monoxide Detector Saves Seven Lives in Howard County, MD

October 25th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Family Safety, Furnaces | No Comments »

Source: Oct 25, 2010 - Washington Examiner

Howard County fire officials say a home where seven Elkridge residents suffered carbon monoxide poisoning had a working carbon monoxide detector. Fire officials say several residents had made their way out of the home by the time Howard County and Baltimore County rescue units arrived just before midnight Saturday. The seven were reported in stable condition Sunday after being taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center. - AP

Baltimore Sun:

Officials praised the fact that the home had a working carbon monoxide detector.

“As in this case, a working carbon monoxide detector can mean the difference between life and death,” Howard County Fire Chief William F. Goddard III said.

Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.


Home Invasion and Burglary is on the Rise in Fairfax, VA

October 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | 1 Comment »

Home invasion and burglary is on the rise. With unemployment still hovering around 10% and an economy struggling to rebound, some are turning to drastic measures. One community in Fairfax, VA has been hit over 90 times in only a couple of months.

Citizens must remain viligent and aware. The police and home owner associations will remind you to lock your doors and report and “suspicious” activity. However, there is more that you can do to protect your home and family.

At Homesafe.com you can find many articles on how to protect your valuables as well as find top-rated products for securing your home and protecting your most valuable belongings. Burglars “think like the common homeowner.” The first place they will look for money and valuables is your sock drawer. If you are serious about keeping important documents and heirlooms safe…is a safe. Home safes come in many different shapes, sizes and price ranges.

Click here for more.


Carbon Monoxide - A Clear, Odorless Gas That Goes Virtually Undetected

October 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Fireplaces & Woodstoves, Furnaces, Installed Systems, Water Heaters | No Comments »

Author: Maria Richmond for HomeSafe.com

It has no smell, nor can you see carbon monoxide, yet it is very dangerous and kills several hundred people each year.

Carbon monoxide is produced by fuel burning appliances such as, gas space heaters, gas furnaces, wood burning stoves, fireplaces, gas dryers, gas ranges, ovens, even your car. If your appliance is working properly, it will not produce enough carbon monoxide to be harmful. If it is not functioning properly, carbon monoxide can leak from the appliance in amounts that can be harmful, even fatal if enough is inhaled.

Carbon monoxide is absorbed through the bloodstream. Carbon monoxide in the bloodstream makes it impossible for oxygen to be absorbed by your vital organs. When your organs are unable to have access to, nor able to utilize oxygen, they starve and become unable to function.

Children and pregnant women (the fetus) are at even greater risks of CO poisoning. Children naturally have a higher metabolic rate. This means that they require higher amounts of oxygen for their vital organs, like their hearts and brain. When CO interferes with the delivery of oxygen to these vital organs, children can suffer severe complications from CO poisoning, such as brain damage and death.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Proper Placement of Carbon Monoxide CO Detectors Important

September 30th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Fireplaces & Woodstoves, Furnaces, Installed Systems, Poisoning, Water Heaters | No Comments »

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Proper placement of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is important, reminds the makers of home-safety and security website HomeSafe.com (http://www.homesafe.com/coalert).

Each fall the sad news of another family that has one or more of its family members perish in their sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning repeats itself.

The real tragedy is that these deaths can be prevented if the family had the chimney checked and/or installed carbon monoxide detectors near the sleeping and living areas within the house.

If you are installing only one carbon monoxide detector, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends it be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Additional detectors on every level and in every bedroom of a home provide extra protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

When considering where to place a carbon monoxide detector, keep in mind that although carbon monoxide is roughly the same weight as air (carbon monoxide’s specific gravity is 0.9657, as stated by the EPA; the National Resource Council lists the specific gravity of air as one), it may be contained in warm air coming from combustion appliances such as home heating equipment. If this is the case, carbon monoxide will rise with the warmer air.

Installation locations vary by manufacturer. Manufacturers’ recommendations differ to a certain degree based on research conducted with each one’s specific detector. Therefore, make sure to read the provided installation manual for each detector before installing.

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning prevention and to find top-rated CO detectors for your home, visit the CO ALERT at http://www.homesafe.com/coalert.


HomeSafe.com Open Request for Articles

September 19th, 2010 | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

We are currently seeking freelance writers with experience/expertise in a variety of home safety fields (home safes, home safety, home security, baby-proofing, carbon-monoxide poisoning, fire safety, gun storage safety, etc) for paid or “link-in-trade” freelance writing work, contributing blog posts or articles to the HomeSafe.com group of sites (www.homesafe.com/articles, www.homesafe.com/coalert, blog.homesafe.com) .

Must have expertise in the chosen subject matter and be familiar with modern web-writing SEO considerations. Your article must be original work that is not available anywhere else online. Your article or blog post should arrive ready to publish, in plain text format, with perfect spelling, and full urls for any supporting online references. You will provide the article, a suggested headline, a list of keywords specific to the article, and a “teaser” description that may or may not be used.

We may edit the content, adding images and links to other sections of our website (product catalog). We will feature all new articles with a blog post that “teases” the article on blog.homesafe.com. Blog posts will be cross-posted as headlines or teasers on various social networks related to the subject.

  • Categories include:

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Consumer Protection
  • Family Safety
  • Installed Systems
  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces & Woodstoves
  • Furnaces
  • Water Heaters
  • Child Proofing
  • Computer Safety & Security
  • Driving Safety
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Finance
  • Fire Safety
  • Flooding
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Free Stuff
  • Home Projects
  • Home Safes
  • Home Storage
  • Household Chemicals
  • Internet Safety
  • Pets & Animals
  • Poisoning
  • Security
  • Senior Safety
  • Slip-and-Fall
  • Uncategorized
  • Workplace Safety
  • Electrical
  • Safes and Lockboxes
  • Security Systems

If interested in writing for HomeSafe as a freelance writer, please send an email along with a sample of your writing (or links to examples of your work) on any of the related subject matter (see paragraph one) to homesafe@compendiumusa.com along with your contact information and rate required per article.


Summer Time Chore - Check Your Furnace Chimney

July 19th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Energy Efficiency, Poisoning | No Comments »

With record-breaking heat waves baking much of the country, it seems like an odd time to be thinking about your furnace or it’s chimney, but this is the season to get your furnace chimney checked by a qualified chimney sweep or furnace maintenance company. Failing to do so could cause carbon monoxide poisoning problems in a few short months when the weather turns chilly again.

Why is that?

In the spring many creatures large and small make their homes in fireplace and furnace flues, to nest or have their young in the relative comfort of the cool, quiet, and dark “cave” that is open on the roofs of many homes across the country. These creatures like birds, squirrels, raccoons and bats can bring a mess of nesting materials with them, or create a mess of droppings left behind, potentially clogging the chimney either at the top (with a bird nest) or at the bottom (near the thimble where your furnace connects).

What happens during the summer is that the young have grown, left the chimney, and left behind a potentially deadly situation for the people living in the home.

That nesting material, along with any other mess left behind, can reduce the ability of your chimney to exhaust the deadly carbon monoxide fumes generated from your furnace or non-electric water-heater. (Hint: If your furnace or water-heater uses fuel like natural gas, propane, or oil - then it creates carbon monoxide.)

If the chimney flue is partially blocked, then the odorless but dangerous carbon monoxide can escape into the home. In the worst-cases, the mess left behind may actually block the chimney completely, causing all of the carbon monoxide to dump into the home, possibly building to concentrations high enough to cause death.

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Create a Teen Driving Contract With Your Soon-to-be Drivers

June 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: Driving Safety | No Comments »

Every year nearly 5,000 young drivers are killed in automobile accidents in the US, and a staggering 300,000 more are injured or maimed. Car accidents account for nearly 40% of the total number of deaths for teens ages 15 to 19, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The National Institute of Child Health has created a program called The Checkpoints Program, which teaches parents to limit teen driver’s exposure to certain dangerous driving conditions for the first 12 months after recieving their license.

The central theme of the program is the creation of a teen driving contract, a written agreement between the parent and the teen driver that specifically addresses the limits to driving privledges, the consequences if those limits are ignored.

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Protecting Your Home From Fires

May 6th, 2010 | Filed under: Electrical, Fire Safety | 1 Comment »

Despite people feeling safest in their homes, this is where most people get injured or die in fires, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency). Nobody imagines there will be a fire in their house until it happens, so it’s vital to take all the precautions, first of all to prevent a fire from occurring, but also, to be prepared if there is a fire (despite your best efforts, you will never be able to make your home 100% fireproof). Following a few simple rules will ensure that the risk of a fire is greatly reduced, but also that you and the people you live with will not be hurt if it does happen.

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Parents, children get Internet safety tips

April 25th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Internet Safety, Security | No Comments »

Teaching your children how to use the internet safely:

The message hammered home by Tucker was for parents to keep open the lines of communications with their children. He hit on every social networking site, including Facebook and MySpace, and demonstrated how too much information makes children prime targets for sexual predators. He used a young girl’s MySpace page to show how anyone could track her whereabouts because of her disclosure of her photograph, hometown, where she likes to shop and where she goes to school. Posted photographs added other clues.

Read the whole story here.


Internet Safety Tips for Kids

March 15th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Internet Safety | 1 Comment »

Source: http://www.fbi.gov/kids/k5th/safety2.htm

There are some very important things that you need to keep in mind when you’re on your computer at home or at school.

  • First, remember never to give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent’s permission.

  • Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.

  • Do not meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.

  • Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.

  • Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Someone who says that “she” is a “12-year-old girl” could really be an older man.

Wonderful Internet Safety Sites for Parents, Educators, and Children

March 10th, 2010 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Internet Safety | No Comments »

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have created a great site for parents regarding internet safety. There’s an interactive section designed just for kids, and information for parents, law enforcement, and teachers.

Visit the main site: http://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx

Children’s site: http://www.netsmartzkids.org/indexFL.htm

Educators site: http://www.netsmartz.org/educators.htm


Fire safety for your family

February 26th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Fire Safety, Fireplaces & Woodstoves | No Comments »

Source: Children’s Hospital Boston - by LOIS LEE, MD, MPH

The city of Boston recently celebrated the fact that no citizens within the city died as a result of a house fire in 2009—the first year with no deaths since 1972, when the Fire Department started keeping records about fire-related deaths. It seems to me in 2010 that deaths from house fires should be a phenomenon of an earlier century, but sadly this is not true.

With some of the older type of housing and the various types of heating devices families use to survive the long New England winters, this is an important fact to celebrate. The use of space heaters, the presence of old electrical wiring and living with persons who smoke in the home all increase the risk of a house fire.

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How to Pick a Fire Escape Ladder

February 6th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Fire Safety | 3 Comments »

Fires start quick and spread even quicker which often leads to panic during a dangerous situation. A well prepared home is the best defense for saving your family during a dire time of need such as a fire. If you live in a multistory home or apartment building then a fire escape ladder is one product you must have for a safe exit. It is very common for a building fire to cutoff access to certain areas including stairways and elevators. Not to mention, it can be very dangerous to use an elevator during a fire since you have no idea where the fire has spread. Here are some tips on picking a reliable escape ladder that will always be there for you during an emergency.

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Tips for Your Home Safe

January 28th, 2010 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Workplace Safety | No Comments »

Recently your friends have been talking about their home safes. The discussions are general, non-specific. You then notice that crime seems to be increasing; after all the economy is suffering and when the economy suffers crime does increase, but why should you buy one? Really what is the point of having a safe inside of your own house? Safes are something that banks have so what is the point of having one inside your home?

Safes give you the ability to protect items within your home that possess value, be it to you or to someone else.

Do you have a will? Where are you going to store those wedding photo proofs that are irreplaceable and everyone tells you need to be put in a safe place? Do you own any expensive jewelry, precious metals or gem stones? Are there small children with access to your possessions? If you answered yes to the last question then answer this one, do you own a gun? Are you sure they a) can’t find it and b) if they do that it’s not loaded?

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Tips for Smoke Detectors

January 27th, 2010 | Filed under: Carbon Monoxide, Chimneys, Family Safety, Fire Safety, Fireplaces & Woodstoves, Workplace Safety | 1 Comment »

Every 83 seconds a residential fire breaks out in the United States. Each year, residential fires injure over 39,000 American children under the age of 14. In two-thirds of these homes, the smoke detector either doesn’t work or doesn’t exist.

Statistics show that installing a smoke detector saves lives. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), “Homes with a smoke detector typically have a death rate that is 40 to 50 percent less than the rate for homes without a smoke detector.”

The NFPA sets the rules and regulations pertaining to residential smoke detectors, but most people aren’t aware of these policies. The NFPA also provides the public with information on smoke detector maintenance and when you should replace them.

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Gun Cabinet or Gun Safe - Which Do You Need?

January 24th, 2010 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | 3 Comments »

If you have guns in your home for hunting, protection or recreational shooting, you need to have somewhere to keep them. Many people love to display their guns in a beautiful gun cabinet, with a wood finish and glass doors so everyone can see them. Others choose to keep their guns in a gun safe- a locked, metal cabinet that securely stores the guns, but doesn’t display them for view. Which one is the best choice for you?

More and more people are choosing gun safes over display cabinets. A gun safe will prevent your guns from being taken out without your knowledge- which could thwart a burglar or more importantly, save a life. If you have children in your home, it’s a no-brainer- you need a gun safe to keep these weapons from being discharged accidentally or by the wrong people.

Some high quality gun safes have the security of a locked metal cabinet, with the look of wood and glass for display. These safes use a thick, tempered glass and a wood veneer, so they serve as furniture while keeping your firearms secure. You can find gun safes that resemble cedar chests or others that look just like a armoire, so you can keep your guns hidden while having a lovely piece of furniture to display.

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