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Important Tips for Safe Sledding

 

My daughter playing with some snow (photo taken years ago)

My daughter playing with some snow (photo taken years ago)

The Northeast lucked out and missed being hit by a blizzard of historical proportions. Some areas of the Northeast were not as fortune, but most of the area lucked out and were spared being buried by 2+ feet of snow.

Most schools in our area are closed today. Since we were expected “snowmageddon” to hit us most schools and many businesses were closed to protect their safety.

Since most kids are home from school today they are looking for something fun to to do such as build snowmen, have snowball flights and of course go sledding.

I used to love to go sledding with my cousins during the winter. We had wooden Flexible Fliers. They were awesome! I miss them. I’ts on my “Bucket List” to get another one, just for sentimental reasons.

Back then we didn’t use our heads. We would slide down the hill in front of one of our neighbor’s homes and slide across the street to the other side of the road. It wasn’t a busy street at all, plus it as a dead end. None the less that was not very smart of us to do that. In hindsight I realize how lucky we were. As a mom I would never let my kids do that.

Over the years we’ve had fatalities as a result of sledding accidents. Just a few years ago a young girl was sledding in a local golf course and hit a tree and died on impact. Several years earlier a young boy slide across a parking lot and fell off his sled and hit his head. He was airlifted tot he hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Sledding is A LOT of fun and its a great activity to do during the winter months. Sledding can also result in serious injuries and fatalities.

My daughter sledding (photo taken years ago)

My daughter sledding (photo taken years ago)

Here is a great article and tips from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center here in New York. It’s a fantastic facility. Our son was at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for the first 33 days of his life in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). There is even a movie based on this children’s hospital and how it came to be called Louder Than Words.

If you have a child or grandchild, or have any children or teens in your life, I would recommend taking heed to these important sledding safety tips.

Sledding is a fun wintertime activity for families, however those exhilarating slides down neighborhood hills send more than 20,000 children to emergency rooms each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics*. With winter in full swing, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center – the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County- is reminding parents, caregivers and snow-goers of all ages that sledding injuries are preventable, if the right steps are taken.

“During a typical winter season, our pediatric emergency department cares for dozens of children injured while sledding, snow tubing and tobogganing,” explained Darshan Patel, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. “These injuries range from severe bruises and broken bones to facial injuries, fractured skulls and brain trauma.”

“Once sleds and snow tubes start moving down a hill they pick up speed very quickly and can be very hard for a child control. As a result, children sustain injuries when their sleds strike trees, fences and other sledders,” remarked Geralyn Flaherty, R.N. Assistant Nurse Manager of the Westchester Medical Center Emergency Department. “Often, the severity of the injury is compounded by the weight of a parent riding on the sled with the child. “The common thread among all of these injuries? They’re preventable,” expressed Flaherty.

Originally offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center shares the following tips for safe sledding:

  • Keep sledders away from motor vehicles.
  • Children should be supervised while sledding.
  • Keep young children separated from older children.
  • Sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first, may prevent head injuries.
  • Consider having your child wear a helmet while sledding.
  • Use steerable sleds, not snow disks or inner tubes. Avoid sledding in crowded areas.
  • Sleds should be structurally sound and free of sharp edges and splinters, and the steering mechanism should be well lubricated.
  • Sled slopes should be free of obstructions like trees or fences, be covered in snow not ice, not be too steep (slope of less than 30º), and end with a flat runoff.

Following these and other safety measures will help ensure a memorable family experience on the snow. “Families should end their sledding day with warm blankets and cups of hot chocolate, not a visit to our Pediatric Emergency Department,” concluded Dr. Patel.

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They even prepared a great infographic with more important information. To view it please click on the text link below the image.

Sledding is A LOT of fun, and it’s a great family activity. It can also be a good way to sneak some exercise in too (walking up the hills is a good workout). Just use common sense to avoid injuries – or worse.

As a parent I love the idea of using a helmet. My kids are teens and haven’t gone sledding in years. If they were still children I would make them wear helmets. That makes perfect sense.

Have fun and stay safe!

My kids having a snow "fight" using shovels full of snow (photo taken years ago).

My kids having a snow “fight” using shovels full of snow (photo taken years ago).

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted with permission for the benefit of my site readers. 

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An awesome solution to an ugly problem

 

Baby Gate

If you own a home with a pet, or an infant, chances are you have this product in your home. It’s a popular safety item. If you don’t own one, and have stairs, you should really consider getting one. It’s a pet/baby gate.

I remember when we had gates up in our home. We had one to block the sliding glass door so we could let fresh air in but keep our kids from going out. We also had one to block the kids from getting into the kitchen and one to keep them in their room when I had to cook so I didn’t have to worry about them. We also used the same gates to keep our dog confined to the kitchen and hallway area when we were not at home or at night so as not to have a bunch of “accidents” all over our carpet.

That was many years ago. My kids are teenagers now and our dog will be 8 years old this year. Needless to say it’s been a while since gates were needed.

Let’s face it, safety gates are not exactly nice to look at. If anything they are more of an “eye sore.” Regardless they are a must have safety product if you have young children and/or if you have pets you need to confine to a specific area.

If you have stairs you MUST have a safety gate in your home. You don’t want your child or grandchild to fall down the stairs. That could have some serious repercussions.

If you are like me you don’t really want to have those ugly gates all over your home.

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A mom inventor came up with a great idea that will not only keep your children and pets safe, but also deal with the issue of gates being an “eye sore” in your home.

A mom named Janelle wanted something that could keep her two children from going on the stairs, as well as keep her dogs from going up/down the stairs too. She was tired of the typical safety gates that are available on the market. She wanted something more appealing that would add to her home’s décor, or at a minimum not detract from it. She also wanted something that wouldn’t require drilling and wasn’t permanent so it could easily be removed when not needed or not in use. That is when she came up with the idea of The Stair Barrier.

You can read more of her story on the “About Us” page.

There are plenty of safety gates on the market, but not many specifically designed for the bottom of the stairs. Not only that it’s not always easy to get gates to work with the various types of banister designs.

To solve this problem some people have created their own barriers out of items from around their home. Not only is that an inconvenience to do, and un-do, it’s also not truly effective.

The Stair Barrier was specifically designed to go from banister to banister. It’s a safe and non-permanent way to keep your child and/or pet off the stairs. In addition, Stair Barrier is available in different designs. Future products looking to launch later on this year include collegiate designs, different color options, additional fabric options and even personalization. They are also planning on added a banister to wall Stair Barrier.

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The regular banister to banister collection is designed to fit stair way openings from 36″ to 42″ in width. The basic design is available in two different options – pet or home. There are also seven different personalization options. You can even choose your fabric and color to suit your home’s décor.

There is also a “wide” collection for stairs measuring 42″ – 52″ in width.

The Stair Barrier is also handcrafted in the United States.

Here are a few examples of the Stair Barrier.

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When the Stair Barrier is not needed you can easily undo it and put it to the side without having to find a place to store it or anything else that might be inconvenient. Living in a tiny condo it was impossible to hide the gates when we didn’t need them. We’d have to stuff them behind larger furniture (like the couch) to get them out of the way.

The Stair Barrier just rolls up to the side so that you can use your stairs when you need them. Plus it’s easy to remove and lightweight so you can take it with you where ever you go. For example, if your child or pet is going to spend the night at grandma’s house and she has stairs you can quickly and easily remove the Stair Barrier from your stairs, roll it up, tote it to grandma’s (it’s lightweight!) and quickly set it up on her stairs.

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As a parent, pet owner and home owner I can certainly appreciate the value of the Stair Barrier. We don’t have stairs in our condo (we have them out in the hallway in the common area) but if we did putting up a gate or barrier on top of and at the bottom of the stairs would be a must. Not only for safety reasons but also because I’d like to keep the pets from going into our bedroom when not at home (if that was the case).

I really like this idea. I love that you can easily attach it without making it permanent and I love that you can personalize it. I’m curious to see what new colors and designs they’ll have available later on this year.

If you would like more information about the Stair Barrier please visit TheStairBarrier.com. You can also check them out on the various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (other social media links found at the top right of the company’s home page).

What do you think about the Stair Barrier? Do you think it’s a “must have” product in your home? Do you use gates to prevent children and/or pets from getting up or down the stairs?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with the Stair Barrier to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Top Tips for Winter Driving

 

Winter Driving Tips

I’ve been a stay at home/work from home mom for almost 18 years. I never had to go out in the snow and ice during the winter months – thankfully!

In years past (prior to getting married and becoming a mom) there were two incidents were my car spun out of control in ice and snow. Mind you neither time I was driving recklessly. I’m an overly cautious driver. In both cases my car was going downhill and just started to go too quickly and when I tried to slow it down it started to slide and eventually spin off to the side of the road. For this reason I am literally terrified to drive in winter conditions.

Now that I work outside of the home I have to drive in snow and ice again. Recently I had to work in a snowstorm. My normally 10+ minute drive took me almost an hour to get home. Twice I wanted to pull over and call my husband to come and get me. I was in near tears! I am LITERALLY terrified to drive in these conditions. I have visions of my car spinning out of control again.

Did you know that according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 211,188 crashes occur each year due to snow and sleet. I believe it! I’m surprised that stat is not higher.

Kelly Blue Book has some helpful inclement weather driving tips to help keep you and your family safe this winter season.

In addition, the experts at KBB.com have hand-picked the 10 Best All-Wheel Drive Cars & SUVs under $25,000 and overall 10 Best Cars for Winter to keep your family prepared on the road for winter driving challenges – whether it’s snow, sleet, rain, or anything else Mother Nature has planned.

Make certain your electrical system is prepared for cold, wet weather.  Cold diminishes the effectiveness of a car’s battery, so if your battery was on the edge in the fall, the winter will send it over the cliff.  What that means is your car won’t start or, if it does start, it might leave you stranded on the side of the road.  If you haven’t purchased a battery in a while, have your car battery and the charging system checked.  A new alternator – the thing that charges your battery – might also be required.

Make sure your car has proper antifreeze/coolant in the cooling system.  Antifreeze is a no-brainer when the temperature dips below freezing.  What is less intuitive is that your car can still overheat even when it is freezing outside.  Make sure you have antifreeze/coolant that is up to the job by having it checked.  And a check of belts and hoses at the same time is advisable.

Check out your tires.  At the very least make sure your all-season tires have good tread depth and are at proper inflation pressures.  If you live in the Snow Belt, dedicated winter tires could well be a better solution.  That involves some expense but amortized over several winters the cost will likely be worth it due to the safety and peace of mind you gain.

Visibility is often compromised in winter weather, so be certain your windshield wipers and windshield washers are working properly.  If you wipers have been soaking up the sun all summer, they are probably compromised, so treat your car to a new set.  And make certain your windshield washer reservoir is filled with wiper solvent, not plain water that can freeze and render them inoperable. Check that rear wiper and washer, too, if you have one.

Prepare your winter driving skills.  In the winter you will often drive over surfaces that are compromised by snow, ice and freezing rain. Learn how to handle your car in these situations by practicing in an empty parking lot. Bad weather rewards patience and smoothness.

Don’t drive on “E.”  Bad weather can descend on you quickly, and it might leave you marooned.  In such an instance the last thing you want to do is run out of gas, because that can turn your car’s warm cabin into a deep freeze.  You don’t have to top off every day, but don’t run the car near empty either.

Plan for a worst-case scenario. Despite your best efforts, you might find yourself stranded. That’s when prior preparation can help you.  Having warm clothing, gloves, an operating flashlight, and water or liquids in the car can aid your survival and rescue in inclement weather.  If you live in an area that gets heavy snow, chains can aid traction considerably and kitty litter can help you extricate your car if it gets stuck. Throw in a good book, and you can profitably pass the time.

These are some great tips. I know I need to replace my wipers. It’s on my “to do” list. I just need to make some time to swig by the store to buy new ones.

Do you have any additional tips that you would like to share? Feel free to share them in the comment section of this post.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. 

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Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life! and Car Seat Giveaway (ends 11/22/14)

 

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If you have a baby or child in your life you know how important having a car seat is. It’s an essential safety product – a true “must have”.

As a parent I could not imagine traveling with a child in the back seat NOT in a car seat. I don’t know how parents dealt with it back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I don’t even think they had a car seat for me when I was little. I have vivid memories of driving with my mom when I was little in the FRONT seat, and not even seat belted. I remember when she would go to the car wash and I would hide under the dashboard because I thought the long, stringy things that wash the car were from a giant octopus and I was terrified of it.

Fast forward to the late 90’s when both my kids were born. I was paranoid to drive anywhere with them in the car, let alone not have them in some kind of a safety seat.

As it is with all parents and grandparents, a child’s safety is a priority. That is why I why I would love for you to join the Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life!

Many people travel around the country during the holiday season to visit family and friends, both near and far.

Here is a little more information about Buckle Up for Life.

n 2004, Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life. Buckle Up for Life is a community-based passenger safety education program that educates the entire family on critical safety behaviors and provides free child car seats to families in need. To deliver the education in the most effective manner, they work in close collaboration with local hospital partners and churches. Buckle Up for Life is the only national program of its kind.

According to research analyzed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed here in the United States.

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Another interesting thing that was found during the research shows that, for various reasons, Hispanic and African American children are 10 times less likely to be properly restrained in a vehicle.

The Twitter party will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EST). It will be a 30 minute chat but packed with important information.

To participate please follow @BuckleUpForLife and use the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife.

The chat will be hosted by Gloria Del Castillo, Program Manager at Buckle Up for Life, and Donna Laake, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician & Instructor at Cincinnati Children’s.

Gloria and Donna will share tips and answer questions about holiday travel safety including:

  • Choosing the right car seat
  • Installation
  • Used car seats
  • Buckling in with bulky clothing
  • Car seat rental
  • Road conditions
  • Vehicle overcrowding
  • Additional Resources

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM (SET) to join us for the Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life!

Don’t forget to follow @BuckleUpForLife and the hashtag is #BuckleUpForLife.

For more information about Buckle Up For Life visit www.BuckleUpForLife.org. You can also check them out on Facebook, YouTube and of course Twitter.

Car Seat Giveaway

To get you excited about the upcoming chat I have an Evenflo Convertible Car Seat (approx. value $70) OR Evenflo Booster Car Seat (approx. value $36) to give to a lucky reader. The winner gets to choose which one they want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post but I will be receiving a car seat in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Enroll today in the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinics

 

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Do you have a teen driver in your family?

Our 17 year old finally took the plunge and got her learners permit. Now we’re just saving up to get her driving lessons. My husband and I both don’t think we have the patience or the “know how” to teach our daughter how to drive. We also feel like she would do better with a non-family member. We think she’s more likely to focus better. We’re also afraid that we might miss telling her important things. It’s best to  leave it to the “experts”.

I worry about my daughter driving. I don’t think she’ll be a bad driver, I just worry about the other little things she can’t control – like other drivers. Her safety is our #1 priority.

I remember when I first learned to drive. I think I was super paranoid at first. Then once I knew what I was doing I admit I showed off to my friends a bit and had a bit of a “lead foot”. In hindsight I was really foolish and if I could go back in time I would have taken safety much more seriously.

One safety tip that I learned that really came in handy was what to do if you are being followed.

When I was in my early 20’s I dated a guy who lived 6 hours away from where I lived. We would take turns driving back and forth to visit each other every other weekend. It was a long drive and many times the road was desolate. I was literally driving in the middle of no where. If I broke down I’d be in serious trouble. This was back in the day before there were cellphones.

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I would leave after work on Friday evening and leave to come home Sunday evening. I usually got back home around midnight.

On one of my trips back home there was a suspicious car behind me. I don’t know why the car stood out to me but it did. I suddenly felt very nervous.

I got off at one of the exists and the other car followed. Then I made my way back on to the main road and the car was right behind me again.

Then I remembered what my parents told me – if I am being followed I need to pull into a public place, or better yet, a Police station. Since I was unfamiliar with my surroundings I didn’t know where a Police station was. So I kept driving until I came across an exit where I knew there were stores and restaurants. I pulled my car into a restaurant parking lot (in a well lit area) and remained in my car with the door locked. I saw the car that was following me pass by. A few minutes later I saw it pass by again.

I waited a bit longer until I didn’t see the car, then I moved my car to another parking lot near by that was also well lit in hopes that if the driver came back they would see that my car was not there anymore and drive away.

After several minutes I felt confident that the driver was gone and I headed right back on the main road again and got out of there as quickly as I could. It was a very scary and dangerous situation.

I have told this story to my kids over and over again so that they know to do the same thing  if they are in a similar situation. Thankfully we have cellphones available to use these days so they can call 911 for help.

There is so much to teach teen drivers about safety. Toyota wants to help keep kids safe too. That is why they created the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinics. You can sign up for the clinic at a local Toyota dealership.

Here is more details about the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic.

This FREE 2.5 hour non-driving interactive session provides both pre-driver and new-driver teens, as well as their parents, a beyond basics approach to road safety. It includes car care tips, coaching techniques and other practical tools in a safe, non-sales environment. Families participate in hands-on activities in class and around the car to promote safe-driving behavior.
This interactive clinic will cover topics such as:

  • Defensive driving “universal truths” and best practices
  • Understanding your vehicle’s performance dynamics
  • Dangerous driving distractions and how to avoid them
  • Car operations, safety features and basic maintenance fundamentals
  • Communication and coaching tips for parents and teens
  • Mutual driving agreements for pre-driver/new-driver teens and their parents

I really like what these clinics have to offer. I was never taught car care tips when I was a teen driver. I’m in my mid-40’s and I still don’t know how to change a flat tire!

I also like that they teach defensive driving. I think that is super important for teens (and adults!) to know.

Best of all these important clinics are FREE! I really appreciate Toyota offering this to consumers. You don’t need to own a Toyota to participate either.

Currently I only have locations in the New York and New Jersey area.

  • 9/20: Liberty Toyota Burlington, NJ
  • 9/21: Holman Toyota Mount Laurel, NJ
  • 10/04: Gault Toyota Endicott, NY
  • 10/05: Lia Toyota of Colonie Schenectady, NY
  • 10/11: DCH Toyota City Mamaroneck, NY
  • 10/12: DCH Freehold Toyota Freehold, NJ
  • 10/18: Millennium Toyota Hempstead, NY
  • 10/19: Penn Toyota Greenvale, NY
  • 10/25: Autoland Toyota Springfield, NJ
  • 10/26: Bay Ridge Toyota Brooklyn, NY

I’m not sure if they are adding other dates or other states. I hope they will. I think everyone should have the opportunity to take one of these special clinics.

If you would like more information, or to attend on of the events, please RSVP here.

You can follow Toyota on Twitter (@Toyota) and the official hashtag for this event is #TeenDrive365.

What do you think about what Toyota is doing to keep teen drivers safe on the road?

Do you plan on attending one of these events?

Feel free to share your thoughts or personal stories about teen driving.

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Kimberly

This post was written as part of my association with TeenDrive365 and the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic. For more information on the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic, please visit http://ly/1nfUJ0e

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Important tips for preparing for severe weather

 

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Now that summer is unofficially over it’s time to look forward to the cooler fall season (at least in most parts of the country). Sadly following autumn come winter. From what I hear we’re supposed to have a nasty winter too. I am NOT looking forward to that.

In addition to seasonal weather changes (like blizzards in the winter) it’s always a good idea to be prepared for any major weather situation. Our weather patterns and systems have gone haywire the past several years bringing along with it such catastrophes as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.

Here is a great article from Master Lock with tips on how to prepare for the various weather situations.

North America is home to thousands of severe weather situations every year — from thunderstorms to tornados and wildfires to hurricanes. Since many of these storms strike without much warning, Master Lock encourages consumers to prepare now to ensure their families and belongings stay safe during even the most tumultuous events.

“Storms can be devastating no matter what,” said Rebecca Smith of Master Lock. “But there are some simple steps families can take now — rather than when an emergency has already occurred — to reduce their risk of loss and aid them in the recovery process, if needed.”

Master Lock offers these tips to help families prepare for severe weather:

1. Learn the language.

Beginning October 22, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in the U.S. will add two new threat levels to its weather outlooks for storm days at risk of producing tornados, hail or high winds. Risk categories will now include “enhanced” and “marginal,” in addition to the existing “slight,” “high” and “moderate.”

In Canada, citizens can depend on Environment Canada for severe weather warnings and watches. In April, Environment Canada updated its list of alert types to more accurately describe the severity of different weather hazards.

Learn the language of your national weather advisory organization so you can prepare appropriately for severe weather.

2. Prepare in advance. 

Severe weather may strike without warning, so take the basic steps now to ensure your family is ready should a storm strike when you’re home or away.

If you’re home when weather hits, an updated emergency kit is essential. Consumers listed water and non-perishable food as the two most important items in their emergency kits, according to the 2014 Safety and Security Survey*. Store these items in a cool, dry place and replace them every six months to ensure freshness. By writing dates on containers when you store them, you’ll know exactly when it’s time to swap them out. Don’t forget to pack for your pets, too.

In the event that severe weather hits while you’re out of town, ensure that a trusted friend or neighbor has the appropriate codes to access your property if needed. A resettable combination padlock, such as the Master Lock M175XDLF Combination Padlock, is a convenient option for securing your gate or fence since it does not require a key. It also allows you to change the combination as often as you wish, including when you arrive back home for added security.

3. Create a backup plan. 

Personal memorabilia and family/business documents were listed as the top two items people would want to save from their homes in case of a severe weather situation. To ensure these important documents remain intact after an emergency passes, store them in a Sentry®Safe fire safe that offers protection against fire and flood. To aid with disaster recovery in real time, store digital copies of these important documents — including insurance policies — in a secure online storage hub like the Master Lock Vault. The Master Lock Vault is free and can be accessed 24 hours a day, via smartphone, tablet or computer, allowing for easy access in any situation.

4. Secure outdoor belongings.

Storms can often be most damaging to the exterior of your home, due to either heavy winds or rain, or damaging hail or lightning. In case of inclement weather, lock up all possible outdoor belongings in a covered shed or garage, and secure the door with a padlock built to survive extreme weather situations, such as the Master LockM115XDLF Covered Laminated Padlock. For items that can’t be moved to an inside space, such as patio furniture, lock them tightly together and to another sturdy surface, if possible, with a secure cable and locking system like the Master Lock Python™ Adjustable Locking Cable. These tactics may also safe-guard your belongings against looters in the worst-case scenario if you are forced to evacuate your home.

5. Go cordless. 

Power outages are often associated with heavy storms. Be prepared by purchasing batteries for flashlights and weather radios and portable, external battery packs for charging cell phones when the power’s out — just be sure to keep the battery pack charged! If you lose power, remember to unplug all of your electrical appliances such as laptops, televisions and corded phones. Power surges can occur as the result of lightning and can damage plugged-in electronics and appliances. If you still have power during a lightning storm, avoid using corded (landline) telephones, as they can conduct electricity.

*According to a May 2014 Safety and Security Survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted by Master Lock via SurveyMonkey.

These are some great tips to take into consideration.

If you would like to learn more about MasterLock you can visit them online at MasterLock.com. You can also find the brand on all the social networking sites.

Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this (with permission) for the benefit of my site readers. 

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