Stay Safe in the Virtual World: Social Networking and Online Gaming

In the online world, social networking sites have become a predominant forum for kids to present themselves, seek approval and describe their interests.

One of the defining features of most social networking pages is the visual and audio clutter; these sites often look like over-decorated high school yearbooks or scrapbooks.  Teens use these pages as a place to feature everything in their heads and hearts that they want people to know about.  The central feature of these sites is the ability to connect with people and share information.

What is a social networking site?

Fire Safety Tips and Reminders

Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home?

Would your kids?  Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home.

Fire Prevention

Of course, the best way to practice fire safety is to make sure a fire doesn’t break out in the first place.  That means you should always be aware of potential hazards in your home.  Start by keeping these tips in mind:

Electrical Appliances, Cords, and Outlets

  • Are your electrical appliances in good condition, without loose or frayed cords or plugs?

Neighborhood Watches Are More Important Than Ever

While it’s important to have a home security and safety plan for your house and your property, it’s really worth considering your neighborhood as well. Especially, during an economic downturn, neighborhood watch groups are proving to be a first line of defense in battling property crimes. Matt Peskin, Executive Director of the National Association of Town Watch, estimates that there are about 20,000 neighborhood watch groups nationwide, and reports that there has been an increase in requests for information on starting groups from all over the country including urban, suburban and rural communities.

Fire Safety 101

Did you know that nationwide, every three hours a civilian dies from a house fire? It is very important to be well educated and prepared on how you can help to prevent fires from starting in the first place, and what to do if you encounter a fire.

Most Common Types of Fires:

Preparing for the Unexpected: How to Build Home Emergency Kits

Don’t worry about all the frightening and dangerous crises that can assault you and your family – instead, get ready to withstand them by having plans and preparations in place.
Here are some important guidelines:

    1. EVERY FAMILY MEMBER SHOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO in all types of emergencies.  Have practice drills with everyone.  Designate a meeting place outside your home so where everyone knows to go in an emergency.  All family members should know where utility cut-offs are located and how to shut them off.  If tools are needed, everyone should know where they are kept and how to use them.  Keep emergency numbers such as fire, police, doctors and poison control posted in a highly visible location.