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.
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:
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:
- 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.
We all want to help keep our families safe, but sometimes that may be a challenge when some of the most dangerous chemicals can be found right in our everyday household supplies. It is important to know the basic information about hazardous materials to help keep your loved ones safe around the house.
- Verify the identity of the person at the door in a hotel or motel before allowing the individual into your room. If the person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
- Use the main entrance of the hotel when returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening.