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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/14/2017

Millions of burglaries occur each year throughout the United States. Many times one or more homeowners or family members are present during a home invasion. Interactions between homeowners and burglars can easily result in violence, accidents and minor or major injuries.

Although you may not stop every would be burglar, there are actions that you can take to protect your family. Some things that you can do to protect yourself and your family are so simple, that they are easy to over look. They are also easy to forget.

Home security isn't as hard or expensive as you think

A beginning step to greater home security starts with what you tell your family. To keep your family safe:

  • Tell a relative, neighbor or friend you trust when you'll be away from home for a day or longer
  • Wait until you get inside your house to tell your children or spouse that you're going to be away from home for the night or going on a business trip. You never know who is listening or who could accidentally overhear you.
  • Never announce where you're going while you're outside or when you expect to return.
  • Leave contact telephone numbers in an easy to reach place. Let your household members know where the contact information is. Everyone in your house should also have your cell phone number.
  • Instruct gatekeepers at conferences, businesses and other events you attend to put your children or spouse through should they call and say that they need to reach you urgently.
  • Teach your children and their friends not to open the door to strangers. This includes postal carriers and utility companies workers.

There's a lot you could do to avoid putting your family at risk

Much of what you can do to keep from putting your family at risk has to do with communication. You can also expand upon these steps. For example, you could:

  • Install a reliable home security system that protects the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Lock your doors and windows. If you're on the first floor, lock windows and doors on your house's second floor and vice versa. Remember, many home invasions occur while one or more homeowners is present.
  • Leave televisions or radios on while you're out shopping or on short day trips.
  • Place lights that operate on motion sensors along the sidewalk of your home.
  • Trim trees and hedges so that they don't serve as hiding places for burglars.
  • Toss gift boxes in large dumpsters. Don't store empty boxes in front of your house. It displays the types of products that you have in your own.
  • Stick home security notices on windows and doors of your garage and house.
  • Practice home evacuations. Although this step doesn't generally involve home invasions, it can help to keep your family safe during natural and human made disasters.

Protecting your family from undue risks is about more than doing something once. When you take responsibility for your family's safety, you regularly take necessary precautions. You'll also educate each person in your house about the importance of safety, including specific steps that they can take to protect themselves and your home.

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 11/30/2015

Kids, since they are naturally curious, require special measures to ensure their safety. Whether this is your first child, or your fifth, everyone can use a refresher course about kidís safety in the home. By being vigilant and following a few simple rules, you can help ensure that your kids stay safe in their own home. Cover it Up Those seemingly benign electrical outlets might not seem like they are out of the ordinary to you, but to your child, they might as well be magical. They seem to beg to have something, anything, poked into them. In order to protect you child from being shocked, or even electrocuted, invest in a couple packages of outlet covers. It is best to keep a few around since they tend to get misplaced when they are removed. Just be sure to keep loose outlet covers out of the reach of small children who still put things in their mouths. They can be a choking hazard. Gate it Up Baby gates, as they are commonly known, are also called safety gates. Unlike the ones popular in the past, these safety accessories no longer feature triangular shaped openings. Instead, many of them are made of a mesh pattern covering that eliminates the ability of the child to put their head through the opening. While safety gates are often used to block the ability of the child to go up or down a set of stairs, they can be used for much more. You can keep your child in a particular room while you are busy with chores. Conversely, you can also keep your child from accessing a particular room by placing a safety gate at the opening. These days, safety gates come in a variety of different widths, with many of them able to accommodate a range of openings. In addition, there are also many options when it comes to the latches that open the gate. This allows people with limited mobility to choose the gates that enable them to easily open them. Safety Latches Latches will keep your child out of the drawers and cabinets where you store your pots and pans, as well as any hazardous materials.† They help to keep your child safe while still allowing accessibility to the tools you need to complete your daily chores. Today, you can find many different tools and resources to keep your kids safe in your home. After all, you want your home to be a source of comfort for them.  

Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 3/16/2015

If you were to guess which area in your home poses the most safety hazards, what would be your answer? †The kitchen? †The basement? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet. By taking some simple steps in your own bathroom, you can cut the risk of serious injury to yourself and your loves ones dramatically.

  • Install support railings right outside of your tub.
  • Put down an anti-slippage mat on the floor of your tub.
  • Take extra care when using electrical outlets in your bathroom. Install a hand towel holder next to outlets, and get in the habit of making sure your hands are dried before plugging and unplugging electrical devices.
  • Be sure that bathroom rugs around your toilet and sink have excellent anti-slip capabilities, and replace your rugs when they become worn.
After following these steps, re-evaluate your bathroom. Can you find anything else that may pose a danger?

Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 11/10/2013

Child-Proofing Your Home. Unintentional injury is one of the leading causes of death in children under 14. That should be enough to make any parent shudder. Child-proofing a new or existing home can be quite the headache, but it's an incredibly neccessary step in making sure your home is safe for all members of your family. Luckily, by following a simple checklist, you can rest easy knowing that you've covered most, if not all of your bases. While there are extra steps that may need to be taken on a house-by-house basis, most of these steps are applicable to just about every kind of residence. Smoke Detectors - While this may seem like an obvious step, you'd be surprised how many people don't follow through with their fire alert system. Low batteries, improper placement, and broken detectors can all spell potential tragedy for you and your family. Pay close attention to the manufacturer's instructions. You should have at least one smoke detector per level of your home, including the basement and attic. One very important step you can take these days is to purchase batteries that are designated for electronic devices. Carbon Monoxide Detectors - These need to be placed near sleeping areas, and at least 15 feet away from any fuel-burning appliances. Anti-Scalding Devices for your faucets - Contact your local plumber to get an estimate. Door Stops and Door Holders - If your home already comes equipped with these, then make sure they are all in good working order. Outlet Covers and Plates - Ensure that covers and plates aren't easily removable. Edge and Corner Bumpers - These come in a variety of styles, and are easily installed on the sharp edges and corners of your home. Pay special attention to the corners in your kitchen, as many child injuries take place here. Safety Latches and Locks - These need to be installed in cabinets that would be accessible at your child's level. These will prevent your child from gaining access to areas that hazardous cleaning materials are stored, like under your sinks. Doorknob Covers and Door Locks - Use these on rooms that aren't child-proofed. If you can prevent unsupervised access to a room, you don't have to worry about keeping it in perfect working order in regard to child proofing. Child Gates - Stair-related accidents can be avoided by implementing a gate system. Pay special attention to the types of gates used.....Pet gates are NOT the same product, and may lack the level of protection needed to ensure proper safety of your child. Childen are resourceful individuals, and can breach many systems that your family pets cannot.

Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 1/6/2013

Mold in a home can present serious health risks for the occupants, and even more problems for those looking to buy or sell a house. Remedying a major mold problem can be costly, so taking steps to ensure that mold can't gain a foothold is important for you and your family. Control the humidity - Keep your humidity levels low....No higher than 50%. Most people run into humidity issues in their basements, so think about getting a dehumidifier if you are having trouble with moisture levels. If you have central a/c, then controlling the humidity level of your house should be relatively easy, as the air in your home will be constantly on the move, keeping humidity from building up in any one particular room. Just be sure to have your air conditioning and heating ducts checked for signs of mold. Check Your Vents - Dryer, kitchen, and bathroom vents can all pose mold problems if they aren't built to blow exhaust directly out of your home. Flooding - If your home happens to incur flood damage, be sure to rectify the problem within 24 house, and at most, 48. Any longer than that, and you risk mold growth. Sometimes, minor flooding issues can be overlooked for a day or two, so if there are any instances where carpets, rugs, or upholstery are moist or wet for an extended period of time, then have them replaced to avoid mold complications. Painting - If you plan to paint your home, look into adding mold inhibitors to your paint. This will cut down on the amount of places in your home that mold can proliferate. If you suspect that your home has an existing mold problem, then please follow the link provided. http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldcleanup.html