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Keeping Your Home Safe: 3 Security Tips While Out Of Town

Keeping Your Home Safe: 3 Security Tips While Out Of Town

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Whether you’re taking advantage of “vacation season” in the summer or trying to escape our cold Baltimore winters, home security is always going to be a concern when you go out of town for any period of time. If it’s a vacation that is taking you away from home then you won’t want to waste any of it by worrying about the safety of your home and if it’s a business trip then you likely won’t have time to worry about things back in Baltimore. There are a lot of simple things that can be done to put your mind at ease while away from home but here are three of the best.

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1. Talk with Neighbors

Neighborhoods are safest when all the members of the community work together as a team to protect each other’s homes. You should be careful not to advertise too much (don’t announce you’ll be out of town on social networks or post pictures until you get back, for example) because if knowledge of an empty home gets to the wrong ears your home becomes a sitting duck for burglars. Telling trusted neighbors, however, is a great idea because they’ll be able to keep an eye on your home while you’re away and can report any suspicious activity. If you don’t want to put temporary stops on mail or newspaper services then you should ask a neighbor to collect these for you while you are gone because piles of mail or newspaper are dead giveaways that you are out of town and burglars will key on that.

2. Remove Hidden House Keys

Many people hide spare keys somewhere on the exterior of their homes or in the immediate yard. Be careful not to hide the key in an obvious location and remove all keys from their hiding spots before going out of town. If you are worried about the need for someone to gain access to your home while you are away then you might consider leaving a spare key with a trusted neighbor so that access to the home is still a possibility even while you are away.

3. Keep Exterior Clean

Most home robberies are not personal attacks, which means that they are based primarily on what a burglar can observe from the outside of the home. The appearance of your home can either invite or deter burglars based on a few very simple things. Homes that are well maintained (regardless of the size of the home) are less likely to be targeted because the assumption is that the homeowner takes care of their property. It is especially important to keep primary access points such as doors and windows clear because overgrown shrubs or trees at those points can provide cover for burglars when attempting to break in. It is important to maintain your yard immediately before leaving on vacation because an overgrown lawn or un-weeded garden are indicators that nobody has been home for some time. If you will be out of town for a period longer than a week or two then it is a good idea to hire a professional service or pay a trusted neighbor to maintain your yard while you are away.

David Glenn is a home improvement expert from Baltimore that frelance writes for Vivint. He occasionally freelance writes about home automation and making your home more green.

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Holiday Travel and You: Tips For Keeping Safe On The Road

Holiday Travel and You: Tips For Keeping Safe On The Road

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The holiday season is an enjoyable time of year for many people. In some parts of the country, snowfall can enhance the holiday experience. However, the holidays are also a time when road and personal safety needs special attention. Below are some aspects to be more aware of in order to participate in the holidays in the safest manner possible.

Road Hazards

One of the most important things to be aware of when traveling over any road during the holidays is the possibility that winter weather can cause unsafe and dangerous driving conditions. Ice and snow can make a quick appearance over the course of any party, no matter what time of day or night. This makes roads more treacherous, so drivers must take every extra safety precaution necessary to prevent vehicle accidents.

The bottom line is that everyone should check the weather prior to heading out and prepare ahead of time. If a storm is on its way, it is always better to forgo traveling, even to close destinations, than to risk having or causing an accident.

Impaired Driving

Many people look forward to participating in numerous parties during the holiday season. However, even while quite a few people take precautions not to engage in reckless driving, it still remains a problem.

Driving while impaired in any way – whether through ingesting alcohol, drugs, being distracted, under duress or even feeling sleepy – is never a good idea. Many car accidents over the holidays can easily be avoided when drivers take the care and time necessary to ensure their safety, as well as that of others.

For example, holiday parties that take place in bars sometimes cause a predicament for attendees. While it may not seem like too much alcohol is being consumed, the fact is that the legal limit is low enough for just about anyone to incur a violation. Therefore, those who intend to take part in libations should ensure that they have had enough to eat to dissipate the chance of becoming inebriated too quickly.

Related Legal Considerations

 Many people may not realize it, but bars also have obligations when it comes to serving patrons. When they become aware that someone could be a hazard on the road, they must stop serving that individual or possibly be prosecuted for contributing to an accident caused by someone who is visibly drunk. Also, as our local Norristown personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania reminds us, anyone who is assaulted by an inebriated person may have a cause of action against the bar or party responsible for continuing to serve an intoxicated individual.

Therefore, if an establishment chooses to stop serving anyone, they should be aware that not only are they ensuring their safety and that of others, but they are also minimizing their own risk, as well.

Alternative Travel Arrangements

Alternative travel arrangements should be made ahead of time. This can be easily accomplished by appointing a designated driver or planning to take a cab back to wherever your destination may be. There are also numerous local van pools and other services in most major cities that are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the public by providing rides.

When people take responsibility and are accountable by planning for safe travel and celebrations, risk to everyone is minimized. However, should you become involved in an unfortunate accident for any reason, ensure that your rights are fully protected and represented by discussing the situation with a competent attorney who specializes in criminal law or personal injury. 

Nadine Swayne is a freelance contributing writer for McMahon, McMahon & Lentz. Any Norristown personal injury lawyer in Pennslyvania or elsewhere knows drunk driver accidents during the Holidays can be devastating to victims and their families. Attorneys within the firm can help the injured and their families begin the healing process by helping them receive the funds they financially need to do so.

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The Comfortable and Safe Mamu Rainforest Canopy Elevated Walkways

The Comfortable and Safe Mamu Rainforest Canopy Elevated Walkways

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The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is located 115 km south of Cairns in tropical North Queensland. This walkway is a great place to explore rainforest in the safe and comfortable way. Even wheelchairs with assistance can enjoy the walkway (except the top deck of the observation tower). The drive takes about 90 minutes from Cairns or 50 minutes drive from Atherton. The walkway is a huge view of rainforest plants, birds or insects at vine forest on basalt soils in the Wet Tropics. It includes about 1200 metres of walking tracks and a 350 meters long elevated walkway through the canopy with 37 m high observation tower.

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