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Winter is a time of year that we need to careful and prepare simple safety tips.  This year has been a particularly cold winter in so many places.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Prepare your home and family:

  • Review and update your family emergency plan.  This is a great time to replenish your emergency supply kits, batteries, and emergency information.
  • Have extra blankets on hand.
  • Winterize your home, barn, and any other structures that provide shelter for your family, livestock, pets, or equipment.
  • Have a sufficient supply of heating fuel.
  • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during the cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves in case the pipes burst.
  • Move plants inside or cover with frost coverings or blankets.
  • Keep fire extinguishers full and on hand and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them.
  • DO NOT bring heating devices into the house that are intended for outdoor use.  They can quickly produce carbon monoxide.

Prepare your pets:

  • Keep cats indoors during the cold weather.  Sometimes outdoor cats can sleep under the hoods of cars during the cold weather.  Be sure to check or tap on the hood before getting into your vehicle.
  • Don’t let your dog off leash on snow or ice (especially during a snow storm) – they can lose their sense of smell and this risks a chance of injury or they can become lost.  Make sure you have ID tags on them.
  • Be sure to thoroughly wipe off their stomachs and legs after coming in from the snow.  There can be dangerous substances like antifreeze that has become encrusted in ice.
  • Don’t shave your dog in winter.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in the car during cold weather.  A car can be like a refrigerator.
  • Make sure your faithful companion has a warm place to sleep with a cozy bed, warm blanket, or pillow.

Recognizing symptoms of exposure, seek medical attention if:

  • Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering are signs of hypothermia.
  • Gray, white, or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy skins are symptoms of frostbite.
  • In case of overexposure to freezing temperatures, remove wet clothing and immediately warm the body with a blanket or warm fluids.  Avoid caffeine or alcohol.

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It’s that time of year again – yes, I mean winter.  There are some places that have more of a severe winter than others, but everyone can benefit from a few safety tips for the upcoming season.

 Fireplace Safety

  • Always use seasoned wood to help reduce creosote build up in your chimney.  Creosote is highly combustible and can cause a chimney fire.
  • Fireplace chimneys should be inspected and cleaned annually.
  • NEVER use flammables or combustibles to start fires in your fireplace.
  • ALWAYS dispose of fireplace ashes in metal container and store them away from the house for at least seven days.

 

Carbon Monoxide Safety

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can be difficult at times to distinguish between having a cold or flu.  If undetected, high levels in the home can cause severe illness or death.  INSTALL an approved Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector within ten feet of every bedroom or sleeping area.  This is a law in many states.
  • Check your Carbon Monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors seasonally or during the daylight savings times.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning appliances are installed properly and working according to manufacture’s guidelines.
  • Have combustion appliances inspected every year.
  • Install an exhaust fan, vented to outside over any gas stove.
  • Never use your cooking stove to heat your home.
  • Don’t sleep in any room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater.

 

Winter Driving Safety

  • Clear and defrost windows completely before driving.
  • Consider new tires.  Tire tread can improve acceleration, braking, and handling.
  • Remember overpasses, ramps, and bridges will freeze before the roadway.  Drive with caution.
  • Slow down!  Decreasing speed will increase your handling ability and give you an opportunity to avoid most accidents.

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When should you call 9-1-1?

You should call 9-1-1 when any life or property is endangered, suspicious activity, or a crime in progress. 

Be observant and calm so that you can describe the 5 “W”s to the police or dispatcher.

1.                  Who – person(s) involved

2.                  What – the incident or what’s happening

3.                  When – the time it occurred

4.                  Where – the location or address

5.                  Weapons – the type(s) and quantity used

Try and remember these three areas if possible when describing a crime or suspicious activity.  Write down this information on a piece of paper while it’s still fresh in your mind.  It can be easy to forget some important details because of being scared, excited, sidetracked, or overwhelmed.

  • Perpetrator

Think about the person from top to bottom: gender, race, hair color and length, eye color, height, weight, age, unique specifics (scars, tattoos, glasses, hat, etc.), and clothing type.

  • Vehicle

Take a good look at the car involved: color, year, make/model, body style (2 or 4 door, pick up, hatchback), and unique specifics (dents, bumper stickers, different color body parts, etc.).

  • Direction of travel

Note the direction of travel.  This can be extremely important for the police and they may be able to catch the perpetrator immediately based on this information.

Be sure to have your local emergency numbers available for quick and easy access for your entire family. 

Talk to your children about these types of emergencies and prepare them to call the police if necessary with the guidelines listed above.

For more information about crime and emergencies, please don’t hesitate to contact your local police department or community service officer.

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In my crime fiction novel Compulsion, Emily takes her job seriously as she hunts down child abductors and serial killers, even though it’s all done anonymously and behind the scenes.  One thing that she strongly advocates is public safety, and she will do whatever it takes to make sure that we are all safe. 

One place that everyone should feel safe is at home.

Sometimes, we forget that when we’re in the safety of our home to keep vigilant and alert, especially when we are coming or going.

1.                  Always have your key ready before you get to your front door and pay attention to what’s around you.

2.                  Keep ALL windows and doors locked at all times when you’re away from your residence no matter what the temperature is outside.

3.                  Keep your front entrance area well lit, replace light bulbs regularly, and make sure that fixtures are in good working order.  If possible, have motion lights installed in addition to the regular outside lights.

4.                  If you arrive home and find your front door open: DO NOT GO INSIDE, call the police immediately from your cell phone, neighbor’s house, or pay phone. 

5.                  If you live in an apartment, list only your last name and first initial (especially ladies) on your mailbox.

6.                  Don’t buzz someone in to your building or apartment complex unless you know them.

7.                  The same goes for holding the door open for someone you don’t know that has been waiting.  Don’t let anyone into your building or apartment complex that you don’t know.

8.                  If a stranger needs to use your phone in an emergency, keep them out, and offer to make the call for them. 

9.                  If you ever have ANY doubt or feel threatened in any way, call the police.  Report anything that seems suspicious to the police immediately. 

These are just a few important safety precautions to remember when you’re at home, especially when you’re alone.  Everyone should always feel safe and secure inside their own home. 

 

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There are many types of security products available now to carry as personal safety devices. It’s a good idea to have at least one of the recommended devices to carry with you. By carrying a security product, it will not guarantee to prevent crimes, but it will serve you well and most likely help to divert any criminal activity.

It’s always a good idea to be prepared. In addition to personal security devices, make sure that you’re always aware and vigilant of your surrounding at all times. Stay safe!

WARNING!

Be sure to check with your local police department, community service officer, or security expert to make sure that these are legal security devices that you can carry in your area or state. Also, check laws of other states that you plan to visit.

1. Pepper Spray

This is quite effective and it can only take a few seconds to affect someone’s mucous membranes. It will cause tearing and choking in 30 seconds or more and allow for you to escape the potentially dangerous situation. It comes in various types: mist, fog, foam, or stream. Be aware that a mild breeze can cause the spray to come back to you.

2. Child Alarms

This is also quite effective if your child wanders away, usually beyond 30 feet.

3. Alarms or Noisemakers

These types of devices, when continued to shriek until deactivated, are helpful because a potential attacker doesn’t want to tangle with or chase a noisy target.

4. Doorstop Alarms for Motels/Hotels

This is a great idea for added security if you’re traveling, especially alone. It won’t stop a possible intruder, but it will alert you and others to the activity.

5. Whistles

This is also a good safety device, but the alarms and noisemakers are better option.

6. Stun Guns

This type of security device produces an electrical arc that would probably scare off a “would be” attacker. However, you generally have to be close to the subject against bare skin, and clothing is a hindrance to be effective.

7. Stun Lights

This device acts like camera flash bulb and will briefly impair an attacker’s vision.

8. Skunk Sprays

What can be worse than the stench of a skunk?

9. Dye Sprays

This will mark a criminal to help authorities catch him afterwards, but that doesn’t go to preventing a potential crime.

It’s important to know all your options with personal safety devices and choose the one that’s right for you. Talk to your local police department or safety expert for more information.

Jennifer Chase
Author & Criminologist

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In my novel “Compulsion“, Emily Stone takes her job seriously as she hunts down child abductors and serial killers, even though it’s all done anonymously and behind the scenes. One thing that she strongly advocates is public safety, and she will do whatever it takes to make sure that we are all safe.

One place that everyone should feel safe is at home.

Sometimes, we forget that when we’re in the safety of our home to keep vigilant and alert, especially when we are coming or going.

Ladies, here are some important safety precautions to remember at home. However, everyone should be aware of these tips too.

1. Always have your key ready before you get to your front door and pay attention to what’s around you.

2. Keep ALL windows and doors locked at all times when you’re away from your residence no matter what the temperature is outside.

3. Keep your front entrance area well lit, replace light bulbs regularly, and make sure that fixtures are in good working order. If possible, have motion lights installed in addition to the regular outside lights.

4. If you arrive home and find your front door open: DO NOT GO INSIDE, call the police immediately from your cell phone, neighbor’s house, or pay phone.

5. If you live in an apartment, list only your last name and first initial on your mailbox.

6. Don’t buzz someone in to your building or apartment complex unless you know them.

7. The same goes for holding the door open for someone that you don’t know that has been waiting. Don’t let anyone into your building or apartment complex that you don’t know.

8. If a stranger needs to use your phone in an emergency, keep them out, and offer to make the call for them.

9. If you ever have ANY doubt or feel threatened in any way, call the police. Report anything that seems suspicious to the police immediately.

These are just a few important safety precautions to remember when you’re at home, especially when you’re alone. Everyone should always feel safe and secure inside their own home.

Jennifer Chase
Author & Criminologist