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  • How to Prevent Accidental Poisonings

    Household chemicals and medicines can be useful and beneficial, but they can also be extremely dangerous. Accidental poisonings are common, especially among children, who are curious and may not understand the dangers around them. It only takes a second for a child to ingest a toxic substance, which can cause irreparable harm or lead to death. Many poisonings can be prevented by taking precautions.

    Use and Store Chemicals Safely
    When you finish using chemicals, put them away immediately. Make sure lids are screwed on tight. Store containers in a cabinet that children cant reach or that has a child-proof lock. If you store chemicals in the garage or in a shed, keep them locked up.

    Keep household cleaners, pesticides and other chemicals in their original containers. If you pour a chemical into another container, someone else might not take the time to look at the label, and a child who cant read wont know what the substance is.

    Dont mix chemicals. Two substances that are safe on their own can become extremely dangerous when combined. Even if no one ingests the mixture, toxic gases can cause harm.

    Avoid Medication Mistakes
    Ask the pharmacy to supply medications in bottles with child-resistant caps. Read warning labels on prescriptions, especially if youre taking a drug for the first time. Put medicine away after the person who needs it takes a dose.

    Dont share prescription medicines with others. Even if you have the same medical condition, the other person may require a different dose or may take another medication that could be dangerous when combined with your prescription.

    Follow dosage instructions carefully for both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Dont take medicine at higher doses or take doses more frequently than recommended. That wont make you get better faster, but it can make you sick.

    Only give your kids medications designed for children. If you have questions, consult your pediatrician.

    Kids often resist taking medicine, so many parents try to make it more appealing by calling it candy. The problem with that strategy is that a child may like the taste of the medicine and take more when you arent around, which can lead to an overdose. Explain in simple, age-appropriate terms that the medicine will make your child feel better, but dont call it candy.

    Get rid of any unused or expired medications. Contact the pharmacy to find out how to dispose of them. Your community may collect expired medications at designated times and places.

    Know How to Prevent Poisonings and What to Do If One Occurs
    Accidental poisonings can often be prevented by recognizing potential dangers and taking precautions. Be particularly careful if you have kids or if children come to visit. If you suspect that you or someone else has been poisoned, seek help immediately. If the person is unconscious and is not breathing, call 911. If the person is awake and alert, call the national Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.

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  • 5 State-of-the-Art Features for a Secure Home

    These cutting-edge security features will ensure your property is prepared for anything!

    Biometric Keypad

    With biometric keypads, all of your doors can be set to automatically lock and simply require your fingerprint to open.

    Home Firewall

    Installing a firewall provides an extra layer of protection to any online vulnerabilities.

    Safe Room

    A fortified safe room can serve as shelter from a natural disaster or extra defense in the event of a home intrusion.

    Perimeter Surveillance Radars

    Perimeter surveillance is worth considering for large estates in more remote settings.

    Art Collection Protection

    Installing sensors that monitor any activity within close proximity is a great way to keep your art safe.

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  • 5 Steps for Clean Window Screens

    Cleaning your window screens is a chore few homeowners look forward to. No matter how shiny you can get your window panes, if your screens are scuzzy, your windows will look less than well washed. Below are several tips for properly cleaning your pesky window screens.

    Start by removing your screens. To really deep clean your screens, you’re going to have to remove them. While it may seem like a pain, the extra effort is worth it in terms of dirt removal. However, if you’ve done a deep window clean recently and are just doing a monthly touch-up, keeping your screens in place will work fine.

    Death to dirt. If your screens are moderately dirty, you may be able to remove dirt with a lint roller or the soft brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. If your screens are grimier, they will need a scrubbing. Use dish soap or vinegar mixed with warm water. Wet your screens with a hose (do this outside, folks!), then dip a soft, clean cloth in your cleaning solution and have at it.

    Detail. Do your window screens still look filthy after you washed them with a cloth? TIme for detailing. Grab an old toothbrush and really get in there.

    Rinse and dry. Once your screens are sparkling clean, rinse them with a hose and let them fully dry before replacing, to avoid mold or warping your wood.

    Patch. If you found any holes in your screens, seal them with a screen-patching kit before putting them back.

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  • Hiring a Mover? Watch Out for These Red Flags

    Hiring a mover to safely transport your belongings to your new home is not a decision that should be taken lightly. As your local real estate professional, I want to advise you on some red flags to keep in mind. This infographic offers an easy-to-follow breakdown of these warning signs.

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  • Strategies for Communicating With Your Teen

    If you’re feeling disconnected from your teenager, don’t give up hope! With a few simple strategies, you can open up the lines of communication"and maybe even do a little bonding in the process.

    Choose your moment. Dont start firing questions at teens when theyve just gotten out of bed, are engrossed in a movie or are on their way out the door. Choose a time when theyre less preoccupied"say, while rummaging through the fridge for a snack"to kick up a conversation.

    Be specific. When you do have a window to talk to your teen, dont waste it with open-ended questions, like, How was your day? Be more specific"e.g., Tell me how the tryouts for the volleyball tournament went"and youre likely to get more detail. Plus, your teen will appreciate that youre aware of and care about the details of his or her day.

    Enlist food. Theres one thing all teenagers have in common: food. Invite them to grab a burger, some ice cream or a latte, and theyll probably reward you with a nice chat along the way.

    Say yes to rides. If your teenager doesnt have his or her driver’s license yet, youre probably frustrated by the endless requests for rides all over town. Dont be. The intrinsic privacy of the car provides one of the best opportunities to talk with teens, and a time when they often feel safe opening up and sharing feelings.

    Embrace texting. While face-to-face conversations may be scarce, teens and texting are inseparable, so make texting a part of your communication game plan. Not only is texting a quick, painless way for them to check in with you, but its also a way for them to share more serious information. Texting allows them to avoid an awkward, in-person conversation and gives you time to think and respond thoughtfully as opposed to just reacting.

    Say sorry. The parent/teen relationship is often a volatile one. Youll probably say the wrong thing in the wrong way several times over. Thats okay. Just be sure to apologize. This shows teens that nobodys perfect"not even you"and that you respect them and their approach toward adulthood.

    These small strategies can go a long way toward creating healthy communication during a critical time in your child’s life, setting the stage for a strong relationship long into adulthood.

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