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when taking your car for servicing it’s best to have you car key ring a “split” key ring so you can separate your house key from your car keys. Also, whenever you use valet parking services. Remember, your registration is in the glove compartment with your address on it. Someone can make copies of these keys and visit your home when you are not there. They know where you live.

Posted on January 6th, 2017 at 06:37 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (3)

If you have a storage compartment that you acccess from the outside of your house you may be providing a way a would be thief can enter your home. I’m talking about a storage compartment that can can be entered without actually going into your home or garage.

If your butt hinges are not desined so that the pins of the hinges cannot be removed that is the trouble. All someone has to do is remove the pins from the hinges and the door will come out of the frame.

You cna stop this by either replacing these type of hinges with a type of hinge the pins cannot be remove unless the door is open. You can also prevent the door from being removed by taking one of the screws of the hinge out on each hinge. Next drive a finish nail, a nail with no head, into the hole of the hinge you took the screw out of. Leave the nail protruding out about 3/4 of an inch. Next drill a hole into the door opposit to the nail so that when the door is shut the nail will go into the hole you drilled. Do this on all of the hinges of the door. By doing this the door cannot be reomoved from the frame even if the pins to the hinges sre removed.

If a thief can remove this outside door to a storage compartmentt he can kick through the dry wall and enter your home.

This simple method can be used on any of the doors of your home.

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 at 21:02 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (0)

Yes, it’s Fall now. Most of us are busy cleaning up, raking up debris from our yards. I noticed a lot of leaf and brush burning in my community.

Let us remind oursleves most areas have had a very dry summer. Open fires can get out of hand easily. I know our community still has it’s residnts to obtain a burning permit before burning leaves or brush.

Before doing any burning check to see if a permit is needed. There might be a fine for burning without one in your town.

Needless to say, choose an area devoid of possible combustables surrounding your fire. NEVER use gasoline as an excellerent. When you put gasoline on what ever you intend to burn even the short time you do fumes form and it will flare up even explode.

The best excellerent, if you need one, would be to use charcoal fluid lighter. Used motor oil is also a possible excellerent because it will burn slower and for a longer time. You don’t need very much used motor oil either. Just a small amount will keep your fire burning longer.

Never burn on a windy day or leave the fire until it’s completely out.

I guess it seems you think I’m talking to you as a child, but many misshaps has happened from fall burning fires. So it’s not bad to remind ourselves of the dangers.
All fires must also be supervised by and adult. It’s always best to have a hose tuned on near by in case the fire gets out of hand.

I want you to call Home & Garden to take picture of your home when it gets all cleaned up not your insurance agent because of a fire. Think about it.

Posted on October 17th, 2012 at 04:38 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Lawn Equipment Safety,Uncategorized - Comments (0)

Emails are being sent to individuals, including military members, militaryretirees, and civlian employees, which apear to be sent by The Defense Finacingand Accounting Services. Although the email apears to come from DFAS and displays a .mil email address it is actually from a non-government email account.

The emails incicate that indiviuals who are receiving disability compensatiion from the Department of Veterans Affair may be able to obtain additional funds from the IRS. These emails are not issued by DFAS.

The email indicates that individuals receiving VA disability compensation can receive additional funds from the IRS by sending copies of VA award letters, income tax returns, 1099-Rs, retiree account statements, and dd214’s, to a retired Colonel at an address in Florida.

These schemes can be quite costlt for vicims. Pormoters may charge exorbitant upfront fees to file these claims and are often long gone when the victim discover thay’ve been scammed.

If you receive a notice from the IRS, respond immediately. If you believe someone may have used your SSN fraufulently, please notify IRS by responding to the name and number printed on the notice or letter.You will need to fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.

Remeber, no matter who fills out yor tax return, YOU are still responsible for it’s accuracy and information.

Posted on August 10th, 2012 at 03:12 by Alex Smith in PERSONAL SAFETY,Uncategorized - Comments (0)

People with high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (AFib) are 5 times at a greater risk for stroke or heat stroke than other people.
AFib effets the way your heart pumps and gives you an irregular heart beat. Pools of blood can form in the upper chambers of the heart called the (atria). This pooling can cause a blood clot in your heart. If the clot breaks away it can lodge in your brain causing a stroke.
In hot weather you need to keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water. Dehyration also causes a thicking of the blood slowing down needed blood flow. Also do to sweating (fluid loss) you loose a lot of your electrolytes that control many body functions.
Here are some simple tests if yoy think someone shows signs of stroke or heat stroke:
* Face: Ask your loved one to smile. Does one side of the mouth droop?
* Arms: Ask to lift both arms up. Does one arm drift downward?
* Speech: Ask them to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred, sound strange are they having a hard time repeating back the phrase?
If you detect any of these signs call 911 immediately.
Remeber, heat stoke is a masked sympton. Many times the victim does not they are going into heat stroke. Light headedness, difficult breathing, feel extreme tiredness, head aches, blurred vision are only some of the signs of heat stroke.
word of the day: Hydration limit the outside time doing activities in this heat wave.

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 at 07:38 by Alex Smith in PERSONAL SAFETY,Safety in Hot Weather,Uncategorized - Comments (0)

Ok, you were dorment for the winter months and it’s time to spruce up the hounse and grounds. This is also a good time to check out your security measures.

Start with trimming those high bushes arond your home. It makes for a good hiding place for an intruder or attacker. They should not be any higher than your window sills.

Now that the warm weather is back many people like to sleep with a window partially open. Put a screw into the channel of the window 1/3 of the way up. This will not let someone open the window and gain entry.

Don’t hide a key outside of the house. It will be found especially if you have a child coming home from school. A person can follow the school bus and watch where the child locates the key. You might get an unwanted visitor the next day.

Check to see if you boat registration needs renewing. It sure ruins a day on the water if you get a citation.

Again, some of the best measures to stop a possible home break in is a well manicured yard. Thieves know that when a yard looks good the owner has pride in his home and probably good sceurity measures as well.

Check all the door and window locks. Yes, even the second story windows. You might not leave a ladder out in your yard but a neighbor might. It’s not a good idea to leave second story windows open when you are not at home.

Check all security lights. Remember, don’t leave the front porch light on during the day. Burglars know that you are away and you leave the light on when you return after dark. It’s best to have a dawn-to-dusk light or a motion sensor light.

I probably missed a lot of things to do, but always think “security”.

Posted on March 17th, 2012 at 03:58 by Alex Smith in Boat Safety,Home Safety,Home Security,PERSONAL SAFETY,Uncategorized - Comments (0)

In this day and age you have to be extra careful of who you lend money or expensive tools to. They may be the “Devote Christian” you have known for years, but in these hard times the most trusted people you have known will let you down. Trouble times makes everything a new game.

Point in case: My wife and I both have websites and we have to pay our taxes quarterly ahead each year to avoid penalties. Last October we lent one of our trusted friends a substantial amount of money to be paid back fourteen days later when he closed on his house. Here it is the end of January 2012 and we had to borrow the money we set aside last year to pay our taxes, the money we lent to him.

Unfortunately we had to go to small claims court today only to find out the only thing we can do at this time is to tell him we have a judgement against him. Then in ten days the only recorse is to go back to court with an attorney and get his paycheck attached. Of coarse he has to have a job to do that. He’s retired on Social Security that cannot be attached. What next? File a lien on his property. That is all well in good but it might not sell for years.

Lesson learned; if a friend has to burrow money from you it means uausally trouble because most likely they have tried some finanial instituion that has turned them down.

I know it must seem terrible to say no to a friend, but as the saying goes, “don’t be a borrower or lender.”

I burned twice this month because I lent out an expensive tool to a “friend.” When it came back it was broken. He never told me it was broken when he returned it. I found out when I went to use it. You guessed it, it was an expensive repair job. He claims it was working fine when he returned it.

“Let the Lender Beware.”

Posted on January 30th, 2012 at 13:32 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (0)

There is a Trojon Worm Virus that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in. So far there is no repair for this virus. It destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc where vital information of your comouter is saved.

DO NOT respond to an email named Invitation FACEBOOK, even if it’s from one of your best friends. When you log onto it it opens an Olympic Tourch that burns the whole hard disc C of your compter.

This virus will be received from someone you probably had in your address book. So if invitation FACEBOOK pops up in your email delete immediately.

It has been reported that some thieves now have the ability to secure the signal that you send from your “key Fob” that locks your car remotely.

They sit in a parking especially at a mall and wait for someone to exit their car and lock it outside the car with their key fob. The device they have picks up the signal from the key fob. Now the have the code the key fob sent to lock or unlock your vehicle.

While you are in shopping at the mall they now have access to or vehicle and will take any valuables in it.

The best way to lock yor car is to use the lock/unlock button inside the car. It does not send any signal. So as you exit your vehicle lock it with the inside button.

Posted on November 29th, 2011 at 14:20 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (0)

Many “smart phones” and cameras have programs in them that imbed GPS coordinates which tells the exact location of where a picture was taken. It is so accurate, it can tell anyone you send this picture to within a few feet.

Tracking people via cell phone photos is called geotagging. The picture you post on Craig’s List, Facebook, or Twitter, will allow anyone access to the location the picture was taken. You could be directing a stalker right to your home address. Some of the most widely used phones with this geotagging imbedded in them are the Apple Iphone, Blackberry and the PalmPre Phones. You can disable or take out this feature of the phone. Go to your phone’s menu and select Options, advanced options, GPS, press the menu key select disable GPS and select yes to confirm. This will disable all GPS capabilities on the phone.

Each phone might have a variation of disabling the GPS capabilities so go to your phone’s manual for instructions as to how to do it. If you have problems disabling the GPS function, call your provider for help.

For a more indepth discussion on geotagging, check out this site.

Posted on March 1st, 2011 at 05:24 by Alex Smith in Cell Phone Information,Home Safety,Home Security - Comments (2)

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