Your customers might not be aware how extreme heat, vacations and dry conditions may affect the safety of their lives and property. Please feel free to use any of the information below for distribution for your business or to your customers.
One of the best parts about summer is vacationing. People tend to take longer vacations during the summer, but this also means an unattended home during this time. If you are planning on taking a long summer vacation, go through this checklist before you leave to ensure you home is safe and secure:
Use smart locks and cameras – These can be used to open and lock doors remotely and also to receive notifications if an intruder is around your home or trying to enter. Also set cameras to record any movement.
Windows – Make sure all windows are closed and locked before you leave.
Automate – Adjust or create a lighting schedule in your home to make it seem as if someone is home. Cameras and lights are a major deterrent for would-be burglars.
Neighbors – Let a neighbor know that you are going on vacation. They can also alert you or the police of any suspicious activities happening.
During the 4th of July, fires increase by 2.4 times the daily average. Brush and outside fires increase by four times. Beyond fireworks, there are approximately 5,700 home grill-related fires each year. To protect yourself against this:
Follow local firework regulations – If your county is too dry for fireworks, then don’t use them. Brush fires can cause incredible damage and force people to evacuate their homes.
Move grills away from home – When you are grilling, keep the grill at least three feet away from your home. This helps prevent flairs ups from starting a fire.
Follow guidelines for propane use – Mishandled propane is often the culprit of outdoor fires during summer months.
Extreme heat means additional risk for senior citizens. After the age of 65, the body can’t regulate temperature as well as it use to. Senior citizens are at an increased risk of dehydration and heat stroke during hot summer months. Seniors should:
Check medication – Some medication makes seniors more sensitive to heat and sun exposure. Ensure they read the effects of their medication before going outside.
Hydrate – Seniors (and everybody, really) should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to keep hydrated.
Sun screen and sun glasses – These are your friends during summer. Sun screen protects the skin from harmful UV rays and burns while sunglasses protects your eyes from the sun.
Check the weather – Be aware of extreme heat advisories. When it’s too hot out, stay indoors where it’s cool.
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