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Home Safety Tips Whilst Travelling

With summer now upon us, many of us are eagerly planning our vacations and getaways.  No doubt, it is a time to relax, explore new destinations and make wonderful memories with loved ones.  But, it is also important that we do not forget about the importance of protecting our homes whilst we are away. By taking a few precautionary measures you will be able to enjoy your time away without worrying about the safety and security of your home. Here are some valuable home safety tips to help you keep your home and possessions safe this summer: Inform Someone Of Your Plans Before you leave, inform a reliable neighbour, family member or friend about your travel plans. This way they will be able to collect your mail and report any suspicious activity in your home to the authorities. Be sure to also provide them with contact information for a key holder who will be able to assist should there be any emergencies such as a burst water heater. Secure All Entry Points Make sure that all doors, windows and gates are securely locked before you leave.  You may also wish to consider installing smart security systems and motion sensors to enhance the protection of your home. Do not forget to trim overgrown bushes or trees which can provide intruders with cover.  Install Timers Using timers for indoor and outdoor lights as well as television and radios at different times of the day will create the illusion that someone is home.  This can be a deterrent for potential burglars looking for empty homes. Avoid Telling The World About Your Plans! Be careful with what information you post on social media.  Whilst it is tempting to share your pre-holiday excitement you should avoid posting about your trip in real time.  Save the sharing for when you return so as to avoid announcing your absence to potential burglars. Suspend Deliveries If you are going to be away for a considerable time and don’t have anyone who can collect your mail or parcels, be sure to suspend regular deliveries.  Accumulated mail or packages on your doorstep is a clear indication to thieves that a home is empty. Unplug Non-Essential Electronics To prevent electrical fires and save energy, unplug all non-essential electronics such as computers and kitchen appliances.  Do not disconnect appliances which are on timers such as the TV or radio. Keep Valuables In A Safe Place Store your valuables such as jewellery and important documents in a safe or a safety deposit box.  This way, even if someone does gain access to your home, your most precious belongings will remain protected. Inform Local Authorities In some areas, you can inform the local police or community watch such as Neighbourhood Watch about your absence.  By doing this they may increase patrols in your area during this time. Relax And Enjoy Your Time Away Taking these precautions will provide you with peace of mind and allow you to have a fantastic summer holiday.  If you are still not sure about what to do this summer, check out some of our travel posts. Our all-time favourite holiday to date has to be Yosemite National Park. Be sure to check out our post here. Happy Travels! Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Summer Safety Equal Summer Fun

With summer just around the corner, many of us are eagerly awaiting some fun at the beach or pool.  Summertime offers endless opportunities for adventure and fun.  However, it is crucial to prioritise safety to make sure that we remember summer for all the right reasons.  In this summer safety blog, we will explore some essential tips for a safe and enjoyable summer. Be Water Aware Water awareness is the foundation for summer safety in any aquatic environment.  It is important to understand the potential risks and educate yourself, and especially your children, about water safety. All too often swimmers get themselves into difficulties by not adhering to warning signs and flags.  Understanding currents and tides and being aware of potential dangers such as rocks and marine life is also important. Swim In Designated Areas Following on from adhering to warning signs, always be sure that you swim within designated swimming areas where lifeguards are present. Avoid swimming out to deep waters or areas with strong currents especially around rocks. Partner Up Always swim with a partner to keep an eye out for each other should you get into difficulties.   Even experienced swimmers can get into trouble so it’s best not to swim alone. Sun Protection Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun is another crucial summer safety consideration.  And, using sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to do so. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and apply it liberally to all exposed areas of the skin. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.  With children, apply sunscreen before leaving the house.  Your skin takes half an hour to absorb sunscreen meaning that by applying sunscreen upon arrival at the beach your little ones are exposed to the harmful effects of the sun for half an hour.  Not only this, but, by applying sunscreen at home you avoid one of the first battles you face upon arrival at the beach.  Check out these recommendations when deciding on which sunscreen to buy for your kids this year. Cover up Wearing protective clothing is another effective way to protect your skin from the sun. Opt for light, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible, especially during the hottest parts of the day.   UV tops are also a great way to protect little ones from both UV rays and skin rashes caused by hours of surfing.   Don’t forget to wear hats and sunglasses too in order to protect your face and eyes from the sun.  This type of sun hat is especially good for little ones as they shield their face and neck from the sun and has 50+ UPF.  UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the measure used to measure sunburn protection.  Whilst we are all no doubt familiar with SPF which is the measure used to measure sunscreen protection, UPF is the equivalent measure for the protection offered by fabrics. Stay Hydrated With all the excitement that comes with the beach and pool, it is easy to become dehydrated.  Keep a bottle of water handy and make sure to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.  Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they will make dehydration worse. Supervise Children Surely this one goes without saying but keeping a close eye on children is paramount when thinking of summer safety.  Never leave children unattended near the water and designate an adult to supervise them at all times.  Make sure that your children know never to get into the water without telling you first. Be Mindful Of Sea Life Avoid touching any unfamiliar sea creatures as some can be dangerous or possess venomous stingers. Follow The Pool Rules If you are enjoying a pool day be sure to follow the rules.  Do not dive into shallow areas as this can lead to serious injuries.  Be sure to check signage for height restrictions or age restrictions, especially at water parks. Be Prepared As a former Brownie and Girl Guide (as well as mum to a Cub Scout and Scout), “Be prepared” is a motto we know well.  Always be prepared. Do your research if visiting a new beach and look for beaches which are family-friendly.  By being prepared and following these summer safety tips you will ensure that you have an amazing summer. Check out our post for ideas on the perfect sandwiches to pack for your day at the beach or pool. Related Articles

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