Show Notes: Keep Cool and Home Safes – On the House

Show Notes: Keep Cool and Home Safes

By on July 18, 2015
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Finding a cool spot on a hot day is always a challenge. James and Morris have great ideas for  creating your own outdoor oasis. Shopping for a home safe? Do you know how many models are available? Jesse Bugarin with Cannon Safe has information you need to know about buying a home safe that fills your needs.

Thank you to our guest Jesse Bugarin with Cannon Safe
July is the Best Time To Buy Paint

Mad dogs and Englishmen paint in the noon-day sun…or in the heat of summer. That’s why paint retailers have sales on both interior and exterior paints during the hottest months of the year.


 Keeping Your Yard Cool With Landscaping

Cool of your yard with some awesome landscaping

Did you know that you can turn your yard into a cool place to hang out with some clever landscaping? Well, you can. Utilizing a few techniques, you may even be able to cut the air off for a few hours and enjoy the benefits of a lower energy bill. It’s worth a shot, right? Well, let’s learn a little more about cooling your yard using landscaping and you can decide for yourself. Here we go!

Build your structures with cooling in mind

When you set out to build a new lawn feature like a patio or deck, you should place it on the eastern side of your home. This will allow the sun to hit it in the morning to warm it up, but protect it from the midday beams. Doing this will allow you to enjoy your deck without feeling like you’re baking in the sun.

You can also add some trees to maximize on your shade. Speaking of trees…

Trees a the way to cool your yard

If you want to keep your home and your yard cool and comfortable then you’re going to need the help of some trees. Trees in front of windows can help block the sun from your indoor spaces. If you choose to plant trees that lose their leaves, the windows will be free to let light in during the winter months and you’ll be able to absorb the warmth. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can create a wind tunnel using trees on both sides of your home. This will provide your yard with tons of pleasant breezes to cool you off in the summer.


What To Do With Unwanted Cd’s & Dvd’s
VHS tapes and cassettes are now rarely accepted at recycling centers and are generally sent to landfill. Few charity shops take them too, but there is a company called Environmental Media Solutions that will take VHS tapes for recycling – you simply have to pay the postage.
Get selling and make some money...

CD’s, DVD’s and computer games in good condition can be put back into circulation and earn you some cash into the bargain! Simply search the internet with “sell CD’s” to find companies like eBayMusic Magpie. Zapper, and Ziffit that offer this service. Be aware that some offer free postage, while others will charge you for this

What else can I do with them?

Cut your discs into small pieces and use them to create a mosaic pattern on picture frames, flower pots or mirrors

Hang them up in the garden – they not only look pretty spinning in the wind but make good bird scarers on the vegetable plot!

Use the discs as coasters for drinks


Tips For Keeping Your Pet Cool And Comfortable

Stay cool for the Dog Days of Summer

Water Keep water in the shade and make sure it is fresh every day. Secure the water dish to avoid an accidental spill. If possible, have fresh “on demand” water available, such as a hose bib waterer. Compare prices: automatic pet water bowls.

A refreshing cool down A “bath” without soap. Use a garden hose to wet down your dog or use a cool, very wet towel to wet down your dog or cat for evaporative cooling. Once animals figure this out, many enjoy this quick water cool down. I do this often for my Greyhounds, and they love it. Caution is advised for very hot or overheated pets – do not use ice cold water or ice. Use cool water

Poolside For animals that love the water, an inexpensive child’s pool or poly rubber water trough make excellent “on demand” swimming pools for pets. Caution is advised – make sure that the pets are able to use the pool without risk of drowning (puppies, children).

A sprinkle a day Setting up a sprinkler, mister, or drip hose works well for some animals. This keeps the water running and cool, allowing for a fresh water source on demand. Observe your pet to see how they react to a sprinkler or running water though; before assuming everything is fine.

Ouch – hot feet alert If you will be walking with your pet, remember that while paw pads are “tough” they are also sensitive, and can be burned while walking on hot pavement and tar. If possible, walk on grass or dirt, and check your pet’s paw pads to make sure there isn’t any redness or pain.

Good grooming is important for your pet’s health and comfort. Speak with a groomer or veterinarian to find out what is best for your pet. A full shave may not be the answer, depending on your pet’s coat/breed, and caution is advised for white and light-skinned pets getting sunburned.

Made in the shade If your pet must be outside, make sure that shade is available at all times. While home, be sure to check the area your pet is in – as the sun changes, is the shade still readily available?

Loud summer noises If hot summer thunderstorms or fireworks are a possibility in your area, is your pet safe? If possible, arrange to have a friend or neighbor check on your pet during extreme weather (heat and storm activity) to make sure that your pet hasn’t done anything out of the ordinary due to stress or fear that could risk injury or heat-related problems.

With some forethought and planning, we can keep our pets cool during the summer heat and avoid heat-related emergencies, such as heatstroke. Stay cool. 


Simple And Affordable Ways To Safeguard Your Home 

Do you have good deadbolt locks on all your doors? Strong latches on your windows? Do you always lock your doors and windows? Have a barky dog?

If you can answer “yes” to the first three questions, you’re way ahead when it comes to home security. (You get extra credit for the dog.) Because most burglars enter homes by simply opening unlocked doors or windows — or pushing and kicking locked ones until they open — even the most basic measures of protection will improve security.

Although it doesn’t take a genius to get at your stuff, the good news is that the rate of burglaries is fairly slim: Only about 1 in 50 U.S. homes gets broken into each year. But given the financial, physical and psychological damage that can result from the crime, it makes sense to do what you can to become more secure.

Basic steps

Many of the most effective home security strategies cost nothing or very little:

  • Get insurance. Consider adding replacement-cost coverage to your homeowners or renters insurance policy for your personal property. If burglars clean out your house, this optional coverage could save you thousands of dollars compared with standard coverage. If you possess expensive jewelry and other items covered at low limits under standard policies, consider taking out additional policies for them.
  • Get a security audit. Most police departments provide such services, which will help you identify vulnerabilities.
  • ID your stuff. Many experts recommend participating in Operation Identification, which involves engraving an ID number on your valuables and putting a decal in your window.
  • Keep valuables out of easy sight. You probably open your front door to many strangers and near-strangers — the pizza delivery guy, political canvassers, the sketchy home improvement salesmen who are “doing work in the neighborhood,” among others. Place articles of ostensible value out of the view of anyone at your front door or anyone looking through your front windows from the street.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Neighborhood watch groups are one of the most effective ways to protect all the homes in your neighborhood. At the very least, get to know your neighbors and share your vacation plans, so everyone can look out for suspicious activities.
  • Keep up appearances. Because most burglars strike when no one is home, make sure your house always appears occupied. Leaving lights and a TV on helps. If you go on vacation, work with neighbors or friends to prevent mail and packages from piling up and to keep your lawn mowed.
  • Keep your landscaping in check. Doors and windows hidden by bushes and trees (as well as garages and fences) are attractive targets for intruders who prefer to invade unseen.
  • Light it up. Many burglars will flee if they activate an outdoor light connected to a motion detector.
  • Keep track of keys.
  • Get a dog. Many burglars avoid homes with noisy, furry family members.


How to Select a Home Safe

Check for the UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) rating. Many insurance companies have a minimum UL requirement for safes. You can save money when insuring your valuables if they are stored in a good safe. Find out your insurance carrier’s requirements before you buy.

Choose a wall safe if you have a house you don’t plan on leaving. These safes are easily hidden behind artwork or in closets. The only negative is that new homes have thin walls, so this may not be an option if you need a larger safe. The side walls of the safe should be constructed of 1/2-inch-thick solid steel. The door should be 1-inch thick. Use very large and long screws to bolt it in place so it’s harder to remove.

Buy a floor safe, as it’s the next safest style you can get. It bolts directly into the floor of the house, which makes it very hard to remove. These should be bolted down with large and long nails into a cement or plywood-based floor, or even into the wall they stand next to. The problem with these is that they are also difficult to remove if you decide to move.

Make sure that safes are labeled “burglar resistant” and “fire resistant.” If the cost of a safe with both features is too high for your pocketbook, buy a smaller fire-resistant safe to fit inside the burglar-resistant one for the same protection at a lower cost.

Select a safe that has a combination lock rather than a key, as they’re much harder to get into. You can get a feature on many safes that will freeze the bolt up and seal it closed if someone tries to drill into it.

Choose a gun safe if that’s what you want to lock up and protect. These are huge (about the size of a large wardrobe closet) and extremely heavy. These are a wonderful choice for people with children. If you have a combination lock, they’re impossible to get into by kids and burglars alike, and they absolutely won’t be carried off. These are often big enough to house your gun collection and many other things as well, so they can do double duty.

Compare the prices of safes. Check out office supply stores, hardware stores, furniture stores and home security stores. Look at the stores which sell only safes or home security items first, as they will probably have people on staff to advise you. Get as much information as you can and shop around for the best prices.

Avoid a carry safe that anyone can pick up and take home. Even if they can’t open it, it will still be gone. Unless you can hide these in a foolproof place like high in an unused chimney, a fake laundry chute or up in the back of an attic, these are usually not worth buying. They are just too easy to carry off. For more information about safes, look up the home security information website listed in the Resources section below.

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