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After the Heatwave

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

We wanted to give you some summertime reminders since this time of year presents some particular security and safety issues.

Don’t Make It Too Easy for a Burglar

After this summer heatwave is over, it will be tempting to open up windows  to let some nice summer breezes through our screen doors. Often, however, we forget to close and lock our windows and doors, leaving our homes vulnerable to intruders when we are away.  Windows should not be left open when you are not home. If it is necessary, sash pins can keep windows from being raised more than just a few inches. Window contacts that connect to a home security system can still allow windows to be raised, just not above  four or five inches. That’s enough for ventilation, but not enough for a person to squeeze through and enter your home.


Not only do we leave windows open when we are gone, but we give easier access to burglars while doing yard work or hanging out in the back yard. It’s so common to leave the garage door or  storage shed open while doing yard work. It gives us easy access to tools . It also gives easy access to a thief.  An easy rule is: if you are out of line-of-sight of a door, close and lock it.  Put away tools and equipment if you have to leave the house, even for a quick trip to the hardware store or garden center.  Someone could easily come by and help themselves while you are away.


Several news articles on Rock County incidents as well as some simple advice from the Loves Park Police Department:

Rock County Burglaries  

Loves Park Police Advice


Fan Safety

Trying to keep cool is always a challenge. If you use ceiling fans, be sure they are mounted properly. A wobbly fan can loosen the screws that hold the fan blades in place. You don’t want a fan blade coming loose and damaging your home or injuring someone.  Believe it or not, nearly 20,000 injuries a year are caused by ceiling fans! Be careful where you place portable fans and ensure that the cord is not in the way of foot traffic. Pedestal fans, in particular, are easily knocked over. Be sure to place them on a fat, solid surface.


Hot Weather Tips for Pet Owners

Many of us have pets who are very important to us. They need some extra care in the summertime, during and after summer’s hottest days. The Humane Society of America gives us some great tips for keeping your pet safe this summer. Summer Pet Tips