May, for good reason, is National Bike Month. If long-distance cycling is one of your favorite springtime activities, or you simply use a bike as your main method of transportation, here are five bike safety tips to keep in mind as you re-inflate your tires and get ready to hit the road:
- Always wear a well fitted helmet: Protecting your brain should be your main priority when riding a bike. A well fitted helmet is snug but not painful to your head and jaw. The front of the helmet should come down your forehead to a position one or two finger widths above your eyebrow. Opening your jaw fully in a yawn should cause the helmet to tighten, but rocking your head back and forth shouldn’t cause it to move up or down more than one finger width.
- Make sure your bike is comfortable to ride: Adjusting your bike’s seat height is crucial to riding safely. You shouldn’t have to stretch to reach the pedals or bend your knees at right angles to avoid kicking the ground. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your knees have a slight bend at full extension while pedaling. The seat should be flat and positioned at the same height as the handlebars.
- Check your breaks: Before going anywhere you should test your breaks while riding slowly. If you find yourself sliding, bring your bike to the shop for work.
- Stay visible: Make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors and a light. To be safest you should also where bright colored reflective clothing when riding at night to avoid being hit by cars.
- Obey traffic laws: As a cyclist you should, when possible, drive on the street in the direction of traffic. Like a car, you must obey stop signs and stoplights to ensure the safety of all.
If you’re a regular runner, the transition from April to May might be your favorite time of the year. With spring entering full swing, not only are the biting winds and slippery ice of winter gone, but temperatures are starting to rise and the spring storms are growing more docile. Whether you’re a running junky or a casual jogger, it can be refreshing to step out of the gym and hit the roads and trails on a clear sunny day.
However, unlike the gym, the outdoors isn’t a regulated environment. There are cars and bikes to deal with, and a notable lack of drinking fountains. In short, running outdoors is less safe than working out at the gym, but the dangers can be easily neutralized. Here are five tips for how to enjoy your runs more safely:
- Stay alert: Running outside presents many more obstacles and potential threats than working out at the gym. As hard as it may be at first, leave your iPod or any other music device at home so you can hear approaching cars, animals or people. When running on or near roads, travel against traffic so you can track the position of vehicles; you need to be able to account for distracted drivers.
- Make yourself visible: Always wear bright clothing. When running at night or in the early morning, you’ll want to wear reflective gear to make your presence known. While you must ultimately be aware of your own surroundings to ensure maximum safety, reflective shoes and shirts give drivers and cyclists a fair chance to avoid colliding with you.
- Run in groups: Running with a dedicated running partner or joining a running group can make you a more motivated and happy runner. Both options keep you safer on the running path. Running groups are less susceptible to physical threats, and a partner is great to have in the case of injury or other emergency.
- Carry ID and cash: Though not always the most convenient of tasks, carrying a form of identification and some cash when you run will help you more easily seek services in case of emergency. From providing self-identification in the case of severe injuries to purchasing on-the-go food or water to combat a sudden loss of energy, keeping an ID and some money in your pocket or attached to a running belt will make you a safer runner. Even better, devising a comfortable way to carry your phone with programmed emergency contact numbers will keep you in touch with friends and authorities to deal with all kinds of safety hazards.
- Stay hydrated: If you’ve already managed to comfortably incorporate the aforementioned items into your running outfit, why not eliminate the need to depend on public water fountains to stay hydrated? Especially as temperatures start to rise drastically, carrying a water bottle attached to a running belt is a great way to fend off the dangers of the heat.
How else do you stay safe when you run?
If you’re in the market for a home security system, you’re probably noticing the real hassle and cost of installation with many companies. Good thing you’ve found SafeMart and LiveWatch! Sit back, relax and let us tell you how we do business differently…
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This weekend a woman was burgled by a man on their first date, a man was arrested in connection with the selling of over $100,000 worth of stolen Nike shoes, and more. Here’s the Monday roundup:
- A New Jersey man Saturday returned the dog and television he stole from a woman on their first date. The two had met on a dating website and went out for the first time Thursday. The woman briefly left the suspect alone in her home and when she returned he had left with the dog and television.
- A recent survey reported more than three million smart phones were stolen last year. According to the survey, the rate of smart phone thefts has doubled since 2012 due to the consolidation of personal data they offer.
- A 38-year-old Ohio woman was caught stealing items from a mall that had already banned her. Police say they encountered the woman in the parking lot carrying a bag of items taken from several stores.
- A 35-year-old man has been accused of purchasing stolen limited edition Nike shoes and reselling them to small businesses in Oregon. The suspect has allegedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars acquiring the shoes, which were stolen from Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
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The first door and window sensor systems, found in New York in the 1860s, were simple electromagnetic systems. Magnets attached to a door or window would close a parallel electrical circuit when the equipped entry way was opened, causing an alarm bell inside the house to ring loudly.
The invention of the reed switch system by Bell Laboratories in 1936 changed the way entry sensors work. These newer systems consist of a magnet and two electrical connectors. The magnet holds the connectors together, maintaining a closed circuit. When the magnet is moved away, the connectors come apart and break the circuit; this effect can be used to trigger another mechanical event. In the case of home security, the opening of a sensor-equipped door or window breaks a circuit which triggers an alert. Today, the types of alerts triggered vary from physically sounded alarms to secret text messages, letting you know somebody is trying to enter your property.
Until recently, reed switch sensors were quite large; some being the size of two fists. Large sensors can deter burglars by letting them know a home’s entry ways are being monitored, but there’s also the chance these indiscrete devices will simply encourage potential burglars to find an alternative route into your home. However, micro sensors and hidden sensors now on the market eliminate this visibility problem. Most commercially available sensors are designed for a specific surface like metal or wood, but the new GE Security Micro Door/Window Sensor sold by SafeMart is designed to protect any surface. With this new product you can easily increase the security of any part of your home without having to do any installation programming because the sensor is professionally preconfigured as part of Safemart’s Plug & Protect® service. It’s now easier than ever to keep up-to-date on the security of your property with this easily customizable technology.
Although spring brings beauty for all in the form of blooming plants and flowers, it also brings discomfort for many in the form of allergies. The spread of pollen and other spring allergens lead to a rise in runny noses, scratchy throats and itchy eyes. If you find yourself missing winter simply because it was easier to breathe then, here are five allergy-prevention tips to help you start enjoying the warm weather to the fullest:
- Know your allergies: If you find your symptoms particularly difficult to live with, find out what you’re allergic to by getting a skin test. Your primary care physician will most likely be able to administer this test or at the very least refer you to an allergist. The skin test is the cheapest and quickest method of allergy detection. Once you get your results, you’ll know what substances or plants you need to try avoiding in the future.
- Start with over the counter medicines: A simple medicine like generic Clariton might be all you need to fend off allergies. However, you can take your self-treatment further by targeting specific symptoms: eye drops containing antihistamines comfort itchy eyes and lozenges ease the pain of a sore throat.
- Prepare for outdoor activities: If you know your symptoms will likely flare up when you go outside, start the day by taking your medicine. Keeping extra pills and eye drops on hand as you go about your day can’t hurt.
- Stay clean: Spring allergens stick to your skin and clothes. Though it will require additional time and water usage, you should shower immediately after spending extended periods of time outdoors and do laundry often. In addition, you should wash your sheets frequently; pollen sticks easily to fabric, and you don’t want to be sleeping in a bed covered by your worst allergen.
- See a doctor if things don’t improve: If you follow the above four steps and are still suffering from severe allergy symptoms, talk to your physician about what kind of prescription will be best for your situation.
You can visit The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology’s homepage for more in-depth information about allergy treatment and prevention.
A March article in The Guardian tells the story of London resident Claire Seeber, a single mother of two, who was rushed into an expensive and unclear contract by a door-to-door salesman from ADT, the U.K.’s largest home security provider.
Weeks before the salesman’s arrival, thieves stole bicycles from Seeber’s backyard, so she was looking for more protection for her home. According to the Guardian article, Seeber signed a contract before the salesman’s departure that night. At the time, she didn’t realize her signature committed her to a three year contract with an expensive cancellation fee. Also according to the article, Seeber said she was subjected to high-pressure sales tactics, misinformed about the contract’s duration and specific prices, and mislead about particular points of the document she was told to initial. Moreover, Seeber reportedly experienced extended delays trying to have repairs made to her alarm system.
Cases of door-to-door home security salespeople bullying people into unfair contracts are common both in the United States and the United Kingdom. These aggressive representatives ask for entrance into people’s homes at odd hours. They offer one-size-fits-all security packages without trial periods or easy exit options, and they purposefully make their “customers’” obligations hard to understand. Suffice it to say, surprise charges are a regular feature of these arrangements.
In contrast, SafeMart offers flexible payment options. SafeMart’s terms are completely transparent. What’s more, there are no installation fees for SafeMart products and every product has a 90 day, no questions asked, return policy. Contrast that with the industry standard 3-day contract.
Xena, still reported missing, was named best Chihuahua at a British dog show in March.
Despite Friday being National Pet Day, several puppies—including a Chihuahua and a pit bull—went missing last week. On the bright side, Seattle citizens demonstrated fast reaction time and took down a would-be purse thief. Here’s the Monday roundup:
- Thieves in a central England village stole five dogs from a single home. One of the missing dogs, named Xena, was recently named best Chihuahua puppy at a local dog show.
- A group of Seattle citizens tackled a purse thief Saturday and returned the victim’s stolen items. The suspect, a teenager, snatched a woman’s purse and ran. Witnesses chased down the thief but let him go after recovering the stolen purse and its contents.
- The cab of a truck stolen two weeks ago from a Fort Myers, Fla. parking lot was discovered in rural east Florida Saturday. Unfortunately, the truck’s trailer, which contained 180,000 eggs, is still missing.
- A Spokane, Wash. woman posted a Craigslist ad Sunday seeking information about her missing pit bull, which she said was stolen Tuesday. The dog, 10-week-old Chalupa, is still missing. According to the ad, there is a $500 reward for returning Chalupa.
Dogs: Part of the family, not just best friends.
Pets are part of your family. From playing outside on the first days of spring, to traveling on family vacations to curling up by the fire in the winter time, they’re loyal companions you want to keep safe. As a small celebration of National Pet Day, here are five tips for keeping your pet safe at home and on the road:
- Beware of potential poisons: Similar to a child, pets are likely to chew on and eat objects they don’t recognize. Avoid leaving out foods, medicine, chemicals and plants in places your pet can reach. Seemingly common foods and plants can be extremely harmful or even lethal to animals; the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center provides comprehensive lists of decorative plants and household chemicals to keep away from pets.
- Prepare for emergencies: If a natural disaster or other type of emergency occurs, you will want to have a plan in place to make sure your pet can evacuate your home safely. Include your pet in fire drills and other practice evacuations so they don’t panic in the event of a real disaster. Know where you can bring your pet; this can include nearby pet shelters and animal-friendly hotels, and always keep your pet’s identification tags and vaccinations up to date. Most pet shelters require proof of up-to-date immunization.
- Be careful with collars: In addition to serving as an accurate form of identification, your pet’s collar should fit the animal comfortably. As your pet grows, make sure the collar isn’t getting too tight. Ignoring this can subject the animal to excruciating pain and breathing problems.
- Play safe: Supervise your pets when they play with small toys. An unsupervised pet may swallow parts of toys like string and detachable segments, leading to choking or internal damage.
- Drive with pets inside the car: When you take your furry friends on anything from a ride to the store to a cross-country road trip, keep them securely inside the vehicle at all times. Heads and paws should never be sticking out of windows. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die each year while riding in the back of trucks due to the position’s lack of physical security; do not let pets ride in open truck beds.
How else do you keep your pet safe?