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4 Ways to Ensure Social Media Safety This Holiday Season - The holiday season brings entertaining parties, fun presents and shopping excursions. However, online shopping, social media posts, and other sources of holiday fun do have the potential to create safety issues if you re not careful with what you post and how you use your social media accounts. Consider these simple guidelines for creating a safe and rewarding online holiday experience this season. 1. Click with Care People share pictures and videos with wild abandon on today s social media websites. It s important to look at what you re clicking when you see a photograph or link posted by one of your friends on a social media website. According to virus prevention company McAfee, digital e-cards are a popular way of spreading viruses and getting unsuspecting web surfers to download malicious software. As with any area of online web surfing, clicking on unknown web addresses is always something to avoid. If you aren t familiar with a company or website, do a simple Google search befo
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Essential Tips for a Safe Fall Season - For many, fall is the most anticipated season of the year. When a chill enters the air, the leaves change into a beautiful assortment of colors, sweaters and coats are pulled from closets, and preparations begin for the holidays. But with the changing season comes a new set of safety concerns that weren’t there during the summer months. Here are essential tips for a safe and enjoyable autumn. Prepare Your Vehicles Certain steps must always be taken to keep your vehicle safe for the road, but there are specific tasks to complete when the cold air arrives. Make sure you always have a warm blanket or two in the trunk just in case your car breaks down and you have a long wait for help. Also make sure your tires are ready for freezing temperatures. Tire pressure changes as the temperature changes, and bald tires, while dangerous all the time, are especially hazardous on early morning icy roads. Beware of Clogged Gutters When leaves fall from the trees, they don’t just end up in the yar
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Tailgating Safely During Football Season - Cooler temperatures and the kids going back to school signal the arrival of football season and the time-honored tradition of tailgating. The only thing better than cheering on your favorite football team is doing so at a tailgating party with your friends and family. The fun rivalries and camaraderie are a welcome feature of the fall and winter seasons. However, football is a rowdy sport, and it s not uncommon to see fans get particularly excited about the success or failure of their team. Here are a few tips you ll want to use to create a safe tailgating experience for the season. Limiting Alcohol Intake Since tailgating involves vehicles, a designated driver is essential, but it s also a good idea to limit overall alcohol intake. Consider this experience of a fan and his family who attended a game at Candlestick Park to see the San Francisco 49ers play against the New Orleans Saints. The man was a Saints fan and a group of rowdy, inebriated 49ers fans threatened his family. Stori
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A Guide to the Five Types of Fire Extinguishers - One of the most important safety areas that every homeowner needs to cover is fire safety. As well as having smoke detectors placed throughout the home, it is crucial for homeowners to place fire extinguishers in strategic locations around the home. Here is a look at the five primary types of fire extinguishers that are available. Class A Fire Extinguishers These fire extinguishers are designed to put out fires that burn ordinary materials. These include fires burning wood, paper, cardboard and other organic materials. Class A fire extinguishers are also designed to put out most fires that involve burning plastic as well. You can tell a Class A fire extinguisher by its symbol of a green triangle. Class B Fire Extinguishers A Class B fire extinguisher is a very handy type to have in your kitchen. Class B fire extinguishers are designed to put out fires that are burning flammable liquids like grease, oil, gasoline and kerosene. A Class B uses chemicals instead of water to put out fires.
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5 Easy Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips - Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it is time to start carving pumpkins. Although this is a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous. There is nothing that ruins pumpkin-carving fun faster than an accident with a knife. To keep things safe this fall, follow these tips when you are carving your pumpkins. 1. Get the Right Tools The first step in safe pumpkin carving is to get the right tools. The best way to do this is to purchase a pumpkin-carving kit that has all the tools you need included in it. If you want to put together your own carving kit, then you should start with a serrated knife. You never want to use a flat blade to cut your pumpkins. Also, get a pair of gloves to handle the messy job of scooping out the pumpkin innards. You will also need a magic marker to trace the outline of the design you want to carve. 2. Work at a Proper Location Carving pumpkins is a messy job, and the pumpkins can be very slippery. You want to work on a flat surface that will keep the
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Top 5 Security Mistakes Companies Make When Firing Employees - Unfortunately, your successful business will reach a point where it becomes essential to fire a once-valued employee. While this can be devastating for the person who is fired, it can also be dangerous for your business. Whether you are using a surveillance system, security guards or alarmed door locks, the situation has its risks. This list of mistakes will help you avoid making the same errors in judgment. 1. Not having a secure entrance. Sure, your entrance might have an alarm with a code but is it changed consistently? You should be changing your security code on a regular basis, but you should also do so after you have fired an employee. If you use swipe-entry cards for your employees to gain access, ensure that you are revoking that access right away. 2. Failing to secure your facility with diverse options. You have many different choices available. From swipe-entry access to high-tech surveillance systems, the world of security is at your disposal. Security breaches happen all
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Personal Safety for the Close of Daylight Saving Time - The end of Daylight Saving Time means the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. People are leaving work at their normal time, being met with darkness. Kids are leaving after school activities and walking home in the dark. This makes safety a growing concern as the days become shorter. Parking Lot at Work Even if you re in the parking lot at work, you should be extremely aware of your surroundings. Unless you park in an enclosed, guard-secured lot, there are reasons to be concerned about safety. Your employer should ensure that there are lights in the parking lot, and they are switched on when it s time to leave work. If possible, leave in a group so everyone is protected, and check your surroundings before opening your car door. Kids After School After school activities like football, soccer or drama club can last for an hour or two, meaning your kids will be leaving school when it s becoming dark outside. They should be aware of their surroundings to stay safe, especially i
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Bike theft can happen anywhere. It is important that you protect your bike well to keep it from being stolen. Here is a look at the most important steps you need to take to keep your bike safe from thieves.
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Safe Landscaping to Deter Thieves - One of the aspects of home security that is most often neglected by homeowners is landscaping. While many people may find this strange, it is a fact that your landscaping choices can make a significant impact on how inviting a target your home is for burglars. If you want to keep your home as safe as possible, follow these landscaping tips to keep thieves from targeting your home. Keep the Grass Cut You may think that how your lawn looks has no bearing on your home’s safety, but you are wrong. The truth is that an unkempt lawn is a sign of a home that is a potential target for thieves. When burglars see a lawn that is overgrown, they may think that the homeowners are away on vacation. For this reason, you need to keep your lawn cut at all times. Make sure that you get someone to take care of this for you while you are away on vacation. You Don’t Want a Jungle Thieves rely on stealth more than anything else when it comes to plying their trade. Therefore, they are always on the look
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AVOIDING SECURITY BREACHES POST-TERMINATION - Large businesses tend to have lawyer-refined protocols in place for terminating an employee because firing staff comes with a great deal of security risk.  http://www.pacificalarms.com/avoiding-security-breaches-post-termination/
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