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Gun Storage Safety Tips

Set your sights on these gun storage safety tips from First Protector

Gun Storage SafetyMany people enjoy owning and operating firearms. But, with gun ownership comes the responsibility of safely securing these possessions, especially when there are children in the home. Besides keeping the kids safe, you don’t want your guns to be accessible to any unauthorized persons. Burglars look for unsecured firearms in the home because they can easily sell them on the street, or worse, use them in other crimes. Below are some gun storage safety tips for consideration:

Safe and Secure Storage
You have multiple options for safe gun storage in the home. Whether you choose a lockable drawer or cabinet, a lockbox, or invest in a gun cabinet or safe, the key is to ensure your firearms are in a location that is not accessible by children, and cannot be retrieved by anyone without your expressed permission. If you keep guns for home security, your own accessibility should be a factor in deciding the location of your storage configuration, with the type of locking mechanism you are most comfortable using. Nowadays your alarm company can even install wireless sensors to your gun safe door, and offer interactive monitoring through your smart phone any time the door is opened, even if the house alarm system is not armed.

Store Guns and Ammo Separately
Another gun storage safety tip is to store your ammo in a separate locked area from your firearms. This separation adds an additional level of safety if in fact an unauthorized adult or a child is able to access your gun, they may not be able to access the ammo and pose a threat to themselves or your family. An additional important safety practice is to always ensure your cleaned firearms are put away immediately after you return home, and emptied of any ammo.

Use Gun Locking Devices
When not in use, gun locking devices attach to the firearm and prevent their firing by either locking the chamber (preventing the ammo from being loaded properly or blocking its ejection), or halting any motion of the trigger. Because gun locks can potentially be used incorrectly or malfunction, it is always safest to use these devices in conjunction with secure storage.

These are just a few gun storage safety tips from First Protector Insurance helping to ensure your family’s safety. “Proper storage of your firearms is the number one way to help prevent accidents” according to Steve Sanetti, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSFF) President and CEO. “Anyone who is going to own a firearm should respect it and secure it when not in use to help prevent firearm accidents and misuse.”

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide gas has no odor, taste, or color.  What it does have is the ability to cause you and your family grave illness, or even death. According to the CDC, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning that is not linked to fires, and more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year suffering from its effects.  Carbon monoxide comes from the burning exhaust of fuels such as oil, wood, coal, and natural or propane gas and a leak occurs or there is poor ventilation.  Portable generators, your vehicles, gas appliances, furnaces, and your fireplace are all common culprits of carbon monoxide buildup in the home.  Because many people rely on portable generators for heat after a winter storm power outage, it is not surprising that most portable generator-related carbon monoxide deaths occur in homes during colder months.

Follow these tips for carbon monoxide poisoning prevention:

  • Never cook indoors with gas or charcoal grills.
  • Do not leave your vehicle running in your garage. Also, have your car’s exhaust system checked every year.  A small leak in the exhaust system or a blocked tail pipe can both lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide inside the vehicle itself.
  • When you buy gas equipment or appliances, check that it carries the approval seal of a national testing agency. It is always safest to have any new gas, coal, or oil burning appliance installed by a service professional, someone who knows exactly how to properly connect and vent the item.
  • Portable generators should never be used in attached garages or basements, and should always be placed outdoors where exhaust fumes cannot enter through any openings to the home.
  • Your fireplace should be cleaned of debris every year as carbon monoxide can build up when the chimney is blocked.

Carbon monoxide poisoning prevention should be taken very seriously.  Common carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, or an upset stomach are not overly obvious, and young infants or people with chronic health issues are more likely to be strongly affected or killed by the fumes. You can be harmed by being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide over a short time, or to lower levels over a longer period of time. You should make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home.  If your detector alarm goes off do not ignore it, get everyone out of the house and then call 911 immediately.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Decorating Ideas That Would Make Santa Proud

Christmas Decorating IdeasAh Christmas. Here it comes again. And with it so does the holiday decorating. It’s time to break out the same old decorations and get to it. Or maybe something a bit different this year? Here we’ll go over some Christmas decorating ideas you may have never thought of that are inexpensive and sure to look great around the house.

Christmas Card Collage

You know all of those old Christmas cards that you have kept piling up over the years? You can use them to make a great family collage on your wall by the tree, or wherever is best for your space. It’s free and it shows that you do treasure those cards they’ve been sending. It also gives off the family atmosphere the holidays are all about.

Pictures On Gifts

Another great Christmas decorating idea is to use pictures on your gifts instead of name tags. It really personalizes the gift and makes it that much more memorable.

Using Household Items

Use things like clear vases or apothecary jars to display Christmas candies or small decorations around the house. It adds a sense of the season to the home.  Some of the best Christmas decorating ideas are inexpensive.

Get The Kids Into It

Children already love Christmas, so this one is easy. Just have them help make simple decorations like drawings that you can add glitter and holiday flair to. Who knows, they could have some fantastic Christmas decorating ideas you’ve never thought of.

Alter Your Ornaments

Do you have a favorite Christmas song, picture or maybe a poem? Glue or fasten it to an existing ornament for an extra special design touch. Simple ball globes can become works of creative art. You can even make entirely new ones from craft paper. This project is also great fun for the kids.

Snowman Fridge

Do you have a white refrigerator? If you’re like most of us, you do. You can make it an adorably cute snow man by picking up the stickers at most department stores. It is inexpensive, and original too.

Candy Canes

Have a box or two of candy canes? Why not hang some around the house for a quick and easy way to make it festive? All you need is string or ribbon and some tacks, and boom!  Another Christmas decorating idea done with ease.

Natural Festivity

Pine cones are great for decorating like little trees with beads, glitter, and sequins. You can put them on candle holders to display them on a table, or hang them on the tree. You can even hang them in between the candy canes for an alternating pattern.

These are just a few nice Christmas decorating ideas provided to you free of charge from First Protector Insurance.  If you do it right, holiday decorating can be fun, inexpensive, and not a bit stressful.