First Aid in the Home

First Aid at home

First Aid at home

Why did the blonde move house?

Because she heard that most accidents happen within three miles of your house.

Sadly, it’s true – most personal accidents do happen within three miles of your own home, if not inside the walls themselves. Please excuse the blonde joke.

Our homes are where we spend the majority of our time, so it seems only logical that’s where the accidents and incidents happen – are you prepared if something happens to you, or your loved ones?

If you aren’t, something happens and you’re in need of a second opinion on a case you’ve found yourself in – try the people over at SOS Claims, it’s their job to reassure you and set your mind at ease.

To keep you safest in your home, it’s best to have a basic knowledge of first aid and medical know-how.

Pills, pills, pills.

If you keep paracetamol, ibuprofen or any other pills in your house make sure that you keep them out of sunlight and away from any perishables. Also – keep them in the blister-pack until you need them – the air reacts with the outside and this can make them ineffective and dangerous, depending on their shelf-life.

Medicine Cabinet.

I’m not suggesting you go out and rack up a million Boots points on stocking up your medicine cabinet, but I would suggest keeping the basics stocked up. Make it personal; if you’re an avid baker or general chef – make sure you’ve got a burns kit, if you’ve got children – keep children’s aspirin or Calpol handy.

Cuts, Scrapes, Slashes.

Cutting yourself is one of the most common accidents within the home. If you have cut yourself badly; apply pressure with anything that’s clean and absorbent. Raise, if you can, the limb above your heart – if this means sitting down and putting your legs up then do it. Use your judgement, if you’ve ever been cut this badly before, think about what you need – if not, analyse the situation and ask someone for help. If needed they can drive you to a hospital for stitches. In terms of cuts, I would say it’s better to be safe than sorry – go to the hospital and have them take a look at it for you, it’ll be their call if stitches/glue or further repairs are needed.

Head Injuries.

I feel we are all reasonably good at assessing our own head injuries particularly well. Only you will know how hard you hit your head, if you’ve hit your head like that before and how much it hurts. If you are worried – sit down, have a glass of water. If needs be, work through this handy easy-to-remember guide. (The 5 S’s)

  • Sleep
  • If you feel faint or like you’re losing consciousness – call someone, or ask someone to call you an ambulance.

  • Seizures

If you’re suffering from seizures an ambulance is non-negotiable.

  • Speaking

If you’re having trouble speaking, try and calm down. Breathe and try again. If this doesn’t seem to help, call help.

  • Senses

If your vision is blurred, speech slurred or you experience loss of hearing, call help.

  • Sick

Vomiting is a common sign of concussion, but don’t panic. Just call for help.


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Implementing Home Security into a Daily Routine

Implementing Home Security into a Daily Routine

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When you have a family you are sure to do everything possible to keep your family safe and happy. With the busy and ever changing day to day life simple home security seems to fall off our priority list. However, it is important to add simple home security steps into our daily routines. Here are a few things to add to your day to day list that will always keep your home safe.

  1. Safe and Secure

Home security systems are a great addition to any home. It is important to make it a routine to always have the alarm system set and on alert at night or when the home is empty. Make sure to look into home security in Goodyear or wherever you may reside. Home security signs are also good to display in the front yard or in a front window. The signs alone will ward off any potential intruders.

  1. Keep it Clean

Having routine yard maintenance is important to keeping the burglars at bay. Clean yards show that the house is maintained well. It also takes away any possible hiding spots that a lurker might try to take refuge in.

  1. Careful What you Share

It is important to be careful what you share on social media sites. Do not post when you will be out of town. Also do not post times that your house will be completely empty. You never know who could see the posts.

  1. Lock Lock Lock

Get into a habit of locking up every access point to the home. Make sure all the locks are working and are not easily vandalized. The home should be locked up at night and during the day when no one is home. Grab a couple deadbolts from a home improvement store and install them on the front and back door. This will add extra safety and strength to those doors. Make it a habit to always lock those as well.

  1. Say Goodbye

Whenever you leave your home it is always a good idea to say goodbye to someone, even if there is no one in the home. You never know who could potentially be watching your house. Burglars are more likely to skip a home that is clearly occupied. Leave a light on in the home at night or the TV to make it appear that someone is still awake. Set your porch light to a timer or install motion lights in the yard.

  1. Discreetly Dispose

Dispose of your trash wisely. Boxes of expensive items should not be put to the curb or in the trash. Some burglars could look through the trash. These boxes will show that there are things of value within the home. Valuable items will make your home more of a target and could potentially capture someone’s interest.

Keeping your home safe can be simple if you add it into your routine. Setting an alarm, locking doors, not posting about trips, and so much more are ways to protect your home daily. Your family’s safety is priceless and your home should always be a safe escape.

 

 


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Blue orchids

Blue orchids

Blue orchids

For most of my life blue has been one of my favorite colors. I also like pink and purple a lot, but generally speaking when given a choice between primary colors, I gravitate towards blue. So when I went shopping at Wal-Mart a couple of days ago I was very attracted to some bright cobalt blue orchids that were on display in the Garden department.

Normally I do not enter Wal-Mart through the Garden department entrance, but that day my husband had parked the car in front of that entrance. I don’t know why, but he did. At first I was going to stay in the car and wait for him, as I was tired, but then I realized that we needed some bananas and some bread, and milk, so I decided to go ahead and get out of the car and go inside and buy them.

So I walked into the store with my husband, and parted ways after we stopped to admire the blue orchids. I simply fell in love with them. I have not owned any orchids for about the past thirty years, and I missed having an orchid plant. I had not purchased any for a variety of reasons. Frugality was a primary one, but also a reluctance to buy another plant that would require watering and tending. I have not been very good about taking the proper care of my plants for a long while now. I have several plants, but they are surviving in spite of me, not because of me!

Well, the blue color simply demanded that I purchase the plant. It was twenty dollars, and I was reluctant to spend the money, but I was “in a mood” and splurged on the plant after all.

When I got home and was reading the tag that came with the plant I discovered that the blue color was a result of a color-infusion process, and although the orchid will re-bloom in the future (assuming I don’t kill it) when it DOES re-bloom it will not be blue – it will likely be white.

That was a disappointment, but the plant is still holding the blossoms quite well and is very pretty. I only have to water it once a week, which is good. So far the pets have left it alone, which was a very pleasant surprise! I wonder how long it will last.


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Painting memories

Hand painted backsplash tile - strawberries

Hand painted backsplash tile – strawberries

I was rummaging around the basement, looking for a few things to take to the craft and lawn sale happening next month at the Community Center. I came across a box with a few kitchen backsplash tiles in it, and it brought back some memories from when I had the leisure time to paint. I haven’t painted since the school bus accident a few years ago, it hurts to hold a paint brush, so these memories of better days when I could do my One Stroke decorative painting whenever I wanted to paint are bitter-sweet.

A few years ago my mother-in-law decided to buy some new tiles from a local home improvement store to use as a back-splash all around her kitchen. She asked me to paint strawberries on them, to coordinate with her wallpaper.

That was my very first time painting on tiles! When I gave the finished tiles to my mother-in-law, she was thrilled! It would be very easy to glue some felt and ribbons to something like that to make a pretty gift! Or to glue cork to the back of it, put a couple of coats of extra-heat resistant finish on it and use it for a coaster or trivet.

I recently heard that my mother-in-law has re-done her entire kitchen. I wonder if the tiles are still there, or if they have been replaced with something else.


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The garden gnome


I enjoy flower gardens. I think that the garden gnome is cute, and clever, but I have never had one in my garden. After seeing this warning video about them, I am thinking that I am one of the lucky few to escape this cute little garden critter!


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