Posts Tagged ‘Safety’

Identity Theft & Prevention

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

In 2009 alone, there were over 10 million cases of identity theft. Here we are two years later and it is no surprise that identity theft is still on the rise. Tough financial times can lend themselves to people taking extremely desperate measures and stealing the identity of someone who has money readily available to them. While some use the information for shopping sprees, others are using the newly obtained name to commit crimes or even establish a new identity within another country.

Identities are being stolen by….

  • Digging through trash looking for statements with personal information and account numbers on them.
  • Taking personal papers from plain sight. (Almost half of all victims know the thief).
  • Stealing a wallet or purse.
  • Directly obtaining a credit card or debit card number.
  • Hacking into a server or database where personal information is stored.
  • Taking information from someone’s computer on an unsecured wireless network.
  • A victim being careless or forgetful.

Prevent identity theft by….

  • Dropping outgoing mail in a post office box.
  • Securing your wireless internet connections. Create passwords not easily detected.
  • Shredding any documents containing personal information.
  • NEVER carrying around your social security card.
  • Checking your credit every year if not more for discrepancies. It is also a good idea to check the social security numbers of your children and any recently deceased family members. This is the newest trend for thieves.

For more statistics, information and prevention tips go to identitytheftprotection.org.



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Las Vegas Pets: When is it too hot?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With Las Vegas summers in the triple digits and very little humidity, when is it too hot for those pets that take up residence in Las Vegas? When should animal lovers be extra careful?

Here are a few things for Las Vegas pet owners to keep in mind.

With hot days well over 90, the temperature inside a car can rise to 140 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Animals do not have quick cooling instincts like humans and these levels are life-threatening. Don’t leave your pets in the car. Take them inside if the store permits or leave them at home. You’ll survive and so will they.

Unless there is plenty of shade and access to water in your backyard or they love to swim in your pool, leave the pets inside. Expose them to the high heat for short periods of time. Pets too are privy to heat strokes. Look for these warning signs: rapid breathing or pulse, vomiting, unsteadiness, glazed look in the eyes. Give them ice/water to cool them down. Spray them with the mister to expedite cooling.

Don’t worry if they don’t want to eat. Humans don’t like to eat when it’s really hot either.

If you like to take walks, bring water along for your pet and check to make sure the temperature of the sidewalk isn’t scalding. Dogs don’t wear shoes and although they have padded paws, they are still susceptible to burns.

Best option? Keep them inside. Teach them to use the toilet and they won’t ever have to be let out again if they don’t want to.



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Las Vegas Water Quality: 3 Things You Should Never Put Down the Drain.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Do you know where the majority of your water comes from? Do you know how it is recycled and filtered? Most Las Vegas real estate residents think very little of the water supply even though Southern Nevada has strict watering regulations. The belief that having water is just like breathing is simply not true.

Nearly 90% of Southern Nevada’s water supply comes from Lake Mead. Those who have lived in Las Vegas for years have seen a slow and steady drop in the water line leaving white marks on the surrounding land documenting it’s decline. The more this drops, the more we should be concerned.

The water from Lake Mead goes through a heavy filtration system before being pumped back out to Las Vegas residents but there’s no reason we should not be careful and considerate as to what we are putting down the drain. Our watersheds like the Pittman Wash, filter much before it heads back to Lake Mead but being cautious will help keep our water source safe and hazardous free.

Here are 3 things you should never put down the drain (kitchens, toilets or outdoors):

  1. Prescription medications and over the counter medications. They go straight to the water supply. High amounts are being found in water sources all around the country.
  2. Motor oil/automotive fluids. Do not dispose of your oil down the storm drains. Most likely it’s not even legal to change your oil in your subdivision. If you don’t know how to dispose of it, ask your local Auto Zone or Pep Boys.
  3. Cooking oil. Turning on the hot water and flushing it down the disposal is not the solution. Dump it in a glass container and throw it away. Oil turns into soap in the sewer system and clogs it up like hair in a drain.



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Avoiding Dehydration in Las Vegas

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Apparently Spring has been skipped and we have moved straight into Summer. With temperatures already in the high 80s and low 90s, it’s time to have a little chat about dehydration.

We became Las Vegas real estate residents at the end of June many years ago. It welcomed us with an intense dry heat and temperatures in the hundreds. Coming from the humid Midwest, we didn’t know what we had gotten into. One of the first things we complained of were headaches. No one had explained to us that desert heat was different and headaches were a sure sign of dehydration. Once we drank enough water to nearly vomit, the headaches went away.

So for good measure, here are a few tips for avoiding dehydration in Las Vegas.

  1. Drink lots of water, then drink some more. The body loses water so fast in the intense heat leaving you with just salty skin. Keep it replenished
  2. If your mouth is dry, you clearly need more water. This is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Drink up.
  3. You can be dehydrated even if you don’t go outside. Drink water regardless.
  4. If you wear lightweight long sleeve shirts and pants, you will lose water more slowly. Sounds ridiculous but it works.
  5. While Las Vegas is full of places that offer free alcoholic drinks while you gamble, there’s no better way to ensure dehydration then with a high sodium beer. It might seem refreshing but it will suck the water right out of you leaving you with a headache you will not forget.

Drink water and stay cool in a pool (if you can) and enjoy your Spring-Summer!



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Las Vegas Mosquito Control: Part II

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If you are an avid follower of the Welcome Home Nevada Real Estate Blog you will see that the subject of mosquito control has been divided into two parts. Click here to read Part I.

Now that we understand the science of these pests, anyone who owns a Las Vegas home with pool will tell you that you have to faithfully take care of it or the unattended pool will become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. So the question is: How can a homeowner prevent this from happening?

First of all, if you have fishponds, birdbaths, water gardens or fountains opt for treating the water with a non-harmful additive or chemical. Such water treatments can be found at the local pool and spa store or home improvement store. Many pool maintenance companies can also help with this type of treatment. Products such as Mosquito Dunks (shaped like a doughnut), sit on top of the water creating an invisible film that drowns the larvae. The ultimate goal is to kill mosquitoes at the larvae stage when they are clumped together and visible. After they pass that stage it becomes more difficult.

Secondly, keep your pool clean and make sure the water is moving around. A daily swim and/or a daily skim and weekly vacuuming is the best way to avoid mosquito invasions. Make sure to always put away rafts and other floating toys where water can sit. Again, standing water is a female mosquitoes best friend.

Lastly, mosquitoes can be kept at bay with the use of an outdoor circulating fan, tiki torches, strong citronella candles and bug sprays containing deet. There are a variety of new natural/organic products now available especially for those who are concerned about the effects of the chemicals around young children. Again, look for these items at your local hardware store or ask your pool supplier for their recommendation.

Here’s too a mosquito-free summer!



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