Because of recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh
yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you
are close enough to use it, do!
2.If a robber asks for your wallet and/or
purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from
you....chances are that he is more interested in your
wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the
wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car,
kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out
the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't
see you, but everybody else will.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars
after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just
sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T
DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this
is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the
passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you
where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK
THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a
gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,
repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and
speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag
will save you. If the person is in the back seat they
will get the worst of it . As soon as the car crashes
bail out and run. It is better than having them find
your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a
parking lot, or parking garage: A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car,
at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your
car from the passenger door. Woman have been attached
by being pulled into vans while attempting to get into
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your
vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting
alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to
walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman
to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And
better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs.
Stairwells are horrible places to be aloneand the perfect
crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not
under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only
hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even
then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN,
Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic:
STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy,
the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated
man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting
women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked
'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which
is when he abducted his next victim.
9. In any situation where you fill at risk,
whether it is an unknown stranger, unfamiliar person
at your front door, unknown person calling you - call
When is ice safe? There is no for
sure answer. You cant judge the strength of ice
just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or
whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength
of ice is based on all of the previous factors -- plus
the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body,
water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the
load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.
Remember, there is no such thing as 100 percent
2" or less - STAY OFF
4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5" - Snowmobile or ATV
8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
12" - 15" - Medium truck
Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines
for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness
can cause ice to be unsafe.
Never go onto the ice alone. A friend may be able
to rescue you or go for help if you fall through the
Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls
through the ice do not attempt to rescue your pet,
go for help.
New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As the
ice ages, the bond between the crystals decays, making
it weaker, even if melting has not occurred.
Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate
ice and keep it strong, but can also insulate it to
keep it from freezing. Snow can also hide cracks,
weaken and open ice.
Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no
longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or
Ice formed over flowing water (rivers or lakes containing
a large number of springs) is generally 15% weaker.
Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It
can be one foot thick in one spot and be only one
inch thick 10 feet away.
Tips to Help Avoid Deer Collisions
With all of the woods around the
Brainerd Lakes area, deer seem to come out of nowhere,
leaving you only seconds to react. A collision can result
in significant property damage and even worse - possibly
a life-threatening situation.
To stay safe, consider the following:
Avoid driving after dark - if
possible. Deer are most active from sunset to midnight,
and during the hours just before and after sunrise,
which are feeding times.
Pay attention to the speed you
are driving. It's not just the speed of the animal
that plays a factor - it's the speed of the vehicle.
Think about it: if you are driving your vehicle at
a speed of over 60 miles per hour, you'll cover the
length of a football field in the same time it takes
to change a CD.
your eyes open. Deer don't run alone. If you see one,
there are likely others nearby.
Don't swerve. If a deer is suddenly
in front of you, sound your horn to frighten it away.
Break firmly, but stay in your lane. Serious crashes
happen when drivers swerve to avoid a deer, only to
hit other vehicles or lose control of their cars.
Wear your seatbelt. Most people
injured in deer/car crashes were unbuckled at the
Pay extra caution when an area
is marked with deer crossing signs. Deer are creatures
of habits and tend to follow the same routes.
Most of us couldn't live without our e-mail. It's how
we communicate with friends, family, and with business
associates on a daily basis. Once you have an e-mail
address for any length of time the spammers (and worse!)
So pay attention to your e-mail and never click on
links! Not the ones that say they are from your bank,
your credit card company, PayPal or any financial website.
Or the ones that say they are offering a patch for some
type of computer software problem or glitch.
So what if you do need to go to your bank's website?
Go there directly and not by clicking on a link in an
e-mail. Or pick up your phone and call them. And, if
you have a computer program and need something from
Microsoft - go to Microsoft's website and find what
you need that way.
If a friend e-mails you a link to a singing frog video
and you are absolutely sure it's safe, well, okay, you
can click on that. However, you can also go to the site
(youtube, cnn, etc.) and find the link yourself. If
more people would avoid clicking on those links spammers
will have to give up!
Yourself from Identity Theft:
Your Personal Data is Like Gold. Don't Let Someone Turn
it Into Lead.
Is there any way to protect yourself from identity
theft? Yes and no. There are precautions you can take
- just like you can take precautions to keep people
from breaking into your home. But there is no 100% guarantee
that your identify can't ever be stolen.
By following a few simple tips, you can greatly reduce
your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.
Do not carry your extra credit cards, your Social
Security card, birth certificate, or passport in your
wallet or purse except when necessary. This practice
minimizes the amount of information a thief can steal.
Photocopy everything in your wallet so if it is stolen
you know exactly who to call.
Never click on links in any emails you receive from
financial institutions - even if you're 100% sure
they're legitimate. Instead, go to your browser and
type in the domain name of the financial institution
(e.g. www.yourbank.com or www.paypal.com) and then
login to your account. Some emails you receive that
state they are from financial accounts are actually
fake and are called "phishing" emails.
Have virus and spyware detection software installed
on your computer and keep them updated.
If you can, install a lockable mailbox at your residence
to reduce mail theft.
Take credit card receipts with you. Never toss them
in a public trash container.
Never leave your purse or wallet unattended at work
or in any public place including churches, restaurants,
health fitness clubs, parties, or shopping carts.
And, never leave your purse or wallet in open view
in your car, even when your car is locked.
Destroy all checks immediately after you close a
If you can, do notify have you bank mail your checks
to you. Tell your bank that you prefer to pick them
Always, reconcile your check and credit card statements
in a timely fashion, and contact your credit card
company about any purchases you did not make.
Do not print your Social Security number or your
driver's license number on your personal checks.
Keep a list of all your credit accounts and bank
accounts in a secure place so you can quickly call
the issuers to inform them about missing or stolen
Always shred pre-approved credit card offers before
throwing them in the trash.
If you don't receive a billing statement from credit
cards or utility companies, notify the company immediately.
The above tips are no guarantee that your identity
can't be stolen. However, by following these tips and
by paying attention to your statements and accounts
you are making it more difficult for someone to steal
E-mail is easy! With the click of a button you can
send information to your friend that lives across town
or to your friend that lives on the other side of the
world. Maybe because sending information is so easy
people get carried away. If you are most everyone else,
you most likely get numerous e-mails every week warning
you of internet scams or giving advice on what to do
to protect yourself. One recent e-mail that went around
claimed that a serial killer was was luring women out
of their home by playing a tape of a crying baby. Of
course, the e-mail said not to open your door for a
crying baby, but instead to call the police. This story
has several versions, and after doing some research,
none of the stories can be substantiated
So how do you know if an e-mail you receive (most likely
one that has been forwarded on from someone else) contains
Do some research on your own. If someone is claiming
a "crying baby" story contact your local police
or sheriff's office and see if they have had any complaints.
A good internet source to check is www.snoops.com.
This site has information on numerous "urban legends"
and also if there is factual information to back up
a story - will indicate it is a "true" story.
* Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition
when you're away from it, even for "just a minute".
* Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even
if it's in front of your home.
* Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your
car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out
of sight. Buy radios, tape and CD players that can be
removed and locked in the trunk.
* Park in busy, well-lighted areas.
* Carry the registration and insurance card with you.
Don't leave personal identification documents or credit
cards in your vehicle.
* When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just
the ignition key with the attendant. Make sure no personal
information is attached. Do the same when you take your
car for repairs.
to Ease Your Pets Fireworks Fears
Summertime includes many celebrations that often include
fireworks. This can be a nightmare for many pets and
their owners it can be a nightmare. The loud noises,
flashing lights, and smell of sulfur can cause excessive
fear in pets. Nervous behaviors such as trembling, whimpering,
and panting may be distressful to the pet, but the animals
natural response to flee from what he interprets as
a threatening situation may result in serious injury.
Some dogs are so frightened by fireworks that they may
run through glass windows, or escape from the yard and
run the risk of being hit by a car.
Here are a few tips from HomeoPet to keep your pet calm
and safe this Fourth of July:
Leave your pets at home and indoors. Most pets are
afraid of fireworks and may try to run away.
Close all doors and windows and put on background
music to muffle the sound.
Close curtains and blinds to block the flashing
Be sure that your pets are wearing identification
tags or have microchips in case they do run away or
Try to distract your pet with chew toys and games,
or play with another pet that does not share his fear.
If you have time, desensitization techniques with
appropriate sound CDs, such as thunder, fireworks,
trains, sirens, etc. may help pets get used to the
sounds at a lower volume, then as they become more
comfortable, gradually increase the volume.
If your pet has noise phobias, speak to your veterinarian
about a natural homeopathic, non-sedating remedy such
as HomeoPet Storm Stress to keep your pet calm during
storm and fireworks seasons.
For more information, please visit www.homeopet.com
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