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1. Remember to replace the old batteries in your home's smoke alarms regularly. While you're at it, dust each alarm and test it to make sure it is properly functioning. Make sure you have installed enough smoke alarms for the size of your home--at least one per floor, especially near bedrooms. It has been suggested that this be done 2 times a year, each time you set your clocks ahead or back.
2. If you have small loose items around the house, the solution may be right in front of you. Keep empty coffee cans, prescription containers (peel off all medical labels), and washed plastic jars like peanut butter. These are great for things like screws, nails, buttons, paper clips, various pins, coins, small tools,  and even for saving seeds from your garden for next season.
3. Internal page to this site on Senior Safety. 45 Senior Crime Safety tips offered by the Sarasota, FL Sheriff's Office. Many more senior safety tips at senior health tips.

   4. Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. 
Most of us take those summons for  jury duty  seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced. Fall for it and your identity could be stolen, reports CBS.
 In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the
scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can
verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen.
The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Texas and California..
This (scam) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they're with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.                               Sunmitted by Sam H. Silver Spring, MD                     
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

 OTHER SCAMS ARE DISCUSSED AT:      Senior Computer Tips

5. Save $$ on weed screening and weed killers.  A simple, inexpensive, and organic way of controlling weeds is to use newspaper. Cover the area you wish to rid of weeds with several layers of newspaper, then spread mulch or compost over the newspaper. You can plant whatever you would like over this. Just poke a hole in the newspaper for the seed/plant and plant away!
6.Very Truly Yours Personalized Addressing Kits were originally designed for seniors and disabled folks. The extra large size label kits were designed specifically to these people so that they could retain their independence and continue to send greetings to their loved ones.       Patti, Gettysburg, PA
7. Tips for stocking up for a pandemic, long storm, other catastrophic threats..

8.  BUY A SAFE -- NOW!!!

 This is not so much for valuables, as for important papers. Get a fireproof safe (or safe box); they are very reasonable in price. My late husband bought us 2: one for papers and one for valuables (he collected watches and coins). In the event of a fire, a fireproof safe or box can be invaluable.
 Give a trusted child or friend the combination, along with your spouse. (Be sure it's someone you can fully trust. My dad and I have exchanged ours.) Put all your insurance policies, copies of your license/car registration, etc., in it. Anything you think is important, probably is, so put it in there. Better to have too much info than not enough!            Rivahcat - Virginia
9. 32 Home and Neighborhood Senior Safety Tips (internal page)    privileges
10. Don't need that old computer? Give it away to another Senior !!
11. Practical Safety Guide for Seniors (internal page: fire, fraud, abuse, crime)
12. Comprehensive site to warn and assist Seniors on all types of fraud. Presented by Dennis Marlock, retired from the Milwaukee Police Department after 31 years. SeniorArk found it to be a very useful site. FraudTech
13. Prepare For Surviving Winter  Links to practical information from the CDC for surviving during a cold winter.
13. Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer of many unsuspecting Seniors. Read our comprehensive article on the subject:
14. A MUST-DO PROJECT FOR EVERY SENIOR This is a project every homeowner and renter should do at least once a year, so why not do it  NOW.
15. Reprinted article on the subject of  Preventing Elder Abuse.
16. A Must-Do Project for Every Senior
16. The Better Business Bureau warns Seniors about a potential annuity scam.
17.. Protect yourself----and your diriver's license. 10 Safety Tips for the Road
18. Here is a great site explaining how to organize a Successful Yard Sale. Jean McL, SF, CA
20. Read 10 Ways to Assert Your Responsibility
21. Senior Fire Safety
22. Fire Safety in the Kitchen

23. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In fact, you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft. Read all about identity theft at: All About Identity Theft, Am I at Risk?

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