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
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
45 Senior Crime Safety tips offered by the Sarasota, FL Sheriff's
Office. Many more senior safety tips at
senior health tips.
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
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,
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
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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!
Truly Yours Personalized Addressing Kits were originally designed
for seniors and
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,
Tips for stocking up
for a pandemic, long storm, other
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
Home and Neighborhood Senior Safety Tips (internal page)
10. Don't need that old computer?
Give it away to another Senior
Practical Safety Guide for Seniors (internal page: fire, fraud,
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.
Prepare For Surviving Winter
Links to practical information from the CDC for surviving during a
Carbon Monoxide is a silent
killer of many unsuspecting Seniors. Read our
on the subject:
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.
A Must-Do Project for Every Senior
16. The Better Business Bureau warns
Seniors about a potential
17.. Protect yourself----and your
Safety Tips for the Road
18. Here is a great site explaining how
to organize a
Successful Yard Sale. Jean McL, SF, CA
Ways to Assert Your Responsibility
Senior Fire Safety
Fire Safety in the Kitchen
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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