Play It Safe When A Prowler Is Lurking Outside Your Home

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Blog, Business

Motion detector lights are quite good for scaring away prowlers, burglars, and potential home invaders. If you are at home late at night and the motion detector lights go on, take the situation seriously and act in a deliberate and careful manner. Most importantly, never overreact and force an unnecessary confrontation with a possibly dangerous criminal. Never Open the Door to Take a Better Look You cannot be sure anyone is outside so you choose to open the door to see what’s there.  Huge mistake. What you have just done is opened a portal for a thug to enter your residence. A criminal could very well be waiting right outside your door. The second you open it, an opportunity is created for an armed assailant to push his/her way right inside. Employ the Stealth Approach If you want to determine whether or not someone is outside the home prowling about, do so in a stealthy manner. From a window with the blinds down, stand off to the side, open a slight slit in the blinds, and peer out inconspicuously. You want to be able to see the prowler and, yet not be seen yourself. The best way to avoid being noticed is simply to have camera set up outside the residence. Security systems, such as those from Snider’s Electronics, with video monitors allow you to see what is occurring on your property from a safe location. Treat the Situation Like an Emergency, Call the Police If you are positive someone is lurking about on your property, call the police and request assistance. This is going to lead to an immediate and serious response by any officers on duty or even off duty in the region.  Never take the presence of an intruder lightly. A prowler stumbling on your property late in the evening is an emergency situation. Have the police check things out the minute you suspect someone is trying to break into your home or even “merely” trespassing. Please note, dealing with the intruder is law enforcement’s job and not yours. Do Not Confront the Prowler Absolutely do not leave the safety of your home and attempt to detain anyone outside. This is extremely dangerous. As long as the person does not attempt to breach entry to your interior, you do not have to take any steps to defend yourself. Call the police and, if you are worried about your safety, remain on the line with the dispatcher until help...

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How To Remove And Keep Dog Odors Out Of Your Vacuum

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Blog, Business

Keeping up with housework with a dog living in the house can be a lot of work. You spend a lot of time vacuuming to keep dander and fur from building up in the fibers of your carpeting. Unfortunately, after several uses, a vacuum can begin to smell like your dog’s dander and old fur. You can clean the dog odor out of your vacuum. Here, you will learn how to do just that. To complete this task, you will need: Replacement vacuum bag and filters Baking soda Powdered laundry detergent Scented dryer sheet Cleaning rags Shop vac Step 1: Unplug the vacuum and remove the bag and filters. If you have a bagless vacuum, empty the contents and set it aside. Step 2: Remove the screws that hold the base of the vacuum in place and remove the brush and belt. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions if you are unsure of how to do this. Step 3: Use the shop vac to vacuum out any dust and dog fur that is built up in the vacuum. If you do not have a shop vac, you can use a feather duster or cleaning rag to wipe out as much dust and fur as possible. Step 4: Wipe down the inside and outside of the vacuum cleaner. Reach as far into the tubing as possible. Try wrapping a cleaning rag around a broom handle, taping it into place and sending it through the vacuum hose. Step 5: Let the vacuum breath for a night. Set it outside or in your garage to air out. Step 6: Replace the belt, brush, and base of the vacuum. Insert new filters. Before replacing the vacuum bag, stick a scented dryer sheet inside it. If you have a bagless vacuum, set a scented dryer sheet inside the canister. Tips for Keeping the Vacuum Smelling Fresh Before you vacuum, sprinkle the carpet with a small amount of baking soda and powdered laundry detergent. This is basically a cheaper form of carpet powder. Allow the mixture to rest in your carpet for a half hour to absorb the dog odors. Vacuum thoroughly to remove all of the powder from your carpet. When you put your vacuum away after use, the baking soda and laundry powder will help eliminate the dog odors that would worsen as it sits in your vacuum. Repeat this process every six months or when you notice the dog odors coming from your vacuum during use. Contact your local vacuum experts, such as Langley Vacuum & Sewing Centre, for more...

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