Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety 

Our neighborhood swarms with ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses on Halloween evening.  We urge all residents to practice excellent common sense and pay extra attention to safety precautions so that all enjoy the evening.

Please be especially cautious this day whether on foot or in cars.  Here are a few tips from National Crime Prevention Council website.  For more tips and information, please visit their website.

Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.

  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

Source: http://www.ncpc.org/programs/crime-prevention-month/crime-prevention-month-and-halloween

 

Also note that Daylight Savings Time is THIS WEEKEND!

Daylight Savings Time Sunday, November 3 – Don’t forget to “Fall Back”

Change your clocks back one hour. This is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms.  The fire department recommends checking your smoke alarms at least twice a year, and scheduling those checks when the time changes is an easy way to remember to ensure your smoke alarms are working.  If any of them are battery operated it’s an ideal time to replace with new batteries.

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Interior Home Security Lighting

 Interior Home Security Lighting 

There are many home security devices to choose from. Light timers are a popular item to use to show there is life in the house, and are also used to turn on and off TVs and radios.   

A few tips:  

  • Alternate the times and rooms you place them in. 
  • Motion detectors are also used to turn on appliances and lights if someone enters your home. 
  • It is unsafe to enter a dark home or apartment. 
  • This may not assure you will never be a victim of a crime, but the more deterrents you put in the way of the thief, that is intent on committing a crime, the better.

Source:  http://www.beyondidentitytheft.com/home-security-lighting.html

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Fire Safety Week

National Fire Safety Week October 6 – 12

Fire Prevention Week

This year’s theme is PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES.  Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home?  See the website below for more info and check out their homepage!

Download this handy guide from FPW for great tips on cooking safety: Cooking Safety

Source: National Fire Protection Association 
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: National Crime Prevention Month

October is National Crime Prevention Month – Let’s all be safe and look out for one another!

Call the police if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood.  No call to the police is unimportant.  Don’t think you are being overly cautious.  Call Kyle Police Dept non Emergency number at 268-3232 to make sure, or in the event of an emergency, call 911.            

 Source:  Kyle Police Dept. http://www.cityofkyle.com/police

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Burn Ban & Water Restrictions

Tuesday Tip: Burn Ban & Water Restrictions

Always be mindful of the current burn ban and water restrictions to avoid being fined.  You can check the current conditions by visiting the sites below.

Information on Hays County Burn Ban can be found at: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/

Information on WL (County Line Water) Water Restrictions can be found at:  http://www.clws.com/

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Electrical Outlets

Tuesday Tip: Electrical Outlets

 

A recent survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International found that about one-quarter of Americans don’t understand how ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) work.

Here’s some information about these vital devices:

  • GFCIs monitor the electricity flowing in and out of a product. If the electric current fluctuates, the GFCI shuts off the power to prevent shock.
  • You’ll find most GFCIs where electricity and water could mix, such as in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Test your GFCIs once a month. Plug in a nightlight and turn it on. Push the “Test” button; the light should go off. Push the “Reset” button to turn the light back on.

 

Sourcehttp://www.pec.coop/Home/LocalInvolvement/PowerandSafety/OtherSafetyTips.aspx

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: Dove Hunting Season

Dove Hunting Season Opens 9/1/2013   

REMEMBER A LICENSE IS REQUIRED                                                                                                                                     

Regular Season
NORTH TEXAS ZONE                    Sept 1 – Oct 23, 2013       Dec 20, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014

CENTRAL TEXAS  ZONE                Sept 1 – Oct 23, 2013       Dec 20, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014

SOUTH TEXAS ZONE                     Sept 20 – Oct 27, 2013     Dec 20, 2013 – Jan 20, 2014

SPECIAL WHITE WING AREA      Sept 20 – Oct 23 2013      Dec 20 2013 – Jan 20, 2014                                                                                             

Safety Tips

It’s important to follow the dove hunting tips below for a successful Texas dove hunt:

  • Please keep your gun safety on at all times when around other hunters.
  • Important: When a game warden comes by, unload your gun, take your license out, have three shells in your hand when you check to see if your plug is in.
  • The best way to hunt is to move twenty yards into the field, sit down, and face the trees.
  • Never shoot over a road or highway – it’s against Texas law. Leave your gun in the field if you need to retrieve a bird – don’t take it by the road.
  • Always warn others you are about to shoot!
  • Have someone stand watch when cleaning your birds, because dove always fly over you when they think the hunt is over.

Dove Hunting Gear
Below is the essential dove hunting gear you will need when dove hunting in Texas:

  • A hunting license
  • A shot gun
  • Ammunition
  • Camouflage clothing
  • Snake pants
  • Comfortable quarter top boots
  • Bring plenty of water
  • A game bag
  • Sweat headband
  • Sunscreen
  • Freezer bags
  • Disposable gloves

Source:  http://www.dovehuntingtexas.com/

 

 

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Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tip: School Bus Safety

Hello Neighbors!

Today begins a new segment brought to you by your Neighborhood Watch Committee.  Each Tuesday, we will post tips to keep you safe in your home and in your neighborhood.  These tips will also be posted monthly in the Newsletter, so keep an eye out.

Today’s tip is about School Bus Safety                                                                                                                                                                                                                

On Monday, Aug. 26, students will begin classes at all Hays CISD campuses.

The safety of children getting on and off the bus is a top priority for our school district and there are several traffic laws to enforce this safety. Violation of these laws can result in a citation and fine. Some basic rules about bus safety include:

  • Vehicles must stop when the external red warning lights are flashing and the stop signal arms are extended.
  • Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.
  • Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit.

Drivers are urged to honor school zones and remember that cell phone use is prohibited in all school zones. Student transportation officials encourage parents to discuss school bus safety tips with their children.

Source:  http://www.hayscisd.net