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Apartment Safety and Security

The number of condominiums and apartments is growing very fast in towns and big cities, thus offering a solution to the problem of accommodating large populations in such cities and metros. Many people prefer living in commercial districts to be close to their workplace. The benefits of staying in a commercial district are many. It gives residents an easy opportunity to enjoy living close to the malls, restaurants, sources of entertainment and commercial institutions. Perhaps, the most important benefit is the fact that it helps avoiding awful traffic at rush hours.

When searching for a condominium or an apartment, you need to consider some factors beyond just the accessibility and construction of the complex. One should assess the available safety and security measures and check the extent to which the association of homeowners and the management follow them. The most usual safety features comprise of fire and burglar alarms. You should also check the provision and status of the fire exits. Their signage should be visible to all. The number of fire exits should be adequate for all the residents to easily escape the building in case of a fire.

The mere provision of safety measures doesn’t suffice. It is important to see how the measures are executed in the building. Be sure to check that security guards and other staff are wearing photo identity cards. The company managing the building conveys that it cares for the safety of its residents by making it mandatory for their workers to wear photo identity cards. Another security measure is the use of keycards, which have so far been used by hotels, but are now being frequently used for apartments or condominiums. For additional security, this may be used with a pin code or password.

Proper lighting goes to enhance the security of a building. All entrances, hallways and walkways should be adequately lighted to discourage crimes. If an electric bulb needs replacement, you should report the matter to the responsible person or replace it yourself, and inform the concerned personnel. It is critical for the parking garage to be secured. This is because thieves often use that area for accessing the apartments in a residential complex. The rear of the building must be well lighted, for that is another area from where thieves sneak into the building.

Security should not be restricted to residents alone. You should know how visitors are treated. Apartments that insist on a photo identity card of a visitor for issuing visitors’ passes clearly demonstrate how serious they are about the security of their residents.

A building may be installed with a highly effective system of security, but it will not help unless all residents cooperate in making the place safe and secured. That makes it vitally important to work in association with other occupants occupying the same block and ensure that all guests are monitored and the doors remain locked. The doors should only be opened after having established the identity of the visitor. Moreover, occupants should not leave the door open at the entrance of building, thus allowing strangers to come into the building. If the buzzer at the entrance is properly maintained, and the residents are cooperative, there may be no security guard for keeping a watch on the block.

Security is vital and one should ensure that safety and security features incorporated in a residential complex are adequate and well-maintained.

Things to Think About For Home Safety and Security

Home is where the heart is, as the old saying goes. It is so much more, however. It is shelter and refuge. It is where the kids grow up, where families and friends get together for holiday celebrations. It is where we go to relax. It is where the car is, where the bikes are, where the jewelry is. It is, principally, a place where we should feel, and actually be, safe.

Safety does not come with the purchase of a home, however. It must be thought about and planned for. To that end, we have compiled a list of home safety and security tips to consider. Some are simple, some more complicated, but all are important. While many are common sense, hopefully the list will get you thinking and spawn some new ideas that you can implement to make the family safer.

Install not only smoke alarms, but carbon monoxide detectors as well. If you have a complete home alarm system, check with the home security company about linking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the company’s central monitoring system.

Have a talk about fire safety with the family. Especially if you have young children, outline a plan of escape with as many alternatives as possible, then practice them. Having a clear idea of how to react will make everyone safer in the event of a home crisis.

Consider placing safety ladders in upstairs rooms for added escape routes in the event of fire or other emergencies.

Areas where someone might be prone to slipping, or where dangerous objects may be left around, should have good visibility at night in order to avoid accidents. Install night-lights on stairwells, in bathrooms, dark hallways, and the kitchen.

Attend to any sort of electrical problems promptly, and consult with a professional for any continued problems. Faulty wiring can be a potential electrocution or fire hazard.

Keep a basic assortment of first-aid supplies in a predetermined place and make sure everyone in the family knows how to find and use it. This can prevent small accidents like cuts and falls from turning into big disasters.

Check hot water heaters to see if they have safety guards to prevent scalding. At the very least make sure young children, or visiting guests, are aware of any special attention that must be given with sink and shower taps.

Install non-stick pads in showers and bathtubs. Bathroom falls are a common cause of injuries and can even be fatal. With simple precaution, however, they are easily, and almost completely, avoidable.

Make sure the family is in agreement on basic principles of home security. A complete home security system includes not only “things,” such as locks and alarms, but “policies” as well. For example, it may be a good idea to establish a policy of not giving out the family address unless absolutely necessary (children should never do so without asking parents). Simple policies such as keeping the bikes inside and locking the doors before leaving are also effective in creating an appearance conducive to home security and the safety of the family.

Fonzie Rumbles With the Sales and Marketing Gurus

Not long ago I wrote an article about how the best sales and marketing “gurus” don’t usually publicly count their money, brag about how great they are, or showboat their houses, cars or toys.

That article hit quite a nerve, too.

And some people had asked what were some other ways to tell if a marketing guru is truly legit or not?

Well, I have a theory about this. It’s a bit on the weird side (actually, more like the “retro” side). But I have found it to be true 9 out of 10 times.

You see, it’s kind of like Fonzie from “Happy Days.”

The Fonz didn’t have to go around telling people he was cool. He didn’t have to pick fights with people to show he was a tough guy. And he didn’t have to brag about being with a million chicks because, frankly, he always walked into Arnold’s with a hottie in each arm.

In other words, he didn’t have to SAY he was cool.

People just KNEW it.

Just like everyone knew Potsy was a wimp. Or that Ralph Mouth was obnoxious. Or that Richie Cunningham was a square. And whether it was because of his reputation, his actions or the “air” about him — when people said Fonzie was cool, there was no argument.

Same goes with the business gurus today.

The good ones don’t have to tell you how cool they are.

You just KNOW it.

Because if there’s any doubt their products will do what they claim, they won’t just tell you how wonderful their stuff is… they’ll PROVE it to you. And not by flapping their gums, either. But by demonstrating it to you via their knowledge, reputation, the company they keep and, yes, a solid sales pitch that’s not packed full of fluff, lies or exclamation marks.

Anyway, my point is, all you have to do is observe.

It’s the best way to tell between the Fonzies and the wannabes.