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Your Home is a Dangerous Place. Do Your Part to Keep Your Children Safe.

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In a world that seems to grow more dangerous every day, there’s one place you know your family and your children will always be safe: at home. Or so you think. The sad truth is accidents at home claim the lives of six American children every day (according to statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide) and send thousands more to the emergency room, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Consider the home dangers, and how to prevent accidents.

Vinyl-Lite Window Factory cares about your home and your children, so we’ve taken this opportunity to help you recognize potential threats to your family’s safety, and to provide a few tips for preventing dangerous, life-threatening accidents.

1. Unsecured windows

Safe Kids Worldwide reported nearly 2 million kids under the age of 12 visited the emergency room in 2013 as the result of a fall. Even windows on the first floor present a risk for trips and slips, and traditional window screens are not strong enough to prevent a child from falling out. Vinyl-Lite Window Factory recommends installing a window guard with a quick release function to keep your family safe and secure — inside.

2. The medicine cabinet

The medications and creams you use on a daily basis without thinking twice can be extremely toxic for your children. Do your part to keep the medicine cabinet locked, and keep dangerous pharmaceuticals out of young ones’ reach.

3. Outlets covered with plastic caps

When many new parents think about babyproofing, they think about placing those little plastic covers over all exposed outlets, but new research from the Electrical Safety Foundation has indicated that nearly all children ages two to four were able to remove the covers with ease. The good news is all new homes constructed since 2008 have been fitted with tamper-resistant outlets. (Live in an older home? They’re easy and inexpensive to install.)

4. Cords that dangle from your window blinds

Walk around your home and count the adjustable cords dangling from your window blinds; never realized there were quite that many, right? They seem harmless, right? Far from it. Too many children each year are strangled by these cords. Keep this from happening by making sure cribs, beds and playroom furniture are positioned away from windows. You might even consider installing shades equipped with internal cords, or better yet, Cordless and roller shades.

With common sense and a little due diligence, you can rest assured that your children and loved ones are safe to play, and discover the world from the secure embrace of your home.

Why are birds flying into my windows?

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The only downside to beautiful, clean Vinyl-Lite Window Factory energy efficient windows is an increase in bird accidents. Winged creatures take one glance at your pristine custom-fit windows and assume the reflection is a clear flight path of trees or sky. It can be hard to enjoy such visual perfection when you’ve got the constant thud of our feathered friends assuming your second floor bathroom is an empty sky highway.

Protect your windows and our birds by making your Vinyl-Lite Window Factory energy efficient windows visible to birds while they are flying.

Small changes can make a big difference!

Use a window screen. Not only will it help break up the reflection, but birds will bounce off instead of smashing into the glass, much like jumping on a trampoline. The humane society recommends CollidEscape film. The film is applied to the exterior side of your energy efficient windows, creating a transparent view for guests inside the house, and an opaque view for our birdy friends.

External shutters or sunshades are a great option that can add a pleasing aesthetic to your home while keeping the sun out, limiting the reflective glare, and protecting your windows.

Move — or get! — bird feeders and baths. Keeping baths and feeders within three feet of your home means any collision won’t be fatal, but also discourages them from flying into your windows when they’ve got a detour in front of them. Baths and feeders that are 30 feet away help birds recognize windows are part of the house, rather than paying strict attention to the reflection.

Closed curtains and blinds will also eliminate the reflection. Keep them closed when they aren’t in use for maximum effect, while still enjoying the daylight or night sky when you are in the room.

But what should I do if a bird flies into my window?

Don’t panic. The humane society recommends gently covering the bird with a towel and placing her in a securely closed cardboard box — with air holes! Keep the box in a quiet, dark place to allow her to recover from her fall. Birds are often stunned following a hit, and need time to recover. Check on her every thirty minutes, but don’t touch.

Once she starts moving and looks recovered, take the box outside, open it, and step away. Let the bird fly away on her own. If she doesn’t, take her back inside and repeat the process. If she doesn’t recover within a few hours, but is still breathing, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator.

And if the poor bird broke, or cracked your window…

Call Vinyl-Lite Window Factory to order replacement energy efficient windows today.

7 Popular Tornado Myths Exposed

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Climate monitoring and records show that tornadoes severely happen in the United States within the end of spring up until the beginning of autumn. This means that it also has chances of occurrence during summer. As a heads up for your disaster preparation, we have gathered seven of the most common tornado myths people falsely believe. With the help of the data gathered by NCDC, familiarize yourself with these tornado myths and be safe.

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Tornado Myth #1: Open your house windows during a tornado.

The need to equalize pressure in your home seems unnecessary in the face of a destructive tornado. If a tornado has to smash your house down, it has to do it the only way it can. While physical destruction cannot be stopped, you can still save your life by dismissing yourself from doing such invaluable effort. Find a safe shelter instead.

Tornado Myth #2: Cities and mountains are tornado-resistant.

Tornado can actually happen anywhere as it does not discriminate any form of terrain and geographic location. Although they mostly crash in very wide plains found in suburban spaces, cities are not an exception. In the past, big cities like Oklahoma and Texas had been struck by disastrous tornadoes, damaging a number of establishments, both commercial and residential.

On the other hand, tornadoes may also occur in high mountain ranges. Damages had been recorded to have happened in over 10,000 feet high from the ground.

Tornado Myth #3: Bodies of water protect certain areas from tornadoes.

A tornado knows no barrier. Both bodies of land and water may be hit by a wrecking twister. Once it is forecasted to strike in your region of residence, secure a place for hiding. Nearby rivers cannot guarantee your safety.

Tornado Myth #4: Be safe by hiding under an overpass with your car during a tornado.

Famed by a scene in a famous Hollywood film, this hiding mechanism under an overpass is not encouraged by the National Weather Service Forecast Office. It is deemed dangerous as a bridge structure funnels the wind that increases a tornado’s velocity. Skip the theatrics. Leave your car and seek proper shelter.

Tornado Myth #5: Outrun a tornado while driving your vehicle.

Outracing a natural phenomenon like a tornado only drives you closer to the danger zone. A tornado’s speed is as volatile as you can imagine, and that its movement is as erratic and unpredictable as the spinning arrow of a compass. Halt the vehicle you are driving and find a safe corner to seek refuge.

Tornado Myth #6: When the sky turns green, it means a tornado is coming.

Although the arrival of some tornadoes in history was indicated by an unusual hue changing in the sky, a green sky does not always mean the coming of a disaster. Much to many scientists’ dismay, this odd phenomenon leaves them wondering and confused.

In this case, the color green does not always mean “Go! Move! Hide!” Listening to weather forecasts is always more valuable than waiting for signs.

Tornado Myth #7: The southwest corner of your basement is the safest hiding spot.

This theory originated when John Park Finley, a meteorologist, found out that tornadoes commonly traverse from the southwest portion of a certain area to the northeast, which means that a twister’s accumulated debris are carried through to the opposite side of southwest. However, it isn’t actually the case. The strength of a tornado throws over debris of all sizes towards any direction, regardless of its originating direction.

How To Prepare For Hurricanes and Thunderstorms

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Preparatory measures for natural calamities do not mean that such tragedies are sources of annual anticipations, like you are actually excited for them to happen. In fact, preparations are precautions on the expected negative consequences of the mentioned natural misfortunes. Whether they come to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC or luckily skip our region, it is still better to be vigilant at all times and to be always ready for the worst. So how do we do it?

Evaluate

First things first. It is good to evaluate your actual location by knowing how prone it is to natural calamities like hurricanes, thunderstorms and others. How probable is it for disasters to hit the area? Is your house located near the sea or on top of a mountain? Geographically speaking, total awareness of your area can give you precaution before the actual disasters transpire. Know the calamity history of the area. It will serve as a measuring tool on the level of preparation you need to do.

Review

Some government agencies provide guidelines to promote health, safety and preparedness in times of disasters. These courses of action  are offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the public. They can be accessed through a copy you can find online or you can personally ask for printed drafts  in each of the offices mentioned.

Prepare

After doing a thorough evaluation and review, you can then start preparing. Preparations are best done during specific hurricane and thunderstorm seasons in your area. Also, it would be better if you are always on watch with the weather news. Always be updated so you can take the precautionary measures before it is too late. Now, what you need to prepare are basic necessities that are needed for calamity endurance. Make a list and use it when the time comes. The list should include food, water, flashlights, and other essentials for survival. Preparations could also include the repair of house fixtures in order to keep them sturdy during typhoons and other calamities.