Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksSummer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Summertime allows you to spend more time outside in the sun, enjoying breezy days and a vacation state of mind. But before you get caught up reveling in all that nice weather, it’s important to keep your furry friends in mind. For curious pets, warm temperatures and increased outdoor time can be a recipe for trouble.

Maintaining a pet-friendly lifestyle and home in the summer doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. With a few simple tricks and tips, you can ensure your pet will thrive during the sunny summer months.

Your dog or cat is always there for you, now it’s time to do them a favor. Keep these tips from D&D Technologies, an award-winning lock and safety company, in mind for a happy and healthy pet:

Keep head and paws inside the car. Driving down the road, you might see several cars with paws and heads sticking out the window. While most dogs love to feel the wind in their fur, it can seriously aggravate the mucous membranes and blow dust and dirt in their eyes. When your dog’s tongue is flying in the breeze, insects or other debris can enter nasal passages or the windpipe, possibly causing an emergency trip to the vet and even permanent damage.

Check your pet’s collar regularly. For growing pups and kittens, be sure to monitor how quickly they grow. Check their collars at least once a week for the first year, or until they are fully grown. Not only does a too-tight collar cause excruciating pain, but it can literally grow right into your pet’s neck. To be safe, you should be able to easily fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.

Keep your yard safe. If you like to let your pets roam in your yard, make sure you take the right safety precautions. You don’t need an expensive electric fence to keep your pets protected. For fenced-in yards, use the latest technology in gate latches such as the MagnaLatch Alert Veritcal Pull. This easy-to-install latch cannot be opened by dogs and ensures your pup won’t be able to get out and lost on the street. Additionally, if the gate is left opened, the latch sounds an alarm to let you know your pets might escape. Visit www.ddtechglobal.com to learn more about pet and pool safety.

Monitor time spent outside. Dogs are more likely to escape when they’ve been left alone for a long period of time, especially breeds that enjoy being active. Don’t leave your pet unattended for an extended period of time and make sure to check on him or her frequently.

Limit exercise on hot days. While you might love taking your dog for a jog on a warm day, be extra careful on warmer days. Adjust the intensity and time of exercise for your pet according to the temperature. Asphalt soaks in the beating sun and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk on the grass if possible. On especially hot days, try to exercise during the morning or evening hours, especially for pets with white-colored ears, who are more prone to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who will have more difficulty breathing.

 
 
Outdoor home security: 5 steps to a home-safe-home

Outdoor home security: 5 steps to a home-safe-home

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksOutdoor Home Security: 5 Steps to a Home-Safe-Home

Did you know a home break-in occurs every 15 seconds? Considering summertime is peak season for home burglaries, there’s no better time than the present to take a few steps to protect your home and your family.

“Securing your home doesn’t necessarily require a costly alarm system,” says Brian Sweet, operations manger at D&D Technologies, an award-winning lock and safety company. “Taking a close look at your outdoor spaces and making simple safety updates will dramatically reduce the chances of your home becoming a criminal target.”

These five simple steps can all be completed in one weekend to help keep your property safe and give you peace of mind:

1. Trim landscaping
Well-manicured landscaping not only beatifies your yard, it also helps deter thieves. Why? Overgrown trees and shrubs make it easy to stay concealed day or night. Pay special attention to proper trimming around windows, doors and other points of entry into your home or garage.

2. Add gate locks and alarms
Add locks to all outdoor gates. For extra security, opt for an alarm lock like the Magna Latch Alert – the world’s first integrated gate latch and electronic alarm system. This gate lock meets pool-safety codes and allows you to see and hear if the lock is triggered, thanks to an at-a-glance lock indicator with flashing LED light and audible unlatch alarm. Whether someone has wandered into your yard or your toddler is trying to get to the pool while your back is turned, you’ll know instantly so everyone can stay safe.

The perfect DIY project that can be completed in mere minutes, installation of the Magna Latch Alert requires no special tools, screws or wiring. It’s an ideal weekend warrior task because you get two projects done at once – installation of a reliable gate latch and alarm. Visit www.ddtechglobal.com to learn more.

3. Verify lighting
Take a walk around your home in the evening and check for areas of poor lighting. Fronts of homes often have good lighting, but sides and backyards have excessive dark space. One of the easiest ways to increase evening security is by adding motion lights. When these lights sense movement, they activate and illuminate a space; this is great if you’re fumbling for your keys in the dark and bad for thieves who want to stay hidden.

4. Careful with extra keys
It’s common for families to hide a spare key at their home, but too often it’s in an obvious location like under the doormat, above the door frame or by a landscape rock. It takes just seconds for a thief to check these common locations. Instead, leave a set of keys with a trusted neighbor or, at the very least, select a well-hidden location that would be difficult for a stranger to find.

5. Keep valuables out of sight
During the summer, the garage door is open, the toys are out and you spend more time in your yard. While enjoying the outdoors is great, beware about showing off too many of your valuable possessions. An open garage door can easily make a new car or box of expensive tools visible to anyone. Leaving expensive recreational toys – from bikes to boats – in your driveway signals clearly that you have money. Have fun but be careful, because you never know who is watching and you may be unknowingly signaling to all who walk or drive past your house that the garage is packed with goodies.

 
 
4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

4 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksHow to keep kids safe outdoors

Colder temperatures are on their way, but right now the weather is beautiful and that means there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. As an adult, spending time outside allows you to pursue passions such as landscaping, lawn games, swimming in the pool or just enjoying the company of family and friends. There’s plenty to do and you know your children enjoy being outdoors just as much as you do.

However, when small children are outside, the potential for accidents increases. To keep them safe and make spending time outdoors an enjoyable experience for everyone, practice these four safety steps.

* It starts with you. Supervising your child while you’re outdoors together is the easiest way to ward off accidents, but then how do you get anything done? Start by asking your child to join you in completing the task and give them assignments they can manage such as carrying or sorting items. You can also provide toys or a new game they can play in your sight. Finally, join them in the fun. If you can’t make them part of your project, make yourself part of theirs. Play their game in the backyard, swim with them in the pool or go exploring for bugs together.

* Secure the area. If you want to block off a larger area like a pool or your back yard, a fence can be the answer and can make for one, final DIY project this year. Before you start however, it’s important to contact your city or homeowner’s association to be sure fences are allowed and to learn what type of fence you can install. Then, you need to decide if you will hire someone to install the fence or do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to contact your power provider so they can mark the proper power lines before you dig.

* Use the right tools. A fence can keep your child safe, but eventually they’ll learn to open the gate. To protect kids during these inquisitive years, D&D Technologies recently launched Magna Latch Alert, the world’s first integrated alarm with new audible and visual features. Magna Latch Alert easily attaches to any gate and emits a single alert beep when the gate is opened. It will even notify you if the gate has not been securely and fully latched. Magna Latch Alert is made from high performance polymers so it won’t rust in rain or snow, making it the perfect choice for any outdoor space where safety is a must.

* Educate yourself. Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen and if one does, it’s essential you’re prepared. Make sure you’re trained in CPR and mouth-to-mouth and you’re aware of your child’s allergies. Finally, remembering 9-1-1 is easy but you should also have the number for poison control plugged into your phone, just in case.

No matter what outdoor activity you have planned, it will be more fun if you know everyone around you is safe. Institute the four steps above and you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of this year’s beautiful outdoor days without a concern.

 
 
Important backyard safety steps for all seasons

Important backyard safety steps for all seasons

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksImportant backyard safety steps for all seasons

From building snowmen with the kids in winter to playing fetch with Fido in the spring, your backyard is the backdrop for fun activity all year long. That means safety should be top of mind during all seasons. Just as you take steps to protect your children inside your house, you must be cautious of the dangers outside as well.

The first step to keeping your backyard safe is to assess your fence. Fences help protect children from danger, keeping toddlers out of swimming pools, hot tubs and ponds or keeping them in the yard, away from busy traffic or strangers. Fences can also help keep your own pets in your yard, and other animals out. They can reduce your liability by preventing injuries to uninvited guests on your property, or injury caused by escaped pets.

“A good weekend winterizing project is making sure your fences and gates are functioning properly and are protected from rust, a destructive force that can render gate hardware useless or dangerous,” says Jim Paterson, senior vice president of D&D Technologies, which manufactures gate latches and hinges made of ultra-strong engineering polymers. “In our research, we found that when homeowners consider their fencing needs, rusty metal gate hardware that no longer functions properly or becomes a threat to children was their top concern. Rust-free and adjustable gate hardware is the simple solution.”

Seasonal weather, ground settling and other factors can cause a gate to become misaligned over time and not function properly. It’s important to have gate hardware that can be easily adjusted to overcome this. TruClose self-closing, tension adjustable hinges are an ideal solution. Some models are vertically and horizontally adjustable as well. Combined with D&D adjustable, locking gate latches will ensure your gate will always function properly.

In addition to checking your fence and gate hardware, consider these backyard safety steps for your home:

* Tighten and cover any protruding bolts on swing sets and do not attach ropes or cords, which could become strangulation hazards.

* Remove old tree stumps and rocks. Level concrete footings to avoid tripping.

*Seal wooded features such as decks, swing sets and picnic tables before inclement weather sets in.

* Fence in pool and spa areas and ensure your gate is self-closing and self-latching with TruClose hinges and Magnalatch Safety Gate Latch to ensure latches are out of the reach of children.

* Eliminate access to lawn equipment and chemicals. Put these items completely out of the reach of children.

* Keep a first aid kit and a rescue kit for those backyards with water features easily accessible.

Your backyard can be one of the most exciting places for your children through the entire year. A little prevention along the way will keep it safe and provide wonderful memories for your family.

To learn more, visit www.ddtechglobal.com or to purchase online, visit Amazon.

 
 
Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Summer safety: 5 tips to keep your pet happy and healthy

Posted in: Articles,Tips & TricksSummertime allows you to spend more time outside in the sun, enjoying breezy days and a vacation state of mind. But before you get caught up reveling in all that nice weather, it’s important to keep your furry friends in mind. For curious pets, warm temperatures and increased outdoor time can be a recipe for trouble.

Maintaining a pet-friendly lifestyle and home in the summer doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. With a few simple tricks and tips, you can ensure your pet will thrive during the sunny summer months.

Your dog or cat is always there for you, now it’s time to do them a favor. Keep these tips from D&D Technologies, an award-winning lock and safety company, in mind for a happy and healthy pet:

  1. Keep head and paws inside the car. Driving down the road, you might see several cars with paws and heads sticking out the window. While most dogs love to feel the wind in their fur, it can seriously aggravate the mucous membranes and blow dust and dirt in their eyes. When your dog’s tongue is flying in the breeze, insects or other debris can enter nasal passages or the windpipe, possibly causing an emergency trip to the vet and even permanent damage.
  2. Check your pet’s collar regularly. For growing pups and kittens, be sure to monitor how quickly they grow. Check their collars at least once a week for the first year, or until they are fully grown. Not only does a too-tight collar cause excruciating pain, but it can literally grow right into your pet’s neck. To be safe, you should be able to easily fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.
  3. Keep your yard safe. If you like to let your pets roam in your yard, make sure you take the right safety precautions. You don’t need an expensive electric fence to keep your pets protected. For fenced-in yards, use the latest technology in gate latches such as the MagnaLatch Alert Vertical Pull. This easy-to-install latch cannot be opened by dogs and ensures your pup won’t be able to get out and lost on the street. Additionally, if the gate is left opened, the latch sounds an alarm to let you know your pets might escape. 
  4. Monitor time spent outside. Dogs are more likely to escape when they’ve been left alone for a long period of time, especially breeds that enjoy being active. Don’t leave your pet unattended for an extended period of time and make sure to check on him or her frequently.
  5. Limit exercise on hot days. While you might love taking your dog for a jog on a warm day, be extra careful on warmer days. Adjust the intensity and time of exercise for your pet according to the temperature. Asphalt soaks in the beating sun and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk on the grass if possible. On especially hot days, try to exercise during the morning or evening hours, especially for pets with white-colored ears, who are more prone to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who will have more difficulty breathing.
 
 

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