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Monthly Archives: May 2011

  • Summer is Here and it is Time for Swimming Pool Alarm Safety

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    Do you have a pool, or do you take your family to pools often? Are you ready in case of an emergency?

    In California, drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children 1-4 years of age.  But, do you really need these statistics to convince you to do everything you can to prevent this from happening to your child or grandchild?

    You can never be too safety minded when a swimming pool is involved.   A true story that happened to one of my co-workers drives this point home.

    My co-worker and his wife both had careers and sought out  experienced child care for their toddler. They chose a caregiver that worked from her home. She was licensed by the state, had been in business for a number of years with a spotless record, and had numerous references. This caregiver loved children and really enjoyed daycare.

    There was a swimming pool in the back yard that was fenced and locked. Although there was no cover or pool alarm, it was obvious that no child was going to be able to get to the swimming pool from the back yard.

    One day the caregiver received a phone call that took about five minutes and caused a distraction from the children. That five minutes gave the toddler a chance to go through an unlocked back room sliding door. That door lead directly to the swimming pool.

    There was a tragic end to this story. Not only was a child's life lost, but the marriage and life of my co-worker and caregiver were changed forever.

    I have responded to a number of swimming pool drownings during my career and there were always safety thoughts that could have made the difference. Summer is here and It is time for swimming pool alarm safety.

    Here are some safety tips:

    Learn CPR!  It is not hard to learn and you could save a life. It works, I have used it.

    Teach your kids how to swim. Check with your local public recreation department for classes.

    Always have sober adult supervision when there are children swimming or have access to the pool area. Kids of all ages take chances and forget to watch over a younger sibling.

    As an example; my 8 year old grandson saw a stunt on TV he should not have been watching. He then voiced a desire to do a back flip from the roof of his home. He said he had practiced it on the school playground and already had found a way to climb onto the roof.

    Have a phone with you at the pool to have in case of an emergency and to reduce the urge to go into the house if the phone rings.

    Have an approved  life saving device available to throw into the pool.

    Have your pool fenced in with a locked gate and add a pool cover when the pool is not in use.

    Never open a pool cover part way when swimming.

    Add a pool alarm for safety. They can alert you of waves in the pool if a child or pet were to fall in.

      They are simple to use and alert you via a receiver in your home. (You will need Adobe Reader on your computer to see the manual. It is free at Adobe.com.)

    Have a fun and safe swimming season.

  • Yosemite National Park Backcountry Black Bears & Repellent Spray Pepper

    Black Bear ForSecuritySake.comOur Back Packing party was four adults and three teenagers. We learned much about Black Bears while camping in the back country Hetch Hetchy reservoir area of Yosemite National Park.

    After six hours of hiking up the mountain trail above the reservoir, we reached an area with supplied fire rings and wire cable lines strung between trees. We decided to camp there for our trip.

    Camping near us were four park rangers studying the design of some new bear proof containers.

    We knew we were in Black Bear country and we were prepared with our Bear Pepper Spray Repellant, but we learned a lot more from these rangers and our trip. The area we were staying in is the drop off point officials take Black Bears that were aggressive and a nuisance in the Yosemite National Park Valley.

    The rangers gave us some facts about Black Bears in the Yosemite National Park Area:

    Always keep food, makeup, and any sugar, or sweets out of your tent and parked car. Black Bears have torn into tents or cars when a smell of food or sweets is present. Instead always place your food in a bear proof container or hang it in line strung across two trees out of reach of bears.

    Never try to take food away from a Black Bear once he has it. They will protect their food.

    Black Bears will return to a point they have found food in the past.

    Never run from a Black Bear. Black Bears will normally stop a charge when you stand your ground and look as large as you can. If you run, they see this as a sign of weakness and may chase you down.

    Black Bears normally scare away with banging pots and pans or thrown rocks. Bear attacks are rare as long as you use common sense.

    Never get between a Black Bear and her Cub(s).

    Bears are smart; they will learn different techniques to get at your food. We learned this as we had Black Bears in camp every day and night we spent there.

    Here are two of our experiences with these bears:

    *We did not use our bear spray here because we wanted to see what the bear would do and we were never in any danger from the bear.

    We followed instructions and hung our food on a supplied line stretching between two trees. Some of us were in camp when in bright daylight, an adult Black Bear spotted our food.

    This bear climbed one tree where the food line was secured and tried several times to reach out and snag the food bag. The bag was out of reach and we thought the bear had given up.

    The bear then climbed the other tree where the line was stretched and tried again without success. We were sure at this point the bear would give up, but then the bear stood there under the food pacing back and forth, ignoring us. Then we realized just how smart and powerful these bears are.

    After a few minutes of pacing, the bear went to a young pine tree and began to push it from the trunk toward the food line. To our amazement, the bear was able to push the tree toward the food and climbed the tree, while keeping it bent toward the food bag. As the bear got close enough to reach the bag, it used one front paw to swipe the bag in the middle. And with that the Ripstop Nylon bag was in two pieces, the bottom full of food now on the ground.

    The Black Bear ran off with the food bag and did not spill a single piece. But we had one more thing to be amazed about with this bear.

    Knowing that it is bad news to mess with a bear with food, and armed with our Bear Pepper Spray, we waited an hour and followed the bear tracks. We walked only a couple hundred yards when we found the leftovers, and none of it was uneaten food.

    There on the ground was the empty Ripstop Nylon bag and twenty beef jerky plastic wrappers, all in a neat little pile. We will have a good time with this true story for many years to come.

    Simply put, Bear Pepper Spray is a good thing to have when those unexpected bear moments arise. You may never need it, but when you do need it, not having it could be tragic.

    One day of our camp out, our three teenagers just happened to get to close to two bear cubs that had wandered into camp. Momma bear was not yet in sight and while paying attention to these cubs, momma bear charged the boys.

    The boys did not stand their ground, but one of our adults with Bear Pepper Spray Repellent and another with banging pots and pans did. This Black Bear family did not return to our camp during our stay.

    Keep watch on our blog and you will see some more stories from our bear encounters.

  • Anti Theft Tips And Devices For A Cat Burglar Scam Coming To Your Area

    A Cat Burglar will not always hit at night and will not always look like a crook.

    Reports of a  Burglary Scam have been coming into police agencies all the way from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. These scam artists could come to your area soon.

    The scam is targeting older people and vary some depending on the circumstances. The scammers desired result is to get into the victim's home undetected and steal items easy to see and take.

    On one local case; two men (our suspects) exited a work truck and walked up to an older male ( our victim) working in his yard. They told the man they worked for the city and there was a problem with water pipes in the area. They said that they needed to check the pipes in his back yard and see if they could locate the problem.

    All three walked into the backyard and at some point were joined by the victim's wife.

    While discussing the (Fake) pipe problem, our Cat Burglar (one of the suspects) entered the house of the victim. While there, the crook took valuables from around the house.

    There are different versions of this going around and could be a criminal gang scam.

    So far up to four suspects drive around in a work truck until they see someone they choose as their victim. The victim could be working in their yard, or in their home. The suspects will contact the victim and pose as city, or utility company workers. They tell the victim that there is a cable, water pipe, or sewer problem and that they need to see connections in your home or back yard. (From here on we will call the victim "you".  While talking to you, other members of the group will search your home for items to steal.

    Some of these scammers flash badges and show paperwork. They will be very good at talking their talk and maneuvering their way into your home..

    Here are some anti theft tips to help with any type of scam artist that may come to your door:

    Don't let any stranger into your home for any reason without a prior appointment. Always keep your door locked and talk to strangers through the door without opening it. (Remember chains will not keep a suspect from kicking in a door).

    Tell them you are going to confirm with the city, or company they claim to be from, and keep the door locked. Use your phone book; do not call a number supplied by the stranger. If it is the real thing they won't have a problem with this. If they leave call the police (911) and report it. The police dispatcher will get the patrol units on their way and will ask some questions that will help officers as they respond.

    If you have contacted a company to come out to your home, confirm with the company who will be coming out to meet with you. Ask what they will be wearing, what their work vehicle looks like and their name. Some companies will even send you an email with a photo of the person that will contact you. Some other companies post a picture of their employees on their website.

    If you are talked into going outside, lock your door behind you. Even if the contact is legitimate, others watching for an opportunity to go into your home while your are distracted will take it.

    Buy diversion safes so you can hide valuables in plain sight. Diversion safes, also referred to as concealment devices are anti theft products made of, or made to look like common household items for the purpose of concealing valuables.  We have have a number of these here on our website.

    If the suspects force their way into your home to take money or property, co-operate by not fighting with them. Study what the suspects look like, weapons, clothing, etc. Don't offer information they don't ask for and as soon as they leave call 911. While waiting for the police, write down as much information as you can about how the suspect(s) looked, clothing, hair, hats, and the make and model of their vehicle.

    When officers arrive, answer their questions and show them where the suspects touched things, spit, cut themselves, or discarded property they brought with them.

    Remember to be safe out there.

  • Bike Month Is May 2011 Be Visible Using Safety Lights

    Welcome to Bike Month; May, 2011.  To help make it safer, please make sure that you can be seen by traffic.

    During my law enforcement career, I handled a large number of traffic accidents involving bicycles, some of them fatal. The two main causes were; the bicycle rider being unable to see in front of him and vehicle drivers being unable to see the bicyclest in time to stop. Most jurisdictions also require a white light to the front when riding a bicycle at night.

    Wear reflective clothing and use safety lights. Reflectors are great, but if the vehicle is backing or has no lights on, safety lights are the way to go.

    We have reviewed several safety light products that are super efficient and won't break the bank.

    First we took a look at our LED Bike Headlight:

    This powerful light measures 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. It has a black rubber front and a plastic body. The 3 LED high intensity light has low power draw and runs on two AA replaceable batteries (not included). The battery access door slides open from the top and has a rubber spring to hold it closed.

    The headlight includes a quick release mount that allows you to carry it as a flashlight and easily remove the light to provide anti theft security.

    There are two functions; steady on and flashing.  This LED light is brighter than the Halogen bicycle headlight we had previously offered and is also brighter than the five LED  Power Failure light we sell. It will be easier to see what is in front of you and vehicle drivers will be able to see you from up to a mile away.

     

     

     

     

    Our LED Bicycle Taillight:

     

    This 5 LED bicycle taillight measures 2 1/2 by 2 x 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches.  The 5 LED high intensity light has low power draw and runs on two AAA replacable batteries (not included). The case is molded plastic and the batteries are replaced by unclipping a lock to remove the light top. This light is so bright that when I looked directly into one of  the LEDs,  I saw ghost images like a camera flash.

    Each LED is angled and focused for one direction. Examples: Side, Center Back, and Mid Center Back. We took photos of the taillight in daylight with the camera aperature closed down. This showed the different focus points. You can see these photos here. We provided the side photo at this time for an example.

    The bicycle 5 LED taillight has two functions listed on the package, but when we tested one of them, it had several flash functions, including one that looked like a mini emergency vehicle light bar.

     

     

    The Micro two Safety Light Set:

     Each light has two functions; steady on and flashing. They have a single high intensity LED light rated for 100,000 hrs; one is red and one is white. They run on two CR2032 3v lithium batteries (included- the batteries are replaceable by using a precision Phillips screwdriver to remove three screws. Becareful though, these screws also hold the light parts together).  Each light has a bungee cord that allow them to be attached to a bicycle frame, seat post, or handlebar. We have also attached them to bicycle helmets, strollers, and tricycles. There are any number of things they can be attached to. We have included a photo of the set attached to a child's bike helmet.

     These are very cool lights and visible up to a mile away.

    Have a great bike month and remember your safety lights.

  • Stun Master Stun Guns And Myths

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    Pictured at the start of this article is the Stun Master Stun Baton. Stun Master Stun Guns is a trusted brand with a number of models to choose from. Models we carry have Voltages from 100 thousand to over 4.5 million volts.

    The stun gun is an excelent self defense product choice and lately it has been seen on television more than other self defense products.

    In 2010, Hollywood appears to have embraced stun guns. Recently stun guns and Taser like non lethal products have been seen on TV shows using them as props in their plots:

    Several episodes of The Cape had a female character using  a stun gun for self defense while she investigated bad guys.

    An Episode of Chuck had the a group of bad girls use a Lipstick type stun gun on Chuck

    Law and Order had a female character using a double shot Taser type prop.

    An episode of CSI had two different Stun Guns types suspected in controlling women pretending to be cats.

    In a Hawaii Five-O episode, Ninja fighters use a stun gun prop to knock out Steve McGarrett while they were stealing his father's tool box.

    The important thing to remember in these shows is that they are fiction. While the stories in some shows may be based from real life, the effects are sometimes greatly exaggerated to enhance the experience for the audience.

    Watching these shows can give a stun gun user a false idea on how these self defense products work.

    Which leads us into stun gun myths:

    Myth: On TV, you may see a scene where an attacker is knocked unconscious by touching him with a stun gun. The story may continue when after the person shocked has been tied up and moved, he/she regains consciousness.

    In real life, the Stun Gun will put down an attacker when used correctly, but will not knock them unconscious. A one second contact to an attacker with the device will repel, startle and trigger muscle contraction. One to two seconds will cause muscle spasms and a dazed condition. Three or more seconds will cause loss of equilibrium and muscle control, mental bewilderment and severe disorientation. The attacker will be unable to recover for several minutes and effects may well last for up to fifteen minutes.

    A stun gun works by electrically overwhelming an attacker's control of the skeletal  muscles. The pulses generated by stun guns are designed to incapacitate the person by electrically overwhelming his or her control of the skeletal  muscles.  A three to five second shock can incapacitate an attacker so you can get away and get help.

    Myth: You can cause a heart attack when you use a Stun Gun on an attacker.

    In real life researchers have said "stun gun pulses are designed to act only on skeletal muscles and to not affect internal organs such as the heart."

    Keeping in mind that depending on the heart health of a person and drug use, just the stimulation of a struggle can cause a heart attack or death. Stun guns cannot deliver the amount of energy required to stimulate the heart.

    Myth: You must touch the skin for a stun gun to work and you can shock yourself if you are touching an attacker while using a Stun Gun.

    In real life, stun gun electric pulses can travel through an inch or so of clothing as long as the stun gun leads are pressed against the attacker. The electrical pulses will not transfer through a body back to you.

    Myth: Stun guns will kill a person because of  the high voltage that they use.

    In real life stun guns are designed to use voltages up to 4,500,000 volts and will travel through an inch or more of clothing. The voltage is not what needs to be considered when thinking of death caused by electricity. High amperage is what can cause death and stun guns use only a small amount of milli-amps.

    Myth: Stun Guns are hard to use.

    In real life you don't need much training to use a stun gun. Most stun guns have a safety lock so it can't be accidently activated in your purse or other storage container. Deactivating the safety lock renders the product ready for use.  A simple push and hold of a button activates the stun gun. Practice activating the stun gun and you will be ready as adrenalin kicks in if you are attacked. Remember to hold the stun gun against the attacker for three to five seconds to disorient, confuse and knock him/her down. Have the stun gun ready and with you at all times when in a situation of any risk, and check the battery charge often.

    Myth: Stun Guns are illegal.

    In real life most states, counties, and cities allow stun guns. Refer to our Stun Gun Laws Tab above and contact your local area laws before you purchase a stun gun.

    After writing this article, an episode of NCIS LA aired showing SAM using a stun gun on a bar manager/bouncer attacking him. Sam held contact against the bouncer for several seconds, which knocked the bouncer to the floor. Afterward the bouncer got up, but was dazed and hurt. It looks like this show got it right.

    Now that you have information on stun guns, you can check our models to see which is best for you.

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