Did you know June is Garage Door Safety month? Well, it is. In honor of Garage Door Safety month, the International Door Association (IDA) has a new video offering homeowners a quick primer about their garage door and tips to keep the door operating safely and efficiently. I just watched the video (see below) and I plan on doing my semi-annual lubrications of hinges, rollers and springs this weekend. That’s something any homeowner can do. But for major repairs, I’m leaving that to the professionals as the IDA video suggested. And thanks to the International Door Association, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card on my dad blog.
Chuggington sent me the new Chuggington: Icy Escapades DVD (Anchor Bay) for review and giveaway on my dad blog. Wait, that’s not all. I’m also giving away the recently published Icy Escapades book (Scholastic). The Icy Escapades book is available now for $3.99. The DVD was released yesterday with a list price of $14.98. However, you can currently purchase the Chuggington: Icy Escapades DVD for $11.93 on Amazon.
I love being a member of Live Secure Safety Squad because of the goodies they send my way for review and giveaway. Speaking of giveaways, I’m giving away a Master Lock cable lock on my dad blog. It’s actually a three pack, which is great for families like mine. Now each of my kids can have their own lock for their bikes. I actually have four kids, but the youngest one is a toddler and he doesn’t have a bike yet. BTW, you can also use the cable locks for securing things like scooters, grills, lawn motors, and blowers.
The kids are finally back in school, and fall is just around the corner. I guess now is a good time to share some fall family safety tips. Feel free to share your tips in the comments area.
I have two quick announcements this morning. First, my kids are going back to school next week so I thought I would share some safety tips. The second thing I would like to mention is that a Chuggington back-to-school safety themed Twitter party will take place on Wednesday (August 29th). You can win some fabulous Chuggington prizes. If you’re lucky, you might even win the awesome Wilson’s Wild Ride Deluxe Action Playset I gave away on my dad blog earlier this month.
First of all, condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Batman cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The shooting is a terrible tragedy, and I can’t even begin to imagine the terror those people had to go through. After I heard about the shooting, I thought about canceling my plans to take my son to see Batman last Saturday. But then I concluded the Aurora cinema shooting is an isolated incident and that it is still fairly safe to go the movies — especially if I follow some basis theater safety rules (see my safety tips list below).
I’ve been selected to be a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad [Facebook]. That means I get to write about security (see my first post about tips for securing your home), and do reviews and giveaways of Master Lock security products on my dad blog. Nice right? The first product I’m reviewing and giving away is their door security bar. It’s not exactly a sexy product, but it is very useful for those of us with sliding patio doors. The locks on sliding doors are not exactly robust. In fact, I saw a video on YouTube showing someone unlocking a sliding door by lifting the door handle up and down repeatedly. It took the guy less than four seconds to defeat the lock mechanism on the sliding door.
Are you guys ready for summer? Wednesday is the last school day for our kids. Our children will probably drive us crazy at times, but the summer is a good time to just hang out with the kids. The weather is nice and it’s so relaxing when you don’t have to deal with the hectic school schedule. We also have a few road trips plan for this summer. We told our children about the trips. Right off the bat, my kids said they’re going to tell their friends about the trips. No! Please don’t tell your friends until after we’re returned. When you go on vacation, the last thing you want to do is broadcast it to everyone. I don’t think my kids’ friends with break in, but unscrupulous people might over hear the dates we’re going to be out of town. This is actually the topic of today’s post: tips for securing your home when you go on vacation.
Today’s giveaway and safety tips are brought to you by Midas (Twitter | Facebook). According to the material sent to me, about 70% of winter deaths are attributed to snow and ice involvement with motor vehicles. To help prepare drivers for those unexpected winter conditions, Midas put together some winterizing tips and how to winterize your car videos. Midas is also giving a Winter Safety Kit ($100 retail value) on my dad blog. Here’s the content of the Midas kit:
- $50 Midas gift certificate
- 12′ jumper cables
- Four emergency thermal blankets
- First aid kit with 182 items
- 3′ ice scraper and snowbrush
- LED flashlight
- Backpack style storage bag
Dads and moms should check out Underwriters Laboratories’ Share Your Bright Holiday Moments campaign. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) emailed me a month ago, but the email was buried in my in-box (not sure why I’m getting so many coverage requests this year). Anyhow, UL wants you to submit and share your most memorable holiday photos, videos, or stories. The contest started over a month ago, but you still have until Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:30 PM (PT) to enter their Share Your Bright Holiday Moments sweepstakes. Prizes include six laptops and $10,000.