Home and Personal Safety

Home security and personal safety information including for fire, elderly, persons with disabilities, shelter, NBC, EMP, weapons, self defense, and more…

DISCLAIMER: Some of this information can potentially be dangerous, even deadly… attempt at your own risk! As such, you should always seek appropriate medical/legal/professional/expert advice whenever possible. Therefore, I accept NO liability whatsoever for your use or misuse of this information.

HOME SAFETY RESOURCES

General Safety and Security

SafeKids.org – Good information with regards to home safety ideas and children. This site would be especially useful to people with newborns and young children.

AAPC.org (American Association of Poison Control Centers) – This site is a MUST for those with children! Plenty of information on poison safety. Look to the “Poison Prevention” link for specifics. If you’re bored (or exceedingly thorough) you might read some of the information under the “Patient Management” link; here you will find the guidelines used by the AAPCC centers to assist people when they call. Of course, this information was written by a bunch of doctors so it’s incredibly boring, but thorough. :) I would also encourage you to read this list of common household poisons as well as a list of the worst household poisons. Poison.org is another good resource you’ll find regarding poison information. I strongly urge you to spend a bit of time there getting to know what you need to know.

Home Security Handbook [PDF File] – Discusses home security to prevent burglaries. Includes a lengthy checklist and loads of advice from the police.

Housing and Mortgage Advice: Home Hazards – A useful article that briefly describes the major home hazards you could face and includes suggestions to reduce or eliminate them. Hazards include: falls, poisoning, fire, choking and suffocation, drowning, and household toxins. Focus is on families with young children.

CrimeDoctor.com – Very useful site detailing many things the typical homeowner can do to increase their home and personal security.

ArmorConcepts.com – Manufactures hardware to better secure exterior doors. Products include Door Jamb Armor, EZ Armor, Fix-A-Jamb, Armor Latch, and more. These products may be purchased at local hardware store such as Lowe’s, ACE, and Do-It-Best but you can learn more about them here.

Fire Safety

U.S. Fire Administration – Plenty of useful fire safety information such as how and where to install smoke alarms, fire escape plans, as well as safety tips going room to room. I would certainly recommend you spend some time reading the material under the “Practice Fire Safety” link. Also includes materials on what to do after a fire and some basic carbon monoxide tips.

CSIA.org (Chimney Safety Institute of America) – Discusses how to be safe when using your fireplace. Chimney fires, in particular, are extraordinarily dangerous due to the inevitable buildup of creosote. You need to have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year, if not more, depending on use. Look to the “Homeowner Resources” for specifics.

Breath of Life Emergency Escape Mask – I was recently made aware of this neat little mask that can be used to aid a fire escape, giving the wearer from to 15-20 minutes of smoke and flame-free air. This is AWESOME because smoke inhalation is the most likely cause of death from a fire… NOT the flames! Buy a family pack and save. In fact, compared to other escape masks/hoods you’ll save a bundle buying these instead.

Insure your Home – Fire Safety Basics – Includes fire safety tips, common hazards, and more than a dozen links regarding fire safety, some aimed at children.

Guide to Fire Safety – Includes plenty of bullet points on keeping safe from home fires in the bedroom, kitchen, fireplaces, and so on. Also provides points on fire safety after natural disasters, including wildfires. Last, discusses fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, escape plans, and more.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Persons with Disabilities

NFPA Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities [PDF File] – Discusses, at length, how persons with disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, cognitive) should plan to evacuate their home in the event of an emergency such as fire.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (from FEMA) [click on "Resource File" link at bottom of page for PDF file] – Basic information for emergency preparedness and evacuation with focus on those who have disabilities.

Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities (from American Red Cross) [PDF File] – A slightly different take on disaster preparedness than the FEMA file above. Discusses concerns for how stress would impact a disability, creating a support network, as well as a personal “capabilities assessment” that might be worth completing.

Diabetes Disaster Guidelines [PDF File] – Resource for those with diabetes. Here’s a brief Q&A regarding unrefrigerated insulin.

Elderly Safety

Fall Prevention in Elderly (by the CDC) – Basic information for preventing falls around the home. This brochure [PDF File] lists a few basics, while this checklist [PDF File] offers a variety of questions you can ask room by room.

Fall Prevention Checklist and Tips (by Rotary International) [PDF File] – a lengthy brochure (similar to the CDC checklist file above) discussing fall prevention. This brochure offers a variety of questions you can ask as well as tips/suggestions you might implement.

Animals

ASPCA Animal Disaster Preparedness – Pertinent info for those with pets.

Humane Society’s Disaster Preparedness For Pets – More info for dealing with pets.

PERSONAL SAFETY

Self Defense Basics

USMC Close Combat [PDF File] – Lengthy publication discussing hand-to-hand combat with and without weapons.

Urban Combat [PDF File] – I cringe to think why you would need this, but if worse comes to worse then you’d better have a clue how to act like a soldier. You might also, therefore, be interested in this manual, War Medicine [PDF File].

Imminent Threat Solutions (ITS Tactical) – Very useful website for a wide array of personal safety information. From gear, to skills, to combat… definitely check it out.

Weapons and Defense

SafeGuard Armor and SafeGuard Clothing – A very nice site where you can not only buy body armor, ballistic helmets, and plates but also learn plenty about how to purchase, usage, sizing, and plenty more.

Rifle Safety Reminders – List of rifle and firearm safety basics.

Handgun Drills (part 1)Handgun Drills (part 2)Handgun Drills (part 3)  [PDF Files] – Over 80+ drills designed to make you a better marksman.

Civilian Marksmanship Program – dedicated to educating youths regarding repect and safe handling of firearms.

NRA – The National Rifle Association classes. Enough said.

Gun Broker – Search for guns online.

Weapons and Defense – A variety of files for download from ModernSurvivalOnline.com regarding weapon use, choice, reviews, etc.

Ammo Engine and Ammo Seek – Searches a variety of websites to find the best deals on ammunition… awesome!

Free Gun Targets – Many downloadable targets for target practice.

Local Shooting Range Finder – Enter your zip code to find a local range.

Handgun Laws, Stand Your Ground Laws, and Open Carry Laws – links and information about handgun laws by state.

US Knife Laws – Interactive map (click on your state) for updated–as of 2013–knife laws by state. Note: Handgun Laws link above also has info on knife laws [PDF Files] as well.

A Mosin Nagant Reference – A lot of info regarding the infamous rifle with virtually everything one could want to know about it.

Free Gun Downloads – Plenty of PDF files, videos, and more regarding mostly firearms but other information as well. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find a wide assortment of firearms manuals.

Online Carry Training – Never tried it but apparently you can apply for an Non-Resident Arizona CCW permit that is then legal (due to reciprocity) in about 30 other states. And the best part is that it can all be done online (the training) and permits can be done via mail in most cases.

NBC (Nuclear / Biological / Chemical)

Nuclear War Survival Skills [online book] – Free book by Cresson H Kearny. While the content hasn’t been updated in about twenty years, don’t let that turn you off. I would imagine the principles of nuclear war survival hasn’t changed much. Besides, the author provides plenty of interesting information regarding what you can do to survive a nuclear blast. The book also includes plans to build a few items that could prove life-saving if this ever happened. FYI, you can purchase an actual copy of the book if you like, otherwise, look to the sidebar on the left for chapter links.

KIU4.com (Nuke Prep) – Another very useful site about nuclear disaster preparations. Read the info they have available when you get time. I also found their FAQ at RadMeters4U.com very informative; you can also buy radiation detection equipment here as well. You might also be interested in this article regarding KIO3 vs KI as we as this brief article on what you need to know about potassium iodide or KI regarding what KI is intended for and what it is not. And here’s a resource on What to Do if Nuclear Disaster is Imminent! [PDF File].

11 Steps to Nuclear War Survival – Condensed information regarding the basics of nuclear survival. If you have time then you should still read the Nuclear War Survival Skills book above.

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Threats

Getting Prepared for an EMP Attack – One opinion on what to do to prepare for an EMP.

“EMP 101″ A Basic Primer & Suggestions for Preparedness – Another persons opinion on what would happen after an EMP.

Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack [PDF file] – The government’s attempt to determine our risk from an EMP attack.

Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse – More info about EMPs.

EMP Simulator – Use this interactive tool to vary the size of an EMP burst and move the location around the continental United States to get an idea of the devastation area.

Shelter Plans

A variety of family shelter designs (all PDF Files), one of which may suit your needs:

Family Shelter Series – Basement Corrugated Lean-To Shelter PSD_F-61-2

Family Shelter Series – Basement Concrete Block Shelter PSD_F-61-3

Family Shelter Series – Outside Semimounded Plywood Box Shelter PSD_F-61-4

Family Shelter Series – Belowground Corrugated Steel Culvert Shelter PSD_F-61-5

Family Shelter Series – Outside Semimounded Steel Igloo Shelter PSD_F-61-6

Family Shelter Series – Aboveground Earth-Covered Lumber A-Frame Shelter PSD_-F-61-7

Family Shelter Series – Belowground New Construction Clay Masonary Shelter PSD_F-61-8

Home Shelter – Outside Concrete

Home Shelter – Above Ground

MP-15 – The Family Fallout Shelter

Increasing Blast and Fire Resistance in Buildings

Miscellaneous

Sex Offenders List – Use this tool to find registered sex offenders in your area, get to know what they look like, and teach your kids to STAY AWAY from them and any stranger, for that matter.

Sexual Offenders Database Search – Another good resource for searching sex offenders by state (use the dropdown box in the upper-left corner) and in some cases by county as well.

True Crypt – Free tool to encrypt computer files from prying eyes. I use it and have found it to be worthwhile.

51 Free Tools to Safeguard Your Online Privacy – For the more paranoid among us! Or, if you just want to be vastly safer online. ;)

Live Police, EMS, Fire Feeds Online – Monitor your local emergency responders free online from your computer. May be useful as another method of keeping up with local events in an emergency situation.

o2 Guide to Keeping Kids Safe – lists several things you can do regarding keeping your kids safe while online or with mobile devices.