Ways to Tell if Your Nail Salon is Safe and Sanitary

How do you know if the nail salon you’re going too is safe and sanitary? 

Do you like to get manicures and pedicures but are very skeptical about where to go? Are you really cautious about catching possible diseases from other folks, and want to be absolutely sure that your nail salon takes extreme care to be germ-free and clean? Keep reading on how to be sure of a salon’s sanitation.

Check the general area. When going into a nail salon for the first time, look around and take notice of how immaculately clean the space is. If corners, bathrooms, and storage areas are organized and clean, this is a good sign.

Look at the tools used. Are the nail implements washed properly after each use? This includes changing towels after every client. Metal implements must be sterilized in a surgical autoclave and wood sticks and files must be thrown out after every single client.

Check for disinfecting capacity. After every nail implement is washed, is it put in a disinfectant solution? Barbicide and likewise chemicals are efficient for sterilizing tools and pedicure rubs.

Be aware of your nail tech’s sanitation habits. Does she or he wash their hands with antibacterial soap, or use a hand sanitizer like Purell? Sanitizing both her hands and yours before a manicure can diminish the number of bacteria on your skin that can later be infectious.

After cleaning implements with a disinfectant solution, does she dry them with a clean towel?

What other types of sterilizers do the nail salon use? Does it use steam autoclaves, UV light, or soaking solutions?

Are the foot baths or nail tables sanitized after every session? In between each client, pedicure tubs should undergo a 15-minute sterilizing cycle in which they are filled with sanitizer or other eco-green chemicals and the jets are cut on. If you are seated in a pedicure chair immediately after another client, without the tub being sanitized, you should leave ASAP.




Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe During Halloween (Part II)

Keeping our kids safe on Halloween is our number one priority.

Of course, you want your children to have a really fun night. But like most parents, you’re probably worried about their safety. Keep reading! From infants to teenagers, below is the maximum checklist for keeping your kids safe during Halloween.

Refresher course on street smarts
The thrill of Halloween, linked with the inevitable sugar rush, can make even the most cautious child forget to look both ways before crossing the street. Regardless if you’re accompanying your children or they are old enough to trick-or-treat with you, parents must review safety skills with their children before letting their costumed little ones go out for the night.

Teach your little ones to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of cars. Also, remind them to follow all traffic laws, cross at designated crosswalks, stay on the sidewalks and obey pedestrian signals at traffic lights. Don’t forget: Drivers aren’t the only ones who can be distracted by texting. Young people must keep phone usage to a minimum in order to stay aware and alert of their surroundings.

Stop costume catastrophes
Minor bruises and bumps and more serious falls can be hindered with some costume common sense. All children’s costumes must fit correctly and be flame retardant. Put a hem in princess gowns and pirate pants so your little one won’t trip. Pick accessories that don’t block your child’s vision and consider swapping the superhero mask for non-toxic face paint.

Oversized or fancy footwear can cause tumbles. Your little one should be wearing comfortable sneakers.  Finally, props, such as toy swords or wands, must be pliable and soft in order to avoid unintentional scratches and pokes. If you’re looking for a photo op with your little in full Halloween gear, get the picture before trick-or-treating starts, then leave the less practical costume pieces at home.



Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe During Halloween (Part I)

Children love Halloween and as their parents, we love seeing their excitement but, it’s important to keep them safe.

For many children, Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year and it’s easy to know why. After all, when else do children get to dress up as their favorite character, get lots of candy, and stay up past their bedtime?

But for parents who want to be sure of a safe holiday, Halloween dangers seem to be lurking around each corner. Don’t get caught up in urban legends and sensationalized stories about sharp, dangerous objects buried in candy or criminals driving around among the children. The real danger on Halloween is motor vehicle accidents involving young children.

According to studies, kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. That’s scary news, but parents can proactively prep their little Halloween ghosts and goblins to practice pedestrian safety on Halloween night. Take action with the below tips.

Create a plan for trick-or-treating
Halloween can bring logistical problems for parents with little ones. You need to pass out treats and escort your young children as they go through the neighborhood for candy. It can be tempting to send children out to trick-or-treat on their own, but if your children are under the age of 12, an adult should always go with them.

Need a resolution if mom and dad can’t divide and conquer? Get a sitter or a trusted individual to pass out candy or call on a trusted neighborhood parent who is willing to handle a group of trick-or-treaters. For kids over 12 who are responsible enough to trick-or-treat without an adult chaperone, it’s vital that they travel in a group and stick to well-lit, familiar areas. Parents: Plan in advance with your children, define trick-or-treat boundaries and set expectations about behavior, curfew, and safety.



Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part IV)

The drop-side crib feature is no longer considered safe.

When your baby can push up, you have to remove pillows, bumpers, and toys from the crib, including toys that are hung across the playpen or crib. Your infant can step on these things or use them to get out of the crib and injure him or herself.

Note: In 2011, a new crib safety standard did away with the choice of having one side of the crib drop down since this drop-side feature caused numerous infant deaths. If you purchase a new crib, this will not be a problem. Though a crib built before 2012 may have the drop-side “feature” risk built-in. You can reduce the risk in an older crib if you can permanently screw the drop-side into the end posts so the drop-side can’t drop down any longer.

Other helpful tips:

Use plastic inserts to cover electric outlet openings that are not being used.

Keep firearms out of the home. If guns are in the home, unload them, put them in a locked place, and keep the keys out of your child’s reach. Put the gun in a separate spot from the bullets.

When your baby is placed on anything above the ground, like a changing table, always be nearby with your hand on your infant.

Things to consider

Don’t keep toys on the top of a tall dresser or upper shelf of a bookcase. Your child might climb the furniture to get the toy and fall.

Don’t put a tablecloth on your table. Your child could pull on the cloth and fall. Also, items from the table then could fall onto your little one.

Keep cigarettes and alcohol out of reach.

Keep plastic bags away from little ones.

Lock lighters and matches in a cabinet that is taller than your shoulders.

Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part II)

A kitchen is a place of many dangers to the tiny humans in your home. Here are some tips on how to keep them safe.


Rotate pot handles to the back of the stove.

Use the back burners on the stove for cooking.

Keep hot drinks and foods out of reach and away from the edge of a table or counter.

Keep sharp objects and knives locked up or in childproof cabinets and drawers.

Keep appliance cords wind up and out of reach.

Put latches on cabinet drawers to keep your little one from opening them. This will also help to stop your little one from smashing her or his fingers between the cabinet when closing it.

Throughout the house

Keep vitamins, cleaning supplies, medicine, and other poisons in locked cabinets. Children can’t differentiate between candy and medicine.

If your child swallows something she or he shouldn’t contact the poison control center ASAP. Keep the telephone number on speed dial in your cell and on your landline.

Houseplants should be put out of your infant’s reach. A few houseplants are toxic. Get in touch with your local poison control center to find out if your plants are harmful.

Use toddler gates at the bottom and top of stairs. Don’t use gates with wide spaces between the slats. Little ones can get stuck in the openings.

Put doorknob covers on doors that lead to the basement, garage, attic, or outdoors. This will aid in preventing your child from going where he or she isn’t supposed to.

Keep children away from windows to stop accidental falls. Screens are for keeping bugs out, not to keep little ones in. Use window guards to keep your young children from falling out. Keep furniture, especially chairs, away from windows so little ones can’t climb up. If possible, have windows in your home that open from the top, not the bottom.


Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part II)

There are many things to consider when keeping your home safe for your child.


Pick cautiously when shopping for toys. Buy toys that are appropriate and well-made for your child’s age.

Don’t get toys that have little parts, sharp edges, or sharp points.

Young children twist, pull, and prod toys. Look for toys with really secured parts.

Pay attention to the safety information on the toy or labels.

Avoid games with balls, marbles, and other toys that have parts tinier than 1 3/4 inches in diameter or littler than two inches long. These products can choke infants if swallowed.

Keep toys for older children away from infants and babies.


Since small children can drown in very little water, you must always stay with your infant when he or she is in the bathtub. Never, ever leave your little one alone or with an older child in the tub or bathroom, not even for a minute. If you have to answer the door or phone, take your child with you.

Always test the water before putting your young child in the tub. Infants and babies have tender skin and can easily burn if the water in the tub is too hot. Place your water heater at 120°F or less.

Add non-skid rubber decals or mats to the bottom of your bathtub to lessen the risk of your little one slipping while in the tub. Be sure your child sits during his or her bath. Encourage this by giving your child water-safe toys to play with.

Put a lock on the lid of your toilet to prevent your infant from falling in.

Keep electrical items such as hair dryers away from the water. Unplug them when not in usage.

Be sure your little one never run in the bathroom. Your floor or your child could be wet and cause injury to him or herself.


 Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part I)

If you have a baby in your home, you need to be sure he or she stays safe. Children don’t realize the danger. And as they grow, babies’ curious grows. Because of these things, you might need to change some things in your home to be sure she or he doesn’t get hurt.

Go into every room in your home and look for hazards to your infant. Here’s a list of some things that might require your attention.


Remove any cords that could get around your infant’s neck. Tie up drape cords, electric cords, or curtain cords so they are no more than six inches long and out of your child’s reach. Hanging and mobile crib toys must also be kept out of your infant’s reach. Remove strings on pacifiers and crib toys.

The crib is the chief piece of furniture in the bedroom. Select a crib with bars not over 2 3/8 inches apart. If the space between the bars is too big, your baby might slip through and strangle between the bars. Use a ruler to measure the width of the space between the bars. Put a cloth between the bars if they are too wide.

Make sure your baby stays safe when they’re sleeping in their crib.

When setting up the crib, put it away from anything with cords.

The crib must not have corner posts that stick up. Corner posts are a part of the crib that can catch onto items that might wrap around a child’s neck or catch onto the child’s clothing. Take off the corner posts.

The mattress has to fit snugly against the crib’s sides. A baby can suffocate if its body or head gets wedged between the mattress and the sides of the crib. No more than two fingers must fit between the mattress and the crib sides. Put towels in the space if the space is too big.

Be Safe During a Flood

Flooding may be an unavoidable act of mother nature but taking steps to stay safe is not.

Every year, more deaths happen due to flooding than any other peril related to thunderstorms. The most common flood deaths happen when an automobile is driven into dangerous floodwater. Luckily, you can take steps to protect yourself and your family.

During a Flood Watch or Warning

Listen to your local TV station for updates.

Have immunization records handy (or know the year of your last tetanus shot).

Gather emergency supplies.

Store immunization records in a waterproof container.

Prepare an emergency water and food supply. Have at least one gallon of water per day for every person and every pet. Prepare at least a 3-day supply.

Bring in outdoor possessions like trash cans, lawn furniture, grills) or tie them down tightly.

If evacuation appears necessary: cut off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve.

After Flooding Happens

Don’t drive through standing water and flooded areas.

Do not drink flood water, or use it to brush teeth, wash dishes, or wash/prepare food.

If you evacuated: return to your residence only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so.

Listen to water advisory to see if your water is safe for bathing and drinking.

During a water advisory, use only boiled or bottled water for cooking, drinking, etc.

The initial damage due to a flood is not the only danger. Standing floodwater can also bring chemical hazards, spread infectious diseases, and cause injuries.

After you return home if you discover that your house was flooded, practice safe cleaning. Remove and throw out insulation and drywall that was contaminated with floodwater. Throw out items that can’t be cleaned and washed with a bleach solution. This includes pillows, mattresses, carpeting, and stuffed toys. Homeowners might want to temporarily store items outside of the house until insurance claims can be filed.


Best Guard Dogs for Families with Children (Part II)



Similar to the Newfoundland, the bullmastiff is a gentle giant, in spite of its natural proclivity for hunting. It doesn’t bite and isn’t aggressive. But it can attack and overpower an intruder with its agility and weight.

German shepherd

This lovable dog makes both a devoted guard and a friendly pet. It binds easily with the family and will protect your children with their own lives. The German shepherd is very easy to please and train, making them fearless and confident.

Both beautiful and smart, these dogs are great options for a family dog and protection.


Made well-known by the film and television show “Lassie”, the collie is one of the most adored dogs in the U.S. as well as worldwide. It is a graceful dog that acts as a dedicated guard and an affectionate pet. If you want a watchdog that will bark whenever it senses danger, the collie is your perfect choice. This dog has a loud bark and they are very smart and easy to train. They also serve as police dogs and search and rescue animals.

Airedale Terrier

This dog is the biggest and most energetic in the terrier family. Self-confident and elegant, the Airedale Terrier is easy to train and highly intelligent. The Airedale terrier must be engaged intellectually and physically. So, don’t let them lie around on the sofa for hours. You have to remember that the Airedale Terrier necessitates more maintenance costs than a lot of other dogs on this list.

Great Dane

Another serious looking, but gentle giant, the Great Dane is friendly and easy-going and enjoys lurking around the house. So, it won’t be mad when you leave it alone. This dog has quite a frightening bark that will make intruders think twice before going on with their plots. It is your ideal choice if you want a dedicated guard dog with minimal risk of aggression.



Best Guard Dogs (Part II)


Estrela Mountain Dogs

Estrelas are considered one of the oldest breeds in Portugal, where these dogs are named after a mountain range. They’re super protective and gentle, so they’ll fit in with a close-knit family.

German Shepherd

If you’re looking for a companion that’s both loyal and protective a German shepherd may be the right dog for you.

German Shepherds are one of the most famous breeds for police dogs, but they’re just as common as pets. They’ll protect your home from intruders, but they’re so loyal that they will create a strong bond with you.

Giant Schnauzer

The Giant Schnauzer is just a larger, stronger version of its standard counterpart. Get ready to spend a serious amount of time grooming them since that thick coat of hair necessitates regular brushing.


Truthfully, what better breed for a guard dog than one that can disguise itself as a mop? Puli dogs were initially meant for herding, so they learn fast and can outsmart any predators. Don’t be fooled by their silly appearance.

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog

This guard dog needs someone to be close with, therefore, you don’t want to leave them alone for long periods of time. Romanian Mioritic Shepherd dogs are kind and loving enough to be your BFF, but they will get aggressive and bark if they come in contact with folks they don’t trust.


If you know anyone with a Rottweiler, odds are that you’ve seen them be really gentle around their owners but threatening when it comes to strangers. To keep them in the know, be sure to socialize your Rottie with other dogs and people besides signing him or her up for training classes.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Not everyone has the room for a big animal in their house. This doesn’t mean they don’t need a dependable guard dog. Weighing in at under 40 pounds, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are brave, muscular, and real fighters when they need to be.