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GUESTS
Also see: VISITORS

Well before guests arrive:
____ Consider taking the herb echinacea - to possibly prevent catching a cold, etc. from the people, especially children, you're visiting

HOUSE GUESTS:
Well before house guests arrive:

____ Ask guests if there are any special items (e.g., food, toiletries) they would like for you to have available for their visit

Shortly before they arrive:
____ Make following items available for guests:
          - Towels (bath, hand)
          - Wash cloth(s)
          - Blankets
          - Extra pillows
          - Alarm clock
          - Radio
          - Notepad and pen/pencil
          - Soap and shampoo in their bathroom
          - Phone in their room
____ Clean their room
____ In their room, make some room in drawers and closets for their things
____ Clean out vehicles - if guests will be riding in or driving them

After they arrive:
____ Give them keys to the house, vehicles, etc.
____ Give them the code for security system(s)
____ Demonstrate alarms (e.g., smoke, carbon monoxide, security) so they know what they sound like
____ Show/tell them where extra blankets, towels, etc. are
____ Show them how to adjust heater and/or air conditioner
____ Show them how to open windows, etc.
____ Show them exit routes in the event of a fire, etc.
____ Tell them how to use the phone, e.g., dial "1" first
____ Turn off ringer for phone in their room
____ Offer local maps, brochures, tour books, etc.

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GUNS

- Over 500 children in the U.S. were killed while playing with handguns in 1994
- Nearly half of households in the U.S. have guns

ALWAYS:
____ Treat every gun as if it's loaded
____ Never point a gun at someone or something you don't intend to shoot at

BUYING A GUN:
If you are considering buying a gun for self-protection:

____ Consider non-lethal alternatives (e.g. dog, pepper spray), especially if you have children

If you decide to buy a gun:
____ Ensure a gun you buy for self-protection has child-proof trigger locks, and/or, will be kept in lockable case

OWNING A GUN:
If you own a gun:

____ Realize it's your responsibility to ensure a child never gets ahold of it
____ Don't keep guns:
          - Under a pillow
          - Under the bed
          - In an unlocked drawer
          - Loaded
____ Put a trigger lock on the gun
____ Take a firearms course to learn safe handling and storage of guns
____ Store sporting and hunting guns unloaded, securely locked away, with ammunition stored and locked separately

PARENTS/ADULTS:
____ Don't depend on others to teach your child about the dangers of guns
____ Realize that children are fascinated by guns
____ Realize that sooner or later your child will probably encounter a gun
____ Explain to your children that shootings on TV and in movies are pretend, that real guns kill
____ Tell your child that if he/she sees a gun to:
          - Stop
          - Not touch it
          - Run away and tell an adult
____ Teach your child to treat every gun as if it's real and loaded - real guns are often smaller than toy guns

Before letting your child visit a friend's house:
____ Ask if they have guns in the house
____ Tell your child that if they're in a friend's house and they see a gun, they must leave or call you right away

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VISITORS e.g., to your residence
Also see: GUESTS, SCAMS

- approx. one third of rapes occur in the victims' own homes

ALWAYS:
If someone comes to your door:

____ Use peephole or window to see who it is
____ Never open your door to a stranger without confirming his/her identity and intentions
____ Beware of con artists and attackers
____ Don't let someone in your house unless you've asked for them to come
____ Have delivery people leave flowers, etc. outside, then get them after they leave
____ For the following people, call their company (don't use a phone number they give you) to confirm their identity and intentions
          - Gas company person
          - Water company person
If they ask to use your phone:
____ Make the call for them
If you were expecting someone from a company:
____ Ask for their identification
If you weren't expecting someone from a company or utility:
____ Call the company or utility:
          - Confirm that they sent someone
          - Determine what kind of identification the person should have

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