Parenting, Summer, Travel

Preventing Summer Kidnappings

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Summer is supposed to be a carefree time, especially for children who are out of school and can spend the majority of their time outside enjoying the beautiful weather and doing fun activities. But according to the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrown away Children (NISMART), 41% of kidnappings occur during the summer months of June, July and August. So before sending your child to the park or pool with friends make sure they know what to do if a stranger approaches them.

Below are a few tips from Krav Maga Worldwide on how to help lessen your child’s risk of being a victim of kidnapping this summer.

  • It starts with open conversations. It’s important to teach children while they are young about what do if a stranger approaches them or makes them feel uncomfortable in anyway. Young children may be confused about the concept of a stranger in general and who is or isn’t one. Parents should emphasize that a stranger is just someone the child doesn’t know and not necessarily a good or bad person. It can also be helpful if parents ask their child about their day on a daily basis to help ensure that nothing suspicious occurred. Even if a child does not directly say a stranger approached them, parents should be able to pick up on body language and verbal cues that something is off base.
  • Fight Back. Sign children up for intro self-defense classes specifically for kids and dealing with situations that can arise for their age group. These classes often teach children body language and verbal skills that can help deter potential attackers as well physical skills. Unfortunately, there is a very real possibility that a child may be in a situation that they can’t defuse or walk away from. Having a foundation of physical skills is vital for the child to be able to protect themselves when push literally comes to shove.
  • Emergency planning. If a child will be left alone during the day, create and practice an emergency plan with them so they are aware of what to do in case someone comes to the door or tries to break in. Leave written instructions and important phone numbers on the fridge or counter and continuously practice safety skills with the child, which can help them become second nature and the child will know what to do on the spot.
  • Make a plan and keep kids busy. Parents can set up a schedule with their child so that they know where they are supposed to be at what time and with who. If parents are friendly with neighbors, touch base with them and ask if they can keep an eye out on the child if they play outside often. Inform your child that they are trusted adults that they can go to if an uncomfortable situation arises. Parents can also tap into what the child’s interests are and sign them up for classes or programs that involve something that they love to do, such as art classes or sports programs. These programs and activities tend to be supervised by trained adults that can help keep the child safe.

For more information check out kravmaga.com see the Facebook page (KravMagaWorldwide), follow on Instagram @krav_maga_worldwide or call 800.572.8624.

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Home, Summer, Travel

How To Clean Your Airbnb For Your Next Tenant

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Running an Airbnb is a great way to make some extra cash. It means more money in your pocket for travel and adventure, and it’s a great way to pay down pesky credit card debts or loans. It does take some work however. Airbnb is a cheaper alternative to a hotel, but it should be kept in roughly hotel conditions. To clean your Airbnb between visitors doesn’t have to be a huge chore, but it should be thorough enough that your guests don’t need to worry about who else has stayed in the room. To keep your Airbnb cleared out, there are a few steps you can follow to make sure you get the thorough clean that’s going to give you the top rating to keep your Airbnb going!

1. Get An Air Purifier

The smell is one of the top indicators of a good Airbnb. Even when you specify non-smokers, you’re likely to get a few sneaky cigarettes in your home. To keep your ratings up, invest in a HEPA air purifier for smoke and other particles. The right air purifier can quietly remove 98% of airborne dust and odor particles. That means smoke, dander, body odor and anything else. Keep your place smelling fresh with an air purifier in any of your Airbnb rooms. Air purifiers need to be cleaned every one to three months, so make sure to check your filter regularly.

2. Deep Clean The Walls

It’s costly and inconvenient to keep repainting your Airbnb, but continually washing the walls may cause damage to the paint job. Once every month or so, mixing half a cup of water with half a cup of white vinegar, and use a damp cloth or paper towel to gently wash the walls in a circular fashion. This will get rid of smudges, stains, and dirt. Pay special attention to the baseboards and moldings, where dust can be easily missed.

3. Wash Top Down

In a professional setting like a hotel, housekeepers utilize the top-down method. That means starting from the highest point, and dusting and scrubbing down so that everything will eventually fall to the floor. The same goes for scrubbing down the furniture. Start at the top point of chairs and headboards, and work your way down, to prevent dust settling. A thorough sweeping and mopping will get rid of the rest of the dirt.

4. Steam Clean Carpets and Upholstery

Carpets and upholstery hold on to smells, dust particles and hair long after your guests have left. Steam cleaning your carpet every month or two can help keep the worst of it from piling up, and regular vacuuming in between guests will ensure that you there is no buildup on carpets, rugs, or soft furnishings. Spot check and stain removers on chairs and mattresses add to the clean, stain-free environment. Switching to leather furniture where possible also makes your furniture easier to keep clean. Try leather furniture in your Airbnb rooms, to make it easier to clean up between guests, and more durable against both tears and stains.

5. Clean the Kitchen

Your kitchen should be a homey, inviting place for your Airbnb guests. Big jobs like cleaning the oven and scrubbing the fridge should be done at least once every two or three months. You should be mopping and scrubbing kitchen floors, countertops and walls between each guest. Glass cleaner can help you remove finger smudges from walls and chrome. If it’s been a while since you cleaned out your dishwasher or you’re noticing lime spots on the sink, pop a mix of water and white vinegar in the microwave for a minute, and then pour the mixture into the sink to get rid of stains. As a bonus, you should be able to sponge out any built-in grime from the microwave too! It makes things much easier.

6. Clean The Bathroom

A high bathroom score in an Airbnb review counts for a lot. Regular scrubbing of the bathroom means in between each guest, and at least once a week. Another important tip is to keep your bathroom supplies updated. Nothing more inconvenient than a bathroom run when you run out of toilet paper! Or leaving a mess in the bathroom and having no idea how to find the cleaners! Keep an eye on your bathroom supplies, and replenish regularly. Let your Airbnb guests know where the bathroom and kitchen cleaners can be found for small spills and accidents. Be sure to run drain cleaners in the kitchen and bathroom to avoid hair clogs and plumbing problems.The success of your Airbnb depends on your rating. To keep your ratings high, you want a thorough clean, and a homey atmosphere. Follow these tips to get a real deep clean in your rooms, get rid of smells, and make sure your guests have everything they need. All without sacrificing a welcoming atmosphere for guests.