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Beware of Extreme Heat This Summer

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Summer is in full swing here in California, and many parts of the state are feeling the heat. While for some this is a nice change of pace from the cold of winter, for others this is just another extreme to be dealt with. Just like the cold, the heat can become harmful and even deadly. That is why people need to take the proper steps to ensure their health and well-being this summer.

When the weather grows indescribably hot, there are several things a person should do to keep cool. At excessive temperatures, keeping cool isn’t just about comfort, it is about staying healthy. At high temperatures, a person can suffer from heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Both can be very serious conditions, have their own unique symptoms, and require their own responses to keep the person suffering from them safe. The following information comes from the National Weather Service’s website.

In addition, heat cramps could be a warning sign of these illnesses starting to take effect in the person. If a person has been in hot weather and is suffering from cramps, usually in their legs or abdomen, they should:

  • Apply firm pressure to the cramping muscle.
  • Massage the muscle.
  • Sip on water so long as the person isn’t nauseous.

Feeling Tired from the Heat?

Spending too much time in the sun, or even just a warm area, can cause a person to suffer from heat exhaustion. When a person is suffering from heat exhaustion, they will experience the following symptoms:

  • Cool, pale, clammy skin.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fainting.
  • Fast, weak pulse.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Nausea, vomiting.
  • Weakness.

If a person is suffering these symptoms, they should get to a cooler area as soon as possible. They should loosen, or if possible, remove clothing to help cool off. If the person is conscious, give them sips of water. Apply cool, wet clothes to as much of the body as possible.

If the person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

The Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is another, more serious heat related condition. The symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Altered mental state.
  • Body temperature over 103 degrees.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness.
  • Faints.
  • Hot, red, dry, or moist skin.
  • Nausea.
  • Rapid, strong pulse.
  • Shallow breathing.
  • Throbbing headache.

If a person exhibits these symptoms, contact 911 or get them to a hospitable immediately. If waiting for emergency services, move the person into a cooler area, preferably with air conditioning. Apply cool, wet cloths to as much as the body as possible or put them in a cool bath. Fan them only if the air temperature is under 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not give the person fluids.

Stay Cool This Summer

During the warm summer months, it is important for person to keep cool, not just to remain comfortable, but to remain in good health as well. Not only does a person need to keep an eye on themselves during these warm times, but they need to watch out for those who can’t take care of themselves or those who are more susceptible to heat such as young children and the elderly. Doing so could keep them safe this summer.

It is also important to remember to stay hydrated when in hot weather. The human body uses water, in the form of sweat, to help regulate the body’s temperature. Without enough water, the body can begin to suffer from one of these illnesses.

What are some ways that you like to keep cool during the summer, especially while working? Let us know in the comments down below and help other people keep cool this summer.

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Crime Rates and the 10 Safest Places to Live in California

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Whether a person is looking to move or just wants to know how safe their neighborhood is, they will probably end up looking at crime rates. Looking at crime rates and statistics allows a person to get a good idea of how safe or dangerous an area may be. Having this information helps a person determine if they want to live in an area, or whether or not they want to raise kids there.

Unfortunately, not every city in the world is as safe as every other city. Some places are safe enough for their residents to walk the streets without a care in the world. In other areas, a person could run into trouble just going around the block. Anyone looking to make an informed and safe decision regarding their future should know exactly what they are getting into when living in certain areas.

What Are Crime Statistics?

Crime statistics, or rates as they are also commonly known by, are reports about crime in different areas. The information for these reports can be collected through a variety of different means, some examples being public surveys and/or police records. Public surveys tend to offer slightly more reliable data, since people may report crimes that were never reported to the local police.

The information gathered is then compiled and used to create a detailed report about crimes in the area. Using this information, people can learn which cities and neighborhoods are safer than others.

The Types of Crime Statistics

When it comes to reporting crime data, there are usually two types:

  • Violent Crimes
  • Property Crimes

Violent crimes are crimes that are carried out by one person against another. They involve violence, or threats of violence in order to get whatever the perpetrator is after.

Property Crimes are crimes that involve the victim losing some form of property. This can include theft and burglary. This category also involves crimes such as vandalism, since that means someone else’s property is illegally damaged.

Crime statistics look at both of these categories and can give a person a good idea of whether they would be more likely to suffer from property damage, or face harm themselves. If the data is used properly, a person can take the right precautions to keep themselves safe.

Safest Cities in California

California is a pretty big state, and has a lot of diversity in it. Some cities and areas fall on the safe end of the spectrum, while others fall on the very unsafe side. Many places occupy the middle gray area in between those two extremes.

How cities are ranked based on safety can vary from report to report. This is due to the fact that researchers weigh statistics differently. According to Safewise.com, the 10 safest cities in California are as follows and the crime rates are per 1,000 people.

    1. Danville, 0.2 violent crimes, 8.13 property crimes
    2. Murrieta, 0.44 violent crimes, 14.44 property crimes
    3. San Ramon, 0.51 violent crimes, 10.7 property crimes
    4. Irvine, 0.57 violent crimes, 14.01 property crimes
    5. Aliso Viejo, 0.57 violent crimes, 8.12 property crimes
    6. Yorba Linda, 0.6 violent crimes, 10.55 property crimes
    7. Lincoln, 0.61 violent crimes, 11.46 property crimes
    8. Rancho Palos Verdes, 0.63 violent crimes, 9.71 property crimes
    9. Chino Hills, 0.75 violent crimes, 12.82 property crimes
    10. Mission Viejo, 0.77 violent crimes, 10.04 property crimes

According to the research conducted by Safewise, 62% of the safest cities in California are located in Southern California, while Northern California only has 38%.

How Does California Compare?

After looking at local areas, a person may begin to wonder how the state of California compares to the rest of the nation. The national average for violent crimes is 3.4 per 1,000 people, while the property crime rate is 22.7 per 1,000 people.

By comparing these numbers to the numbers from the cities above, a person can determine that the safest cities in California actually have crime rates lower than the national average. This means that, at least in some areas, California is a pretty safe place to live.

Using Crime Rates Effectively

When it comes to looking at crime rates, a person has to make their own decision about what they feel is safe enough for them. After they have made that decision, they can use crime rates and other statistics to figure out where they want to live. A city they may have originally considered moving to, may be deemed too dangerous for them. Conversely, a person may learn that the place they’ve chosen to live in is actually a very good place to raise a family.

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Be Prepared for October 18

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California is pretty well known for having plenty of wildfires, and 2018 has been no exception. This year’s fire season has been one of the worst in state in history, but it was at least expected. The one plus side to wildfires, is that they follow a bit of a forecast. Here in California, wildfires become much more common during the warm months of summer and fall, making them a slightly predictable emergency.

Earthquakes, on the other hand, are just about as unpredictable as emergencies come. They can happen whenever and wherever in California, making them much scarier. Sometimes the ground will rumble, and it will be over in a second, before anyone can even register that an earthquake took place. Other ties however, things can be much worse.

Large scale earthquakes can strike without warning and level entire city blocks. This is a fact that is very common in our state’s history. Cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have both dealt with the harsh reality of major earthquakes and seen the kind of damage that they are capable of.

Since earthquakes are a part of normal life here in California, it is important for all residents to be prepared for the worst. One good opportunity to practice would be to participate in the Great Shakeout which takes place on October 18th. The Great Shakeout is a unified way for people who live or work in earthquake prone areas to plan, practice, and prepare for an inevitable earthquake.

You may not be able to predict when an earthquake will strike and rattle your life, but you can prepare for one. Every Californian should have an emergency kit and a plan in place for what to do when an earthquake does occur. By being prepared, a person could save their life, or the life of others around them.

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Can Police Officers Search Your Electronics?

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In the modern age, so much of our lives revolve around electronic devices. How many of us would be able to go a day without our cellphone in hand? Probably not many of us. It’s no wonder that since electronic devices like this have become so commonplace that law enforcement officers may need to see them during criminal investigations.

A very common question that most people have is when can a police officer search through my phone or other digital devices? The answer is the same for when can an officer search your home or house: they either need your consent to do so, a warrant that specifically lists the item in question, or when they have reason to believe that the searching of the device will prevent a crime.

This right is protected under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects all US citizens from unreasonable search and seizures of property. This includes digital property stored on electronic devices.

If a law enforcement officer searches your phone or other devices illegally, then nothing they find there can be used as evidence against you since it was obtained illegally. Furthermore, consent to search a device has to be given freely, it cannot be coerced out of an individual. Lastly, a warrant to search a device has to specifically list what types of files can be looked at on the device, and the officer cannot stray from that list.

The modern world is always changing, and that means that laws need to change and update with it. This is why the Fourth Amendment, which was written a few hundred years before any electronic devices were invented, now covers the search of those devices. It is a way to prevent law enforcement officers from abusing the powers granted to them. Unfortunately not every officer out there is aware of this, and may claim otherwise. If that is the case, and an officer demands to search your device without a warrant, calmly and politely refuse while informing the officer that the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects your devices from unreasonable searches.

Fireworks and California

Fireworks and California

Fireworks and California

Fireworks are lots of fun. They’re a great way to entertain your friends and neighbors during gatherings, but when you live in California there are some pretty strict rules about setting off fireworks in your backyard.

Types of Fireworks

California’s law makers have divided fireworks into two different types of categories. There are “safe and sane fireworks” and “dangerous fireworks.”

“Dangerous fireworks” are the ones that are typically set off by the cities, the large massive explosive ones such as rockets. Even sprinklers that are over 10 inches long are listed as dangerous.

Safe and sane fireworks are lots of fun, even if they are small. These fireworks include: spinners, small sprinklers, fountains, and snap caps.

It is always illegal for anyone who doesn’t have a display pyrotechnics license to set off any type of dangerous fireworks, however those without a license who are over the age of sixteen can buy and use safe fireworks.

Obtaining a display pyrotechnics license in California is quite complicated. Getting one involves:

  • Filling out an extensive application
  • 2 years of experience working with public fireworks display
  • 5 written letters of recommendation
  • Passing a pyrotechnics exam
  • Passing a background check

The Cost of Setting off Illegal Fireworks in California

Using dangerous or illegal fireworks in California is strictly frowned on in California. Simply being caught with illegal fireworks can result in you being sentenced to 12 months and/or paying a $1,000 fine. If you have a large quantity of the illegal and dangerous fireworks the charges are bumped up to a felony that can result in a $50,000 fine and 3 year prison sentence.

Selling to Minors

If a licensed fireworks dealer is caught selling illegal fireworks to a minor, the legal penalties are both swift and severe. The dealers aren’t allowed to sell any fireworks to anyone who is under sixteen years old and can’t sell any dangerous fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

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How to Handle Noisy Neighbors

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Noisy neighbors can seriously lower your enjoyment of life, particularly when the noise happens late at night. If you’re in the middle of a noisy neighbor situation, here’s some tips that will help you gain some peace.

Is the Noise Chronic

Truthfully, if the noise issue is just an occasional thing, your best course of action is to probably just ignore the situation. However, if the noise takes place in the form of a weekly party, loud vehicles pulling in an out at all hours of the night, or a barking dog, you will want to address the matter.

Have a Heart to Heart with your Neighbor

When the noise levels have become an unbearable nuisance, it’s time to sit down and have a heart to heart with your neighbor. Before knocking on their door, take a few moments to prepare yourself. You do not want to be short tempered at this point. Take a few deep breaths to calm down and plan ahead. Once you arrive at your neighbors, speak calmly about the issue and ask if there’s a way to resolve the matter that makes both you and your neighbor happy. You may learn that they have no idea just how disruptive their noise is.

While you’re at your neighbor’s, try to get them to work with you to come up with a compromise. Don’t be afraid to, calmly, explain why and how their noise is disrupting your life.

Remember, the most important thing you can do during this stage is staying cool, calm, and collected.

Write a Letter

If you’ve had a heart to heart and the noise continues, write a formal letter, again using calm, non-aggressive language, asking that they do something to keep their noise levels down. Mail the letter through the post and keep a copy of the letter for yourself. The letter is the first formal proof you’ll have that you’re attempting to work with your neighbor to handle the noise. If you rent, this is the time when you’ll want to start working with your landlord.

Start Keeping a Record

Pick up a cheap spiral notebook and use it as a journal to record each time your neighbor gets loud. Make note of the type of noise, when it started, and how long it went on.

Contact the Police

If you’ve truly done everything you can think of to convince your neighbors to keep the noise down, it’s time to contact the police. This is a non-emergency call, so you’ll want to dial 311. Provide the dispatcher with the exact location of the noise as well as the type of noise that’s taking place. Let the dispatcher know that you wish to remain anonymous. Do not go to your neighbors to watch while the police discuss the situation with them.

Good luck!