Volunteer opportunities are a great way for kids to socialize and learn about giving back. Follow our four step process for getting your kids involved this summer break. #HereToHelp
Step 1: Discover their interests Animals, birds, buildings, cooking: Kids have wide-ranging and often diverse interests, and that’s the best way to capture and nurture their volunteer spirit. • Step 2: Do some research Once children have narrowed down a topic, help them learn more about the issues. Your goal is to broaden their perspective beyond the walls of their home so they can understand other people, places, cultures and issues. • Step 3: Find a local connection Sure, you can find a national or global charity that fits your kid’s interest—but you can also look for a local environmental group that is active and visit a natural area they’ve helped to protect. • Step 4: Choose a commitment Once you’ve identified that local connection, work with your kids to figure out how they can contribute whether short term or long term.
You can get started on a digital home inventory in as little as five minutes. Here are a few quick ideas to get your inventory rolling. • Take pictures. Capture important individual items as well as entire rooms, closets or drawers. • Take video. Walk through your house or apartment recording and describing the contents. • Use an app. There are many mobile app options that can help you create and store a room-by-room record of your belongings. #HereToHelp
You trust your babysitters with your children and your home—preparing them for an emergency should be a top priority. 👩👧👧 Be sure to leave them with medical information, safety supplies, house rules (especially on appliances and larger toys) and a list of any expected visitors. What other ways do you keep your babysitters prepared for an emergency? #HereToHelp
Use these tips to help keep your car's interior, exterior and under the hood safe from summer weather. 🚗☀️ • Use a windshield sun protector. It's a way to keep your car cooler and prevent sun damage. • Wash, dry and wax. Sun and heat can fade and crack the paint. A layer of wax between your car's finish and the sun's UV rays is a great way to help protect it. • Check tire pressure. Hot pavement and under-inflated tires can be a dangerous combination, and may lead to a blowout. • Check your fluids. The possibility of overheating greatly increases when fluid levels are below recommended levels. • Keep an eye on your battery. High temperatures and use of the vehicles A/C can cause it to wear out and fail quicker. Have the vehicle's battery and complete charging system checked regularly by a professional mechanic. #HereToHelp
Loud fireworks and crowds can be scary for pets. Help keep them calm and safe this week during Independence Day celebrations with these tips. 🐶🐱 #HereToHelp • Pets can become frightened or disoriented by the sound of fireworks. During the festivities, keep your animals in a quiet and escape-proof area of your home. • Keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets' reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. • Don't put insect repellent or sunscreen on your pet unless it's specifically made for animals. Ingredients that aren't toxic to humans can be toxic to pets. • Be prepared in case your pet escapes. It's a good idea for animals—even indoor-only pets—to wear an ID tag that includes your name and contact info. #4thofjuly#pets#petsofinstagram
Are fireworks one of your favorite ways to celebrate? 🎆 These bursts look great in the air, but require a little preparation closer to the ground. Take a few precautions to help celebrate safely this year! #HereToHelp • Children should be supervised at all times around fireworks, sparklers or firecrackers. • Only purchase legal fireworks and store them in cool, dry places. • Wear protective eyewear when lighting and keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of fire.
If the summer sun has you running to the water, keep these safety tips in mind. ☀️🌊 • Children ages 1-4 can benefit greatly from swimming lessons. Help them gain confidence and practice by enrolling in classes nearby. • You'll want to make sure you phone is safe from the water, but also make sure it's close enough to grab in case of an emergency. • Always swim with a buddy – it's a best practice for both children and adults. Grab a friend and go jump in! #HereToHelp#swimming#swimminglessons#kidsswimming
April showers bring bubble wrap towers. If you're moving this month, don't forget about protecting your large furniture! 📦 • Use labeled plastic bags to sort hardware from any furniture you've disassembled. • Wrap large furniture such as couches and book shelves with blankets or bubble wrap for extra protection. • Apply wax to fine wood to avoid scratching the surface. #HereToHelp#moving#buyingahome#homeowner#movein
Arson dogs and their human handlers must complete extensive training before they're certified to conduct fire investigations. Congratulations to Class 51, the newest graduates from the State Farm Arson Dog Program! 🐾 #heretohelp