5 Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Family

5 Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Family

Summer is here! With the season of sun and fun comes new hazards to be aware of.

Here are some of our top tips to keep you and your family safe these next few months

  1. Stay Safe in the Sun – The sun may be shining but it’s also strong! Be sure that you and your kiddos wear lots of sunscreen, stay hydrated and get some shade throughout the day.  
  2. Stay Cool by the Pool – When it comes to pool safety, supervision is key. Always ensure an adult is present when the pool is in use and keep chemicals out of harm’s way.
  3. Practice Good Fire Protocol – Always be cautious when it comes to fire and use the proper protocol when grilling, handling fireworks or building campfires.
  4. Play with Peace of Mind – Do a safety check of your sidewalk, decks, outdoor play-sets and play areas to ensure your children can play safely this summer.
  5. Keep your Home Secure – With the warmer weather typically comes an unfortunate uptick in crime during the summer months. Ensure your home is safe and secure to avoid a break-in/safety issue.

For more summer safety tips, please visit https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/summer-safety-tips.html today.

We hope you have an amazing summer with your family and friends! If there’s anything we can do for you this season regarding your home financing situation, please feel free to contact your local Inlanta loan officer. Stay safe!

Stay at Home Safety Tips

Coping with COVID-19 has been hard on all of us. The worry, the fear and the wonder of when normal life will resume can feel both consuming and exhausting.  

With all of us spending the majority of our time at home in quarantine, it’s important to make sure your space provides a safe haven for you and your family.

These essential tips will help you stay safe at home and hopefully bring you some peace of mind during this uncertain time.

1. Be Cautious

Take every day preventative steps to ensure you are staying safe and keeping your home clean by:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing when you go out in public
  • Cleaning countertops, door handles and other areas of your home frequently

Ensure your home is safe for you and your family by:

  • Keeping all safety hazards such as cleaning supplies and medication out of reach of children
  • Testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Creating a fire escape plan
  • Anchoring furniture to prevent dangerous accidents
  • Covering outlets, adding child locks and setting up safety gates around the home

2. Have a Plan

Take a moment to discuss a plan of action in case someone in your home becomes sick. Consider the following to ensure safety:

  • Watch for the following symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • Designate a room in your home to keep the ill person away from others
  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and disinfect surfaces and other areas in your home
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Check in on your family members to see how they are feeling physically and mentally
  • Stay informed of your local outbreak situation and get up to date info from your public health officials

3. Love your Home

We’re staying at home now more than ever before. This makes it a great time to put some extra love into your space to make it feel clean and cozy. Try the following to put some extra love into your home:

4. Go Outside

It’s important for your physical and mental health to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. We recommend:

  • Going for walks/hiking
  • Gardening/yard work
  • Getting some exercise – try going for a bike ride, run, or completing an outdoor workout
  • Playing yard games
  • Eating your meals or having a drink outdoors
  • Getting creative with sidewalk chalk
  • Camping in the back yard

We are Here for You

With all of us practicing social distancing, and many of us experiencing the state-mandated shut-down of many businesses, we want to assure you that Inlanta Mortgage has remained fully operational and working on your loans.

If you have any questions about your current loan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your loan advisor directly.  

If you’re interested in a new loan to refinance or purchase a new home, or have any other mortgage questions, please contact us to find a loan advisor near you.

Happy 4th of July

4th of July

We wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July!

4th of July Firework Safety

If someone is setting fireworks off at home, please make sure they follow these safety steps to ensure a safe and fun environment:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud”.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

4th of July BBQ Safety

Follow these steps to safely cook up your 4th of July feast!

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

4th of July Fun – Via Pinterest

We have been pinning to our Summer Lovin’ Pinterest board for a while, but wanted to tell you about a few fun pins that you may useful as you plan your 4th of July activities:

About Inlanta Mortgage

Inlanta Mortgage is proudly celebrating twenty years in business. Learn more about Inlanta’s twenty year history here.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage is a proud recent recipient of a Top Mortgage Lenders 2012 Award from Scotsman Guide and was recently recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Firms in the Milwaukee-Area by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

 

 

Celebrate Memorial Day Safely

Memorial DayCelebrate Memorial Day Safely

Memorial Day is a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. While we honor their sacrifice and celebrate over the long weekend, make sure safety comes first. Here are some helpful safety tips for those of you who plan to enjoy the water, grill, or take a road trip:

Water Safety

The American Red Cross offers these tips regarding water safety:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

DOWNLOAD FIRST AID APP

Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergency at someone’s fingertips. The free app is available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

Drive Safely

With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If plans include drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Other tips for a safe trip include:

  • Give one’s full attention to the road.  Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Make frequent stops.
  • Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive the headlights.

Grill Safety

The American Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking those tasty cookout treats:

  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Keep the chef safe by using the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.
  • Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.
  • Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.
  • Wash one’s hands in hot soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom, handling pets, stopping to do something with children.

We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

About Inlanta Mortgage

Inlanta Mortgage is proudly celebrating twenty years in business. Learn more about Inlanta’s twenty year history here.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Home Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips

There is no place like home. Protecting your home and your family requires us all to take a few precautionary steps.  Here are some ideas on how to deal with some of the most common concerns facing homeowners today.

Check your Detectors

Make sure that your smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries. It’s important to clean them regularly to avoid a buildup of dust and dirt, which may cause them to malfunction or stop working altogether.

Security System is Secure

If your home has a security system, make sure that nobody else has the code. If you purchased your home with the security system in place, have the code changed as a precaution. Just as you would change the locks to prevent friends, acquaintances or family members of the previous owner from entering the house without your permission or knowledge, it’s equally important to change the code on your security system.

Obstacles & Falls

Many people are injured each year as a result of a fall in their home. Make sure that the way you arrange your furniture and possessions makes it easy for you to move around your home – or exit quickly if necessary.

Trailing electric and phone wires can be hazardous. Try to connect appliances to a socket nearby. If trailing wires are unavoidable, arrange them as far out of the way as possible and tape them down with strong electrical tape or use floor cord covers.

Keep staircases and passageways clear, and never place a loose rug at the top of the stairs.

Try to organize your storage so that you can reach items you use regularly without having to climb. Don’t be tempted to balance on chairs or boxes if you do need to reach something high-use a proper step ladder with non-slip steps, or wait until someone else can help.

This list could go on and on – especially if you include the safety precautions necessary to protect our little ones!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Fourth of July Safety Tips

American Flag in the white clouds and blue skyOn July 4th we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence, declaring the United States’ independence from Great Britain. It’s a day usually filled with fun, food and fireworks.

While we are enjoying the day, we also hope that you take a moment to consider the safety of yourself and others on this busy holiday.

For your convenience, we have compiled a few links on safety:

Here is a link for fireworks safety from The National Council on Firework Safety, aimed at educating the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks.

For all of you with travel plans, here is a link on travel safety.

Click here for a link on barbecue and food safety that may come in handy if you plan to slap a few burgers and brats on the grill.

Here is a link for boating safety from the U.S. Coast Guard on how to prevent accidents and injuries while enjoying our nation’s waterways.

Click here for a link on safety around the campfire, if you’re planning roasting marshmallows or tell some scary stories.

We wish you all a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage has recently earned the distinction of being named a 2012 Top Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin.