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Gun Storage

Using the right storage techniques is one of the best ways to keep your possessions in good condition. But when it comes to guns, your storage choices also carry serious safety implications.

“The most important thing is to keep your firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” said Allen Forkner, a spokesman for Cannon Safe, which sells gun safes.

Follow these five tips to prevent damage and danger when storing your guns.

  1. Prepare Your Firearms.

Guns are major investments and often carry sentimental value, so before you store your firearms, thoroughly clean and treat them as directed by the owner’s manual, Forkner said. Can’t find the manual? Apply a very light coat of oil on the entire surface of a gun, he suggested.

  1. Avoid Cases and Sleeves.

One of the biggest mistakes Forkner sees is when gun owners store firearms in padded sleeves and cases that are designed only for transporting firearms.

Often, the material in these cases absorbs moisture from the air and puts it directly in contact with the guns, he said. Therefore, avoid wrapping or covering your guns; instead, make sure they’re exposed to air.

  1. Pick a Stable Place.

Pay attention to the moisture levels in the area where you’re storing your guns. Too much moisture can cause rust to form, while too little can lead to cracking.

A 50 percent humidity level and 70-degree temperature provide the ideal storage conditions, Forkner said. But if you aren’t able to maintain a 70-degree setting, simply keeping the temperature steady is your best bet.

“The fluctuation between hot and cold is what causes the materials to expand and contract,” Forkner said, “and it’s that constant expansion and contraction that leads to cracks and damage.”

  1. Secure Your Guns.

Whether you’re worried about children, burglars or visitors gaining access to your gun collection, always prioritize safety when you’re choosing a storage method—especially in your home.

The National Crime Prevention Council recommends several safety options, including trigger locks that make it impossible to pull the trigger and cable locks that prevent loading and firing. You also can buy a safe or lockbox that can be opened only with a key or combination.

Gun safes are the most secure options and provide the added benefit of holding large collections. They not only keep guns away from unauthorized users, but top-quality safes also can guard against fire for a certain period of time.

“If you can secure [the safes] to the floor or to the wall, that’s even better,” Forkner said.

  1. Consider Away-From-Home Storage.

While some owners might prefer to keep their guns outside the home, the options for this type of storage are limited. Self-storage facilities largely prohibit firearms, but you can find a few specialty self-storage facilities that offer on-site cabinets and safes.  Colorado Vault and Safe Deposit Box Co.; a private vaulted storage facility; offers offsite gun storage for individuals who desire outside the home options.

reposted from Sparefoot Blog – Ann Wynter

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Spring Time is Here!!!

Spring_CleaningSpring Time is Here

With spring finally here, there is no time than now to do the official spring cleaning. So throw open the windows and tackle those projects that are usually put off all winter. Spring cleaning your house is a fantastic start for an organized, decluttered, and healthy remainder of 2015!

Organizing Tips (

  1. Start small—one drawer, one closet, one room.
  2. Designate a place for everything and put everything in its place.
  3. Store like things together.
  4. Place frequently used items in easily accessible locations.
  5. Design age appropriate spaces and systems for children.
  6. Label, label, label!
  7. In with the new…out with the old! Visit your safe deposit box to organize important documents
  8. Establish a family communication center in a central location of your home.
  9. Have an inbox for each family member for items such as mail and schoolwork.
  10. Involve all family members throughout the organizing process.

Cleaning and Repairing

  1. Power wash exterior walls, porch, deck, driveways, outdoor furniture.
  2. Clean gutters, exterior windows, BBQ grill and outdoor furniture
  3. Clean out refrigerator and freezer
  4. Clean out garage and/or storage shed
  5. Reseal grout, countertops, sidewalks, driveways
  6. Steam clean carpets
  7. Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  8. Repair holes, patch, clean and paint walls
  9. Vacuum baseboards and ceiling fans
  10. Start this Weekend!!!

This list is not all inclusive just a list of ideas to get you started. Colorado Vault & Safe Deposit Box Co. is a private vault that allows individuals to store valuable items and important documents offsite. Colorado Vault is safe, secure and private.


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Daylight Savings Time – Change Your Clocks & Change Your Batteries

The dark days of winter are almost over. So Spring Forward, Change Your Clocks and Change Your Batteries (smoke detectors)

Daylight-saving time begins on March 8, 2015. That’s next Sunday. That means at 2 a.m. on March 8 you will move your clocks forward one hour.  You may lose an hour of sleep, but you’ll gain a hour of daylight in the evening.

The twice-yearly routine of changing the clocks was mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the times have been altered through the years, but as of 2007 daylight time begins in most of the U.S. on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.


Some history:

*Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of daylight-saving time in 1784, according to the Farmer’s almanac.

*Germany was the first country to use daylight-saving time in 1916.

*DST was called “fast time” when first introduced in the U.S.

*The “father of Daylight Saving” was Robert Garland, a businessman from Pittsburgh who first came upon the idea in the U.K.

* Daylight and standard time were made the law of the land through the Act of March 19, 1918, also called the Standard Time Act.

*Daylight-saving time was repealed in 1919, but standard time stayed intact.

*Daylight time — also called “War Time” — was reinstated early in World War II, and was used year-round from 1942 until 1945. After the war ended so did its standard use, and it varied among states and cities, leading to confusion.

*In 1966, the Uniform Time Act standardized the beginnings and end of daylight time. Daylight time began on the last Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October, with the changeover at 2 a.m. local time.

*In 1974, during the “energy crisis years,” Congress created earlier starting dates for daylight time. In 1974 daylight time began on Jan. 6 and in 1975 it began on Feb. 23. After that the starting time went back tot he last Sunday in April.

*The 2005 Energy Policy Act again changed both the starting and ending dates.

*DST is used by over 70 countries.

*In the Northern Hemisphere, our days will get progressively longer until the summer solstice, which falls on June 21 at 11:38 a.m. CDT.

* Standard time begins again on Nov. 1, 2015.

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Reposted from By Leigh Morgan


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