safety tips

Don't Teach Stranger Danger


                Growing up I’m sure many of you were taught “Stranger Danger”. It was catchy, short, simple and even rhymed. However, many people don’t know that Stranger Danger is no longer advised to be taught in our schools and groups like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are strongly against it. Statistically less than 1% of kidnappings occur by a “stranger”. The message of “stranger danger” can mistakenly convey to children that only strangers harm children and teaching kids to “never talk to strangers” can prevent ways that can assist a child in staying safe.

Adults need to also understand that the risk to children are FAR GREATER from someone they know. When we tell our children to never talk to strangers, we have eliminated a key source of help for them. We are essentially telling them all strangers are bad. For example, if your child is lost in a store they may be surrounded by “strangers” that are also available rescuers that could assist them when they are in trouble.  Stranger Danger has been known to prolong the amount of time a child was missing in certain situations because the child was afraid to ask people around for help.  Instead of saying “Never talk to strangers.”, educate your children to know not to approach just anyone if they are lost or in trouble, but to look for a police officer, a clerk with a nametag or a parent with children. Also be sure to teach them the importance of staying still if they get lost. If they begin to wander around to search for you it will take finding them even longer.

                Instead of Stranger Danger, children need to be educated on how to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Talk to your kids about ways to stay safe.  Let them know the importance of getting permission before going anywhere with anyone and that they should always tell you right away if anyone asks them to keep a secret from you or makes them feel uncomfortable. When you are out and about with your child find teachable moments, take time to point out places they can go for help in different environments. Identify people (store employees, police officers, etc.) that they should go to if they ever need help.  Tell them the importance of using the buddy system. All of these conversations and teachable moments will help prepare your child in case they find themselves missing or in a dangerous situation.

For more resources and helpful tips visit www.kidsmartz.org

 

Best Home Safety and Security Tips

If you watch the nightly news you will probably see a few robberies that occurred every night. That is because the amount of home burglaries is frighteningly high. In fact, the FBI reports that there are over one million burglaries every year in the United States.

The good thing is there are some precautions you can take to limit your chances of becoming a victim.

Never Advertise That You Are Not Home

Burglars are always on the watch for homes that look like they have been vacant for some time. What they look for is stacks of newspapers on the driveway, grass that has not been cut in a while and lights that never going on.

The first thing that you can do to prevent someone from noticing you’re not home is having a trusted neighbor pick up your newspapers and even pay them to cut your grass when you are on an extended vacation.

To make your home look more lived in you can add fake occupancy scenes. You can do this with things like lighting control. With smart lighting you can have lights turn on at random times to make it look like someone is in the room. You can even program your TV to turn on and off at set times.

Another major thing you don’t want to do is leave your trash cans out before you go on vacation. Trash cans sitting outside of a house too long can expose the fact that you are not home.

Be Careful of What You Share Online

It may be tempting to share with your friends that you are in the Caribbean on a beach vacation or traveling Europe but you most definitely should not. Sure it might be feel great to get all those positive comments and likes but the risks out ways the benefits. When you share on Facebook that you are traveling it makes it public to the world that you are not home. This makes you extremely susceptible to a break-in.

This does not mean that you can’t ever share with your friends that you were having that great Pina Colada on the beach. You should however wait to share these awesome photos until you are home.

Secure Your Home Properly

Home security should be your number one priority. Make sure that your security company secures all your doors and windows and also creates interior trap zones. It is important to secure windows with contact sensors but it is much more secure to use a shock sensor combined with a contact. This will make sure that your windows are not only protected against someone opening it but the alarm will also be triggered if someone tries to break the window. As long as you don’t have large pets over 80lbs, you should make sure that you have at least one motion sensor. We recommend installing it in an area where a burglar will definitely go like the master bedroom.

Security Cameras

Even if you take all the proper precautions it is still possible for you to have a break-in. In this case it is important that you catch the criminals in their tracks with cameras. Security cameras have come a long way over the years and they have also become very affordable. Now you can get HD quality cameras and have the ability to view them from your smart phone. Not only that, you can also get motion triggered video alerts if the camera senses motion when you are not home.

 

If you want to get more security tips or if you want to get a free security assessment of your home, please feel free to give us a call.

 

Protecting What Matters Most

 

Your home is supposed to be a safe haven for you and your family. Protecting the ones, you love takes more than just an alarm system to protect you from danger coming from the outside. You also need to take careful steps to ensure that the inside of your home is safe as well. Each year in the U.S., about six children a day die from an injury inside their own home. We’ve compiled a list of helpful things to consider to help keep loved ones safe in your home.

 Watch Diligently Around Water

-          Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death in the home for children 1-4 years of age. Leaving a young child alone in a bathtub is very dangerous, even for just a minute.  A young child can drown in less than 2 inches of water. That means supervising bath time, putting child locks on toilet seats when (infants and toddlers are in the home), and making sure that pool areas are blocked off are all key ways to help keep your children safe.  ALWAYS watch children closely with your undivided attention when any kind of water is involved.

Keep Medicine Out of Reach

-          3 out of 10 parents surveyed that have a toddler in their home say they keep medicine and cleaning products on a low shelf or an unlocked cabinet.  Poison centers answer over a million calls a year about a child under 5 years of age. Making sure to keep all medications (including things like diaper cream and vitamins) out of reach is a crucial step in avoiding an accidental injury or even death due to the ingestion of such a substance. 

 Secure Televisions and Furniture

-           Almost half of the parents surveyed said they have not secured TVs and furniture to prevent them from tipping over and falling on a child. TV and furniture tip overs send children to the hospital at an alarming rate and can result in death. Every 3 weeks a child dies from a television tipping over. Be sure to properly secure furniture like bookcases to the wall. Our technicians can also assist you with properly mounting televisions and make sure that the proper sized mount is used.

Keep Cribs Clear

-          When it comes to cribs, bare is best! Almost 75% of parents in a survey stated that they place items in their baby’s crib. These items ranged from blankets, stuffed animals, and/or bumpers. Babies cribs are to remain clear of these objects as they pose a risk of suffocation. Since babies spend most of their time sleeping, making their crib a safe place is vital for their protection. Make use of approved sleep sacks instead of loose blankets, and keep the stuffed toys for play time instead of when it’s time to rest. Also ALWAYS place your baby on their back to sleep.

Don’t Get Burned

-          In 2013, more than 126, 035 children in the U.S. were injured due to a fire or burn. Something as simple as adjusting your water heater to 120 degrees can help prevent accidental burning. Also remember when cooking on the stove, never hold a child in your hands. Instead utilize a high chair or learning tower at a safe distance so you can still involve them in what is going on without putting them at danger. Another great tip is to always use the burners in the back when possible and turn handles of pots and pans away from the edge. As you already know keep all lighters and matches out of reach for small children and talk to your older children about fire and cooking safety.

 Consider Adding Life Safety Devices:

-          Alarm systems are great ways to help keep you and your loved ones safe. If you don’t already have monitored smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, consider the added protection it can provide your family. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that you cannot see so a carbon monoxide detector is key in detecting it and alerting you and your family. 

If you have any questions about how to better protect you and your family, please reach out to our team.

Quick Tips We Want All Alarm System Users To Know:

We take great pride in helping to protect thousands of Central Florida families and businesses! Here are some helpful reminders to consider when it comes to your alarm system.

1)    Update Your Call List: We can’t tell you how many times customers make a changes that involve their emergency contact list and forget to update us. Protecting our customers is our top priority and to help us provide you with the best protection and service possible it is crucial you update us when changes are made. Maybe that trustworthy neighbor moved away, or your wife got a new cell phone number… keep us in the know so when we call out on an alarm event we can reach the right people at the right time!

2)      You Can Have Multiple Codes: Did you know we can program numerous codes into your system to help identify what user armed or disarmed your system? Don’t give out your master code to your housekeeper or babysitter. Instead let us know that you need additional user codes programmed in for you and we will be happy to assist!

3)      Get An Insurance Certificate:  If you have a monitored alarm system you should take advantage of the savings that most insurance companies offer you for that level of protection. Insurance companies see the value in having a system that is monitored and often pass savings on to you, anywhere from 5-20%! Call our office and we can send over a certificate at your request.

4)      To Chime Or Not To Chime: Some customers love it, and some customers prefer that it is turned off. The chime that happens when a door or window is opened can be easily turned on or off. We often see that businesses and families with young children like to know when a door is opened and other people prefer to not be bothered. It’s often as easy as entering your four digit code followed by the “chime” button to turn that feature on or off.

5)      TEST YOUR SYSTEM MONTHLY: We always like to remind our customers that testing their system is an important way to make sure that your equipment is reporting properly. If you make any changes to your phone provider you also want to make sure you call in to test the system right away…don’t wait until after an alarm event to realize that something is wrong. Testing your system isn’t difficult and can easily be done with just a phone call into our office. Let us know you want to test your system and we will make sure that everything reports in properly while making sure that the alarm signals aren’t dispatched on during the test. 

6)      Go Interactive: With most people having smart phones today, we like our customers to know about our interactive services. You can access a digital keypad on your phone to arm and disarm your system and get text alerts when your children get home from school. All this and more is possible thanks to our interactive services from Alarm.com. At just a few dollars more every month this feature is very popular with our customers and so many wish they knew about it sooner!

Leave No Child Behind

Parents are always on the run and juggling a lot on their plate. We’ve seen the news stories about a parent that forgot about their sleeping child in the back seat and sadly the child dies from heatstroke. We often assume that would never happen to us, but experts say even the best of parents can make the mistake of unknowingly leaving a sleeping baby in a car and that can result in serious injury or even death. Keep in mind that children have died in hot cars when the outside temperature was as low as 60 degrees. It is not just something that happens in the summer months.  A child is easily a victim of heatstroke since their body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body.

 

On average 37 child fatalities happen a year from heat related incidents where a child is left alone in a car. 87% of these fatalities involved a child under the age of 3. Keep in mind that children have died in hot cars when the outside temperature was as low as 60 degrees. It is not just something that happens in the summer months.  A child is easily a victim of heatstroke since their body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body. It would be wonderful if all vehicles had an alert when a child is left in the vehicle, but since that isn’t the case we’ve compiled some helpful tips to make sure no child is left behind in a car.

 

-          Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it isn’t occupied. When you place your child inside their car seat, place the stuffed animal into the front passenger seat. It is a great visual reminder that the child is in the back.

-          Place something that you’ll need like your purse or cell phone in the back seat so that you have to open the back door upon exiting the vehicle. (We love the cell phone idea because it also helps prevent you from texting while driving)

-          Always keep car keys and remote openers out of the reach of children.

-          Keep your vehicles locked at all times, even when it is in the garage. You don’t want your child climbing in and not being able to get out.

-          Try to utilize drive thru services as much as possible (banks, dry cleaners, pharmacies, etc.) and pay at the pump when at a gas station. 

-          If you ever see a child left alone in a car, call 911 immediately! Don’t wait and try and find the parents/guardians. If the child appears to be sick, hot or lethargic help get them out of the vehicle as soon as possible.

-          See if your daycare or babysitter can set up a plan where you will call them if your child will be absent and that they call you if your child hasn’t arrived at their scheduled time.

-          NEVER leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute. Cracking the windows does NOT help slow down the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.

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Smart, Security, and Safe Homes

The FBI reports that there was an alarming 1,121,416 burglaries in the United States in 2014. That amounts to a burglary every 28 seconds. While this number probably seems really high to most people it is actually down over 10% since 2013.

Why the sudden decrease in home thefts? As wireless alarm monitoring advances more and more people want to add it to their homes. A security system is no longer just a siren that goes off and a monitoring center that notifies you and the police of an alarm event. Now your security system is the central hub of your smart home. It controls features such as lighting control, door control, image sensors, thermostat control, and remote video monitoring. These features not only add convenience to the home owner but also deters criminals.

With lighting control you can set up always occupied lighting scenes for when you are away. This makes it look like someone is home as lights will turn on and turn off automatically. Burglars who as casing homes look for homes with no activity. When they see lights turning on and off throughout the day they think someone is home.

Alarm.com’s Image Sensor will give you a snapshot of someone as they walk through the door and/or when someone disarms the alarm system. This reduces false alarms because you can verify why the alarm is going off and you can make an informed decision on whether or not to dispatch the police.

When you integrate door locks to your security system you can have total control of who is coming into your home. Through Alarm.com’s easy-to-use web interface you can set up temporary user codes, user-codes that can only be used at certain times, and also specific user codes for each person in your home. This allows you to give your neighbor a code to open your front door to check on your home while you are on vacation. You could also give your dog walker a code to access your home just during the hours they are supposed to walk Fido. When a user enters their code to the front door, it not only unlocks the door, but you can have it disarm the alarm system. This prevents you from having to give out a code for your alarm system. One of the coolest features of the door lock is that you can get a text message notification of who unlocked the door.

Cameras are another safety feature that deters the criminals. When a burglar sees cameras on the side of a house they know that not only will the alarm go off and the police will be dispatched but also they will be caught in the act on the cameras. Today you can even set up motion triggers on your cameras to send you a snap shot when the camera detects motion. You can set up time parameters of these motion triggers so you will only get alerts when you are away. When you purchase cameras through J&J Security you also have access to your cameras from any smartphone or computer, so you can view your cameras from anywhere in the world.

 

Some people might think that this is a lot to manage but it is not. We can program your system to trigger all of these security features from just the click of a button. When you arm your system to away your system will intelligently know to activate your always occupied lighting scenes, activate your cameras for recording, and even adjust your thermostat to a more energy friendly setting. If you would like to find out more about turning your home into a smart home give us a call at (866) 532-7233 for a free in-home consultation.  

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Pool Safety

Summer is about to begin and that means lots of time by the pool. While summer is a great time to relax and have fun, it’s also important that everyone stays safe. Sadly drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between 1-4. 700 children under 14 die every year because of drowning and most of the time lack of proper adult supervision played a roll. Here are some important tips in regards to pool safety.

*Pools should be fenced off completely. Enclose pools with a self-locking and self-closing fence at least four feet high. Over half of all swimming pool drownings among children could be prevented by four sided fencing.  

*Install a pool alarm. They act as a great warning signal and can help save a life. Call our office today to learn more. (866) 532-SAFE

*Keep an inexperienced swimmer within arm’s length at all times even in shallow water. Also be sure to use life jackets that are approved by the Coast Guard. Do not use air filled or foam toys in place of life jackets for floatation support.

*If you are having a party by the pool, always have a designated adult in charge of watching the kids in and around the pool. That person should not take breaks to use the bathroom, get a snack, or get distracted in conversation unless someone else is taking over for them. Since this is the case it is always great to take turns and rotate out supervisors so everyone gets a chance to enjoy the party while also ensuring the kids are safe. Little kids drown quickly and quietly…they aren’t going to be screaming out for help. That is why constant supervision is key.

*Remember that kids who are swimming horizontally are usually just fine, it’s when they start to go vertical that they are struggling. Drownings are not as dramatic as shown in movies so they are easy to miss if you aren’t focused.

*Swimming lessons for children are important at an early age. Children as young as six months can be taught lifesaving self-rescuing skills in case they fall into a pool.  For a list of ISR approved instructors near you visithttps://www.infantswim.com/

*Learn CPR. You can help save a life in case of a pool or other life safety emergency. Remember to update your skills regularly. To get trained and certified visit http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class

False Alarms

False alarms happen but they often happen due to user error or something that could be prevented. We don’t want our customers to have to deal with them and we don’t want to ever see frustrated with your system. Another reason for wanting to keep false alarms to a minimum is that police resources are limited already and we never want to see them wasted. Here are ways to help you avoid the hassle of a false alarm and help do your part to keep police officers free to respond to calls where they are needed.

 

-          Make sure ALL users are properly trained on using the system. (relatives, babysitters, house sitters, maids etc.)

o   Remember that you can have multiple codes programmed into your system to help identify who accessed your home. Just be sure to have us remove the codes if they should no longer have access to your home.

-          Be sure to update your emergency contact list with the monitoring company. We often get customers who change their cell phone number or do away with their home phone and forget to update us. Of if you are a business that has gotten rid of an employee who had a code and password we also need to know. You don’t want to realize you forgot to update the list until after an alarm event. Be proactive and CALL US when any changes are made.

-          Make sure all windows and doors are properly secured before arming the system. A door with a little too much give can easily activate an alarm if a strong wind or storm is present.

-          Make sure nothing is hanging near a motion detector and that they are always clear of dust and cobwebs.

-          Pets are part of them family and depending on their size and how they move around the home they can trigger an alarm event. Be sure to discuss any pets with your alarm installer and notify us if a new furry friend is joining your family.

-          Test your system regularly. We recommend once a month and always a few days before leaving on a vacation.

-          Service and maintain the system regularly. We offer amazing maintenance packages for our customers. Service fees with labor and parts can be costly, but a maintenance plan helps waive the cost and keep your system running in prime condition.

Fire Safety

Every year 2,200 children die from injuries that happen in their own home. Our job at J&J Security is to do our part to help keep as many families safe as we can.  One way we do that is through education. An important safety topic to discuss with families is fire safety. Here are some topics to consider when dealing with fire safety.

Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in home fires in half. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and next to all bedrooms. We recommend testing your batteries every six months. A monitored smoke alarm is important because it can alert authorities if something goes wrong, and when dealing with fire, every second counts!

Escape Plan

Do you have a home fire escape plan? Only one third of American have and practice them according to a NFPA survey. If you are one of the families without a plan, it is critical that you develop one that has at least two ways out of every room. Practice your home fire escape plans with your children often. In fact, a great way to remember is to practice them twice a year when you are checking on your batteries. Make sure that your fire escape plan has everyone leaving the home immediately and having a safe meeting spot outside of the home. (Like a neighbor’s driveway) Once they are out of the house it is important that they STAY OUT and wait for the fire department to arrive.

Kitchen Fires

Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Do you have a fire extinguisher? Always have one in the kitchen, and make sure you know how to use it. You don’t want to be reading the instructions once you find yourself in an emergency situation. Another great tip when looking at kitchen fire safety is to make sure dish towels and wooden spoons are kept away from your stovetop. We use them often when cooking and it’s easy to put them down to close to the stovetop, and increasing your chance of them catching on fire.

Candles

There are about 25 home candle fires reported every day. They usually start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle. Another factor is when someone falls asleep with a candle still burning. You should always blow out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. Never leave candles burning unattended.

Learn More

We love to recommendhttp://www.sparky.org/ for kids and parents to visit together and learn more about fire safety. 

*If you are needing monitored smoke alarms for your home, call our office today. (866) 532-SAFE

 

MAY IS BIKE SAFETY MONTH

Bike riding is a wonderful way to get around, exercise, have fun, and it’s also good for the environment. Families should enjoy their bikes as much as possible, but remember the importance of staying safe whether young or old.

 

In 2013 in the U.S., over 900 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries. Can you believe that less than half of children that are 14 years old or younger usually wear a bike helmet? However, if you have a properly fitted helmet you can reduce the risk of a head injury by almost 50 percent. Helmets are the most effective way to avoid an injury from a bicycle crash. Use your head, wear a helmet!

 

Talk bike safety with your children and don’t forget to also lead by example. Make sure you are practicing and modeling good bicycle safety for your children at all times. Not only for their benefit, but to help keep you safe as well. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe when riding your bicycles:

1)      ALWAYS wear a helmet. It is always helpful to let your children pick out their own helmets at the store so they are more likely to want to wear them. Also, make sure it is properly fitted. It is the best way to prevent injury and death. You can visit the following website for help with making sure your helmet fits correctly.  http://www.helmets.org/fit.htm

2)      Wear bright colors and use lights. It helps make sure you are seen especially during the early morning hours and at night. Reflectors on clothes and on your bike can also help others see you and help keep you safe. Also make sure you aren’t wearing headphones when riding.

3)      Ride on the sidewalk whenever you are able to, and if you can’t make sure you are riding in the same direction as traffic and as far on the right as possible.

4)      Use hand signals and ride in a straight line. If your children don’t know hand signals make sure you teach them when and how to use them properly. 

5)      Ride along with your children as much as possible until you feel comfortable with their ability to stay safe on their own.  Whenever they are able (like if they ride to and from school) encourage them to ride with a buddy.

TV Tip-Over

Televisions can be a huge safety issue in your home if they aren’t secured properly. Families often overlook just how dangerous they can be until it is too late. Did you know that every hour a child is rushed to the hospital because of a TV tip-over? Even more saddening is that every 3 weeks a child unnecessarily dies from a TV tip-over. Together we can help make sure this doesn’t happen to your children by learning about the issue and figuring out how to help keep kids safe. 

The statistics show that 34% of child fatalities due to TV tip-overs involved children climbing on furniture or the televisions themselves and that 47% of child fatalities with a TV tip-over occur in a bedroom. Securing furniture to walls is always an important safety step when you have young children living in your home. Young children love to climb and we can’t keep our eyes on them 24/7. Making sure large pieces of furniture are secured to the wall is an essential step to helping keep kids safe when it comes to general home safety and not just in regards to the furniture holding your TV. Since 7 out of 10 children that are injured in that kind of accident are under the age of 5…talking to your children about being careful around the television is NOT enough. SECURING THEM IS KEY and if you have an older CRT TV we have tips for them as well below. We recommend the following tips for television safety:

-Secure your flat screen televisions properly with a wall mount that has a safety certification from an independent laboratory. If you have a new television that you want professionally hung, our certified technicians can help hang them safely on your walls using proper wall mounts.

- 37% of households still have the heavier box style televisions. When you are dealing with an older CRT TV, they should be placed on a low and stable piece of furniture that is appropriate for the size and weight of the television. (A 36” box style CRT TV falling three feet will create the same momentum as a 1 year old child falling from a 10 story building)

- Don’t forget to recycle your old TV’s. Consumer electronics are now the fastest-declining portion of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Together we can help by visiting www.greenergadgets.org to find a location near you that will safely and responsibly recycle your TV for you.

 

When Lightning Stikes...

Unexpected lightning storms can put a real dent in your plans. You might have plans to go to the beach or that event in the park. These things might be annoying but the fact of the matter is that lightning storms can cost you a lot of money if your home is not protected. There are about 1.45 million lightning strikes in Florida every year. Many of these strikes hit the electrical circuits in people’s homes. A home without the proper surge protection can lose a few of their electrical devices or everything depending on how direct the hit was. For some people this might cost them tens of thousands of dollars to replace.

Have no fear though, there are ways to protect your home in the event of a lightning strike. The first thing that I would recommend is making sure that your insurance company will pay out on a lighting strike. You might be saying, “well my deductible is pretty high and I don’t want them to raise my rate.” You are absolutely correct but it is still a good precaution because no method guarantees 100% that a lighting strike won’t affect the devices in your home.

  • Have professionally installed lightning rods that are properly grounded

  • Make sure your tall trees are a safe distance from your house

  • For your expensive appliances invest in a very good surge protector with a warranty

  • Unplug the easy to get to electronic devices

  • Do not talk on a corded phone in a lightning storm. 5% of people that were struck by lightning were talking on the phone.

  • Unplug your cable and internet from your cable modem. I have seen lightning strikes come through these lines and fry thousands of dollars in equipment.

In the event that your home is struck by lightning and it has damaged your security system, TVs, or any audio/equipment call us. We have worked with many insurance companies over the years and we will help you in the process of making a claim.

 

5 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know:

Helping keep your home and family safe is important to us and we know it’s important to you. Here are some things burglars don’t want you to know, but WE DO!

 

1)      They love driving around neighborhoods on trash day to see who has boxes outside for new high ticket items at the end of their driveway. That huge flat screen television you got your husband for his birthday might not be around next week. Make sure you break down boxes and conceal them inside your trash bin. While you are at it, make sure newspapers aren’t piling up when you are away and that you have someone pull out your trash bin for you when you are gone to make it look like you are still in town.

2)      Landscaping serves a purpose other than just helping to have the prettiest house on the block. Burglars love houses that have overgrown shrubs near windows that are easy to hide in. Trim those bushes down and keep your home and family safe! No one wants a burglar hiding anywhere near their home.

3)      It’s very common to see large mirrors in the entry way of homes. Burglars love them, but aren’t looking to check their own reflection. Instead they might just be looking at the reflection of your alarm system. Is your alarm system able to be seen from the outside because of windows and mirrors? Moving that mirror might be just what you need to do. Make sure your alarm isn’t able to be seen from the outside so burglars aren’t aware of when your system is disarmed. 

4)      Not everyone is afraid of heights… in fact even though people assume otherwise burglars will go through second story windows to gain access to a home. Don’t just contact lower level windows and doors. Be sure to use sensors, glass break detectors and motions on all levels of your home. It’s quiet common for children’s bedrooms to be on the second floor and that’s the last place you want anyone gaining access to.

5)       Burglars have real jobs too… and they might just be working in your home. They can be fixing your broken air conditioning while also checking out what’s inside your home and even unlocking windows to gain access later. Always use companies that do background checks and never let someone into your home that you haven’t made an appointment with ahead of time.

Burglary Prevention Tips

In the United States burglaries are happening every 15 seconds. Being proactive to help keep your home and loved ones safe is a must in today’s times. People sometimes think of burglars coming into homes late at night, wearing black to avoid being seen. However the majority of burglaries happen when the sun is shining bright…usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when people are likely to be away from their homes. Making your home appear occupied even when you are not there can decrease your chance of your home being targeted.

 

-          Use automatic timers for lights to go on and off when you are away from home.

-          If you will be away for an extended period of time have someone you know and trust pick up your mail and newspapers so they aren’t piling up.

-          Don’t forget to ask a neighbor to put out your trash can on trash days.

-          Turn your phone ringer done when you are away and if possible have calls to your home phone forwarded to your cell phone when you are gone. Burglars sometimes call a home first to see if someone is there.

-          Do not post about upcoming vacations on social media or post pictures of your vacation while you are away.

-          Always keep your car parked in the garage to avoid a potential burglar noticing the times you are home and the times you are away.

-          Consider a doorbell that has a built in camera and contacts you on your phone when someone is ringing the bell.

-          Did you know installing a monitored security system doesn’t just help catch criminals but also decreases your chances of being burglarized in the first place? Homes without alarm systems are targeted more often than homes with systems.

Playground Safety

Yes it’s true….bumps and bruises are a part of childhood. However no one wants to see their child end up with a serious injury. Playgrounds are supposed to be a place for our children to have fun and use up their extra energy, but they can also be a place where children get hurt. Did you know falls are the most common playground injury; and in almost half of the cases, lack of supervision is involved? Active supervision is key for helping keep kids safe! Here are some other helpful tips to avoid unnecessary injury.

 

-          Look for playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces

-          Talk to your children about how crowding and pushing can be dangerous on playground equipment

-          Dress appropriately for the playground. Items like necklaces and scarves and even drawstrings can get caught in equipment and put your child at risk of strangulation.

-          Actively supervise children instead of using that time to catch up on emails or talk on the phone. It helps keep kids safe and also give you a special and fun way to bond with your children.

-          SHARE with us any helpful tips you have for playground fun and safety.

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