Dorien

I am the social media manager for Strand Security Systems in Myrtle Beach SC and Maryland. At Strand Security we strive to educate home owners and business owners on how to best protect their loved ones as well as their business assets. Your security is our business!

Myrtle Beach Security and Alarm System Company Celebrates Five Years!

‘Celebrate Good Times, Come On…’  ♫♩

This past Thursday Strand Security of Murrells Inlet and Maryland celebrated its fifth anniversary by holding an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at their new showroom.

Myrtle Beach Security Systems

 

Strand Security is Myrtle Beach’s Premier Security System and Alarm System Company.

Fully Licensed & Insured Strand Security believes in making our world safer and more secure one customer at a time. We have an unrelenting focus on providing excellent customer service, innovative products, competitive rates and a proficient service team. We know that in today’s market, it’s vital to know our customers personally and offer accessibility by making their security needs our first priority. We exceed expectations with a professional, productive team that is always ready to go above and beyond. Your Security, is Our Business when you choose Strand Security to protect your home or business.

Strand Security, Proudly Serving Maryland and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the surrounding areas!

We are proud to show off some of the pictures of our Open House.

 

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The balloon and flowers made it festive!

 

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We had wonderful visitors to our Open House. There we many Chamber of Commerce members!

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Corina, our sales representative helped us host this event!

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The moment before the ribbon was cut!

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And then there was cake, lots of cake!

 

 

 

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Your hosts, Chuck and Heather Bryant!

Contact Strand Security today

 

 

Keeping Your Family Safe from Fires – Fire Safety 101

Is Your Family Prepared for a Fire?

Fire Safety 101 - Keeping your family safe from fire

We all like to believe we know exactly what we would do if a fire were to occur in our home.

However, when panic sets in will you be as prepared as you once thought you were? Fires double in size every 60 seconds, so it is imperative to try to stay calm. Panic can lead to clouded judgement, which in turn can lead to chaos. The best way to keep from panicking is to be prepared.

This can be done by doing the following three things:

  1. research
  2. rehearsal
  3. practice

If you want to know more statistics on home fires, check out this source, 4052 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2014 and September 15, 2015.

Your Security, and Safety. Our Business

We at Strand Security want to make sure the people of Myrtle Beach are safe and sound. The following will outline several tips on how to protect your family in case of a house fire.

Keeping your family safe from fires - Fire Safety tips!

Smoke Alarms

Did you know:

About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms

or no working smoke alarms.

Here are a few tips about smoke alarms:

● Keep your smoke alarm up to date. It is a good plan to replace all smoke alarm batteries once a year. To make it easy to remember, perhaps do them all at the same time. Also, did you know that smoke alarms have a shelf life and may not work as well over time, they lose sensitivity. It is a good idea to change your smoke alarms every 8 to 10 years but be sure to check them monthly.

● Smoke alarms need to be placed in every room on every level of the house.

● Having a smoke alarm system that is hard wired and monitored is your best protection in case of fire!

 

Fire Drills

Sounds advice:

● Practice fire drills often. The more practice, the less panic.

● Do not only conduct fire drills during the day, but every once in a while conduct them at night while everyone is sleeping.

● Draw a floor plan.

● Practice your exit strategy from each room of the house. Escape ladders are important for second story homes.

● Sound your smoke alarm to begin the drill.

● Exit the house as fast as possible.

● Go to your meeting spot outside.

 

Additional Fire Safety Tips

Other important things to remember:

● Plan two ways of escape from every room, the door or perhaps the window if necessary.

● Make sure all windows and doors are clear from obstructions and open properly.

● Stay low to the ground to avoid smoke. The smoke will be black and it will be hard for you to see.

● Always check closed doors for heat by touching the door handle before opening, if hot then place a towel under the door and use a window.

● Do not call 911 from inside the house, call outside or at a neighbor’s house. You may only have up to two minutes to get out of your house.

● Pick an outdoor meeting spot, make sure you let the fire department know everyone is out and safe.

● Once you are out, stay out. You may be lucky you got out the first time but not so lucky the second.

 

Common Causes of House Fires

Knowledge and prevention!
Use caution when…

● Smoking: you can greatly reduce the risk of fire by smoking outside.

● Lighting Candles:  never leave an open flame unattended, you may opt for battery operated candles instead.

● Cooking:  do not leave the kitchen unattended while preparing a meal.

● Heating:  space heaters need to be secured in an upright position. Make sure they can not be knocked over by pets or children.

● Electrical Malfunction:  older, overused or faulty appliances may lead to a fire.

 


Related articleCarbon Monoxide Poisoning

Practice, prevention and knowledge can go along way when it comes to your safety. With the above tools you are on your way to protecting yourself and your family from a house fire.

Contact Strand Security today

Strand Security’s 5th Anniversary and Open House Celebration

Happy Birthday to Us!

We are having an anniversary celebration and you get to eat cake! How cool is that?

Five years ago we set out on an adventure and here we are; Strand Security in South Carolina (Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand area) and Maryland!

Where did the time go?

We set out the be the best security company around with the best customer service and the best pricing and we feel we’ve accomplished that in the five years we’ve ben in business, both in Maryland and in Myrtle Beach. However, the best is yet to come as we are constantly adding new services for our customers, we just launched our monthly newsletter and we recently joined the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce!

You Are Invited to Our Ribbon Cutting & Open House

We are celebrating 5 years in business! Strand security invites you to come celebrate on September 24.

 

Here is a very special invite to our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Open House on September 24! 

In collaboration with the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony will take place at 11 AM on Thursday September 24, followed by light appetizers, soft drinks and cake, of course. We would love for you to come and be there with us as we celebrate this milestone.

We’d love to see you on September 24!

Strand Security | Main Office Address:
11810 Highway 17 Bypass, Unit #10
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
We hope to see you then, or any other time you’d like to stop by!
In the meantime, let us know how we can serve you.

Here is a (partial) list of the things we offer:

Strand Security Services List

• Residential Security Alarm Systems
• Commercial Security Alarm Systems
• 24 Hour Burglar & Fire Alarm Monitoring
• IP Digital Surveillance Cameras
• Honeywell Total Connect™ Remote Services
• Audio/Video Solutions
• Home Automation
• Home Theater
• BEAM central vacuum
If there is anything on this list we can help you with, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Contact Strand Security today

Strand Security Adopts St. Christopher’s Children’s of Pawleys Island as Their Charity of Choice!

St' Christopher's Resale Shop; How Will You Help The Shadow Children of Georgetown County?

‘The Heart That Gives, Gathers’

We are very proud and excited to share with you that we at Strand Security have ‘adopted’ St. Christopher’s Children’s as our charity to support!

Please watch this video about St. Christopher’s Children’s first! It will touch your heart as it did ours!

How Can We Not Get Involved?

No child should have to live without shoes, socks, a toothbrush or basic dental and healthcare! St. Christopher’s Children’s gives hope and much needed support to these shadow children of Georgetown County and we will be helping them in that mission!

Heather of Strand Security recently went and visited their resale store in Pawleys Island to get the scoop on how the St. Christopher’s Resale Shop contribute to this mission of helping the children of Georgetown County. She also wanted to know how we (and you) can help!

Get to know St. Christopher's Children's of Pawleys Island; helping kids in Georgetown County

Watch this short video of her visit, where she meets with Kathy of St. Christopher’s Children’s.

The St. Christopher’s Children’s Resale Shop

While visiting the Resale Shop Kathy told Heather:

 

We are dedicated to helping children in 14 Georgetown county schools.

All money is used to buy clothes for the children.

It’s done anonymously with the help of the school nurse who will fax their needs to us.

Volunteers then go to Walmart and buy the kids new clothing!

We also have an orthodontist who provides services to children in extreme cases (20 students were helped last year)

We also help kids get eye glasses!

The store is staffed by volunteers and we have wonderful treasures.

How Can You Help St. Christopher’s Children’s of Pawleys Island?

There are many ways you can help; some are small, some are big, but please know that whatever it is you give; donations of time, money or items, a child will be helped because of it!

Here are a few ways you can get involved!

  • Shop at the resale shop in Pawleys Island
  • Donate items to the resale shop
  • Give a monetary donation at any time
  • Volunteer your time in the shop
  • Volunteer your time to shop for the kids
  • and much, much more!

The Easiest Way To Donate!

Many of us shop online for our family. Here is the easiest way to donate to St. Christopher’s! Sing up TODAY.

St. Christopher’s Children is now registered with Amazon Smile. This means that whenever you purchase anything through Amazon by clicking on this link, 1/2 percent of your purchase will be donated directly to St. Christopher’s Children. It’s a great opportunity to help St. Christopher’s Children just by shopping on Amazon.com!

Or you may click on this link to get you to their website to make a monetary donation using PayPal! Every $ counts!

 

We will keep you updated on our involvement with St. Christopher’s Children’s!

The Strand Security Team

 

5 Reasons Why Security Cameras Rock!

5 reasons why security cameras rock!

Do I Need Security Cameras?

We hear this question all the time. “Do I really need security cameras?” and “Is having my security alarm system not enough on its own?” The answer might surprise you. Having a security system is a huge deterrent to would-be thieves so yes, in theory, it’s all you’ll need. However, and of course there’s a however, security cameras add additional value to your system and once you understand what that value is, we guarantee you’ll want them!

 

Security System Value

A security system linked to a monitoring station gives you the following value

 

» Signs of installed system deters would-be thieves

» Sound of active system deters would-be thieves

» Almost instant notification of authorities when needed

» Peace of mind knowing help is on the way

» Your home and/or business is protected and monitored even when you aren’t there

 

I should go without saying that your security is only as safe and your system only as good as the company you are working with. If you are new to security systems, read this article on how to find a good security company to work with and the signs to look for when you interact with different companies to see if it’s a good fit.

Security Camera Added Value

By installing security cameras along with your system, they can add this value to your existing system. Here are 5 reasons why security cameras rock and once you have them, we know you’ll never want to live without ever again!

They

» Help determine false alarms

» Record video stream of what’s happening outside of your home to catch would-be thieves

» Aid Law Enforcement with identifying and arresting a suspect if a break-in did happen

» Live stream video of your pet (or petsitter) while you aren’t home

» Live stream video of your kids and babysitter to ensure their safety and monitor behavior

5 reasons why security cameras rock! Get yours installed by the Strand Security team.

Security Cameras for Business

It goes without saying that adding security cameras to your business provides another whole level of security!

Security cameras at your place of business can help you monitor

‌• cash registers

‌• employee behavior

‌• customer behavior

‌• merchandise

‌• stockroom

‌• staff lunch room

‌• parking lots

 

and much much more, leaving you with either live streaming and recordings, or recordings of each feed.

In the end, security cameras will most likely pay for themselves and save you money by identifying thieves, problem areas and prevent loss.

 

Talk to us at Strand Security if you are in need of security cameras in the Myrtle beach or Maryland areas!

Contact Strand Security today

 

 

How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home or Business

How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your Home or Business

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

We at Strand Security always keep your security and safety in mind as we offer new services to our residential and commercial clients. We currently offer services like

• Residential Security Alarm Systems
• Commercial Security Alarm Systems
• 24Hour Burglar & Fire Alarm Monitoring
• IP Digital Surveillance Cameras
• Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services
• Audio/Video Solutions
• Home Automation
• Home Theater
We also get questions about ‘carbon monoxide’ and how to protect again carbon monoxide poisoning which accounts for about an average of 430 deaths per year in the USA.
Would you like to keep those you love safe from carbon monoxide poisoning?
We have the answers on how to do just that, of course!

Carbon Monoxide; What Is It Exactly?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels.
One of our local TV stations in Myrtle Beach did a story on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning recently, and they have some good information as they talk about ways to avoid CO contact:

  1. Install a CO alarm.*
  2. Never use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home.
  3. Never burn charcoal inside a home, garage, vehicle, or tent.
  4. Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
  5. Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens, or clothes dryers to heat your home.
  6. Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in any room where people are sleeping.
  7. During home renovations, be sure that appliance vents and chimneys are not blocked. Make sure appliances are in proper working order when renovations are complete.

 

*Note that the FIRST thing on this list is installing a CO alarm and that’s where we come in!

HOw To Prevent Carbon Monoxide  Poisoning in your Home or Business

Carbon Monoxide Monitoring

Just like your home and business are monitored and protected with Honeywell Total Connect™, by hooking up the Carbon Monoxide sensors right to your security alarm, the carbon monoxide levels in your home or business will be monitored as well!

Many people install carbon monoxide monitors that you plug-in to the wall and while these are great (it’s better to have those than no sensors at all!), they do not work all of the time and they do not have the ability to call for outside help when needed if you are incapacitated.

Because as we read on the Honeywell Total Connect™ website:

System Sensor carbon monoxide (CO) detectors provide the highest level of CO protection available. Our system-connected devices enable 24/7 central station monitoring that ensures occupants or building management will be alerted if the detector goes into alarm, is disabled, or has reached its six-year end-of-life and needs to be replaced. Furthermore, this system monitoring provides an extra level of protection in cases when occupants are unable to respond to the alarm.

 

Prevent a Tragedy and Get Carbon Monoxide System Sensors Installed

It’s fairly easy and so worth it to add these sensors to an existing system to keep your family and staff safe. Come talk to us if you think we can help you with carbon monoxide prevention through monitoring.

Contact Strand Security today

Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today!

Does Your Family Have a Family Emergency Plan Yet?

Safety First! Create a Family Emergency Plan Today!

An emergency is just that; ‘an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action.’

Planning for emergencies is not an easy thing to do, since, well… they happen when you least expect it! However, having a PLAN does help you ‘take control’ of the unexpected, as far as that’s possible.

Plan for an Emergency by Doing Drills!

With kids going back to school this month, we thought it would be a good idea to review some family emergency plans. Just like your kids will be exposed to fire drills, earthquake drills, tornado drills, bomb drills or, at least here in South Carolina we do them; hurricane drills, at their schools. You should be planning for a home emergency as well by doing these types of drills with a written out plan, at  your home!


On the website ‘disastercenter.com’ we learn that

  • Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
  • Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Learn more about Family Disaster Plans by contacting your local emergency management office or your local American Red Cross chapter.

We then went to the Red Cross site and according to the Red Cross, creating a family emergency plan is “important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.

The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:

  • Meet with your family or household members.
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
  • If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.

To read the full Red Cross article, click here.

 

FEMA also has some valuable information. They have created two downloadable family communication plans as PDFs, one for parents and one for kids.
Family Communication Plan for Kids
Family Communication Plan for Parents

These would be a great starting point for any family who doesn’t have a family emergency plan yet!


Do These Four Things To Keep Your Family Save in Time of Disaster and Emergency

To round out this article, here are four things to keep in mind and take care of today!

  1. Find out what can happen to you and your family.
  2. Create a family disaster plan.
  3. Complete your checklists.
  4. Practice and maintain your plan.

4 steps to creating and executing a family emergency plan

If you do all of these, you can rest just a bit easier when disaster strikes!

EDIT: March 2017

We received a beautiful email from a Girl Scout Troop. The girls in the troop are currently working on their first aid badges and we they have been talking about emergency preparedness.  Our article provided a ton of info for the girls. In their research, they found another helpful resource. Today, we are happy to share it with you, too.

Check out this article by BePrepared.com

CREATE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY

Get ready! You can never be too prepared!

 

Contact Strand Security today

 

How To Test Your Security Alarm System

How To Test Your Security Alarm System

Testing your Security Alarm System; Why, How and When

Did you know that your security alarm system should be tested weekly? The reason why should be fairly obvious but let us explain; we want you to be safe and secure and you will only be as safe and secure as your system is. Therefore, testing your system often is a smart move. To make it easier we found our service manager and systems specialist in Myrtle Beach, Chad Bernard, willing to help create this video.

In this ‘How To’ video, Chad gives us step by step instruction on how to test your security alarm system at home or at your place of business. Please watch the full video to ensure success!


How To Test Your Security Alarm System

Hi, I am Chad from Strand Security (in Myrtle Beach, SC) today we’re going to teach you how to test your system.

It’s important to test your system so that you know that every component is working correctly and you can notify your security company to make any repairs.

First thing that you need to do it is call your central station at 1-800-633-2677 (COPS Monitoring). Give them your name and address and tell them you want to put your account on ‘test’ for two hours. They will ask you for your account password to validate that you are supposed to be on the account.

After doing that, you will go to your keypad and you need to arm your system. (Put in your own user code)

‘Arm’ and ‘Away’

After your system is arming, you’re going to wait for it to count down.

Then you will open all of the doors and windows and close them to make sure they trip the system and you will walk in front of all the motion detectors to make sure that they trip.

When you get done, turn the system off by entering your (user) code and pressing ‘off’.

Then you will need to call central stations, COPS Monitoring, at the 800 number and give them your account information again and they will be able to read off all of the zones and all of the devices that you tripped.

If there’s one missing, you can call Strand Security and we can get that repaired for you!


 

Thank you to Chad Bernard, service manager and systems specialist at Strand Security for making this informative video on testing your alarm system! 

Contact Strand Security today

 

 

How Safe and Secure Are Your Home and Business?

How Safe and Secure are your Home and Business?

Safety First

Where have you heard this phrase ‘Safety First’? We think it’s everywhere. At schools, day camps, day care, at work…

How about your home? Is your home ‘safe’? 

Did you know that many accidents happen at home? Did you think that home is safest place for babies, toddlers, kids and adults alike?

Think again!

“Did you know that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home? This makes it the second most common location for such fatalities. Why are home injuries so prevalent? Most Americans are unaware that they are able to prevent such accidents.”  via A Secure Life

 

Prevention starts with identifying the dangers, then improving those hazards, as well as monitoring what’s going on while you aren’t there (keeping an eye on teens, babysitters, older adults and pets!)

Accidents in the Workplace

The same way you might have thought that home is a safe place, many people assume that they are safe at work. Work-related injuries are prevalent however. Here is a list of the top 10 most common workplace injuries!  Preventing work injuries will always be a two way street for both employers and employees.

How Safe and Secure Are Your Home and Business?

There are many ways you can prevent injuries at home and at your place of business.

We found this helpful article about How a Remote Security Camera System Can Help Your Business. They include the following three reasons security cameras can help keep your business secure.

Security Cameras will

✔ Prevent theft and break-ins
✔ Improve employee performance
✔ Ensure employee safety
In one of our own articles we read that security cameras can

 

✔ Monitor Staff

✔ Monitor Customers

✔ Monitor Property

thus adding to that layer of protection for your staff!

Home Sweet Home

Whether you protect yourself, your staff and your loved ones with a security system and security cameras, or not, all comes down to your level of comfort as well as your pocketbook!

We’re always happy to speak with you regarding your options.

Be safe, not sorry!

For a handy security checklist for first-time homeowners, click here

Contact Strand Security today

New Driver? Enter Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™

New driver in the family? Enter Honeywel Total Connect for added peace of mind!

A New Teen Driver in the Family Adds New Worries!

Let’s talk parent to parent for a minute.

Parenting isn’t easy, is it? 

When your babies are babies, you worry about their development, health and food.
When they grow more and become school-aged kids, you worry about academics, friends and outside influences.
When they become teens, you worry about dating, high school, sex and …driving!

Getting your Driver’s License is a Rite of Passage

Beyond being a rite of passage, it’s a must-have for every teen; that coveted driver’s license and that car…!

The statistics on teens and driving are a bit scary, though so we went looking for the facts on teens and driving.

We found this helpful website with lots of statistics and helpful ways to educate yourself and your teen on the dangers and distractions while driving.

Scary Facts and Statistics about Teens and Driving.

✓ Teens behind the wheel and their peer passengers account for one in every five deaths to 15 to 19-year-olds in the U.S.

✓ Motor vehicle crashes kill nearly five times as many teens as cancer or poisoning.

✓ Most teen crashes are not caused by aggressive driving or thrill-seeking. Instead, they are more often caused by errors associated with inexperience, such as poor speed management, inadequate scanning, and distractions from something inside or outside of the vehicle.


 

So how can you protect your teen and how can you help prevent accidents from happening in the first place?

Teach & Talk!

Driver’s Education (required)

Boundaries & Rules (set by you!)

Track Their Moves …  Introducing Honeywell Total Connect™ Vehicle Tracker.

Honeywell Total Connect™ Vehicle Tracker

“Honeywell Total Connect Tracking Services puts you in the driver’s seat – letting you know where your vehicles and assets are and where they’ve been 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, from any web-enabled smart device! You’ll have real-time GPS location information at your fingertips – a great way to keep tabs on teenage drivers and elderly loved ones, recover missing vehicles and monitor or recover lost or stolen valuables. You can even get email or text alerts when vehicles exceed speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries.”

Want To Keep Your Myrtle Beach Teenage Driver Safe?

Come talk to us, parent to parent, about Vehicle Tracker from Honeywell Total Connect™!

Contact Strand Security today