How To Give Your Home a Voice

How to give your home a voice - smart home technology Myrtle Beach

If Only The Walls Could Talk…

Is that what we are referencing when we say “Give your home a voice?”
Not at all!

We don’t want anyone to know your secrets. Security means home security, cyber security as well as home safety. We don’t want anyone to get to you, your assets or your family.

Whether you live in a large metropolitan area or on the Grand Strand in the Myrtle Beach area like we do, we’ve got something else in mind when we talk about ‘giving your home a voice’!

If only the walls could talk - voice activated smart home technology Myrtle Beach

Introducing Hands Free Voice Control!

How convenient would it be to be able to ‘talk’ to your home and for things to ‘magically’ happen?

“Turn on the lights”

“Close the blinds”

“Turn on the TV”

“Lock the garage door”

“Arm the security system”

Better yet, you can create sequences that will do it all – with one simple command.

For example;

‘Wake up’  ➡️ your system might raise the shades, adjust your thermostat and turn off lights! or

‘Bed time’ ➡️ your system might lock your doors, arm your system, adjust your thermostat and turn on outside lights.

How can you get in on this awesomeness?!

Tuxedo Touch™ by Honeywell

The tuxedo touch is

is intuitive, easy to learn and easy to use whether you’re controlling your security and home control functions, viewing and recording video, or using voice commands.

 

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Isn’t this great?

Strand Security and Honeywell

We at Strand Security use, sell and install Honeywell products on a daily basis. We have been doing so for nearly seven years in the local Myrtle Beach market. We have the experience and the expertise to get the job done.

We also have a lovely showroom in Murrells Inlet where we can show you how the Tuxedo Touch™ as well as any other Honeywell product works. Stop by and come see us – we are always up for a demo.


Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

How To Convert an Old Home Into a Smart Home

How to convert an old home into a smart home

Do You Live In An Older Home?

If you do live in an older home right here on the Grand Strand, you might be missing out on new technology to make your life easier. If you are lucky enough to live in a new home, built in the last 5 years of so, you might already have a smart home.

So what if you do live in that older home; are you out of luck? No! We are talking about converting your old(er) home in to a smart home!

It’s easy. Really, it is. Keep reading.

Truth: Smart homes aren’t just a new fads, they are here to stay – so we say; why not convert your home today?

But, what exactly does that mean; convert your home?

  • Will it cost a lot of money?
  • Will you know how to use this smart home technology?
  • Will your children or aging parents mess up the technology?
  • How long does it take to install?
  • What if you have trouble with the new system once it’s installed?

First, let’s see how smart a smart home really is.

Can Your Old Home Do This?

Here are some of the functions a smart home can take over for you.

  • Arm your alarm system from afar
  • Monitor your alarm system from afar
  • Monitor your security cameras from afar
  • Open and lock doors remotely
  • Open and close blinds
  • Turn lights on and off
  • Adjust your thermostat
  • Shut off gas
  • Shut off water
  • Control your media
  • Connect with Alexa
  • Wake up your home upon your arrival

Sounds too good to be true? It’s not!

Zwave and strand security will make your old home into a smart home

How Can I Convert My Older Home Into A Smart Home?

We at Strand Security would love to give you a demo on how these features work – stop in to demo Z-WAVE devices at Strand Security’s showroom in Murrells Inlet.

• Thermostat

• Lighting

• Locks and more!

See it. Love it. Use it. Get it!

Do you need a smart home? Absolutely not, but as someone who has had one for years, I don’t know what I would do without it. It makes my home safer, my life easier, and frankly, it’s really cool!

 

Are You Ready For Your Home to Be Smart? Come See Us!

Demos!
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How To Keep A Burglar Out Of Your Home

 

Prevent Myrtle Beach Burglaries

How Confident Are You About Your Family’s Safety and Security?

We at Strand Security want only two things.

Your Security and your safety. After all, that’s our business!

With having said that, our number one job is to KEEP burglars out of your home in order to keep you and yours safe. There are many ways to do that and we’ve made a handy infographic about it for you share! (see below)

Number ONE on our list is installing a security system with monthly monitoring; we are great advocates because when YOU CAN’T call for help, we can, and help will be on the way regardless of whether you are incapacitated, or not! If you don’t do it for yourself, think about your family members – you do not wish for anyone to go through a home invasion, right?

Here Are All The Ways You Can Keep a Burglar Out of Your Home!

INFOGRAPHIC

How To Keep A Burglar Out Of Your Home! Myrtle Beach Infographic

 

How To Prevent a Home Invasion!

Prevention, prevention, prevention.

1) Display a Security Company Sign

It should go without saying that you do not just display the sign, but you actually have a security system and activate it every night and during the day when you are home or gone.

2) Use Deadbolt Locks and Long Screws

The long screws will prevent someone from kicking in the door and breaking the deadbolt lock! Check your screws – it’s a simple and cheap fix for a real security breach.

3) Purchase and Install Solid Wood Core Doors

Again, solid wood core doors are almost impossible to kick in. When it’s time to replace doors, choose wisely.

4) Keep Windows Closed and Locked at Night

Make sure to instruct your (young) children and teens to do so as well – it’s easy to overlook the kids rooms.

5) Install Motion Activated Floodlights

These lights will pop on anytime something, or someone, is trying to approach your home. It’s an easy deterrent and also might alert you to impending trouble.

6) Keep Your Garage Door Closed and Locked

Make it a habit to lock up at night and check your garage doors!

7) Keep Shrubs Trimmed and Short Near Windows

You certainly don’t want anyone lurking in your bushes, right? Keeping them short and trimmed prevents someone from using your shrubs as a hiding spot prior to a break-in.

8) Leave Your Spare Key With A Neighbor, Not Outside Your Home

Many burglars enter homes without ever having to kick in a door or break a window because they’ve found an even easier way to enter – with the spare key left under a rock! Don’t do that – leave your spare key with a neighbor instead!

 

Please let us know how we can help you keep your family safe and secure!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips

Fire safety and prevention tips for the home. Myrtle Beach

It’s Best To Prevent Fires!

Doesn’t that make total sense…?!

Prevention of fires is much better than trying to fight them!

From the Red Cross we learn

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

No matter where you live; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the USA or elsewhere in the world; we all want to be safe from fires!

What Fire Hazards Are There in Your Home?

The list is long!

  • Items can catch on fire when they are place too close to anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Smoking.
  • Children can start fires accidentally; they need to be watched when you have matches and lighters in the home.
  • Portable heaters can catch on fire! Turn them off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Your kitchen can catch on fire; never leave the kitchen when cooking.
  • Your stove can catch on fire; never leave a (frying) pan unattended.
  • Your towels can catch on fire; keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Your pets can cause fires when knocking over kitchen items; keep pets away from the stove when cooking.
  • Improper use of equipment can cause fires; never use camping stoves, gas grills, generators etc indoors.

How Else Can You Prepare for a Fire?

We suggest you and your family create a written fire escape plan and/or a family emergency plan. This plan should include escape routes in case of fire, dates of smoke alarm batteries installed, location of a fire extinguisher, where to meet up after escaping a fire and more.

This family emergency and fire plan should be reviewed twice a year!

Practice the Fire Escape Plan By Practicing Exiting Your Home!

Don’t just keep your plan a written plan. Take it one step further and go and practice exiting the home along the escape routes If you need special escape ladders, take these out twice a year and make sure they are still in good working order. This is also a very good time to practice ‘stop, drop and roll’ with your kids and crawling to an exit.

Don’t forget to check the batteries in your fire alarms as well as your carbon monoxide alarms at least once per year!

Fire! Get Out First, Stay Out, Then Call 911.

If you ever get caught in a fire, you will know what to do – and your chances of survival go up if you know what to do and how to do it – fast!

Hopefully your fire alarms are working and are doing their job of alerting everyone in the house to the fact that there’s a fire! Do not do anything but follow the escape plan!

First and foremost; get out and stay out!

Then call 911.

Home Fire Safety and Prevention Infographic

We know how important this information is and yet we also understand people do not have the patience to read long articles.

That’s why with this important public safety announcement, we’ve created an infographic to make sharing this article and this information to social media so very easy!

Here it is; feel free to share it everywhere.

Fire Safety & Fire Prevention for the home. Myrtle Beach Fire Safety

 

 

Locking Up At Night; What You Need To Know Right Now

Home Safety Tips for Families! Locking up at night.

Home Safety Tips For Families

If you are a parent, there comes a time in your life when your teenager(s) comes and goes without you – this often happens once they get their driver’s license and start driving themselves!

(If you have younger children – rejoice you’re not there, yet.)

Once teenagers get a taste of this independence, they come and go at odd times, often working after school, playing sports or meeting with friends for fun or schoolwork.

When the kids are younger, parents are in charge of locking up at night.

 

Locking up the home.

Setting the alarm.

Locking up the cars.

Locking the garage door.

 

However, when you add teenager(s) to the mix, and their ability to forget everything your tell them in about 5 seconds…

Now is a great time to set up a few safety rules for your family’s overall safety and security; call a family meeting!

Evening routine of locking up your home at night. Safety and security tip! Myrtle Beach

Who Is Responsible For Locking Up At Night?

Who will lock up at night?

Before you can make that determination, you need a family meeting and a family calendar.

Once you know everyone’s schedule you will know who will come home last and should at least close and lock up the garage.

Don’t forget to include a discussion about locking up the house and setting the security alarm each time they come and go, during the day or night. Teenagers can and should shoulder that responsibility along with you. If they arrive home to an unarmed home, their security and safety is at risk. Always teach your children how to arm the home before leaving and how to disarm it once coming home. They should also know how to speak to the operator of the monitoring company in case they set off a false alarm.

Two more things to discuss with teens about home security.

  1. Don’t leave your home key laying around anywhere. If you lose your key, it will cost a lot of money to change the locks.
  2. Don’t give your alarm code to any friends. Never, under any circumstance.

How Should You Lock Up At Night?

For your family’s safety and security, you need to do a perimeter check every evening.

This includes checking all entry and exit points, making sure windows and doors are not just closed, but locked as well. Don’t forget your glass sliding doors, your porch doors and your garage doors.

We also recommend checking your children’s windows to make sure they are still locked as sometimes kids play with those locks and unless you check, you’d never know whether they have stayed locked, or have been unintentionally unlocked.

Once the indoor perimeter check is done, arm your home.

Even if not all your family members are home yet, it’s a great habit to get into; to arm the system even when you are home, and especially at night.

It Is Better To be Safe (at Home), Than Sorry (A Criminal Made It Into Your House).

If you’ve purchased an alarm system, have paid for installation and are paying a monthly monitoring fee, why NOT use the system to keep your loved ones safe and sound at home, right?

It’s just plain smart!

You’d be surprised how many homeowners fail to set their alarm systems on a daily basis.

Don’t be caught unaware!

Be safe and secure at home, always!

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

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