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Are Home Security Systems Worth Investing In?

☆ Are you on the fence about purchasing a home security system?

☆ Are you not 100% convinced your home needs a security system?

☆ Are you afraid of the cost associated with a home security system?

If you are, you are not alone.

Cost is one of the deciding factors for many homeowners as to whether they go with or without a home security system.

Don’t wait for until you need us because then you are too late! Quite a few new customers come to us with recent trauma of being victimized in their own home.

Today we will answer the question whether a home security system is worth investing in!

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Investing in a Home Security System. What is it Worth to You?

Peace of mind goes a long way, and until you’ve lost peace of mind, until you’ve lost that feeling of being safe and secure in your own home, you don’t know and can’t understand what it’s like to be a victim of a home invasion or burglary.

Victim report feeling scared, upset, victimized and are afraid to be in the one place that should make them feel safe.

Why would you want to wait to find out what that feels like?

We bet you have

  • health insurance
  • homeowners insurance
  • life insurance

all because you are thinking ahead!

Having a home security system is like having insurance for your personal and mental well-being!

What Does It Cost to Get a Home Security System?

No matter where you live, right here in South Carolina like we do, or elsewhere, home security systems are affordable for almost all homeowners.

Systems come in all shapes and sizes and monitoring can start for a little as $30-$50/month.

The total cost of the system installation depends on several factors like

  • current equipment
  • size of the home
  • brand
  • integration with other home systems

The simplest of simple home security system is better than not having one at all, since having an activated system will deter potential criminals from coming into your home!

If a Home Security System Is An Investment, What Do You Get Out of It?

There are several GREAT things you get out of investing in a home security system.

  1. The first thing you get is peace of mind for all parties. Parents, babysitters, teenagers etc.
  2. Next, you should talk to your insurance company and submit a request for a reduced home insurance rate
  3. When you do have a system in place and an incident occurs – fire, medical emergency or breakin, help is on the way quickly, without delay!
  4. Last but not least, when circumstances do changes i.e. you have a new baby, hire a sitter, are ready to leave your child home alone after school, or have an elderly parent move in, you are ready to adjust your system to your new circumstance.

Integrating Your Home Security System with Your Other Systems

Did you know what your home systems can all work together? We at Strand Security would love to help you make the most of your current system. Maybe you need new cameras? We can help!

Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated security business. We live where we work, just like you.

And the answer to whether a home security system is worth investing in… is yes! If you need one more reason, consider this: if you are interested in selling your house at some point, having a fully wired and ready-to-go security system installed is a selling point!

Give us a call soon.

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The Best and Most Effective Personal Self-Defense Weapons to Carry on You

January is National Personal Self-Defense Month.

Each year we highlight this important awareness month because we believe that awareness leads to power which leads to prevention.

Preventing a crime is always better than reacting to one. Strand Security has been dedicated to not just security, but personal safety for many years. We even have our own Myrtle Beach Self Defense division. Learn more about how this came to be here.

This article will lists several options of self-defense weapons you can carry on you, as you go about your day.

Protect yourself: learn self-defense techniques and carry a weapon of some sort to ward of an attack.

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The Personal Taser

A taser works like this:

Electric TASER devices work by delivering a high-voltage, low-current electrical discharge into the body of an assailant, overwhelming the muscle-triggering mechanisms of their body. The shock is painful and can paralyze the assailant, but the electric TASER device as a non-lethal weapon is generally considered safe.

The keyword here is that a taser can paralyze the attacker, opening up an opportunity for the victim to get away! Taser can only be used by making contact with an assailant. S/he has to get within reach for your to deploy this self defense weapon.

Pepper Spray

Much like the taser, pepper spray can be used to fend of an assailant or attacker. The advantage over a taser is that pepper spray can be used from a distance – you do NOT have to wait to use this weapon until physical contact is made.

A small can of pepper spray can be tucked into a pocket, sock, or even a bra. It’s easier to carry than a taser, and is recommended for those who workout outside – i.e. runners, bicyclists, hikers etc.

Pocket Weapons

Pocket weapons can be anything from a swiss army knife, keys, small tools, sharp objects – i.e. anything that is strong, sharp, pointy and light weight.

While pepper spray can be used from a distance, pocket weapons, like a taser, are only to be used as a last resort when in close contact with the assailant. Pocket weapons can be hidden in … pockets, but also in backpacks, fanny packs and a purse.

Heavy Flashlight

A heavy flashlight can serve double duty. Light the way and serve as a weapons when needed. A heavy flashlight, used strategically, can knock down a grown men or woman and incapacitate them. This gives the victim opportunity to escape.

Whistle / Air Horn

A whistle or air horn deployed at close range can damage the eardrum, and at the same time, strongly deter an assailant from carrying out the intended attack. Loud sounds alert bystanders to the fact that an assault is in progress, thus rallying support for the victim. Most assailants will turn and run when confronted with a loud noise.

Smartwatch

Last but not least, your smartwatch can be used to help victims in several ways.

1. Emergency SOS. Simply press and hold the side button below the digital crown dial on the upper right side of the Apple watch. The watch will automatically call 911 and send a text message to up to five emergency contacts you previously selected and stored within the watch. The Apple Watch reveals the wearer’s exact location and serves as a speakerphone, allowing the user to communicate with a 911 operator or emergency contacts.

Several Galaxy smartwatches also have an SOS feature, accessed by pressing the home key on the lower right side, that will alert contacts you’ve previously entered on the smartphone paired with the watch.

2 GPS location tracking. An Apple iPhone can be used to track an Apple Watch wearer’s exact location in real time. This is a useful feature and helpful during an assault or kidnapping especially when a victim is incapacitated in some way, and can’t call 911 or speak to an operator.

Prevent Being Victimized. Learn Self Defense.

While not all assaults, attacks and crimes can be prevented, learning self defense and awareness about personal safety does help in reducing your risk for being a victim.

Heather of Strand Security has been teaching personal self defense classes to the Grand Strand Community for over 5 years. That includes Girl Scouts, business organizations, sororities, council of the aging and more!

Contact Heather today to schedule your class.

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3 Reasons to be Thankful During This Thanksgiving Month

‘Tis the Season to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is almost here, and while we are continue to be thankful for our health, our family, our growing business, our experienced staff, our amazing customers and the best brands we work with, we don’t express it on our blog too often!

Last November, we published ‘The latest security technology to be thankful for‘.

In another post, we talked about ‘being lucky and thanking the lucky stars’ vs ‘making smart technology and security decisions‘.

In the way-back wayback machine, we also found an earlier article featuring ‘3 reasons to be thankful for your security system‘.

Today, we are doing something different!

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The Pandemic Changed Everything

Almost everything we took for granted has changed during the last 21+ months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Things we didn’t even think about were suddenly… gone, or impossible to do.

Places we used to visit were off limits, vacations were cancelled, friends and family members got sick, some to never recover. Our kids adapted to online learning, to socialize over Zoom, deal with isolation, loss, restrictions and fear. Homes became a safe haven to many.

As we emerge out of this pandemic, we find that we are more resilient than we thought possible, changed more than we thought we wanted to and stronger that we could have ever imagined.

Let’s Be Thankful This Thanksgiving 2021

This Thanksgiving, we challenge you to recognize how fortunate we are here in the USA. While we have access to healthcare and medicine, people in third world countries are not as fortunate.

We are grateful for so many things, and we certainly want you to create your own thankfulness list to share with your families. Here is ours!

We are Thankful for Science

Where would we be without science?

Thanks to science we are closing on on reopening the world. We are closer to travel, closer to international vacations and going back to working in offices.

Thanks to science, fewer people are getting sick and fewer people are dying of COVID-19.

Thanks to science, students have (for the most part) returned to school.

Thanks to science we have new treatments for coronavirus, new ways to keep patients alive and get them through. Science is the key to reopening the world!

We are Thankful for Technology

In the midst of everything going on in the world, what would a world in the grip of a pandemic have looked like without technology? Isolation would have been more rampant than it has been, many more millions of employees would have been forced out of the workforce and students would have been ‘up the creek without a paddle’ so to speak!

Technology has allowed for continues, albite different education from Kindergarten all the way through college, and an asynchronous work opportunity for many employees.

Technology has keep us warm, safe, connected and alive!

We are Thankful for A Positive Mindset

More than anything else needed right now is the desire to live in a world full of love, care, and empathy. We are thankful for those around us with a positive outlook, a can-do mindset and a willingness to be a voice of kindness to all who need it.

This world needs empathy, compassion and patience. We are grateful to those who model this behavior day after day!

We wish for you to encounter this positivity wherever you may go. We wish for you to encounter helpfulness, kindness, and an outpouring of support and kindness as you navigate this new world post-COVID.

May you express your thankfulness to others, repay kindness with kindness and practice a positive mindset!

Thankfulness: Pass It On!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Strand Security, from our family to yours.

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What if a Panic Button Could Save Your Life or That of a Loved One?

Panic Buttons Are Not Just for Seniors!

Who doesn’t remember the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial? Did you know these LifeCall commercials started running on TV in 1987?

Be honest, when we say ‘panic button’ is that the image you have? This ‘panic button’ for LIfeCall was for a medical alert system.

This same concept of ‘instant alert’ is now affordable and available to anyone, anywhere and anytime, for both personal and commercial use. Let’s look at some user stories of panic buttons and how they are NOT just for senior citizens!

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Hospital Staff and Panic Buttons!

After a rise in aggressive patient behavior during the Covid pandemic, a Missouri hospital took seemingly drastic steps to keep their staff safe and secure by providing panic buttons!

From the video:

After an increasing number of patients became violent at Cox Medical Center in Missouri staff members were given personal panic buttons. The buttons use a GPS tracking system so security can locate employees when they are in trouble.

Banks and Panic Buttons!

You’ve seen this in movies, for sure, but did you know panic buttons at banks are standard?

This is how panic buttons at banks work:

Banks can hide a silent-alarm button on the side of a desk, under the teller counter or inside a safe. Some companies offer emergency buttons disguised as a key fob or a pendant. As soon as an employee flips the switch, it triggers the control panel at the alarm company. Some companies let the bank designate special buttons for particular emergencies. One button can be set to tell the company to send for paramedics rather than police, for example.

Gas Station and Panic Buttons!

In this article about gas station safety, panic buttons are mentioned as a ‘must-have’ safety net. Often, gas station attendants work alone. Personal safety is important when a co-worker is not available as a back up.

  • Make sure the panic button is within reach. There should be a panic button installed at the clerk counter in case of an emergency, such as theft or gunfire. Make sure that you know exactly where it is and that you can access it easily.

Heather’s Armed Robbery Story

Heather of Strand Security knew the importance of panic buttons. Her husband had his own security company and she’s begged her boss (at a retail store) to install panic buttons.

He did not.

Read Heather’s story of survival when she was robbed at gunpoint. She credits a high school self-defense class as helping her survive. She also knows that if she’d had a panic button to push, she might not have had to fight for her life!

Panic Buttons at Home. They Can Save Your Life or That of a Loved One

If you have already have a security system in place, and have 24/7 monitoring of your system, adding panic buttons is an easy way to add another layer of security!

Place the panic button in your bathroom or bedroom, basement or any place you want. Ask us and we ca help you chose the best spots!

We can also supply you with a portable, wearable panic button. NOTE: These will only work when your system is enabled, of course. Another reason to always arm your system!

Call us to start a conversation about panic buttons!

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The 5 Best Halloween Safety Tips from Security Experts!

It’s October and holiday season is here!

While it’s exciting, fun and the kids are going crazy for costumes and candy, Halloween can also be a frightening time for parents and caregivers! Add in COVID concerns and you’ve got a perfect storm!

Just last week, CDC director Rochelle Walensky offered her expert advice on Halloween safety .

Walensky recommended trick-or-treating outside, limiting crowds and avoiding crowded Halloween parties.

Today, let’s look at the BEST Halloween safety tips from Security Experts because who doesn’t want to have the best halloween ever?

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1 Light Up Your Home

Whether you will be home, or not, during Halloween and the evening when you expect Trick or Treaters, light up your home.

While parents take their children out to Trick or Treat in the neighborhood, criminals use this holiday to look for opportunities for a quick and easy break-ins. We recommend you make sure your outdoor lighting is working, sensor lights are properly installed to go off when someone approaches your front door and if nothing else, place your indoor lights on timers

Don’t turn off the porch light to discourage Trick or Treaters, it might discourage them but it will encourage criminals!

2 Light Up The Kids!

Personal safety is important.

Keep kids safe from motor vehicles and falling or tripping in the dark, by making them visible in the dark as well as providing them with enough light for them to find their way onto sidewalks and to front doors!

Do this by

  1. adding reflective materials to their costume
  2. giving them a flashlight to hold (if they are old enough)
  3. walking with them with your own flashlight
  4. using headlamps (if they are old enough)
  5. putting lights in the Trick or Treat bag
  6. adding lights to strollers, carts, bikes, wagons etc.

3 Food Safety Rules

Kids love candy, and people love giving out candy to adorable, costumed kids. Not every child can tolerate all candy, and not all candy is safe for kids or all ages.

Make sure you go over the ‘food rules’ with your child. Make them understand why they should not eat anything on the road while Trick or Treating. Instead, pack a few snacks and a few bottles of water for your ‘team’ as you go on the road! They will get hot, thirsty and hungry and the temptation might just be too much if no alternative is available.

Kids with allergies like peanuts or gluten should never eat anything not parent-approved, and Halloween is no reason to make an exception!

4 Go Where You Are Familiar

It’s oh so tempting or parents to take a child to neighborhoods where there is a lot of candy to be had. Remember that if you are in unfamiliar territory, you sacrifice personal safety. If you don’t know where you are, you have no escape route if something goes awry and you are more likely to be lost, go into a bad part of town, or run into trouble.

For Halloween, stick to the familiar, or go Trick or Treating with friends who do know the neighborhood! If teenagers go out on their own, be strict with location limits!

5 Candles, Lights and Noise, Oh My!

Who doesn’t love decorating for Halloween. We’ve seen neighbors go all-out to set up elaborate haunted houses, crazy mazes and realistic display for this holiday. As you would with any type of decorations (think Christmas!), make sure to always adhere to safety standards as far as candles, plugged in lights and noise!

Kids scare easily and if you scare them with sudden, loud noises, a child could run into traffic!

While it is fun to scare, we recommend you save those types of decorations and elaborate set ups for private parties, not for the Trick or Treat portion of the evening!

Halloween 2021: Have a Blast But be Safe!

While we haven’t had the best luck in the last year and a half, many of us are ready to give Halloween 2021 a go! It goes without saying to continue to practice social distancing (as we did in 2020) and if you do not feel safe Trick or Treating, don’t go.

If you are looking for additional and more in-depth, in Personal Safety Tips for a Stress-Free and Safe Halloween we discussed safety tips for personal safety.

However you will be celebrating, we hope you have a blast!

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New Resident? What You Need To Know About Crime on the Grand Strand

When planning to move to a new state, city or neighborhood, it usually pays to read up on local news, local crime and local events to get an idea on what’s happening! You want to be prepared for anything and everything, right?

The population growth in the Myrtle Beach area aka The Grand Strand shows no sign of slowing down: we have welcomed a lot of new residents in the last 18 months and there is no sign that things are slowing down anytime soon.

The housing market along the beach is competitive, houses are built left, right and everywhere in between and frankly, the roadways are busier than we’ve even seen them before!

If you are planning to move to the Grand Strand in the near future, or if you’ve just arrived, keep reading!

Grand Strand Crime Report

Are You Planning to Move to the Grand Strand?

If you are still in the planning phase of moving to the Myrtle Beach area, may we suggest you read up on several topics.

Read about

  1. Housing market
  2. Healthcare facilities
  3. Population Growth
  4. Crime Rates

If you’ve arrived on the Grand Strand and getting your bearings, you already know and might have experienced some of the challenges that come with a growing community like ours.

Congested roads, overcrowded school, a competitive housing market driving prices up, up and up and increased crime are all part of this growing community along South Carolina’s beautiful shoreline.

Rapid Growth Along the Grand Strand Brings Challenges

It’s simple math:

More houses are being bought and sold, the population is growing steadily, Horry and Georgetown Counties are building more schools, roads and hospitals – and with all these new people moving in, crime rates are going… UP!

The Myrtle Beach area has been a draw for those criminals who want to hide for years and years. As millions and millions of tourists pour into the Grand Strand each year, hiding out is an easy thing to accomplish! The transient community that is Myrtle Beach is a perfect place for petty criminals, human traffickers, thieves and convicted felons.

In this 2021 article, we read

According to the FBI’s latest US Crime Report, Myrtle Beach, SC is now officially the 3rd most dangerous city in the United States.

How To Keep Your Neighborhood Safe

The best way to keep your neighborhood safe is to communicate and take preventative action. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, it’s important to understand the risks you run by not protecting your home.

Here is the best way to keep your neighborhood safe: communicate with law enforcement officers and with neighbors. Then take action!

Did you know that most people purchase a home security system AFTER they are the victim of a crime? Why wait? Why go through this trauma, this anxiety, if it can be prevented? The same is true for your neighborhood! Why wait until cars are broken into, or vandals destroy property?

We suggest a neighborhood watch program as described here.

Crime Happens. Be Prepared!

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The last thing we want to mention is… that crime happens.

You can’t prevent crime, but by being prepared, you can prevent the severity of the crime – and reduce the time it takes for law enforcement officers to come to the crime scene, increasing the chance the criminals are caught!

Our clients homes are monitored by COPS Monitoring and have been for the past 10+ years!

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How To Talk To Your Child About Online and In-Person Stranger Danger

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While we as parents should be talking with our kids often about stranger-danger, it’s a subject that is often overlooked or dismissed as scary or as a difficult conversation to have.

Many parents rely on the school system to help educate their kids about imminent danger, both online and offline. Professionals encourage parents to keep the lines of communication open and talk with their children often about the dangers of befriending new people in-person and online.

This article provides tips on how to get this most important conversation started. Don’t stop there. Make it a topic of conversation often. Don’t think kids will know it all the first time the subject of stranger danger comes up.

How To Talk To Your Child About Online and In-Person Stranger Danger

Let’s start with the beginning.

Ask the School What They are Teaching and When

Know what the schools are teaching your child about sex, human trafficking, cyber security, human trafficking, abuse, self defense and more. Be aware what they are teaching, at what age, and what might be missing from this line up.

If you know your child has sex ed for a semester, lean in on that and have your own talk with your child. If the school is offering a self-defense class during PE, aks your child to demonstrate some moves and ask them when they should use self defense. Build upon what your child already knows about stranger danger and online danger to star the conversation.

Be Clear, Honest to the Point

Don’t go into too many details when talking about difficult subject. Be clear, honest and get to the point quickly.

Use Easy to Understand Words

At the same time, use easy to understand words and a vocabulary that matches their age. Don’t use hard to understand words unless you are willing to repeat yourself over and over. Explain things in simple ways.

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Encourage The Kids To Ask Questions

Take time to listen: Once you’ve explained something about stranger-danger or cyber security, stop to listen. Ask the kids if they have any questions!

Make It an Ongoing Conversation

Talking about stranger danger and online predators is not a one-and-done conversation! Use news stories are a catalyst to bring it back up and to continue the conversation. Let your children read news stories that talk about cyber security, human trafficking, especially if the cases are about kids meeting strangers online. Talk about what went wrong.

Use Examples of What Can Go Wrong

Use real life examples to talk to kids about what can go wrong. Being abducted, opening the door for strangers, meeting someone online who is not who they say they are. Trusting strangers. Don’t ever lay the blame with the kids: always make sure your child knows to come to you with concerns for themselves or a friend.

Talk Not Just About What to Do, But Also About What NOT to Do

It’s easy to say “do this, do that”, but be sure to emphasize what NOT to do! Especially if you talk about using technology to keep kids safe: talk about using security cameras, an alarm system and the importance of phone tracking and being in touch with family members at all times.

Be in the Non-Judgement Zone

No matter what stories you read online about kids being kidnaped, hurt or deceived, don’t judge them in front of your child. Your child needs to know they can come to you even if they’ve made a mistake!

Keep Your Door Open For Follow up Questions

Last but not least – always, always, always keep your door open for follow up questions! Kids are curious and might need clarification. Stranger danger and the danger online predators pose won’t disappear just because you’ve mentioned them to your child. As your child grows into their teenage years, continue education them about these topics.

Arm your child with knowledge, confidence and self-defense tactics!

Heather of Strand Security teaches self-defense classes to kids, teens and adults on the Grand Strand. Email heather@strandsecurity.com for details, and check out Myrtle Beach Self Defense today!

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After-School Home Safety Tips To Keep Families Safe and Protected

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Kids are going back to school and that means parents who work outside of the home, will have help with caring for their kids after-school.

Whether it’s a babysitter, family member, neighbor or whether your child teenager is old enough to come home to an empty house, it’s important to go voer home safety rules every so often. Take the month of August to reevaluate your family safety plan.

Being aware of potential danger is the first stop to preventing harm!

The Ride (or Walk) Home

School bus safety and rules come from the school district. Take the time to go over the school bus rules with your child so that they know what to expect. It is important to tell your child(ren) to let you know that the ride to and from school isn’t safe any longer for a variety of reasons (bullying, unsafe driver, unruly students, heat or cold)

If you child walks home alone, or with a group of friends, make sure you have a system set up to check on them each day right after they arrive home. Go over the rules (no lingering, don’t bring friends home) so that you both know what to expect!

Kids Home Alone

When is your child ready to stay home alone after school? It depends on each child as well as the area you live in, technology you currently have installed in your home, the maturity level of the child and the state you live in (law)

Read more about how to know your child is safe to stay home alone after school.

If you think your child might be ready to be home alone without a babysitter or after-school care, read this!

Babysitters, Tutors and Neighbors, Oh My!

If you do need to give a babysitter, tutor or neighbor access to your home, it’s important to have a security system installed with a mobile app so that you can have a visual of what’s going on at home!

Hiring a babysitter should not stress you out , instead focus on creating a back-to-school family safety plan!

Strangers at the Door!

Tips about how to handle a stranger at the door, from a previous article here on the Strand Security Blog. We suggest you share the following with your teenager who might be home alone!

1 Take a look at the Stranger.

Try to get a look at who is knocking on your door. You may need to find a window in the house that makes your front door visible or use the peephole if you have one. You must have a way to see who is at the front door without opening it!

2 Keep Your Phone on You.

Have your phone visibly on you for the knocker to see. If a situation should occur you will have easy access to call 911.

3 Call Out to Someone in the House.

Can someone get the door?” or  “I’ll get it

Maybe you are alone but the knocking stranger does not have to know that! Make it evident that there are others in the house with you. This can deter any planned unwanted activities.

4 Do Not Ignore Them.

Sometimes the first reaction is to just ignore a stranger’s knock all together. However, in doing so, you are silently announcing that your house is empty and now is a good time to break in. So, it is better to say something no matter the time of day. A majority of break-ins occur during the day when people are thought to be at work.

5 Request Their Identity.

If a utility worker knocks at your door, ask for them to prove their identity with the company they work for. You can always call the subject’s company to check if they have sent someone to your house.

6 Do Not Share Information.

Strangers may take advantage of you by saying they are in trouble, hurt or in need of help. As much as we all would like to help our fellow citizens, it may be a better choice to let them know you are calling 911 and help is on the way.

Technology can help in this situation! Read more about which devices can help here.

Cyber Safety at Home

THIS is the time to talk to your kids and teenagers about online safety: cyber security! Not when they start to act strange, not when they are upset, scared or sad. Talk to them before leaving them home alone for extended periods of time!

Cyber safety and security should take an important, prominent place in your back-to-school family safety plan.

Set rules, boundaries and check in often!

House Rules

Last but not least… house rules are house rules whether you are home as a parent, or not! Make sure you instill a sense of responsibility in your child or teenager, to build mutual trust. Respect goes both ways. Always be sure to tell the kids you’ll be checking the cameras remotely if they are home alone. They need to know you can see them or talk with them.

Safety rules about pool usage, opening doors for strangers or or operating dangerous tools are all important enough to warrant a frequent reminder!

Your house, your rules, and that includes rules for friends and rules for pets, too!

After-School Activities!

We wish you, your family, your kids a fantastic 2021-2022 school year. We are here to help you navigate it all. If you need smarthome solutions to keep your family safe, need (additional) security cameras, or a panic button for your employees or elderly parents, we can help you with all of that!

If you are thinking a home theater would be great to have at home, we can help with the design, installation and servicing for that as well! Just give us a call!
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Why Your Family Needs a Back-To-School Family Safety Plan

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School is back! Schools in the Myrtle Beach area go back on August 17!

Those big yellow school buses will be rolling back out of storage where most of them have been all summer, and the roads will be filled with not just these buses, but also with many young, new drivers!

Road safety and school bus safety is just one piece of the larger puzzle of keeping your kids safe and secure as school starts back up!

What does it take to keep your kids, your family safe as they go back to school?

Planning! This article will give you guidelines for putting together a back-to-school family safety plan!

Back-to-School Means New Routines

The first thing to remember is that going back to school means new routines.

Maybe your child’s mode of transportation has changed, s/he is attending a new school, has a new carpool or babysitter, or maybe you moved and have a completely new routine to establish.

Whatever the case may be, it’s important to write down new routines and make sure everyone in the family is on the same page! That means going over the new transportation plan as a family – during a family meeting, and making a backup plan for when things change!

Back-to-School Brings New Friends

Next, going back to school will bring new friends. That’s an exciting part of growing up: creating new friendships with classmates. This is also the time to keep repeating conversations about what to expect when visiting  friends’ home. Talk about gun ownership, bullying, and other things that might happen. If you child is too young for a cell phone, make sure s/he knows your phone number, and be sure to meet the parents and be straight about what you expect. “If you go on the boat, I expect my child to wear a lifejacket at all times.” Your child should know these same ‘rules’ and be expected to adhere to them.

At the same time, when your child brings a new friend to your home, you as a family need to include that person in your family safety plan. Explain the pool safety rules, riding bikes rules etc. Don’t expect your child’s friends to stick to your rules: most likely you will have to reinforce them over and over until they’ve visited a few times. Your responsibility for your child’s new friend includes riding in your car, water safety etc.

This is a family matter – keeping friends safe at your home – so adding it to your family safety plan is important!

Back-to-School and After-School Activities

We also know from personal experience, that as your children grow, new after-school activities are added to their calendars. That means new buildings, new sports complexes, new car pools, new coaches and teammates. You certainly will want to add all this information and expectations toy our family safety plan!

Know who will pick up, drop off, how to reach the new coaches, new tutors, new babysitter!

Back-to-School During Hurricane Season

Last but not least, back-to-school in South Carolina means going back to school during an active hurricane season! Your family safety plan needs to include reference to your hurricane prep plan! Be aware of supplies you might need to purchase now, a generator that might need to be serviced and links to your school districts email and social media platforms as you need to keep an ear out for important hurricane related announcements!

Planning Ahead Gives You Security and Safety for the Near Future

Failing to create a plan, is planning to fail!

Writing down a plan gives you peace of mind and less stress as you navigate the new school year ahead! With as many chances as we’ve seen in the last 18 months, it’s fair to assume more changes and adjustments are on the horizon! Planning and anticipating what’s next can help you alleviate stress and worries. Being prepared for whatever comes at you will accomplish many goals, one is staying safe and secure at home!

Stay safe and secure this fall, and give us a call if we can help you accomplish this in any way!

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

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How To Keep Your Family Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide, What Is It?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is

 a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels.

CO is found in fumes produced by furnaces, kerosene heaters, vehicles “warmed up” in garages, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, portable generators, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Deadly

How deadly is Carbon Monoxide?

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental CO poisoning. Most of these accidents happen in the home.

Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. it is important to know the signs and symptoms of CO Poisoning as to prevent a deadly outcome!

Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As CO gas is colorless and odorless, it’s hard to detect without technology!

Here are the general signs and symptoms of CO poisoning per the Mayo Clinic:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

If you suspect that you or a family member have nee exposed to this deadly gas, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately and get help!

Carbon Monoxide In Your Home. Where Are the Hazards?

Let’s look at places in and near your home for potential hazards.

Portable Fuel-Burning Camping Equipment

If you are like a lot of South Carolinians, you might have a camping stove among your hurricane supplies. Do NOT use this type of stove inside your home!

Generator

Reality is that we live in a hurricane zone. Many of us have and use generators during and after a hurricane emergency.

Watch this video on how to prevent CO poisoning when using a generator during the hurricane season!

Charcoal

Another potential cause of CO poisoning is charcoal when used inside a home, a garage, or even a vehicle, or tent. Do NOT use charcoal anywhere but outside in a well-ventilated area!

Car Exhaust Fumes

Do NOT leave your car running indoors! If you have an (attached) garage, do not run the engine, even with the garage door open. ONly ever leave your car running outdoors.

Gas Appliances

Any gas appliances such as ranges, ovens, or clothes dryers to heat your home can emit Carbon Monoxide. As a reminder, this gas is odorless and colorless.

Fuel-Burning Appliances

Do NOT use unvented fuel-burning appliances in any room where people are sleeping. If they were to malfunction, anyone in the room could be overcome by the deadly gas and never wake up.

Blocked Vents and Blocked Chimneys

Be sure to get your chimney swept each year before using your fireplace, and to not black vents or chimney. CO can build up quickly.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Is Entirely Preventable!

Here is the good news.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable

~ CDC

Prevention + Detection make CO poisoning totally preventable. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are your back up for when an indoor system (like a dryer, oven or stove) fails.

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.

~ Honeywell Total Connect

Let Strand Security Install Your CO Detectors!

We recommend your Co Detectors be hard-wired into your existing home security system. Give us a call today and we can make that happen ASAP.

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

 

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