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Does Your Home Need A Security and Safety Tune Up?

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Conduct a Home Audit To Get a Security and Safety Tune Up!

How secure and safe is your home for your elderly relatives, your teenagers, your baby or your pets?

If you aren’t sure what to answer, maybe it’s time for a home audit!

An audit is an official inspection.

To conduct a home audit for security and safety means conducting a thorough check up on the overall security and safety of the inside and outside of your home, identifying any problem areas to address.

Have you ever done a home audit?

This article will tell you how to do a home audit for security and safety.

Weekend Project To Make Your Home More Secure!

Are you ready to make your home more secure?

Here is how to do your audit.

  1. Create a spreadsheet, or use a clipboard with paper to document your findings.
  2. Find a partner to help you!
  3. Divide your home in sections.
  4. Start from the bottom and go up, or start at the top and go down, or start on the inside and go out.
  5. Check for possible security issues; check windows latches, deadbolts and locks, hatches, screens. Push, pull and pretend to break-in to your own home!
  6. Check the location of your security cameras if you have any, and look for blindspots.
  7. If you do not have security cameras, note what areas in your home you might need them installed.
  8. Test your home security system.
  9. At night, check all lights and sensors.
  10. Outdoors, check the entrance to garage and position of bushes and trees near the home that could be used as hiding spots
  11. Check your outdoor shed, and any equipment. Is it secure?

With the findings of this audit, make a plan to update or replace broken locks, replace burnt out light bulbs, adjust sensors and talk to an expert about security cameras.

Weekend Project to Make Your Home Safer!

The same way you conducted a home audit for security, you can conduct a home audit for safety.

Get started the same way with either  a spreadsheet or a clipboard with paper to document your findings.

Then do this:

  1. Find a partner to help you!
  2. Divide your home in sections.
  3. Start from the bottom and go up, the top and go down, or the inside and go out.
  4. Look at your home from the perspective of being elderly and less-mobile, a teenager, or a crawling baby.
  5. Check for possible safety issues; sharp objects, fire hazards and places someone could trip and fall.
  6. Test smoke detectors and CO detectors.
  7. Make an appointment to have your chimney swept.
  8. Kitchen are often a safety hazard! Check for a fire extinguisher.
  9. Check your home for things left out that could pose a safety risk to elderly family members, teenagers, small kids and pets: matches, knives, guns, cleaning agents, prescription drugs, alcohol, poison and more. Note the location of these items!
  10. If you have a pool, make sure all gates lock securely and you have a pool alarm that works.

NOTE: This is not a complete list. Be a home detective and really look around for falling and tripping hazards and bend down and look up for things that could be hiding in plain sight.

Make a list or repairs and spend a weekend completing them.

Implement Changes and Be Safe and Secure in Your Home

While small changes are just that, small changes to your home for security and safety reason could end up saving your life of that of a person in your family.

You never know what might happen!

Home Safety and security first!

Let us know if you need help with securing your home.
We install alarm systems, security cameras and complete smarthome systems to help you keep those you love safe.

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

 

 

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How to Best Prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane Season 2020

While it’s ‘only’ June, this year more than ever before, we urge you to get ready for this hurricane season!

Why?

Due to the pandemic aka coronavirus aka COVID-19, the world as we knew it has changed! When the first hurricane arrives, and believe us when we say it will, how will you move forward, how will you prepare, how will you get your hands on supplies?

We foresee difficulties in preparing and going through the  2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. How you will be able to survive and come out on top compared to previous years?

This includes potential difficulty with:

  • evacuating across state lines
  • traveling while social distancing
  • social distancing in public shelters
  • shortage of basic supplies
  • being sick at home during a hurricane
  • being hospitalized during a hurricane
  • helping elderly family members while social distancing

We Do Not Have All The Answers to Hurricane Prep and COVID-19

While we do not claim to have all the answers on how to solve all these potential difficulties, we do feel now is the time to stop, think and prepare!

Now is also the time to demand your local government and leadership step up with their hurricane preparation plan! Find out what Horry County and Georgetown County emergency services are doing to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season.

We simply suggest you email or call them to ask what new rules and regulations will be in place for public shelters, traveling and hospitalizations.

Preparing doesn’t mean you need to get all the answers immediately: it means working towards an answer so that when the time comes, you can put your hand on the answers quicker!

We Can Help You With Your 2020 Hurricane Preparation

While we do not know what hurricane might be headed for the South Carolina shore, we do know that proper preparation is vital to survival and a quicker recovery.

We have THREE RESOURCES to share with you!

First, we invite you to join our Hurricane Prep Facebook Group!

Grand Strand Hurricane Prep 2020

We are a one-stop hurricane prep shop and plan to be the group to find answers to questions as a hurricane approaches our South Carolina shoreline.

Second, we invite you to download the updated 2020 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners. This guide has everything you need to get started with hurricane prep right now!

Last but not least, check out this shareable INFOGRAPHIC

It’s Hurricane Season. Hurricane Preparation Starts Now

As you enjoy your summer weather, time spend on the beaches, on the bike trails and on the water, do not ignore the fact that a hurricane can be just a few days away!

Once a hurricane makes its appearance in the Atlantic, it will be too late to try to get extra toilet paper, cleaning products or a generator, just to name a few things you might need, as these are already in short supply due to the pandemic!

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

 

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10 Reasons to Love Security Cameras

10 reason to love security cameras

 

What is a Security Camera?

A security camera is a special camera used to record households and commercial buildings to document what is happening and  case of crime or mishap.

Security cameras can be useful when suspecting an employee of stealing money from the cash register and to protect employees from harm! As the owner of the business, you can check the security camera footage and obtain video evidence of this transgression or crime. Security cameras can also be used in homes as protection against robbery and to monitor small children, teenagers, household staff and older adults.

Who Needs Security Cameras in Their Home or Business?

Anyone with a family and who wants the best for their family should have a security camera set up. Any person who values their property and wants it secured should buy a security camera. Security cameras are are affordable and a great option for almost anyone looking to keep someone, or something they value safe.

10 Reasons to Love Security Cameras

As part of this 12-month-long series ’10 reason to love’ to celebrate Strand Security’s 10th anniversary, here are 10 reasons to love security cameras! For the other articles in this series, check the last paragraph.

1 Security Cameras Can be Hidden 

Security cameras add a whole new type of stealth to your home system. An intruder is likely not to see the camera, adding a sneaky aspect to this great product. If you security camera is monitored by you or a service 24/7, you are much more likely to catch the person breaking in to your home. 

2 Security Cameras Are An Affordable Deterrent to Thieves and Home Invaders

Security cameras are a necessity for many homeowners and as a result, are extremely affordable. They are affordable to just about anyone, regardless of budget and can be installed by you the homeowner as a DIY project, or have a company like Strand Security install, wire and monitor them. 

3 Security Cameras Provide A Sense of Security  to Homeowners

If you are a homeowner who worries for the safety of their beloved family and home, security cameras may be the perfect product for you. Cameras will allow you to monitor from afar, even when you are not home. Keeping an eye on what’s yours and what’s your to protect will give you a sense of security. 

4 Security Cameras Can Help You Monitor Children, Pets, Older Adults and Staff

Many households in America include children, pets, older adults and even household staff. Security cameras can provide an extra layer of safekeeping when children or pets are involved.

5 Security Cameras are Convenient and Easy to Use

When using a security camera, perhaps the biggest advantage is the convenience. With a live feed, the footage on many new models of cameras can be accessed via smartphone. This means that when away from your beloved home, you can keep watch with the press of a button.

6 Security Cameras Come in Many Different Varieties

As the technology in the home-security field has developed, many different designs of security cameras have become popular. For example, there are outdoor specific options, indoor specific options, hidden ceiling domes, or even thermal cameras.

7 Security Cameras Are Easily Installed 

Many of the latest technologies can take hours to install if you do not know what you are doing or if you want these cameras integrated into an existing system. Security cameras are installed much quicker and without any stress if you hire a professional security company like Strand Security to do the work.

8 Security Cameras Offer A Variety of Uses

Security cameras are versatile and are used for many different reasons. They can help catch bank robbers and assist in discovering which cat keeps jumping on the counter. Security cameras will act as an additional set of eyes when you are not available to be nearby. 

9 Security Cameras Provide Video Evidence

For many businesses, security cameras are the key to providing evidence when dealing with unruly employees, thieves or burglars. Security cameras can help prevent crime in real time or help solve crimes after they are committed, by backing up physical evidence with video footage.

10 Law Enforcement  loves Security Cameras

Police departments all around South Carolina have stated that security cameras are one of the most helpful tools in solving cases of theft, robberies, assaults and home invasions. Law enforcement might use video camera footage to help identify criminals and bring charges against them.

Why We Love the Number 10!

In 2020 we celebrate 10 year in business here at Strand Security.

To celebrate, we are publishing 12 posts (one each month) of 10 reasons we love…

Here are the previous entries into this series:

Enjoy!

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

 

 

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How To Attain a Germ-Free Smarthome in the Post COVID-19 World

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Smarthomes Can Be Touch-Free Homes

Kids touch everything.

It’s just how they are.

They touch their face, their mouth, their eyes, pets, food, and any surface they come in contact with at home, at school and on-the-go!

In the age of COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, touching means possibly coming in contact with COVID-19 germs. While social distancing measures certainly have helped the spread of this virus, it’s hard to know exactly when and where you are most exposed to germs.

There is one place you are safe. Once you’ve quarantined your family for at least two weeks, you can be assured the coronavirus is not in your home.

As the country is looking for ways to reopen and restart our economy, we are all looking for ways to touch less surfaces and stay germ-free as much as possible

Voice Activation Means Germ-Free Automation!

Smarthomes with voice activation is your solution to keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Not having to touch multiple surfaces will eliminate close contact with those who might visit your home as the country is opening back  up again.

Whether you install voice-activation at home or in your business, it is the best tool in your arsenal against spreading germs.

URC Smarthome Technology: Touch-Free and Germ-Free Technology

At Strand Security, we trust URC to do the job for us. URC is fully-integrated and gives your whole house automation and control!

URC can

  •  alarm your home
  • monitor your cameras
  • light your rooms
  • stream shows and films
  • draw your shades
  • pump music through your home
  • lock your doors

and so much more.

Smarthome Technology Experts in Myrtle Beach

Who should you call when you need a smarthome with voice activation in the Myrtle Beach area? Whether you live in Horry County or Georgetown County, Strand Security can help you with URC installation and integration! Complete set up of the system including teaching you how to use the controls and all features.

Trust the smarthome experts who’ve been installing smarthome technology for years! Add to that the fact we don’t just work here, but we also live right here on the Grand Strand. Strand Security is a locally owned and locally operated small business to help you protect those you love and to secure that what you worked so hard for!

Doing Our Part to Stop The Spread of Germs on the Grand Strand

We are a proud partner with WBTW News 13 in their 13Cares Program as a response to the coronavirus outbreak on the Grand Strand.

We are doing our part to stop the spread of germs and to keep everyone safe!

Let us know how we can help you!

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

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10 Reasons to Love Living in South Carolina

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Meet the South Carolina We Love!

Who hasn’t heard James Taylor’s words;

“In my mind I’m gone to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine?
Can’t you just feel the moonshine?
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine
To hit me from behind?
Yes, I’m gone to Carolina in my mind”

This article is the 5th installment of our series called “10 Reasons To Love….”

Today, we share why we love South Carolina!

As Strand Security celebrates 10 years in business in 2020, we are sharing a new blog each month.  We love living and working on the Grand Strand and this year-long celebration of all things we love is an ode to our beautiful state and community!

To read the previous articles in this series, check out
10 Reasons to Love our Community
10 Reasons to Love a Home Theater
10 Reasons to Love Smarthomes
10 Reasons to Love the Grand Strand

10 Reasons To Love Living in South Carolina

Here are the 10 reasons we love living (and working) in South Carolina, now find yours!

1. Love the Beaches in South Carolina!

Yes, you read that right!

2,876 miles of tidal coastline in South Carolina means a lot of beaches. Want to know where to go to find the BEST beaches? Look no more, but read this.

2. Love the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina

Did you know South Carolina has mountains? Sassafras Mountian stands 3560 feet tall. Discover the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina!

Take adventure to new heights in the majestic mountain region of the Palmetto State. With spectacular hiking trails, scenic waterfalls and sweeping views, the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

3. Love the South Carolina Sub-Tropical Climate

Outdoor enthusiasts as well as those who despise winter snow and cold, rave about the sub-tropical climate of South Carolina.

4. Love South Carolina for Their Sweet Tea

Did you know that Sweet Tea is thought be originated in Summerville, SC?

Learn more about it here!

5. Love South Carolina Cooking

There certainly are recipes that scream ‘South Carolina Home Cooking’

They include delicacies like

  • Tomato Pie
  • Collard Greens
  • Peach Cobbler

Find those recipes and more here.

6. Love the Southern Hospitality

While we as residents of South Carolina certain know that southern hospitality is charming, it’s always wonderful to hear someone form outside our beautiful state sing our praises.

7. Love South Carolina Football!

It’s an experience, not just a one-time event.

Whether you love the Gamecocks, the Tigers or the Chanticleers, chances are that you’ll love the overall experience that South Carolina football gives us like nothing else.

Check out the picture in this article that says it all!

8. Love South Carolina BBQ

There are many different types of South Carolina Barbecue, but they all start with pork!

In South Carolina, that meat is invariably pork — sometimes pulled from a whole hog, sometimes chopped from a slow-smoked shoulder or ham, but always deriving from somewhere on the pig. In fact, try this experiment. Take a South Carolinian to a barbecue buffet (there is not shortage of such operations in the Palmetto State) and ask him or her, “go get me some barbecue.” What you’re going to get back is guaranteed. The steam table may be loaded down with ribs, chicken quarters, and maybe even sliced brisket, but unless they just recently moved to the state from Ohio, your dining companion is certain to bring you back a plate piled high with pork.

9. Love South Carolina Porches

Southern houses and porches – the perfect pair!

Our lovely weather is conducive to long evenings on the porch. Unless you live in one of our cities in a small apartment, most South Carolina houses feature a front (or rear) porch as a must-have outdoor room!

10. Love South Carolina Nature

There are so many wonderful State parks, beaches, lakes and other nature-rich areas to explore in South Carolina.

Places like Brookgreen Garden, The Myrtle Beach State Park, Editso River and Rave Cliff Falls! Learn more here.

Why Do you Love South Carolina So?

Let us know in the comments, here or on Facebook, what you love most about our beautiful Palmetto State!

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