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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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Summer Fire Safety Tips: How To Keep Your Family Safe

Summer + Heat + Drought = Time to Go Over Summer Fire Safety Tips!

It’s time to make a plan!

No one wants their family to get hurt or worse, and therefore it is imperative you have a family meeting to talk about safety rules as they pertain to all things fire!

In a previous article we touched on Summer Water Safety Tips and we believe this article is JUST as important.

Ready? Let’s review how you can keep your family safe from fire this summer!

Create a Fire Safety Plan

Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall – all you need to do is… make a fire safety plan!

You and your children should sit down and create a written fire safety plan. Need to know what that looks like? Start here.

fire safety plan for families

Purchase Several Fire Extinguishers for your Home

Next up, be really prepared by not just purchasing several fire extinguishers for your home, but learning where and how to store them, as well as learn how to use them!

Where to store fire extinguishers in your home Supervise Your Children Near Open Fires

Fire is oh so tempting.

Summer is a great time for families to relax and to spend more time outdoors. What’s more fun than making an open fire for roasting marshmallows or hotdogs. Kids love this activity.

Be sure to assign at least one adult to supervise the fire and the children at all times!

campfire safety for kids

Don’t Leave Your Grill Unattended

When grilling outdoors, it’s easy to forget something and think about running back inside to the kitchen to get the forgotten item.

Don’t! 

Instead of running back inside and leaving the hot grill unattended, use your phone to call or text a family member to bring you more oil, spices, meat or veggies! Safety first!

dont leave a hot grill unattended

Don’t Light Campfires During Fire Bans

Before starting a fire to burn garbage or firewood, always check with the local fire department or county to see if a fire ban is in place. Summers are hot and dry in the South. One spark can easily set off a huge forest fire. Don’t be that person. Always call, check and adhere to local fire guidelines.

adhere to the fire ban

Use Extreme Caution Around Fireworks

While the 4th of July just passed, we aren’t out of the woods as far as fireworks. In many states, fireworks are illegal so that means when tourists visit the beach, they are tempted to buy and set off fireworks!

If you want to see fireworks, we suggest connecting with Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Pelican Baseball Team or Barefoot Landing for a calendar of event to their public fireworks!

use caution when setting off fireworks

Don’t Light Candles and Torches Near Small Children or Pets

Last but not least, this is last fire hazard can be so deceiving yet is so dangerous!

Tiki torches hold oil and when they are lit, the hot oil can easily scald a child or a pet. We recommend not lighting torches or candles at all if you have small children or pets in your family.

tiki torches

Happy Summer 2021!

Let us know if we can help you with any of your home or commercial security needs this summer.

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

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3 Tips to Keep Your Staff and Customers Safe in the Parking Lot

Myrtle Beach Crime on Businesses

The crime rate in Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand, Horry County and Georgetown County is high. Business owners on the Grand Strand and in the Myrtle Beach area need to stay vigilant to keep their staff and customers safe from harm.

Crime on businesses include

During some of these incidents, the safety of staff and customers was in jeopardy.

What is a business owner to do?

We have 3 tips to share with you today. Tips that will simultaneously deter criminals and will give your staff and customers peace of mind.

Parking Lot Safety 101

First, let’s go over some basic parking lot safety tips for those who park their cars.

  1. Do not talk on the phone while walking through a parking lot. Instead, stay alert.
  2. Do get out your keys before you approach your car and be ready to enter your car.
  3. Do not sit in your car in the parking lot. Instead, start your car and drive away.
  4. If the parking lot is empty when you enter it, park underneath security lights.
  5. If you are approached in a parking lot, immediately return to the building and ask for an escort to your car.
  6. Always lock your car.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings.
  8. Don’t park next to a large van or truck.
  9. If you feel unsafe, return to the building.
  10. If you notice loitering, report it to management.

 

parking lot safety tips

1) Commercial Security System with Cameras Keep Staff and Customer Safe

The first and best tip we have for you to keep your staff as well as your customers safe it to hire a security company to install a complete commercial security system.

A professionally installed system will allow you to keep tabs on inventory, customers and staff as they work for you.

Such a system would include security cameras and a mobile app integration, as well as smart technology to keep all the part working together to allow you to monitor from afar.

Having video recording of a possible crime will help speed up the stolen product recovery process. Cameras as well as security signs with a “monitored by XYZ Security Company” help to deter criminals from even approaching your business!

outdoor commercial security camera

2) Add Security Lights in Strategic Spots in the Parking Lot

Not all security systems include lighting: we highly recommend installing security light systems in your parking lot. Some of the lights should include sensor flood lights that are activated as criminals approach the building.

Other lights should provide ample light for customers and staff to feel safe enough to walk to their car in the dark.

security flood lights

3) Offer Self Defense Classes for All Your Employees

Last but not least, we give you one more tip to keep your staff and customers safe in the parking lot.

Organize a self-defense class for your staff. This can be a powerful way to make your staff feel more secure, more confident and more self-assured when working late at night or alone. Self-defense classes are a great team building activity!

self defense class

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late: Offer Staff and Customer Protection TODAY!

Many of our customers come to us as victims of crime. We are always so sorry to hear about their ordeal and their trauma. Some, not all, crime is preventable. Putting safeguards in place before a crime takes place can prevent a lot of heartache, headaches and trauma, and we aren’t even talking money yet!

Please contact us today and we’ll get your staff and customers the best protection we can offer!

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

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How to Keep Kids Safe at Home This Summer: Water Safety Tips

Ocean, Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Other Bodies of Water

When I grew up, I only went to the beach a few times each summer and the pool I swam in was a community pools at the local rec center. I remember learning how to swim, getting a certificate and always looking for the lifeguard for guidance on when to swim and when to get out of the pool or the ocean.

While lifeguards still man the public pools and public beaches, there are a lot of private pools, beaches and other bodies of water that pose a danger to our children.

In the Myrtle Beach area, we have not only the atlantic ocean, but also the Intercoastal Waterway, rivers and private community pools, almost none pay a lifeguard to be on duty!

Kids want to play with friends, we visit friends on weekends, maybe we go to a hotel for the weekend to relax and guess what, the hotel has a pool too!

Today, we will be taking a closer look at water safety and kids, as South Carolina families spend a lot of time in, on and near water in the summer!

Risk of Drowning | Kids

From the CDC website we learn:

drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. In fact, drowning kills more children 1-4 than anything else except birth defects.

They go on to state:

thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning.

FACT: No one is drown-proof, and drowning doesn’t discriminate.

FACT: Drowning is fast and silent. It can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. Drowning doesn’t always look like we would expect.

Would you like to know what you can do to prevent drowning? Let’s learn together!

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Four Key Tips to Prevent Drowning

  1. Learn life-saving skills. As a parent, learn CPR. Sign your child(ren) up for swimming classes.
  2. Install a fence around your pool. A four–sided fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools is a must. Keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool.
  3. Require a lifejacket. Teach your kids to wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.
  4. Stay Alert. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, and talking on the phone.

The Importance of Home Pool Rules

If you own a pool, set some ground rules. Rules about who can come over, when they can swim, and when it’s not ok to swim. Have a conversation with your own child(ren) and teenager and make sure that kids who come over, with or without a parent, also know your pool rules.

For adults visiting, consider creating a sign with pool rules and placing it on the pool deck, as a reminder of the importance of pool safety!

Technology is Not a Substitute for Parental Supervision

While technology can help prevent disaster around bodies of water, technology cannot replace adult supervision!

Technology that can help keep kids safe includes:

and more!

Keep Kids Safe Around All Water Activities!

Small children can drown in a large bucket (and they are top heavy). Kids have drowned in hot tubs, bathtubs, pools, waterparks, rivers, lakes, oceans and more!

No matter where you go, keep an eye on your kids at all times when you are near water.

Have a fun and safe summer!

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The All NEW 2021 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

2021 Hurricane Guide for Homeowners

 

June is the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season!

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 until November 30, 2021. NOAA predicts this will be yet another active hurricane season.

2021 Hurricane Outlook by NOAA

From NOAA:

“Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to get prepared for the dangers that hurricanes can bring,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The experts at NOAA are poised to deliver life-saving early warnings and forecasts to communities, which will also help minimize the economic impacts of storms.”

What’s New in Hurricane Prep?

As we are coming out of a Pandemic, life as we knew it is no more. Many of us are now working from home, requiring internet access to work. this means that while you may want to “ride out a hurricane at home” as you’ve done previously, this time around you will need to evacuate in order to work because of that needed access to electricity and Wifi!

NOTE: renting a car is nearly impossible these day – to find one available, or to find one that’s affordable. This is a result of a global chip shortage that has disrupted auto production.

We found this article by consumer reports to be helpful in finding ways to rent a car, but in case of a hurricane headed your way, you will NEED to have secured transportation before hand!

While cars are hard to find (to rent OR buy) there is a shortage of other supplies as well, leading to soaring prices. Wood is another hot commodity that’s become up to 3x the price.

If you do not have hurricane shutters, or leftover plywood from previous hurricane prep, NOW is the time to get that wood! While it’s expensive now, it will be more expensive and nearly impossible to find once a hurricane approaches the Grand Strand.

Smarthome Installation: The Best Hurricane Prep Action To Take Today!

Want to keep an eye on you home, your cars, your business, your boat?

Smarthome technology will let you keep an eye in-real-time on what you leave behind when you evacuate. Get your loved ones out of the way of a hurricane and keep yourself abreast of what’s going on at home!

New to the Grand Strand? First Time Hurricane Prep?

In 2020/2021 so many of us have moved and so many new residents have come to live in the Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand area.

If you are new to this area and have never had to prep for a hurricane, we want you to know it is imperative you start collecting hurricane supplies now, and write up a hurricane family plan today!

Start here (FREE DOWNLOAD)

download free hurricane guide

Don’t Get Caught Without a Hurricane Plan!

No matter what you decide: evacuate or stay, you have to have a detailed plan.

A failure to plan is a plan to fail!

Don’t get caught without a hurricane prep plan.

To stay up-to-date on all thing Atlantic Hurricane Season & Grand Strand Hurricane prep, join our Facebook Group today!

Got Hurricane Related Questions? Give us a Call!

We are here to help you if you need guidance.

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

 

 

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