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Keeping Kids and Pets Safe and Secure at Home

Families Need to Feel Safe and Secure at Home!

Do you have kids? How about pets? Are you expecting a new addition to your family soon? Many of our blog readers and customers have families. We do too! We have three teenagers and we an adorable dog named Henry: you might have visited our office and met him.

During the pandemic, many families adopted new pets as they had more time to spend at home! Having a new family pet brings joy and laughter, but also new responsibility and safety and security hazards.

While we as adults can certainly have accidents at home, we generally know how to keep ourselves safe and secure. It’s a little different for kids and pets: they love to explore new things, and by nature, are curious about the world around them. It’s even more important to set some safety rules and guidelines when you have both kids and pets!

In honor of National Kids and Pets Day on April 26, 2021, we present this article with tips to keep your kids and pets safe at home.

National Kids and Pets Day is April 26, 2021

From National Day Calendar:

“National Kids and Pets Day on April 26th raises awareness of the importance of picking the right pet for children at the right time. It’s an important decision that can lead to a lifetime of bonding between pet and child.

The day also celebrates the bonds children and pets can share and a day remember safety where our pets and children are concerned. There are many benefits of having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a lifelong impact on a child’s development.

It is also important to remember that small children as well as the pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.”

Safety Rules and Guidelines To keep Kids and Pets Safe at Home!

Never leave kids and pets alone, unsupervised.

This includes indoor as well as outdoor play time! Kids and pets needs to have an adult nearby to supervise their playtime and while it’s tempting to leave the room to take care of chores, don’t. Pets are unpredictable and they can get triggered by your child’s behavior. Take your child with you when moving from room to room, or separate the child and animal (crate or gate, or even closed room) when you are not able to supervise.

Outdoors, always supervise around pools, and in the yard!

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Teach your child to not disturb your pet when the pet is sleeping, eating or chewing a toy.

A pet needs to feel safe and secure and when their sleep, feeding time or playtime is interrupted, they can get annoyed, or even aggressive. To avoid this happening, teach your child to leave the pet alone during these activities.

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Don’t allow a child to touch (or play with) a pets’ waste as it carries disease

Cat litter boxes look like fun sandboxes to young children. Cat’s waste carries disease and you do not want your child to play with the cat’s waste. At the same time, a dog carries diseases as well: teach a child the proper way to dispose of a dog’s poop.

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No rough housing or teasing

While you may play games with your dog or cat that can be labeled ‘roughhousing’, don’t allow your child to play those same games. It is most likely that you as the adult in the home are the alpha. A dog or cat will accept certain dominant behavior from you, the alpha, but not from a child that is smaller. To avoid this happening, avoid playing these types of games in front of the children, as they often emulate what they see! Games to avoid include tug-of-war, picking up the pet and spraying it with a hose.

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Dog Bite Statistics To Wrap your Head Around!

It’s hard not to mention dog bites when we talk about kids, pets and safety. Prevention is so very important and that is why supervision of kids and pets at all times is THE MOST important rule to stick to!

Here are some crazy statistic to wrap you head around.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Humane Society of the United States, there are about 4.7 million dog bites every year in the U.S. These bites result in approximately 16 fatalities.
  • Approximately 800,000 people seek medical attention for dog bites in the U.S. every year — about 1,000 people require emergency care for dog bite injuries every day (according to a study produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).
  • About half of those injured in dog attacks are children. The rate of dog bite accidents is highest for those between the ages of 5-9 (according to the American Veterinary Medical Association).
  • Nearly 2/3 of injuries among children ages 4 and younger are to the head or neck region, because of their height. Injuries are higher for boys than for girls.
  • According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bites nearly doubled over a 15-year period. The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200. There were 4 times as many dog bite-related ER visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

Prevention is the Key to Keeping Kids and Pets Safe at Home

Installing security cameras is one way to help the adults in your home keep an eye on kids and pets, but it should not replace in-person supervision.

Teaching children the right to play and care for a pet is another important safety measure.

We love our children and we love our pets. We know you do too! Stay safe and secure in your own home at all times!

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

 

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Celebrate the Earth: Celebrate Sustainability in Your Home

Earth Day is April 22, 2021

Did you know, Earth Day is celebrated all over the world on April 22, 2021 and has been since 1970?

From EarthDay.org:

“Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet —

In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health.

However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries as it raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 would come to provide a voice to this emerging environmental consciousness, and putting environmental concerns on the front page.”

How can you work towards a better earth, a cleaner environment and a more sustainable home?

In this article we look at several ways you can help and do you part in celebrating our most beautiful planet!

Recycling Household Waste

Recycling is easy! Separate plastic, glass, cans and other recyclable materials instead of adding it to your trash. It’s a simple action on your part, but has far-fetching consequences for our planet.

One other great way you can recycle is to start a compost pile. This is a win-win: your food scraps don’t end up in the trash and your garden will grow even better with fresh compost at the ready.

Interested in learning more?

Click these links:
Household Recycling Tips
Composing Tips

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Grow a Vegetable Garden

Growing some of your own food is a great way to help out the earth! Eating locally grown and sourced foods (i.e in your backyard) reduced the footprint of your food. No transportation costs, no fossil fuel burnt, no cost for keeping food fresh for a prolonged period of time!

Growing even just a few of your vegetables make you a friendlier consumer!

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Use Smarthome Technology + Honeywell Temperature Controls

Keeping your home warm, or cold during winter and summer can be a challenge, and can cost energy and money.

We’ve located an excellent article about ideal room temperature.

As you can see from this chart, besides reducing the carbon footprint, you also save money and live a healthier life when changing the setting on your thermostat!

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Smarthome technology can help set and keep your home at the ideal temperature, no matter what season we are in. Let us know how we can help you  install a system to reduce your carbon footprint, saves money and is better for your health!

Select Energy Efficient Appliances and Electronics

Another great way to reduce your carbon footprint: use less water, less electricity and save money is to purchase energy efficient appliances and electronics.

This would include the following appliances and electronics in your home: refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, faucet aerator, washing machines, dryers, showerheads, toilets, ceiling fans, water heater and furnace.

If you are considering building a new home, start with this Energy-Efficient Home Makeover Guide.

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Install Energy Efficient Lighting

Last but not least, install energy efficient lighting!

“Simply, energy efficient lighting can save the electricity while maintaining good quality and quantity of the light. Energy efficient lighting involves in replacement (or re-lamping) of traditional lamps (such as incandescent lamps) with that of energy efficient such as fluorescent lamps, CFL lamps and LED lamps.”

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Create and Celebrate Sustainability in your Home!

If you live in the Myrtle Beach area, or anywhere in Horry County or Georgetown County in South Carolina, give us a call and let us help you help our earth! We are ready for your call!

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

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Springtime Home Security Tips for Homeowners

Spring is Here!

As the south heats up, we spend a lot more time outside. When we spend more time outside, our home opens up as well and new security issues can arise as we might be a bit more careless around our home as far as security and personal safety is concerned!

Enjoy your Spring days, but don’t let your guard down.

3 Springtime Home Security and Safety Tips!

Whether you live in South Carolina, or elsewhere, take head and prevent crime and personal tragedies by taking safety and security measures before accidents and crime happen!

1 Open Doors and Windows Invite Trouble!

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Open doors and unlocked and open windows invite trouble. Criminals always look ofr easy ways in and if you don’t know this statistic, it should scare you just a bit:

Most burglaries happen between the hours of 10 AM – 2PM.

That means during the day when you least expect it and when your guard is down. Therefore, always alarm your home, even if you are home and don’t leave doors unlocked and windows open when you do leave.

2 Swimming Pools and Personal Safety

While swimming pools in the south offer relief from heat and humidity, they are a safety hazard for families with kids. Did you know that children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates?

Tips to help your family stay safe in  and around the water

  • Supervise When in or Around Water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the pool and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, be close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children.
  • Use the Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy.

Read more about pool safety here.

3 Prevent Bike Theft!

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When the weather cooperates, we tend to want to go outside and exercise. While bikes may have been locked up all winter, now that it’s springtime, these are parked either outside or in an open garage.

Bikes are an easy ‘steal’ for a criminal looking for a quick win.

Don’t want your bikes to disappear? Alarm your home and your garage, install security cameras, like the Ring camera and keep an eye on your property at all times, even when you aren’t home!

Want More Security Tips or Need Specific Questions Answered?

We’d love the opportunity to talk with you. Give us a call anytime at 843-318-6392 with your concerns and questions.

Happy Springtime!

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

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Don’t Be Fooled: 3 Cyber Security Tips to Prevent Crime

Don’t Be Fooled While You Cruise the Internet!

As we spend more time online, Cyber Security continues to be a threat to our security, our finances and even our personal well-being.

We can easily be fooled, and you don’t have to be a teenager of senior citizen to fall for online scams or phishing attempt. It can happen to anybody, at any time!

In today’s article, we will outline several of the most common ways criminals fool folks like you and me!

1 Social Media Business Imposters

One of the most common scams is imposters pretending to be someone they are not.

One example is when a well-known brand is running a giveaway or contest. An imposter duplicates this brand, even going as far as creating a landing page for the fake contest! Next, they start messaging the followers of the real brand, telling those followers that ‘they won’, and asking them to log in, or click a link.

Don’t fall for fake social media accounts! Don’t engage with them, click a link or give out your password.

Instead, take a good look at the account that’s messaging you:

  • are they set to public? (if it’s set to private, it’s fake)
  • do they have followers?
  • What other content are they sharing?

When in doubt, don’t click! It’s fairly easy to spot a fake once you are on the lookout and you are aware!

2 Social Media Fake Accounts

There are also plenty of people pretending to be one thing and then really not being that person. There are bots and fake accounts all over the internet.

You can spot fake personal accounts by checking the date they joined that platform, who their friends are, and if their settings are set to the point you can’t find out anything about them. If that’s the case, most likely they are hiding something

The main purpose of fake social media accounts is to get close to you to try to influence your decisions and gain access to accounts and financial information, or to reach someone else who is in your circle of friends.

Make a rule not to friend anyone you don’t know or haven’t met in real life, or anyone who has just a few friends.

If someone you’ve just met starts messaging you and you don’t like it, block them and cut ties with that person or bot immediately.

3 Phishing Attempts

A phishing attempt looks like the following: an official-looking email comes to your inbox, stating that your bank, your Facebook, your credit card… need to be reverified. That they lost information. That you need to re-enter your password, or your social security number, or you need to log in. Never, ever, ever click on email like that.

Instead, go to the source on the internet. Go to your BROWSER and log in to your bank, your credit card account or Facebook to see if there are any messages or warnings there. If not, it was a phishing attempt!

4 Online Grooming

Be aware of  those with bad intentions. While someone might seems ok, it’s easy to create false accounts and pretend to be someone you are not.

If you have teenagers and elderly parents, talk to them about the signs of online grooming by experienced criminals to get control over you, your financials and your life. They might gain access to an important accounts,  eventually blackmailing you into giving them access to everything.

It might seem that this person loves you, but in reality they are just a criminal trying to take advantage of you.

Signs to look for when suspecting online grooming happening to you or a loved one:

  • Send you lots of messages.
  • Ask you to keep your conversations secret.
  • Try to find out more.
  • Start sending you sexual messages.
  • Get you to share personal information.
  • Try to blackmail you.

5 Account Hacking

Last but not least, secure all your accounts with 2 factor authentication aka 2FA.

It’s offered to prevent hacking. Online giants such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, banks and most other financial institutions urge you to use 2FA to prevent hacking.

Set up 2FA on all accounts. Use it. Encourage others in your household to do the same.

It can save you from losing your account, money and access to important account.

Questions or Concerns?

Strand Security is here to help you! If you are worried about your Wifi security, home security or cyber safety, come to us with your questions or concerns. We have years of experience and will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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

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Who Installs the Best Grand Strand Commercial Security and Automation Systems?

Crooked Hammock Brewery North Myrtle Beach

Commercial Security Systems for Grand Strand Businesses

Did you know that Strand Security has been installing Commercial Security Systems on the Grand Strand for over 10 years?

We are not only experienced, we have well-trained staff members who know exactly how to get the job done right! If you need a commercial system, choose Strand Security.

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Automation Systems for Grand Strand Businesses

Technology keeps changing: new businesses opening up don’t just need a commercial security systems, they also want automation, the latest security cameras, the best technology and the most reliable brands!

We at Strand Security have been installing Smarthome technology for years, and that includes automation for commercial sites as well. We have installed URC technology for many happy customers along the Grand Strand.

URC technology connects all systems, including POS, audio/stereo, security cameras, security systems.

Learn more about URC here.

URC automation in a commercial setting

Commercial Security Cameras

Why would a new business invest in high quality, well-performing security cameras?

There are many reasons including:

to ensure staff safety at all times

☆ the prevention vandalism of property

safety of guests and customers

real-time notifications of break ins

☆ monitoring of building for fire

and more!

Smart business owners get smart technology and security cameras!

Prevention is the key!

New Business Development in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach has been a hotspot for new business development for years! In the past, we’ve worked with several new businesses particularly some that have taken up ‘residence’ at Barefoot Landing. We are thrilled that once again, one sich new business has chosen Strand Security for all their commercial security and automation needs.

Are you looking for a business to partner with? Give us a call today!

Crooked Hammock Brewery in North Myrtle Beach

Last but not least, a HUGE shoutout to Crooked Hammock Brewery in North Myrtle Beach! It was an honor and huge pleasure to partner with you on all systems.

If you are in the area, make sure to go check out this new business – Spring is here: enjoy it!

Crooked Hammock Brewery

 

Come Talk Commercial Systems with Us!

We are here to help you navigate all things commercial security and automation.

Call us for a quote or with any questions!

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

 

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