Getting Ready to Go Back to School

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Back to SchoolThe school year is quickly approaching and it is about time to start preparing the kids to get back into the rhythm of going to class every day and studying every night. Here at SafeHouse, your local security company, we want to make sure that your kids are fully prepared to get back into the classroom. Safety is such a massive concern in today’s education climate. Our team at SafeHouse, your local security company, has compiled a list of a few tips that you and your child can use to make sure that they stay safe throughout the school year. Sending your child to school can be nerve-wracking and scary whether they are heading to Kindergarten or final years of college, but you’ll be able to put your mind at ease with these helpful tips.

Bus Stop Safety – Make sure your child is always walking to the bus stop and not running. Aim to get to the stop five minutes before the bus gets there, so that way they won’t have to rush. Your kid should also always use the sidewalk. If there isn’t a sidewalk, they should walk on the left side facing towards traffic. As always, tell them to avoid strangers and definitely never get into a vehicle with one. They should look to the left and the right and then to the left again once the bus and the traffic around it has stopped with the stop sign extended.

Back to SchoolBuddy System – The buddy system is a great way for your child to stay safe, no matter where they are. This system can apply to the bus stop, field trips, or even playing outside during recess. With the buddy system, your child will be paired with another so they are never alone. This will deter issues such as harassment from strangers and getting lost on long trips. If your child has a buddy who is accountable for them, you won’t have to worry about your kid being by themselves and therefore more susceptible to danger.

College Parties (Binge Drinking) – Students in elementary through high school aren’t the only ones getting back to class, college students will be settling into their dorms soon as well. One common problem for college students occurs when too much alcohol is consumed over a short period of time. This is a dangerous activity called “binge drinking” and is responsible for countless ambulance trips, hospital stents and even deaths every school year. Make sure your child knows the dangers of binge drinking and remind them to never drink and drive.  

Back to SchoolSchool Safety Procedure – Every school has different safety procedures for different emergencies. Make sure your child is properly informed of what to do in the case of an emergency. You can also have them practice drills so they do it correctly if anything were to occur. We hope that your child will never have to use these procedures but they should be properly trained and properly informed on how to handle these situations if something were to occur.

Bullying – Before the school year starts, have a discussion with your children on how they should handle bullies. In today’s culture, we would like to think that bullying is a thing of the past but it still occurs in schools every day. Teach your children not only how to handle a bully, but how to avoid being a bully themselves and how to speak up when another child is being bullied. Let your kid know that this sort of behavior will not be tolerated and educate them on their school’s specific anti-bullying campaign, if they have one. If they don’t have an anti-bullying program, maybe you can talk with other parents to get one organized. End bullying before it starts by talking to your children about how much pain it can cause.

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Troubleshooting Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

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carbon monoxide detectorHaving a carbon monoxide detector in your home is one of the most important measures you can take in regard to the safety of your family. Why is that? It is because this will alert you when there are high levels of carbon monoxide — which is both colorless and odorless — in your home, preventing any possible accidents or emergencies. Like all technology however, a carbon monoxide detector can suffer from malfunctions and one of the most common ways to know that for sure is if you see a flashing red light on your detector. Our team at Safehouse LLC, your local security company, wants to make sure that our customers know exactly what to do when they see that flashing light. Some steps you can take include:

Check What The Light Actually Means — A flashing red light might not actually be a bad thing. Some models of carbon monoxide detectors use that to indicate everything is properly working, while others use flashing green lights. Be sure to see what your model uses to signify its current status in the user manual

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Change Your Batteries — If your carbon monoxide detector uses a flashing red light as a warning, that typically indicates that its batteries are either running low or are about to die. Our staff at Safehouse LLC, your local security company, recommends that you swap out the old batteries for fresh ones as soon as you see that red light.

Ask Us At Safehouse — Here at Safehouse LLC, your local security company, we always want our customers to come to us with any questions they have, especially regarding their carbon monoxide detectors. Our experienced representatives are standing by to discuss the installation process, the different statuses your detector can have and how you can take care of it. We also will be happy to come to your home and inspect your detectors ourselves to ensure everything is running smoothly. Visit or contact us today!

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Where Should You Install Your Security Cameras?

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home securityHaving home security cameras — especially ones from SafeHouse LLC, your local security company — installed is sure to give you peace of mind about the protection of you and your loved ones. You need to make sure they are positioned just right however, in order to maximize how effective they will be. Knowing where the best places to install your home security cameras will only boost the level of safety for your family. Our team at SafeHouse LLC, your security system destination, have provided several tips on where you can place your home security cameras and ensure you have the security you deserve in your own household:

security system• Install Cameras In Vantage Points — You definitely will want to mount your home security cameras in high areas such as: the corners of your ceiling, above windows, doors and other entry points and on tall pieces of furnitures. Having them high enough will provide you with a clear view of what is happening in different rooms, as well cover access to your home and thwart would-be burglars.

• Regularly Clean The Lenses — Over time, the lenses of your home security cameras can become obscured due to dust, smudges and other debris. Naturally, this will lead to blurred and grainy footage. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, recommends periodically wiping those lenses and making sure your cameras are free of anything that can impair their performance.

• Perform Maintenance — Like all pieces of technology, your home security cameras need scheduled upkeep to function properly. Remember to check the charge of your cameras and keep them at full power, along with changing any old batteries out for new ones. That way they can continue watching over you and your loved ones.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we will be glad to give you more advice about where to place your home security cameras and also show you which models we offer, as well as our different security systems. Contact or visit us today!

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Check Us Out In The Community

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localsecuritysystemHere at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we are extremely proud of the connections that we have with our local community. It is important to us because the foundation of a local community is what helps businesses grow to new levels. Our work with organizations like the Better Business Bureau, the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary International Club and many others allows our experienced team at SafeHouse LLC, your home security destination, to meet people from all walks of life and pass along information about what their local security company can provide them. Our job is to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible and to ensure our local businesses have the protection they deserve. Contact or visit us today to see what SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, can do for you!

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How Do I Choose a Storage Unit?

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How to Choose a Storage Unit

Figuring out a way to store all of your stuff can be a pain, but using a storage unit is one of the best ways to store all that extra stuff that is clogging up your house and/or garage. Finding a good storage unit that you can trust can be tough though, as there are many local options to choose from. Are you wondering where you can find a storage unit you can trust? Do you need help figuring out which size storage unit you need to store all those extra items?

Optimally, you will only have to deal with your storage unit a couple of times: once moving in and whenever you need to pick something up. Pick a storage unit that you can put your stuff into and then just completely forget about it until you need to pick something up. Don’t pick a storage unit that you will constantly worry about. Use the tips below from SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, to help you figure out which storage unit fits what you need:

How to Choose a Storage Unit

  • Determine What Size Storage Unit You Need: Check out what exactly you have to put in that storage unit. You want to make sure that once everything is stowed away, that you have very little room. By filling your storage unit, you will guarantee that you will be getting the best value possible for your unit. Despite wanting to pack your unit, though, do make sure you have enough room to move around so you don’t have to empty it out to get something in the back.
  • Figure Out What Kind of Store Unit You Require: Perhaps you have something that is temperature sensitive. If that’s the case, then make sure that you go with a climate-controlled unit that is located indoors instead of a generic, outdoor garage-style storage unit. Do you have valuable items? Then maybe you should find a unit with a solid security system, like one from SafeHouse LLC, your local security company.
  • Get Your Storage Unit Insured: Check if your renter or homeowner insurance policy covers anything locked away in storage. If not, then maybe you should consider purchasing insurance from wherever you rent your storage unit. Most national or regional chains offer insurance with a fee.
  • Do The Proper Research: There is nothing wrong with checking out the reviews of a storage unit before you go to check it out. There also isn’t anything wrong with scoping out the neighborhood in which your storage unit is located. If you don’t really like the look of the location, then pick somewhere you think your items will be safer. Also make sure that the hours fit your schedule, that way you’re not stranded at an awkward time waiting for your unit’s office to open.
  • Visit and Ask Some Questions: Before you commit to a storage unit, you should pay it a visit and ask a few questions to the staff. Take a tour of the storage units to figure out if they are really the units that you want. Ask about any discounts or programs that they offer and check out what the payment policy is. Once you ask all these questions and more, then you can figure out if this is the storage unit that you need.

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Visit These Safe Towns On The Eastern Shore

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safehouse llcWe have the privilege to live on the beautiful Eastern Shore and be part of close-knit communities which always are there for us. Despite how great the Eastern Shore is, we can’t forget that crime can happen at anytime and anywhere. Our towns on the Shore value how safe they are for their residents, and our team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, is proud to do our part to help keep our towns secure and make sure all locals have the best systems for home security. We want to showcase that pride, and that is why we put together a quick list of several of the current safest towns on the Eastern Shore using information from Niche.com. We hope that this will help our customers decide where to visit, or even live, next:

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  • Cambridge — Located in Dorchester County, Cambridge is a town which more and more tourists visit each year. The Main Street of Cambridge is growing with various businesses, and the town has a rich history, including an historical spot which was used for the Underground Railroad.
  • Easton — A town that always attracts many people from different walks of life, Easton is right in Talbot County. With multiple shops, restaurants and landmarks, Easton also is a hub for those who live or work right in metropolitan areas like Baltimore or Annapolis.
  • Denton — This is a town with  a combination of rural charm and suburban life. Located in Caroline County, Denton offers various amenities to its residents and visitors while retaining its rustic appeal.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we are glad to be based on the Eastern Shore for a variety of reasons. It is not only a fantastic place for families to live, but it is also where they can have peace of mind from knowing their home security is in the hands of the professionals at SafeHouse LLC. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more information about what we can do to make your Eastern Shore home the safest it can be.

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What Height Should Your Doorbell Camera Be?

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local security companyOur team at SafeHouse LLC, your source for home security, wants all of our customers to know how beneficial it can be to have a doorbell camera installed in your house. Having one will allow you to identify who is at your door and give you plenty of details before you decide to open it up. This can be a great addition to your existing home security system and further enhance the peace of mind for you and your family. However, it is important to know exactly where on the door you should install this camera and at what height it should be mounted, a because the perfect angle will provide you with the maximum amount of information. 

local security companyHere at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we want to give you a few tips on how to make using your doorbell camera as effective as possible:

  • Obviously, a doorbell camera is intended to be installed on your door. We recommend that the camera be installed where a doorbell typically would be located. Most people would think placing the camera higher on the door would make it more efficient, but that is not the way the technology works. By placing it at doorbell-level, the camera will still be able to see the face of whoever is at the door easily and let you know what you need to.
  • When properly installed, a doorbell camera also can give you an idea of what is going on beyond your doorstep. However, you do not want to advertise the fact that you have such a camera. Installing it where your doorbell normally would go is a good concealment method and lets you continue monitoring whoever comes to your door.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we are ready to ensure you have the right doorbell camera that will perfectly fit with your current security system. Providing you with the best home security is our mission and it is one we take seriously. Contact us or visit us today to learn more about how we protect the things you care about the most.

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Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month

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Safehouse LLCElectricity is an integral part of our lives and is used to power our necessities, entertainment and so much more. However, there can be a tendency to overload our usage of electricity, which then leads to accidents, injuries and sometimes even fires. Since May is National Electrical Safety Month, our team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, thinks it is the perfect time to provide some tips to our customers about different practices to reduce any risks. That way, you can enjoy all of the benefits of electricity and ensure you have solid home security. Here are some practices recommended by the the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

home security• Prevent Electrical Overloads — This is one of the major causes of residential fires. You can lessen your chances of this happening by not having an enormous amount of devices plugged into your outlets.

• Turn Off Anything You Are Not Using If you are leaving a room or even your house, make sure you turn off every light and device that you do not need on. This can help reduce your chances of shortages and other occurrences.

Secure Your Extension Cords According to the ESFI, extension cords are the cause of roughly 3,300 home fires every year. They can overheat when used improperly, so be sure to keep an eye on any you have plugged in and unplug them when you are finished.

Monitor Your Smoke Alarms And Carbon Monoxide Detectors — If a home fire does break out, your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will be essential for the safety of you and your loved ones. That is why our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, suggests that you periodically replace the batteries of these devices and ensure that they are in working order.

• Keep A Home Safety Checklist — This is useful because a checklist will promote safe practices and remind your family to make sure their electrical usage is not too excessive.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we also recommend that you have all of your electrical work performed by an experienced electrician. This will give you peace of mind about your home security and you will have a resource if a problem does occur. We encourage our customers to contact us with any questions they have about safe electrical practices and we hope everyone has a great National Electrical Safety Month!

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Have a Secure Spring Cleaning

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Spring cleaning, one of the most time-honored traditions, is when you remove the clutter from your home and lives to make room for a whole new summer of fun. Don’t let the excitement of spring cleaning distract you from the fact that burglars can use this time as an opportunity for crime. Not only that, but once spring rolls around, there are a number of other dangers to protect your home and family from. Check out our five useful tips to keep your family and home safe during the springtime;

  1. Use Your Outdoor Lights – An unlit home is an open invitation for criminals. Make sure that you keep your house well-illuminated with some low-watt CFL or LED bulbs. This will help to deter intruders that don’t want to be caught in the act.
  2. Make Sure Your Address is Visible – Emergency responders need to be able to find your house easily in case something happens. If they are unable to see your house numbers, it could delay their crucial response times. As spring gets closer, weeds and wear from the weather might prevent how well people can see your address. Make sure this isn’t an issue so emergency responders can get to you when you need them.
  3. Put Your Yard Tools Away – Spring is a time for yard work, but you should always make sure that you put your tools back into your garage or shed when you’re done. If you leave your tools laying around, that puts them at risk to be stolen. It also gives criminals the impression that you’re not paying close attention to your property, inviting them to intrude in your home and steal what they want.
  4. Lock Your Doors and Windows – When the temperature gets warmer, you might be tempted to leave your doors or windows open to let a fresh cool breeze in. However, don’t forget to close and lock those doors and windows up when you leave to keep burglars out.
  5. Get a Home Security System from SafeHouse – There is no better way to protect you and your family then by installing a professional security system from SafeHouse, your local security company. Having it alone will deter criminals, but it will also protect you all in a number of other cases such as fires. Contact us today and we will get you outfitted with the security system that your house needs to bring you complete peace of mind.

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How To Outsmart A Burglar & Keep Your Home Safe

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SafeHouse LLCHere at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we always urge our clients to be on guard against any potential burglars or intruders. Though you may keep your home security tight and your home well-protected, thieves can always find a way to get inside if opportunities present themselves. They sometimes will spend enormous amounts of time studying a place for all possible points of entry. Naturally, our team at SafeHouse LLC is not trying to alarm our customers. We just want to ensure that you will have peace of mind when you leave your house and not be unnecessarily stressed out. Here are several tips on how you can continue to stay one step ahead of any crafty burglar:

Keeping Up Appearances — Our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, recommends that you always make sure the exterior of your home exudes confidence. To cut down how many hiding spots possible intruders can use, keep trees and shrubbery well-maintained and periodically check them. When you leave, be sure to lower the blinds on your windows or doors so that no one can see what is inside.

You also should keep your trash secure because — believe it or not — someone could look through it and see if you purchase big-ticket items. If you are going out of town, ask a neighbor or a friend to pick up your mail and packages so that they won’t build up. That is a red flag that you are away to would-be intruders. Try to change up your routine because burglars might attempt to determine patterns of behavior. Though these ideas may seem kind of elaborate, they actually will prove to be quite effective in deterring trouble.

home securityBe Aware Of Your Surroundings — One of the main preventive measures that you can take is to know everything that is going on around you. Take note if you see a strange vehicle on your street for extended periods of time on multiple days or if an unknown pedestrian is acting out of the ordinary. You should always ask to see proper identification of everyone that knocks on your door, especially if they offer to do some work for you or if they claim to be with a specific service or company. If you have an appointment with services like plumbing or moving, we suggest calling the company or searching online to verify they are who they say they are.

You also should try to remain home during such appointments. If you feel at all unsafe, do not hesitate to contact your police department. Don’t forget to occasionally check the outside of your house, to see if there have been any subtle changes like a small spray of paint or a missing welcome mat. These are markers that thieves as reminders to themselves to come back to your home and case it out further. Again, do not be afraid to contact the authorities if you find any of these signs.

Prevent Easy Access To Your Possessions — Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we believe that securing your valuables is crucial. That’s a no-brainer, but often people forget to do so because of the rush of daily life. Since they want to spend as little time in your home as possible, thieves have a check-list of items to immediately look for and take. These include liquor, identity-related information, home decorations, cash, prescription drugs, jewelry, technology and more. It always is smart to make sure these items and anything else precious to you are kept out of sight  when you are not using them and stored safely away when you are not home.Our team at SafeHouse LLC, your destination for home security, hopes these tips help our customers in keeping their homes safe and thwart any would-be burglars. We also would be glad to go over the various security systems that we offer, so stop by or contact us today.

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Sentech Merger Announcement

Safehouse is pleased to announce that we have entered into a definitive merger agreement with Sentech, a leading provider of security alarm systems!