Tips For Encouraging Internet Safety

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The Internet has become one of the most essential parts of everyday life because of its convenient access to knowledge, entertainment, necessities, and so much more. You can even use your phone as a virtual gate to the World Wide Web as you go about your daily schedule. Though no one can deny that being online has vastly improved life, there are various problems that have created a threat to our overall security. At SafeHouse, we want you to be able to enjoy the convenience and wonder of the Internet with complete peace of mind. That is why the team at your security company has compiled a list of helpful tips for you and your family to follow whenever you go online. They include:

  • Only visit secure websites (look for a lock icon next to the URL).
  • If any warnings appear before you arrive to a website (i.e. malware, unauthorization, etc.), immediately exit out of the tab or window.
  • Only use secure passwords for any websites that require a login. While it is important to make them easy to remember, we strongly suggest that you NEVER choose passwords that personally relate to you or write them down anywhere. Weak passwords include birthdays, anniversaries, favorite colors, the names of your pets, and more. Instead, it is wise to pick a combination of letters and numbers that are both random and simple to commit to your memory. The team at your security camera company will be glad to give you more information on this.
  • Only enter personal information like your address or financial information on certified, secure websites that you absolutely trust.
  • Never open any suspicious emails that appear to be spam or come from email addresses that you do not recognize.

When it comes to internet safety for kids, SafeHouse suggests you do the following:

  • Restrict access to age-inappropriate websites or videos. You can do this by installing parental controls on your home network.
  • Monitor how much screen time your children are using. A possible starting limit is up to an hour a day, then you can gradually increase it depending on the age of your kids.
  • Check your child’s search history after each online session.
  • If your child has a smartphone, then your security camera company recommends that you place them on a limited data plan and talk to them about the potential dangers of the Internet before they leave the house.

The professionals at SafeHouse hope that these tips assist you and your family in enjoying everything that the Internet offers. Be sure to contact us with any questions you might have, and remember to stay safe online!

Spring Cleaning Safety

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While safety is a year-long concern for homeowners,  spring can bring a number of security issues that could lead to problems. Along with the weather warming up, baseball season, and late night campfires, spring brings the need for some additional security measures to keep your family protected. Take some time during your spring cleaning process to complete these simple tips below to have a safe and enjoyable spring season.

Remove Pollen From Security Cameras: Having the most up-to-date security system won’t help if all of your cameras’ lenses are coated in pollen. Imagine trying to make out a burglar’s face through a green blur. Make sure you clean your cameras uses a blower or a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging the lens. Use a little bit of lens cleaning solution and wipe it off with a cleaning cloth or lens tissue.

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Trim Lawn/Bushes: Keeping your lawn grass short and properly maintaining the shrubbery on your property is a great way to deter burglars. Having an overgrown lawn or out-of-control bushes can make it look like you’ve been away from your home for a while or that your home may lack a security system.

Clean Out Garages And Other Storage Areas: Spring cleaning is one of the best times to clear out that clutter occupying your barn, shed, garage, or any other storage area. Nuisances like possums, rats, stray cats, birds, and bats can spread dangerous diseases or start to decompose on your property. Clear out these areas as part of your spring cleaning process.

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Fresh Coat of Paint on House: Painting your house may not be on your to-do list this spring, but a freshened-up exterior will show everyone passing by that you really care about your home. Houses with fresh coats of paint may be more likely to appear as a home with a security system in place.

Get the Latest Security System from SafeHouse: There is no better way to have complete peace of mind during any season than having the most up-to-date security system from SafeHouse. Talk to our expert team, and we can make sure that your security system is ready to protect you from any problems that may occur this spring.

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Smart Home Security Is Growing

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Thanks to many advancements in technology, smart homes are becoming more and more abundant, making your everyday life so much easier. All you have to do is tap a button on your smart device or computer and you can easily control the lighting, temperature, and more, even when you are nowhere near home. As the popularity of smart homes increases however, so does the risk to your overall security. That is why demands for smart home security and safety are rising every day.  In fact, the global smart home security and safety market is expected to reach a mind-blowing $134.50 billion by 2025. According to an article by Security Today, this projected increase is because more and more people are buying smart security devices for their smart homes. Our expert team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, is proud to offer you complete peace of mind while you enjoy the comfort and convenience of a smart home.

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The article by Security Today states that people are looking into different security products for their smart homes. These include all-in-one security systems, speakers around one central hub, comprehensive video surveillance and alarm systems, and others. Shoppers are also interested in innovative locks and access control, which guarantee no unauthorized entry into your house when you are away. The article also shows that key players in the growth of smart home security include ADT, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, FrontPoint, NETGEAR, Honeywell International, and many others. The professionals at your local security company believe that this increase in demands for smart home security is promising because you should always have the knowledge that your home is safe. We want our customers to live in #SAFECommunities and feel like their smart homes are always protected, even when they are not there. Our experienced staff is here to tell you about the smart home security products we offer and how you can continue enjoying your amazing and efficient smart home. Contact us today!

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Babysitter Safety

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Once you pick your babysitter, there are a number of safety tips that you should follow to make sure that your sitter is fully prepared for the task at hand. Your local security company is ready to share some key tips to keep in mind when you are preparing your babysitter to watch your child.

Set Babysitter Rules

Before you even hire your babysitter, you should make it known that there is a set group of rules that must be followed. Some suggest that you should limit the amount of time that the sitter is allowed to stay on their phone. Constantly being on the phone, especially while the child is still awake, can lead to minimal attention being paid to the child. While sitters may not have to hover over children, they should at least be attentive enough to identify issues before they happen. You should also set a rule that your sitter is not allowed to have friends over to your place after your child falls asleep. This may seem self-explanatory, but it is always a good idea to put it out there, especially if your babysitter is a teenager.

Get Your Child’s Routine Down

When it comes time to leave your house, you should make sure that your child is well aware of the schedule that they should be following, even when you are away. Your child should know when it is time to go to bed so they can be prepared before the sitter even tells them it is time. They should also know what they’re going to eat and whether or not they’re allowed to watch television. You should also review important safety information with your child, such as how to escape your building in the case of a fire and the location of fire extinguishers. Your child should also be aware of the location of items such as first aid kits and flashlights. If your child follows the normal routines, it will make it better for everyone involved, especially the babysitter.

Leave Important Phone Numbers

When you’re getting ready to leave for the night, you should make sure that your sitter has access to all of the important numbers that they need. You should always leave the phone number of the place that you are going, in addition to your cell phone number, so that you can be reached no matter where you go. You should also leave the number of your child’s doctor in case there is a medical emergency. Parents should also tell the sitter to dial 911 in case of an emergency that needs the involvement of police or the fire department, and you should leave the number of the closest poison control center in a spot that is easy to find. You should also leave the number of one of your neighbors that you trust, so they can be contacted in case help is needed.

Help your babysitter be ready and prepared with these easy tips.

Choosing My Babysitter

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SafeHouse, your local security company, knows how tough it is to raise a child. This is why having a good babysitter that you and your family can count on is so important. You want to make sure the person is well-qualified, has a history of helping children, and is completely safe to let into your home and child’s life. At the same time, you want someone who will be affordable and has the flexible hours that you and your child need.

Finding Your Babysitter

One of the first to-do’s is to track down qualified candidates for your babysitting position. You should treat this as a full-time job and seek out only those that will fill the role the best. Some great places to check are your local YMCA, high school/college job fairs, nursing schools, and even senior citizen centers. You could possibly inquire to the staff about what you’re looking for to see if they can help or you could utilize a bulletin board. It might be possible that bulletin board already has a candidate listing there or you could just post something yourself saying that you and your family are seeking out a babysitter. If your child is already in a daycare system, then you should check with them to see if any staff members are looking for extra work. This situation is ideal as these people are already familiar with your child.

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Choosing Your Babysitter

Once you have narrowed your choices down to a few names, it is time to pick which one you think will fit the best. Age is a huge factor to keep in mind during this process, as your child might respond better to a teenager than an adult. Though the American Red Cross has babysitting training for people as young as 11 years old, the exact age of your sitter may depend on the needs of your own children. Age is also factor in relation to your own child. You want to make sure that your sitter has experience with children within that age range. If your child is less than a year old but your sitter only has experience with kids older than 6, then that sitter might not know how to change a diaper or entertain very young children.

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It is important to interview your candidates in your own home so that you can interact with them face-to-face and observe their interactions with your child. You should also make sure that your sitter has the proper first aid training so that you have peace of mind knowing that your family is safe. We recommend your sitter not only taking the aforementioned American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course, but also being fully CPR certified so they can be prepared for the worst. Your sitter should also know their way around a basic first aid kit and be able to disinfect and dress cuts, scrapes, and other abrasions. After you ask their qualifications, you could follow up with a few “What If” scenarios to see how they would react in certain situations. If you are interested in using them, discuss pricing and availability last. It should always be safety over price when it comes to babysitters. Don’t forget, you can always check on how your sitter is doing by using some security cameras from SafeHouse, your local security company. This will give you even more peace of mind when you are away from your child.

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Protect Your Home While You Travel This Winter

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Winter has arrived, meaning you and your family will be traveling all over the country to go on a much-needed vacation or to just take in the snow-covered scenery. However, it is very important that you remember to ensure the security of your home before you head out so that you can return to a truly safe house after your trips. Our experts at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, want that for our customers and have provided several tips on how to protect your home as you enjoy a winter driving adventure:

  • Let Neighbors Know: We recommend that you let your trusted neighbors know about your trip, what your destination is and when they can expect you back. Not only will this give you an extra set of eyes on your house, but it also will be very helpful if you run into an emergency out on the road and the authorities need to know where to send assistance.
  • Hide Your Keys Well: Though this may already be a practice that you do, it never hurts to change the hiding places of any spare keys you have. Make sure that you choose places that are hard to detect even if someone was searching for them, but also one that you will remember. Some new spots could be among shrubbery, taped behind a rain spout, given to a neighbor, placed in a lockbox, or anywhere else that is concealed from view. However, our experienced team at SafeHouse LLC, your home for a new security system, says not to use decorative rocks because a thief can smash a window with one

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  • Let People Think Someone’s Home: Here at SafeHouse LLC, your home security destination, we suggest that you put out clues that someone still is at your house before you go away. They could be a dog bowl outside the door, lights set on a timer that will go off at “bedtime,” work boots or equipment somewhere outside, etc. These signs will be useful in deterring would-be burglars.
  • Perform A Checklist Before You Leave: It is always a smart idea to make a mental home security checklist before you get in your car. Possible items to have on it are: locking all the doors and windows, ensuring your valuables are safely stored away, arming your security system (if you have one) and more. Though it may seem tedious, this practice will let you fully enjoy your trip with peace of mind.
  • Have SafeHouse Experts Install A Security System: Our experienced team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, think that the best safety measure you can have is allowing us to install a security system in your home. We will go over exactly what the system will do, answer any questions you might have, and guarantee that you feel entirely confident in the capabilities of this system. You deserve to have fun away from home, so let SafeHouse LLC give you that confidence.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your home security destination, we always want our customers to enjoy living in #SAFECommunities and have a great time on all of their journeys this winter. Contact us for more tips or to schedule the installation of your new security system today!

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Safety

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November is upon us and that means that not only is it time for Black Friday but it is also the season for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. With deals that are sure to entice any buyer, Black Friday season can be a busy and hectic time of the year. This means that safety for you and your loved ones is most likely an important issue. You may be too busy thinking about the latest and greatest deals to be concerned with safety, so let the team at SafeHouse give you some protective tips to keep you safe this Black Friday and when you should shop online on Cyber Monday.

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  • NEVER fight or even argue over an item
  • Always check your accounts and save your receipts
  • Park in well-lit areas and be patient when searching out a parking spot. Don’t speed into an open spot, as it could compromise the safety of yourself as well as other drivers and pedestrians
  • Store your shopping bags out of plain sight, possibly even in the trunk
  • Prevent pickpocketing by making sure your purse is kept close to your person and your wallet stays in either your inside coat pocket or your front pocket of your pants
  • Teach your children to meet you somewhere if they get lost and teach them how to ask for help from a security guard or employee if they are lost
  • Only use a single credit card while shopping, in case your identity becomes compromised

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  • Stick to retailers that you are familiar with
  • Share as little personal information as possible
  • Mix your passwords up so you aren’t using the same exact password for all of your accounts
  • Only shop on a secure site
  • Avoid phishing emails that are disguised as Cyber Monday deals
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card, so you that you have an extra layer of security between criminals and your bank account

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How You Can Keep Your Business Safe

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Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we want to remind everyone that we are not just focused on home security. We also want our customers to know the importance of keeping your business safe at all times, especially when you are not there. Though buying locks is a good first step, there are other practices that you can employ that will give you confidence in heading home for the night. Our team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, believes that having #SAFECommunities starts with ensuring the protection of our local businesses, because they are the bedrock of our community. Several ways you can keep your business safe includes:

– Have A Chime On Your Door — Having a bell, chime or other noisemaker is a simple and cost-effective way to always know when someone is coming in and out of your business. It also will an easy reminder for when you are expecting a meeting or a package to be delivered.

– Have GPS Tracking On All Work Vehicles — If you have a fleet of commercial vehicles that experience daily use, our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, suggests that you install GPS tracking on all of them. That way, you always will know exactly where your work vehicle is at all times and expand your business stress-free.

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– Install Security Cameras — This is a safety measure that our experienced team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, fully recommends that you have in and outside of your business. Not only are they an effective deterrent against theft, but they also will let you keep an eye on everything that is happening with your business. You also do not even have to be at work to monitor the cameras; you can do so from the comfort of your home. Be sure to ask our expert staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, about which type of security cameras you should have and about the installation process.

– Keep A Key Log — We suggest that you always have a record of which employee has keys to your business. This is a great way to guarantee you know the exact amount of keys and not worry about misplacing one.

Our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, hopes that our customers who have businesses find these tips useful. Feel free to reach out to us about any questions you might have or how we can help your business be part of our #SAFECommunities.

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Tips On Having A Fun And Safe Halloween

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Halloween, the spookiest of holidays, is fast approaching and it always is such fun. It’s the holiday where everyone — no matter what age — can put on a costume, enjoy different parties, get delightfully terrified at haunted houses, watch plenty of horror movies and so much more. Naturally, Halloween is especially wonderful for the kids because that means trekking out into the neighborhood and eating all the candy they can find. Though having fun on Halloween is exciting, our team at SafeHouse LLC  also wants our customers to be safe as possible during the evening. To better assist our #SAFECommunities, we’ve put together several tips you can follow that will help you and your loved ones have the most BOOtiful Halloween this year. They include:

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– Making Costumes Visible — A  good idea is to ensure that all costumes are bright and easy to see in the nighttime. That can be accomplished by buying or making a brightly-colored costume, or by placing reflective tape in strategic areas (like on the chest and back) along the costume and on any trick-or-treat bags. This tip especially is important for children and will help them be seen by passing cars or by others on the streets.

– Trick-Or-Treating With Supervision — One of the most important ways to stay safe on Halloween is to have adult supervision for children 12 years old and under during their search for candy. If you feel that your older children are mature enough, then they can go trick-or-treating in pairs or groups. However, no child should ever be by themselves on Halloween night, so remember to keep a close eye on your costumed little ones and always know where they are.

– Bringing Plenty Of Light — Our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, thinks a key part of Halloween safety is to have everyone in your group carry multiple flashlights and glow sticks while you are out on Halloween night. That way, you always will be clearly visible to everyone else and you’ll know what exactly is in the shadows. It also is wise to choose houses with the lights on when your little goblins are seeking the best trick-or-treat spots.

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– Having Everyone’s Contact Information — We suggest that you and everyone else in your Halloween group share any and all contact information with each other, so you only experience the good kind of scares. We also suggest that everyone makes sure their cell phones are fully charged before you head out and that you have sufficient service. Your cell phone also can double as a light source.

– Examining All Trick-Or-Treat Candy — We’ve all heard the stories that razor blades, pills or other hazardous materials can be found in trick-or-treat candy. It may seem far-fetched today and unlikely in today’s world, but we at SafeHouse believe it always is better to be safe than sorry. This is why we definitely recommend that you thoroughly inspect each piece of candy you or your young ghouls receives after you get home from Halloween night. While it might make your kids upset they can’t dive into their candy feast right away, it certainly is worth the delay to have peace of mind about what they will be ingesting.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we want all of our #SAFECommunities to have the most spooktacular Halloween they can. We also want it to be as safe as possible, so remember to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about Halloween safety. We hope you find these tips helpful and remember to save some candy for us!

How To Be Safe In The Work Place

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local security systemSafety is one of the most important factors in the modern workplace. With accidents and injuries happening every single day, SafeHouse wants our clients to stay informed of what they can do to prevent workplace incidents and issues so you can stay at work happy and healthy. #SAFEcommunities start with SafeHouse and a safe workplace starts with proper precautions. Take a few tips from your friends at SafeHouse, your local security company, and keep yourself and your coworkers safe.

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Follow Directions and Use Machines/Tools Correctly

Always make sure that you take the proper precautions when using machinery and tools. You should never take shortcuts, even if you think it makes work easier. Maybe using a screwdriver to dislodge something or climb scaffolding like it’s a ladder might sound like a good idea at the time, but it could end in a tragic workplace incident. Never use a tool in place of another for a particular job, as taking shortcuts is a huge cause of workplace injuries. Make sure you’re always properly trained in equipment before using it as well, so you are always following proper directions.

Be Aware of Easily Accessible Emergency Exits

Your workplace should always have emergency exits that you can reach quickly and easily. There should be nothing blocking these exits at all, as a clear path is essential for accessibility. You should always have a clear path to all emergency equipment shutoffs in case you have to turn off a piece of equipment quickly to prevent an accident. Your workplace should always make their staff aware of all emergency exits and emergency equipment shutoffs in case they need to be accessed.


Wear the Proper Safety Equipment

Most safety equipment is designed with the exact goal of preventing accidents and injury. If you’re not wearing the correct safety equipment, then you’re practically asking for an injury. Management should always brief their employees on what safety equipment they need and follow up by enforcing that the staff is wearing it at all times. Equipment such as hard hats, safety goggles, masks, and earplugs are just a few examples of some essential workplace equipment that can prevent issues and injuries.

Always Report Unsafe Work Conditions

Management should always do everything in their power to make sure that their workplace is safe and their employees have good working conditions, but they cannot fix issues that they are not aware of. You should always inform your supervisor of any workplace risks or safety hazards so they can be taken care of as soon as possible. Awareness is the first step in fixing an issue, so make sure that management always knows when there is a problem so it can be solved in a timely manner.

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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!