Did you know that 25% of Americans eat out on Valentine’s Day, making it the 2nd most popular dining holiday of the year? (Behind Mother’s Day, of course; Huffington Post) That means a quarter of the nation is either leaving their homes unattended or in the hands of a babysitter (or older child). Not to worry! There are several things you and your babysitter can do to keep your home and family safe and secure, all while enjoying your romantic date night out.
Download the app to control your Select SmartHome system. Having the app downloaded and available at a moment’s notice will help you feel connected even when you’re away from home.
Use the app to check in on your babysitter and family. If you have smart security cameras integrated with your Select SmartHome system, you can easily check the camera feeds to see what’s going on. If you feel like you may be intruding on the babysitter, send them a ‘heads-up’ text before you check-in.
If you’re leaving an empty house, use the app to ensure your system has been armed, the garage door is closed, the thermostat is lowered, and the lights come on at your convenience. This will give you peace of mind and help eliminate those date-night jitters.
Set-up system notifications. Set up a notification/alert to let you know if the system is left unarmed. Once receiving the notification, you can easily arm your system right from your smartphone.
For your babysitter…
Leave your babysitter a list of your emergency contacts. This is extremely important, especially if you have small children at home. Letting your babysitter know who to call in case of an emergency (in addition to you of course), can give you added peace of mind.
Set your babysitter up with his or her own user code on your security system. If the babysitter needs to run out to pick up dinner for your children or take them to an after-school function, they can arm and disarm your system without you having to worry about your home being left unsecured.
After setting up your babysitter with their own user code, show them how to use the system. This will help reduce false alarms. Plus, they will feel more comfortable using it.
If you’re using a new babysitter, give them a tour of your home and show them where important items are located. For example, make sure they know where the fire extinguisher is, where first aid items are located, and where you have any special instructions or emergency contacts posted. Also, if you have a fire escape plan for your family, share it with your babysitter.
And if you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, make sure you test your smoke detectors before cooking up that three-course meal!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out our blog on what we’re doing to show our customers we love them all year long!