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Summer Safety Tips

May 31st, 2019

Happy Summer! This is the season to celebrate family vacations, summers with your children and enjoying the outdoors. While your summer bucket list may be packed with activities, have you considered how you are going to protect your home? Whether you are away for your home or your children are spending their days indoor by themselves we have a guide to help you make smart security decisions in your life. We are going to cover some basic safety tips to make sure your summer is the best one ever…


Travel and Vacation Safety

We know your are excited about your summer vacation. But please, avoid posting any vacation details such as location and travel dates on social media. Burglars target social media profiles to find out when people will not be home. Save your social media sharing until after the trip.

 

To make your trip more relaxing and safer, try to avoid heavily traveled days and plan your road trip or flight accordingly. If you are traveling by car, always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle just in case.

 

Who is watching your home when you are away? Do you have pet sitters, plant sitters or the neighbor checking in on your home in your absence? Home Security Tip: Set up individual user access codes so you know who is coming and going. And be sure your security company is using a monitoring station that can quickly alert authorities and first responders to your home in case of a break in or fire.


How to Protect Your Kids This Summer

School is almost done and if this summer your children will be staying home during the day you may want to consider upgrading your security! Whether your children are growing older and gaining more responsibilities or this will be your child’s first summer home alone, we have ways to check up on them without being too “over-bearing”. Here is what you can add to your home:

Mobile Notifications

Notifications sent straight to your phone will not only be your new lifesaver but will save you from taking off from work. We all have had that day of locking ourselves out of the house, now with notifications, you can not only unlock the door from your phone but also get a notification when the door wasn’t locked. You can get alerts on:

  • Garage Door being left open

  • TVs left on

  • Thermostat being touched

  • Lights left on

  • Door not locked

Cameras

If this is your child’s first summer home alone, keep cameras around the house to ensure your child is safe and protected. Having multiple cameras in spots you feel troublesome like a kitchen, garage, back door or front door. The luxury of having cameras is being able to tune into a live feed. You can check to make sure they are using everything in the kitchen safely, if they are playing outside or even if they are watching too much TV.

Doorbell Camera

Another feature is the doorbell camera. You can check to see who is ringing the doorbell and who is stepping inside. This will protect your child from intruders or simply knowing what family members and friends are visiting.

General Safety Tips

Even with security, make sure you are setting up your child for success.

  • Layout emergency contact information for your children. These numbers should be the parent’s cell phone and work numbers, the closest family member or neighbor that can come to the house, and 911.

  • Build a first aid kit and teach your children how to use them. Show them what to use in certain situations and when it is necessary to call 911.

  • Set boundaries and rules with your children. Let them know if playing outside this is the area to stay in. Let them know when they can access the pool and where they can go with which friends. Certain ages will allow certain rules and boundaries.

  • Establish a trusted neighbor where your children can go to if they are scared or need an adult. These neighbors should be someone you can count on and who don’t mind checking in on them occasionally. Before choosing this neighbor to make sure your child feels comfortable with them.

  • Stress to your child about the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated. Always have easy access to water bottles.

     


Summer Pool Safety

Summer and pools go hand in hand. On hot days, people enjoy swimming in a cool pool whether it’s in their backyard or in the local community. While swimming and playing in the pool can make for a fun summer activity, it’s also important to stay safe while doing so. Follow these 9 pool safety tips for a fun and safe summer:

  1. Never leave a child unattended in or around the pool or hot tub.

  2. If there are inexperienced swimmers in the pool with you, encourage them to use a life jacket or other flotation device.

  3. Sign your children up for swim lessons. This will make swimming in the pool safer and more fun.

  4. Instruct children to stay away from drains in the pool or hot tub.

  5. Ensure pools you visit, whether in your backyard or in the community, have compliant drain covers.

  6. If you have a backyard swimming pool, install a fence around it and make sure you are compliant with local ordinances or laws. Make sure you use a cover for your hot tub or spa and install a door contact on the pool gate to be notified every time it is opened.

  7. As a pool owner or pool-goer, you should learn CPR. It is a valuable, life-saving skill that you should know.

  8. Maintain your pool or hot tub by keeping the water clean and clear. Ensure the pools chemical levels, circulation, and filtration are properly maintained.

  9. Establish rules for your pool. Enforcing safe behaviors such as no diving, never swimming alone, and walking, not running, around the pool can help significantly.

     

Home Security Tip: you can install a door sensor on your pool gate so you are notified everytime it opens. Or set up outdoor video cameras to notify you when motion is detected in the swimming pool.


Heat and Sun Safety

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids when it’s hot out. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you. Hydration is extremely important to your well-being and keeping you safe on the job, at the gym, and in your daily life. Here are some tips to help keep you hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of water on your desk, in your bag, in your car, etc. Having water (or other hydrating beverages) with you everywhere you go can help keep you on track.

  • Drink water before you get thirsty. When you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, so it’s important to drink at regular intervals (especially during strenuous exercise or when it’s hot outside).

  • Avoid drinks with high sugar content, such as soda and fruit juices, when performing any type of activity. Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks should be avoided as well.

  • Invest in a reusable water bottle. This will save you money on buying plastic water bottles. Plus, many gyms and offices have water coolers that you can fill up at!

  • Get creative with your water. Cut up your favorite fruit or berries to toss into your water. You can even make a big pitcher the night before and drink it throughout the following day.

  • Eat whole foods. Water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables can help keep you hydrated and can be a perfect summertime snack.

  • Most importantly, enjoy the beautiful weather while drinking plenty of water, and if you are headed to the pool.

Dress Appropriately

  • Wear light-colored, light-weight clothing when outdoors.

  • Use a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses for added protection.

  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.

Look Out For Yourself and Others

  • If you have elderly family members or neighbors, call to check on them when the temperatures rise.

  • Stay out of direct sunlight and seek shaded areas.

     


Grilling Safety Tips

Grill masters everywhere are prepping their barbecues for the summer season. Even though grilling can be fun and delicious, whenever you’re working with fire, you need to take precautions. So in preparation for one of the biggest grilling days of the season and a summer filled with BBQ chicken, juicy burgers, and your favorite franks, we pulled together safety tips to help you cook safer.

 

Grill Location

  • Only use your propane or charcoal BBQ grill outdoors. Using your grill in an enclosed area can cause deadly carbon monoxide to accumulate.

  • Place the grill away from your home, deck railings, and landscaping.

  • Never try to move a hot grill. Wait until you have turned off the grill and it has cooled down completely.

Use and Cleaning

  • When using the grill, make sure you keep children and pets away.

  • Routinely clean your grill and remove any grease or fat buildup.

  • While in use, never leave the grill unattended.

  • If you’re investing in a new grill this summer, make sure you read the owner’s manual and follow specific usage, assembly, and safety procedures.

  • Invest in barbecue utensils to avoid burns and splatters. Also, make sure you wear safe clothing when grilling.

  • Keep the grill fire under control and have a fire extinguisher handy (or try using baking soda to put out grease fires).

     

 


Beach Trip Safety Tips

If your vacation involves a beach, we already know you are packing your sunscreen. But have you thought about the other things you should protecting. There are a lot of things that you can do to keep you safe and injury-free on your vacation.

  • Only swim at a lifeguard-protected beach and stay within the designated swimming area. Pay attention to the color of the flags posted on the beach. Some lifeguards use different colors to represent the hazards of the ocean that specific day. If you’re not sure, ask the lifeguard what the conditions are.

  • Listen to the lifeguard. If they blow their whistle or tell people to get out of the water, follow their instructions.

  • Swim with a friend. Don’t go out into the ocean on your own, and don’t let others do the same. Swimming alone can be very dangerous.

  • Keep an eye on children or elderly persons. Waves can cause people to lose their balance and stability to stay above water.

  • Make sure young children or inexperienced swimmers are wearing life jackets. Stay close to them when swimming or playing in the water.

  • Stay away from piers and jetties when in the water. It is recommended that you keep a distance of at least 500 feet when swimming, wading or surfing. These are usually areas for rip currents.

  • Educate your friends and family members on the dangers of rip currents. Rip currents are very important when swimming and knowing how to identify one can save a life. If you do get caught in a rip current swim parallel to the show until you are out of it and then swim in.

  • Wear sunscreen! This is especially important for children and adults with fair or sensitive skin. To increase coverage from the sun, grab a beach umbrella or wear an SPF protected swim shirt. Also remember to drink water throughout the day. Being out in the sun can cause dehydration.

  • Leave your valuables back at the hotel or beach house. Don’t risk having these items lost or stolen.

  • Keep the beach and water clean. This isn’t only for your safety and the safety of other, but also for the safety of the birds, animals, and sea life. Pollution can influence the entire ecosystem. Pick up after yourself and help keep the beach beautiful and litter free!


Keep your family safe this summer. There is more to summer safety then staying hyrdrated and wearing suncreen. Let Select SmartHome make life easier this summer. Our home security systems can provide you with peace of mind when you are away from home (whether your down the street at the playground of have your toes in the sand somewhere). A monitored home security system from Select SmartHome can send the police or fire company to your home in case an incident occurs. If you want to learn more about our system and how it could benefit you please contact our home security experts at 844-735-3285 or email us today!

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