Home Security Blog

When a heat wave hits, you’re desperate. You’re willing to do anything to cool off, including pay an enormous price for air conditioners, which has (unsurprisingly) tripled since the temperatures began rising. It doesn’t help that heat causes mental exhaustion, which means you become a bit forgetful and unperceptive. These factors and more could mean you’re met with a huge electricity bill at the end of the summer. Don't let it happen to you! Here are energy wasting mistakes you should avoid making all year long, but especially during a heat wave. 1. Failing to use a fan Ceiling and standing fans are not just wannabe air conditioning units. Fans are not meant to be placeholders until you can afford an air conditioning unit and ignore them. Fans are meant to be used with your air conditioning unit. Remember that, while fans do not create colder air, they do push the air in the room around. So if your air conditioner is creating cold air, your fans are working to circulate it around your home. Turning on a couple of fans could… Read more

You likely do what you think is the safest for your car. If you have to park on the street, you might make sure to park under a streetlight or in front of a business so people can see your car. Maybe you cover your expensive car with tarp each night, or keep it shut in a garage so no one can see how much you spent on your rims. But what you think about car safety may not actually be correct. We've got some car theft statistics that'll surprise you, so sit down, buckle up and get ready for the ride. The Most Stolen Car While you might expect expensive or showy cars to top the list of most stolen cars, the top stolen vehicle is neither: it’s the 1997 Honda Accord. That's right, out of the over 50,000 Honda Accords stolen each year, the 1997 models see the most theft. Another Honda model comes in at number two as well: the 1998 Honda Civic. As a matter of fact, none of the top 10 stolen cars are luxury vehicles or… Read more

No matter where you live, you can't guarantee your kids won't sneak off or open the door when they’re not supposed to. But when your children have lived in a neighborhood for a long time, you typically know they can find their way home and are familiar with which areas are safe and which aren’t. When you move your family to a new neighborhood, though, you have to worry about setting up cable, bringing all your furniture over and decorating and getting your kids comfortable with their new surroundings. It can be a bit overwhelming to take on so much so fast. But don't worry - we're here to make at least one part of the big move a little easier! With these few tips, you'll be well on your way to helping your child to stay safe in their new environment. Show them where the police station is. Make sure your children know where the nearest police and/or fire station are. In case of an emergency that cuts the power or takes down the phone lines, your children won’t be able… Read more

You purchase toys and playground equipment for your kids to make them happy - but that doesn’t change the fact that large, clunky items welded together with nails and sharp tools are inherently a bit unsafe. But your child doesn’t want to play in a giant foam pit (at least forever!) He or she is going to want to go on the swings, climb ladders and slide down slides. And they can absolutely do all of those things, just so long as you take the right precautions. Unsure where to start? Here is how you can make sure your playground equipment is safe for anyone who wants to enjoy it! 1. Keep It Shaded Plastic and metal—two of the most common building materials for playground equipment—both become very hot when exposed to the sun all day. Make sure all play equipment is properly shaded. Even metal that has had sun exposure for just a few hours can scald one’s skin. Putting an awning over the play equipment will also keep small items like pinecones from falling onto the equipment. If a… Read more

Parents of toddlers can use all the help they can get. Even with a co-parent and a babysitter around, toddlers still find ways to get into trouble. After all, they don’t call it the terrible two’s for nothing! They're seeking mischief 24/7 and it's hard to keep up. Luckily, a few smart home devices can make keeping these adorable troublemakers out of trouble a little easier. Wifi-Enabled Cameras You can't be by your toddler's side every minute. Sometimes, you'll need to tend to something in the kitchen while your child plays in the living room. A wifi-enabled camera lets you watch your child from your phone, wherever you are. Just log onto the live stream and watch your child from the other room while you cook or work on your computer. Some smart cameras also let you speak through them. Just talk into your phone's compatible app and your voice will come out of the camera. This way, you can tell your toddler to put down the candlestick or take that toy out of his mouth. You can even sing him… Read more