Security

How to Stay Safe During the School Year

With back-to-school season in full swing, you may be considering allowing your child to stay home alone after class, which can be more convenient and economically feasible than an after school program for parents that work away from home.

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Parents often wonder what the “right” age is to leave children alone, and there is no clear-cut answer. In fact, the majority of states (including New York) do not have laws stipulating at what age a child can be left unsupervised. The appropriate age varies based on the individual child’s level of maturity.

Is your child old enough ?

To evaluate whether your child is ready, there are a few things you should ask yourself the following questions :

    • Does your child already demonstrate personal responsibility with things like homework and chores?
    • Does he display good judgment in unexpected situations?

If you believe your child is prepared, set up a trial run and let your child stay home while you run a quick errand nearby. Continue practicing with longer periods away until you both feel comfortable. Once you are ready for the real thing, sit down with your child and set some guidelines. Consider establishing ground rules about:

    • Opening the door to strangers
    • Checking in with you
    • Having friends over
    • Completing chores
    • Doing homework
    • TV and computer time limits
    • Answering the phone

Hope for the best but always prepare for the worst

After going over your expectations, give your child a list of people they can contact if you are unavailable. Review basic safety precautions like locking doors and activating your home security system. You should also discuss procedures for emergency situations; make sure your child knows how to dial 911, prepare for severe weather, and react in the event of a fire.

Before you leave, set aside healthy snacks that your child can have if he gets hungry before dinner.  You should also put harmful things like medications, weapons, tobacco, and alcohol out of reach. Remember that however responsible and trustworthy your child is, unnecessary temptation can lead to lead to trouble.

Be cautious about leaving your child home for extended periods; even the most independent children can get lonely if they spend long hours by themselves. Ask a neighbor or family friend to drop in on your child if you know you are going to be working late.

While leaving children alone can be a source of anxiety for some parents, it can give children a sense of responsibility and teach them to take care of themselves.

If you are still having questions about leaving your child, let Slomin's advanced home security system allow you remotely keep an eye on your children while you’re at work.

Selling Your Home? Consider the Benefits of Installing Home Automation

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Smart technology has come home. Literally.

The majority of Americans today depend on smart technology to get through the day -- from a phone that stores contact names and numbers, reminds you of appointments, alerts you of approaching storms or helps you avoid the worst of the traffic snarl. Homeowners also rely on modern technology to regulate the temperature, monitor sleeping infants, water the shrubbery and alert the authorities in case of fire or break-in, and to help save energy.

But the ability to control these time and labor-saving devices, to set their operation to meet your needs, and to seamlessly integrate them is relatively recent. Wireless technology has brought us home automation on steroids!

Installing Home Automation is Smart                                                                                   

Numerous recent studies confirm that home buyers today want technology, and more is definitely better. While there is a difference between home automation and smart home technology, the lines are blurred. Systems that work independently to make life easier or more comfortable fall into the category of home automation: setback thermostats, basic security systems, timers for yard irrigation, intercoms, baby monitors, and voice or motion-activated lighting are just a few examples.

Smart homes, on the other hand, take home automation a step further by creating an environment that is linked together seamlessly and can be monitored and controlled from onsite, across town or on the other side of the globe.

New applications are introduced almost daily, and the impact of integrated smart devices changes the way Americans live.

Making Sense of Smart

In a 2016 news report, the Washington Post noted that 65 percent of home buyers, in a John Burns Real Estate survey of 22,000, would pay a premium for smart home technology. Some of the more popular features mentioned include networked appliances, both interior and exterior security, smart air filtration, home safety devices such as "doorbells with text alerts" and remote control over lighting, heating and air conditioning.

A majority of home sellers would install smart features, with the expectation of a higher sales price, and nearly 75 percent of buyers, especially Millennials, would pay $1,500 or more extra for a smart home.

However, "smart" can have differing meanings. In January of 2016, Coldwell Banker sought to develop an industry-standard definition in cooperation with CNET, a consumer technology site. This is the result:

"Smart home: A home that is equipped with network-connected products (aka “smart products,” connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself."

The basic requirement is a reliable internet connection; and the definition also stipulates that a smart home must either have a smart security system or smart temperature controls in addition to two more features from a comprehensive list.

The Future of Smart

Coldwell Banker views 2016 as the year that smart home technology became "mainstream." Close to 90 percent of American homeowners also acknowledge smart home value, but only one in four have smart technology in their own homes, according to the firm's assessment.

Appraisers today also recognize the "dollars and cents" value of smart technology, and will make adjustments for the added value. Observers report that today it's not only high- end homes that are smart; the expectation is that buyer demand will make the technology commonplace.

The future is here, for all practical purposes. Sellers today would be wise to check into integrating smart home technology into a home before listing it for sale. In addition to almost assuring a higher sales price, real estate professionals say that it might lessen the time a property spends on the market.

That is, indeed, a smart move.

Let Slomin’s help turn your home into a smart home with the Slomin’s Shield® system you use to protect your family. Contact a Slomin's representative for more details 1-800-ALARM-ME or visit www.slomins.com to schedule an appointment today.


 

Article courtesy of Dylan Snyder. Dylan is a team leader and real estate consultant at The Snyder Group - Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes. His business is augmented by his high-caliber team of seasoned buyer specialists and a dedicated marketing department.

Feel Safe This BBQ Season - All Season!

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With summer now officially in full swing, we all know that one of the more favorable things to do is fire up the grill! Whether your hosting or going out, enjoying the wonderful summer weather with family and friends is a fun and exciting time.


Here at Slomin’s, we want you to feel safe and secure whether you're outside grilling, or sitting in someone else’s yard enjoying the feast!


Protect and view your home with advanced features like security cameras, central station monitoring, and the ability to see your home from your computer, phone, or tablet. The Slomin's Shield system makes it easier to control hundreds of various devices around the home by way of the control panel or remotely through the Slomin's App. View and control your system from the palm of your hand with The Slomin’s Apple and Android apps. Or simply go online to access and control your system from your PC or Mac desktop computer.


The Slomin’s Shield is one of the most advanced systems in the industry, providing convenient and reliable protection for your home and loved ones. The panel connects you to our central monitoring station and controls the security-related features of the system. With its user-friendly interface, you'll keep your home and loved ones protected and safe.


Rest easier this summer with Slomin’s on your side! Find out how you can protect your home with The Slomin’s Shield by calling 1-800-ALARM-ME or by visiting www.slomins.com!

Home Security Tips for Summer Traveling

Summer is the perfect time for relaxing and letting go of worries, but taking a casual approach to your home’s security could make your house a target for a burglar. Even something as simple as leaving a window unlocked for a night could lead to disaster.

Following a few basic home security tips can give you piece of mind so that you can enjoy your summer.

Remember to Lock Doors
When you’ve got neighborhood friends coming over for summer parties every other night, it’s easy to forget to close and lock your doors. Make a habit of checking your home’s entry points each night before you go to bed.

Check Your Windows
Opening a window is a good way to cool your house, but it does make it easier for an intruder to get in. Take care when leaving a window open during the night; you can stop an intruder from fully opening a window by placing a pipe in the window track.

Don’t Make Your Vacation Obvious
If you take a long summer trip, your absence may be obvious to potential burglars. Make your home appear occupied by employing a few home security tips, including setting timers for your lights and arranging for someone to collect your mail and newspaper.

Clear Away Hiding Spots
Overgrown shrubs near windows make good hiding spots for burglars attempting to get into your home. Take advantage of the pleasant summer weather to trim the hedges around your yard.

Give a Key to a Neighbor
Having a spare key on your property seems like a good idea, especially if you’re expecting a house guest to arrive while you’re out. Hiding a key under a rock, however, is a risky idea that may give an intruder an easy way inside. Instead, give your spare key to a trusted neighbor.

Make sure you have a Home Security System Setup
Having a home security system active while away for the summer brings peace of mind and remote capabilities to monitor your home while enjoying a swim.

Protect and view your home with advanced features like security cameras, central station monitoring and the ability to see your home from your computer, phone or tablet.

Schedule an appointment today!

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