Tips

How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Security System

The Slomin’s Shield home security system provides one of the most valuable things you can buy: peace of mind. Knowing that your family, pets, and home is safeguarded 24/7/365 is invaluable. Your system is connected to our in-house central monitoring station, staffed with highly trained respondents who will notify you and the authorities of unauthorized access.

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The advanced Slomin’s Shield system not only supports traditional security devices, such as pet-friendly motion detectors and door and window sensors, but it also includes smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, flood sensors, glass break detectors, and more. Thus, you will be alerted to burglars, fire and smoke, dangerous carbon monoxide levels, and floods.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your Slomin’s Shield system:

  • Remote control app—the MyShield app for iOS and Android allows you to remotely control your system. You can do everything from view video camera footage to arm and disarm the system to set up scenes in which home automation devices interact with security devices.
  • Home automation—the state-of-the-art Slomin’s Shield system has built-in home automation capabilities. With the same touchscreen panel used for the security system, you can turn your home into a smart home. Remotely turn on the lights, change the temperature from your bedroom, lock the door from your car, and more.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors (CO detectors)—carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly, but with our advanced carbon monoxide detectors, we can warn you when the CO levels in your home become dangerous. Did you know that some experts believe that ghost sightings were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from leaky furnaces?
  • Video cameras—Slomin’s offers a wide array of video surveillance options, from pan-tilt-zoom cameras to low-light, outdoor cameras to DVR systems. Camera footage can be easily viewed through an app or the website.
  • Text alerts—receive a notice whenever a change is made to the system, such as when your child returns home from school and disarms the system or when guests leave and arm the system. You can set up custom access codes, so you know who is coming and going.
  • Correct information on file—since we contact you when your alarm goes off, it is crucial that you have the correct information on file. If you recently changed phone numbers, updated your email address, or want to add another contact person, please let us know!
  • Visibly displayed lawn signs and window decals—with owning a Slomin’s Shield system, you receive the privilege of displaying our lawn signs and window decals, helping to deter burglars.

Call 1-800-ALARM-ME or visit us today to find out how we can customize a Slomin’s Shield system for you and to discover why thousands already trust us to safeguard what matters to them most. We are available 24/7/365 to take your calls.

Running Safety Tips: Tips for Staying Safe While Running

Running has become the daily physical activity of choice for millions. Treadmills will work in a pinch, but running outdoors is one of the prime selling points. However, running outdoors invites new risks. Every runner should take some time to learn valuable running safety tips.

Valuable Running Safety Tips

Running safety is a series of a simple habits that will help provide many more running years. Below you’ll learn the most effective running tips to help keep you healthy and alive:

  • Dress safely. When it comes to running safety attire, all you need to know is neon and reflective elements. Midday runs can forego the reflective elements, but any dawn/dusk runs should make use of them. Staying as visible as possible to cars, bicycles and motorcycles is the most important part of staying safe during your run.
  • Let someone know that you’re running. If you get injured while out on a jog, having someone informed about your whereabouts will be extremely helpful to first responders. You can leave a note for roommates and life partners, or send a text to a friend. Letting them know your general route and time frame for return may seem innocuous, but in a crisis situation this information may save your life.
  • Invest in self-defense training.Getting hit by a car is certainly the biggest concern, but being attacked is an unfortunate reality. Self-defense training will help prepare you for the possibility of an attacker interrupting your run. In fact, many people who learn self-defense or martial arts carry themselves more confidently, which dissuades attackers.
  • Try to find a running partner.Running solo should be considered a last resort. Having a running partner will dramatically improve the safety of both people. As a side bonus, you’ll also be able to hold each other accountable. If you can’t find a running partner, take your dog or borrow a friend’s dog!
  • Avoid headphones. Running without headphones might seem unnatural to many people, but the fact is that headphones greatly reduce your situational awareness. Your ears are an important element of staying alert during your run. Hearing is the only way to be warned of hazards behind you; don’t deprive yourself of this vital sense. Having one earbud in is an acceptable compromise, but having both in should be avoided.

You Can Stay Safe On Your Run

Each of the above safety tips will help you avoid danger. Once you’ve developed the habits, most of these running safety tips won’t even require conscious effort.

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How to Prevent Your Home from Flooding

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With each storm comes the possibility for flooding. Not only is flooding a huge hassle, but it can be incredibly damaging to your home. While long-term prevention is the best defense against flood damage, many of these tactics are expensive and time-consuming. Here are some last-minute tips to prevent flood damage in your home once a flood watch has been issued in your area. While they may not be as effective as other preventative measures, they can help keep the damage under control.

Check Downspouts, Drains, and Gutters

While it may seem like a moot point once major flooding happens, making sure downspouts, drains, and gutters are clear can help keep flooding damage to a minimum. The clearer they are, the more effective they are in preventing water damage and flooding. You can also make sure that the outlet of the down spout is as far away from the foundation as possible, which can help prevent water from accumulating and entering the house.

Move Expensive Items Away from Potential Flood Areas

Whenever possible, move furniture, electronics, heirlooms, rugs, and other expensive items to upper levels in the house to keep them safe from potential water damage. The higher the elevation, the better. You can also raise appliances on concrete blocks to help prevent floodwaters from reaching them.

Shut Off Electricity and Gas

It’s no secret that water and electricity don’t mix. By shutting off the electricity and gas before flooding begins, you can prevent expensive and life-threatening damage to yourself and your home.

Dry-Proof Walls and Floors

Once the flood watch begins, head to your local hardware store to purchase some water-impermeable sealant to use on your walls, doors, windows, utility penetrations, and slabs, which can help resist flood loads.

While last minute efforts aren’t the best way to prevent flooding, you might not have the time or resources to prevent flooding through more intensive measures. These tips can help keep damage to a minimum and prevent your more expensive items from being damaged in floodwaters.

For other home safety solutions on how to prevent your home from flooding, visit Slomins.com. Slomin’s home alarm systems includes water sensors and with our 24/7 central monitored system, you will be notify immediately of flooding in your home.

Hurricane Season, Be Prepared

Hurricane season is right around the corner and it is never too early to prepare with hurricane safety tips. Proper preparation before the storm is essential. Here are some valuable Hurricane Season Safety Tips:


Hurricane Safety Tip #1 – Maintain a Hurricane Kit
Essential items include a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, rain gear, fuel for your vehicle, a multi-tool, and a 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and fresh water for each member of your family, including pets. Keep a battery-powered radio to get updates on the storm and to listen for the all-clear.

Hurricane Safety Tip #2 – Have a plan
Familiarize yourself with the locations of local shelters, and know the quickest way out of the area. When a hurricane warning has been issued, ready your hurricane kit and listen for updates. Make sure to secure loose objects outside. It may be necessary to board up your windows; always maintain a supply of wood and tools for this purpose. If an evacuation order is issued for your area, leave immediately.

Hurricane Safety Tip #3 – Remain in a secure location
If you are staying with your home during a hurricane, remain indoors in a secure room, away from any windows. Do not use candles. Unplug any electric appliances until you’re sure the storm has passed.

Hurricane Safety Tip #4 – Be patient
The eye of the hurricane may be calm, but the storm will resume as soon as it passes. Stay inside until you’re certain the hurricane is over. Once it’s over, use supplies from your hurricane kit until you can be sure outside food and water isn’t contaminated.

Hurricane Safety Tip #5 – After the Storm
Remain where you are until the storm has passed. If you must leave your home, avoid flooded roads and bridges. Report and avoid damaged power lines. Don’t use your phone unless it is an emergency.

For other references to Hurricane Safety Tips, visit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane

Consider Installing a Home Security System
It may not be an obvious thought but having a home security system active while hurricane warnings have been indicated in your area, can notify you of an increasing threat. An early sign of a damage to your home is flooding. Slomin’s home security system setup, includes water sensors and 24/7 central monitored alarm system that will notify you immediately of flooding in your home.

10 Travel Tips for You & Your Pets!

With summer vacations right around the corner, we know that fun getaways are part of people’s summer plans! With all the preparation needed before the trip, lets not forget about our four-legged friends. Are you planning to travel with your pet? Traveling with your cat or dog requires early planning and provision. When you follow these 10 tips, flying with and lodging your pet can be a breeze.

1.     Book Your Flights Well in Advance

Because many airlines limit the number of animals on a flight to just one or two, booking early is key. Booking early increases the likelihood of obtaining a ticket for your pet and gives you more time to review the airline’s regulations and recommendations and prepare accordingly.

2.     Schedule a Checkup

Within ten days of your flight date, schedule a checkup for your cat or dog to ensure he or she is healthy enough for international travel and all of his or her immunizations are up to date. Request a verification of health and immunizations from your veterinarian to present to the airport if necessary.

3.     Choose Your Flight Wisely

When choosing a flight, a one-flight trip is always safest for pets in the cargo area. Avoiding a layover can help prevent losing a pet in the changeover process, i.e. he or she is moved to the wrong flight. Travel when temperatures are mild to prevent exposure to extreme heat or cold during the flight if your pet will be riding cargo.

4.     Feeding Time

Feed your pet approximately four hours before lift off. Feeding too close to your flight time can give your cat or dog an upset stomach during the flight. Exercise your dog right before the flight and during any layovers if possible.

5.     Arrive Early

It’s important to arrive for your flight earlier than usual when traveling with a pet. This ensures time to get everything approved as well as exercise your pet and allow him or her an ample drink of water.

6.     Practice, Practice, Practice

Buy a pet carrier well in advance, and have your pet practice staying in the pet carrier, first with you nearby and then alone. Riding in a carrier ahead of time will help your pet come familiar with the feeling and prevent or minimize anxiety during the flight.

7.     Never Sedate Your Pet

Although pet owners often believe that sedating their pet will improve their traveling experience, sedation can cause respiratory distress as the flight enters higher altitudes. Never sedate your pet before travel.

8.     Yes, Your Pet Needs a Passport

If flying internationally, over 240 countries require that your pet have a passport. Knowing all pet import rules and regulations can help make your travel process smoother.

9.     Check Out Pet Friendly Hotels, Park and Other Spots

Going back to Tip 1, booking early enough should help you review flight rules and regulations. However, during this process, make sure you check out all the pet friendly hotels, parks, and other spots in the area of our destination so that your pet doesn’t get shut out!

10.     It’s Ok to Leave Your Pet

We know how important it is to have your pet with you but sometimes the trip may be too short or long, or just not accommodating. Make sure to do your research thoroughly. If it seems like it can work, great! If not, make plans to leave your pet at home in comfort as it will give you something to look forward to coming home!

Traveling with your pet can be easy as one, two, three if you follow these simple recommendations! Please let us know if these tips on travel with your pet help. For more information, check this site out!

 

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