safety tips

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.

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!

Hurricane Safety Tips

Don't wait until the last minute! Even if there is only a 30% chance, better safe than sorry every time.

If you take a daily medication, make sure you have enough for at least 10 days after the storm. The roadways may be inaccessible for a while.

Keep all your important documents in a fire/waterproof safe. If you don't have one, use ziplock bags and store them somewhere secure.  

Always be sure to have a stocked first aid kit and know how to get to it in the dark.

Stock up on water, nonperishable foods, candles, flashlights, and batteries. 

Try to get your laundry done; nothing like having dirty clothes that you can't clean for a week.

Fill your car's gas tank and if you have a grill be sure to have extra propane.

Create and go over a hurricane evacuation plan with your family so everyone is on the same page if/when the times comes. 

Take the proper precautions for you and your family's safety! Whether it's boarding up the windows with hurricane shutters/plywood, or a mandatory evacuation, listen to your local news stations and use your best judgment.



Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Hurricane Matthew's path. 
Be safe everyone! 

Sincerely,
The Slomin's Team

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