4th of July Safety Tips

Celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence safely this year. Many homes each year in South Florida are damaged by fireworks. Not to mention that thousands of people are injured in accidents related to fireworks. We want your holiday to be happy and safe. Here are a few fireworks safety tips to keep your family and your home safe this year:

Sparkler & Fireworks Safety

Fact: More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year. Take the proper precautions when operating fireworks.

To minimize the risk of injury, don’t use consumer fireworks. Instead, attend one of the many public displays around South Florida.

  • Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
  • Do not attempt to relight “duds.”
  • Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
  • Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant.
  • Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
  • Never let children handle or light fireworks. Even sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees, can cause third-degree burns. Kids under the age of 15 account for approximately 40% of fireworks injuries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
  • Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires.

Water Activity Safety

Even fun water activities have serious risks if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

  • Review safe boating practices.
  • Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
  • Before boating, always check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
  • Set water safety rules for your family.
  • Pools should be enclosed completely with a fence to restrict access to the area. Consider installing wireless outdoor sensors that will alert you via phone or with a chime inside your home if the sensors are activated.
  • Keep a first aid kit near the pool.

Grilling Safety

July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.

  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, in any enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

With some common sense and planning, the 4th of July can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re planning a stay-cation or hitting the road, we wish you a wonderful and safe 4th of July – enjoy!

 

Home Safety Tips: Summer Guide

Memorial Day is the harbinger of summer. But before you set off on your summer vacation, don’t forget to protect your home while you’re away.  Did you know that Memorial Day is the third top holiday for car thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau?

Your home may also be at an increased risk if you live in or near a tourist town. On Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—a popular vacation spot—saw“hundreds of police reports,” and more violence took place that weekend than Independence Day. According to the report, the top Memorial Day weekend crimes were larceny and burglary.

We’ve outlined some simple guidelines to ensure your home is secure this holiday weekend and whenever you are away:

Call a Friend

Ask a family member, neighbor or close friend to keep an eye on your home for any suspicious activity. If you’re going to be away for more than a few days, discuss lawn care with maintenance company or your house sitter; a lawn that looks unkempt is a sign of vacancy. Place a hold on your mail or have a neighbor collect your mail and any packages for you.  Overflowing mail and packages left unattended are a sure sign that a house is vacant.

Pull the Plug

Unplugging electronics and appliances not only saves you money, but it safeguards your home from an electrical fire or power surge. Unplug your TV, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and any extension cords or power strips not being used for lamps. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction.”

All Systems Go

Now is the perfect time to install a home security system or home automation system, or upgrade your existing security system to include home automation devices. You’ll see the value of having an interactive surveillance system’s when you’re on vacation, as it offers unprecedented levels of convenience and peace of mind.

You can use your smartphone or tablet to monitor and control your home remotely while you’re away, such as

  • Ensuring doors and windows are securely locked throughout your home.
  • Adjusting the heating and cooling with a comfortable temperature, which saves money.
  • Creating the illusion that you’re home. By programming your lights on an automatic schedule to switch on and off, it makes your home appear active.
  • Keep tabs on visitors with automatic alerts through video surveillance. You’ll know the exact moment when your house sitter, or anyone else, arrives at your home.
  • Check in on your property utilizing remote camera monitoring. Take a peek in or outside your house to ensure all systems are running smoothly, and everything is in its place.

In closing, it’s very important to think through the risks that are unique to your home. Do you have a faulty garage door? Are expensive electronics or other valuable items in plain view from your first-floor windows?  Take a look at your house from an intruder’s perspective: what’s vulnerable and valuable about your property and assets? Take proactive steps to mitigate any risks in order to enjoy your vacation and return to find your home safe and secure.

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Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.

Church & Daycare Video Security

How safe is your school?

Running and managing a Day Care Facility is no easy task. You have visitors, parents, children and staff to monitor and look after. As a church administrator or private daycare operator, perhaps your biggest fear is that something might happen to one of the children entrusted to your care. Our children deserve to be safe and a well installed CCTV system is a perfect tool to help you safeguard your location and children.  A security camera system installed at your child care center or day care will provide parents a piece of mind while helping to keep children safe.

Smart Security Camera is a locally-owned video security systems consultant and provider to churches, daycare operators and private schools in South Florida. We offer FREE on-site security assessments to churches, summer camps, daycare providers and private schools.  Some of our local clients include Building Blocks Learning Center, Levy Learning Center, Presbyterian Church School, Hochberg Preparatory School, and Apple Tree Montessori School.

 

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How IP Video Works

Security cameras are your second pair of eyes and ears. A well designed video surveillance system will help you keep track of your staff and children at all times while helping to keep unwanted visitors and intruders out of your daycare.  Burglar alarms, access control and CCTV cameras can work in tandem to help secure your building and keep it safe from intruders, thieves and vandals.

Cameras are set up to record footage from multiple angles at all points of entrance and exit at your facility.  In the event a child goes missing, video footage can be accessed and reviewed to see if a child simply wandered away or was taken by a parent or an unauthorized individual.  The ability to quickly answer this question helps law enforcement and/or search-and-rescue teams develop a strategy to locate the child.

Our HD video cameras offer high-definition video quality to make it easier to identify who a child left with and the time the child was taken from the premises.

Surveillance video footage is archived, as necessary on your terms, to provide valuable evidence in the event of an adverse incident or a claim is made against your organization. You define the archival parameters in accordance with your records retention policies.

Depending on where you choose to place the surveillance cameras, the footage may also be useful in evaluating claims of injury, abuse or bullying by staff or other children.

The outside of your day care or nursery is just as important as the inside. Protecting your property from vandals, trespassers and would be criminals is important to child safety. These cameras are ideal for outdoor use and will monitor your parking lot with HD quality video.

The outside of your day care or nursery is just as important as the inside. Protecting your property from vandals, d would be criminals is important to child safety. These cameras are ideal for outdoor use and will monitor your parking lot with HD quality video.

Remote Viewing Capabilities

New digital security camera systems allow you to remotely monitor and view your cameras from anywhere you have an internet connection. Daycare owners with multiple properties and multiple day care centers will be able to check in on any of them at any time. You have the option of providing parents with the web address to view the security video feeds in your playground, classroom or playroom so they may check on their children.  Its imperative that you protect the privacy of your staff, employees and all the children you care for,  so we suggest keeping video security cameras in key public places such as playgrounds, playrooms, and nap areas.

How it Works:

  • Under normal operating circumstances, the cameras simply record the footage and store it according to the time-frame you define. You are able to go back and review the footage or allow it to be deleted according to your retention policy.
  • Sometimes the system may trigger an alarm indicating an unauthorized access (based on the parameters you define). In other situations, your staff may suddenly realize a child is not where he or she should be. Regardless of the cause, the IP video footage is always accessible for immediate monitoring and/or review.
  • If you have a need to monitor an area in real-time the IP-capabilities makes it easy to do so. You simply log into the system from the dashboard using a mobile device (including smartphones) or a stationary computer and take a look at the area under surveillance.
  • You define the time period that footage is archived and you set the policy and the system automatically stores or deletes the footage based on your risk management policy.

We are Your Local Security System Provider

Smart Security Camera is locally-owned and operated. We live in South Florida, and as parents, we understand the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing that the professionals who take care of our children are committed to their safety.

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We Provide Proactive Customer Service

When Smart Security Camera is your provider we do more than simply set up the camera system and leave you to manage on your own.  Once installed, we work with your administrative staff to make sure everyone is properly trained to use the system. With our maintenance agreement, we conduct regularly site inspections to make sure the cameras are working properly and offer proactive guidance on any necessary system upgrades.

Call us today 954-925-2127 to discuss how Smart Security Camera can help you protect the children in your care.

 

How to Keep Your Small Business Safe and Secure

Just like every small business is unique, the security system you choose to keep your business safe should be tailored to meet your specific security needs. While a small business security system should not be a DIY project, it’s important to understand the language of security in order to communicate your needs to a security professional, understand any proposals you may receive, and make the most of your security system after it is installed.

Let’s start with the basic components of a business security system:

    • Security Cameras: Security cameras are used for two basic purposes: investigation and deterrence. There are numerous types of security cameras to choose from and what you are placing under surveillance will dictate your security camera needs.  In order to realize maximum investigative and deterrent value from your cameras, you need to carefully choose where you place them. Cameras overlooking your business should be placed in plain sight – as they act more effectively as a deterrent. Some things to take into consideration are whether you need indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, or both; the lighting where the cameras will be placed; the distance and clarity of the images being recorded; the number of cameras you need; and the mobility of the viewing angles required. Camera choices include night vision, dome, outdoor, and networked cameras.
    • DVRs or NVRs: The next thing to consider is how you want to receive your video feed. Your security cameras can feed the images into a DVR or an NVR depending on your resolution preferences. If you want high-resolution cameras to give you picture perfect security images, you’ll need to feed into an NVR. Otherwise, a DVR feeding into a computer or other monitoring system should suit your needs just fine.
    • Surveillance Monitoring Equipment: So, how do you want to survey your security footage? The answer to this question also depends on your surveillance needs. If you have a large facility with tons of cameras filming various locations, you’ll probably want to have several monitors to view your various security feeds at the same time. Smaller businesses are best suited to feed into one monitor or a computer with the option of switching camera views.
    • Lighting: We always stress the importance of using proper lighting as a security measure. Providing plenty of light inside and outside of your business, even after hours, keeps intruders at bay. It also keeps your footage viewable if you don’t have night vision security cameras. Lighting your space also keeps your employees safe after dark – one thing some business owners might not think about. You want your employees to have a safe and secure walk to their cars after work!

To book a complimentary, no-obligation security analysis and receive a free security estimate for your business – contact a Smart Security Camera representative today at info@smartsecuritycamera.com or call us at 954-925-2127.

 

 

 

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