Safety 365: Tips to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Business
Safeguarding your home and business with a security/fire system can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re protected from potential dangers. But there are additional—easy!—steps you can take on a day-to-day basis to minimize your risks.
Your Personal Safety
These smart steps help keep you physically safe and limit your exposure to identify/financial theft:
- Day or night, you should always lock your doors when riding in a car.
- Never walk alone at night.
- Safety belts save lives every day, so be sure to buckle up every time you get into a car.
- Riding your bike is great exercise, but limit your rides to daylight hours (most drivers have reduced vision at night) and always wear a helmet.
- Never give out your Social Security number, birth date or driver’s license number to anyone you do not know or trust. Also, shred all mail with identifying information so no one can steal your identity.
Your Family’s Safety
Your top priority is undoubtedly the safety of your children. These guidelines go beyond the basics so parents can better danger-proof their kids:
- Keep a plain/non-uniform shirt in your vehicle at all times for your child to change into so you don’t advertise where your child goes to school when you are running errands after school is dismissed.
- There’s safety in numbers, so encourage your child to be part of a group when playing outside and walking home from school.
- Consider providing your child with a cell phone (a simple model with a low-cost plan) so he or she can be in immediate contact if necessary.
- Equip your children with specific plans for various situations—if they smell smoke, if they hear a strange noise in the house, etc.—and discuss them often.
- Check into the benefits of security systems (like those offered by Top Security) that monitor your child’s arrival/departure from home.
- Starting at a young age, teach children how—and under what circumstances—to call 911.
- Encourage stranger awareness in your children. Most parents cover the “don’t talk to strangers” speech, but be sure to add crucial warnings about why it’s a bad idea to answer questions from strangers, help them find a lost pet or accept a ride from anyone who claims you gave them permission to pick up the child.
- Instruct your children never to answer the door if they’re home alone and to tell callers that you’re unavailable—rather than not there—when they’re by themselves.
- While it’s tempting, kids should never brag at school about new electronics or other items their parents have purchased. This information may end up in the wrong hands.
Your Home’s Safety
Our homes should be the ultimate safe haven. These tips can help keep our “castles” secure whether we’re there or not:
- Leave lights on when you are away from home at night or on a trip.
- Use motion-sensitive lights where possible; they save money and shine a spotlight on your home’s exterior when someone walks in the light’s path. This assists guests while discouraging unwelcome visitors.
- Have your mail, newspaper and deliveries held or picked up by a neighbor when you’re out of town.
- Low shrubs don’t provide the cover many predators are looking for, so keep foliage trimmed.
- Make sure all gates and windows are locked when you are away.
- When leaving for a trip, notify your security company of your plans so they can speed up the dispatch process if they’re needed. Also, give them the name of a local contact who can act on your behalf.
- Highlight the fact that you have a security system by prominently displaying Top Security signs and stickers on windows and in your yard. They’re proven burglar deterrents.
Your Business’ Safety
It’s essential to be security conscious at work because it not only impacts your finances, but the wellbeing of you and your employees. A few key strategies can safeguard your staff and your bottom line:
- Follow all of the precautions above for homeowners (locking up before you leave, installing motion lights, not letting mail and newspapers pile up, etc.).
- Employ an answering service/voicemail system that picks up if you are away or can’t take a call. A continuously ringing phone isn’t good for customer service and can signal vulnerability to potential bad guys.
- Never tell people (or broadcast on your outgoing message) that you are out of town or on vacation. This information can affect the security of both your office and home.
- Limit the number of people who have access to your office/warehouse/site. Too may people with keys or passwords can translate into a greater opportunity for loss.
Enhance Your Overall Security
An effective security/fire detection system is the final piece of the safety equation. Not only do these systems protect your loved ones and property, but they can provide a 10 to 20 percent discount on your homeowner’s policy.
What's more, security systems can be surprisingly affordable. The systems at Top Security start as low as $595 installed, with monitoring rates starting at just $19 per month (plus tax) at a local UL Listed central station. We offer this same monitoring rate even on most pre-existing systems.
Call us today at (407) 644-7648 for additional safety tips or to discuss a security/fire system that provides peace of mind at an outstanding value.