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Summer means many kids will be spending more time at home without direct supervision. That means fun for them, but often some apprehension for you.

Summer Safety & Security Tips: Kids Home Alone

Summer means many kids may be spending more time at home without direct supervision. That means fun for them, but often some apprehension for you.

Consider these Summer Safety & Security tips for kids home alone:

Emergencies

  1. Create and review an emergency plan so kids feel confident about what to do. Make sure kids know what the smoke or security alarm sounds like and what to do when a central station operator calls.
  2. Make a list of important phone numbers including how to reach you and a family member living close by or a trusted neighbor.
  3. Make sure they know where to find flashlights and batteries if there is a power outage.
  4. In the event of a tornado, make sure kids know that the safest place to take cover is the basement. If you don’t have a basement, they should go to an inside room without windows on the lowest floor, says the CDC.
  5. Review how and when to use 911.

Strangers

  1. You never know who is going to show up at the door. Kids may not be confident about who they should or shouldn’t talk to.
  2. Remind your children that if they don’t know the person at the door, they shouldn’t open it. Make it easy with a doorbell camera so you can talk directly with anyone who rings the doorbell right from your smartphone or tablet, as if you were home.

Security

  1. Make sure the kids know to keep the doors and windows locked when they are home alone. Review the security system and its’ use.
  2. Consider the addition of an Image Sensor or live video in the home so you can peek in and check on them from anywhere.
  3. Set up no-show alerts if the children are to be home at a certain time, so you get an alert if they aren’t home on time
  4. Check in on your kids while you’re at work with our Interactive Services on your smartphone and see for yourself that they are safe and sound at home. Get real-time emails and text messages when they go in and out so you know when they left and returned.

Don’t spend your summer worrying. Arm your kids with these important security tips and you can breathe easy. Read on for more important summer safety tips for kids here.

About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

 

Use these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to make sure your little ones' toys are safe this season.

Holiday Toy Safety Tips

Check out these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to make sure your little ones’ toys are safe this season.

  1. Make sure you read the age recommendations listed on toys. Toys that are too advanced could be a hazard to younger children.
  2. Read the instructions. Always read the instructions on a toy before giving it to a child.
  3. Unplug. To guard against burns and electrical shocks, don’t give children under 10 toys that plug into an outlet. Battery operated toys are best for younger children.
  4. Batteries and magnets. Keep batteries and magnets away from small children as they can experience severe intestinal problems (including death) from swallowing them. Powerful small magnets are often found in building toy sets. Button batteries are often found in musical greeting cards, remote controls and hearing aids.
  5. No strings attached. Be on the lookout for pull toys with 12 inch strings or more as these are a strangulation hazard for infants.

Read more safety tips from the AAP here

Santa Magic

This season, the elves at Alarm Engineering and Alarm.com can provide you a real snapshot of Santa’s visit, captured easily by your smart home security camera. Make sure that your kids get in on the fun this year, click here to learn more.

About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

Halloween is fun for kids of all ages, but also presents some safety and security challenges – for kids and adults too. Even if you’re not planning on heading out for trick-or-treat with little ones, you can’t miss these tips.

Halloween Safety Tips for All

Halloween is fun for kids of all ages, but also presents some unique safety and security challenges – for kids and adults alike. Even if you’re not planning on heading out for trick-or-treat with little ones, you can’t miss these tips.

Guard Against ‘Pranks’

Vehicles are nearly twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween as on an average day, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute. To avoid having your car egged, damaged, or even stolen, park it in a secure garage or a safe, well-lit area. Double check that car doors are locked and windows are up. If you have video near your driveway or home, make sure the vehicle is in view.

Be Cautious and Observant

Drive slowly and be on the lookout for ‘creatures’ that seem to come out of nowhere, especially when driving in residential areas. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. Don’t hesitate to use your horn if you’re concerned that trick-or-treaters may not see you coming. 

Lights, Camera, Action

Lots of lights outside your home an essential part of any home security plan every day of the year. On Halloween, lighting also increases the safety of guests and trick or treaters near your home. If you aren’t going to be home, you can turn lights on or schedule lighting to make it look like you’re home right from your smartphone. Make sure walkways and stairs are clear of debris and well-lit to help prevent slips, trips and falls. Please do not use candles – kids with flowing costumes can easily get too close. In your Jack-O-Lantern, always opt for flameless candles.

Make sure your cameras are working properly and make sure outside cameras are clean and free of cobwebs. Speaking of cameras, pausing your video rules during peak trick-or-treater traffic can help save clips and needless alerts. 

Keep Costumes Safe

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose bright colors for costumes if possible. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Party Prep

Hosting a party? Keep a close eye on party guests. Depending on local laws, you could be liable for injuries that partygoers cause to themselves or others while still at your party or driving home. Serve non-alcoholic beverages and food along with your preferred potion. Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.

Check out more tips from the Safekids.org, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Mayo Clinic, and the AAA.

About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

 

 Taking the time to put together a family fire escape plan can significantly increases your chances of limiting damage in the event of a house fire.

Creating Your Family Fire Safety Plan

No one wants to think about the possibility of a house fire. Taking the time to put together a family fire escape plan can significantly decrease your chance of injury in the event that you experience a house fire.

Your life safety system including monitored smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors are a first important step in protecting your family from fire. If you aren’t fully protected or aren’t sure how old your hardware is, our team is happy to come onsite and provide a free life safety estimate.

Create Your Plan:

  • During a house fire, smoke and heat develop quickly and smoke inhalation is the most common cause of death. This smoke is toxic, deadly and very disorienting. Know in advance how your family can escape each room of your home and designate a meeting area outside at a safe distance.
  • In the event of a fire, press your hand against closed doors to detect whether it is safe to exit. If you feel it is safe, stay low and crawl to the nearest exit. Time is of the essence so never attempt to take any belongings with you. The top priority is to exit safely.
  • For all windows on the second floor, collapsible ladders can be purchased at local hardware stores and can be kept in each room.
  • Also consider an automated fire escape plan. In addition to alerting our Central Station, who can dispatch the fire department, it will turn off your HVAC system so that air flow will not fuel the fire.

Once your plan is created, practice it at least once a year with everyone in the family. Start creating your plan with resources from the NFPA here.

About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

 

Summer is here and that means school is out. Differences in routines can mean added concern for parents. Being involved and aware is one of the best ways to make sure your kids stay safe this summer.

Kid Summer Safety & Security

Summer is here and that means school is out. Differences in routines can mean added concern for parents. Being involved and aware is one of the best ways to make sure your kids stay safe this summer. Make it a point to:

  • Know where your children are at all times
  • Participate, whenever possible, in their activities
  • Set boundaries for your children. Make sure they know who/where they are and aren’t allowed to go visit.

Nothing can substitute you being there at all times, but even though children’s schedules change in the summer months, yours likely does not. So when you can’t be there, prepare your children for a safe summer with these best practices:

Stranger/Danger

  1. Reinforce that children trust their gut if they are uncomfortable in any situation. Empower them to say NO!
  2. Create a plan with your children about what to do if they are lost.

Neighborhood

  1. Review with your children which trusted neighbors they can go to if they need help.
  2. Discuss boundaries.
  3. Remind them to always tell you or another trusted adult where they will be and to always take a friend along.

Home Safety

  1. Educate and test your children on how they can reach you. Teach kids how to use 911 when appropriate.
  2. Make sure your children are comfortable locking doors and windows in your home and teach them how to use your security system.
  3. Check in on your children while you’re at work with our Interactive Services on your smartphone and see for yourself that they are safe and sound at home. Get emails and text messages when they go in and out so you know when they left and returned.

First Aid

  1. Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit at home and your children know where it is and how to use it.
  2. Be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers where it is easy to find for your children.

Heat Protection

  1. Hydration is so important. Keep drinks well stocked and remind them (and yourself!) to drink often, especially after heavy activity in the hottest parts of the day.
  2. Train your children to be aware of the signs of heat related illnesses, and seek medical attention. 

Ticks

Ticks are responsible for a variety of illnesses that can be serious including Lyme Disease. Some suggestions for keeping ticks at bay include:

  1. Wear protective clothing (long sleeves, tucking pants into socks) when in high risk areas.
  2. Stay in the center of walking paths and keep away from overgrown areas.
  3. Perform tick checks on family members every day.

Read more child safety tips from the CDC.

About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

 

Summer is upon us! For many, that means the kids are out of school and finding more outside activities. These important tips from the CDC, Coast Guard and more will help keep your children and teens safe from a range of summer risks

Summer Safety for Kids

For many, summer’s approach means the kids are out of school and diving into more outside activities. These important tips from the CDC, Coast Guard and more will help keep your children and teens safe from a range of summer risks:

  1. Always make sure children are supervised in the pool and install a fence around your pool. Do you know the signs of drowning?
  2. Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill germs instantly. Be sure your young children take frequent bathroom breaks and get free test strips to test the public pool before they swim.
  3. Boats are a great family activity. Reduce your boating safety risks with these tips from the Coast Guard.
  4. Heat-related illness is especially common for children four years old and younger. Make sure they wear light colored, loose, comfortable clothing and cool off with showers. Be on the lookout for the signs of heat-related illness listed here
  5. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  6. Make your backyard a tick-free zone with the steps here and check your children for ticks.
  7. Accidents happen. Be sure to know the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
  8. Young workers tend to have more injuries at work for a number of reasons including inexperience and the types of jobs most young people have. Make sure you and your teen know the facts.
  9. More and more, kids are interacting with other kids electronically. Educate yourself and your kids about bullying with these tips.
  10. Don’t let your kids drink too many liquids that contain sugar. Sugar-filled drinks actually causes more body fluid loss. Avoid very cold drinks as they cause stomach cramps.

More Proactive Tips

Alarm Engineering can also help you keep your children safe. From live video feeds and alerts when your kids come and go to email and text alerts from your pool fence, gun cabinet or other risk areas, you can know exactly what’s happening at home no matter where you are.

Your security system can also alert you if your children, workers, visitors, renters or aging parents haven’t disarmed the system by a certain time. In addition, create custom user codes and lock access to anyone you want with the touch of a button. Removing access is just as easy when your worker or renters leave, no more making and giving away extra keys!

Get Started Now

Let us know your challenge and we will create the perfect solution for you. Our Systems Specialist will come out for a no-pressure, free consultation and provide your security assessment and estimate. Make sure your summer is worry-free with solutions from Alarm Engineering now and use FIRSTMONTHFREE for extra savings.

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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

 

 

Operation Safe Schools

Like everyone else in this country, we at Alarm Engineering were horrified and saddened by the tragic shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary. Owner team and brother and sister Ron Boltz and Melanie Mason, go to work each day with the mission of designing, installing and servicing security systems with the intent to protect and secure assets, the largest of which is a life. 

Growing up on Delmarva and doing business locally, we have great ties and a vested interest in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. Ron and Melanie are driven to create a positive impact on the safety of our local school districts with the technology, hardware and expertise we bring to bear. 

On behalf of Alarm Engineering, Ron & Melanie created Operation Safe Schools. 

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The Mission

It’s no secret that schools operate on a set budget each year. Over the past several years, school budgets have continued to shrink resulting in the stretching of already limited resources. The Superintendents, along with all of the members of the Board of Education, are left with the perplexing responsibility of deciding how to best allocate these resources to most effectively teach and protect our children. 

The purpose of Operation Safe Schools is simple:  to aid schools implement an additional measure of security to protect the students, teachers, administrators and school staff while operating within these tight budget restrictions.  Through Operation Safe Schools, Alarm Engineering committed to donate 2 Silent Emergency buttons to all of the public schools located in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. Similar donations were also offered to private schools located in these counties.

Ron and Melanie personally contacted school boards and informed them of the OSS donation program.  For those schools/districts who expressed interest, we went onsite to present OSS and answer any and all questions. Ultimately, ten local schools took advantage of this program and the panic buttons are installed in each of these facilities now.

Operation Safe Schools positively impacts thousands of children, teachers and administrators every day and allows parents to feel more secure in the wake of violent school tragedies such as Sandy Hook Elementary. These far-reaching benefits will extend out to many more thousands of children, teachers, administrators and parents in the years to come.

About Alarm Engineering

Founded in 1985, Alarm Engineering is the leading provider of electronic security systems and services on the Delmarva Peninsula. As a locally business, we have developed the reputation for integrity, reliability and quality with an emphasis on superior service to the customer. 

Our expert staff installs and services anywhere from small burglar alarms to large enterprise integrated systems combining intrusion, fire, card-access and video surveillance. Alarm Engineering has the technology and expertise to provide security solutions to residential, commercial and educational facilities of all kinds.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) create fun, educational tools for children about being careful with fire and electrical outlets, plus what items MAY be hot and burn them, even if those items aren't hot all the time - like your coffee mug.

Making Fire Safety Fun for Kids

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) create fun, educational tools for children about being careful with fire and electrical outlets, plus what items may be hot and burn them, even if those items aren’t hot all the time – like your coffee mug.

Learn Not To Burn 

  1. Set the hot water temperature on the water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scald burns from tap water.
  2. Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
  3. Turn the handle of cooking pans toward the back of the stove.
  4. Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.

Check out Private I. Plug's other safety videos and fun, interactive games inESFI's Kid's Corner: http://kids.esfi.org/
Check out Private I. Plug’s other safety videos and fun, interactive games in ESFI’s Kid’s Corner.

About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have earned our reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about our team.

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410-546-2210. But don’t just take our word for it: check out our five star Google Reviews.


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