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The Weekly Roundup 5.29 Edition

by Cassie May 29, 2015


Home Automation: Understanding a Resident Device VS Automation Hub

Home automation relies heavily on two controlling devices—a “resident device” and an “automation hub.” It is important that you research and understand the differences between the two when making decisions on the best way to make your home a smarter and safer place.

Resident Device: a device that always lives on your network and listens for any requests you send over your IP. It is also accessible from outside your network.

Automation Hub:considered the “brains” of your smart home, a hub device allows automation and enables smartphone access.

For the original article in the Mac Observer, click here


Safety for Older Americans

In a study by the CDC, a leading cause of injuries among the elderly is falls – at the rate of millions each year – which can cause severe hip, joint and head injuries. Here are some good personal safety tips and injury prevention advice seniors should heed:

  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Discuss medications and potential side effects with your doctor
  • Get regular health checkups and eye exams
  • Reduce hazards in your home to avoid trips or falls
  • Install grab bars wherever possible

For the original article in Sabre, click here


We’ve Got the Answers, You Have the Home Security Questions

Having a safe home is important, but not everyone has a top-of-the-line home security system. How then are homeowners supposed to protect their homes? While there is no single answer to this question, some good advice to consider is, think like a thief! Here are some clever tips that can help you outwit even the smartest of thieves:

  • Hire a locksmith and switch out the locks of your new home to ensure you are the sole key holder
  • Hide a spare key in a unique place – even inside your dog’s collar!
  • Keep your plants and bushes well maintained to reduce hiding spots for burglars
  • Change up your routine and always lock your door, even while on a short outing
  • Keep your home’s exterior well illuminated, especially if your neighbors live far away
  • Hide valuables in places other than your safe – try inside a wall or behind a false switch plate

For the original article in Storify.com, click here

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If Someone Were Drowning Would You Know What To Do? Read This And You’ll Know.

by Cassie May 28, 2015

My Alarm Center , Water Safety So the weather is warmer and we will all get a chance to go swimming in the ocean or a nearby pool. However, medical emergencies are something we don’t want to think about; the mere thought of a loved one having an emergency is enough to make our minds engage in evasive maneuvers. But the thing is, planning for a medical emergency before there’s an actual emergency is one the best ways to prepare and stay calm (or as calm as possible), were an emergency to occur. Drowning is one such emergency, but luckily, it’s one of the easiest to prepare for. Unlike broken bones, a heart attack or similar situation, you don’t need a medical degree to react to drowning: you just need a cool head and some basic first aid skills–and a phone handy, so you can call 911.

Drowning is a Leading Cause of Death First and foremost, you should know that drowning is the fifth-most common cause of accidental injury death in the United States. It’s most common in the very young and very old, and especially for the young, it can happen anywhere: in the pool and at the beach, but also at home in a kiddie pool or bathtub. It takes just a few seconds and a few inches of water.

Prevent Drowning Before it Happens As in all things safety, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Just a few quick words about preventing drowning:

  • Teach everyone in your family to swim
  • Never leave children unattended near water (even a few inches of bath water)
  • Install a safety fence around your pool, and locks on your hot tub cover
  • Only swim where there are lifeguards
  • Do not dive into unfamiliar water

What to Do When Someone is Drowning Accidents happen. The first and foremost important thing to know about drowning is how to recognize it. Because it’s not like what you see in the movies: instead of screaming and splashing, drowning is often silent. So if you see someone’s head quietly but strangely disappearing beneath the surface, know that s/he might be in as much trouble as a swimmer who is flailing and calling for help. Once you know that someone needs help, here’s what to do:

  1. Alert the lifeguard: Unless you are a trained lifeguard, do not attempt to rescue a drowning person; they are often panicked and may pull you under.
  2. Call 911: As soon as you’ve notified the lifeguard, your next move is to call 911 immediately. Explain that someone is drowning, so that the EMTs can ready themselves on the way.
  3. Provide flotation: Pools and beaches should be equipped with life-saving flotation devices, often attached to a rope that you can use to pool a swimmer to safety.
  4. Take life-saving measures: If the drowning victim is unconscious, do not immediately give CPR! . First, tilt his or her head back, lift the chin and check for breathing. If s/he is not breathing, give two slow rescue breaths (mouth-to-mouth). If the breaths go in, you may start CPR, provided you are trained. If the breaths do not go in, reposition the head and chin, and try again. If you give CPR, know that in real life, CPR is aggressive enough to break ribs. And in addition to coughing up water, drowning victims often vomit during resuscitation; this is normal. Click right here for a very helpful PDF File from RedCross.org on CPR for adults. Here is the same guide for CPR on children.
  1. Wait for help: Provided you called 911
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The Weekly Roundup 5.22 Edition

by Cassie May 22, 2015


Protect Yourself: Low Cost, High-Tech Home Security Options

On a budget? High-tech options aren’t the only way to secure your home. Here’s some advice on how to keep your home safe without breaking the bank:

  1. Your neighborhood: get to know your neighbors; talk to them about starting a Neighborhood Watch Program.
  2. House exterior: be mindful about outdoor lighting, unsecured objects, visibility of your house numbers and yard maintenance.
  3. Garage: keep your garage door locked and closed when not in use and remove all keys from motor vehicles.
  4. Locks: check the state of your locks and determine if they need to be replaced.
  5. Windows: consider using security bars, remove crank handles from casement windows and pin double hung windows.
  6. Vacation checklist: avoid social media posts, notify neighbors and cancel home deliveries or arrangements while you are out of town.

For the original article 9News, click here


Three Scenarios for Home Automation

You may be asking, is home automation really necessary for my home? Although there isn’t a yes or no answer to this question, the following scenarios may settle the debate:

  1. Fumbling in the dark. With a smart motion sensor, you can walk inside your home and have the lights come on just in time.
  2. Wasting electricity. Eliminate the guilt caused by thermostats or fans that run all day. Invest in a smart motion and heat sensor.
  3. Humidity in the bathroom. A humidity sensor can automatically detect moisture levels and turn on the fan for you.

For the original article in The Mac Observer, click here


6 Inexpensive Ways to Have Home Automation

Money doesn’t have to be an obstacle if you’re planning a smart home. Skip the latest and greatest in cutting edge technology and determine what your home really needs. Here’s a look at a few affordable options:

  • Smart Outlets/Plugs can be plugged into an outlet and will provide you with better control over your connected devices.
  • Smart Lights not only provide light when you need it, but they can also significantly reduce your energy bills.
  • Smart Sensors can offer multiple solutions for your home such as motion, temperature, lighting, and humidity.
  • Smart Surveillance will allow you to monitor your home from anywhere using a tablet or smart phone.

For the original article in Makeuseof.com, click here


The History of Home Security Systems

People have historically been protective of their “stuff.” Alarm systems, no matter how crude, have been around a very long time. Here’s a look at how security systems came to be:

  1. Circuits: Created in the 1970’s, a circuit was wired to a door or window, and an alarm was designed to sound if opened.
  2. Local Alarms: When first introduced, a triggered local alarm released a noise loud enough to notify bystanders within ear-shot, and scare off the thief.
  3. Monitoring: Developed in the late 1800s, monitoring increased response time to an alarm, and is still being used today.
  4. Digital Alarms: Today’s digital technology provides more options than ever before. Homeowners can take solace knowing their “stuff” is in good hands.

For the original article in Ehow.com, click here




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Get Out And Get Physical…But Do It Safely

by Cassie May 19, 2015

A Work out safely message from My Alarm Center

Spring is in the air. The sun is shining. The sky is blue. (Oh so blue!) And it’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Oh, yes–it’s a beautiful, breezy, bountiful May.

Springtime is a great time to get active outdoors. The mercury has risen, so there’s no need to bundle up to play a pickup game or go for your run. But it’s not too hot either, so you won’t sweat out a week’s worth of water in the first 10 minutes. And you’re probably a little stir crazy after the long (so long), cold (so cold) months of winter, you’re just itching to get outdoors and into the fresh air.

There’s no time like present, so grab your sneakers and while you lace up, check out our safety tips for outdoor fitness:

Protect Your Skin

Choose SPF workout gear whenever possible, and always slather on the sunscreen 30 minutes before you hit the outdoors. (Yes, even if it’s cloudy.) Don’t forget to rub some in on your ears, neck, and down the part of your hair!

Protect Your Eyes

Speaking of the sun, be sure to protect your eyes with UVA/UVB sport sunglasses, which provide extra protection around all edges (top and sides).

Choose the Right Gear

When it comes to outdoor exercise, one size does not fit all. For example, street runners need gel or padding to prevent foot injuries, while trail hikers should opt for thick-bottomed, hard-soled, high-top boots. Invest in the gear that will keep you safe and your body healthy.

Hydrate, the Right Way

You already know you need to stay hydrated while you exercise. If you’re outside for under an hour or if you’re taking it slow, water is an excellent choice. But if you’ll be under the sun, in the heat, and intensely active for more than an hour–think marathon training, not a leisurely stroll–then swap plain water for something with electrolytes and carbs, both of which you’ll need to replenish.

Beat the Heat

There are a few things you should know about outdoor exercise, even in moderate heat. First, be aware that if you exercised in the heat yesterday, you’re more prone to heat exhaustion and other problems today–no matter how cool it is. Also, while it often feels better to exercise in humid weather, humidity affects your body’s ability to cool itself; be just as careful on hot & humid days as on hot & dry days. Finally, be sure to water up before you go outside: 16 to 32 ounces, 15 to 20 minutes before you exercise should do the trick.

Be Safe

When you exercise outside, you introduce two new levels of safety concern: accidents and predators. To prevent accidents, be sure to wear the right gear (including reflective clothing in the early morning, at dusk, or after nightfall), keep your eyes open and, if you must use headphones, only use them in one ear. To deter theft or other predatory behavior, leave expensive jewelry at home, exercise with friends (or run with your dog), and always choose a safe exercise route or location.

Always carry identification, a cell phone, and a few bucks with you. (FYI, several brands offer workout clothing with built-in pockets.)

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The Weekly Roundup 5.15 Edition

by Cassie May 15, 2015



Home Security Goes Hi-Tech With Lighting Features

Your home is your castle, but is it safe from home invasions? Online community forums are abuzz with three simple steps homeowners can take to enhance their home security:

  1. Install proper lighting. To a burglar, a dark house is an easy target. Keep yours illuminated at all the right times – even when you’re not home. High tech lighting packages cost less than $100.
  2. Get to know your neighbors! Perhaps you pass each other like ships in the night, but by joining private social networks like Nextdoor.com, you communicate with your neighbors anytime, anywhere.
  3. Contact your local police station. Some counties offer their residents “house watch” programs; special visits by law enforcement to check out their homes and report anything that may look suspicious.

For the original article in WKMG Local 6, click here


Fact Or Fiction: Home Security Myths

1. Security bars and deadbolts can turn thieves away

When properly installed and used in combination, security bars and deadbolts make it 10x harder – and much too risky – for burglars to break in.

2. Thieves can lift your sliding door to get into your house

Bye-bye broomstick. That old trick in the door track to block the slide, just doesn’t work anymore. Without the use of a “Charlie bar,” burglars can simply lift the

door and rock it open.

3. Using nails or window locks will prevent a burglar from opening a window

This method not only doesn’t work, but it could jeopardize the safety of people who may be inside the home.

For the original article in 10TV.com, click here



What Home Automation Systems Can You Buy Now?

The answer is, plenty! The home automation market is exploding with choices and options. Here are some best-selling, affordable new apps you may want to consider.

For $199, the Sonos phone/app system, provides users complete control over everything they want to do: turn on the TV, listen to music, dim the lights, adjust the fan, and more.

The Chamberlain my-Q garage control is $129 and allows users to open and close garage doors from anywhere with the click of an app on the phone.

For $219, Kevo, you can unlock your doors through your phone or a key fob, with just one touch.

For the original article in CBS, click here


8 Clever Uses for Your Old Tablet

Tablets haven’t been around long, but chances are you will upgrade, if you haven’t done so already. Before you decide to sell or dispose of your old tablet, check out these cool things you can do with it:

  1. Art display
  2. Skype Interface
  3. Remote computer monitor
  4. Home security camera
  5. Alarm clock
  6. Radio player
  7. Mirror
  8. Digital Picture Frame

For the original article in ElectronicProducts.com, click here

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Helmets, Reflectors, & Knee Pads…oh my! The Keys to Bike Safety

by Cassie May 14, 2015

The Keys To Bike Safety from My Alarm Center

The days have turned so beautiful, we almost can’t stand it. It feels so good, smells so good, looks so good, we want to be outside. All. The. Time.

So it’s no surprise that our kids–your kids–are itching to get out there, too. They want to run and jump and play, come home with grass-stained knees and dirt jammed under their fingernails.

And one of these days, they’ll be asking to drag their bikes out of the garage. Hurray! Biking is an incredible activity for kids, blending physical fitness with coordination, with social activity, with self-confidence with, well, plenty of other good-for-you benefits. So in honor of gorgeous weather and National Bike Safety Month (yep, that would be May!), we’ve pulled together a few quick and easy tips on bike safety for kids.

Bike Safety for Kids

As parents, we know that kids get hurt. It’s almost a rite of passage: they fall and skin their knees and bump their elbows. But as parents, we want to protect them from all of it. Of course, we know we can’t–some things are just inevitable. But what we can do is protect our little ones from the worst of it: the most serious injuries that’ll put them out of commission for weeks or months, or worse, life-threatening accidents that can change lives forever.

So let’s get the scary stuff out of the way. Here’s what you need to know:

  • According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, bicycles are the second-most common product to injure kids. (The first is cars.)
  • Almost half of all bike-related hospitalizations are diagnosed as traumatic brain injury, which can be life threatening.
  • According to the SAFE KIDS campaign, helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.
  • Additionally, SAFE KIDS says that 75% of bicycle-related child deaths could have been prevented by a helmet.
  • BUT, fewer than 40% of kids reportedly wear helmets! (Even though in many states, bicycle riders must wear helmets by law.)

The lesson here: If your kids love riding on two wheels, encourage them to bike ‘till they can’t peddle anymore. And make sure they’re protected while they do.

Protective Equipment for Child Riders

Now onto the good stuff: how to protect your kids without wrapping them in bubble wrap and calling it a day. (We know, it’s tempting.) Here are a few pointers:

  • Helmets: If you’re going to pick just one piece of bicycle safety equipment, this is it. Choose a well ventilated, brightly colored (and preferably reflective) helmet that’s labeled as meeting CPSC or Snell standards. A properly fitting helmet has thick, strong straps that secure it snugly, sitting level on your child’s head. The helmet should not flop forward or backward, and should stay put even after sudden movement. Your child should wear his or her helmet always, every time, and for the whole ride. No exceptions.
  • Safety Clothing (including reflectors): After helmets, good bike-riding clothing is the most important safety precaution you can take. Chose bright colored clothes, preferably reflective–stick on some reflective tape, if your kid insists on wearing his/her favorite dark shirt–that’ll make your children visible to drivers. Avoid loose-fitting pants or long shirts, which can get caught in bike chains. (Also watch out for long straps, if your children ride with a backpack or bag in the front basket.) And always require your kids to wear shoes with good pedal-grip: no flip-flops or jellies or other slippery shoes, and no barefoot riding allowed!
  • Kneepads: Kneepads may not save lives like helmets do, but they do prevent painful injuries. If you can get your kids to don kneepads, do it. Even if you have to bribe them with an post-ride popsicle.

Have fun and stay safe!

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Living on Your Own – 5 Ways To Keep Yourself Safe

by Cassie May 12, 2015

Home Security Tips While Living Alone

Moving into your own place is one of life’s single greatest moments. Yes, it entails a lot of responsibility. Yes, it’s more expensive than that two-bedroom you shared with three friends in college. And yes, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself for the growing pile of dirty dishes and un-swept floors.

But it’s your own place. Yours! A very you, very grown-up place where you’ll put your mark. For the very first time. Congratulations!

So here’s the deal, newly minted grownups: your first place is a learning experience. Here, you’ll probably learn to balance a checkbook, decorate walls with more than posters, and cook a meal impressive enough to woo your date. You’ll also learn a thing or two about personal safety, since living alone is very different than living in the dorm with roommates, or at home surrounded by family.

Without further ado, here’s our list of first apartment safety tips:

1) Before You Move In, Research

If you’re new in town (and really, even if you aren’t), do some basic recognizance before choosing a place to live: Ask friends and coworkers for safe neighborhood recommendations. Drive around candidate areas, both by day and by night. And speak with police or check out crime mapping websites, such as CrimeReports, to determine neighborhood crime statistics.

2) Double-Check for Security

Before you sign on the dotted line, review your new digs for safety. All door and window locks, including deadbolts, should be strong, secure and in working order. You shouldn’t have to jiggle, wiggle, push, prod or wrangle your doors or windows in any way. Peep through the keyhole to check the viewing area. Make sure that balcony doors are secure, and that you have access to the fire escape, if your building has one. Verify (don’t just ask) how entry works: do your neighbors just buzz anyone in, or do you have to have a key to get in?

3) Meet the Neighbors

As soon as you sign the lease, get knocking on your neighbors’ doors. (Bonus points if you take cookies.) You don’t need to be best friends, but you should get acquainted if you’re going to share walls, ceilings, lawns or fences. After all, it never hurts to have an extra set of eyes and ears on you and your apartment, especially when you’re on you own for the first time.

That said, don’t give out too much personal information to the neighbors, at least not until you’ve gotten to know each other.

4) Alarm Your Apartment

Think you can’t have an alarm, just because you rent? Wrong. Today, many home security systems, both monitored and unmonitored, are wireless, which means you don’t need to drill holes or forfeit your security deposit. Even better, you’ll be able to take your system with you when you move to a new place.

5) Exercise Caution

Being careful is not a sign of paranoia. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t walk through unknown neighborhoods with your earphones blasting or your cell to your ear. Hang an emergency whistle and mini flashlight on your keychain. Install a personal security alarm on your phone. Call for help if you feel unsafe. Remember, better safe than sorry.

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The Weekly Roundup 5.8 Edition

by Cassie May 8, 2015




Internet of Things: Innovations for a Smarter Kitchen

As the world continues to evolve technologically, so do our homes. Developers spend much of their time optimizing the heart of our homes – the kitchen. If a “smart kitchen” is the room of your dreams, you’re in luck. Watch for these inventive products coming to retail stores soon:

  1. SmartyPans: Smart cooking pans that monitor temperature, humidity, and weights of ingredients.
  2. Vessyl: Smart beverage containers that track calorie consumption and provide nutritional information.
  3. Countertop: An app that connects with other appliances to suggest culinary concoctions like tasty smoothies for your Vitamix, or gourmet recipes for your Crock-Pot. This app is always cooking up great ideas!

For the original article in CEA Blog, click here

Home Automation Development Board Unveiled By GarageLab

If you’re a fan of Kickstarter and home automation, here’s a perfect concept product for you: Automation Board. Specifically designed to support the popular Arduino platform, users will be able to create custom home automation systems with the bells and whistles of their choosing, without the use of external power sources. Sound intriguing? GarageLab is currently seeking funding to take Automation Board from concept to reality.

For the original article in Geeky Gadgets, click here


What Kind of Home Security System is Right for Me?

True, or False: Most home invasions occur at night. The correct answer may surprise you. The majority of break-ins occur in broad daylight, when robbers assume you are at work or away. Having a home security system is one of the best ways to deter home invasions. Not only will the sound of an alarm scare criminals away, some systems send signals directly to local authorities, alerting them that something is amiss. Smart Sensors are designed to detect suspicious activity or movement, a fall or personal injury, or water and fire damage. To optimize your options, we recommend you consult with experts from well-known security companies, and read customer reviews to help determine which system is best for your lifestyle.

For the original article in BlogHer, click here


Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer That Could be Lurking in Your Home

You can’t see it, smell it, taste or touch it. But, boy, is it deadly. Small wonder this toxic gas is often called “the silent killer.” The best way to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide is to get a detector. They are inexpensive (less than $50!) and easy to install – just plug it in to any outlet. Accidents happen, but tragedies can be prevented. So don’t put it off. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home today.

For the original article in Today, click here

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Safety Facts Featured City: Seattle

by Cassie May 5, 2015

Seattle Home Security from My Alarm Center

Seattle: the Emerald City, known for its waterfront location, sky-high Space Needle, and sweet-scented brews of both the caffeinated and hops varieties. This pedestrian haven of the Northwest is the original home to Boeing, Microsoft and, of course, Starbucks. But Seattle is more than the sum of its accolades: it is a city of arts, culture, recreation – with a somewhat magical, usually casual vibe, that invites one to grab a to-go cup, take a breath of salt air, and step out to see it all.

One of Seattle’s big draws, for tourists and residents alike, is its status as one of the nation’s safest cities. In 2014, Seattle was ranked as the safest pedestrian city in the U.S. (Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Index). What’s more, it consistently ranks in the top 10 safest cities for families with young children, and as the tenth-safest large metropolitan area, according to a study by Farmers Insurance Group, Most Secure U.S. Places to Live.

But the city’s top safety ratings aren’t a product of luck; they’re the result of a lot of hard work. Seattleites take pride in their city, and have enacted a number of community programs to engage youth, encourage safety, and help keep their streets and citizens secure and healthy. Here’s a look at some of those initiatives:

  • Seattle’s “Safest Route to School” program, worked to create 500+ new crosswalks, install more school zone speed-recording cameras, and improve walking routes for the city’s youngest residents.
  • Vision Zero and the “Be Super Safe” program, strives to educate drivers, reduce dangerous driving, and provide safer, more pedestrian-friendly streets.
  •  The Seattle Police Department sponsors several crime prevention programs, including the community-accessible Crime Prevention Coordinators, Block Watch and the annual Night Out Against Crime.
  • The city also believes in taking care of its youth through a variety of engaging outreach programs, among them YouthCare, designed to help homeless adolescents get off the streets, Teen Feed, PSKS (Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets), and the Seattle Youth Employment Program.

If Seattle’s outreach and safety programs have your feet tapping to explore the city and its surrounds, Seattle Magazine makes it even easier with its handy list of Seattle’s 15 safest neighborhoods. Dubbed “the happy 15,” the list sweeps through the alphabet from Ballard and Burien to Wallingford and West Seattle, with stops at Capital Hill, Georgetown, Ravenna and Queen Anne (among others), along the way.

Without a doubt, Seattle is perfect for afternoon strolls, café-hopping, exploring the arts and urban culture with outright fun, whether you’re going alone or bringing along the whole family. And with its strong reputation for safety, this walker-friendly city is an excellent, low-anxiety choice for your next urban vacation or relocation. To learn more about My Alarm Center’s home security services in Seattle just click here.

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The Weekly Roundup 5.1 Edition

by Cassie May 1, 2015



What Exactly Is Amazon’s Smart Home Strategy?

Hats off to Amazon for their smart home strategy. It’s the unique result of five initiatives – each rolled out independently – but with enough connective tissue to create one cohesive, powerful and differentiating home automation strategy. To understand the big picture, you need to start with the details.

For the original article in Forbes, click here


Good-Bye Keys: “Smart Locks” Let You in Without Them

In a world where people expect connectivity and 24/7 accessibility, traditional locks are simply not up to par. Today’s “smart locks” fall into three categories:

  1. Automated locks – operate through “one touch technology,” with the push of a button or keypad
  2. Activated keyless locks – operate through phones, using push-button pads, an app, or by holding a connected phone near the lock.
  3. System locks – operate as part of larger “smart home” systems, from home-security systems to thermostats.

For a relevant article in ABC News, click here


How Handy is Home Automation?

In addition to security, home automation can offer a whole lot more. New systems offer convenience, comfort, energy savings, and more. By using a smart-phone, tablet or computer to control and monitor automation functions, “smart homeowners” can make their home operations as simple or as complex as they choose – connecting one or two selected devices, or a more robust combination of multiple home devices – depending on lifestyle and preference. With so many options available to enhance the way we live, what are you waiting for? Take the next step today.

For a relevant article in AuburnPub.com, click here


Burglar-Proof Your Home: A Complete Guide to Home Security

Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. And studies show the three most common factors criminals use to determine whether or not to rob a home are time, noise, and visibility. Don’t become a target. Take steps to protect your home from invasion by identifying weaknesses, and making appropriate adjustments. Here are some basic and easy security measures all homeowners can take:

  1. Get to know your neighbors
  2. Install a home security system
  3. Keep the outside of your home well maintained and well lit
  4. Be careful where and how you put out your trash
  5. Be careful who you let in your home
  6. Avoid hiring unsolicited help
  7. Always lock your doors and windows
  8. Get a dog

For the original article in artofmanliness.com, click here

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