With the sun shining and the beach season still in full swing, it’s hard to believe, but it is almost time to send our children back to school. As we get back into the swing of things, it’s inevitable that our lives become that much more hectic as we try our best to keep tabs on our children. While you’re at work and your children are at home, you may wonder about their safety and if they are on their best behavior. While we cannot be there physically to keep an eye on them, breathe a sigh of relief. Here are a few easy ways to make sure your children are safe even when you’re not there.
Knock, Knock – Who’s There?
We teach our children to never answer the door or speak to strangers while home alone, but with countless package deliveries and door-to-door salesmen that seems like a lesson becoming harder to teach. Remove the uncertainty of who is at your door by installing a video doorbell.
Video doorbells play a critical role in protecting one’s home while also controlling who comes and goes at all times. Motion detectors are built into the camera of your video doorbell and works to capture any movements. When the movement detected is unusual, you are automatically notified with an unexpected activity alert. You can even answer the door straight from your smartphone while you’re not home and speak to the visitor. Never worry again who’s at your door.
Honey, Did You Turn the Lights Off?
Is it only me, or do you remember growing up and you’re parents yelling at you to make sure you turn the lights off if you’re not in a room? As the younger me can attest to, children often do not realize that air conditioning, heat, electricity, and water are not free. We can only hope our children are not leaving the fridge door open or not setting the air conditioning to 65 degrees when it’s 95 degrees outside while we are away.
One of the easiest ways to manage these situations is by installing a smart thermostat. This simple fix can help you control energy costs by remotely adjusting your thermostat directly from your smartphone. Another favorite of ours are Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave lights can be scheduled to turn on automatically when you enter your home or at specific times of the day. This is especially helpful as our days draw shorter with Daylight Savings right around the corner.
Mom, Can My Friends Comes Over?
Part of the fun growing up is to be able to have your friends come over after school, but how do you ensure that who is entering your home are in fact your children’s friends? A few of our favorite ways to make sure your children and their friends are arriving to your home safely, on-time, and out of trouble are:
- Sensor Activity Alerts: Track and receive real-time notifications anytime exterior doors are opened.
- No Show Alerts: Receive real-time notifications anytime your children are arriving home later than expected.
- Home Access Control: Simply lock and unlock your doors or garage with a simple click from your smartphone with home access control features. Bonus! You can create temporary codes for service providers and never need to worry about giving out a key to your home again.
- Contact Sensors: Receive real-time notifications in the event your children and their friends attempt to sneak into forbidden rooms or where the mini-bar is located. Paired with video monitoring, easily viewed from your Alarm.com mobile app, you’ll always be in the know.
If you’re looking to score some extra credit points protecting your family in the new school year, add Johns Brothers Security to your back to school shopping list. We care deeply for our neighbors’ safety because you are our neighbors. Contact us today to protect what matters most.