Our goal when we started Protectus Security wasn’t to build a 5-star brand, but that is what has happened.
This has happened as a result of building a company based on integrity, which to us means doing the right thing every time, which unfortunately isn’t always the norm in our industry. One of the reasons we started Protectus 7 years ago was because we saw the need to give consumers something better. Read More
Most colleges and universities have started their fall sessions by now, and students are hopefully settling into their new schedules and surroundings. The start of a new college year can mean a big change for anyone transitioning from a summer routine or a different city, and of course these changes can be especially overwhelming for first-year or transfer students. Whether or not you live on campus, your college environment will be a home-away-from-home for you during the next several months, and it’s just as important to think about safety on campus as it is anywhere else. ProtectUS Security, your home security systems Dallas company, presents the following tips to help you stay safe and have a great college experience!
Get to know the area, on campus and off – Don’t just think about finding out where the best late-night pizza spot is! Whether you’re in a brand new area or you’re returning to town, take a little time to locate important places on your campus such as the health center, safety and security office, administration offices, and student union. Also locate important landmarks around the campus, such as hospitals, urgent care centers, police and fire stations, and pharmacies. You definitely don’t want to be googling these important buildings for the first time during a crisis! Also get to know your college’s safety policies, such as safety escorts, night shuttles, emergency stations or “blue lights,” and campus patrols. Program important numbers, such as safety escort services, taxi services, and the campus health center into your phone.
Walk in groups when possible, and stay alert when you walk alone – Try to always walk in a group after dark to reduce the likelihood of being mugged or otherwise attacked. When you walk alone, don’t get distracted by reading material, your phone, or other electronic devices. Staying aware of your surroundings will help you get to your destination faster, will keep you from inadvertently stepping in front of a car, and will make you more likely to notice if someone is following you or otherwise acting suspiciously. Consider carrying pepper spray and/or a loud whistle in case of an attack, and see if your school offers self-defense classes (sometimes this can count as a physical education requirement!). Incidents can happen on even the safest of classes, so stay vigilant!
Stay safe in your residence – Whether you live in a dorm, an apartment, or a rented house, keep a first aid kit on hand and become familiar with emergency exit routes in the building. (Don’t just think about escape routes from your room; also consider how to get out of the building when you’re in the bathroom, lounge, or a friend’s room.) If you live off campus, make sure there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and make sure they work. Exchange emergency contact information with your roommate(s), and let them know about any health concerns you have that might affect them, whether you get occasional migraines and might need to darken the room, or you deal with something more serious that might necessitate your roommate(s) calling for help. (If you live in a residence hall, be sure to let your resident assistant (RA) or hall director know about any serious health concerns as well.) Lock your door when you’re not in your room, even if you’re just popping down the hall for something, and store your valuables in a safe, secure location. (Be sure to keep your car locked and free of valuables too!) If you live in a dorm or apartment, don’t let strangers into the building or hold the door for someone you don’t know, even if they don’t seem suspicious.
Practice safe partying habits – Always go to parties with someone you know well, so you can keep an eye each other and go home together. Not only is it bad manners to completely abandon a friend at a party (even if there’s a cute guy or girl involved), it can be dangerous, as one in five college women will experience sexual assault in the U.S., and men are not immune to assault either. If you do have to separate from your friend(s) for some reason, communicate clearly about where you’re going and who you’re going with. Always watch your drink being prepared, and if it gets left unattended for any reason, get a new drink rather than finishing the old one. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, speak up as soon as possible, either to the host of the party or to campus security or your RA. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason at a party or other social event, it’s okay to ask your friend(s) to leave with you, always get yourself out of a situation that worries you.
Follow the 0-1-3 Policy for safe drinking – The BACCHUS Network, a university- and community-based organization for health and safety initiatives, recommends the 0-1-3 Policy when it comes to drinking alcohol: 0 drinks for anyone who is under twenty-one, driving, taking medication, or chemically dependent; 1 drink per hour for men or 1 drink per hour and a half for women (1 drink = 12 oz. of beer, 4 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of a liquor shot); and no more than 3 drinks per day and no more than 3 drinking sessions per week. If you’re concerned about social stigmas against staying sober, you can always tell a small lie and say you’re the designated driver, you’re taking medication, or you’re just not feeling well.
Your home security systems Dallas company salutes all college students and wishes you a fun, safe, and productive school year!
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: you’re home, whether by yourself or with your family, and all of a sudden a person with a gun bursts through your door. There are a number of factors at play in such a scenario, from how the intruder got in to your instincts to your actual response options based on your physical ability and the layout of your home. This post will discuss ways to prevent such a scenario from happening in the first place, and the next post will discuss ways to respond, should the worst actually happen.
Prepare your home
Having a home security systems Dallas is one of the very best ways to protect your family, home, and belongings. Simply having signs for an alarm company visible from the outside of your home will serve as a deterrent for criminals who are not very committed to their cause. An audible alarm that sounds when a door is opened or a window is broken may cause intruders to run away rather than actually entering, since the neighbors and law enforcement personnel who may be in the area will hear the alarm. It’s important to have alarms on second-floor windows as well as those for the first floor, because ambitious thieves may go right for a window in the master bedroom in search of jewelry. (Also, if a neighbor happens to hear a loud noise such as a breaking window but then does not hear anything after it, it’s likely they will assume they either heard wrong or you have the situation under control, and they will just go about their business. It’s unfortunate, but it’s human nature.) It’s important, though, to be sure any panels for the alarm system are not visible through windows or glass doors, so that potential intruders can’t see whether or not they are set. Many people only turn their alarm system on when they’re leaving the house, but there’s no reason it can’t be set while you’re inside as well. If you are interested in installing or updating an alarm system, or if you have any related questions, ProtectUS Security, your company for home and business security systems in Dallas, would love to hear from you.
Some Dallas alarm systems contact 911 as soon as they are triggered, and some have a panic button that can be pressed to connect you with emergency assistance. Some home or cell phones have a button that will dial 911 when pressed. Be sure everyone in your house knows how to use this feature and how to turn on the speakerphone function, so emergency personnel can hear what is happening in your house or apartment. Even if the call gets disconnected, the police are required to investigate the situation.
Having a household escape plan in case of an invasion is just as important as having an escape plan in case of a fire. In fact, the physical escape routes may end up being pretty similar. Include where to go for help and what to say when going over the plan with your family. Consider multiple ways to exit the residence, including windows, in case the ideal route is blocked. Also, develop a code word that can be shouted out to alert family members, especially children, that they should hide in case the situation is too dangerous to attempt escape.
Stay safe when strangers come to your house
Many intruders gain access to homes by knocking at the door and seeing if someone will let them in. If there’s an unexpected knock at your door, scope out the visitor by looking through a one-way peephole in the door. (Chain latches on doors are generally not effective barriers when a door is partially opened, so it’s much safer to have a peephole.) If you’re home alone, you may want to yell “I’ll get it!” before opening the door, to give the impression that someone else is there with you.
Often, criminals will try to get you to open the door by pretending to be someone they’re not. They may pose as delivery people, salespeople, political canvassers, or someone conducting a survey. Don’t be shy about asking them to identify themselves before you open the door and wait while you contact the company, especially if they claim to be a delivery person and you haven’t been expecting a package. If the person on your doorstep is really who they say they are, they will wait patiently while you check the situation out. Never let an unexpected guest inside your home unless you are absolutely sure who they are. If you have people working on or in your house, doing tasks such as roof repair or kitchen remodeling, be sure to watch them very closely, and check to make sure your doors and windows are still locked and undamaged after they leave. It’s all too easy for a worker using your bathroom to unlock the bathroom window so he or she can break in at a later time.
Stay tuned for the next post on how to react if an invader does manage to get into your home…
It’s something many of us do all the time, so often that it’s probably become a routine we do on autopilot: mowing the lawn. But there are a number of hazards associated with lawn mowing, from some that can cause minor problems to some that are seriously dangerous. Being as we are home and business security systems company in Dallas, safety is our number one priority. The following tips can help you stay safe as you take care of your lawn this summer:
Protect your body from injury, sun damage, insect bites, and other irritants. Always wear thick-soled, close-toed shoes when mowing or doing work on your mower. Wear sunscreen and long pants, long sleeves, and a hat with a wide brim. Wear insect and tick repellent and tuck pants into your socks to avoid bites from mosquitoes and ticks and the diseases they may carry. Goggles will keep foreign objects out of your eyes. Keep a first aid kit and a list of emergency numbers nearby your work area.
Avoid dehydration and heat stroke by drinking lots of water or sports drinks that will help maintain electrolyte levels. Drinks that are sugary or contain alcohol will dehydrate your body even more. If it is particularly hot outside, take frequent breaks in a shady spot. Know the signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, rapid pulse, confusion, nausea, headache, and extremely high body temperature.
Protect your hearing with earplugs or headphones. If you have to raise your voice to speak to someone an arm’s length away over the noise of your mower, the noise may damage your ears.
Before starting to mow, be sure your lawn is free of rocks, sticks, glass, nails, small toys, and any other debris that could obstruct the mower’s path or become a projectile if kicked up by the blades.
Learn how to thoroughly operate the mower and any accessories before using them. Read the instruction manual, know where the controls are and how they function. Be sure the mower is in good working order and that all guards and safety devices are properly mounted. If your mower runs on gasoline, never fill it up while the machine is running or still hot. Store gasoline outside, away from your house, in an approved container. Never refuel a lawn mower inside, and obviously keep gasoline away from any sparks or flames. If your mower is electric, make sure the cord or battery is in good shape before use, without kinks, tears, or corrosion. Avoid electrocution by keeping electrical cords away from water or dampness, and be sure that extension cords are rated for outdoor use and are the correct guage for the mower’s electrical capacity.
Before doing work on the mower or trying to clear jams in the blades, make certain the machine is off and cool. Be sure the blades have stopped moving and the mower is unplugged, if applicable.
Never leave a running lawn mower unattended for any reason.
Keep children and pets inside while you mow. Never let them ride on a riding mower. More than 800 children are injured are injured each year from being run over by lawn mowers, either because they fell off or they approached the mower without being seen by the operator. Many more children receive burns or other injuries from lawn mowers each year. Never assume children will stay in the same place, and be extra cautious when backing up or mowing around corners, shrubs, and other obstacles that may block your view.
Keeping your lawn neat and healthy is important and a point of pride for many people, but keeping yourself and other people safe is even more important. Your home and business security systems company in Dallas hopes you find these tips useful as you work outside this summer!
Obviously, the main function of a safe is to protect treasured, irreplaceable items. This can mean protecting them from theft, but it also can mean protecting them from natural disasters such as fires, floods, and even earthquakes. Placing important documents in a safe can also save you lots of headaches simply because you’ll know where everything is, rather than having to sort through filing cabinets or desk drawers every time you need something. This last point can be particularly important in case of a sudden death, so the executor of the estate will be able to quickly and easily access all the information he or she might need.
Home safes come in a variety of styles, so you’ll want to take into account the types of items you plan to store inside the safe and the space in which you plan to keep the safe itself before making a purchase. Some safes are secured with a key, some have a keypad for typing in a code, and some employ both methods. Most are black, gray, or silver, but if you look hard enough you can find brighter color options, in case you’re hoping to match your décor. Some models are particularly designed to store file folders and paper documents, while others have plenty of space inside for safeguarding three-dimensional or abnormally shaped objects. Most of the available models can be easily identified as safes from their outward appearance, but there are other options disguised as common household objects, such as a book, that could readily blend in to an office, bedroom, or living room setting. A final consideration when choosing the kind of safe you want is maximum safe temperatures for the items you want to protect. A safe with a rating of UL 350 will not exceed an internal temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit during a fire, meaning it is safe to store paper. A safe with a rating of UL 72 will not exceed an internal temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit and is a better choice for storing computers, disk drives, and other electronic equipment.
So what should you store in an in-home safe? Really, your only limits are the size of your safe and the collective size of the items you wish to preserve. Commonly, people use safes to store original copies of personal documents that don’t need to be used every day, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, Social Security cards, wills, passports, deeds, and contracts. Safes are also commonly used to preserve expensive jewelry, family heirlooms, and valuable collectibles. Other safe-worthy items may include copies of health records, copies of educational records, receipts for large amounts of money (perhaps for renovations or home furnishings), insurance information, financial information (including stocks, bonds, and other investments), and any other personal information that the executor of an estate might need in the case of an unexpected death.
If you’re an adult living in the United States, you almost certainly have a few things that would be better protected in a safe than outside of one, even if you don’t own any valuable jewelry or baseball cards. Even with a home security system from your Dallas home security company, owning a safe is one more way you can protect yourself, and even better, keep everything organized!
This time of year, most folks in Dallas love to beat the heat in some nice, cool water, whether it’s in an above-ground or in-ground swimming pool, a kiddie-sized wading pool, or even a bucket dumped over their head after a few hours of yard work. If not properly attended, however, any amount of standing water can become a serious hazard, even in sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. Follow these tips to make sure your family and friends stay safe around water this summer and throughout the year:
Almost everyone enjoys a good dip during the summer months – and it’ll be a lot more enjoyable if you don’t have to worry about potential dangers! Protectus Security Home Security Systems in Dallas wishes you a great summer swimming season!
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