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The 10 Best Things You Can Do to Keep Your Child Safe

November is National Child Safety Month and we at LiveWatch are proud supporters of the event. In honor of the occasion, here are ten tips you can follow to help keep your child safe at all times:

Car Safety: Be sure your young children always ride in appropriately-sized car seats. For help determining the safest car seat for your child you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s parent center.

Food Safety: Be mindful of when and where your child is eating. Make sure they are eating in well-cleaned locations and that the food has been prepared properly. It’s also a great idea to help your child grow accustomed to always washing their hands before they eat.

Emergency Preparation: Create an emergency plan for your children and family. Whether it’s choosing an outdoor meeting place where everyone can convene in the case of a fire or determining the most secure location in your basement to take shelter during a tornado, you can never be too prepared.

Healthy Living: Help your child discover a daily routine that is both healthy and enjoyable. Make sure they have ample time to exercise and be outdoors, but also plan activities that are both relaxing and mentally stimulating.

Disease Control: Take your child to regular physician’s checkups and be vigilant about keeping their immunizations up-to-date. Strongly consider taking your child to the doctor if they ever feel sick for more than a couple consecutive days.

Poison Control: Keep all cleaning and landscaping chemicals locked in cabinets as far above the ground as possible. Using cabinets that are far away from accessible climbing spots is a plus.

Toy Safety: Ensure that your child only has access to safe toys. Sharp edges and easily swallowed objects should be avoided at all costs.

Safety Gates: Install sturdy safety gates in front of stairs and other potentially unsafe areas of your home to prevent your babies and toddlers from hurting themselves while wandering.

Water Safety: Avoid setting your hot water heater to more than 120 degrees F. This will reduce the chance that your child scalds themselves while washing their hands or learning to prepare their own shower.

Protect Your Home and Peace of Mind with a Security System: Security systems keep burglars away, but they can also be used to check up on your children remotely. You can use a LiveWatch Security System to receive notifications when your children get home safely or watch them playing in the yard from anywhere using your smartphone.

How many of these tips are you already putting into practice? Do you feel like you learned something new? Let us know by tweeting @LW_Security.

Proudly Supporting Fire Prevention Week: five tips, a special deal and a history lesson

This week marks the 90th annual national Fire Prevention Week, organized by the National Fire Protection Association. Running from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11, the theme of this year’s celebration is Hear the Beep Where you Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.

At LiveWatch we’re supporting the cause and promoting fire safety by giving away a free smoke detector with every new security system we ship. Fire is a leading threat to American households and we want to make sure you’re covered. Devices like our combination smoke and heat detector are the fastest tools you can use to detect fire early and call for help before damage is done.

History of the Holiday

In 1920 President Woodrow Wilson issued the first national Fire Prevention Day proclamation, setting the holiday on October 9 to commemorate both the Great Chicago Fire and the lesser-known Peshtigo fire that occurred that day in 1871. Starting in 1925 with Calvin Coolidge and continuing through today, the U.S. president has signed a proclamation each year designating fire prevention week as the Sunday-Saturday period in which October 9 falls.

Fire Safety Tips

We wouldn’t be properly supporting the cause of fire prevention if we didn’t offer you some safety tips. Here are five things you can do to protect your home from fire:

Keep your smoke detectors in working order: Less than 20 percent of fire-related deaths occur in buildings with smoke detectors because they are the fastest and most accurate fire detection devices. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house and one outside the door of each bedroom. You should test your detectors once every month and change the batteries twice a year.

Maintain your heating appliances: Stoves, dryers and furnaces are common accidental fire starters. Unless you’re an expert yourself, you should bring in a professional once a year to ensure your appliances are in proper working order.

Be careful with electricity: When charging multiple computers, phones, cameras or other rechargeable devices, beware of tangle and clutter. Webs of knotted cords are electrical fire hazards. Extension cords and power strips also contribute to this danger and using too many can overload your outlets, so be conscious of how many devices you are plugging in at a single time.

Clean and organize regularly: Organizing piles of paper work and throwing out old used boxes aren’t usually the most exciting items on the priority list, but large amounts of disorganized recycling can serve as kindling for house fires. Filing your papers in cabinets and getting rid of your extra boxes and paper bags will make it harder for potential fires to spread throughout your home.

Purchase fire extinguishers: In case an unfortunately timed spark happens to ignite something you own, it’s always good to have a fire extinguisher on each floor of your house. It’s best to keep these devices near potential sources of fire like the aforementioned stoves, dryers and furnaces. Also make sure you’ve acquainted yourself with how fire extinguishers work.

Have a wonderful and safe Fire Prevention Week!

Monday Roundup October 5: Magic Cards and the Helpful Squatter

This week $15,000 worth of trading cards was stolen, 100 bronze vases were taken, and a man moved into a new home illegally. Here’s your Monday roundup:

A Minnesota man was recently arrested and charged with the theft of $15,000 worth of “Magic the Gathering” playing cards. Magic: The Gathering is a popular fantasy trading card game that has an estimated 20 million players worldwide. The cards were stolen from a local player who owns 150,000 cards. The thief was caught trying to sell three boxes of the cards at the owner’s favorite trading shop.

Maryland police are looking for the thieves that stole 100 bronze vases from a local cemetery Tuesday night. It is believed that the vases were stolen to be sold in other states for scrap money. No suspects have been identified in the case.

A 33-year-old Canadian man was sentenced Monday to probation for unlawfully dwelling in someone’s house. The man saw a ranch in Little Fort, B.C., that he liked and moved onto the property without permission. The owners returned to their home to find the squatter cooking a meal on their stove. He reportedly had also fed the animals on the property, watched T.V., and wrote in the owners’ diary.

Have a safe week!

Here Are Four of Today’s Best Mobile Safety Tools

The advancement of mobile technology has substantially increased the convenience of numerous aspects of our daily lives, and Personal safety is no exception. Whether you’re looking for an extra security measure for yourself as you travel alone or an app your children can use to check in when they’re out and about, there’s most likely a service that fits your needs. Today we combed through the dozens of mobile options out there for protecting yourself and your property, and boiled them down to four great tools you can use to boost your security:

BSafe: BSafe is an app available to both Apple iOS and Android users. The app uses your GPS location to notify friends and family when you’ve made it to a pre-specified destination safely. If you feel you’re traveling somewhere especially dangerous, you can give your emergency contacts access to your real-time location, so they can watch you walk from point-to-point on a map. In the case of an emergency, BSafe sends an alarm notification to your contacts and broadcasts live video feed they can view along with your GPS location. You can trigger this alarm manually, or set a timer that will engage the emergency process if you don’t disable it before the ticker hits zero. This second option would be useful in a situation where an existing threat made it difficult or impossible to access your phone.

SafeTrek: SafeTrek is a free iOS app that offers a simple but effective way to call for help in an emergency. If you feel you are walking somewhere unsafe, you open the app and hold your thumb on the safe button. When you release your thumb, the app prompts you to enter a four digit code. If you enter the code successfully, nothing happens, but if you don’t the app calls the police. Overall, SafeTrek provides a quick and indiscrete way to get emergency help with a low risk of sending false alarms.

Kitestring: Kitestring is a web-based personal safety service. Before leaving your home, you can specify a check-in time and a list of emergency contacts through the Kitestring site. The service will then send you a text message at the check-in time. If you are unable to respond, Kitestring will text your emergency contacts, letting them know that something may be amiss. For added security, you can specify required code words as part of your check-in response, so potential criminals cannot disable Kitestring simply by taking control of your phone.

ASAPer: Our Patented ASAPer “as soon as possible” emergency response system is the nation’s fastest way to resolve home alarm events. When an alarm is triggered on your property, ASAPer creates a chat room between you and your emergency contacts, allowing the group to assess the situation. Once the chat room has been created, the group can choose to call for police assistance or declare a false alarm. If ASAPer is unable to reach you, it will call the police to come and make sure everything at home is safe.

Are there other mobile safety tools you love? Tweet @LW_Security and let us know!

Monday Roundup September 28: You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, but You Can Paint It a New Color

This week a long-lost Mexican carving reappeared in France, police started drawing connections between crimes committed against former Michigan State football staffers, and a homeless woman stole and painted a dog. Here’s your Monday roundup:

A 3,000 year old carving stolen from Mexico several decades ago recently resurfaced in Paris. The carving is believed to be a creation of the Olmec, one of the earliest known peoples of Mesoamerica. According to a statement issued by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, the carving was illegally taken sometime in the 1970s.

Local police are saying that the theft of property from two former Michigan State University football staff members may be connected. Former coach George Perles and former equipment manager Bob Knickerbocker both have reported bowl game rings stolen over the past two weeks. Both men also said several personal jewelry items were stolen with the rings.

A Seattle man got his stolen dog back last Saturday, but in a different color than he expected. The terrier, a golden-brown dog named waffles, was stolen by a local homeless woman who painted it black to conceal the animal’s identity. The dog was taken when the owner’s mother-in-law brought her to the grocery store earlier in the morning. The man’s neighbors helped him track the dog to the homeless woman, who he then confronted, despite being shocked to see his pet sporting a new fur color. With the help of local police, the dog was put back in the custody of its rightful owner, but has not yet regained its natural hue.

Have a safe week!