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  • Aug 22 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

4 Home Pool Safety Tips

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Most people looking for a home think having a pool will be a dream come true, which can be the case. However, if you do not take proper precautions, it can be one of the most dangerous features of your home. Here are my top home pool safety tips we have found since having our own pool.

1. Invest in a good-quality pool cover.

pool cover

The safest pool cover you can get is a hard pool cover. They are one of the more expensive covers you can buy, but safety is really most important when owning a pool. You never know when children or adults who cannot swim might sneak into your backyard. If anyone ever gets injured or drowns in your pool, you are liable. Also, a retractable cover is the other best option if it fits into your budget. Both of these covers will also protect from unwanted dirt and debris all year long when the pool is not in use.

2. Install a protective fence around your pool.

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Most newer homes with pools have fences already installed around the pool. If not, this should be number two on your to-do list. Even if you have a safe pool cover like we talked about in the first tip, your pool will realistically be uncovered at least part of the time when it is in use. Again, if you have small children, even those who can swim, accidents can still happen. They must be supervised by an adult at all times. You can install a self-closing gate in the fence that is accessible only by a electronic keypad to prevent small children from accessing the pool by themselves.

3. Make sure everyone in your family can swim.

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Okay, maybe training for the summer olympics isn’t a realistic goal to most people. But obviously, for the safety of your own family, you should get all of your children in swimming lessons from birth. Pay attention to what the teacher is teaching your children so you can come home and work with them on the same things. When you have a pool at home, you can increase the amount of practice and learning time exponentially compared to those who do not have their own pool.

4. Install an alarm system.

alarm system

Finally, install an alarm system in your home. If you already have an alarm system, make sure it has all the features you need to keep your home and pool safe. For example, we chose a local alarm company who had a SmartHome system with state of the art features that didn’t cost too much. Also, the Smith security reviews had nothing but positive things to say about the company, as we would not choose a company who did not take care of their customers. On our system, we have it set so that it chimes when any of our exterior doors are opened so we know if anyone goes out back without an adult with them. We also had outdoor cameras installed so we could have a permanent record of anyone going into the pool whether we were home or not. We can even watch this video footage from any of our wireless devices from anywhere in the world, so even when we are out of town we can rest assured we know what is going on with our pool and no one is using it without our permission.

Having a pool on your property is a luxury with an enormous resposibility. Use these 4 tips to keep your pool as safe as possible and your liability as low as possible. Thank you so much for reading, and please comment below with any additional tips or stories of how these tips have saved someone’s life.

Author bio: Brittany Samples is a writer for Smith Monitoring. She is also a work from home mom of two busy boys who works hard to always be more healthy, safe, fun, and frugal!

  • Aug 14 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

Why We Should Probably Listen to the News

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The other day, I was sitting in my office during lunch and talking with my coworkers. We were exchanging stories and generally catching up on each other’s lives. We had also gotten paid that day, and the subject of going to the bank came up in conversation. As we talked about it, my boss remembered something that had happened to her sister earlier in the week and felt compelled to warn us.

Theft in Broad Daylight

She said that her sister had gone to the drive-through bank lane to cash her paycheck in the afternoon. Once she had received the money from the teller, a man in a hoodie approached her can and stood in front of her. There was no way around him, and so she had no choice but to stay where she was. She also noticed that he was holding his hand beneath his hoodie, concealing a weapon. Her driver-side window was still open from communicating with the teller, and the man approached it to speak to her. He told her that he had a gun and that if she didn’t hand over the money, he would kill her. She panicked and gave him her entire paycheck that she had cashed moments before. The man turned and ran, escaping from the robbing in broad daylight.

My boss’ story was definitely one that changed the way my coworkers and I thought about security in our community. We see a lot of crimes come through our office, as we are a nonprofit who works closely with the local court system. We have been so desensitized by the cases we hear that we seem to over look the fact that these situations are very real and that they happen every day.

We’re Not Untouchable

These are the types of situations that we hear about daily from news stations and other media, but I never consider that such a situation could happen to me. It was strange to hear that someone my own boss was intimately close to could have been robbed at a bank, losing her entire paycheck. The story stuck with me, and for the first time I considered looking into a Cedar Hill home security system. I thought to myself that if someone was willing to commit such a crime in broad daylight, the least I could do to protect myself was to install an alarm system and begin to carry some form of protection. One of my coworkers went and bought a knife specifically designed for self-defense and approved to carry in her purse.

Theft In America

About The Author: Rae Piazza is a writer for Smith Monitoring. Rae is also active on many social networking sites. Follow her on WordPressTwitter, & Poshmark!

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