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  • Protect Your Kids From Your Swimming Pool With A Pool Alarm

    POOLALARM ForSecuritySake (4)fUpdated 03-27-2017

    This is a true story. The child involved in this tragic event was from my co-worker's immediate family.

    They thought they did all the right things. They checked out the licensed daycare home, saw that the swimming pool had a fence and a locked gate, but did not know that the toddler could get to the pool from a sliding glass door. They also did not know that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death of children ages one through four in California.

    The daycare owner knew her pool was safe, but what she didn't know is it only takes a few seconds to lose track of a toddler, especially when your distracted. So while on a five minute phone call, the toddler slipped through the open sliding glass door and fell into the pool.

    The pool had safety measures, but did not have a cover or pool alarm. The Daycare owner found the child in the pool, but it was too late.

    A pool alarm would have made the difference in this case, because it would have sounded an alarm inside the home that some one had fallen into the pool.ForSecuritySakepoolalarm

    Kids naturally gravitate to a pool. This photograph of my two year old grandson is not staged (We will call him Curious George).  We were eating during a  backyard party and the host's pool was closed for dinner. George had been caught five minutes before trying to get around the fence gate by opening it from the inside. After being warned not to attempt this, he left to get a drink and when he thought he could get away with it, here he is trying again. The gate would not open, but the point here is kids don't know danger and will try not to get caught.

    Before retirement, while working on Patrol, I received possible drowning in pool calls every year.  Your heart sinks even lower when the dispatch includes the word child. You think to yourself that if you can get there faster, this one my be saved. The lucky ones had parents or another person present that knew CPR, however in most calls this just was not the case.

    Please!, if you have a pool, know CPR. There should be clases put on by your local jurisdiction.

    Take all the steps you can to protect your children from your swimming pool with fences, covers, locks, and with a pool alarm. We offer one here at ForSecuritySake that works well for in ground pools and there are many others in pool stores and on the Internet.

    You can learn more about our Pool Alarm here 

    Please be safe out there!

     

     

  • Child Internet Safety Tips For Parents From The FBI

    Updated 05-20-16

    When I was growing up, the new electronic contraption that captured my attention, so mom could have some time and space, was the television. By the time I was 10 years old our one home television was even in color. I learned a lot from TV and still do. My children had the same experience, but by the time they were ten years old, the Internet was beginning to expand rapidly.

    Computers are interactive and have overcome the TV as the favorite gadget of children. Today there are numerous computers, some are called smart cellular phones, all with the ability to access the Internet.

    There are hand held electronic games, game consoles, desk tops, laptops, minis, tablets and even the new TVs that can interact with the Internet.

    Over the years, parents have asked the question of how they can implement Internet Safety while their children surf.

    Since computers are in our lives and a necessity at times, it is unreasonable to take computers away from our kids. Although we want to, no one can stand by their side and help with school work and watch what they see on the Internet all the time. All we can do is try to protect them the same as with any other life experiences.

    We trust our children to do the right thing, but the problem is that no matter what their age, they often do not understand that they can get themselves into trouble until it is too late.  When the Internet is involved, there are scam artists out there that specialize in exploiting children.

    Parents sometimes don't know all the threats that are out there in the Internet Cloud. The FBI has a PDF printable document titled A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety. The guide includes information on:

    . Definitions of areas your child may surf

    . How predators engage in conversation with children

    . What signs to look for that tend to show your child is at risk

    . What to do if you suspect your child has been contacted by a predator

    . An area of frequently asked questions

    . And much more

    To see the entire guide and to print a PDF copy click on the link above.

    Be safe out there For Security Sake!

     

     

     

     

  • Who Is Watching

    Phone Cameras ForSecuritySakeaHave you ever  talked to someone that is just a little paranoid about big brother watching us?  They will talk for hours about a chip camera that can see you from your TV set, drones that fly by, satellites, and black ops helicopters all watching your every move.

    It is a fact that we are being watched and recorded, but most of the photos and recordings being made today are not by the people you think of?

    If you drive down the road, shop in a mall or store, eat in a restaurant, drink in a bar, play in casino or a park, ride in an airplane, train, bus, taxi, or go to the movies, there is a good chance you are being watched and recorded on a camera system. So who is watching?

    It used to be that most recordings posted to the Internet were form systems designed to protect us from traffic collisions, burglary, robbery, and general street crimes. Due to the economy these systems are being expanded, to replace laid off employees that used to have the job of watching.  Often these photos and videos are still viewed at Law Enforcement agencies, TV stations and the home storage servers . Today there are many more reasons that photos and videos can be found on the Internet and they are of you and your family for anyone to see.

    Think about this growing threat to privacy and your security:

    According to World Telecommunications; as of 2011, it is estimated that there are close to 7 billion people in the world. One third of the population use the Internet and 45% of them are under the age of 25.  There are 6 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions and almost 1.2 billion have mobile broadband subscriptions that give wireless Internet anywhere cellular towers support it.

    Lyra Research lists; as of 2010, it is estimated that there will be more than 1.5 billion camera phones in circulation. Today's versions of these phones take high quality pictures and high definition video. Camera phone users have instant access to these devices to photograph and record anything they want.

    Many of the photos from these are uploaded to social networking, TV stations, blogs, and other Internet storage sites. A reported FaceBook engineer wrote on Quora.com; that there are over 200 million photographs uploaded to FaceBook every day, or 6 billion a month.

    Videos are also uploaded to social networking sites, TV stations blogs and other Internet storage sites. According to Yahoo answers; as of 2009 there were about 200,000 videos uploaded to YouTube every day. It would take 600 years to watch all of the video on site at the time.

    Do you use one of these social networking sites to share your personal information and do you have photos or videos that connect to your information?  Try running your name in a Google Search and use photo in the search term. Even though security is turned on, many times a profile photo will show up in the search. Friends and friends of friends may show up also.

    4G cellular service is now the norm and faster service is on the horizon. With these faster services, the big advertisements of camera phones today are the ability to stream movies and to stream photos and videos live! You can already see it work on local TV news when you hear phone quality sound of the reporter with jumpy hand held video. You will start to see more live events on TV stations being streamed form someone that just happens to be there at the time.

    Can big brother use these images, videos and information. The answer is yes and no. There are rules of law that have to do with expectation of privacy; meaning the general public would feel that they are in an area of expected privacy. But since society now allows and expects to carry and use camera phones anywhere, what happens to our expectation of privacy?  Only the courts will be able to figure that out in the years to come. My bet is that right now the answer in most cases is yes and privacy expectation will slowly diminish as we get even more comfortable watching each other.

    Can crooks and predators use the information. It is reported everyday that they do.

    So what do you do to protect your family and yourself For Security Sake?

    Limit the information you give out on the Internet and social networks. If you or a friend puts it out there, it will be seen and possibly used.

    Join our news letter to receive information on products that can help you with protection and safety.

    And remember everything you do in a place where there are other people has the likelihood of being recorded. Someone holding a cell phone pointed in your direction does not always mean they are texting.

     

    Be safe out there!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Back To School Safety For You and Your Children

    For Security Sake Shield FSS CRKCAR copySummer will soon be ending and that first day of school will be here before you know it. With that in mind it is time to remind ourselves and our kids to do their part to keep them safe during the school year.

    Drivers:

    We as drivers need to be extra careful at all times. Here are some kid safe tips:

    There are good reasons that school zones and neighborhood streets have lower speed limits. Kids are full of energy and sometimes act before they think. Slow down and watch for the child darting into the street from between cars. They could be after a ball, the ice cream man, or be day dreaming while they walk, run, or ride their bike.

    Be extra careful at intersections, driveways, and alleys.

    When a group of kids are crossing the street, be watch full of the kid that got left behind and is trying to catch up. They could be late for school, a lunch break, or texting.

    There are enough distractions in your car while driving, Use hands free cell phone attachments and turn off the text notification, so you are not tempted to look and answer.

    When dropping off your children at school, be sure to look around for other children as you start to drive, or back up. Remember small children may be below your mirror or window view.

     

    Parents Remind Your Kids:

    That when there is no crossing guard, to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

    Never run out into the streets from between parked cars.

    When riding a bike, always ride in the bike lane if provided, or to the far right of the roadway with traffic. Cars approaching from behind may not see them right away, so always look behind before starting to ride. Stop and walk across streets as mentioned above. Use safety lights to increase visibility.

    If they ride the school bus, make sure they wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and then if they need to cross to the other side, always walk around the front of the bus where the driver can see them.

     

    Teach Stranger Danger:

    First the child needs to know what a stranger is.  A stranger(s) is anyone that they don't know. It could be someone with another child, a fireman, another kid, or another mother. Strangers are unknown people, not someone who looks dangerous.

    Constantly remind children to never walk up to strangers who call to them or pull up beside them in a car. Sometimes they do anyway, so tell them not to believe a story that a stranger's dog is lost, that a brother, sister, or parent is hurt, or sent them to pick them up. Get away from the stranger and go to a safe place, such as the school office, fire station, hospital, police station, or known neighbor. If this happens, always to tell a parent.

    If a stranger grabs them, fight to pull away, scream, and set off their panic alarm. Then go to a safe place as mentioned above.

    In today's way of life, both parents sometimes have to work. If this is the case for you, tell your child who is authorized to pick them up. You could tell them a code word that must be said by the person picking them up.

    If the stranger says he is a police officer (not in a marked police unit and in uniform), fireman, school official, or other professional, tell your child to be careful, even if ID is shown. If the child is old enough to use a cell phone, have them tell the person that they will call to confirm who they claim they are and then call 911.  If the person is legitimate, they will not mind. If the child does not have a phone or is too young for one, have them get away and go to a safe place.

    Please remember that it is our job as parents to teach our children, not the school, day care provider, or television.

    If we all learn and practice to be safe and secure, our children will learn along with us.

    We have a selection of safety lights and personal alarms at www.ForSecuritySake.com .

     

     

     

  • Bike Month Is May 2011 Be Visible Using Safety Lights

    Welcome to Bike Month; May, 2011.  To help make it safer, please make sure that you can be seen by traffic.

    During my law enforcement career, I handled a large number of traffic accidents involving bicycles, some of them fatal. The two main causes were; the bicycle rider being unable to see in front of him and vehicle drivers being unable to see the bicyclest in time to stop. Most jurisdictions also require a white light to the front when riding a bicycle at night.

    Wear reflective clothing and use safety lights. Reflectors are great, but if the vehicle is backing or has no lights on, safety lights are the way to go.

    We have reviewed several safety light products that are super efficient and won't break the bank.

    First we took a look at our LED Bike Headlight:

    This powerful light measures 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. It has a black rubber front and a plastic body. The 3 LED high intensity light has low power draw and runs on two AA replaceable batteries (not included). The battery access door slides open from the top and has a rubber spring to hold it closed.

    The headlight includes a quick release mount that allows you to carry it as a flashlight and easily remove the light to provide anti theft security.

    There are two functions; steady on and flashing.  This LED light is brighter than the Halogen bicycle headlight we had previously offered and is also brighter than the five LED  Power Failure light we sell. It will be easier to see what is in front of you and vehicle drivers will be able to see you from up to a mile away.

     

     

     

     

    Our LED Bicycle Taillight:

     

    This 5 LED bicycle taillight measures 2 1/2 by 2 x 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches.  The 5 LED high intensity light has low power draw and runs on two AAA replacable batteries (not included). The case is molded plastic and the batteries are replaced by unclipping a lock to remove the light top. This light is so bright that when I looked directly into one of  the LEDs,  I saw ghost images like a camera flash.

    Each LED is angled and focused for one direction. Examples: Side, Center Back, and Mid Center Back. We took photos of the taillight in daylight with the camera aperature closed down. This showed the different focus points. You can see these photos here. We provided the side photo at this time for an example.

    The bicycle 5 LED taillight has two functions listed on the package, but when we tested one of them, it had several flash functions, including one that looked like a mini emergency vehicle light bar.

     

     

    The Micro two Safety Light Set:

     Each light has two functions; steady on and flashing. They have a single high intensity LED light rated for 100,000 hrs; one is red and one is white. They run on two CR2032 3v lithium batteries (included- the batteries are replaceable by using a precision Phillips screwdriver to remove three screws. Becareful though, these screws also hold the light parts together).  Each light has a bungee cord that allow them to be attached to a bicycle frame, seat post, or handlebar. We have also attached them to bicycle helmets, strollers, and tricycles. There are any number of things they can be attached to. We have included a photo of the set attached to a child's bike helmet.

     These are very cool lights and visible up to a mile away.

    Have a great bike month and remember your safety lights.

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