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Keeping Your Family Safe During The Summer

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This month, our article takes a slight detour. We usually try to post information that will keep you, your family, and co-workers safe from disasters. Each month we post tips on various things you can do around the house or office to avoid a potential serious problem later.

But we started thinking about Summer and kids being home from school. Certainly, we all look forward to sunshine, long lazy days, and a welcome change of pace for kids after the academic year is done. But for many families, summertime also raises a challenge. If mom and dad both work during the day, how can they ensure their kids are safe at home?

Luckily with the rise of technology, there are now various smart home devices that can help keep kids safe while parents are at work. Incidentally, some of these devices might even head off another kind of disaster. Anyway, here are some of the latest technologies that can provide peace of mind for you.

Smart Video Doorbells. Smart video doorbells like Ring, Nest Hello, or Arlo allow you to see and speak with anyone at your door through your smartphone, even when you’re not home. This way, you can monitor who is coming and going, and ensure your kids don’t open the door for strangers. Some models even have motion sensors to detect any activity around the entrance and record video clips.

Smart Locks. Smart locks like August, Schlage, or Kwikset allow you to lock/unlock doors remotely from your phone, create temporary access codes for visitors like babysitters, and get alerts if a door is left unlocked or opened unexpectedly. This prevents kids from getting locked out and lets you monitor their comings and goings.

Smart Cameras. Indoor smart cameras like Nest Cam, Arlo, or Ring allow you to check in on different rooms in your home through live video feeds on your phone. Some models have two-way audio so you can listen and talk to your kids. Many also have motion and sound detection to alert you of any activity.

Smart Lights. Smart light bulbs from Philips Hue, LIFX, or TP-Link Kasa can be scheduled to turn on/off at set times to make it look like someone is home, deterring potential intruders. You can also control them remotely from your phone.

Smart Speakers. Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home can be used as an intercom system to broadcast messages to your kids in different rooms. Some models also have calling and drop-in features to easily communicate with them.

Smart Smoke/CO Detectors. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors like Nest Protect or First Alert Onelink can send alerts directly to your phone if there’s an emergency, allowing you to quickly get help.

Smart Thermostats. Smart thermostats like Nest or Ecobee let you adjust the temperature remotely to ensure your home stays comfortable for your kids while you’re away.

Parental Control Apps. Apps like Qustodio, Bark, or Net Nanny allow you to monitor and control your kids’ online activities, set screen time limits, block inappropriate content, and track their locations.

While technology can be incredibly helpful, it’s still important to have open conversations with your kids about online safety, set clear rules and expectations, and build a foundation of trust. Smart home devices should be used in conjunction with parental guidance, not as a replacement.

We hope you have a great summer and that there are NO disasters in your future. But if the worse fears come true, give Restoration 1 of West Denver a call. We can set your mind at ease and take care of any water, flood or fire situation that occurs.