Many of you know that May was Older American Month, which I think may sometimes be called Senior Citizen Month (I've seen both). Either way, the entire month was dedicated to celebrating contributions that seniors make to their communities, and believe me, there are a lot of wonderful goings on, in every city you can name, so an annual celebration was and is a great idea!
Master Lock is offering senior citizens security tips to help keep them protected, safe and secure!
Master Lock appreciates Senior Citizens too, and in addition to doing their part in promoting the celebration last month, they also do their part to ensure senior citizens are safe year round. I'm not a senior citizen just quite yet (though I'm inching closer every day), but I like these products too. And since Father's Day is so close...I'd be remiss if I didn't suggest these as gift items!! Dads love gadgets, even moreso if they're easy to use and help keep the family safe!
Back to the topic (I get so easily distracted, lol!), Master Lock is offering up the following security tips for seniors, to help them feel protected, safe and secure.
1. Protect the Home from Intruders – Burglars can view senior citizens’ homes as an easy target. Simple security measures can help protect senior citizens against home invasion. Master Lock 265DCCSEN Security Door Bar provides an additional layer of security to homes by affixing to sliding glass and patio doors. Additionally, when traveling, enlist a trusted friend or family member to pick up the mail and newspapers to avoid showing signs of an empty house. Store a spare house key in a trusted key safe, such as the Master Lock 5422D Push Button Portable Key Safe to provide to your designated house sitter. Also, take extra precautions such as installing a home alarm system to deter intruders and break-ins.
2. Secure Personal Belongings in a Nursing Home Setting – Senior citizens that are no longer living on their own and live in group home environments face a unique set of security concerns. With several caregivers, cleaners, and residents in and out of a nursing home resident’s living quarters, it’s important to keep valuables protected. Store important items and documents in an easy-to-use, locked safe. Small items, such as credit cards, jewelry or cash, fit in the portable Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe while larger items, like documents or memorabilia, can be stored in a larger safe, such as the SentrySafe Extra Large Combination Fire Safe (SFW123DTB)
3. Stay Safe While on the Road - With advanced age can come vision impairments and other issues that can impact senior citizens’ ability to drive. Given this, senior citizens must visit the DMV more frequently for license renewal to ensure they are safe on the road. Senior citizens can ease their driving experience by avoiding driving at night and in bad weather, planning the safest and easiest route and limiting distractions such as a loud radio, talking on a cell phone, texting and eating.
4. Protect Personal Assets from Scams - Be overly cautious with telemarketers or outside salespeople, who tend to prey on seniors. Be careful in these situation and properly research the company if they are seeking some form of payment. The police or Better Business Bureau can be good resources to check to determine if it’s a legitimate business, a scam or a threat of identity theft. Avoid providing your credit card, Social Security, Medicare or bank account details to anyone over the phone. Also, never carry personal documents such as a Social Security card with you. Instead, keep these locked up and store digital copies via the free, secure and easy-to-use Master Lock Vault app. The app helps to alleviate the worry surrounding lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information, offers a password manager and provides reliable, convenient 24/7 access.
I know when it comes to safety that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Master Lock is doing their part to help get the word out on senior safety, definitely during the month of May when seniors and their work were being recognized, but even better, they're doing it every month of the year.
There's a Giveaway!
To do their part to help you, two lucky winners are going to win a Master Lock item. One person will win the Master Lock 265DCCSEN Security Door Bar and one person will win the Master Lock 5422D Push Button Portable Key Safe.
The Master Lock 265DCCSEN Security Door Bar is made of 20-gauge steel. It adjusts from 27.5-inches to 42-inches and is best used with standard or sliding glass doors. The pivoting ball joint ensures full and steady contact with the floor if you're using it on a standard door, and the padded bottom will keep your floors safe from scratches. That was just a bit of a pun but you don't want scratches on your floors, that's for sure. The top piece is easily removable if you are going to use this on a sliding glass door.
This item is reasonably priced and has a limited life warranty. It is definitely a great investment to have in the home, both for safety and for peace of mind.
The Master Lock 5422D Push Button Portable Key Safe has a 3 1/8-inch metal body that has a protective weather covering to help sustain it in harsh weather. The large button keypad makes it easy to access, even in the dark, and you create your own code to open it. You're likely seen these on homese if you were looking with a realtor. It's the box they use to store the home key, which makes it convenient for the house to show. I know one of my grandfathers could have used a box like this too, for key storage for his home business. It's a great way to keep important keys handy and safe!
Both of these items are excellent options for helping to keep homes safe. AND they are especially easy, yet effective ways to do so for seniors.
You can learn more about the products mentioned here and more, by visiting the Master Lock website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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