September in WNC means cooler temperatures, the beginning of fall color on our trees, and kids going back to school! This year, things are looking a little different for many of our students. Rotating school schedules and remote learning while many parents return or have returned to work mean that things may be a little (or a lot) chaotic for some families. Here’s how to keep your child safe whether they’re learning at home, at school, or a combination of the two.

Home security in Western North Carolina is more intuitive and easier to operate than ever with the NEW Honeywell Smart Home IQ Panel. Install it in your home, and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. With the Smart Home IQ Panel, you can:

You’ve done your research on home security systems, made the purchase through a reputable local company, and had it installed by professionals. Now your home is safe and sound, and you don’t have to worry further about break-ins, right?

Not so fast. While a high-quality security system with local service is certainly one of the most effective ways you can protect your loved ones and property, it doesn’t end there. These common security mistakes will put you and your family at risk, even if you have the best security system in the world.

COVID-19 may be keeping us out of the gym, but many of us are using it as a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. While working out outside has its advantages, there are things you should do to be sure you’re staying safe. Here are some tips for enjoying exercise in the great outdoors safely.

1. Daylight is your friend. Avoid exercising in twilight or the dark if possible, especially if you’re alone.

Imagine being able to set your thermostat, turn on lights, watch live video footage of your home, and check to make sure you really did close the garage door this morning — all from your workplace or the beach! You can do all this and more with a Smart Home Plan. A Smart Home Plan doesn’t just provide quality security — it gives you complete control over your home, saving you time and money.

The mountains of Western North Carolina are one of the most beautiful places in the world (in our humble opinion) but do provide some unique challenges when it comes to cameras and connectivity. When determining the type of security cameras or system you need, it is best that you understand the difference between wired, wireless, and wire-free systems, what is needed to make each system operate, and if a particular system will meet your needs.

Planning a summer vacation is lots of fun — from where you’ll stay to what you’ll eat, what sites you’ll see and what fun activities you’ll do, there’s much to decide. But while you’re thinking about all the fun in the sun you’ll have, don’t forget to make a plan to protect your home while you’re away! Burglaries occur most often in the summer months; a home that’s left empty for a week or two is an easy target. By taking certain precautions, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your time away.