6/24/14


Picture this - You have just come home from a wonderful family vacation. The family is exhausted from a fun filled time and all you want to do is go in, take a shower and upload the hundreds of photos you took onto your computer. Upon reaching the front door you realize something feels strange. Someone broke into your house when you were gone.

Be safe this summer and remember to take extra measures to protect your home and your well being. With the summer holidays creeping up fast, families are more often than not either outside or away from home enjoying the nice weather. During the summer holidays, 44% of North Americans don't take proper security measures other than just locking windows and doors to keep their homes safe.

Master Lock has some great tips to keep your home safe and give you peace of mind this summer:


Make your back yard a safe place.  Remember to put away garden tools and lawn mowers, they could be tempting for little kids to play with or even stolen by a rude passer by. Secure your shed or garage door with a high-security, weather resistant lock such as Master Lock Magnum Laminated pad lock. This lock will securely keep kids away from tools and also prevent theft. We have a back gate which we keep locked because of kids and dogs, we wouldn't want anyone opening it in the night. 

Sleep safely with windows open. Sleeping with the window open during hotter temperatures can give a nice breeze and make for better sleeping conditions. Unfortunately keeping the windows open also can act as an invite to intruders giving them easy access to your home. You can help prevent this worry by using a home security system that includes window protection. You can also use a blocking device to block windows and doors from being open from the outside. Master Lock's Door Security bar is a great option to secure patio doors.

Designate a family meeting place. More than half of North Americans don't have a plan, a designated meeting place in case there is ever a house fire. It's a good idea to always have a family evacuation plan and practice it throughout the year. Kind of like how schools have fire drills. When you are out travelling away from home, always make sure to pick a meeting spot in case anyone gets lost or if you seperate for the day like at an amusement park or carnival.

Check smoke detectors. Properly installed and updated smoke detectors save lives and can protect against injury and loss. Only 7% of North Americans check their smoke detectors monthly and make sure they are working. It is recommended to change the batteries every six months to a year or when the battery is low. Also change the smoke detector every 10 years.

Create back ups. Ever go on a summer vacation and lose your house key or have someone need to access your house but have no spare key? Leave a copy in a Master Lock Storage Security Lock Box for access to only those with the combination to the lock.

Prepare for the unexpected. Keep important information like health card numbers, online passwords and more safe when you travel, or just safe in general with Master Lock Vault. A free and secure way to have everything you need on hand, digitally on your PC, Mac, iPhone or Android device. You can sign up today at www.masterlockvault.com

For more safety tips and information on Master Lock products please visit the website at www.masterlock.com or the official Master Lock Facebook page

Win it

Secure your life this summer and have peace of mind with Master Lock! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Master Lock prize which includes the Master Lock Magnum Laminated Pad Lock, Master Lock Door Security Bar and the Master Lock Storage Security Lock Box!

Open to Canadian (excluding Quebec) and US residents 18+. Mandatory entry must be completed for extras to count. One mandatory entry per household. Giveaway ends July 18th. Fill out the entry ballot below to get started! 

Good Luck



Posted on behalf of Master Lock. Product received for review purposes. Prize sponsored by Master Lock. Opinions and comments on this blog are always my own. 

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27 comments:

  1. I normally will for get my wallet, or my sunglasses..... or my drink I have ready to go.. or the list I need to take with me

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  2. Make sure that the shed and garage are locked, and we make sure the windows are closed and locked when we are not home, and always make sure the door is locked when we are inside, or playing outside (unless we are in the yard).

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  3. Have everything locked away and no valuables left around.

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  4. Install motion activated lights in the yard - bright ones so that when someone walks by they will be fully illuminated and flee the scene before they cause any trouble! Our house was only broken into once, and it was after we had shut off the light sensors for Earth Hour one year. Unfortunately we forgot to turn them back on and then went away for the weekend, leaving our yard dark. Sure enough, in the darkness 2 burglars tried to get in, but luckily our neighbour was out on her porch and noticed them and called the police. Between that quick thinking, and our alarm going off when they jimmied the door, they did not get in. We have never forgotten to turn the sensors back on again!!

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  5. My husband installed an extra bright motion light on the side of our house, makes me way for comfortable.

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  6. Lock everything up good with Masterlock!

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  7. We have lots of security lights around the house and yard.

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  8. We have multiple locks and we sleep with a bat nearby. We have a peeping tom.

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  9. We make sure our gate is locked and that no valuables, including any recycling, are left outside and visible.

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  10. Make sure valuables are tucked out of view from passerby-ers

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  11. We have video camera ready and set for any abnormal activities.

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  12. Make sure we lock our shed and deck boxes when we are not around! (Judy Cowan)

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  13. no valuables left around and keep flood lights in the backyard after dark

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  14. I make sure that everything in the yard is picked up and nothing is left unsecured for overnight.

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  15. I always let my neighbours know when I'm going away so if they see anyone at my house to call the police.

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  16. we always lock the door when we leave. but we are on the fourth floor so that's pretty much all we need to worry about.

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  17. We chain the gate, lock the doors and set the alarm.

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  18. We set up a system with our neighbours when we go away (e.g., collect our mail). Victoria Ess

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  19. Install Motion Detection lights which can scare off intruders, we also ensure cars are locked & no valuables are left out in the cars, yard & garage doors are locked

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  20. Lock all the doors and put everything away

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  21. We lock everything, the kids bikes are locked in sheds and vehicles locked!

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  22. I like to ensure the bikes are locked up.

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  23. we make sure everything is locked up at night

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  24. We have locks on all our sheds and exterior buildings.

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  25. make sure windows and doors are locked, valuables are kept out of sight

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  26. Do not leave things in plan view that may tempt thieves, even if they are locked up.

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