I love being a member of Live Secure Safety Squad because of the goodies they send my way for review and giveaway. Speaking of giveaways, I’m giving away a Master Lock cable lock on my dad blog. It’s actually a three pack, which is great for families like mine. Now each of my kids can have their own lock for their bikes. I actually have four kids, but the youngest one is a toddler and he doesn’t have a bike yet. BTW, you can also use the cable locks for securing things like scooters, grills, lawn motors, and blowers.
All three cable locks are keyed alike so one key can be used to open all three of the locks. Relax, three keys are included. I’m actually on the fence when it comes to key-operated locks because they require taking a key with you and you have to be careful about losing the keys. On the other hand, combination locks are not practical for younger children because kids will have a hard time remembering the combination. I can just imagine my kids getting stranded somewhere because they forgot their combination.
Master Lock Bike Lock Cable Features
- Integrated lock and cable for easy locking and handling (this is great for kids)
- Keyed alike — same key opens all three locks (parents don’t have to bring three sets of keys)
- Blue, green and red cables for easy identification (now I know who left their lock on the floor)
- 6′ (1.8m) long x 5/16″ (8mm) diameter self-coiling braided steel cable (long enough for adult bikes)
- Protective vinyl coating helps prevent scratching (you don’t want to scratch your kid’s new bike, right?)
BTW, Master Lock created a series of easy-to-remember seasonal safety and security tips to help dads and moms prepare and protect their home and family from potential risks.
Five Seasonal Safety and Security Tips
Inspect to Perfect
Home improvement projects are a popular fall activity as families perform necessary maintenance to prepare their houses for long winter months. Take advantage of this time to conduct a mini home inspection to ensure your household basics are functioning. Make sure the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are fully charged, and verify your fire extinguisher has not expired.
Lock-it-up for a Touchdown
From football tailgates and apple picking to study groups and fall sports, families tend to be very active during the fall months, often entertaining guests in the home. With everyone coming and going more frequently, be sure that all points of entry to the home are secured, including windows, entryways and garages. Master Lock has a few products that can help:
- Cable locks like the 8127TRI keyed alike family 3-pack are ideal for securing items that may be stored outside such as storage sheds, grills, tools, lawn equipment, and bikes that won’t be used again until spring.
- The 265D door security bar is perfect for adding extra resistance against forced entry to a sliding glass or traditional hinged door.
- A key safe such as the 5400D or 5401D is a convenient way to always have a spare key securely stored where you need it. This set-your-own combination lock box holds up to five keys and can be easily affixed to the doorknob or something permanent nearby, ensuring keys are always readily available. A key safe is a great solution for kids who may be coming home to an empty house after school or activities.
A Beacon of Safety
In an emergency, police should be able to clearly see your home and identify your house number from the street. Regularly prune landscaping around your doors, windows and entryway, and consider installing lights above doors and near your garage or carport. In addition, a well-lit, easily visible home is much less tempting to a potential burglar. Don’t forget to double-check outdoor light timers to adjust for the change in daylight hours or try solar options that charge themselves and turn-on on automatically.
There’s No “I” in Team or Safety
Engage the whole family in safety and security planning and schedule a meeting to review house rules, such as curfews, lock-up procedures and what kids should do if they’re home alone. Assigning roles to each family member (i.e. Dad is in charge of closing garage door every night, John checks that the front door is locked, etc.) is a great way to get everyone involved, learn by doing, and share the responsibility.
Whether your children are headed to an after school practice or spending time in the neighborhood with friends, make sure they always have their In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact information with them. Add parent or guardian names to their cell phone contacts labeled with ICE, name and relationship (i.e. ICE John Dad) and/or include a simple card in their backpack to help any adult reach Mom or Dad if needed.
Master Lock Bike Lock Cable Giveaway
Thanks to Master Lock Bike, a reader of my dad blog will win a cable lock (three-pack). The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Friday, October 12th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by Master Lock, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I did received a lock for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]