On-the-job personal safety tips from Master Lock



I miss the days of being a full time stay at home/work from home mom. It was great not having to deal with traffic, driving in inclement weather, having to be some place at a specific time every day and being able to work at my computer in my pajamas with a mug of coffee to my side.

Did you know that there are roughly 122 million people who work full time outside of the home, working an average of 47 hours per week or more (According to a Gallup study). That doesn’t include part time employees like me. 

People often have to bring valuable things to work with them, such as their smartphone, tablet, laptop, wallet and other important items. When you are in an office setting or work environment, how do you keep these items safe? You can’t keep your eye on them at every moment. There will come times when you’ll have to be away from your valuables.

Master Lock has some great tips to help you protect your belongings.

“Most people spend a majority of their time at work, which makes it important to take the necessary steps to ensure a safe and secure workplace,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “We want to provide reliable products and tips to help create a secure work environment.


Check out their great tips, as well as product suggestions.

Secure Spare Keys: With 73 percent of U.S. and Canadian residents working outside of their home,* hiding a spare house key under a mat or rock makes consumers susceptible to possible break-ins and thefts. Provide secure access to cleaning services, maintenance workers, babysitters or a family member with a trusted key lock box, such as the Master Lock 5422D Portable Key Safe, which offers keyless convenience and secure storage of keys and access cards to provide peace of mind when at the office. Be selective when giving out the code, and only provide access to trusted friends, family and workers.

Protect Personal Valuables: Approximately 50 percent of people who bring valuables to work do not have a secure place to store them.* Whether in the office or traveling, securing smartphones, wallets, electronic devices and other small valuables in a personal safe, such as the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace, helps prevent theft. Designed with a durable cable, the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace can be wrapped around a fixed object at the office or in a hotel room when traveling for work– providing lightweight and portable convenience. Larger items of value, such as a purse or backpack, should be secured in a cabinet or drawer.

Stay Safe and Organized Online: Most offices are equipped with computers, software programs and the Internet for employees to use to complete their work efficiently. Keeping track of numerous logins and documents as well as ensuring this information is stored in a safe place can be a daunting task. To stay digitally organized, use the Master Lock Vault – a free, digital safe deposit box, to store passwords and digital copies of important documents in a secure, reliable location for easy access from any smart phone or computer. And, employees should always log-off or place their computers in sleep mode when stepping away from workstations.

Protect Important Documents: Organization is key when starting and settling into any job. Contracts, employee tax forms and other important paperwork can quickly pile up if you do not have a secure place to keep these documents. Using a Sentry Safe FHW40120 Large Lock File will help protect your sensitive information from theft, flood and fire threats as well as provide easy office organization with the ability to store hanging file folders. Be sure to shred any sensitive documents when they are no longer needed to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. 

Lock Up Before Leaving: Whether working remotely at a coffee shop, taking a business trip or hitting the gym after work, locking luggage, briefcases and laptop or gym bags will help protect valuables in transit. A TSA-Accepted Luggage Lock, such as the Master Lock 4680DBLK, will help keep belongings safe on-the-go. The Master Lock 4680DBLK and 4680DNKL Luggage Locks offer resistance to cutting, and are TSA approved so screeners can inspect and relock your baggage without damaging the lock. It’s also important to keep small personal items in front pockets.  Leaving valuables in back pockets makes them easy targets for pickpockets.


Master Lock Portable

I have the Master Lock 5422D Portable Key Safe. It’s like a “mini safe” that you can keep extra keys in for neighbors, cleaning service, babysitter or dog walker.

This “mini safe” (which is what I refer to it as – or the “key safe”) attaches to your front door knob (no tools required). Inside is enough room to house a couple of keys. In order to gain access to those keys you’ll need to know the pass code (which you will set up yourself – it’s easy). Only give the pass code to trusted people. If need be you can change the pass code at any time.

It’s easy to use. Once you set up your pass code you can gain access to the interior keys simply by pressing the buttons on the keypad (your pass code). Once unlocked you’ll find the key/keys inside a special compartment.

It’s also difficult to remove the lock off the door knob, so you don’t have to worry about someone stealing it while they try to figure out your pass code.

This brief video shows you how this handy lock works.


We don’t really have anyone that would need to gain access to our home except me, my husband and our kids. We all have keys, but there have been times our daughter has left her key home (inside). Usually one of us is around to unlock the door for her but there was one time she had to wait outside our condo door for almost two hours because we were stuck in New York City (traffic) and had no way to get home to her sooner to unlock the door.

One of my biggest fears is when we take the dog out for a walk. We always unlock the door before we leave, but I am so worried that one day one of us (mostly me) will forget and I’ll be stuck outside with our dog for hours. I usually leave my phone inside so I would have no way to call for help either. That is why I feel its important to have the portable key safe. We were going to attach the key to the leash somehow (or even our dog’s collar), but this makes it much easier, and safer. Heaven forbid if someone is attacked and the attacker gets a hold of our key that is dangling off the leash.

I think these are great tips. I can’t necessarily apply them to where I work, and my husband has a locked desk and cabinet at his disposal, but for others I’m sure these tips will come in handy.

For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website or connect with Master Lock on social via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube.

Do you have any additional safety tips you would like to share?

Has anything of value to you ever been stolen while on the job or traveling?

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Don’t Get Hacked. Get CUJO.


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Recently I wrote a post about a valuable new product called CUJO. If you happened to miss that post you can read it here – CUJO – A Smart Internet Security Device to Protect your Home from Virtual Threats. Please note that the giveaway mentioned in that post is no longer available, however CUJO has an even better giveaway going on now. See below for more details.

Our friends at CUJO built a smart device that guards all of your connected home devices from hacks. It’s simple to start with no installation necessary.

CUJO has an app that alerts you anytime somebody attempts to hack into your devices.

Why is such a system important? Because the days of protecting your home with just an alarm system or Antivirus are over. If you have a TV, a smartphone, or even a baby monitor at home, then you are an easy target for cyber criminals. It takes only minutes before criminals can hack into your newly connected devices. More often than not, they succeed.

Criminal hackers break into your home devices to steal your identity, watch your cameras, access your financial information and worse. Antivirus is built to only protect your PC so it is ineffective in most cases. Firewalls are outdated the moment they ship.

Click here to visit CUJO’s Indiegogo pre-sale campaign that just started. They need backing to get CUJO to the masses so they are selling the device for only $49. Even small contributions raise their popularity and give them more visibility.

Please also share their page to get the word out!

CUJO is also hosting an awesome giveaway with their CUJO Smart Home Sweeptakes.

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Go to CUJO’s Indiegogo Page
  2. Sign up there
  3. Use Indiegogo’s sharing tools to share campaign page.

The official rules are here: https://www.getcujo.com/indiereferralrules/

Good Luck! And remember – Don’t Get Hacked. Get CUJO.



*I have partnered with CUJO to bring you this important information. 

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Natural Disaster Preparedness for Pets




Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, and tornadoes, can often strike quickly and with little warning. When faced with an emergency situation, preparation is key to ensuring the safety and security of loved ones, including your pet.

While many pet owners have thought about disaster situations, they are unsure of how they would care for their pets if such an event occurs. In order to make things a little easier, Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest and fastest growing pet care franchise, has these great tips on how to protect your pets should your area be struck by a natural disaster.

Have a Safe Haven – If, for some reason, you are away or cannot get to your pet when disaster strikes, find a local dog daycare, friend or pet sitter that can reach your pet. You never want to leave a pet behind in an emergency as they, most likely, cannot fend for themselves, or may end up getting lost. Try and make plans ahead of time to evacuate to somewhere like a pet-friendly hotel or a friend or family’s home that is out of the area.

Make Sure Vaccinations are Up to Date – Should your pet need to stay at a shelter, important documents pertaining to vaccinations or medications will be crucial.  Ensure their vaccinations (including bordetella) are up to date so you don’t have any issues leaving your pet in a safe place.

Microchip Your Pet – Even when you first get your pet, getting a microchip could be the difference between keeping him/her safe and making them a stray. Microchips allow for veterinarians to scan lost animals to determine their identity so that they are safely returned home. It is important to ensure that your microchip is registered and up to date so if your pet is lost, when the microchip is scanned, your information is accessible to whoever recovers your pet.

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Stock Up on Food & Water – Enough water for your pet is crucial. Never allow Fido to drink water immediately after a storm as chemicals and bacteria could be abundant in tap water. Also, be sure to stock up on at least 1 week’s worth of canned food. Don’t forget a can opener, or buy pop-top cans to last you about a week.

Make Fido Feel at Home – Like people, pets will become stressed when their safety is at risk. Whether you are waiting out a storm and relocating to a different area, be sure to bring their favorite toys, ALWAYS have a leash and collar on hand for their safety, and a comfortable bed or cage for proper security. If your pet is prone to anxiety, stress-relieving products, like a dog anxiety vest or natural stress-relieving medication or sprays can help ease them in times of emergency.

I.C.E – No, not the frozen kind – it stands for “In Case of Emergency.” If your pet is lost or runs away during an emergency, bring information that will help others find him/her like recent photos of your pet, behavioral characteristics or traits. These can help others identify your pet and return them safely to you.

Rescue Alert Sticker – Put a rescue alert sticker on your home to let people know there are pets inside your home. If you are able to take your pets with you, cross out the sticker and put “evacuated” or some other words to let rescue workers that your pet is safely out of your home.

Ease Pets Back Home – Don’t allow Fido to run back into your home or even your neighborhood once you and your family have returned. Your once familiar home could be disheveled and/or changed, and this can potentially disorient and stress your pet. Keep your pet on a leash and safely ease him/her back home.  Make sure they are not eating or picking up anything that could potentially be dangerous, such as downed wires or water that could be contaminated.


*This is a guest post. There was no compensation. 

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CUJO – A Smart Internet Security Device to Protect your Home from Virtual Threats (Apple Watch Sport Giveaway ends 9/15/15)


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Technology is rapidly advancing and changing. My husband and I talk about it all the time. Back when we were younger there were only a few channels on T.V. and they all turned off between 11:00 PM – midnight. There was no such thing as a remote control. We had to wait YEARS for a movie to come out on VHS and they sold for upwards of $100 each. The SONY Walkman was the coolest thing EVER and computers weighed more than most adults.

Fast forward 30 years. Movies are available on Digital Download about a month after they leave the theater. You can communicate with people from around the world via a phone you wear on your wrist. You can chat with family and friends around the world in person on Skype. The list goes on and on. It’s all truly amazing. I cannot wait to see what new technological advances are on the horizon.

With all these amazing feats of technology there are also a few downsides. Hacking would be one such negative when it comes to technology. Not only can your computer be hacked but also your checking account, medical records – even your car can be hacked! It scares me when I think about what kind of information can be hacked or influenced by others.

Did you know that baby monitors can be hacked? I have read stories (legitimate stories) where internet connected baby monitors were hacked and the hackers were able to move the cameras around to watch those who lived in the house, not just the baby. Not only that they could hear people’s conversations.

Imagine sitting in your child’s nursery breast feeding your baby not knowing that a hacker is watching you the entire time – possibly videotaping you to share across the internet. Even your home’s security system is at risk if it’s connected to the Internet. Would be thieves could hack into it, learn your security code, and rob your home when you are not at home.


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These days many homes are filled with Internet connected devices including monitors, cell phones, TVs, security cameras, security systems, computers, tablets and more. Anything that is connected to the internet is vulnerable to outside hackers, malware and viruses. You can download virus protection for your computer, but the rest of your devices are still vulnerable.

So what can you do to protect your home? CUJO is the answer. CUJO protects your home’s Internet connected devices from hacks, viruses, malware and other virtual intrusions. It can even alert you when it senses your device has been compromised.

Unlike other solutions, CUJO is constantly monitoring your devices and adapting so that it’s always on guard to protect you.


Normally I would think something like CUJO would be difficult to install or like you’d need to hire someone to do it. CUJO is actually super simple to install – simply plug it in with a single cable, launch the app and CUJO takes care of the rest.

CUJO is compatible with all Internet connected devices including tablets, monitors, gaming consoles and more.

Check out this brief video to learn more about this incredible device.


Personally, I would like to have something like this in my home. I always worry about possible threats and every day I am worried about having my identity stolen. The number of identify thefts is astronomical. MILLIONS of people across the country find themselves victims of identity theft each year. Don’t you be one of them.

CUJO will be available for purchase on September 15th on Indiegogo. Join the campaign and be one of the first to get your hands on your very own CUJO to ensure all of your devices are protected at all times.

If you would like to learn more about CUJO, please visit www.GetCUJO.com.

Apple Watch Sport

CUJO is also hosting a giveaway where the lucky winner will receive an Apple Watch Sport. Your entry also qualifies you to receive 25% off the purchase price of a CUJO so even if you don’t win the watch you still “win” a bit of savings.

To enter the CUJO Apple Watch Sport giveaway visit here – Get CUJO – Enter to win and save.

What do you think about CUJO? Does it sound like something your home needs?

Have you ever been a victim of hacking, malware or a virus on anything other than your home computer? Feel free to share your story in hopes it can prevent others from falling victim too.

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*I have partnered with CUJO to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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“BEE” safe around Bees, Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Mosquitoes and Wasps


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Welcome to summer…surf and sand, swimming pools, picnics, camping, outdoor sports and stinging insects!  Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, mosquitoes and hornets can take the fun out of summer, and almost everyone has been bitten by one of these pesky creatures. For two million Americans, however, stinging insects can be deadly because of allergies to the venom. California Poison Control System (CPCS) (http://www.calpoison.org) reminds residents that there are ways to stay safe and avoid stings (#BeeSafe).

  • Stay clear of wild or commercial hives. Commercial hives are located in white boxes and are often clustered in fields.
  • If you see a swarm of bees, take shelter in the house or in the water.
  • Hollow trees and rock crevices can be home for stinging insects so stay clear of them.
  • Cover food at picnics or outdoor meals at home as it attracts yellow jackets.
  • Avoid old or abandoned buildings and vehicles.
  • Do not use heavily scented soaps or perfumes.

“Many adults and children use insect repellent containing alcohol to ward off bites. Be aware that these contain alcohol, and if you’re near a barbecue or fire pit, the alcohol could catch fire and lead to a severe burn,” says Dr. Cyrus Rangan, Assistant Medical Director for CPCS.  He added that for people allergic to bee stings, it’s critical that they carry an auto injector of epinephrine commonly called an Epi Pen. “A severe reaction to a sting may result in abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, swelling of the face, lips or throat, breathing problems, hives and even anaphylactic shock,” Dr. Rangan said. “It’s a life threatening emergency, so call 911 and get to the emergency room immediately.”

Dr. Rangan says for simple bites, remove the stinger using a flat object like a credit card, use an ice pack to reduce swelling and calamine lotion or a mix of baking soda and water to stop the itching. “Some people have success applying meat tenderizer or mud to the bite to take away the sting and itching,” he added.

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Follow CPCS on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/iS6S7J  and on Twitter @poisoninfo.  Sign up for free weekly safety text messages texting TIPS or PUNTOS for Spanish to 69866; and download a free app at Choose Your Poison. In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers nationally can immediately call 1-800-222-1222.  Poison information experts are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases, a poison exposure can be safely managed in your home, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency room.

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Feel connected with your home with Kidde RemoteLync


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Do you ever worry about your home when you are not at home? I sure do. If my family and I are away from our home for any great length of time I worry about something happening to our pets or our home. Living in a condo complex puts us at the mercy of our neighbors. If they are careless in any way and set our building on fire there is nothing we can do, especially if we are not at home.

We’ve had three buildings in our complex burn to the ground since they were built in the early 1970’s.

It’s not so much our possessions (although family photos and mementos cannot be replaced), it’s our pets I worry about. I would never want them to die tragically.

Did you know that every 85 seconds a fire department responds to a home fire? That is a scary thought.

Kidde is known for their fire and carbon monoxide (CO) devices. They’ve recently added an interesting new product to their ever expanding product line. The new product is called the RemoteLync Monitor. It helps you stay connected to your home by alerting you of a potential fire or carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.

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The RemoteLync Monitor is a small box shaped device that plugs into any outlet in your home.

There is a corresponding free application you’ll need to download in order to do this device.

Set up is mostly easy. Our wireless router requires a MAC Address. We had a hard time finding the MAC Address with the device but I was able to contact the company and find it. The MAC Address can be found during the set up process. It’s found in the app when you are connecting the monitor. It’s a 12 digit number that follows “Kidde.”

Once connected with the app you next need to connect the smoke/fire detectors and CO alarms in your home to the app. There are instructions on the app on how to do that. Its basically just pressing the text button on your alarm and allowing the RemoteLync Monitor to “hear” the alarm to make note of it in it’s system.

In addition to setting up your home’s fires, smoke and CO alarms with the RemoteLync you also set up how you want to be notified via text, email and/or alarm sounds. You can also set it up so other people can be alerted. That means the RemoteLync Monitor will notify me, my husband and anyone else I set up in the system in case of an emergency.

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RemoteLync Monitor “listens” to your home. If it picks up the sound of any of your connected fire, smoke and/or CO alarms it will instantly notify any contact set up in the application.

Here is an example.

If my husband and I are at our jobs and our kids are not at home and the RemoteLync “hears” our CO alarm go off it will instantly notify us and let us know the CO alarm went off. That gives us the opportunity to notify the fire department and our neighbors so that we can get help going to our home immediately, even if we are not close to home.

This would be great for those who travel a lot too. We are never more than an hour or so from home, but it’s still nice to know that we can send the fire department to our home right away to tend to the issue and ask our neighbors to look in on the situation as well. This gives me peace of mind when it comes to our pets.

Here is a brief video to give you a little more information about Kidde’s RemoteLync Monitor and how it works.


So far, so good. I mean, THANKFULLY we haven’t had the opportunity to text out it’s effectiveness. I pray we never do either.

We have tested the system while we are at home to make sure it alerts us via the app. It does work exactly the way it’s supposed to. I feel confident that in the event of a real emergency the monitor and app will work just as well.

This does give me peace of mind when I am not home. For me it’s worth every penny.

The Kidde RemoteLync Monitor retails for $99.00. There is no membership or monthly fees to worry about. I see that it’s available on Home Depot.

For more information about this and other Kidde products visit Kidde.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found at the bottom of their website).

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*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are  my own not influenced in any way. 

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