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Knowing the weather inside the children’s home

March 11, 2017 • By Dennis Beaver

Should a non-custodial parent be allowed to remotely monitor the environment – temperature and humidity – inside the children’s home? Would a judge order the installation of an internet-connected thermostat, enabling, under certain conditions, the temperature to be raised or lowered?

We’ll have answers in a moment, but first, here’s an example of how being able to do those things proved to be critical to Larry Meadow’s 92-year-old mother-in-law, Virginia.

Larry and his wife reside in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1300 miles from Lakeland, Florida, where Virginia lives. In July 2016, on one of the warmest days of the year – with Central Florida’s usual high humidity — he was alerted to mom facing a significant health risk.

No one phoned him, yet he knew that unless something occurred immediately, she was facing a risk of dehydration and possibly heat stroke. The air-conditioning system had either been turned off, or failed, as her home’s temperature and humidity were rising at an alarming rate.

But how could he know this?…click here to read more

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