As families are planning out their Thanksgiving cooking for a feast, we would like to offer a few precautionary tips to keep in mind. Per USFA (United States Fire Association), an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. USFA’s ‘Put a Freeze on Winter Fires’ provides tons of safety tips for you and your family this Thanksgiving. Some of their safe cooking tips are:
1. Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older. 2. Keep a close watch on your cooking. You should never leave cooking food unattended. 3. Keep oven food packaging and other combustibles away from burners and heat sources. 4. Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly. 5. Don’t wear loose sleeves while working over hot stove burners – they can melt, ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 6. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.
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The only way an unmonitored smoke detector will notify you of a fire is by loud, audible beeping. This works perfectly, if you happen to be on the property as the fire ignites. An unmonitored smoke detector does not notify the local fire department. Meaning that if a fire breaks out, the smoke detector is practically useless. By the time the neighbors see smoke coming from your home, it may be too late to salvage your valuables.
SkyBell works as a video intercom that enables you to see and speak with visitors at your door from a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet. This HD device gives you the control to see every single thing that is happening in front of your door. SkyBell is a WiFi-connected camera and footage can be accessed with your smartphone from anywhere in the world as it is cloud-based. (more…)
Going on vacation this summer? Keep these helpful tips in mind while away from home during your summer trip!
Reduce the appearance of an unoccupied home: If you’re going away for summer vacation, make sure your home looks occupied and keep your home well-lit to give the illusion of an occupied home – installed porch lights or motion detection lights help discourage burglars from approaching your home. Home automation services can also help make your home look occupied. With home automation, customers can set their home’s lights to turn on/off throughout the day, making it seem like someone is home! (more…)
A security system is an important way to keep a building safe. But with many different options, an interactive security system may be more appropriate for you. Here are 5 reasons why having an interactive security system can be useful:
Email/text notification can be sent to you for events such as: system arming/disarming, low battery, power outage, and system alarm events. This feature allows for almost immediate notification in addition to the normal voice calls by a monitoring station.
Nationwide, approximately 98% of alarm activations that police respond to are false. False alarms are a major nuisance to police departments because they divert officers from legitimate emergencies. Not only are they a burden to police departments but also to the property owners, neighbors and alarm companies. Property owners receive a fine by the city if an officer is dispatched to a false alarm; based on your city of residence, some departments allow up to one or two free false alarms. Regardless, it’s a situation you’re better off avoiding. The following are a few tips to help prevent future false alarms:
Memorize your codes – the majority of alarm activations are from entering incorrect passwords and user error. Avoiding (more…)
CCTV is a type of digital surveillance that uses cameras to transmit video to a connected screen(s), where the recorded activity can be monitored. The following are reason why a camera system might be beneficial to your property:
Neighborhood Watch Assistance – Camera systems for residential properties not only benefits the property owner but the neighborhood as well! Exterior cameras can help capture suspicious activity in the neighborhood before a crime is committed. Burglars tend to frequently visit their targeted neighborhood while planning their robbery; neighbors can capture this footage directly from their tablet or smartphone and notify their neighborhood watch group.
Get together: Neighbors are your best confidants when it comes to preventing a burglary in your neighborhood. Getting to know them and building a rapport will make them more willing to offer a helping hand (or a pair of eyes) when you’re away from home. It’s important to offer the same help in return as suspicious activity can be even more easily spotted as a team. Starting a neighborhood watch program will help create a sense of safety. Teaming up with your neighbors will not only help deter burglars but will also help build a community bond. (more…)
When you commit to being monitored by any alarm company, whether it’s a residential or commercial property, customers are asked to provide an emergency contact for the site. If the monitoring center is unable to reach you during the event of a burglary alarm or fire system trigger, they will call the people listed as your emergency contacts (in the order listed). The following are helpful tips to consider when updating your contact list:
The emergency contact list is utilized by Valley Alarm for two reasons:
1) To inform the responsible individuals during the event of an alarm activation (more…)