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School is officially back in session, which means busy nights. In all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget a few precautions, like an emergency list. Download your free emergency contact list below and read on to see the 5 most important security skills that your child should have.

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1) Lock Doors and Windows: Make sure that your child knows how to lock and unlock the doors and windows in your house, including deadbolts.

2) Know Who to Call in an Emergency: Print out the above emergency contact sheet and fill it out. Make sure that your child knows where it is and how to find it. Put it somewhere that they can easily access.

3) Know your Emergency Plan: The only thing worse than an emergency is not knowing what to do when one happens. Write out an emergency plan and make sure that your children know it well. Cover where to go in case of an emergency, who to call, and what to do.

4) Establish a Communication Routine: Set up communication guidelines with your child if you haven’t already, even if it’s just texting you when they get to a friend’s house.

5) Teach Caution: Your children should know to question the world around them. Only open the door for people they know, and if need be, have an identification question at the ready that both your child and a family member or friend would know the answer to.

 

Want to know more about keeping your house safe? Read on to learn about six ways that an interactive security system can make your life easier.

Be Cool: 101

How to Stay Safe in Record Heat

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Smart habits and technology can make for a truly cool house, inside and out.

July was the hottest month ever recorded in the state of California, and it looks like things aren’t about to cool down yet – especially not in Los Angeles County. It’s important to know how to stay safe during high temperatures in fire country. You’ve heard about ways to keep yourself safe in the heat — drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and stay inside during the hottest parts of the day — what about your home? We’ve put together some helpful tips on how to keep your home cool, safe, and sound.

Inside

  • If your house is too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pets! Make your room temperature one that you and your furry friends can all enjoy.
  • Give your oven a rest; using your oven heats up the rest of your house, too. If you have to, save oven use for the morning or evening. Avoid baking during the hottest part of the day. Remember, many recipes can be adapted for the grill, even baked desserts!
  • Keep your home’s internal temperature to 76°F or warmer to avoid overtaxing the power grid.
  • Check to make sure that your thermostat is in working order. Consider installing a smart thermostat if you don’t have one already. The CDC says that air conditioning is the best way to prevent heat related illness and death. Smart thermostats can ensure that no matter where you are, your home’s temperature is under control.

Outside

  • Make sure that your home has 100 feet of defensible space. Clear away all brush within 30 feet of your residence.
  • Water plants in the evening or early morning to ensure maximum water absorption.
  • Exchange information with a friend or neighbor and check on each other if the temperature skyrockets. We’re stronger together.

Wherever you are, have a safe and fun August.

Want more information on how to keep your home cool with the latest smart thermostats? Contact one of our security specialists today!

The Most Essential Places to Keep Your Fire Extinguisher

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You know that fire extinguishers are essential on every floor in the home and workplace, but are you aware of the best rooms to keep them? While having a fire extinguisher is vital, that’s only one step of being prepared for a fire emergency. To truly keep your home and office safe, you must keep your extinguishers maintained and up-to-date on inspections, and keep them in the correct rooms that are at the highest risk of a fire.

 

Kitchen
The most important room to store a fire extinguisher in is the kitchen, as 65 percent of all fires start in the kitchen. This is especially important when considering the fact that most kitchen fires involve grease, and grease fires burn extremely hot and can’t be put out with water. Do not keep the extinguisher near the stove, as the last thing you want is for flames to reach your fire prevention equipment. The extinguisher should be about 30 feet from a stove- meaning it can be kept

Laundry Room
Another common room for a house fire to start in is the laundry room, specifically the dryer machine. The lint in your dryer is very flammable and can catch on fire due to the high temperatures of the machine. To reduce the chance of a dryer fire, be sure to clean the lint trap after every load. Also, the dryer

Sources of Heat And Electricity
In the home, a fire extinguisher should be kept near potential fire hazards, including fireplaces and furnaces. In the office, any areas with electrical panels and multiple appliances should have a fire extinguisher nearby. Electrical fires are common in offices that use a lot of electricity, especially when there is a combination of electric circuits and hot appliances.

Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an alarm installed at your rental property, Valley Alarm has you covered. We have been protecting people and properties from fire damage since 1981 —and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our wonderful customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (818) 285-1500.