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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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…)
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.
Here are a few tips to help prevent future false alarms:
Memorize your codes
The majority of alarm activations are from user error, including entering incorrect passwords. Taking steps to avoid (more…)
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, you need to provide an emergency contact for the site. This is true for residential and commercial properties alike. 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. Consider the following when updating your contact list:
Valley Alarm utilizes your emergency contact list for two reasons:
1) To inform the responsible individuals during the event of an alarm activation (more…)
You can’t see, taste or smell the “Invisible Killer”: Carbon Monoxide (CO). It’s an odorless and colorless gas created by fuels burned incompletely. Additionally, Carbon Monoxide can be produced from anything that burns fuel: cars, stoves, grills, and fireplaces, to name a few. CO is dangerous when inhaled. It displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can also cause loss of consciousness and suffocation within minutes. Signs of CO poisoning may include: constant headaches, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and shortness of breath.
In our previous blog post, we presented a few important facts and statistics about burglaries. It’s helpful to keep these facts and statistics in mind when finding ways to outsmart a burglar.
Last week, we mentioned how burglars tend to strike between the hours of 10am and 3pm. These are the times when people are least likely to be home. Therefore, the more occupied your home looks, the less likely a burglar will try to break into it:
Awareness is KEY to safety when it comes to knowing how to protect your home from becoming a victim to a burglary. Put yourself into the shoes of a burglar: it might help you find ways to outsmart them and stop them in their tracks!
The following are a few surprising facts and statistics for burglaries in the United States: