Did you know that fire extinguishers are essential on every floor in the home and workplace? Do you know the best rooms to keep them in? Having a fire extinguisher is vital, but that’s only one step of being prepared for a fire emergency. To truly keep your home and office safe, keep your extinguishers maintained and up-to-date on inspections. Keep them in the correct rooms that are at the highest risk of a fire.
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The most important room to store a fire extinguisher in is the kitchen. 65 percent of all fires start in the kitchen. This is especially important when considering the fact that most kitchen fires involve grease. Grease fires burn extremely hot and can’t be put out with water. Do not keep the extinguisher near the stove: the last thing you want is for flames to reach your fire prevention equipment. The extinguisher should be about 30 feet from a stove.
Another common room for a house fire to start in is the laundry room. If you guessed the dryer machine as the culprit, you’re correct. The lint in your dryer is very flammable and can catch on fire due to the high temperatures inside the machine. To reduce the chance of a dryer fire, be sure to clean the lint trap after every load.
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.
Next-Level Home Security Tips
There’s a lot of common knowledge about keeping your home safe and sound. Here’s a few home security tips that you might not have heard before.
1. Keep Your Keypad Secluded
While placing your keypad to arm and disarm your system right next to your door is convenient for your daily routine, it’s also the most convenient place for thieves. A smart thief can watch through your window, and see what combination you enter. Then, they can easily slip in and disarm the system before the alarm sounds.
Instead, place your keypad where it’s easy for you to access, but hard for a thief to view. Your keypad should not be visible from outside your house. Even just knowing the location of your keypad is an advantage you don’t want to give an intruder.
Instead, keep your keypad tucked away behind a corner and away from all windows. Talk to your home security provider about optimal placement.
2. Don’t Give Thieves a Place to Hide
Overgrown yards with dark shadows allow thieves to slip into your yard undetected. Keep up with your landscaping to prevent your home turning into an easy target. If you like the look of a fuller façade, consider choosing thorny plants that are uninviting hiding places.
Smart lights scheduled to turn on when you are asleep can help keep your yard easily visible to you, neighbors and security cameras. Motion sensor lights are also a way to startle thieves with a spotlight.
Master bedrooms are often the first targeted place in homes. They house many valuables, such as credit cards and jewelry. If you have precious belongings, hide them in tricky places and leave mock valuables easily visible.
For example, keep your actual purse tucked away, but hang another on your closet door or bed frame with a wallet full of expired gift cards and loose change. A thief trying to enter and exit quickly will grab the decoy.
The same goes for jewelry. Keep your most valuable pieces tucked away in a hidden spot, and leave your costume jewelry out on display or at the top of your drawer.
4. Delete Your Traces
Burglars often try to map out a target’s routine to know when they will and will not be home. If you use a GPS, ensure your default home setting is for a gas station or park near your house, and not your specific address. This way, if your car is broken into and your phone or GPS stolen, the thief won’t be led straight to your empty home.
Keep your car in a garage if possible to make it more difficult to track your comings and goings. Otherwise, schedule smart lights to make it appear that you’re home when you’re out. Ensure that your social media footprint doesn’t counteract your efforts. Posting pictures showing you’re out, especially during vacations, can flag you as an optimal target.
On top of having a home security system, these home security tips can help keep you and your family safe.
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.
Valley Alarm is here for all of your security needs, feel free to contact us anytime: 1 (888) 607-6557
Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children! Valley Alarm keeps the safety of your family in mind so we’d like to share the following tips with our customers:
Light up the night: Equip your kids with flashlights and glow sticks. Be sure to also keep your home well-lit; burglars use Halloween night as an opportunity to scout for empty homes.
Know your route: It is much safer to take your kids trick or treating in a neighborhood you’re familiar with. Also, avoid dark neighborhoods.
Stick together: Kids should always stay within a group accompanied by a responsible adult.
Costumes: All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant. If your child is using make-up for their costume, make sure it’s non-toxic.
Check all treats: Treats are always the best part of Halloween for a kid, but it’s always a good idea to inspect their candy bag before they get a chance to dig in.
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. 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.