The seasons are changing in the Midwest as cooler weather sets in, and people become more active in the fall with school, sporting events, and preparing for winter hibernation. We’ve compiled our favorite 2018 fall safety tips list for our customers to keep in mind during this season.
Prevent Fire Tragedies
October 7-13 is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) annual Fire Prevention Week which promotes fire safety awareness. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
There is an abundant amount of material and activities targeting children that can be found on the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org. As for us adults, a few safety reminders are below:
- Replace batteries in all electrician-installed smoke detectors and other life-saving devices. This should be done every six months.
- Create a home escape plan with your children so they know exactly what to do in the event of a fire. Download the PDF below:
- Don’t leave pots on the stove unattended. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries, and Thanksgiving is the #1 day for home cooking fires.
The National Fire Protection Association journal said that in 2017 there was 1,319,500 fires reported by fire departments and an estimated 3,400 civilian deaths. Atronic Alarms can install smoke and heat sensors that contact the monitoring station immediately when a fire is detected. This addition does NOT increase your monitoring, would decrease damage expenses to your home and might be a matter of life or death to your family or pets while you are away. Additionally, Atronic Alarms fire devices are always on, even if your alarm system is disarmed. (Note: Devices must be in good working order and communicating with our monitoring station.)
Talk to Your Children About Your Security System
School has been is session for awhile, and with all the extra activities you may find there are times where your child is home alone.
- Make sure your child is comfortable arming and disarming the security system, and knows what to do in the event of an alarm. If you want to “practice,” contact us and we can set your alarm on TEST for five or ten minutes while you work through it.
- Statistics show that most break-ins occur during the day, so make sure your child re-arms the system after getting home from school.
Think Like a Burglar
As you inspect and prepare your home for the colder months, think like an intruder. Most home burglaries are classified as opportunistic acts, so homeowners can protect against burglary by looking at their own home weaknesses.
- Use your alarm system. Studies show that would-be intruders deter away from homes that show they have a security system in place.
- Keep your doors locked and use deadbolts. On average, burglars will spend no more than 60 seconds on defeating locks to gain entry.
- Eliminate areas in your yard that are “hiding” spots. Keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed, use motion-activated lights, invest in security cameras that, when activated, send clips to your phone.