Spring is finally here in the Midwest and it came in at a roar, with floods from the “bomb cyclone” storm wrecking havoc. Our favorite Spring safety tips for 2019 may be lost in all the tragedy, but If you were not affected, these eight tips may be good reminders for the rest of the season.
#1. We all know Spring storms can come in fast and furious. Keep flashlights, flameless candles and extra batteries in the area designated for shelter during storm warnings.
ATRONIC RECOMMENDS FLAMELESS CANDLES BECAUSE THEY ARE SAFER THAN NON-FLAMELESS. YOU CAN ALSO USE REMOTES OR PROGRAM THEM TO COME ON AT DIFFERENT TIMES. THEY ARE BATTERY EATERS, HOWEVER — SO KEEP PLENTY OF BATTERIES IN STOCK!
NOTE: During power outages your alarm system automatically shifts to its battery backup, which is usually found in the panel and can last about 8 hours. During this time your keypad will start beeping when the battery voltages drop too low. If this happens, the only thing you can do to stop the keypad from beeping is unplug the battery. After power is restored and if the “LOW BAT” alert does not go away after 48 hours, your battery must be replaced. Your battery should be replaced every 4 to 5 years.
#2. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing batteries in your electrician-installed smoke detectors and your wireless lifesaving devices every six months. We recommend changing batteries on the weekends when Daylight Savings begins and ends.
#3. Spring and summer season is the best time for pruning, so trim your shrubs and trees around your home to reduce “hiding” areas for intruders.
#4. Replace all old or damaged outdoor light bulbs and consider adding motion-activated lights to your home.
#5. Call Atronic about motion-activated cameras that, when triggered, sends images to your computer and mobile device.
Your security system is an investment, and much like your vehicle, it should be maintained to function correctly.
#6. Schedule an annual tune-up on your security system. Our technicians will test all of your devices and alert you if any batteries or devices may need replacing.
#7. Update your alarm call list. Make sure people and phone numbers are correct and add anyone . . . remodelers, child or elderly care providers; who may be coming in and out of the home.
#8. Consider “upgrading” or “adding to” your existing system. Do you currently have the ability to arm/disarm your system from your phone? When you are out of town, can you turn on/off lights or talk to people who are at your front door? If not, there may be new products we can integrate. Contact your sales representative today to discuss your options.
And most of all, have a safe Spring season!
Be Sure. Be Secure.