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, PVS 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.

 

 

 

 

 

4 LESSER-KNOWN HOME SECURITY TIPS

 

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.

3. Strategize

 With Decoys

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 tips can help keep you and your family safe.