Happy Thanksgiving from Valley Alarm!

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.

PVS is here for all of your security needs, feel free to contact us anytime: 1 (888) 607-6557

Happy Halloween from Valley Alarm!


Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children! PVS 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 custom, 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.

PVS is here for all of your security needs, feel free to contact us anytime: 1 (800) 550-ALERT

Welcome Summer with these Home Safety Tips!

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Going on vacation this summer? Keep these helpful tips in mind while away from home during your summer trip!

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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!
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False Alarm Prevention with these Tips

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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. The following are a few tips to help prevent future false alarms:

Memorize your codes – the majority of alarm activations are from entering incorrect passwords and user error. Avoiding (more…)

Help Keep Your Neighborhood Safe as a Team!

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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.
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Who Should Be On Your Emergency Contact List?

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When you commit to being monitored by any alarm company, whether it’s a residential or commercial property, customers are asked to provide an emergency contact for the site. 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). The following are helpful tips to consider when updating your contact list:

The emergency contact list is utilized by PVS for two reasons:

1) To inform the responsible individuals during the event of an alarm activation
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The Invisible Killer: Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell – it is also known as the “Invisible Killer”. It’s an odorless and colorless gas created by fuels when they burn incompletely. It can be produced from anything that burns fuel (cars, stoves, grills, fireplaces, ETC). Carbon Monoxide (CO) is dangerous when taken into the lungs because it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can cause the body to lose consciousness and suffocate within minutes. Signs of CO poisoning may include: constant headaches, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and shortness of breath.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

How to Outsmart a Burglar

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How to Outsmart a Burglar

 

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 because 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:

Burglary Facts & Statistics

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Burglary Facts & Statistics

Awareness is KEY to safety when it comes to knowing how to protect your home from becoming a victim to a burglary. Putting yourself into the shoes of a burglar might help you find ways to outsmart them and stop them dead in their tracks! The following are a few surprising facts and statistics for burglaries in the United States:

Holiday Safety

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Here at PVS, we care about the safety of our customers first and foremost!

Below are useful tips on keeping it safe this holiday season:

  • Going on vacation for the holidays?

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