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.
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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…)
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:
Millions of people check into or disclose their location to at least one social media network per day. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube are the most commonly used networks that people use to share pictures, opinions, and other personal information. Although these sites were developed with great intentions they can be utilized and abused by those wishing to prey on others, or steal your identity. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be aware of how much personal information you post. Sadly all it takes is a little over sharing and you could become a victim. (more…)
A home invasion is when robbers force their way into an occupied home, apartment or hotel room to commit a robbery or other crime. The entry point of attack is often through the front door, garage or unlocked window. It is very important for the occupant to not automatically open the front door before asking who is there. Home invaders often knock on the door first or ring the bell with the hope that the resident will simply open the door without question. In most cases, people do just that. (more…)
Home security strategies can be broadly classified into three categories, often referred to as the three “Ds” of home security. These are deterrence, denial and detection.
The First “D”—Deterrence
Burglars are basically lazy and will usually take the “path of least resistance.” You can make your home look too risky to a burglar by using some of these techniques. Place inside lights, and even a TV and stereo, on a timer when you are away from home. Don’t stop your mail, water, newspaper or other deliveries when you are away. Have a neighbor pick these items up for you. If you have a home security system, make sure you post signs and window decals warning potential intruders that your home is protected. (more…)