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How Fire Alarm Monitoring Saves Lives

by Amy November 20, 2017

With fire alarm monitoring, you can be certain you’re safe in case of a fire as an alarm monitoring center will be alerted as soon as a fire alarm or smoke detector is triggered. The monitoring center will then alert the fire department and make sure everyone has safely gotten out of the house. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is important to remind your family of emergency procedures and make sure that you are prepared in case a fire does occur.

Fire Alarm Monitoring:

Many people assume that this would be a pricey purchase, which it is not. Most home security systems now come with fire monitoring which can include smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire alarm monitoring alerts you as soon as your home detectors are activated, even if you are not home. Fire alarm monitoring is a system designed to make sure everyone has escaped from a fire successfully and to send help immediately.

Smoke Detectors:

Make sure smoke detectors are installed in every level of your home and close to sleeping areas. It is even recommended to have a smoke detector in every bedroom of your home. These alarms are loud enough to wake your entire house and will make sure you have plenty of time to get out of the house if there is a fire.

Escape Route:

It is important to have a plan before a fire breaks out, so when an emergency occurs you’ll know exactly what to do. Have a strategy for every member of the house and plan to meet at a designated area outside of the home. It is recommended to have two full plans of escape. Consider purchasing escape ladders that can be attached to windows for upper level bedrooms. Practice your fire escape route with your family, so everyone can feel comfortable with how to handle this scary situation.

Stop, Drop, and Roll:

If you are ever on fire, stop, drop, and roll on the ground until the fire is out.

Stay Low:

If ever caught within thick smoke, crawl along the ground to escape safely.

A situation can go from bad to worse in seconds. Be prepared and make sure you alert your family of what to do in case of a fire emergency. A fire alarm monitoring system will keep you fully covered in case of a fire emergency. The holiday season can put you at risk of many different types of unfortunate fires, so be careful and take the time to prepare in case of an emergency fire situation.

Thanksgiving Kitchen Fire Safety

by Amy November 9, 2017

Thanksgiving guarantees a full stomach for the whole family. Which means a full kitchen before that. People coming and going as the Thanksgiving feast is being prepared. Unfortunately, all the hustle and bustle lead to Thanksgiving being the number one day for house fires. My Alarm Center wants you to be safe and alert this Thanksgiving. Fire alarm monitoring can make sure the fire department is on its way as soon as a fire starts. Additionally, here are some kitchen safety tips to keep your family and your home safe.

  1. Test Your Smoke Alarms

Before you start cooking, it’s recommended to ensure that your smoke and fire alarms are working properly. This way you’ll immediately be alerted in case of a fire.

  1. Keep A Fire Extinguisher Handy

A fire extinguisher in the kitchen could stop a fire before it can spread. Be sure your fire extinguisher is safe to use in the kitchen fire before utilizing.

  1. Wear Proper Cooking Attire

Wear a shirt with short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can easily catch fire and be hazardous in the kitchen.

  1. Stay In The Kitchen

It is easy to get distracted entertaining your loved ones, but it is imperative to keep an eye on everything being prepared in the kitchen.

  1. Don’t Leave Your Home

Many people think it’s okay to make a quick run to the grocery store while their turkey is in the oven, but this is not the case. A disaster could happen at any moment and it is essential to be home just in case. Stay present in your house while the turkey is cooking and check on it frequently.

  1. Keep Kids Out Of The Kitchen

Your children are better off outside the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. It’s important that they stay away from sharp objects and hot foods.

  1. Be Cautious Of Stove Placement

Be aware of your pots on the stovetop. Make sure that pot and pan handles are toward the back of the stove and won’t be easily run into. Avoid leaving any towels or pot holders near any open flames

If a fire does occur…

  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. If grease or oil causes the fire, do not take the contents outside. Move a lid overtop of the flames to smother them. Turn off the heat and leave the lid on the pan until it cools.
  3. To extinguish any other food fires, use baking soda.
  4. If an oven or broiler is the cause of the fire, make sure to keep the oven door closed and turn off the heat to smother the flames.
  5. Do not use water or flour to put out any cooking fire, they could have a violent reaction to the grease and cause the fire to spread and become worse.

This Thanksgiving make sure that you are cautious and alert when cooking in the kitchen. Be prepared for any possible disaster and make sure you’re ready with a fire extinguisher. Keep your children away from the kitchen and keep your home and family safe. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast and remember you have a lot to be thankful for.

Adding Extra Layers To Your Home Security

by Amy October 23, 2017

These days you never know if your home security is strong enough until it is threatened. This is why it’s a good idea to add on as many layers of home security as possible. Use a variety of security tactics so that you will always feel safe and know the belongings inside of your home will be safe as well.

Layer 1: Lighting

Use lighting to your advantage by placing them around the exterior of your home strategically. There should be no unlit areas that someone could potentially hide in. Have motion detector lights installed to alert you of outside activity. Also, make sure entrances to the home are illuminated throughout the night. It is much less likely that an intruder would attempt a break in when they would be seen walking in the front door.

Layer 2: Locks

The most important part of locks is not that they are present but that they are used. A home could have several padlocks on the door but if they are not locked at all times, they are no use to you. Even if you assume that your neighborhood is safe, you should leave the door locked when you are home and when you are away, even if only for a few minutes. This rule also applies to garage doors.

Layer 3: Blinds

Even though your home may seem brighter with the blinds all the way up, it is smart to keep the blinds down, especially for bottom floor windows. A burglar would have a very difficult time entering the home through a window without making an excess of noise.

Layer 4: Home Security

A home security system is the best way you can protect yourself from home invasion. Cameras, motion detectors, and 24/7 alarm monitoring will alert you as soon as a break in occurs. You will also receive alerts when you are not home, so you know your home is always safe.

Layer 5: Pets

This is one of the layers people don’t think about. Dogs are alert to all sounds inside and outside of the home. They can alert you the moment someone is near your window or outside your front door. It’s almost impossible to get past a dog inside your home and criminals are immediately deterred from attempting a break in when they see a dog lives there.             

There are many different layers to home security and they work best when they are combined. Use several layers of security to ensure your home is always safe. My Alarm Center is one of the leading home security system suppliers in Philadelphia. They provide home monitoring that will alert you as soon as a possible threat occurs.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

by Cassie October 27, 2016

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Most people are aware they need fire alarms to warn them of a fire. But many people are not as aware of carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly and invisible gas. Colorless, tasteless, odorless, and poisonous. In 2007, there were 2,302 confirmed cases of people being hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. It is essential to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home as many appliances release this deadly gas. My Alarm Center provides a monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detection system that can keep your home safe, even when you’re not there.

The benefits of My Alarm Center’s monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors include:

  • A linked central monitoring board so that when the alarm is set off, help can be notified immediately. This will take place even when you’re not home and when the security alarm is not armed.
  • Monitoring can provide protection to many people who are not capable of responding to a traditional alarm. This could include the elderly, disabled, children, people suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, and pets. The alarm immediately responds to safety providers.
  • The system provided by My Alarm Center monitors carbon monoxide and smoke in the air 24 hours a day.
  • Once the Central Monitoring Station is alerted, it first calls the home to assess the situation. If there is no response, the authorities are immediately contacted.
  • First Responders will arrive at the scene in minutes.

Firefighters recommend placing one monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom and living space to ensure complete safety in the home. Unfortunately, too many people are endangered because they don’t have a working fire alarm or carbon monoxide detector. My Alarm Center’s fire and carbon monoxide detector system has the ability to constantly monitor your home and to keep it safe even when you’re not there. This system can give you peace of mind when you’re not home and alert you before a disaster can take place. Contact My Alarm Center for more information on professionally monitored Carbon Monoxide detectors.

Outdoor Safety: Keeping Your Kids Safe While Playing Outdoors

by Cassie April 20, 2015

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Did you know that it is National Playground Safety Week? Here is a blog post all about being safe that you can take with you beyond the playground.

As a kid, it’s fun to climb trees, explore the unknown, and create magical worlds.

With what seems like an abundance of energy and endless curiosity, kids love to explore the outdoors – which, unfortunately, also comes with a few injuries along the way. And while kids don’t like to be told what not to do (let’s face it, they’ll do it anyway), here are some tips that can help teach your kids how to be safe (and maybe ease your worries a little too).

Road Safety

Roads can be dangerous for anyone, but especially for children caught up in their own magical world. With just a few rules to follow, children can be safe from the dangers of vehicles, traffic, and roads, and give you peace of mind.

  • Don’t play near the street
  • Never chase after a toy that rolls out onto the street
  • Stay away from moving vehicles
  • Learn basic traffic rules (traffic lights, crosswalks, look both ways, etc.)
  • Wear bright clothing if the yard is near a street

Sports

In the full swing of spring, organized and recreational sports are not only starting up but sports are giving people a reason to go outside and stay active.

  • Wear the appropriate equipment
  • Wear good footwear
  • Warm up before playing a sport
  • Stretch afterwards to avoid post-injury
  • Know the rules of each sport

Environment

While we can’t control the temperature, we can control some aspects of the environment where our children play. From wearing appropriate seasonal clothing to having a clean yard, you can be reassured that your children are playing safe outdoors.

  • Never leave children completely alone
  • Wear the proper attire for the season
  • Clear away debris and dangerous equipment
  • Keep yard groomed to keep away dangerous animals and tripping hazards.

Animals

Other than our pets, there are many kinds of animals and insects that like to explore as much as our children do. And while some may be harmless, we want to make sure our children know the differences in danger between their pet Spike and a wild skunk or snake.

  • Don’t pet an animal that you don’t know
  • Don’t feed any wild animals
  • Leave nests and other animal homes alone
  • Check with an adult before catching an insect and/or bringing it indoors.

Emergency

We hope none of the above hurt our kids, but just to be safe, it’s important to know a few basic emergency numbers and procedures in the event that something would happen.

  • Know basic emergency numbers
  • Older children can learn simple first aid, such as applying pressure, icing an injury, stopping nosebleeds, etc.
  • Have a designated neighbor for kids to check in with if their home is too far.

Kids learn by exploring and asking questions (tons of questions), which is also a great way for them to get a little exercise and a lot of knowledge. By being aware of the dangers and teaching children potential hazards, we can keep our kids safe as they explore the world’s backyard.

 

Technology To Keep Your Pets Safer

by Cassie April 13, 2015

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We love our pets like family (because they are our furbabies, right?). So why not protect them as we do the rest of our family members?

Here are some tech gadgets and apps to keep your furry family members safer.

1. Tagg GPS Pet Tracker. Exactly what the name implies, this device attaches to your pet’s collar and can track their whereabouts. It can send you a text message or email when your pet wanders past their designated boundaries. The Tagg GPS pet tracker goes beyond showing you exactly where your furry friend might be, it also monitors the temperature to keep them safe from extreme cold or hot temperatures. And just like your Fitbit, it also tracks your pet’s health to makes sure they are getting enough exercise and rest. Tagg GPS Pet Trackers costs $99.95.

2. Pet First Aid App. We want to keep our pets safe, but in case of an emergency where their safety is threatened, the American Red Cross created an app to help in those tough situations. The Pet First Aid App includes videos, interactive quizzes, and step-by-step advice to walk you through over 25 common pet situations. The app helps with administering medication, behavioral advice, warning sign checker, identifying common toxic substances and even when it might be time to say goodbye (we hope not!). You can easily program a veterinary contact number and locate the nearest emergency vet hospital. Each pet can have their own profile within the app to keep track of appointments and medications needed. The Pet First Aid app is available for Apple, Google Play, and Amazon for $.99.

3. Puppy Tweets. If you’re looking for a fun way to keep track of your puppy’s actions, Puppy Tweets attaches to your dog’s collar and tweets you what your dog is up to. The tag has a motion and sound monitor, which connects to a USB receiver that connects to your computer. It not only lets you know what your puppy is up to (making sure they are safe), but is also a fun way to keep track of your pet. Puppy Tweets was created by Mattel, with the idea to create real-time communication with our furry family members. Puppy Tweets sells for around $15 on Amazon.

4. ASPCA APCC Mobile App. This free app is a great reference when you’re not sure what foods are safe for your pet. It allows you to easily search through items, find the levels of toxicity, possible side effects, and the actions to take in case of an emergency- all with colorful, easy to follow images. The app provides a 24/7 hotline giving users full access to trained veterinary staff and toxicologists.

5. Pet Master Pro. This handy app keeps track of your pet’s medical record in the palm of your hand. Keep track of vaccinations, medications, identification numbers, weight history, and even details for the insurance all in this app. It takes a little legwork to initially enter the information into the app, but having that information while traveling could help save your pet’s life. The app is free for both iPhone and Google Play.

We don’t always have control over our pets’ situations and environments, but using this technology can help keep your pets safer and snuggled up next to you at the end of the day.

Home Fire Safety for Pets: Prevention and Planning

by Amy October 21, 2014

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You might be surprised to hear that an estimated 1,000 home fires are caused each year by the family pet and more than 500,000 pets are involved in fires each year where they were not the cause.  The family pet is considered by most to be an equally important member of the family unit, yet our four legged friends are often overlooked when planning a fire escape plan and taking fire prevention steps.

In this article we discuss some easy to follow steps to help pet owners create a safe environment for pets, as well as some action plans in the unfortunate event of a home fire while your pet is home alone.

Monitored smoke alarms – If a fire breaks out in your home it can be a matter of minutes for a small flame to turn into an inferno.  Monitored smoke and carbon monoxide alarms give you the quickest way of alerting the fire department in the event of an emergency.  Not only can they save your pet’s life, but it can also be the difference between minimal damage and a total loss of your home.

Keep an eye on all flames and fire sources – Everyone knows that pets are inquisitive by nature and can easily be intrigued by open flames.  You always want to extinguish any open flames that you cannot keep an eye on.  This includes the stove top, candles and especially your fireplace.  Unattended pets should never be left alone with around any open flames and, pet or no pet, you should always extinguish any fires or candles before leaving the house.

Secure stove knobs – Many electric stoves are controlled by digital panels, but most gas ranges are controlled by easy to turn knobs.  Removing the knobs or securing them with gas knob locks can give you piece of mind knowing they cannot be turned on by accident.  According to fire inspection statistics, cook tops are the number one culprit when it comes to home fires caused by pets.

Purchase candle lights – There are battery operated candles that have light bulbs instead of a wick and can produce the same soft glow.  Investing in these instead of traditional candles can keep your pet safe from knocking them over and starting a fire or torching their tails over a lit candle.

Make your home pet proofed – Pets are like small children and are guaranteed to get into almost everything.  That is why it is a good idea to do a thorough walkthrough of your home to look for any potential hazards like loose wires or exposed electrical wires.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Use a pet alert window cling – One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to keep your pet safe is to install a pet safety window cling to a front window of your home.  Keeping an updated cling with the number of pets that are in your home can be a priceless tool for firefighters.

Leave pets near an entrance to your home – If possible, it is a good idea to crate your pets near the front or back doors of your home when you leave.  This will make it easy for them to be found by firefighters.  If your pets are allowed to freely roam the house, you may want to consider closing off bedroom doors or any rooms of your house that a pet could potentially run into and hide.

Confine your younger pets – Puppies, kittens and other baby critters should certainly be kept away from any fire hazards.  It is probably best to crate them or keep them in a gated area.  Again, this will make it easier for firefighters to find them and it will also keep them safe from causing any harmful mischief while you are gone.

Include your pets in your escape route. – Your pet will probably not know what to do in the event of a fire which means you need to do the planning for them.  It is a great idea to keep extra leashes and collars near every exit of your home.  This way you will be prepared and your beloved pet will not be able to flee once they are outside.  Leashes and collars are also a good visual cue to let firefighters know there is a pet in the home.

2 Things You Need to Know Before Leaving Your Pet at the Kennel

by Cassie August 7, 2014

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If you have a pet that you occasionally need to board at a kennel, then please take two minutes to read this blog post.

On June 20, 2014, 20 dogs at a pet boarding facility in Gilbert, AZ. (a suburb of Phoenix) died of heat exhaustion after the air conditioning stopped working in the area of the facility housing the dogs. At the time this blog post was written, the incident is still under investigation by the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff’s Office.

This tragedy may have easily been avoided if the pet-boarding facility had simply installed temperature sensors, power sensors and/or camera surveillance in the area where the dogs were kept.

Temperature and power sensors notify a 24 hour alarm monitoring center if the power goes out, or if the temperature gets to unacceptable levels. The alarm monitoring center can then take appropriate action to remedy the situation.

Most of you are familiar with video cameras. They observe activity 24 hours a day in a defined area. Pet boarding facility owners could easily view what’s happening at their facility anytime on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or any web enabled device. These facilities could also allow for live steaming of the video to their website (it’s easy and doesn’t cost them any money to do if they have the cameras). That means pet owners could look in on their loved ones at any time, day or night!

Most pet boarding facilities are not staffed with people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most are closed at night. Most are closed on holidays. That’s why there is such a need for temperature and power sensors, along with camera surveillance capabilities, at all pet – boarding facilities.

Next time you need a boarding facility for your pet, use a place that really has pet safety in mind. Ask about temperature and power monitoring and find out if they have camera surveillance systems. Your 4-legged loved one will be glad you did.