Tip Tuesday: Quick Security System Checklist for Small Businesses

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As a small business owner, you worry about how to best protect your business from vandalism and theft. If turning off the lights and locking the door don’t seem like enough, you’re right, these steps are simply not enough to protect your business. By taking a few extra precautions, you can make your business a less attractive target for would-be criminals. To help. we’ve put together a quick checklist that will help you identify ways to make your business more secure. According to the 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report, almost 400,000 businesses were victims of burglaries. On average, these businesses suffered a loss of $2300 in property and damages. For many small businesses, whether the losses are covered by their insurance company or not, the time and cost to get back up and running can be devastating. No matter the size of your business, a monitored small business security system is a smart investment. With a monitored system, you can … Read More

Fire Prevention Week: Halloween Fire Safety

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Jack-o’-Lanterns, trick or treater’s, hay bales, cornstalks and ghosts. These are just some aspects of Halloween that add up to what is sure to be a decorative and howling good time. But what if the proper precautions aren’t taken for fire safety? It’s often overlooked during this spooky time of year. Check out our tips below to ensure you have a fun and safe Halloween.a Did you know that nearly half of decoration fires in homes happened because the decorations were too close to the source of heat? Take precautions in where you place your decorations by keeping decorations as far away as possible from heaters, fireplaces, curtains and lightbulbs. Cornstalks, crepe and dried flowers are three of the most highly flammable pieces of décor. a Candles were the cause of 41% of those decoration fires. Battery operated candles are a great alternative. That way you never have to worry about the flame nor will you have to worry about … Read More

Fire Prevention Week: Fire Escape Plan

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The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports that because fires can spread so rapidly in your home, it could leave you as little as two minutes to escape safely. When a fire starts, it grows in size very quickly and makes it easy to inhale smoke which can be deadly. Discussing the possibilities of a fire in your home is never easy and can be scary to think about, but it’s a worthwhile conversation to have. Implementing an effective escape plan during a fire could save lives. a According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.a Below are some tips for creating a fire escape plan with your family. In addition to these tips, ensure you have working smoke and check out our blog from yesterday for more information regarding smoke detector installation, … Read More

Tip Tuesday: A Guide to Smoke Detectors

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“Don’t wait, check the date!” That’s the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association. The focus is on educating the public on the importance of updating your smoke alarms every 10 years from the manufacturing date. It’s safe to say that homeowners would collectively agree that smoke detectors are crucial to protecting their home and family. However, just having smoke alarms in your home won’t ensure they are completely effective. There are steps that must be taken to make sure the installation, inspection and maintenance are done correctly. Did you know that working smoke alarms cut casualty rates in half? Taking a few quick and simple steps can help make your home more fire-safe. Installation: Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and every level of the home. This includes basements and attics. Larger homes will require more alarms. Install them about 12 inches or less from the ceiling … Read More