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

Fire Prevention Week: The Beginning

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Perhaps you’ve never heard of Fire Prevention Week or maybe you’re interested in learning more. Fire Prevention Week began to memorialize the Great Chicago Fire which tragically occurred in 1871. It left 100,000 homeless, killed more than 250 people, burned more than 2,000 acres and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. It started on October 8 and burned well through the night into October 9. There are lot of theories as to how this detrimental fire started. The legend states that a cow knocked over a lamp in the barn of a woman named Mrs. Catherine O’Leary. The lamp then started a fire in the barn and continued through the city. However, this theory has been debunked and other more logical theories have been uncovered. It is widely believed that the fire did in fact start near the barn where Mrs. O’Leary lived but how did it start if it wasn’t the cow after all? Some historians believe that a neighbor … Read More

Seven Ways Protect Your Rental Property

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Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and others like it are all popular vacation rental platforms. So maybe you’re thinking about renting out your house, apartment, loft or condo on one of these sites? It’s a great way to make a little extra money and can be a great experience if you take the necessary rental property security measures. No matter the type of rental property, we’ve got tips to help you protect your investment. 1) Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Your home already has fire detectors and most likely carbon monoxide monitors. But have you tested them lately? Be sure to check them before any guests arrive. Secure Pacific can also help monitor your home for fire. We can monitor your home even when you’re not there and someone else is. 2) Surveillance: Having exterior home security cameras may not cover the whole property but it gives you an extra layer of security. With the Secure Pacific mobile app, you can check … Read More

Tip Tuesday: Beware of Door Knockers

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The reputation of a door knocker is not a positive one: pushy, obnoxious and deceptive are just a few of the ways people describe them. Nor will they take no for an answer. Not only are some trying to sell services but others are attempting to use it as a way to break into your home or at least scope it out before coming back. Or worse, they ring the bell and when someone doesn’t answer, use it as an opportunity to break in, all while assuming no one is home. So what can you do to deter a door knocker? Check our tips below to protect yourself from those pesky door knockers. Build relationships with your neighbors: It’s important to form solid relationships with your neighbors for many reasons. One of the most important is for them to look after your home, whether you’re on vacation or just gone for the day. If you’re going to be gone for … Read More

Trespassers Can’t Get Past Us!

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It was at 12:30 yesterday morning when our video verification specialist received an alarm from a construction site in Seattle. He could see people on site and alerted police as well as emergency contacts. Police arrested one for trespassing! Check out our footage below.

What To Do If Your Package Has Been Stolen

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We’ve previously reviewed how you can put a stop to package thieves, but what if those tips didn’t work for you and your package was in fact stolen? It could be one of two things. One, the company who shipped your package did not actually deliver it like they said. Or, someone did steal it from your front door. Neither of these are comforting scenarios, but there are a few ways to handle the aftermath depending on the situation. 1. Check your video surveillance. If you have an outdoor security camera, you could potentially identify the thief by reviewing footage. With this information, you can report it to the local police department. With any luck the person can be identified and tracked down. 2. Reach out the company. Contact the company who sent you the package and explain that your package was definitely not delivered. They may have additional information. If they do not know what happened to it and … Read More

Tip Tuesday: Playground Safety

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Whether it’s in your backyard or down the street at the local park, playground safety is crucial. According to National Program for Playground Safety’s website, of the 218,851 preschool and elementary school children who were injured on playground equipment, 51% of the injuries occurred on a public playground whereas 19% occurred on a playground at home. All between the years of 2001 through 2008. Don’t let your child become a part of the statistics. Check out our tips below for how you can help keep your children safe on the playground. With 67% of the injuries reported being caused by falling or equipment failure, the first step is to check out the playground equipment before letting your kid play on it. Check out the guardrails and any other protective barriers for sturdiness. Ensure there is enough space between each swing. If your child has longer hair, consider pulling it up so as not to get caught in the swing set … Read More

Tip Tuesday: Don’t Mess with a Secure Pacific Security System!

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The operator was monitoring when he received multiple alarm activations from a Maple Valley construction site. He then dispatched the local police department and alerted emergency contacts. It was later confirmed that two juveniles were arrested for first degree trespassing. Check out the brief footage below!