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Why Do You Need A Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. It has no smell or taste, but if leaked in a house it can be deadly. Household appliances that use gas, oil, coal or wood can emit carbon monoxide. A buildup of carbon monoxide in a home, can be lethal. In Canada, at least 50 people every year die of carbon monoxide poisoning.

This is why it’s important to have a monitored carbon monoxide detector. A carbon monoxide detector alone is good, as it alerts the homeowners if there is a carbon monoxide leak. If detected, the local carbon monoxide detector will sound. While better than nothing, the homeowner must hear the device sounding in order to be notified. This is troublesome if the homeowner is a deep sleeper or just far away from the detector.

A monitored carbon monoxide detector will sound a loud noise when triggered. This is just like a non-monitored one. However, it then sends a notice to a monitored central station. The central station rep can then contact the homeowner over the phone and also notify emergency contacts. Plus they can then reach out to first responders, alerting them of the carbon monoxide leak. Also, certain monitored carbon monoxide detectors will also send out push notifications, alerting the homeowner of the leak.

This monitored response can be lifesaving, as it provides an intelligent response. More people being notified equals more chance to contact the homeowner. This is extremely important.

Most alarm companies will not charge more in regards to monthly monitored for a monitored carbon monoxide detector. For example, with Think Protection, the monitored carbon monoxide detector costs $79.99/upfront. The monthly charge for the home alarm system is $12.99/month. The monitoring of the CO detector, doesn’t raise the monthly charge!

With that said, every homeowner should have a monitored carbon monoxide detector. The peace of mind is incredible. This service is cost effective and may be lifesaving. Get your monitored carbon monoxide detector today.

 

Pet Safety: How Can I Protect My Pets?

If you have pets in your home, they become a part of your family.  Whether you have a large dog, a small cat or a drove of potbellied pigs in your home, pet safety is key and you want to make sure that they stay as safe as every other member of your family.  Thankfully, home alarm systems can help keep your pets safe as well.

Smoke Detection – Having a monitored smoke detector means that your family will always be able to hear the alarm and get out of the house safely.  But when you are not at home, a monitored smoke detector is still an invaluable piece of equipment.  If your pet is home alone, it may have no escape from the house, but a central monitoring station will still get the smoke signal, contact you and start fire dispatch procedures.

CO Detection – If you have a CO detector in your home, it will alert you to high levels of poisonous carbon monoxide and an alarm will sound.  Carbon monoxide is deadly to pets, and if you get a call from the central station when you are away from home, it could save an animal’s life.  It is also important to note that in some areas, including Ontario, it is now required by law to have a working CO detector near all sleeping areas in the home.

Protection from break ins – If you have a dog, your home is not immune from break-ins. In fact, unscrupulous intruders may harm your animal if it is trying to protect the home.  Whether it comes to saving pets or your family, you should always Think Protection.

What To Do If You Have Noisy Neighbours

There is a saying “good fences build good neighbors” which comes from the fact that everybody wants to be involved with their community but also want a measure of privacy. It is surprising that this saying extends to all aspects of home life except for home security. Many people assume that their neighbors will watch their house when they are not home and immediately call 9-1-1 if things seem off. While this makes sense, in theory, there are many reasons this is an awful way to protect your home.

First, and perhaps most importantly, the only time you can say you have real protection is if you have 24/7 protection. If your neighbors leave while you are out, then you will have no measure of protection. This is not just as night, either, as statistics show that an increasing amount of break-ins occur during the day when people are at work.

There is also the issue that even if the neighbors think something is off, they may never call 9-1-1. This is because of a social psychological phenomenon known as the bystander effect. This means that the greater the number of possible witnesses to a crime, the less likely it is to be reported since people assume someone else will call the police. Home security systems never suffer from the bystander effect and are always prepared to get authorities involved.

A home security system, much like a fence, is a smart investment. Neighbours are good to share a summertime barbecue with, but leave your home security to the professionals.

What Are Some Safety Tips For Women Who Live Alone?

Keep Your Doors and Windows Locked

Always make sure that your home is secure when you are in it. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, an unlocked door or window can be an introduction for intruders; most of the time stronger than you.

As soon as you get home from work or school, lock the door behind you. It can be difficult in the summer months if it’s very hot so look for ways to limit the amount your windows can open!

Know Your Area

When you move to somewhere new, take a walk around. You need to know the type of people in the area and the crime rate in the city. It is good to know the location of the police station and other forms of help.

Make Friends with Your Neighbours

Get to know the people who live around you. You may ask them to help you move a heavy box into your apartment or just go around with some cookies as a hello; you may find that they come to you to say hello. Getting to know them will give someone to turn to if there is a problem.

Check Who Is at Your Door

You don’t have to answer the door! Check who is outside first. If you know you have a delivery coming and see a delivery driver, then answer it.

If you know nothing about it and know there is danger in the area, you may want to think twice. Peepholes, upstairs windows, and similar factors can help limit the number of people you let into your home.

Don’t Let People Know You Are Alone

The fewer people who know you live alone the better. Some people will try to get that information out of you to decide whether you are

How Can You Protect Yourself From A Home Invasion?

Home invasions are generally thought of as a premeditated confrontation in the victim’s home with the intent to rob and/or inflict violence.  The impact of home invasion extends beyond the violence of the crime itself; it is particularly frightening because it has a predatory nature and violates the one place that we feel safe: our home.

All homeowners, both Canadian and American, can take some preventive measures to help minimize the risk of home invasion.  Here are some preventive steps that can be taken to enhance your security:

Secure Your Home and Your Surroundings:   This includes reinforcing your doors and doorframes and using deadbolts and sliding door locks.  Keep windows visible from the street and consider the use of bars (ensuring a fire escape route is still possible) and devices such as security film which reinforces the glass.  Have a well-lit exterior and ensure that the lights are not accessible and will not be tampered with.  Consider the use of alarms and identifying valuable property with identification (e.g. engraving).  Do not keep large amounts of money in your home and keep valuables in a safety deposit box.  Also, you may consider having a “decoy” jewellery box with inexpensive yet valuable-looking pieces of jewelry.  It may deter a ransacking of your home.

Do not Allow Strangers in your Home:  Since this is one of the preferred methods of forceful entry (the other is through the garage) be vigilant and trust your instincts.  You will need a good observation point where you can see people outside your door.  You may observe them for a few minutes to try to determine what they want.  You may also want to use an intercom system to talk through a closed door.  DO NOT open the door to people you do not know, no matter how well-dressed they are or how kind they appear to be.  If they claim to be representing a company (such as an electric or telephone company), call and confirm with the company before allowing them into your home.  Any reputable representative will understand your precautions and should have the phone number readily available for you to call and verify.

Know your Community: Have a good sense of your surroundings including your neighbours habits and vehicles.  Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch program.   Suspicious people or activities may be of interest to the police, so write down information that may be useful (description of suspicious vehicles or strangers, phone numbers identified as calls to your home that hang up, etc.).

Don’t Hesitate to Call 9-1-1 :  There are numerous deceptions that can be used to have you unlock or open your door.  Remember, if a stranger at your door needs assistance and asks to use your phone; offer to dial and call for them.  If they claim that damage has been done to your parked car or that they need your signature, trust your instincts and play it safe.  You do not have to and should not open your door to anyone, not even the police, until you have sufficient proof that they are who they say they are. If you are unsure, call 911.  Stay calm and stay on the line.  Give all the information requested and if you are unable to speak, a police unit will respond to your home.

Other Tips: The weakest link in home security is the occupant that fails to lock up and opens the home to strangers.  The best defense against home invasion is education, planning and exercising good judgment.  Practice role-playing different scenarios at the front door to feel entirely comfortable while making someone wait on the other side of the closed door.  Get help from your family or friends to rehearse polite, yet firm responses to all types of potentially threatening situations.  You may even want to deter home invasions by creating the illusion of others living with you.   You may choose to put a pair of large boots out at the front door or a dog toy or drinking bowl.   Finally, you do not want to be predictable.  Vary your outings such as shopping or walks around the block.

If you become a Victim: Remember to stay calm. Further action beyond calling 9-1-1 and fleeing the scene may be necessary. Cooperating with the suspects may be your best option, as no amount of cash or material goods is worth getting hurt over.  Take time to observe the description of the suspects: look, smell and listen to pick up on any identifying features.  The Bulletin: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics claims that 68 percent of home invasion crimes are committed by strangers.  (A further 21 percent were casual acquaintances of the victim and the remaining 11 percent were family, friends and business relationships.)

Although home invasions account for a small proportion of robberies reported to the police, you must raise your level of awareness, rehearse your refusal to open the door, take inventory of the safety aspects of your home and reduce the odds of becoming a home invasion victim.

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