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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.

 

3 Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is next week and everyone is excited. Trick or treating, candy eating and scares are coming fast and furiously. It’s important to remember that while it’s a fun time, it is important to be safe and to use good judgment on Halloween. Here are a three Halloween safety tips.

Make Sure Your Kids (And Yourself) Can Be Seen

When out with the little ones, make sure that they (and you) can be seen easily. It’s dark out, and getting darker earlier and earlier. While black may be a spooky color, it’s also a color that will make your kids hard to see. This could be dangerous with them crossing streets when going trick or treating. Make sure they have something bright on them. A reflector is always good. If they don’t want to ruin their outfit, make their bag for candy collecting bright. Yellow or orange is always good to stand out. Be safe and make sure they can stand out.

Never Let Your Kids Enter Any Homes

When trick or treating, your kids will be going door to door to get candy. Monitor their actions and never let them enter any houses of people you don’t know. While Halloween is a fun time, it’s also a time we should be safe. Watch your children and while they can talk to strangers, never let them enter a home without your supervision.

If A Candy Is Unwrapped, Throw It Out

Mmmmm candy! One of the best parts of Halloween is collecting candy. While your kids will want as much as possible, if a candy has no wrapper or one that is open, throw it out. While the chances are slim that someone may have done something to the candy, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

All of us at Think Protection would like to wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween! Watch out for ghosts and goblins! And sleep easy knowing your secured at home by Think Protection!

What Are 3 Holiday Home Safety Tips?

The winter holidays are fast approaching. Good times with family and friends and happy events await, but with the holiday season, we need to make sure to protect our homes and families. Here are 3 tips to add an extra layer of home protection during December.

  • Make Sure You Have A Monitored Smoke Detector

With Christmas and Hannukah, the lights and candles pose potential fire dangers. With that in mind, a monitored smoke detector adds extra protection against fire damage. A monitored smoke detector, when triggered, not only sounds locally but also sends a signal to a 24/7 central station, who can then notify first responders. This is important as you may not be home when the fire starts. This added peace of mind lets you know that regardless of where you are, the fire department will be contacted in the event of a fire.

  • Make It Look Like You’re Home Even If You’re Not

Burglars love the holiday season because a large number of homeowners are away from their homes for long periods of time. To deter a burglar when you’re away from your house, make it seem like you’re home. Keep lights on, and set some on timers (can easily be done through home automation). If you’re going on vacation, have a neighbor take your email and if there’s a fresh snowfall make sure they drive into your driveway to leave fresh tire marks. Burglars want to avoid confrontation, and making it seem like your home is a great deterrent that may make a burglar look elsewhere for their break-in.

  • Get A Home Alarm System

Did you know that houses with alarm systems are three times less likely to have a break-in than those without? There’s no better burglar deterrent than a home alarm system. Monitoring for a Think Protection home alarm system is only $12.99/month and there’s no annual contract – so with our low prices and are fantastic technology anyone can get a state-of-the-art home alarm system! Don’t wait until after a break-in to get a home alarm! During the holiday season, buy yourself a gift – the gift of peace of mind.

4 Ways To Burglar-Proof Your Car

The Toronto Star recently published an article focused on a string of recent car thefts around the city of Toronto. High-end cars like Lexus and Mercedes are being targeted throughout the city. While you can never 100% protect yourself from theft, there are certain things that can be done that will significantly lower the odds of your car being broken into. Here are a few safety tips to keep your car secure:

1. Park Indoors Whenever Possible

If you have a garage, use it. Try not to keep your car parked outdoors whenever possible. Cars parked outside have an increased risk of being broken into.

2. Don’t Leave Valuables Inside Your Parked Car

Never leave anything of value in your car when it’s parked outdoors. Burglars can easily look inside the windows of your car to see if there’s anything they would possibly want. Never tempt a burglar by leaving something of value inside. Things like laptops or golf clubs should always be brought indoors when your car is parked.

3. Use Your Emergency Brake When Parked

When you park your car, use your emergency brake and turn your wheels towards the curb. These small actions make it tougher for a would-be burglar to steal your car. When protecting your car, little things matter.

4. Never Leave Your Spare Keys In Your Car

Why should you never leave your spare keys in your car? Well, if a burglar breaks in and you’ve left your extra set of keys in the car, they can easily start the car and drive away. Let your extra set of keys inside your home in a secured hidden area. Think like a burglar and keep your valuables well hidden. Be smart and think protection at all times.

To read more about these tips and others, read the full Toronto Star story here: http://on.thestar.com/1JRTHV1

 

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.