Life Safety

Fire Safety

Every year 2,200 children die from injuries that happen in their own home. Our job at J&J Security is to do our part to help keep as many families safe as we can.  One way we do that is through education. An important safety topic to discuss with families is fire safety. Here are some topics to consider when dealing with fire safety.

Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in home fires in half. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and next to all bedrooms. We recommend testing your batteries every six months. A monitored smoke alarm is important because it can alert authorities if something goes wrong, and when dealing with fire, every second counts!

Escape Plan

Do you have a home fire escape plan? Only one third of American have and practice them according to a NFPA survey. If you are one of the families without a plan, it is critical that you develop one that has at least two ways out of every room. Practice your home fire escape plans with your children often. In fact, a great way to remember is to practice them twice a year when you are checking on your batteries. Make sure that your fire escape plan has everyone leaving the home immediately and having a safe meeting spot outside of the home. (Like a neighbor’s driveway) Once they are out of the house it is important that they STAY OUT and wait for the fire department to arrive.

Kitchen Fires

Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Do you have a fire extinguisher? Always have one in the kitchen, and make sure you know how to use it. You don’t want to be reading the instructions once you find yourself in an emergency situation. Another great tip when looking at kitchen fire safety is to make sure dish towels and wooden spoons are kept away from your stovetop. We use them often when cooking and it’s easy to put them down to close to the stovetop, and increasing your chance of them catching on fire.

Candles

There are about 25 home candle fires reported every day. They usually start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle. Another factor is when someone falls asleep with a candle still burning. You should always blow out candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. Never leave candles burning unattended.

Learn More

We love to recommendhttp://www.sparky.org/ for kids and parents to visit together and learn more about fire safety. 

*If you are needing monitored smoke alarms for your home, call our office today. (866) 532-SAFE

 

When Lightning Stikes...

Unexpected lightning storms can put a real dent in your plans. You might have plans to go to the beach or that event in the park. These things might be annoying but the fact of the matter is that lightning storms can cost you a lot of money if your home is not protected. There are about 1.45 million lightning strikes in Florida every year. Many of these strikes hit the electrical circuits in people’s homes. A home without the proper surge protection can lose a few of their electrical devices or everything depending on how direct the hit was. For some people this might cost them tens of thousands of dollars to replace.

Have no fear though, there are ways to protect your home in the event of a lightning strike. The first thing that I would recommend is making sure that your insurance company will pay out on a lighting strike. You might be saying, “well my deductible is pretty high and I don’t want them to raise my rate.” You are absolutely correct but it is still a good precaution because no method guarantees 100% that a lighting strike won’t affect the devices in your home.

  • Have professionally installed lightning rods that are properly grounded

  • Make sure your tall trees are a safe distance from your house

  • For your expensive appliances invest in a very good surge protector with a warranty

  • Unplug the easy to get to electronic devices

  • Do not talk on a corded phone in a lightning storm. 5% of people that were struck by lightning were talking on the phone.

  • Unplug your cable and internet from your cable modem. I have seen lightning strikes come through these lines and fry thousands of dollars in equipment.

In the event that your home is struck by lightning and it has damaged your security system, TVs, or any audio/equipment call us. We have worked with many insurance companies over the years and we will help you in the process of making a claim.

 

Carbon Monoxide A Silent Killer

carbon monoxide detector

What makes Carbon Monoxide scary to most is that it cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can result in severe side effects and death. What is reassuring is that carbon monoxide alarms can easily be added to your home and help save lives. Here are some other tips in regards to carbon monoxide:

-          Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, especially near bedrooms. Also don’t forget to test them regularly.

-          Don’t warm a vehicle in the garage…EVEN if you open the garage doors. ALWAYS remove it from the garage if the engine will be running.

-          Make sure vents for the dryer, stove, fireplace, etc. are clear of snow and other types of debris.

-          Never use a grill inside your home or garage or even near a window.

-          Carbon monoxide detectors do NOT replace smoke alarm or vice-versa. However combination alarms are available.

-          If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, go outside immediately and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.