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    Ways to Prevent Fires in the Home During Summer

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Summer is the season to make the most out of your backyard. Every summer, families across the country prepare their yards for months of barbeques and neighborhood gatherings. Unfortunately, partaking in these summertime activities also presents certain risks. For example, improper use of a grill can be a serious fire hazard. Here are some ways to prevent fires around the home during summer.

    Grill Safety
    If you do decide to use your grill this summer, make sure that you are familiar with the appropriate safety measures first. For example, if your grill relies on propane fuel, make sure that you know how to safely attach the fuel tank to the grill. The venturi tubes where the air and gas mix must also be checked and maintained regularly. Be sure to also exercise caution when using lighter fluid. Finally, ensure that all loose matches and lighters are stored safely away.

    Fire Pit Safety
    There’s no better way to spend a warm summer evening than crowded around a fire in the comfort of your backyard with family and friends. If you do choose to make a fire in your backyard’s fire pit, however, it is imperative that you practice a few basic fire safety rules. First and foremost, always keep the fire small and manageable. The bigger the fire is, the more likely it is to spread uncontrollably. In addition, when you are building your fire, make sure to first clear away all dry leaves and tinder away from the fire pit. Finally, always make sure to have plenty of water on hand in case you need to extinguish the fire.

    By practicing a few simple safety tips, you will be able to make the most out of your summer. If you want to learn more about how to prevent fires in your home this summer, call Post Alarm Systems at (800) 654-7678. Proudly serving Orange and Los Angeles counties in California, our fire alarm system can help you stay safe this summer.

    Why Your Home Needs Proper Smoke Alarms

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Even small fires can spread quickly and cause catastrophic damage throughout your home. Between charring, smoke damage, and soot, the property damage can be extensive, not to mention the potential health and safety hazards. Fortunately, by taking the right precautions, you can minimize the threat of indoor fires.

    In this video, you will learn about why your home needs proper smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are one of the most effective ways to protect your home from fire. Alarms should be placed on every level of your home and within 15 feet of every bedroom. Furthermore, you should regularly check to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning properly.

    To learn more about the importance of proper smoke alarms, watch the video provided above. If you want to learn more about our home security services, call Post Alarm Systems at (800) 654-7678.

    How to Make Your Home Safer for an Elderly Parent

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The elderly have a distinct set of needs determined by their physical limitations and mental needs. For example, because the elderly often suffer from limited mobility, they often find it difficult to react quickly to emergency situations. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make your home safer and more convenient for your elderly parent.

    Implement an Alarm System

    A comprehensive alarm system can help keep your home safe and give your elderly parent peace of mind. Fire alarm systems, home surveillance, and alarm screens, for example, can all enhance your home’s security. Furthermore, when you explain to your elderly parent how the alarm systems work, it can give him or her peace of mind. Because of their limited mobility, the elderly often feel insecure about their ability to cope with emergencies like break-ins or fires. With an alarm system, however, they will be able to rest at ease knowing that they are in good hands.

    Medical Alarm System

    Anyone with an elderly parent lives in constant worry that their parent will suffer a medical emergency. For the elderly, even a small slip or fall could result in serious injury, especially if left untreated for a substantial duration of time. With a medical alert system, you won’t have to worry about this scenario. The Medical Alert Pendant is an alarm system that your elderly parent can wear around his or her neck. In the case of a medical emergency, the pendant can be used to contact a qualified medical services operator.

    Living with an elderly parent is certainly a joy, but it can also be a challenge. With the right precautions, however, you can make the experience much easier on everyone involved. If you want to learn more about how alarm systems can make your home safer for your elderly parent, call Post Alarm Systems at (800) 654-7678.

    FIRE...Are You and Your Family Prepared?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    We often participate in Police and Fire department safety fairs. At the safety fair we have a game for the kids where we test their “safety” knowledge. One of the questions we ask them is, “If there is a fire in your home where is your family’s meeting place outside?”. It is scary that most of the kids don’t know the answer and admit that their parents have never discussed a fire escape plan with them. Every year, nearly 4,000 Americans die in home fires and approximately 25,000 are injured. Children and the elderly are especially at risk in home fires because they are less able to escape when fire strikes. You can improve the chance that your family will survive a home fire by making sure that they can escape quickly if necessary. These tips are provided to help create an escape plan. 
    Smoke detectors are life savers.
    The primary fire safety strategy for any home is to warn the occupants early. The best way to get the earliest warning of danger is by installing sufficient smoke detectors. Monitored smoke detectors allow you and your family to escape while the Central Station calls the fire department. If your smoke detectors are not monitored, make sure to change the smoke detector batteries every six months.
    Plan your escape.
    The other part of the fire safety plan is for everyone to get out quickly. If you awaken in the middle of the night to a fire, your thinking may be confused. Therefore, it is important that you practice your escape plan ahead of time. That way, your whole family will know what to do. Everyone in the family, as well as frequent visitors and baby-sitters, should practice the escape plan. This includes opening the escape windows.
    Can you beat the clock?
    Most people do not realize how quickly fires can grow. A home fire can become deadly in as few as three minutes. Can your family get out that quickly? Consider that it may take one minute for the smoke alarm to sound and for you to recognize the danger. If you have young children or are elderly, you may need another minute to get ready. This leaves only one minute for everyone to get to an exit, open it and get out. By practicing your escape, you can make every second count.
    Steps to a safe escape:
    1. Have at least two working smoke detectors, and test them monthly. (Monitored smoke detectors inform our Central Station to call the Fire Department while you are escaping).
    2. If possible, plan two ways out of every room.
    3. Practice your escape plan twice every year.
    4. Practice crawling low under smoke.
    5. Have a prearranged meeting place outside your home.
    6. Call the fire department from a neighbor’s home.
    7. Once you’re outside, stay out.


    Side Note from Post:
    If you don’t already have monitored fire devices on your security system you
    may want to seriously think about adding them. Recently one of our clients had a fire in their home. Unfortunately they did not have any monitored fire devices on their system. It wasn’t until their neighbor saw smoke billowing from their home that the fire department was called. Time is of the essence in a fire and waiting for a neighbor or passerby to smell or see smoke could cost valuable time for getting help and saving property. We do not charge additional per month for standard residential fire monitoring. Adding fire devices is well worth the peace of mind in knowing that help is on the way whether you are home or not. Also, many insurance companies offer a 10-15% discount if you have monitored fire protection. If you are interested in adding fire to your residential alarm system, please contact Jaime Lopez at 626-446-7159 ext. 113.

    A Look at Our Alarm Response Packages for Your Home Security System

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The home protection specialists at Post Alarm are committed to keeping California residences and businesses safe from unlawful intruders. Many homeowners invest in comprehensive alarm and security monitoring systems to protect their homes from thieves. But only a Priority Response package can ensure that you get the help you need as quickly as possible if an emergency arises. When you purchase an affordable Priority Response package, Post Alarm’s trained armed response and patrol officers get to your home right away and personally alert the police if necessary.

    To find out which Priority Response level of protection is right for your home, call Post Alarm at (800) 654-7678 to receive a free professional quote. Our security team can protect your home with 24/7 monitoring and daily patrol. Find the Los Angeles or Orange County location nearest you today.

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