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    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 1 year 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.

    April Employee of the Month Michelle McMahon

    Last updated 1 year ago

    As many of you know, last July we lost a very special friend and co-worker, Jobey Flores. Jobey was the epitome of what we stand for at Post. In his honor, each month we recognize an employee who exemplifies the amazing qualities Jobey stood for. We are excited to announce that the recipient of the April “Jobey Flores Memorial Employee of the Month” award goes to Michelle McMahon who is in charge of our Accounts Receivable! If you have ever had a billing question, you have probably had the privilege of speaking with Michelle. Michelle has been with Post Alarm for 15 years and is an amazing asset to our company, not only in the Accounting Department but as a team player throughout. She works hard and gets jobs done quickly and accurately. Whenever clients have questions about billing, Michelle always resolves them in a timely manner and treats clients professionally with courtesy and respect. Michelle is also responsible for collections. Anyone who has ever worked in that area knows it is very difficult as you are not always talking with happy clients. Michelle has a gift of maintaining her composure, she takes the time to listen to each client, and works with them in any way she can to come up with a resolution that works for both parties. One of Michelle’s greatest strengths, is that she is knowledgeable in other areas of our company. Often times she works with other departments to answer client questions or concerns and always helps others in anyway to make sure things run smoothly. Michelle also goes out of her way help plan, set up and work our company events. She is always the one of the first ones there and one of the last ones to leave. Outside of work Michelle enjoys listening to 80’s music (or anything 80’s for that matter), roller skating, reading books, hanging out with her husband Rob as well as her best friend, visiting family in Oregon and is passionate about animal rights. Thank you so much Michelle for your dedication to our company and congratulations on your well deserved award!

    What Makes Your Home a Prime Target for Burglars?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Many homeowners rely on state-of-the-art alarm systems and security cameras to monitor their properties and keep their homes safe from intruders. But taking just a few extra steps can ensure that your residence is even less appealing to a would-be thief. Review these tips to make sure your home is protected:

    Easy Access Points

    Over one-fourth of all American homeowners invest in some form of electronic security, including security camera systems and home alarms. Unfortunately, even a state-of-the-art home protection system does little good when property owners forget to seal off easy access points. According to the Bureau of Justice, nearly half of annual household burglaries are not forced entries, meaning a thief was able to simply walk through an unlocked door or climb in through an open window.

    Visible Luxuries

    Even if you don’t leave a locked, expensive new motorcycle or mountain bike in your driveway, you may be inadvertently showing off pricey new purchases in a way that could attract burglars. If you have recently invested in a plasma screen television or other flashy item, never leave the box outside in a trashcan or in plain view. Thieves may be tipped off that you can afford to spend thousands of dollars on electronics and wonder what other expensive goods are inside.

    Missing Security

    If you don’t have a home alarm sign in your yard or on your door, burglars may view your property as an easy target. The best way to deter thieves from approaching your resident at all is to invest in a home protection system. An experienced security advisor can help you select the home alarm or security camera system that meets your needs.

    For an effective home protection system, you need help from a trusted professional. To find out how our alarm systems and security cameras can keep your property safe, call Post Alarm at (800) 654-7678 today. Our family-owned business is proud to provide security, monitoring, and fire alarm systems to all southern California clients.

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