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Keeping You Posted: Kitchen Fire Safety

With all that goes on in our lives, it's very easy to forget that you placed that pan on the stove. It's a very common mistake. You put something on the stove to cook then you get sidetracked. You forget about it until the fire starts and the smoke alarm goes off. If you're still home, you may have time to react. But if you've left the house and the pan is still on the stove, you may not find out about it until you return. By then, if you're lucky, your neighbors have noticed your house is on fire and called the fire department!

The following information describes the types of fires you might expect in the kitchen and what to do about them.

Dry Cooking Fires
The most common type of cooking fire is the dry cooking fire. The water or moisture boils out of the pan and the food left in the pan scorches, producing smoke. This usually doesn't cause a great deal of damage. The heat may sometimes damage the surrounding area. The smoke may leave a residue and an odor. Hopefully a little cleaning up is all it takes.

Grease Fires
A grease fire occurs when oil or grease type foods are heated and ignite. A grease fire can do significant damage. Open flames can extend to surrounding cabinets or other combustible items. If unnoticed, a grease fire can extend to a major house fire, engulfing the entire kitchen, adjacent rooms or even the attic. This becomes a dangerous life-threatening fire.

Oven Fires
Most of the time an oven fire is not serious. The fire is usually contained in the oven, which is designed for high heat. The oven fire usually suffocates or is easily extinguished.

What to do if There is a Kitchen Fire

  • In all cases, make sure everyone evacuates the house.
  • Call 911 and report the fire.
  • If the fire is still very small, you can use a fire extinguisher to try and put it out. But if the fire gets out of control, get out of the house and wait for the fire department to arrive.
  • You might be able to extinguish a grease fire on the stove in several different ways. The simplest way is to place a lid on the pan and the fire should suffocate. A large amount of baking soda can also be used to extinguish a grease fire. Once you have the fire extinguished, don't forget to turn off the burner. But if the flames are too high, don't risk getting burned. Get out and call the Fire Department.  Never, never put water on a grease fire!  Water will splatter the grease and dramatically increase the size of the fire. You will easily get burned! NEVER try to carry a flaming grease fire outside. It will quickly be too hot to carry and you will certainly spread the fire over the entire area.

Other Kitchen Fire Prevention Tips

Do supervise children cooking in the kitchen.

Don't put towels, potholders, or dishrags near a stove burner.

Do make sure that if you have a window near the stove, the curtains are tied back and will not blow near a flame or burner.

Don't put cookies, candy, or other treats in the cabinets above the stove. Young children may try to reach them and accidentally start the burners, start a fire, or have their clothes catch on fire.

Do make sure that the knobs on the stove are difficult for a child to turn.

Don't let small children near an open oven door. They can be burned by the heat or by falling onto the door or into the oven.

Do turn pan handles to the center of the stove so that children cannot reach them and in order to keep them from being knocked off the stove.

Don't use towels as potholders. They may catch on fire.

Do call your utility company IMMEDIATELY if you smell a gas odor coming from your stove.

Don't wear loose-fitting clothes when you cook, and don't reach across the top of the stove when you are cooking.

Remember…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 are the best choice as they allow you and your family to escape while the Central Monitoring Station calls the Fire Department.  For more information regarding monitored fire protection for your home, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159 extension 133.  Ple

ase remember, if you have battery powered smoke detectors make sure to change the batteries every six months.  Helpful Hint:  Day light savings time is a good trigger to remind you to change your batteries.

Have a wonderful SAFE day!

Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems.

For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159, extension 133 or via email at gpost@postalarm.com. Please visit our website at www.postalarm.com.

Tech Tuesday – Home Video Surveillance

If you are wary of unusual activity going on around your home, then setting up a camera to provide video surveillance can let you know for sure whether or not something suspicious is happening. Many people have successfully used cameras to prove who is damaging their property.

Watch this clip to learn more about the latest surveillance technology. Today, you can have cameras equipped with motion sensors that can send pictures straight to your cell phone. For an affordable price, you can buy a camera that works off of your wireless network, has sound and motion sensors, and can be controlled remotely.

If you are interested in learning about your home security monitoring options, then call Post Alarm Systems at (626) 802-5345 to learn more about video surveillance.

Here Are Some Additional Links From Around The Web That Relate To Our Recent Blog Topics:

Use these resources to see exactly how an alarm system can protect your home and business from a whole host of unforeseen emergencies.

  • The right alarm system for your home will also notify the authorities if there is a fire. Read up on what to look for in a smoke detector at ConsumerSearch.com.
  • HomeGuide123 provides a list of things to look for when shopping for a security system. Check out this article and learn how to keep your home protected.
  • These tips on choosing an alarm system and an alarm company from AlarmGuidesNow.com will help you find the home monitoring system that works the best for you.
  • Learn a little about the software used in the revolutionary Videofied system at the official product website so you know how your home can be even better protected than it is now.
  • Video surveillance can have many benefits, as demonstrated in this article from Home Security.
  • This article from the LA Times describes new legislature that can help seniors live at home longer than ever before. A good medical alert system can supplement this lifestyle with an extra measure of security.
  • Don’t fear living on your own. Get a medical alert system installed along with your home security system so you can be sure that help will be on the way if you need it. Learn more at Health-And-Hygiene.com.
  • Medical alert devices can keep seniors out of nursing homes. Find out more about independence with this article from MedicalAlertDevicesReviews.org.
  • State Farm’s tips on how to keep your business safe from intruders will help you keep your company running strong.

To equip your home with a top-of-the-line security system, call Post Alarm Systems at (626) 802-5345.


Keeping You Posted: Summer Safety Tips - Water Safety

With summer finally here, it is time to start making plans.  As my husband and I started making our summer plans, I realized that almost every summer activity we love to do is around water.  I know we are probably not the only people who love the water; therefore an article on water safety seemed perfect for this week’s edition of “Keeping You Posted”. 

Whether your plans include a trip to the beach, a pool party or a fun-filled day at a water park, please remember, the most important part of any plan is safety.  Following these simple rules can help you make the most out of your summer plans:

  • Learn to swim and swim well. One of the best things anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is learn to swim. No one, including adults, should ever swim alone.
  • Never leave a child unattended near water -- not even for a second. Because it only takes a second for a small child to fall into a pool or to be pulled into the water by a wave, adult supervision is always required when children are near water. Adults should practice "reach supervision" which means to be within arm's length of a child in case an emergency occurs.
  • Be equipped before entering the water. Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by residential pools and know how to use it. A first aid kit, cordless phone, phone list with emergency contact information, a reaching pole and a ring buoy with a nylon line attached are recommended.
  • Know when you've had too much. If you, or someone you are swimming with, appears to be too cold, too far from safety, been exposed to too much sun, or had too much strenuous activity, it is time to head for shore or signal for help.
  • Eliminate temptation. Surround a backyard pool with a fence at least 4-feet high on all sides. To prevent a child from gaining access to the water, us a self-latching gate that remains locked when the pool is not being used. The safest fence will have vertical bars with spacing small enough that children cannot slip through them. Empty kiddie pools immediately after use and remove water toys that can draw children to the pool.
  • Know what you're getting into. Open bodies of water have many different currents, some can be dangerous. Never swim in an area that does not have a lifeguard. Check with local officials to see what types of currents are most common in the area you plan to swim in. Learn how to spot a dangerous current and what to do if you're caught in one.
  • Take your plan to the park. Don't let your guard down at water parks. Drowning is possible in only a few feet of water. Follow all posted instructions and always slide feet first unless directed otherwise by the ride operator. On speed slides, be sure legs are crossed to prevent injuries.
  • Learn first aid and CPR/AED skills. Families must insist that babysitters, grandparents and anyone else who cares for their children learn first aid and lifesaving CPR. Keep CPR instructions posted in plain sight, along with the local emergency numbers. Always have a cordless or cell phone handy.

Have a wonderful SAFE day!

Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems. For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159, ext. 133 or visit our website today!

Post Alarm System's 1st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

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Please join us at Post Alarm System’s 1st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament September 15th, 2011 to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Help us provide children with the opportunity to reach their potential through programs designed to develop character, build confidence and attain skills needed to mature into productive civic-minded and responsible citizens.  

For more information or to sign up to play in our tournament, please visit our website at www.postalarm.com or call us at 800-654-7678. 

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you out on the course!

Golf Tourney

Alarm Screens

Alarm Screens

We are excited to announce that Post Alarm now manufactures our own, high quality, alarm screens. 

Alarm screens are the ultimate protection when it comes to the comfort and safety of your family.  Alarm screens allow you to arm your alarm system while keeping windows open for ventilation.  If an intruder attempts to remove or cut the screen while the system is armed, the alarm will instantly sound and notify our central monitoring station.   Thieves do not like to attract attention to what they are doing so the quicker the alarm sounds, the quicker the intruder will be scared away.  Alarm screens sound the siren before the intruder can even step foot into your home which makes them one of the most trusted and reliable forms of security…basically they are the ultimate form of protection. 

Post Alarm’s security screens are manufactured exclusively for our clients therefore allowing us to provide a high quality product at a much lower price.  Alarm screens have the same look as regular screens but have tiny wires woven throughout which create a barrier of security. Our alarm screens allow you to keep the existing look of your window as we custom create each screen according to our client’s preferences. 

Take advantage of our summer special, custom-built Security Alarm Screens for as low as $75.00 installed!

Protect what’s important, while still allowing in fresh air and sun light!

If you are interested in purchasing alarm screens or adding alarm screens to your current security system, call Post Alarm today at 800-654-7678.   

Smoke Alarms = SAVED LIVES

Each year, there are more than 400,000 residential fires in the United States. Over 18,000 people are injured in these fires, and about 3,600 die. Shockingly, 40% of those fire fatalities are children who are four or younger. Fire alarms can help reduce these tragic statistics.

Watch this video clip to learn more about staying on top of fire alarm maintenance. It’s very important to install multiple fire alarms throughout your home, but it’s just as important to continuously check the alarms to make sure they are working. Replace the batteries regularly, and test each alarm at least once a month.

Get a home security system with a built-in fire alarm from Post Alarm Systems. Call (626) 802-5345 to learn more.

Keeping You Posted: Child Internet Safety

Whether you are a parent or a grandparent, chances are your children or grandchildren are active on the Internet.  In many ways it has simplified our life but it also requires us, as responsible adults, to take precautions to protect our families.

To protect your family on-line, there are four basic steps you should take:

  •  Set clear and concise rules for Internet usage.
  • Talk with your kids or grandkids and listen to what they say, do, and who they are meeting on-line.
  • Keep personal information just that – personal and private.
  • Invest in family safety software.

 Ask your children or grandchildren to show you what they are doing and who they are meeting on the Internet.  Encouraging them to “teach” you about their world is a great way to communicate with them without it seeming like an inquisition. 

Spend time knowing how your children use the internet, what games they play, what chat rooms they visit, and read profiles they post on social networking sites to see how they are representing themselves and that they are not divulging too much personal information.

The following are some guidelines to consider for creating a safe online experience for your family:

  • Only allow children to access the Internet when you are at home.
  • Do not let young children participate in chat rooms.
  • Teens should participate only in moderated chat rooms.

Do not share files or open attachments from strangers.  We train our children not to accept gifts from strangers in the real world, the same rule applies online.  By allowing them to accept attachments or click on a link in an email to open music or video from strangers, they could be opening a virus, a disturbing image, or downloading bad software.

Speak openly and candidly with your children about online risks including inappropriate content, invasion of privacy, and sexual predators.  Teach them how they can keep themselves safe by being aware and that their own behavior can reduce those risks and help keep them safe when they are online.

Encourage your children to tell you immediately of any suspicious online behavior such as someone asking personal questions or wanting to arrange to meet them in person.  Personal information includes real name, age, sex, school, telephone number, address, or favorite places to hang out.  Even posting a photograph tempts fate.  Most importantly, make it safe for your children to feel secure and comfortable to share with you there may be a “situation” they need your guidance with.

There are many family software packages available on the market.  Research and select one that fits your family’s needs.  Be sure to keep your firewalls and spam filters current to filter junk email and install antivirus and antispyware software on your computer.

Common courtesy is a basic rule of human relationships.  That basic rule also needs to be applied in our online dealings.  The time-held saying of “treat others as you want to be treated” holds true here.

Spending that extra time with your children ensures them of your love, guidance, and support, and ensures you of their safety and comfort of knowing they can depend on you to be there for them.

Pay attention to what your kids do online. If you don’t, who will?!

Have a wonderful SAFE day! Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems.

For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159, extension 133 or via email at gpost@postalarm.com. Please visit our website at www.postalarm.com. If you have a security/safety question or topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue, please contact Gina. 

Tips for Keeping Your Business Secure

Fire Alarm

Ensuring the safety of your business is vital to its success. Use these security-monitoring techniques to promote office safety and well-being:

Perform Fire-Proofing Procedures

While no building is completely safe from the threat of fires, there are many things you can do to eliminate fire hazards in your office. Make sure the building is equipped with working fire extinguishers and fire alarms. Periodically check the condition of the wires around the office to make sure none are frayed and dangerous. Keep fire doors closed and show everyone how to safely get outside if there is a fire. Finally, make sure the office fire alarm is connected to a monitoring company who can send help if necessary.

Install Security Cameras

Set up security cameras in the parking lot and around the office so that you can catch any criminal activity on tape. Security cameras will make it safer for your employees to leave the building on their own, even late at night. A large part of keeping your business safe is making sure that your employees and premises are safe, and a security camera will help ensure this.

Use a Quality Alarm System

The best way to keep your business protected is to install an alarm system that will inform the security monitoring company of any issues in and around your office. Arm windows and doors with an alarm that will have the police instantly alerted if there is a problem at your building. This will enable you to go home each day without having to worry about the safety of your business.

Get alarm systems for both work and home at Post Alarm Systems. One of the most trusted alarm companies in Southern California, we take your security very seriously. To learn more, visit our website or call us at (626) 802-5345.

Reasons to Have a Medical Alert System Installed

Heightened State of Security

Home protection doesn’t just involve keeping intruders out: With a medical alert system, you can decrease your risk of being injured by something that happens inside the home. Keep reading to find out why you should get a medical alert system to protect you or your loved ones.

Added Protection

Home medical alert systems are designed not only for the elderly—they can also help those who have allergies, dangerous illnesses, or who may be prone to an accident that keeps them from calling for help. On top of a home alarm system, security camera surveillance, and a fire alarm, a medical alert system provides homeowners with another layer of protection in order to help them feel more secure in their own home.

Increased Independence

Medical alerts can provide even able-bodied people with increased levels of independence, because it will not be as necessary to reduce worries by informing others of their plans. A medical alert system can also extend the amount of time that seniors are able to live independently at home, which means that they and their families don’t have to worry about how to pay for assisted living.

Help is Just a Button Away

You never know what is going to happen, so it’s best to be prepared for anything. The security monitoring offered with a medical alert system can make all the difference in help getting to you on time. Hedge your bets and give yourself the opportunity to receive help when you need it—install a medical alert system in your home and rest easy knowing someone is keeping an eye out for you.

Include a medical alert system with your home alarm install from Post Alarm Systems. For more than fifty years, we have been helping keep Los Angeles, Orange County and all of Southern California safe. To learn more about how you can get your own system, visit our website or call us at (626) 802-5345.

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