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Halloween Safety for Kids
Anytime a child has an accident, it’s tragic. The last thing that you want to happen is for your child to be hurt on a holiday, it would forever live in the minds of the child and the family. There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.
- Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.
- If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.
- Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
- Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.
- Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treating.
Halloween and Your Alarm System
October is already here…can you believe it? This means Halloween is right around the corner. The following are some “spooky” reminders when it comes to your alarm system and Halloween:
- Indoor Halloween decorations can be a common cause of false alarms. Plan your Halloween decorations wisely. Remember not to place objects in front of motion detectors as they may trigger a false alarm while you are away. Be sure to turn off your air conditioner or heater when you leave your home as they may cause your decorations to move which could trigger the motion detector.
- With extra fire hazards during Halloween, it is a good time to have a monitored fire alarm system. If you don’t have a fire alarm system, now is a great time to have one installed. In most cases, the fire alarm can easily be added to your current burglar alarm system.
- When you venture out to take the little ones (or big ones) trick or treating, remember to set your alarm system even if you will only be gone a short time. Thieves are on the prowl Halloween night as they know many people are out of their homes. If your alarm is armed you won’t be coming home to a real life scary situation.
Autumn Safety Tips: Yard Lighting
Fall has arrived and with it comes shorter days and more darkness. It is a good time to get outside and check the lighting situation in your yard. If you don’t have good lights take this time before the cold hits to install exterior lights. Motion lights are a great option for backyards. Burglars like dark yards so make sure your yard is not an easy target. There are many amazing motion lights on the market today. Ring makes an excellent motion light and it can be purchased at Home Depot.
A Friendly Reminder To Update Your Call List
This is a friendly reminder to please keep your call list up to date with our Central Monitoring Station. The quicker we can reach the authorized people during an alarm activation, the quicker we can either dispatch the correct authorities or cancel the alarm without dispatching. Due to strict alarm ordinances by most cities, we are required to perform a two call verification on alarm activation before dispatching.
If we do not call two numbers before dispatching Post Alarm will receive a fine. Our standard protocol is to call the system location first then call the next number on our call list. If we cannot reach anyone at those numbers we will automatically dispatch the police, sheriff or patrol then continue to call down the list. Many people have changed their contact numbers and have not informed us. To update your contact information, please call our Central Station Manager Alicia Garcia at 626-446-7159 or click here to submit your changes online.
Where to Store, and Not to Store Your Jewelry
Although most of you reading this article are Post Alarm clients who have monitored security systems, it is still important to store your jewelry wisely. 95% of the actual break-ins our clients experience the burglars are scared off by the alarm system and take nothing, BUT 5% of the time the burglar does a quick run through the house to see what he/she can quickly get before
making their escape. Please take note of the recommendations below and always remember to arm your system to the AWAY mode when leaving your home.
If a burglar breaks into your home they are looking for:
These are all small items they can sell for quick cash. The worst places to store your jewelry and valuables are:
• Master Bedroom (it’s the first place most burglars go)
• Jewelry Box
• Under your mattress
• Un-Bolted down safe
• Drawers and cabinets
These are all easy to get into and carry your valuables away. Best places to store your valuables:
• Safe Deposit Box
• Heavy, Bolted down safe
• Kitchen or mud room
There are numerous asset protection gadgets available. If you keep high value items at home, do some research and get the best protection you can for the items. Better to “Be safe than
sorry”. Also, if you don’t already have a motion detector, motion viewer and/or alarm screens in your master bedroom, it is a great idea to add them to the system. Historically, the master
bedroom is always the first place a burglar will go. Please call our service department at 626- 446-7159 if you would like to add any of these to your existing system.
House Sitters and Your Alarm System
We have had many clients who have asked to add a user code for a house sitter while they are away on vacation. This can be a great idea but please remember to take some time to teach your house sitter how to use the system before you leave. This includes instruction on the proper code word to use should they receive a call from our Monitoring Station (a separate code word can be assigned to them if you do not want them to use yours). It is also a great idea to let our Monitoring Station know that you will be using a house sitter while you are away. All of this can also be easily done through the Alarm.com App. If you are interested in learning more about Alarm.com please visit our Smart Home page.
A Reminder About Alarm Permits
Just a friendly reminder…If you have not yet purchased or renewed your alarm permit…it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you do so. Each city has a different alarm permit requirement. You must purchase or renew your alarm permit as directed by your city. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to do this for you. If you are unsure what your city requires, please contact your City Hall or local Police Department and they will be able to inform you of their requirement.
Without an alarm permit you could be faced with strict monetary penalties and false alarm fines can double or even triple. Once you receive your permit number, it is crucial to let our Central Station know so we can add it to your account. Please contact our Central Station manager Alicia Garcia at 626-446-7159. Thank you so very much!
Need New Yard Signs or Window Decals?
Visible, clean, yard signs and window decals are your first line of defense in warding off criminals. If you need new yard signs or window decals, please contact us at 626-446-7159. They are free to all current clients.
Testing Your Security System
It is important to self-test your system once a month. Before you self test, please inform our Central Monitoring Station as to the start and stop time of your test so they do not dispatch the authorities. To self-test, please call 626- 446-7159 and ask for the Central Monitoring Station.
Please Service Your System Before the Busy Holiday Season
With the holidays quickly approaching, please do not wait until the last minute to schedule a system check with our service department. October is a great time to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained service technicians to make sure your batteries are in good shape and your system is communicated/working properly. Our service department gets extremely busy during the holiday season so please don’t delay and call us today. Service Scheduling: (626) 446-7159.
Please Don’t Keep Us a Secret!
Referrals are the lifeblood of our business. If you have a friend, family member or co-worker that needs our help, please feel free to contact us. Your personal referrals are the greatest compliment we can receive. As a thank you for your referral that turns into a new client, we will happily give you a month of free monitoring. Please keep in mind we provide both residential and commercial security, access, patrol, medical alert and fire solutions. You can also click here to write an online review!
Post Alarm wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween!!!