Christmas Season is Peak Time for House Fires

Home Fires at Christmas
Home fire alarms save lives and save homes. December brings the Christmas season which is the peak time of year for home fires. Having a workable fire alarm is essential, not all homes are equipped with alarm and sprinkler systems together. However, there are still many other   precautions to keep in mind as well.
Candle Fires
The number one reason for these are fires started by candles burning in the home.  Candles may add to a festive ambiance but the live flame can cause a house to go up in flames in seconds. Never leave a candle unattended. Keep pets like cats and dogs away from candles at all times. Flameless luminaries are a great alternative to candles.
Home Heating and CO Poisoning
When the cold weather hits Ottawa the poor are often hit the hardest if they have little or no home heat. Some families think that turning on the stove or oven will heat up a room but this is also dangerous especially if it is a gas oven. Stoves were not designed to heat rooms.  Using a gas oven can cause your home to fill with Co which can be fatal. It is best to get a small space heater.
Christmas Tree Fires

Live Christmas trees are still loved throughout family homes in Ottawa. Even though the use of candles on trees is long gone, we still love our Christmas lights and Christmas tree fires still pose a threat. It is important to keep your tree well watered. In many cases we overload the tree with lights and forget to keep up the watering which leads to a very dry tree. Almost 50% of Christmas tree fires are electrical. By ensuring that all lights are functioning that wires are no cracked and are unplugged when not in use we can better ensure the safety of our home and family against such kind of fire. Some tree sellers suggest spraying down the tree with a flocking agent which is a very efficient flame retardant.
A tree can go up in seconds and a home can be engulfed in minutes. If you did not change your fire alarm batteries when you changed your clocks, make sure your fire alarm is in good working condition now. Check your CO detector as well. Ottawa Alarm Systems Company wants to help you keep your family safe this season.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Home Fire Alarms: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Home Fire Alarms…Time To Change Those Batteries.
Today is the day that citizens in Ottawa and those across Canada change their clocks back from daylight savings. Over 20 years ago, the International Association of Fire Chiefs started a campaign to get people to change their home alarm batteries at the same time. This was done in an attempt to cut back on the loss of life from fire.
A simple thing like a battery is often overlooked but it can be the life saver in a home fire. In Ottawa alone we have lost 44 people to home fires since 2002. Some of these were preventable. Since 2006, every Ontario residence is required to have a working fire alarm in place.
By associating the battery change with the semiannual time change it is hoped that there will be an increase in working home fire alarms. Ottawa Fire Services is on board with both the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as well as the IAFC on this one. It takes minutes for your home to be devoured in flames and only minutes to add that one little bit of prevention…
Today when you change your clocks..REMEMBER to change your batteries. If you want more info on what our alarm systems can do for you give us a call at 613-800-8739 for your Free consultation.
 

8 Tips to Deter Burglars Even With Alarm Systems

Alarm Systems Ottawa Secured Homes
Ottawa is one of the safest cities in Canada to be living in. However we still have robberies and home invasions in just about every community in the Ottawa region. Investing in higher levels of security from a company like Alarm Systems Ottawa is well worth the investment even for better peace of mind that you and your family will be safer. They are certainly great to deter burglars from your home.
You can sleep soundly or travel somewhere else with ease and confidence that your home is protected.  If you equip your home with alarm systems Ottawa security you are assured that each precious thing you have inside your home is safe and secure.  However, aside from equipping your home with high-end alarm systems, you also need to take some precautions to keep it protected from thieves and burglars.  Here are some tips:
 8 Tips to Deter Burglars from Your Home

1. Be vigilant about getting to know the people living in your neighborhood.  Being familiar with your neighbors helps you easily detect strangers or suspicious looking people that may in fact be burglars.
2. If you are not a pet lover, you may want to reconsider this and get yourself a dog to guard your house.  Oftentimes, they prove to be helpful in warding off strangers long before they decide on trying to enter your premises. Most burglars scout out neighbourhoods beforehand and they plan to skip homes where they know they will find a dog. They want to be in and out in minutes even if they think they can get past any alarm systems in place.
3. Your household should have a pre-planned safe place where you can hide in case of a break in. Make sure this safe spot is also equipped with access to your alarm systems so you could easily call for help.
4. All members of the household should be part of developing a plan and the things that they should do, if ever they see strangers suspiciously hanging around the premises.
5. Avoid sharing too much personal information on where you live and when you are absent with people you do not know. This includes sharing images and status updates on your social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This only serves as an open invitation to thieves.
6. Make sure to do a thorough background check about your nanny or house help before you finally decide on hiring him or her.
7. Never flaunt your gadgets or appliances outside your house.  These can be very tempting in the eyes of the burglars.
8. Install a door viewer so if a stranger knocks on your door, never let him in. Instead, be ready to hit that  alarm systems button should there be any attempts of forcing entry to your house.

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