Fire Safety for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and for many households this means traveling to visit loved ones, made-from-scratch feasts and fellowship with family. For most, these holiday festivities and memorable moments are centered around the kitchen, which means that keeping fire safety at the forefront of your mind during this hectic and joyous time is very important to protecting those you love.

According to data from the United States Fire Association , each year, Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for cooking fires in American homes. An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires occur annually in residential buildings in the United States. The primary cause of these residential fires each year is cooking and, unfortunately, smoke alarms are often not present in 20 percent of these instances.

Here are a few additional facts from the National Fire Prevention Association :

  • Ranges or cooktops were involved in the 62% of reported home cooking fires, 89% of cooking fire deaths and 79% of cooking fire injuries.
  • Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.
  • Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. Clothing ignitions led to 14% of the home cooking fire deaths.
  • Almost one-third (30%) of the people killed by cooking fires were sleeping at the time. More than half (53%) of the non-fatal injuries occurred when people tried to control the fire themselves.

Some holiday safety tips from Owen Security Solutions:

The first step you should take to protect your family and home this season is to be sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years to ensure proper working order, and batteries in smoke detectors should be changed every six months.

Never leave cooking food or in-use appliances unattended. Being present and keeping an eye on food to ensure that it doesn’t boil over, burn, or put anyone in danger is the best way to prevent possible injuries.

Keep your cooking workspace clear of any trash, combustible products, or flammable materials. Wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels and place mats can also catch fire quickly.

Be sure that you wear clothing that will not drape or be loose-fitting while working near fire or heat. Clothing fibers can melt to your skin, ignite, or get caught and cause unintentional fires, spills, or burns.

Children should be at least three feet away from cooking areas and any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared. Steam or splashes from these items could cause serious injuries or burns.

Always keep your kitchen stocked with a fire extinguisher. Type K extinguishers are specifically for grease fires and type ABC multipurpose extinguishers can be used for flammable liquids, wood, and electrical fires.

Never put water on a grease fire. Water could splatter the fire and cause it to spread much more quickly. Baking soda and a lid for the pan can be used to help deprive the fire of oxygen.

Turkey fryers should be kept outdoors and a safe distance from buildings or flammable materials. Never use these fryers in an enclosed area or on a wooden surface. Do not leave fryers unattended, use well-insulated mitts and safety goggles when working near the fryer, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Most importantly, ALWAYS ensure the turkey has thawed before putting it into the fryer. The National Turkey Federation recommends that turkeys thaw for at least 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.

We hope that these by following these holiday safety tips many more families enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season with loved ones!

For more information on a home security system or life protection system and monitoring, please give us a call at 706.629.7398 or visit our website www.OwenSecurity.com.

For downloadable or printable safety tip sheets, visit the National Fire Prevention Association website.

Tips and Tricks for Halloween Kicks

SmartHome Halloween Decor & Ambiance at the Touch of a Button

Halloween is one of the most fun-filled holidays of the year! Cooler weather, colorful scenery and fun, fall family activities are all around; however, to really get into the Halloween spirit, you must set the mood! Here are a few tips for spooking up your home using the SmartHome features available right at your fingertips from your home security system!

Sights:

  • Create an eerie ambiance with spooky lighting using your SmartHome automation system. Schedule both indoor and outdoor lighting to automatically activate at a designated time. Not only does this give you the chance to show your festive side, even when you’re not at home, it also helps to deter potential burglars or mischief by giving the impression that someone is home. 
  • Rest assured that slyly using your mobile app to activate strobe lights, fog machines and/or electronic decorations as visitors approach your spooky setup will keep them on their toes and earn you a spot as one of the neighborhood’s best stops!
  • Replace exterior and landscape lighting with festive colored bulbs, such as green, purple, orange or black, to add an ominous touch to outdoor decor without sacrificing the security of well-lit outdoor spaces.
  • Check out this blog with photos for more GREAT ideas on how to decorate your yard with lights!  https://www.fromhousetohome.com/entertainingdiva/halloween-outdoor-lighting/ 

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Sounds:

  • Set the mood with superior spooky sounds through your Sonos Home Speaker. With high quality sounds and room-rumbling bass, your visitors will be thrilled and chilled with streaming sound effects, such as screams, squeals and evil laughs! Muah-ha-ha!
  • Check out the MANY free sound effects at this great site: https://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/scary_halloween_sounds.shtml

Spooks: 

Use your Video Doorbell for “Tricks” and “Treats”. 

  • Video Doorbell Cameras are the newest trend in home security and surveillance. These devices are programmed to alert the homeowner of movement at the door and allows them to see and record video as well as communicate using the two-way voice feature.  
  • This Halloween, when your Video Doorbell alerts you to approaching Trick-or-Treaters, consider using the opportunity to give them a little fright! Using the two-way communication, send crazy sound effects or a personalized greetings as they approach your home and knock!
  • The best part of this tip? The Video Doorbell will record the whole thing and you can continue to the tricks and the treats again and again until next year’s spooky season! 

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Security:

  • While your SmartHome system can help you achieve the eerie ambiance and decor you desire this season, its main purpose is to keep you and your family safe!
  • If you plan on being away from home around Halloween, your SmartHome technology helps protect your home, loved ones and property.
  • Help keep pranksters at bay by arming your home security system, using your system’s video surveillance features to keep an eye on your home and rest assured that our professional monitoring team is on standby 24/7!

Are you ready to get moving on making your home a SmartHome? Call us today!

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Why Home Security Systems ARE for EVERYONE!

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Security systems were once expensive devices that were only affordable for large businesses and wealthy households, but not anymore! 

All levels of crime rates have continued to rise in recent years and the security industry as a whole has recognized the importance of affordable and reliable security for renters, homeowners and business-owners alike. 

At Owen Security Solutions, we are committed to providing the latest in security technology to both current and prospective clients. Our complete security, life safety and home automation systems are advanced enough to alert users in the event of a break-in, fire, flood, power surge or outage, burst pipes, temperature alerts and medical emergencies! Our systems are custom designed to fit your needs, make your life easier AND save you money

Here are just a few of the additional features our systems offer to make your home or business more secure, safe and efficient.  

Medical Alert Devices 

It’s important to know that you can reach loved ones and medical professionals in the event of an emergency. Owen Security Solutions offers customers a medical alert device that works with your home security system to signal emergency services with the simple push of a button. This device can be worn as a traditional lanyard or on the wrist, allowing easy access to the pendant in times of distress while remaining discreet. 

Smoke Alarms

No home or business should be without smoke detectors! Our security systems are programmed to use smoke detection devices to alert occupants of smoke before a fire begins. This gives your family or employees vital time to escape the structure and alerts emergency services in an effort to prevent damage or loss of lives or property. 

Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Our carbon monoxide detectors sole purpose is to alert occupants of any dwelling or business of the presence of excess carbon monoxide in the air. Being alerted of CO2 before experiencing symptoms will allow you to vacate the area and protect yourself, loved ones, employees, customers and pets from inhaling this deadly chemical. You will then have the opportunity to ventilate the area and hire a professional to find the source of the leak.

Flood Sensors 

Although disasters such as home fires get far more media attention, flooding is a much more common disaster for homeowners and, unfortunately, does substantially more damage with effects that can last for months. While Owen Security Systems cannot prevent flooding, when our systems are installed and equipped with flood sensors, they can alert you as soon as a leak or flood is detected. The more quickly you are made aware of these circumstances and can address them, the more likely you are to limit the damage incurred. 

Home Automation Devices 

Owen Security Solutions’ Home Automation options allow you to control, automate, protect and monitor your home with affordable and intelligent solutions. Take control of your energy bills by programming your thermostats to auto-adjust, turn off lights in empty rooms and double-check locked doors from anywhere. Enjoy the ability to unlock doors for guests or repair workers, turn on/off small appliances while away from home and never come home to a dark house again! Customize your home to fit your family’s lifestyle with these great features and others, including cameras, home theater systems, security and life safety in one complete SmartHome experience!

For more information about Owen Security Solutions and the great products and services we offer, please visit our website today at https://www.owensecurity.com/ and follow us on Facebook!