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Wayne Alarm: Tips for a pet-friendly home

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Our four-legged fur friends are not just pets, but a part of our families. Their safety is just as important as ours. Whether is making sure they get enough nutrition in their food or ensuring pavements are not too hot or cold to protect their paws, their safety is just as important. Follow along for some pet-friendly protocols to have in your homes for their safety:

  1. The best way to minimize damage is to create a space just for your furry friend. This helps acclimate and dog friendly near their bed can make a difference.
  2. Dogs enjoy hiding and running around and it can sometimes be too dangerous for them. The best way to prevent them from running out unsupervised is with deadbolts on doors, locks on windows and even baby gates on stairs. Cabinet doors should also maintain secure with latches, as it can cause your dog to get trapped in the cabinet.
  3. Get rid of dangerous items that they can reach and bite such as electrical cords by using cords protectors. Safely store detergents and other household cleaners in locked cabinets or high on a shelf. Be aware that trash cans can also be dangerous for their consumption, consider a closed-lid trash can instead. Prevent falls and kitchen fires by not allowing pets in the kitchen when cooking or when stove is on.
  4. Invest in a video surveillance security to keep track of what your dog does at home when you are not around. View live footage of your pets from work or anytime you are away from home, ensuring they are okay and not in any danger.
  5. It is common for pets to accidentally trigger home security motion detectors and cause false alarms. This is dangerous because an emergency personnel may not know if it is a real threat or if a pet triggered the alarm. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your system accommodates animals during the installation stage.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Security tips renters should know

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Renters are just as likely to have burglary, a fire, and any other form of danger that any homeowner can experience as well. Renting a home can be an entirely different experience, however, since it all depends on the landlord. There is nothing to worry about, there are still options on securing your apartment!

  1. As most common entrances for burglary are through windows and back doors, it’s important to ensure they are closed at all time. If your door doesn’t have a deadbolt, and your landlord won’t provide one, see if you can install one yourself, or even a chain lock. If a deadbolt is installed, consider asking the landlord to replace it, provide them with a spare key if necessary.
  2. Strike plates, the metal plate on your door frame, are often found old and worn out in rental homes. This means it is not as secure as it once was. Instead, try replacing the screws with longer ones to secure it or replace it with a more secure plate altogether.

When living on the first floor of a building, windows should be your main priority. You want to always make sure all of your windows lock.

  1. Most importantly, however, don’t make it easier for thieves to hide.  Avoid having tall plants or shrubbery near your windows and use a rod on the tracks of a sliding window or sliding a glass door. Since these don’t require much maintenance or work to do in a rental, making it perfect for renters.
  2. Avoid placing your most valuable items near your windows. You don’t necessarily have to hide your valuables, but don’t place big screen TVs and such by the windows as it can intrigue thieves to take it.

Most importantly, make sure you’re aware of your neighbors and get to know them. Not only can they help in case of any emergency, but can also share any privacy concern that they might have. It also helps to keep a line of communication between your landlord and yourself, so you can feel comfortable in bringing any security concerns.

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Wayne Alarm: Make your home ‘smart’

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The SkyBell: skybellThis revolutionary doorbell eliminates the danger of opening the door to strangers. It’s sleek, metal polished design blends in perfectly next to a door. The SkyBell has an integrated camera, so you can stream the video footage at any time. It will also automatically record motion of if someone rings the bell. The SkyBell is also extremely durable, sustaining any weather between -40 to 140 degrees.

There’s no need to open the door to strangers anymore to find out what they want with the two-way audio feature included! Converse directly to your visitors from the safety of your house. Set your preferences to receive notifications directly on your phone if someone rings it or even if someone walks by. Pairing the SkyBell with the August Smart Lock is a guaranteed way to bring your house into the 21st century.

The August Smart Lock:August Smart Lock Forget about leaving the spare key under the mat, control your locks with the click of a button from anywhere. Grant different levels of access to users depending on your preferences. For example, if you’re going on vacation you can give your dog sitter access for the week, but not after 10 p.m. After the week they will no longer have access.

When approaching the door, depending on your settings, the door can automatically unlock when you’re within a couple feet. The Smart Lock also keeps a log of who unlocks and locks the door. Every key has a digital number associated with the user, so you can see who accessed the locks and at what time. This product is very simple to use and extremely convenient and a must for anyone who is looking towards the future.

Lyric Thermostat:Lyric ThermostatThe Lyric Thermostat changes the way you think about technology. This thermostat is Wi-Fi capable and also features voice control.  This thermostat will also send you notifications about maintenance, and will warn you about extreme weather approaching.

The Lyric Thermostat takes full advantage of its Wi-Fi capability. With the proper integrations from Total Connect, It can see your location and will even change the temperature of your house accordingly. It can warm up your house in the winter and turn the air on for you in the summer when you’re heading home. This will save you money on your AC and heating costs because you won’t have to keep it running while you’re away. The Lyric Thermostat is a revolutionary product and certainly one of a kind.

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Wayne Alarm: Pet safety

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With summertime here and in the midst of hot weather, it’s important to think about our pet’s safety. Things that effect our pets can sometimes not affect us, so it can be easy to forget about protecting our animals. Little things that can go unnoticed to humans can be dangerous for animals, so it’s important to be informed on any danger possible.

Watch What They Get Fed

If you’re having a cookout or friends over, always be on the lookout for someone offering your animal people food. Many people think it’s a treat, while in reality it can make your dog very sick. Leave treats out for anyone that wants to play or reward the dog to ensure they won’t get sick.

Supervise Them in Water

Whether you’re at the pool or on the lake, always keep an eye out for your animal. It is very easy for dogs to get exhausted, and struggle to keep afloat. Treat your animal like a child, and never leave them unattended. Until your animal is a proven swimmer, it might even be a good idea to give them a special animal life jacket, especially out at sea.

Hot Pavement

Temperatures on the ground can exceed 145 degrees, but we wear shoes so it’s not a problem for us. However, dog’s paws are in serious danger during these temperatures. You should place your hand or bare foot on the ground for a minimum of 10 seconds to feel if it’s a comfortable temperature. Plan your walks for early morning or late evenings to avoid the heat at its peak. In the event of it being too hot, it’s a good idea to purchase a pair of booties to comfortably walk your dog.

Constant Water

This should be an obvious one, but many people seem to forget, always leave your animal with water. Dehydration and heat stroke can sneak up on animals, so it’s important to always provide your animal with clean, fresh water. When going on walks, bring water bottles with you just for your dog. Some signs of dehydration in your dog is sunken eyes, dry gums and loss of energy. If you think your animal has these symptoms, contact your vet.

Car Safety

Never under any circumstances leave your animal locked in the car. The temperature of a car rises 40 degrees in an hour, with 80 percent of the increase coming within the first 30 minutes. Opening windows has almost no impact on the temperature rise. If you see a dog stuck inside of a car on a hot day, please alert the authorities.

Fur Care

Sometimes pet owners can forget about grooming your animal, but during the summer months it’s a necessity. Animals are more active in the nice weather, but so are insects. Ticks and fleas can very easily latch on to your animal, so it’s important to brush and inspect them. Trimming your animal’s fur is a good way to deter against the heat, but be sure to leave at least an inch to protect their skin from the sun.

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Wayne Alarm: Car Fire Safety


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Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

 WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAR IS ON FIRE.
 
  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road, such as a breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • Get everyone out of the car.  Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

How to prevent a car fire:

  • Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
  • If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
  • Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.
  • Drive safely to avoid an accident.Know the danger signs
    • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once
    • Oil or uid leaks
    • Oil cap not on securely
    • Rapid changes in fuel or uid level, or enginetemperature

Most car fluids are flammable. Heat and electrical sparks plus leaking fluid are all it takes to start a car fire.

FACT:

Most crashes do NOT result in fire. In the event of any crash, call 9-1-1. If there is no sign of fire, wait for emergency assistance to help any injured individuals out of the car.

 

For more information on protecting your second home and how Wayne Alarm can help, please feel free to give us a call at (781)595-0000 or fill out our online contact form.

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