Wayne Alarm: Tips for a pet-friendly home



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

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Barking up the right tree

The dog memorial in Lynn Woods sits just off the trail.


LYNN — There’s a tree in Lynn Woods, along the shore of the reservoir, where more than 30 dog collars and tags hang like necklaces, a memorial to lost, loving companions.

Dan Small, the Lynn Woods ranger, said the memorial existed before he took the job in the early 2000s. He doesn’t know how or when it started.

“It just sort of happened on its own,” he said.

The tribute is on the blue trail along Walden Pond. Among the sentiments stuck to the tree trunk: “Best hiking buddy ever. Rest in peace sweet angel Jakk,” “Bruski, awesome dog and my best friend,” “We miss you and now you can play all you want, RIP.”

One of the collars in the collection belonged to Erna Wiley’s dog, Lacey. Wiley added it eight years ago when Lacey died.

These days, Wiley walks in the woods regularly with her dog, Coco, a rescue from Puerto Rico. She fondly remembers her friend Lacey and their time spent in nature. She hasn’t noticed recent additions to the tree, which she said is probably a good thing.

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Wiley and Coco were just a few of the folks and doggies walking the trails Thursday morning.

“It’s doggy Disney World,” said Dale Orlando, who routinely walks with her dog, Shadow, through these woods. She remembers nearly all the dogs whose collars appear on the tree. Most dog-walkers tread the trails daily, allowing pet owners to get to know each other and their furry friends, she said.

There is a Facebook group “Our Lynn Woods Dog Family Includes …” where people share news of their pets, including their passings, Orlando said.

Tags on the tree date back to 2004.

Small said the memorial remains untouched by park management and it has no intention of removing it.

“There would be no reason to take anything from the memorial down,” he said. “These things become landmarks for some people.”

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Wayne Alarm: Pet safety



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: Questions to ask your landlord



There are often important questions that you should be asking that you could forget about. Develop a checklist and take it with you to ensure that everything is how you want it. Below are some important safety questions that you should be asking before you move in.

Are The Appliances Working Properly?

It is extremely frustrating when you move into a new apartment to just realize that important appliances aren’t working the way they should. When checking out a home or apartment make sure that the burner, refrigerator and water tanks work.

Are Draperies, Blinds Or Curtains Included?

Windows treatments aren’t always included when you move into a new place. Sometimes they are and other times they are not. Be sure to check because you don’t want strangers looking in your home and seeing all your valuables.

Have The Locks Been Updated?

You want to be sure that nobody else has a key to your home. Ask your landlord if the locks have been changed before you move in.

How Are The Surrounding Apartments?

Getting some insight about who your close neighbors will be can make a difference. If you can find this information out, ask about children, pets, activities, what your neighbors do for a living, and more. This is especially the case if you live in an apartment complex as you will be interacting with these people more.

How’s The Lighting?

Ask your landlord about lighting but we also advise you to check out the complex at night. Proper lighting can make a big difference.

Do you have a fire extinguisher?

Make sure that your apartment comes with a fire extinguisher. If it doesn’t have one then consider buying one in the case of an emergency.

Is there currently a security system at your new place? Security systems not only provide safety and security for you and your family, but also saves about 10-15% on your home insurance.  Today they are much more than just security systems. You can control your lights, thermostat, video cameras, and more all thru your Wayne Alarm System. If you don’t have one, call us today at 781-595-0000 or email

Asking simple but extremely important questions such as these can make a big difference. When you are moving into a new place you more than ever want to know that you’re safe.

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Wayne Alarm: Winter Pet Safety



Winter weather means implementing safety precautions for all of us, including our pets.  Here are three ways you can keep your furry loved-ones happy throughout the cold winter season.

Take caution of the cold: If you’re going out and want to bring your pet along, make sure pets are allowed ahead of time so they won’t have to stay out in the cold.  If they aren’t allowed, leaving them at home is your best option where they can stay warm and be comfortable. If you live in a bitterly cold area, keeping them warm indoors is the best way to ensure your pets are safe from the cold and happier overall.

Keep them away from cold-weather chemicals: When taking your four-legged pals out for a walk, double check that the sidewalk is durable for a walk. Salt and other chemicals that are used to melt the snow and ice easier, can irritate the pads of their paws. Always wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them, which can cause his/her mouth to be irritated, as well.  Antifreeze (car freeze) has a sweet taste that can attract dogs. A simple lick can be poisonous to them. If antifreeze chemicals are needed, consider switching to a Propylene Glycol product, which is much safer.  Also, consider getting “booties” for your pet to wear as they walk on the snow, ice, and winter melting chemicals.

Grooming and feeding: Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make sure the water is fresh and unfrozen. Instead of metal bowls, use plastic bowls during the winter. When temperatures are low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to a metal bowl. As for pet grooming, if you normally have their fur clipped or shaved, keep the length longer during the winter, giving them a permanent warm coat. You can also buy them a winter jacket.  If you bathe your pet at home, make sure he/she is 100% dry before stepping outside.  Having blankets available to your pets and keeping out any window/door drafts, can help ensure that they are not cold inside the home.

Always remember, speak out if you see a pet left in the cold by politely letting the owner know you’re concerned for their safety. If it does not go well, make sure to document what you see and have proof to boost your case. Contact your local animal control agency for help as soon as you can and let them know the details, so they can help the animal. 

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

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Breakheart Reservation is picture perfect

Take photos of nature, dogs, wildlife and possibly more for the Winter Photo Contest at Breakheart Reservation.


SAUGUS — Nature lovers with an eye for photography could see photographs they take in Breakheart Reservation end up on display in the local nature preserve.

Breakheart is holding a Winter Photo Contest, sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart Reservation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Hunt’s Photo & Video of Melrose.

In its second year, the competition has changed its categories to include a wider array of scenery options. Winners will be chosen in Wild Breakheart, Seasons of Breakheart and People and Pets categories. All photos must be taken at the park.

Last year, photos were strictly of nature, dogs and wildlife.

“I believe they have places at Breakheart that they wanted to expand the contest to include, like the visitors center,” said Peter Rossetti, chairman of the Friends of Breakheart. “For the animal one, they are trying to see if they can get something other than mostly dogs. A lot of people liked taking pictures of their dogs last year, that was probably the most popular category.”

Susan Tremonte of Melrose took first place in last year’s nature photo contest. Her photo depicts a walking path surrounded by tall trees with light peeking in between them. It was taken while on a hike with her parents, she said.

“I’ve always liked photography and I’ve been starting to work with some of my students on taking pictures with their iPhones,” said Tremonte, a recreational specialist at SEEM Collaborative, a Stoneham-based organization that provides educational programming services to students with moderate to severe disabilities in public schools. “I’m teaching them that they don’t need to have a lot of equipment, they just need to have an eye for it.”

When she won, the photo was printed and framed for her by Hunt. She showed it to her students to show them that they don’t need to be professionals at something to enter a contest.

“I want to encourage them to try something new and test the waters,” she said. “I encouraged them to enter the contest this year.”

After the competition was over, Tremonte chose to attend other events at Breakheart and volunteered for Park Cleanup Day. She has joined the Friends and, this year, will help judge the contest.

Submissions can be made by amateaur photographers from now until Feb. 28. First place winners will be awarded a $50 gift card to Hunt’s and all winning entries and a few chosen honorable mentions will be printed and framed by the store and displayed in their gallery.

Rossetti said he would also like to see the photographs on display somewhere at Breakheart, like the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center.

A gallery opening featuring contest winners will be held at Hunt on March 22.

“For people who want to get pictures in the snow, it’s a perfect time to get up there,” said Rossetti. “They have quite a bit of snow. For all the kids looking for things to do during their day off from school, a day up at Breakheart might not be such a bad idea.”

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Fairweather Open House Event: August 6th

 All apartment complexes are for seniors 62 years of age and older.  Maximum qualifying incomes to live there are $41,100 for a 1 person and $46,980 for 2 persons. 

FAIRWEATHER APARTMENTS at 20 Central Street, Peabody.  OPEN HOUSE ON AUGUST  6TH from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.  You can afford to live the way you’ve always wanted. 

 Community Amenities

  • 24-Hour Emergency Maintenance Service
  • Close to MBTA
  • Community Room available for functions
  • Computer Lab with high-speed internet
  • Fitness Center at selected locations and open to all Fairweather residents
  • Free WIFI
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Off street parking
  • Resident Services
  • Social Activities

Apartment Amenities

  • All utilities included

Pet Policy

  • Pets – allowed

Stop by and see what living at Fairweather could be like for you, today!


Wayne Alarm: 4th of July Fireworks Safety


Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:


Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.

Do not use consumer fireworks.

Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

In 2011, almost 18,000 fires were caused by fireworks.

Sparklers cause 16% of fireworks injuries.

Sparklers burn 1200 degrees F.

The NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

Information provided by NFPA through local safety and security experts at Wayne Alarm. and

For more information about being safe at home and away, call Wayne Alarm and learn how they can benefit you.   Please feel free to give them a call at: 781-595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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