Your home is your greatest financial investment and a place where you and your family should feel safe. If you’re like many people, however, you might neglect to take some simple steps to keep your house secure against break-ins. Review the list below and give some thought to changes you can make to sleep more soundly.
Electrical fires are a major cause of household fires, accounting for around 51,000 fires each year and resulting in more than 1,400 injuries, nearly 500 fatalities and $1.3 billion in property damage. It’s important to educate yourself about the causes of electrical fires so that you can take steps to improve fire safety in your home.
Common Causes of Electrical Fires
Most electrical fires are caused by human error. The following are some common mistakes that can cause electrical fires:
- • Using damaged electrical outlets and appliances.
- • Misusing electric heaters and other electrical appliances.
- • Using lightbulbs of an incorrect wattage.
- • Overloading electrical outlets.
- • Using substandard electrical appliances.
- • Ignoring your electrical system’s maintenance requirements.
- • Performing electrical work without a license.
Fire Safety Tips
One of the best ways to protect against electrical fires is to take a proactive approach to electrical safety. Follow these tips to help prevent electrical fires.
1. Inspect Your Electrical Outlets and Appliances
Inspect your electrical outlets for damage or deterioration, and replace them if necessary. You should also check your electrical appliances for damaged plugs, flexes and sockets, and replace them if necessary. If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse or trips a circuit breaker, have it repaired or replaced.
2. Use Electric Heaters Wisely
Purchase only electric heaters that carry an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark and have a tip-over safety switch. Place electric heaters at least 6 inches away from furniture and soft furnishings. Plug your electric heater directly into a wall outlet, and check that the vents are clean and free from obstructions before switching your heater on.
3. Switch Off Electrical Appliances When You’re Not Using Them
Switch off and unplug electrical appliances when you’re not using them, except those that are meant to be permanently switched on. Never unplug an appliance by pulling the flex. Always grasp the plug, not the flex.
4. Choose the Correct Wattage
Check to make sure your lightbulbs are of the correct wattage for your light fixtures, and replace any that exceed the maximum wattage. Insert new lightbulbs carefully, ensuring that they’re securely in the holder.
5. Avoid Overloading Your Electrical Outlets
Use only one power strip per socket, and be sure to check to ensure all power strips have an internal circuit breaker. Never plug a power strip into another power strip. If you don’t have enough electrical outlets, hire a licensed electrician to install new ones.
6. Buy Electrical Appliances From Reputable Sources
Purchase electrical appliances only from reputable sources. Avoid buying second-hand electrical products, especially if the warranty has run out. If you have any suspicions about an electrical product’s safety, don’t use it.
7. Be Alert to the Signs of Faulty Electrical Wiring
Be alert to warning signs such as hot plugs and sockets, burning smells, fuses blowing, circuit breakers tripping, and buzzing, popping or sizzling sounds behind your walls. You should also look for flickering or sparking lights and discoloration or scorch marks on your electrical outlets and plugs. If you notice any of these signs, consult a licensed electrician immediately.
8. Use a Licensed Electrician
Schedule periodic maintenance checks on your electrical systems with a licensed electrician. If you need any electrical work done in your home, don’t be tempted to do it yourself. Instead, use a licensed electrician. Be sure to request and retain electrical certificates and reports for any electrical work carried out in your home.
9. Install a Smoke Alarm
Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, and test all smoke alarms at least once per month. Remember to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years or if they don’t sound when tested. And don’t forget – we offer Fire monitoring services. We can protect your home with monitored carbon monoxide detectors too! Just give us a call to get started.
Keeping your home safe from electrical fires doesn’t have to be a challenge. By following these simple steps, you can protect against common fire hazards and improve your home’s safety.
Damar Security Systems of Sarnia, ON Renews
CSAA Five Diamond Central Station Certification
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Vienna, VA, April 18, 2016 – The Central Station Alarm Association International (CSAA) is pleased to announce that Damar Security Systems – Sarnia, ON has renewed the prestigious “CSAA Five Diamond Central Station Certification.”
Summer is fast approaching. Every year we receive reports of door-to-door salespeople calling on homes in southwestern Ontario offering free security alarm services.
You are cautioned to be extremely careful should anyone come knocking on your door.
… We’ve got you covered with Total Connect Protection!
Many of our customers can relate to the pre-vacation stress that begins to cloud over a family as they prepare to leave for a family getaway. Some folks just do not like the idea of leaving their house unattended for an extended period of time. At Damar Security Systems, we have heard many stories of families who give their close relatives standardized calls: requesting them to keep an eye on their house, while they are away for their getaway (to hopefully relax). We also hear of calls made to their most trusted neighbours, asking them to “keep their eyes peeled,” while they are away travelling. When trying to vacation, you want to free your mind of any worries or stresses and certainly not stress with regards to the protection of your home. Damar Security Systems has many solutions that allow homeowners to peacefully travel, without the stress and worry about the safety and protection of their home. Our home security systems offer peace of mind protection while you’re away.
If you own your own business, it’s likely you have invested plenty of your time and money, and worked hard to ensure that it ran smoothly, to get it to where it is today. Damar Security Systems offers security solutions for businesses (small or large) who want to protect their investments wisely. If you own a business, there are many benefits to including video surveillance as an additional tool for your security measures. It’s never been easier, from the convenience of your smartphone, to keep an eye on your business. Video Surveillance cameras are a great way for you to look after your business when you can’t be there.
Industry-Trained, Certified Technicians
As a marketing representative for Damar Security Systems, I speak regularly with our customers and share with them stories that all come from the many years our company has been in business. I often talk specifically about our technicians and the work that they do. Our in-house technicians are industry trained, certified, and know our products well. This allows them to provide service to our customers above and beyond their expectations. Read more
From a very young age, we are taught to keep an eye out for potential dangers. Our parents told us, “Keep your eyes peeled”, “Look out”, “Have an eye.” As an adult, it’s just ingrained in us to be watchful for potential dangers as best we can. Responsible adults make an effort to stay sharp: the safety of your family, your investments, the items in your home and your valuables are all things you keep an eye on when you can. Damar Security Systems offers a broad range of state-of-the-art products, such as video surveillance cameras linked to your smartphone, to provide you with peace of mind and an extra set of eyes as you go about your busy days. Video surveillance provides you with a way to keep track of what matters most to you, even when you’re on the go, and all from the convenience of your phone.
On April 10th, 2015, the team here at Damar Security set out to do some good in our local community of Brantford, Ontario. The Homes of Learning is a centre that provides programs for special needs adults in a family setting. The centre is an independent non-profit agency that relies heavily on community support. The Homes of Learning is an amazing organization, and we were quite thrilled to assist them with their security needs.