It’s that time of the year again. Here we are, another 4th of July! Time to celebrate this great country’s birthday. Happy Birthday America!
With the holiday here, there are a few things you need to know that can greatly increase your family’s safety and the protection of your home. By taking a few simple precautions you can help cut down thefts, false alarms, and your stress levels too.
Home Security for the holidays and safety tips for a Happy, Fun, and Safe 4th of July Celebration
4th of July is a fun holiday. Lots of parties, fireworks, and vacations for families everywhere. Just like any holiday, the last thing you want is an avoidable disaster to ruin your celebration. Whether you’ll be on a family vacation, going downtown, Indianapolis to see the fireworks, or hosting your own party , it’s always better to be prepared by following recommended safety tips and taking precautions with your home security system.
Barbecues and family get together are great! But it’s important to make sure you and your guests have a safe holiday weekend. Especially when many of us will be playing with fire, literally. Let’s go over some of the most likely issues that can be avoided on this holiday.
1) False Alarms
4th of July is one of the busiest times for alarm monitoring companies. Not because of criminal activity but because of false alarms. False alarms are more likely to happen because of our love for fireworks. Many security systems have glassbreak sensors. These are a terrific addition to most systems. However, they can often be triggered by loud sounds.
You can avoid a false alarm by turning off your glassbreak sensor. Whether you are going to be home, or leaving for the night, this is one evening that it may be better not having the extra protection. Believe it, or not, the only other day of the year that has more false alarms is Valentines Day. (You can find out why by reading our are Valentines Day article)
Another reason there are so many false alarms? Party Time!
When you have people over and you have an alarm system, it’s important to know about your system’s configuration. What do you do with your security system when you have company? Do you turn it off and have it unarmed? Arm your system on Stay Mode? All great questions to answer so you can plan ahead.
Fire safety is also important this time of year. Real and false alarms can happen when you combine fireworks and barbecues. A monitored smoke detector can accidentally go off from barbecue getting a little too smoky.
Remember the basics, keep a fire extinguisher close by, if you don’t have one, at the very least, keep a hose or bucket of water near all the fun. Don’t forget to also keep fireworks out of young children’s hands and make sure the older kids are supervised. Don’t be the story you hear every year…Fireworks go bad!
2) Pet Safety
Some things are irreplaceable! Make sure that you don’t forget about your pet’s safety. Even though you may love having people over, your pet may be overwhelmed with all the activity.
No matter how great your pet is with people, having lots of people over can make them anxious. Especially if they don’t know those people. Not only should you take precautions for their well-being but also your guests.
The 4th of July has one of the highest, if not highest, days of pets missing. People are busy doing things, the doors are open, someone may have left a door open, and things happen. Make sure that you take extra precautions to have your pets in a safe place too.
Many animals are also scared of loud noises. I know our newest addition, Biggie, hates fireworks. During this time of year, it can even be difficult to take him out for a walk. As soon as he hears a loud noise, he is ready to take off! If your pet hasn’t experienced a 4th of July, then make sure you are prepared to give them a break if needed. Let them take some time in their safe zone. That may be a room, sitting next to you for a few minutes, or even their crate.
You want them to enjoy the fun as well but, if needed, you may have to put them up for a few hours. It is much better than the alternative of losing your furry member of your family.
It’s not something you want to think about but unfortunately, it happens all the time. Even though you don’t want to have one of your friends walk in a door with an active security sensor and set the alarm off, you also don’t want things stolen from you or your guests.
With all the distractions, it isn’t uncommon for someone to walk into a big party unnoticed. Professional burglars, and unethical people alike, can easily take other’s belongings when everyone is busy celebrating. This would be great time to take advantage of a connected video doorbell! You can always know whose at your door and communicate with them right from your smartphone.
The last thing on your mind is protecting your home when your busy having fun. You also don’t want to ruin anyone’s evening when they cant find their purse, expensive jacket, or anything else they brought over. Make sure you put people items in a designated area where it is away from an open entrance.
Smart security systems for your home can help with issues like these, and so much more! Making sure you have the ability to customize your system can make it easy to avoid theft and faulty alarms. Simply, knowing how you alarm system works is one way to solve potential problems.
Most of today’s smart security panels have a feature that allows you to arm your system while only having certain sensors active for a period of time. This is done by bypassing certain sensors. Some alarm panels will let you know which sensor is bypassed right on the digital touchscreen as well as your smartphone app. The bypass feature means that the particular sensor you choose is inactive while other pieces of security equipment are still actively protecting your home.
You can also avoid unwanted guest from stealing from you and your guests with smart home security.
For example, If everyone will be in the back of your home, or your backyard, then you can keep the front of your home secure and bypass other areas (also known as zones).
If your front door will be where most people will be coming in and leaving from, you can have people’s belongings in a room in the back of the home, in a bedroom, or closet that is out of the way amd unlikely to have much traffic.
If you haven’t used this feature before, call your local security company to make sure you can adjust your system with these features. Even better, have them take care of it remotely. Most should have remote service available at no extra charge.
Many of today’s smart security systems have some type of security camera. Whether it’s a traditional video camera, or an image sensor (an upgraded motion detector with a built-in camera), take advantage of your systems capabilities. There are simple rules to automate functions without having you even think about it.
Events can trigger a function of a camera. When a certain door opens. or just by detecting motion, you can have a recorder clip, or picture, sent to your smartphone. When people come in and out, you’ll have a picture of each person, if an incident happens you can always go back to the images and look them over.
By using traditional door sensors on interior doors can also help make your holiday’s safer. Using a sensor for non emergencies is another easy way to make your home security smarter. You can use them on a bedroom door where you are keeping your guests things (like coats and purses). If the door opens, a notification can be sent to your phone to let you know that someone has entered, or left, a that room.
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
Remember, 4th of July, statistically, has one of the highest rates of false alarms. Why? Well, when you have fireworks that can shake houses and make loud noises, your alarm system can be triggered. There is some equipment that is designed to alert you from certain noises or vibrations.
By taking a few safe and simple steps you can easily reduce your chances of having a situation or a false alarm. If you want to know more, call your security provider and ask them to offer you some resources to help you with additioanl tips. Google information on preventing false alarms, on home alarm systems, or give us a call at 317.559.3500 and we will be happy to help answer any questions. You don’t have to be a customer, join our newsletter and blog updates for more information avoid those false alarms.
So make sure you celebrate America’s Birthday and let Police Officers, EMT’s, Firefighters, and other Emergency Personal have one less false alarm. Allow them to help people who need it and get home to their family.
Did you know that over 98% of all security alarms are false? At All About Security, we want to be part of the solution instead of the problem. We are always available to research home security tips and have prepare resources for our community.
You can find other resources to help as well. Lots of information is available from sites like alarm.org, and the association, FARA (False Alarm Reduction Association).
You can also download your free guide for more ways to protect your home and family.
Remember, you can always call us at (317)559-3500. We're here to help! Have an amazing, and safe, 4th of July and we will talk again soon!
Until next time, stay safe and informed Indianapolis!