Carbon Monoxide Detector – Much Needed Home Item

When I moved into the home I am currently living in, the one thing that was missing was a carbon monoxide detector, you see I have always had one in each of the places I have lived because it’s called the silent killer. You can not smell, taste nor touch carbon monoxide. At least with smoke or fire you can smell it, taste it, etc same goes with propane, you can smell that from a mile away, stinky stuff.

Most homes I visit seem to be up to par with having fire detectors but it’s very rare I see other families with carbon monoxide detectors installed in their homes, dangerous. Honestly, I have heard the older the home, the higher risk of needing one of these bad boys.  When I purchased my previous home, which I no longer own, I was sure to get a carbon monoxide detector because that house was built in 1945 and being an old home I wasn’t too sure how great of a system it had in it for filtering out such dangers as carbon monoxide.

The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be headaches, dizziness, sleepiness and more, which could lead to death. There are many options for a carbon monoxide detector and they look very similar to a smoke detector, some are even a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide. Be sure to visit your local store and ensure that you get a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home as soon as possible. Read all of the directions and if all else fails contact your local fire station to find out where is the best place to have your carbon monoxide detector in the home.

Every home should be equipped with both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, there’s no such thing as being “too safe” or “too cautious”.

Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home?

I do. Yes. I do, two to be exact.

Check out the post right here to find out how to get one for your home.


Advanced Home Security Option Vivint Reviews

I am always talking about having a home security option because even though I am on lock down and live in a relatively safe neighborhood, you never know when something will strike. Of course I know I am a Mama Bear when anyone tries to mess with my kids, but it’s still nice to have a home security system with video surveillance options for those times when you are not at home. For me, it’s rare to not be at home, but many who work an outside of the home job or travel frequently may wish to have a good video surveillance for their peace of mind when it comes to home safety.

Vivint offers an advanced security system with a touch screen control, it seems almost every technological item these days has a touch screen. The control panel allows you to have a smart home, not to be confused with the smart phone, almost everyone seems to have these days. Whether you are at home or away, you can easily change the temperature in your home to ensure you are not wasting energy. All of your Vivint systems can be controlled when outside of the home with remote control, making it easier to have access to the safety of your home when away.

On top of the home security & energy saving options, Vivint also has sensors to keep your home safe, you will know if something is not right with even the glass window in your home or doors. Also Vivint has a carbon monoxide and smoke detector within it’s security system, making you rest with ease that no carbon monoxide poisoning will happen on Vivint’s watch.

Another option from Vivint is solar power, which is something I have been interested in for a few years now. Having a Vivint solar setup is simple, affordable and of course does your part to help utilize clean energy! In my opinion, solar power makes perfect sense; why not use the sun to power your home? Even if you only make enough solar power to stop using the every day normal electricity on one household item, it’s worth it to save money and have more clean energy.

Whatever your interests are, Vivint has one for you; home security, solar power and more – Vivint is here to help assist you in keeping your home energy efficient and safe & secure.

How to be Fire Safe for the Holidays

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The winter holiday season is a time when families get together to enjoy and celebrate just being together with loved ones, the upcoming Valentine’s holiday is no different: joy and cheer abound, children play and laugh, and everyone is in good spirits. We have reason to be cautious as well, it’s a time when residential fires happen more frequently. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), “Fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage.” Why?

People generally spend a lot more time around the house. They use cooking appliances more frequently, put up party decorations and lighting, use indoor fireplaces for ambiance and heat, and gather around the backyard fire pit, all of which can lead to unexpected fires if not operated properly.

Sometimes fires just happen no matter how careful we are. It is in these times that having a plan of action when something like a fire occurs can mean the difference between life and death, especially when there are young kids around. No one wants to think about it but being fire safe in and out of the home is an important first step to ensuring your loved one’s safety through the holidays and beyond.

Develop and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

It is critical to develop a fire escape plan but even more critical that your kids know what to do in case a fire starts in their room or floor of the house. Here are some basic tips that will go a long way in helping you and your kids to react quickly and smartly when a fire occurs.

  • Install smoke alarms. If you already have them, be sure they are in proper working order. Self-test the alarms monthly and replace the batteries yearly.
  • Work with all family members on an escape route out of the house. Plan two routes in case the first route cannot be used. Practice the routes from each room in the house so no matter where anyone is, they know which way to go to get out.
  • In the event a child cannot escape, teach them to open their window and wave around an article of clothing or something that will attract attention. Have them stay put until help arrives.
  • If a smoke alarm goes off and wakes you up, check the door for heat and smell at the bottom of the door for smoke. Use another way out if the door is hot or you smell smoke. If the door is cool, kneel down and open the door slowly, facing away from opening.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher with an A-B-C rating. This rating makes sure fires from wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires all can be snuffed out. Aim at the base of the fire and move side to side.
  • Make sure you have assigned a meeting place outside so all family members can be accounted for.

Other Seasonal Fire Safety Tips

  • Inspect any electric wiring, extension cords and power strips for cracks and fraying. Children are very curious and may grab a hold of a “pretty” bare wire exposed on the Christmas tree, giving them a nasty shock.
  • Do not string together more than three strands of lights unless they are rated to do so. Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many cords and never splice two cords together.
  • When using candles, place them in an area where they cannot easily be knocked over. Be sure they are in appropriate holders and never let children play with the hot wax. Their skin is sensitive and hot wax can leave a painful burn.

Backyard Safety Tips

Children love to roast marshmallows over the fire and make S’mores too. What better way than to do so over a wood burning fire pit table on the backyard patio. It’s like they are camping and is a fun winter activity for almost any age. Following a few common sense tips will make fire burning activities even more enjoyable.

  • Supervise kids while they roast marshmallows. Use a long marshmallow roasting utensil found at most any camping store. They are extendable and keep little hands from getting too close to the fire.
  • Use a fire pit screen dome over the fire pit to prevent embers from catching foliage and anything else on or around your patio on fire. Even if you have a gas fire pit, you can still use a screen to help avoid the temptation of a child wanting to touch the flames.
  • When children are around, it is best to use propane gas fire pit tables rather than wood burning ones. Gas fire pits have a more controlled burn with no stray sparks or embers to worry about and the extra 12 inches or so for the table ledge acts as a safety barrier too.

‘Tis Every Season to be Fire Safe

Using these simple precautionary tips and teaching your little Valentine’s what to do in case of an unexpected fire will greatly improve your peace of mind through any party or holiday celebration. Remember to practice your fire escape plan and supervise your kids around any open fire.

About the Author

Karen Ho Fatt provides valuable tips and advice for families looking to improve their homes. You can find some of the best fire pit reviews at her site that features all types of designs for fun family backyard outings. Karen is a Canadian native who enjoys living in her beautiful countryside hamlet.

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