Life’s Everyday Little Dangers

Life is a daily struggle of risk versus reward. You do not have to be a statistician to make complex routine judgment calls for every aspect of daily life for yourself and those who are in your charge. Little dangers can turn into big trouble quickly. In a hurry for your morning commute, you may wonder if you can make it there and back, even though you see a small nail in your tire. A flat in the parking lot at work is not a big deal, but a blowout on the highway is. In retrospect, some homes affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires may have benefited from having vegetation cut and trimmed on an annual basis to maintain a fire perimeter. Hindsight truly is 20/20, but there are things you can do now to be more proactive in protecting yourself, your home and your family.

Fire Danger and Prevention, Detection and Suppression

One of the most serious threats to your home is the possibility of fire. Even if you do not live anywhere near a forest, your home is not safe from fire. Fire Prevention Canada statistics indicate that about eight people die every week in Canadian fires. In 73 percent of these fires, it occurs at the person’s home.

Fire prevention advice is practically universal. It involves monitoring the use of any heating appliance closely, using safe practices with candles and fire pits, and not overloading electrical circuits. Fire detection involves having smoke detectors of the photoelectric and ionization types in use in your home. Ones connected to a central monitoring station where an agent will automatically call for emergency help is best. Fire suppression includes, at the minimum, fire extinguishers of the proper type and size spread throughout your home. Sprinkler systems provide the best protection.

Flood Dangers

Flooding does not have to come from streams or rivers overflowing their banks. Flooding can come instantly in the heat of summer or dead of winter from a burst pipe inside your home or a broken major water line buried in the street. A water main break can flood nearby homes and businesses with thousands of gallons of water in seconds. Roads can be destroyed, vehicles can be washed away, and homes can be knocked from their foundations during a major flood such as a water main break.

However, a burst pipe in your home or a burst hose on a clothes washer causes the most common flooding. Flood sensors near water appliances, such as dish and clothes washers, hot water heaters and in basement areas, can warn when flooding occurs. If they are connected to a monitored security system, immediate notification can be provided, whether you are home or not.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Carbon monoxide has no smell whatsoever, and it does not produce any color that can be seen. It can be in the air of your home right now in minute quantities, and you may not even realize it. As it accumulates, it has an affinity for being taken up by your red blood cells 100 times more than the oxygen they need for you to live. Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is produced by any device or appliance that burns fuel. Failed or improper venting of gaseous byproducts from fuel burning appliances, even a running car in an attached garage, can cause CO to quickly build. You have no way of knowing it is there without a CO detector. Since CO gas can occur at any time and quickly incapacitate you within minutes, a monitored detector can save your life or the life of a loved one.

ADT home monitoring in Canada can protect you and your loved ones with early warning of fire, flooding and carbon monoxide threats as well as the standard burglary and home intrusion protection that a monitored residential security system offers. The National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains reports that strangers in Canada abducted 41 children in 2015. Burglaries and home invasions make the news, and victims of those crimes are not impressed by statistics indicating an overall decline for some crime in Canada. Home video surveillance and perimeter protection with door and window sensors helps protect your family and your property against such crimes. Just like that nail in the tire is an indicator that sooner or later that tire will go flat, not carefully managing the risks of the little dangers of daily life can lead to big trouble later on.

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