Lourdes Berindoague was sitting in school one day when everyone began to feel sick.
One of her classmates raised her hand to answer a question and fell from her chair. Another girl began to vomit. A third student went to the bathroom, where he fainted.
“I was scared,” Berindoague told CBC News earlier this month. “I didn’t know if it would happen to me.”
What was happening was a carbon monoxide leak, which sent 50 students and staff members at Lourdes’ school — École des Découvreurs in Montreal – to the hospital.
Fortunately, everyone at the school appears to be OK. But not everyone who encounters carbon monoxide is as lucky.
Known as “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a gas that forms when fuels such as wood and oil don’t fully burn off, creating colorless, odorless, invisible fumes.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to detect carbon monoxide leaks in your home or business and how Montgomery County gas safety systems can help protect against this deadly threat.
Do you know the only thing worse than dealing with a flooded basement?
Dealing with a flooded basement in February.
We’re not saying that every frozen pipe is doomed to burst and fill your home with water. But we can tell you that water damage from burst pipes is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims.
You can avoid that trouble this winter by installing a freezing temperature sensor. But in the meantime, let’s look at what to do when your pipes freeze.
Here’s a really unpleasant bit of holiday trivia: There are more open-flame fires on Christmas Day than on an average day.
Worse still, those fires cause 34 percent more property loss and nearly 70 percent more fatalities, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which is a division of FEMA.
We aren’t telling you this put a damper on your holiday spirits. But when you’re in the business of Bucks County fire alarm systems, this is the type of thing you think about.
Here are a few ways you can keep your home and your loved ones safe during the holidays.
Here’s some good news, courtesy of the FBI.
Property crime is on the decline. It was down three percent between 2016 and 2017 and has dropped by 21 percent over the last 10 years.
There were 7.6 million property crimes in 2017, and nearly a fifth of them were burglaries. Even with a drop in crime, that’s still a lot of break-ins.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourselves, Bucks County. Burglar alarm systems are an obvious defense, but there are other steps you can take.
In 2009, Rutgers University in New Jersey released an interesting study on the connection between burglar alarms and neighborhood crime rates.
While experts have long held that most burglars will stay away from alarm systems, this study finally credited a decline in burglaries and the overall crime rate throughout the city of Newark to the rise in people who use home security systems.
“In short, the study found that an installed burglar alarm makes a dwelling less attractive to the would-be and active intruders and protects the home without displacing burglaries to nearby homes,” Rutgers said in a news release.
It’s like that saying “a rising tide lifts all boats” put into practice. When we install home security measures, we’re not only helping ourselves, but our neighbors as well.
You’re a conscientious homeowner. You shovel your walk after every snowstorm, clean your gutters every fall and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms every six months.
It’s steps like these that make you a responsible citizen and keep your loved ones safe. But these aren’t the only things you can do to protect your home.
By adding environmental sensors to your home, you can protect your property and – more importantly – protect your family. Here’s how:
It’s one of the unfortunate, unwritten laws of life: sooner or later, you’re going to lock yourself out of the house.
It’s not a fun experience, as anyone who’s ever found themselves locked out in the dead of winter or the middle of the night can tell you.
Fortunately, there are ways you to avoid getting locked out without calling a locksmith or – worse — having to drill holes in your locks. Montgomery, PA residents can make their lives easier with these few steps to keep from getting locked out.
When you picture a burglary, don’t think of some high-tech criminal mastermind who figures out a way to bypass your home alarm system.
Nearly a third of all burglaries happen simply because someone neglected to lock their doors.
That’s why securing your property doesn’t have to start and stop with putting in a home alarm system. Bucks, PA residents can make themselves safer with these simple steps.
When you think you of a security camera, you might picture the grainy monitor behind the counter at a convenience store, or the type of high tech system detectives use to track the bad guys on cop shows.
Either way, not the type of thing you’d have at home.
The truth is, security cameras have come a long way over the years, offering homeowners an affordable, but still state-of-the-art – method of keeping themselves, their family and their belongings safe.
In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the benefits of installing security camera systems in Bucks, PA.
When you think of a burglar, you might picture someone creeping into a home through a window in the dead of night.
But the reality is somewhat different.
Most burglaries happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when people are at work or school.
And a more than third of all burglars enter a home through its front door, whether that means kicking the door in, or finding it unlocked.
That’s why anyone interested in upgrading their home security systems in Hunterdon, NJ should start with their front entrance. Let’s look at some of the features that make a secure front door.