ADAPTING TO COVID-19

Changes At Home: Today people work form home, home school their children all while maintaining the household. With broken routines and household chaos, having an alarm system to protect your family and home from fire, high levels of carbon monoxide, break-ins and water damage is the peace of mind we need.

Stick to a Schedule – Maintain a routine. Setup a functional work space that is quiet with minimal distractions. Kids should have a set schedule for hours dedicated to school work, playtime and chores.

Cooking Safety – According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. More specifically, unattended cooking fires which are when you aren’t keeping a close eye on what is cooking. As many households are now dealing with unusual routines and out-of-the-ordinary circumstances such as kids home from school and parents working from home. There is a greater potential risk for distracted cooking.

A few tips to remember are to always stay in the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove if you leave the kitchen for any period of time, never leave the house with the oven on & keep any flammable items (ex: packaging, ovenmits and towels) off of the stop top.

Electrical & Technical Safety – With everyone at home, there may be people using the same outlets to charge phones, laptops and digital equipment. Ensure electrical cords are not over used as these are only intended for temporary use. If working from home make sure the proper virus software is installed on computers, use strong passwords and ensure backup files are updated regularly.

Changes At Work: Whether your business is still operating or you are put on standby, we are all effected by the pandemic.

  • Adhere to the strict CDC guidelines.
  • Do not allow any walk-ins into the building(s)
  • Move desks and stop all interactions between employees/in person meetings.
  • Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away at all times.
  • Keep your employees safe by being proactive about cleanliness by completing multiple daily cleanings. These should be assigned to an individual (or multiple persons) so that it does not go undone.
  • Allow any employees to work remotely from home if possible. There are a lot of tools that teams can utilize to keep in touch if it’s not possible to be together (Zoom is a video communication app that is free to use).
  • Keep your website and social media updated with any temporary changes/closures and how to continue to utilize your services/buy your products.
  • Change schedules for your alarm system and access codes if your business is affected during this time.
  • Research and apply for Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs.
  • Check out https://www.uschamber.com/save-small-business for a small business guide during Coronavirus.

Alarm System Tips To Utilize While We Are Home:

Utilize the Virtual Keypad App – Control your alarm system from your smartphone!

  • Remotely arm and disarm your system if you are at work and your children are home.
  • Turn on notifications to be alerted when your children walk through the door.
  • Control lights, thermostats & locks to adjust while your family is home more during this time.
  • Check history of events often to ensure the alarm system is being utilized to your full advantage.

Ensure Your Alarm System Is Fully Functional – The NFPA recommends yearly inspections of your alarm system to ensure all devices are operating properly.

Update Your Call List – Your call list should be reviewed and updated regularly. After dispatching the proper authorities, when an alarm signal is received, we contact your emergency contact list so they can respond to property.