Check and Replace
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors
A by-product of improper combustion from any oil or gas fired furnace is Carbon Monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless deadly poisonous gas. If you do not have a CO detector, you need at least 1 in your home. Change batteries twice a year. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years, and CO detectors every five years.
Light Bulbs (Inside + Outside)
Consider updating to energy saving light bulbs, for an estimated savings of $30+ over each bulb’s lifetime.
Most people change their filters each season, when they know the equipment is going to be working hardest.
Dryer Filter and Hoses
Dryer fires can occur as a result of blocked dryer exhaust ducts. Clean dryer hoses each year, inspect the vent and hose for blockages every six months.
Check the pressure gauge, and verify the locking pin is intact.
Reset and Update
Home Alarm Systems
Make sure the correct Daylight Saving Time dates are programmed into your alarm system’s control panel. Some systems will automatically adjust, but others need to be manually programmed. Check with Sentinel Alarm to determine the needs of your system.
Reverse the direction of any ceiling fans: clockwise in winter, so air blows up, and counterclockwise in summer, so air blows down.
It’s best to change your password at least every 90 days to protect against viruses and hackers. Use passwords that are hard to guess.
Prepare and Review
Home Insurance Policy
Insurance needs can change yearly as you expand or remodel your home, or with general wear and tear. Reevaluate your policy to ensure it reflects your current status.
Car Emergency Kit
Include blankets, jumper cables, flashlight, batteries, first-aid kit, tire inflator, and a backup power supply for your cell phone.
Disaster Preparedness Kit
Include water, food, flashlights, batteries, blankets, first-aid kit, and a portable radio. Once you’ve created the kit, use the semi-annual time change to check and restock contents.
Family Emergency Plan
Review/update your plan or create one for the first time. Hold a meeting with family members to explain what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. And post an emergency info page near the phones.
Find out how we can help minimize your chances of a break-in all year round, and give you the security of knowing your family is protected. Visit us to learn more about your home security options, or give us a call a (514) 737.1010.