Protecting a property from natural disasters is always a concern for people moving into areas where events like wildfires occur. There are extraordinarily helpful guidelines provided by state agencies, but homeowners will want to take other precautionary steps. Some of these guidelines involve degrees of property management. Others require modifications to structures that can be easily addressed with the help of good contractors.
Establishing Your Property Perimeter
One of the best ways to prevent wildfires from destroying property is by establishing a property fire line. This means removing all flammable timber and shrubs around the home. It’s tough, but removing duff from trees and shrubs is a must to mitigate fire fuel.
Most state agencies recommend trimming foliage and trees to a distance that measures no closer than one hundred feet around a home. With this type of perimeter, fires would have to exhibit extreme volatility to penetrate a completely open area.
Take Extra Care of Your Home’s Roof Construction
Most home fires that occur during a wildfire emergency start at the roof level. Old shingles and wooden tiles are great for making a roof appear aesthetically acceptable, but they do little to prevent the spread of fire. Many structures ignite during a wildfire because of wind and air flows. Wind carries hot embers to nearby structures with flammable roofing materials. If you replace your roof with tile or metal roofing material, many accidental fires can be avoided. Metal roofing materials are excellent guards against fires caused by burning embers carried by prevailing wind patterns.
Property owners often discover that they live in an area that is susceptible to wildfires after only a few seasons. The best way that they can protect their property is through roof material conversion. Wooden shakes look great, but they present hazards in regions where wildfires occur. The decision to replace your roof with tile or metal roofing materials is a big decision. It could be the difference between your home being susceptible to the next wildfire, or avoiding the things that lead to a fire causing incredible property damage. Roofing materials are often the difference between safety and total loss when a wildfire threatens a property.
Create a Ground-Level Fire Barrier
Another excellent way to prevent the spread of wildfires near a home is a barrier near the ground level. Outlining your property with a moat that is filled with flame-proof material like asphalt can help protect your home. Placing an asphalt line around the perimeter of your property creates a solid surface that separates materials that can catch fire from those that resist flame.
An asphalt moat is something that many new property owners never consider. These moats, however, could be the most important barrier between their property and the spread of a seasonal wildfire.
Along with other efforts to remove flammable materials from your property, structural improvements will work to save a home when a wildfire is near. For additional home security, you should also consider our Fire+ Burglary Protection Package so you can protect yourself from all sorts of troubles.
Glen Campbell started as a technician 5 years ago at Alarm Guard Security, servicing both, residential and commercial security systems in Toronto, Ontario. After displaying all the essential qualities that Alarm Guard represents, Glen was promoted as the new Technical Manager at Alarm Guard.
Today, Glen is giving us a glimpse of what it’s like working for Canada’s No.1 ADT Authorised Dealer.
Starting the day with a Pow-Wow
Alarm Guard has 10 home and commercial alarm technicians in the Toronto area, all of them are assigned their first job of the day when they come in to work. So my day starts with planning the routes and finding the most efficient ways to get all the jobs done professionally and on time.
In our meeting we also discuss workflow problems if any, we talk about the successes we had the day before and find ways to enhance the customer experience and ensure each customer gets the attention they deserve! This brainstorming session is what we call our daily Pow-Wow.
What happens on site
Before we even get to unboxing the equipment, all technicians are trained to do a pre-inspection to see if we have everything the customer placed an order for. After the pre-inspection, we conduct a thorough security assessment. Even though our security experts do a great job recommending exactly the right solutions a customer needs, over the phone, small details like an extra entry door or window might not be accounted for, and we make sure that every aspect of the home is secured. After all, it’s about our customer’s security and we take things very seriously.
Now, we can go ahead and start installing the security system, once all the equipment is installed and everything is working like it’s supposed to, we give our customers a full walk-through and teach them everything they need to know about their home or commercial security system!
What’s the most important part of the job?
Communication. Without good communication, we wouldn’t be able to satisfy our customer or make them feel secure. During the installation process we have to make sure that the customer truly understands how our system helps secure their home.
The equipment alone is not enough to make you feel secure, people need to believe in the system and the quality of the service we provide, and it’s our job to make sure the customers feels safe.
Communication also helps us understand and address our customer’s needs, if we’re not communicating with our customers we’re not giving them the quality service we are promising.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part has to be the fact that every job is different.
Even though I’m the technical manager, I’m heavily involved in the field and personally go into homes to install security systems. I love how every home and every customer is different, it’s not mundane or repetitive, some people need indoor cameras, some need outdoors, might seem small to others, but for us things like that change everything.
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October means that autumn is in full swing! Pumpkins (and pumpkin spice) everywhere, the leaves are turning magnificent colours and falling from the trees, and kids everywhere are back in school and preparing for Halloween. It’s a glorious time of year, but it’s also a time when homeowners everywhere have to prepare for the big transition to sub-zero weather and winterize their homes. Here are some helpful tips:
Start with the yard
The first step in winterizing your home is to start with the outside and work your way in. The outside of your home has a lot to winterize! First, look at all your hoses. Turn off the water from the outside tap, detach the hose and train the water from both ends. If you have a garage, it’s a good idea to hang them in there for the winter, as residual water left in a hose can cause it to freeze, expand and pop. Remember to turn the water supply to the outside of the house off as well.
Next, deal with your patio furniture. You can tarp it off, move it to a shed, or if you have space, move it to a garage. Leaving it outside uncovered all winter can lead to rust for metal furniture or rotting for wood. If you have a gazebo, it works great to cover furniture, but don’t forget to cover the gazebo as well!
If you have an external air conditioner, check with the manufacturer or your local heating company for how to best winterize while it’s not in use.
Lastly, make sure you check your windows for any issues. Windows with cracked seals or cracks in the actual window (yikes!) can cause drafts in your home, and severely escalated heating bills. Installing thermal windows can save a lot of money in the long run.
Check the Basement
If you have a basement in your home, make sure to do a full winterization. Change the filter in your furnace before the start of winter to ensure optimal heating when it’s cold out without putting your heating bill through the roof. You also want to make sure you have adequate insulation to at least the frost line (or below) to make sure that your home is comfortable all winter.
Get Outside Help
Part of winterizing your home is keeping things running smoothly even when you’re not at home. This can including getting monitored elements to your home. Every home needs to have a smoke and CO detector, which can save a life in case of an emergency. Having a monitored smoke detector means that in case of a fire, the fire department will be sent right to your door, whether or not you are there to make the call. In the case of carbon monoxide, emergency medical services can be dispatched if the CO levels in the home are escalated.
Aside from life safety, you can also add monitored flood detectors in your home, which means that in case of flooding, you will be notified immediately. This is especially a big problem in winter when pipes can freeze and break. You can also add a thermostat to keep the home’s temperature in check. Imagine being able to lower your home’s temperature when you’re away and then raise your home’s temperature when you’re on your way back to save money on heating, right from your smartphone!
Winter is also a prime time for home break ins, so having a home security system can help protect your home and your family might be the most important way to winterize your home.
For more information on how we can help winterize your home and keep it safe this winter, call 866 282 3331 today!