Jan
14

Winter Storm Safety

When you were a child, you might have kept our fingers crossed for a snow day.  Now you know the winter weather can lead to all sorts of trouble.  The heavy snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures can lead to disasters at home.  Winter storms can cause frozen pipes that lead to flooding, power outages, slick conditions and even home fires.  Make sure your home is prepared and your family is practicing these winter safety tips to get you through the cold days ahead.

Winter Fire Safety

  • Keep up with regular maintenance on heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected once a year.
  • If you are using alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces or space heaters, make sure you have fire extinguishers on hand and that everyone in your house knows how to use them.
  • Be careful if using candles during a power outage!  Never leave a candle unattended and always keep them out of reach of children.
  • Only buy heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) & keep items at least three feet away while in use.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Test and replace old batteries in smoke alarms to make sure they are in proper working order.
  • Always make sure the fireplace is completely out before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • If the power goes off make sure that all electrical appliances are switched to the OFF position.

Preventing Flooding Due to Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during extreme cold weather to avoid freezing.  Running water, even just a trickle, can help prevent the pipes in your home from freezing.
  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation and wrap the pipes in rags.  Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold.
  • Make sure you know how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts in your home.

Other Home Safety Tips

  • Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors.  Always refuel these items outdoors and in well ventilated areas.
  • When in doubt hire a contractor to check the structural ability of your roof.  The accumulation of snow and ice can be heavy and pose a challenge to old roofs.
  • If you will be traveling during the cold weather, make sure to leave the heat on in your home.  Set the temperature to no lower than 55˚F.

For more information on these tips and more visit these websites to help you prepare for the winter weather.

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather 

Red Cross Winter Storm Safety Checklist

 

Oct
13

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!

Halloween is a spooky and scary time, but it’s also a lot of fun!  With everything from vampires to fairy princesses running around, it’s hard not to get caught up in all of the excitement.  Still it’s important that with all of the candles, jack-o-lanterns and decorations to make sure that your home and family are safe.  So enjoy all the candy, but make sure you follow these fire safety tips to make sure Halloween is fun and safe for you and your trick-or-treaters.

1.  When you buy a costume, make sure it says “Flame Resistant” on the tag or packaging.  Some materials easily catch on fire, and with jack-o-lanterns and candles in driveways you want to be sure that your trick-or-treater is safe. Fabrics like polyester or nylon tend to be more fire-resistant than other materials.

2.  Tell your kids to steer clear of jack-o-lanterns and other decorations that use candles.  Baggy costumes can catch on fire if they get too close.

3.  Remind your children that playing with matches or lighters is very dangerous, and to let you know if they see their friends playing with them.

4.  Never leave candle decorations unattended.  Opt for flameless candles, flash lights or glow sticks instead.

5.  Use lights that are tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, and check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.  Be careful not to overload extension cords.

Fore more information about these and other Halloween Fire Safety Tips from the U.S. Fire Administration visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/halloween.shtm

Aug
13

Made in America: Renewing our Promise to the American Worker

Labor Day is a time of picnics and celebration; remembrance and gratitude.  Living in the US we have so much to be thankful for, and sometimes it can be all too easy to take things for granted.  One thing we can never forget though is the American spirit.  It binds us together, giving us the strength to overcome the trials our country has had to face.

Born out of the Depression, SentrySafe was established in 1930.  Money, hope and spirit were scarce then, but the resilience of the American people saw us through those harsh economic times.  It’s a history SentrySafe is proud to have been a part of.  We struggled beside other manufacturers and came out with an American workforce as strong as the steel we use to make our safes.

Times are once again uncertain for the American manufacturer.  As cheaper goods from outside the US threaten the integrity of the US manufacturer, the American workforce once again finds itself looking for steady work.  We’ve watched jobs dwindle and corporate giants fall, but we believe that hope once again lies within the hearts of the American people. By coming together and supporting each other, the American workforce can once again rise stronger than anyone ever thought possible.

SentrySafe renewed our promise to help support US jobs when we closed our plant in Shanghai, China last year.  And we continue to look for more ways to expand our US manufacturing facilities and grow our local workforce.  This Labor Day we’re asking you to renew your promise as well.

Help support our American workforce.  Just by looking for American made products for the goods you buy every day, you can help grow and strengthen our great nation’s workforce, making it easier for local companies like ours to bring jobs home to the US.  We know it’s not always the cheapest and easiest option, but together, we can overcome these economic hurdles and support a strong, independent American workforce.

Jul
13

Safe in a Fire Live Burn: Win up to $1000!

Summer is in the air and you know what that means right?? Time for a SentrySafe Live Burn!  Watch as we put cash into one of our fire-resistant safes and put it in a furnace where it will reach temperatures of over 1500˚F.  When we take the safe out of the fire we’ll drop it from 15 ft in the air, simulating what might happen during the event of house fire.

We’ll be streaming the event live from the SentrySafe website on August 1st, 2013 11 AM EST.  But don’t just watch, hop on Twitter and follow the action using hashtag #safeinafire!   Not only will you have the opportunity to ask questions, but you could win up to a $1000!

Visit http://www.sentrysafe.com/safe_in_a_fire_6 for more details!

 

Jun
13

What do you keep safe?

SentrySafe offers a wide variety products to keep your important items protected from fire, flood and theft.  It’s a place to keep important documents, valuable memories and keepsakes protected and organized.  And even though I work here, I recently had a personal reminder of what that meant.  Two weeks away from our wedding, my fiancé and I were tearing apart the house looking for his birth certificate.  We recently purchased our home safe, but hadn’t quite gotten it out of the box yet.  It was a crazy moment, and we feared we wouldn’t be able to get a marriage license in time for our wedding.  Thankfully we found it!   As soon as it was discovered hidden under a depth of unimportant papers, I knew exactly where to put it next.  Now our Fire-Resistant Safe is full with important documents and photos!

But it got me thinking, what do my fellow employees keep safe?

“I started working at Sentry in August of 1985 in Customer Service, I quickly learned the value of Sentry safes with the testimonial letters and photos we would receive. I think to me among the most precious items that I store in my Sentry safe are our wedding photos proof book, the negatives from the photos through the years and most recently a digital copy of our photos.”  -Ellie Kelly, Sales Administration Manager

“I keep our wedding videos, and the photos of the birth of our 2 boys in our safe at home.  In the end everything is replaceable except our past’s most important memories..” – Anthony DeSalvo, Web Development Manager

“Art has been a lifelong passion of mine and I always have a little sketchbook with me. Over time I have filled several books with sketches of the places I have been and people I have met. They have become as much journals as sketchbooks with each drawing reminding me of a moment in time. I would hate for anything to happen to them so i keep them in a Guardian storage box.”  Josh Coon, Senior Brand Manager

“I would want to store my children’s pictures and my memory box in a SentrySafe.  My memory box contains special pictures of my father and Michael Jackson memorabilia.  Both MJ and my father died within three months of each other and it would mean a great deal to me if these items were preserved.”  -Veronica Dasher, Customer Service Supervisor

“One thing I would want to keep protected in my safe would be all of my son’s artwork.  His time, hard work and effort to create this art, in addition to all my important documents, are priceless to me.” –Joanne Straub, Marketing Production Manager

 

But now we want to know? What do you keep safe? 

Submit a photo to the SentrySafe Is it Safe? Facebook Contest by June 20th, 2013 for your chance to win $500!  Visit https://apps.facebook.com/ss_is_it_safe/ for more details! 

May
13

The Strength to Begin Again

We don’t  like to think about it, but a disaster can happen to any one of us.  It did for the McDermott family.  When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, it left a path of destruction in its wake.  In Breezy Point, NY the McDermott home was one of over 100 that were completely destroyed.  As Rosemary McDermott searched the debris, she looked for something that would bring her mother comfort at such a hard time.  It was then they came across a charred box.  And inside “something salvageable out of absolutely nothing.”

Inside the SentrySafe file was Rosemary’s family genealogy, a project her mother had taken years of care to complete.  And she knew when she had found something that would make her mother so happy that something could be saved from their former life.

It’s a promise we make with every safe we sell.  That should the worst happen, you’ll have what you need to get through it.  Whether it’s documents that are hard to replace, or the photographs and memories that will bring you comfort at this difficult time, we’ll keep them safe.  It’s a tragedy to lose everything, but when you own a SentrySafe you don’t really lose it all.  You still have the pictures from your wedding, your daughter’s first drawing and the insurance papers you’ll need to start fresh.  But most importantly you know you and your family will have the strength to begin again.

Learn more about the McDermott’s story at http://www.sentrysafe.com/hurricane_sandy_beginagain