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
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.
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!
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
SentrySafe is committed to protecting the things that matter most to you, including the environment. It’s our aim to leave our world as beautiful as it was over 80 years ago when we first started here in Rochester, NY. We constantly are looking for new ways to decrease our impact on the environment and we’re making new strides every year! Here are just some of our most recent efforts.
In 2012, SentrySafe installed a solar panel system onto the roof of our Rochester manufacturing facility. The 12kW solar array is expected to produce 15,514 kWh of electricity annually, reducing our carbon-base emissions by roughly 31,000 lbs per year!
Last year, SentrySafe also installed a steel crusher. It’s completely covered and it protects scrap steel from rain and snow helping to eliminate runoff into our storm water drainage system. In addition, the steel crusher has helped up reduce the number of disposal pickups needed for our scrap steel from 14 runs a week to only 2! We estimate the reduction in transportation reduces our diesel fuel consumption by more than 2,000 gallons a year!
Recycling has been a big part of business here at SentrySafe and last year was no exception. We recycled over 3,500,000 lbs in metal, 250,000 lbs of plastic, 300,000 lbs of cardboard last year alone!
We’ve continued our efforts in 2013 and pledge to always look for new ways to improve. It’s a promise you know you can count on, because when you need someone to protect the things that matter most to you, you know you can depend on SentrySafe.