Category Archives: Home & Fire Safety

Keep Your Home Safe for the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time for family traditions and making new memories. People travel near and far to spend time with their families and exchange gifts. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of the year for burglars.  You may be leaving you and your home vulnerable to those looking for expensive electronics and valuable gifts without even realizing it.  But there are steps you can take to ensure your home is safe for the holidays.

BackSeat_Car_GiftsWhen you’re out shopping, make sure bags and boxes aren’t conspicuous from the outside looking in.  A backseat full of shopping bags could catch the eye of someone in the mall parking lot.

If shopping online, be sure to take steps to secure your personal information.  Don’t save log in information on your mobile phone, but store users names, passwords and other private information securely with the Master Lock Vault®

BigBolts_SafeMake sure your valuables and important documents are stored safely in a home safe.  Not only do they protect against the risk of theft, but many SentrySafe home safes protect against fire and flood too!

People are likely coming and going from your home throughout the holiday season.  Make sure all doors, windows and sliding glass doors are securely locked after guests depart.  Consider a Master Lock 265D Door Security Bar for additional security that’s quick and easy-to-use.

Be wary of updating social media platforms with your whereabouts.  You may be letting more than just your friends know about your holiday vacation plans, leaving your home vulnerable to theft.

Packages_At_DoorIf you are planning on going away, make sure you stop your mail, newspaper or other delivery services. If you have a neighbor coming to water your plants or taking care of an animal, consider storing your spare key in a key safe for easy-access to authorized users.

Burglaries can happen to anyone no matter how much you prepare, but the discovery of an alarm can be enough to deter a burglar.  Consider installing a security system and/or buying a home safe that has a loud audible alarm.

Cash, electronics and jewelry are often vulnerable to theft while traveling.  Keep them secure with a portable security safe you can tether securely like the SentrySafe Portable Digital Security Safe.

These are just a few of the things you can do to make sure your home and family are safe for the holidays.  Got other tips to help families have a safe and happy holiday season? Help us spread the word by sharing them on Facebook & Twitter using hashtag #safefortheholidays!

A New Generation of Safe

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Keeping this secret has been hard, but I’m excited to officially announce the launch of OUR NEW LINE OF CHESTS AND FILES to all of you!  These safes have been redesigned with a sleek modern look and enhanced to offer 72 hours of fire protection.  The whole factory, here in Rochester, NY, has been buzzing with anticipation since the first set of prototypes came through the building. Now we’re excited to tell anyone and everyone about these fantastic new products!

So, I went around our main offices and manufacturing facility and asked everyone “What’s your favorite thing about the new line of chests and files?” And this is what they said….

Water“The significant improvement to the water protection!”– Josie Pagani, Product Manager

“It looks strong!”  –Tim Clausen,  Information Services

“The new thought and innovation that went into designing the product. It’s well integrated.” –Aaron Thorpe, Senior Designer

File_Packaging“Love the new handles.  Makes it easier to carry around.” –Carol Vitalone, Sales Associate

“The sexy curves on the new file!” –Christina Roushey, Product Engineer

“The honeycomb pattern is really cute!” –Betty Jeffries, Office Assistant

“The improved latching system makes it easier to open and close.” -Joe DiFrancesco & Dave Fischer, Model Shop Technicians

But you don’t have to take our word for it.  Check out these fantastic new products here:  http://www.sentrysafe.com/Chests_And_Files.

 

Join us July 14th for a Chance to Win $1000!

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Summer means flowers, sunshine, barbeques and if you work at SentrySafe… burning things!  That’s right it’s time for another live burn!  We’re celebrating our new line of chests and files by sending one to the furnace filled with cash!

Join us Monday, July 14th starting at 11:30 AM EST for your chance to win up to $1000 and other great prizes!  We’ll be starting with a Twitter Party with @TheSurvivalMom.  You’ll get great tips on disaster prep and learn how to guard your home against fire—with the chance to win some of our fantastic new products!  Then at 12:00 we’ll be inviting you to watch live from the SentrySafe website as we load one of our new products with cash and set it on fire! You’ll get a sneak peek at our new line of chests and files and the CHANCE TO WIN $1000!  Doesn’t get much better than that!

To participate use #safeinafire in all your tweets and watch the live burn at www.sentrysafe.com.   We’ll see you then!

A New Rugged Look to Reliable Protection

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Fire-resistant chests and files are have gotten a sleek new look. These new products have a rugged design for reliable protection against the unpredictable conditions of a fire. These chests and files are not only built tough to protect documents like insurance papers, mortgages, passports and certificates, but they are important for keeping your family’s most precious memories safe. Whether it’s a photo of your first house, pictures from your wedding or a DVD of your child’s first steps, SentrySafe is there to help ensure these memories will be shared for generations to come.

While these safes have a rugged new design, they still have the same reliable fire and water protection you’ve come to expect from SentrySafe. They are UL classified to protect your important items in a fire for up to ½ hour at 1550F and are ETL verified for water submersion. So you know that whether it’s a flood in your basement or a fire that broke out in your garage, the things you worry about most will be safe. These safes also come with a privacy key lock.  And the line includes multiple options for organization to help you keep your important documents and valuable memories tidy. The file even comes with integrated carrying handles to make transport easier.

Keep an eye out for these chests and files because they’ll soon be available at many of your local retailers.

Winter Storm Safety

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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