Spring Security for Your Home
Now, more than ever, our smart homes should be our safe havens. As we spend more time at home, a spring security check helps ensure your home is safe for you and your family.
Spring clean your medicine cabinet.
It’s good to take inventory of your medicine cabinet at least twice a year. Chances are, if you start poking around in there, you’ll find leftover prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine that has been tucked away “just in case”. But the fact is, expired medications may cause more harm than good.
• Check expiration dates.
Almost everything, including ointments, supplements, medications and vitamins have an expiry date. Discard all items that are beyond their expiration. Expired medications can lose their effectiveness or even turn toxic. All prescription drugs should be disposed of after one year. Discard anything in unidentified containers. If it’s not in its original container, chances are it’s expired.
• Examine all cosmetics, lotions and creams.
Get rid of anything that may have changed colour, consistency or smell.
• Consider rethinking or relocating your medicine cabinet.
Medications should be kept in a cool, dry place, away from excessive heat, humidity and direct light. Sunny, warm and humid bathrooms may not be ideal. Instead, opt for a small cabinet in your closet or even a high drawer in your bedroom.
• Prep for allergy season.
If you take allergy medications every spring season, be sure to stock up now and be prepared. Allergies can masquerade as other, more serious, ailments and vice versa. When in doubt, call your doctor.
Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
These days, in addition to vigilant hand washing, you should clean and disinfect frequently-handled surfaces. All objects that are touched daily, such as countertops, doorknobs, tables, as well as handles, faucets, toilets and sinks, should be cleaned regularly. You can use regular soap and water or disinfecting wipes. Equally important is cleaning your smart devices.
Test and change essential batteries, if necessary
Keeping you, your home and your family safe from environmental hazards like fire and carbon monoxide poisoning is a year-round concern. You should test your batteries regularly and, if necessary, change them.
Stay safe from fire
With ADT by TELUS monitored smoke detectors, you enjoy an added layer of protection since they communicate with a monitoring centre. Most fires occur at night, when your family is sleeping. The beeping of an unmonitored smoke detector may not wake you. Or, even if you are awakened, you may succumb to smoke inhalation. With an ADT by TELUS monitored smoke detector, if a fire breaks out, our detector immediately signals the monitoring centre, which in turn, communicates with you and, if necessary, contacts emergency responders. Monitored smoke detectors can save lives.
Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning
If you use alternate sources of heat like a fireplace or space heater during the change of seasons, or if you have an attached garage, you need a monitored carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide poisonings result in more than 50 deaths in Canada yearly. This odourless and tasteless, yet deadly gas can rapidly build up in your home, especially in a confined room like a bedroom and lead to toxic effects on humans and pets. CO detectors that communicate with a monitoring centre can save lives by ensuring you and emergency help are contacted immediately. Place carbon monoxide detectors just outside of bedrooms and areas close to an attached garage.
Change your smart lighting schedule
Keeping your home well-lit with smart lighting to help keep it safe. Outdoor lighting can ensure all your entries, front, side, back and garage doors, are illuminated. Using smart lighting, automated lights can be programmed to come on during different scenarios, such as when your door is opened or your doorbell rings. Smart lights are also remote control lights, allowing you to monitor and adjust from your smartphone. ADT by TELUS wants to help transform your home into a safe haven. For more information on how your smart home can help keep you safe, call 888.ADT.ASAP today.
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