Memorial Day Weekend: Safety Tips

It's Memorial Day Weekend, and there is a lot going on. Cookouts, parades and festivals, many of us will be away from home this weekend - but is your home protected? Not just from intruders, but from potential fire dangers. #GRILLMASTER





The warm weather seems to go hand in hand with grilling disasters. We've all seen the stories on the news, with an “out of control blaze” caused by illegal grilling.


If you’re hosting a barbecue and are going to hit the grill, obey the law, and use common sense. Here are some tips and tricks if you are manning the fire-pit this weekend:


  • Is this the first time you’re firing up the grill this year? Check the hose for leaks by pouring a light soap and water mix through it.

  • Whether you’re tending a fire in a camp or grilling out back, have an extinguisher nearby.

  • Keep pets and children at least three feet from a grill area.

  • Never grill indoors, and avoid using a grill on upstairs balconies without a fire escape or other exterior stairway exit to the ground.


Going Places on Memorial Day?

With so many people heading out of town, and taking the long weekend to jumpstart their summer season, criminals know this and break-ins happen. If you’re heading out of town for the long haul, you don't want to leave your home looking "empty". Thieves tend to look for empty houses to break-in to. With that, you should take your usual house precautions:


  • Before leaving, lock the doors, windows, etc.

  • Have two cars? Leave one in the driveway to indicate someone is at home — this discourages thieves.

  • Set your alarm, activate your sensing/surveillance systems, and make sure your cameras are all activated.

  • Have a video streaming app? Make sure you routinely check on it via your mobile phone.


If you already have a smart home, you know the drill. Setting your smart lighting to turn on or off - making it look like someone going room to room. Assuring your smart lock is secure, or even let in a friend to feed the cats. With your surveillance cameras, and video analytics, setting trip wires can send alerts to your phone when an unexpected guest (or your neighbor's dog) decides to cross through your back yard.



If you don't have a smart security system in your home, what are you waiting for? This summer you can get 2 video surveillance cameras for the price of one! American Defense Systems also provides free installation from one of our licensed technicians. 


Call today to learn more about protecting your home with American Defense Systems. 877-287-3077

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