After you take the Christmas lights down, does your home seem dark?
When you turn into your driveway, your home seems cold and dreary. It’s winter in North Carolina, but your home can be safe, secure, and cozy during these blustery months.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn on the lights of your choice, crank up the heat and even unlock your door from the comfort of your warm car or office? You can do all this and more using the Resideo Total Connect App on your phone at any time from anyplace!
Once inside, turning on your fireplace and lighting a few candles can add a warm, calming ambiance for you and your family as dinner is prepared and the day’s adventures discussed. For that extra feeling of serenity, your security system monitors your home 24/7 for intruders, fire, and smoke. Whether at home or away, your monitored system will notify you and the fire or police department will be dispatched to provide assistance. Many insurance companies give homeowners a discount for a monitored security system with monitored smoke alarms.
With all this convenience and security, the winter evening becomes a sanctuary for you and your family to unwind, relax and prepare for the next day. But winter weather shifts dramatically in North Carolina, and the next day could bring cold temperatures, snow or worse, ice, so it’s best to be prepared.
Here is our easy-to-follow checklist for ensuring your safety in times of extreme winter weather:
Have an emergency kit well supplied and readily accessible to all members of the family. It should have:
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Sand/Kitty litter for better tire traction. (Having a bag in your trunk is ideal.)
- Rock salt, or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
- If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood.
- Have enough clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- Keep a supply of water and necessary staple foods on hand.
Make a family communications plan. Your family may not be together when extreme weather strikes, so know how you will get in touch with each other, how/where to get back together, and what each person is expected to do in an emergency.
Bring pets inside during cold, dark wintery weather and ensure they have enough water in case you get delayed.
Set your phone for emergency weather alerts.
If you must travel, be sure you have a full tank of gas, a spare blanket, snack bars and water. Of course, always carry a fully stocked First Aid kit in your car no matter what the season.
Winters in North Carolina can be a challenge at times, but with a little preparation, and the security of Total Contact installed by Secur-Tek, Inc. it can also be a cozy time to share with family and friends. So, live in the moment and enjoy the change of seasons!
If you have any questions on monitored fire detectors or security systems for your home, please call Secur-Tek, Inc at 919-387-1800 fill out the form below.