Four Union County towns made the list of the 50 safest towns to live in New Jersey, according to NJ.com.
Ranking at #33 was Scotch Plains, #34 was Cranford, #36 was Westfield, and #44 was Summit.
The criteria for determining the safety of a town were the 2011 FBI crime data in conjunctoin with local safety initiatives and security programs.
October is Fire Safety Month, but we think that fire safety awareness should be every day!
Every home must have:
- Smoke Detectors, located on every floor of the home
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors, also on every floor including the attic
- Fire Extinguishers, near the kitchen, garage, fireplace, utility room
What kind of smoke detectors should you buy?
Photoelectric detectors operate quickly and are good for detecting smokey conditions. If you accidentally set off photoelectric detector, a short blast from a can of air can clear the sensor.
Ionization detectors measure ionization in the air and are excellent at detecting things like smoldering wires inside a wall.
So which type should you use? Both types, of course. Do you really want to take a chance with your family?
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill. Install CO Detectors on every level, including your attic.
Some smoke and CO detector tips:
- Cover them during construction, or when sanding and spackling walls. Dust covered sensors aren’t effective.
- You can have them hardwired so that if one detector goes off, all of them will go off. This could save your life if you’re sleeping on the 2nd floor and and something is burning in the basement.
- Replace the batteries whenever there is a time change (every six months)!
- Smoke and CO detectors may lose their sensitivity over time. Check the manufacturers specs, but you should replace them with new detectors every 5 to 10 years.
Fire Extinguishers come in three separate types, A, B and C. Each type combats either combustibles (paper, wood, etc.), flammable liquids or an electrical fire. Most fire extinguishers sold in home stores will work for A, B and C. Check the expiration date on the extinguisher and replace it if you’re past the expiration date.
If you’re taking a vacation this year, there’s no reason to leave your home unprotected. Here are 10 ways to be sure that burglars don’t choose your home:
- Be sure the doors and windows are locked.
- Install outdoor lighting that makes entrances to your home visible from the street without causing glare.
- Put random lights, televisions, and radios on timers so that anyone watching your home will think you’re still there.
- Prune bushes away from your home so that there aren’t any places for a burglar to hide.
- Contact your post office and newspaper delivery service and stop delivery while you’re gone, or have a neighbor you trust pick up your deliveries.
- Arrange for a neighbor to park in your driveway if you’re taking your car with you.
- Close the blinds so that anyone walking by can’t see what goodies you have.
- Install an alarm system. Prices vary, but if you leave your home often, it may be worth the $50-$100 per month investment.
- Install safety and security window films near windows that are close to door handles to make the windows tough to smash.
- Get a dog. And a dog sitter.
Have a great time on your vacations this year, but make sure your home is safe!
Here’s a graphic representation of the shift in time and daylight when daylight saving time begins at 3:00 AM on Sunday morning. Why do we have DST?
The great part about Daylight Saving Time is that the evenings are longer – extra time to bike ride with the family or weed your garden. People who suffer with the winter blues (often called Seasonal Affective Disorder) can put away their blue lights. But that first few weeks create some health and safety concerns that may not get the attention they deserve.
Is DST bad for us? The first few days, and for some people weeks, into and out of DST disturbs people’s sleeping patterns and make them more restless at night. A 2011 study shows that there’s an increase in heart attacks during the first week of DST and a decrease in heart attacks during the first week after DST ends in the fall. A 2009 study showed that workers were injured on the job more often and more severely on the Monday after switching to DST than any other typical Monday.
Perhaps DST is good for us – In 1975, the US Department of Transportation estimated a 1.5 to 2% reduction in traffic fatalities during DST and in 1995, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated a reduction of 1.2%, including a 5% reduction in fatalities of pedestrians.
In the 1970s, the US Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found a 10-13% reduction in violent crimes during DST.