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Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

July and August are the most popular months of the year to take a vacation. So, whether you take a road trip across the country, or travel abroad, we would like to offer a few tips to keep your home and possessions safe while you’re away:

Before you Leave

Before taking off for your summer vacation, take a few precautions to make sure you and your home stays are safe while you’re away:

  • Put a hold on your mail and newspaper delivery. An overflowing mailbox could attract criminals.
  • Keep your vacation plans under wraps. No need to broadcast your itinerary. So resist the urge to post about your travel on social media websites like Facebook and twitter. But you should tell a few people you trust so that they can keep an eye on your house.
  • If you have pets, consider hiring someone to housesit to keep your animals and property safe in your absence.
  • If you opt to leave your home empty, set up an electrical timer to control your lights and TVs to fool potential thieves. Set the timer to reflect your normal routine.
  • Depending on the length of your trip, consider temporarily shutting off your gas and water. This s particularly important if you will be gone for an extended period of time. Shutting off your utilities will prevent potential flooding, fire or gas leaks.
  • Keep your lawn well manicured. Nothing says ‘empty house’ like un-mowed grass and weeds. So if your trip is lengthy, hire a gardener to handle it while you’re gone.
  • Unplug electronics that aren’t on automatic timers. The best way to make sure you don’t accidentally leave a curling iron or blow dryer on is to unplug them.
  • Don’t forget to lock the doors and set your alarm. If you don’t have a whole-house alarm, consider installing one. This might seem like a no-brainer. But it might be easy to forget if you don’t include it on your before-vacation list of “to do’s.”
  • Get rid of your spare key. While you might have come to rely on having a backup when you lock yourself out, you should eliminate the convenience to keep it out of the hands of potential thieves.
  • NBC News recommends notifying the police before heading out. “No need to let the cops know about a weekend getaway, but do call them if you’re leaving town for a week or more. It’s possible the police may go out of their way to drive by your house while on patrol, especially if you live in a small town. You may also want to contact your local neighborhood watch program if there’s one in your area.”

Travel Safety

While traveling, don’t become a target for thieves and pick-pockets.

  1. Leave jewelry and other expensive belongings locked up at home.
  2. When you are in crowded, unfamiliar areas, keep your money in a belt rather than in your purse.
  3. Consider using traveler’s checks. Although most of us rely on debit cards these days, the safest way to keep funds safe is by using traveler’s checks.
  4. Latch your purse. Though you might be safe bopping around your own neighborhood, traveling could put you in harm’s way. So take extra care of your personal belongings.
  5. When traveling with kids, bring updated photos of each of your children — in case you become separated from them. Strategize with your family about who to call and what to do if they get lost or if another emergency arises.
  6. If you are traveling by car, keep an emergency road kit in the trunk. Be sure to include jumper cables, flares and other necessities as well as a first aid kit, bottled water and nonperishable foods.

When a disaster strikes, prior planning and clear decisive action can help save lives. The Allied Universal Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services is a convenient and affordable solution to all of the training needs of your building(s). Choosing our service cuts property management training related workloads by 90% and saves you over 50% compared to conventional training! More importantly, IT SAVES LIVES.

Murphy’s Laws Apply When it Comes to Summer Travel

Monday, June 18th, 2012

To BE SAFE, always prepare for the worst.

Unexpected vacation disasters can strike whether you travel by ship, airplane or horse and buggy. In the coming weeks, we will examine the best way to BE SAFE by preparing for travel-related emergencies. This post focuses on road trips.

Even if you plan and prepare for weeks, you will likely encounter some sort of unexpected situation as your drive. Here is what could happen if you fail to plan:

As you wind your way along steep mountain roads, you hear a terrible thumping sound and, even as you feel a loss of control, you realize that one of your tires has blown out. If you were to pull to the side of the road to fix the flat, would you:

  • Have to stop to unload the luggage and coolers which effectively block all of your tools?
  • Empty the trunk only to discover that your spare is missing or flat or that the jack is nowhere in sight?
  • Leave the car running while dealing with the dilemma so your family won’t suffocate in the summer heat, and in so doing—run out of gas?
  • Turn on your cellphone to call a tow truck and discover that your battery has died?

Admittedly, this is a worst-case scenario. We share it to illustrate the fact that the best way to weather a travel-related emergency is to be prepared:

Like a pilot, before you take off, make sure all systems are “go.”

The best thing to do before heading off to Grandma’s is to take your car to a mechanic for a systems’ check. But if you decide to go it alone, make sure your tires are inflated according to manufacturer’s recommendations and that they have plenty of tread. Top off fluids. Check your oil. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition.

Prepare an Emergency “Go Bag”

Your trunk should always have an emergency kit. But when you are traveling long distances, you might want to add a few extra items. You should be able to assemble emergency supplies an auto supply or department store, or you can take it easy on yourself by purchasing a pre-assembled kit online. Several organizations create and sell these kits, including the American Red Cross. In previous Allied Universal blog posts, we have covered details about what should be included in your Go Bag.  So please reference these blogs for more information.

Make sure your travel kit includes:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Hand-crank radio
  • A folding camping (Army) shovel
  • Jumper cables (8-12 feet long)
  • Fuses. Get the right ones for your car, as there are several types.
  • Tools
  • Blankets
  • Fluids for your car
  • Rags
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Gloves, socks and boots
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • WD-40
  • A Knife
  • Bright cloth or emergency road sign to display in your window
  • Non-perishable food items and a can opener
  • Rain gear
  • Dry clothes
  • Folding chair(s)
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper
  • Books and games
  • Prescription medications
  • And, if there’s still room…your wife and kids.

Before you hit the road:

  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and that you have packed your home and car chargers.
  • Invest in a small manual that has easy-to-follow instructions about basic roadside repair.
  • Do a “dry run” of changing a tire in the safety of your driveway, so you know how to do it before called upon to do so in the dark.
  • Check the contents of your kit when the seasons change. While a blanket, chains and ice scraper are important for winter driving conditions, you would probably prefer a battery-operated personal fan in the dead of summer.

Keeping a roadside emergency kit in your car will give you peace of mind as well as the tools you’ll need in the event of an emergency during your travels this summer.

When a disaster of any kind strikes, prior planning and clear decisive action can help save lives. For the latest emergency management training for facility/building managers, contact Allied Universal, Inc. Our new Version 3.0 e-based training system offers the best emergency training system with automated and integrated features. What’s more, the NEW Allied Universal Property Messaging System is included FREE for all Allied Universal Online Training System users. Visit for more information.

11 Safety Tips for 2011

Monday, December 27th, 2010
Safe Combination at 2011

BE SAFE in 2011

  1. Be prepared…for everything and anything! At home and at work, the most important step you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of coworkers, employees, family and friends, is to prepare. For ideas, look to FEMA’s recently announced “Resolve to be Ready in 2011” campaign, which features several suggestions for disaster preparedness. What’s more, our own blog posts provide food for fodder.
  2. Drill. A timely example of how preparation is critical for saving lives occurred at a San Antonio CPS office building which caught fire on December 20.  According to news’ reports, all 400 of the building’s occupants were forced to evacuate the building before 9 a.m., at which point the company’s emergency evacuation plans were put into effect. No doubt benefiting from the safety plan and associated regular fire drills, preparation paid off as every employee escaped without injury.
  3. Protect yourself from cyber-terrorism. As we rely more and more on all things electronic, we must be diligent to guard ourselves against identity theft. Four out of five victims of Identity Theft encounter serious issues as a result of the crime, such as lowered credit scores, bankruptcy, foreclosure, or even prison time. So protect your Internet passwords by creating them randomly and changing them frequently.
  4. Guard against health risks. Although the flood of sensational news’ stories about Cholera, the Swine Flu and SARS have ebbed, you still run the risk of contracting viruses and bacteria if you fail to take precautions to remain healthy. One of the easiest ways to do this is to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. Also, take advantage of vaccinations designed to protect you against illnesses such as Influenza or Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
  5. Consider your location. Since different types of disasters occur depending on your location, pay attention to geography and history when you prepare for natural or man-made disasters. If you live on the coast, for example, plan for tsunamis. If you get snow, make winterizing a priority. If you live near a fault line, make sure you are ready for earthquakes.
  6. Heed storm warnings. While some natural disasters, such as earthquakes, come without warning, many others are relatively easy to predict. So, if you live in an area where hurricanes or tornadoes are common, follow forecasts. And when an event is anticipated, take necessary steps to ensure your own safety as well as that of emergency workers, who might be put in harm’s way if they have to brave the elements in order to rescue you. 
  7. Do the right thing. Don’t cut corners. Take a cue from the recent Shanghai Fire, which some believe resulted from contractors who cut corners. Applicable to all areas of life, doing what’s right will help keep everyone safe in 2011 and beyond.
  8. Go green. You don’t have to be a hippie to understand the importance of protecting our planet. Today, millions of electronics are shipped to developing countries where they are dissembled, often in a crude manner, which exposes workers and the environment to contaminants such as mercury, sulfur, and lead. This practice puts us all at risk. So do your part this year to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  9. Travel safely. Try to be patient if you fly. While it might be inconvenient to take off your belt, shoes and jewelry at the security gate, and possibly undergoing a TSA pat-down, these safety measures are in place to keep us safe.
  10. Fight fire with fire prevention. The surest way to fight fire is to prevent it. The National Fire Protection Association has sponsored Fire Prevention Week each year since the Great Chicago Fire roared through Chicago in 1871. This year’s push is to install smoke alarms. So if you haven’t installed them in your commercial property building or at home, do so today!
  11. Keep learning. Our corporate mission is to save lives through training with the motto “Be Safe!” The Allied Universal Training System 2.0 is a fully integrated system which allows property management companies to manage one site or an entire portfolio, with all users in the same system.

If you own or manage commercial property, by enrolling in the system, please consider our system, which trains occupants, floor wardens, and fire safety directors. What’s more; all user training and testing is recorded. Get quick access to building-specific Emergency Responder information and other resources. We hope you’ll include us in your plans to keep tenants, residents and family and friends safe in 2011 and beyond.

When a disaster strikes, prior planning and clear decisive action can help save lives.  For the latest emergency management training for facility/building managers, contact Allied Universal, Inc. Our new Version 2.0 e-based training system offers the best emergency training system with automated and integrated features. Visit for more information and remember to BE SAFE.