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By Brian Ripp | Broker in Fremont, CA
  • Spring Break

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Fremont, Crime & Safety in Fremont, In My Neighborhood in Fremont  |  March 28, 2014 9:58 AM  |  465 views  |  No comments

    Spring break, should be a relaxing time, especially if you’re planning to go on vacation.  But preparing your home for your departure can be stressful.  Whether you’re leaving home for a week or a month, you can rest easy with these tips for keeping your home safe while you’re away:

    v  Arrange for someone to do seasonal maintenance, such as mowing or raking.

    v  Have mail or packages picked up by a friend, forwarded or held by the post office.

    v  Stop newspaper deliveries and ask a neighbor to pick up freebie newspapers and circulars on the property.

    v  Lower your telephone ringer (and answering machine volume) and never leave an outgoing message that says you’re away.

    v  Use timers to turn lights on and off at the appropriate times.  Compensate for having lights on when no one’s home by turning off other appliances that are often left on, such as DVD players, computers and microwaves.  Also consider connecting a radio to a timer.

    v  Leave blinds open in their usual position.

    v  Ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway.

    v  Double check all doors and window locks.

    v  Tell a trusted friend or neighbor where you’ll be.

  • Home Security

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Fremont, Crime & Safety in Fremont, Home Ownership in Fremont  |  September 18, 2013 11:49 AM  |  814 views  |  No comments

    Americans say they feel safe, but many don’t always take the necessary steps to ensure their safety, according to a recent survey by ADT, which explored homeowners’ security behavioral patterns.

    • While Americans rated their home safety at an average of 85 out of 100, just 30 percent of those who owned a security system actually have it on at all times, and only six out of 10 own a carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Two-thirds of Americans (65%) say they are more likely to have a paper shredder in their home than a security system, despite the fact that 56% of them are concerned about the security of their possessions and 72% are concerned about the safety of their children.
    • More than two-thirds of homeowners trust their neighbors to keep an eye on their home while they are away.  However, most home burglaries occur during the day (53%), when most people are at work or school, compared with 27% at night.
    • Door locks aren’t always used.  Even though locking windows and doors is an obvious security measure, many homeowners don’t lock their windows and doors when they are away.  Home monitoring systems allow homeowners to check on their residence and remotely lock doors.
  • When it's too Hot in the Kitchen

    Posted Under: General Area in Fremont, Quality of Life in Fremont, Crime & Safety in Fremont  |  December 7, 2011 9:48 AM  |  1,029 views  |  No comments

    You’ve likely heard the joke that goes, “I can always tell when my wife’s cooking is done because the fire alarm goes off”.  But fire is no joke.  And most home fires do begin in the kitchen.  So remember, the best way to prevent a kitchen fire is to stay near the stove whenever you are cooking something – especially when frying.  Also, keep your stove and oven clean.  Move anything that can burn at least three feet away from the heat.

    But if the worst does happen, here’s what you should do, according to homesafetycouncil.org:

      For Pan Fires:

    - If you have a small pan fire on the stove, put on an oven mitt.

    - Carefully slide a cookie sheet over the pan. A lid can also be used.  This cuts off the oxygen and allows the fire to go down.

    - Turn off the heat at the burner.

    - Leave the pan covered and in place.  Do not try to move it!

    - Let the pan cool down before you take away the cookie sheet or lid.

      For Oven Fires:

    - Turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

    - Call the fire department so that firefighters can check for possible flame spread.

      Toaster Oven or Microwave Fires:

    - Turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

    - Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.

    - Call the fire department to report the fire.

    - Have the appliance serviced before you use it again or replace it.

  • Community Alert System

    Posted Under: Crime & Safety in Fremont  |  December 6, 2009 11:07 AM  |  534 views  |  1 comment

    The City of Fremont uses a Community Alert System, CodeRED®, which is provided by Emergency Communications Network. The CodeRED®system is a high-speed notification system that gives City officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency alerts and non-emergency notifications to targeted geographic areas or the entire city.  CodeRED® is a “reverse 911” system that currently contains land-line phone numbers for most residents and businesses.  The community is encouraged to enroll additional information to receive notifications by email, SMS (text), and cell or work numbers.

    Additional information visit: http://www.fremont.gov/index.aspx?NID=1024
     information obtained from the City of Fremont's website

    Brian Ripp, CRS, GRI, Broker – your Bay Area Realtor
    www.BrianRipp.com  serving Fremont, Newark, Union City & surrounding communities.
    Real Estate & Property Management.

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