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Is your Christmas gift at risk of catching fire?

One of the biggest Christmas gifts this season could also be one of the most dangerous.  It’s the coveted Hoverboard.  While it’s cool to be cruising around town in style it’s not cool to have your Hoverboard catch fire while using it.  If you insist on getting a Hoverboard this holiday season there are a few things you should know:

  1. Please take the time to look at and research the product you buy. If it is compliant with federal standards, inspections, and certifications, it will have a mark on it or indicate such on its packaging, on the device itself, or on its charging equipment. Devices not bearing a mark indicating compliance likely have not been tested to meet minimum safety standards.
  2. After you have use your Hoverboard please give the device time to cool off prior to charging.
  3. When charging the battery please make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions.
  4. When riding your Hoverboard please wear safety gear.
  5. If the Hoverboard seems to be acting “funny” while you are riding it please turn it off right away.
  6. Overheating – if you notice the device is very hot, stop using it and check with your manufacturer or retailer. This could suggest a faulty battery that needs replacing.
  7. Make sure your Hoverboard is powered down at night and anytime you are not using it.

 

Here is a great video warning you of some of the dangers of Hoverbords from The More You Know: Channel 2 on You Tube.

 

We also always suggest that you check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission for any questions or safety concerns on products.

 

Is your alarm company still in business?

It has recently come to our attention via several postings on security boards and blogs that a few alarm companies are trying to “trick” homeowners into thinking that their current alarm company is out of business.

Here’s an example of what’s happening:

You will receive a phone call or possibly an unannounced home visit stating that XYZ alarm company has  acquired your current alarm company and will need to reprogram your alarm system.

What you should do if this happens?:

1) If they call, take down the company name and number.  Let them know you will call back when you have time to talk.  If they stop in for an unannounced visit ask for some information on the company and tell them you will get back with them when you have the time to talk.

2) Contact your current alarm company to find out if this information is true.  Normally, you would be notified of a change like this by mail or telephone, not by an unannounced visit or phone call  by a representative from another company.

What if I fell for their scam?:

According to Ken Kirschenbaum, Esq:

1) A subscriber fraudulently induced to sign an alarm contract can have it nullified and can get out any time prior to ratification after the fraud is discovered.

2) If you have an existing contract with your alarm company, it can still be enforced.

For more information on this topic give us a call today at (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site

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