The Water Could Be Rising

Spring is in the air!  It’s the season to open up the windows to hear the birds and neighborhood kids splashing in the puddles.  The grass is wet and the sump pump is working to keep your basement dry.

Last spring I heard my sump pump running…and running…and running.  Much longer than usual.  I decided to see what was going on.  It was working and cycling normally, but for some reason, it had decided to take a little vacation at some point and wait to start working again.  The carpet wasn’t wet but it came up a good 10″ higher than it ever should have.

It started me thinking.  What if it took a permanent vacation while I was at work? What would happen to my basement? I decided to look into possible solutions.  Maybe it’s time you did the same.

This is around the time of year that sump pumps and backup kits start hitting the box store sale flyers.  It can be as simple as a battery backup to a whole second pump assembly. I opted to change our pump for a new model, battery backup, and flood sensor.  That’s right! We installed a flood sensor and tied it into our alarm system.  I’ll get a phone call from the monitoring station before the water even makes it to the carpet!

What are you doing to keep what matters most safe? Are you keeping the flood waters at bay?

Give me a call or email if you want to talk about anything security related.  I’d love to hear from you.

Mike Pagnutti
President

m.pagnutti@northernsecurity.ca
705-675-1003
1-800-565-0887

Time to keep an eye out

Spring is finally upon us! The birds are flying over head and tulips are pushing their way towards the warm sun.  This is also time of year where we, as automobile drivers, need to be much more aware.  We’ve all spent the last few months not having to watch out for people on bicycles or motorcycles.  It’s easy to take that second glance when pulling out in traffic to see if there is a bike that was hidden the first time you looked.

This motorcycle season will be the 52nd year of riding for my dad, 23rd for myself, and 7th (as a passenger) for my young son.  Needless to say, we really enjoy riding, working on, and looking at motorcycles. Its easy for us to spot them in traffic…or even tucked behind a barn…but that’s a different story.  I know that not everyone notices bikes as easily as our family.  Many motorcyclists have exchanged their black leather jackets for something more eye catching to try and draw the attention of other drivers. Some are even installing extra lights to be more noticeable.  The easiest suggestion I can make is that everyone should ALWAYS assume somebody is coming.  Here’s an interesting Road and Track article that explains how easy it really is to miss something while driving.

Bicycles add their own element when it comes to awareness.  They’re silent and being ridden all over the place!  You never know where they’ll appear.  Kids (and some adults) are riding them on the roads, sidewalks, and across front lawns.  Even the most vigilant of drivers can be caught off guard by an unpredictable cyclist.  The MTO has come out with several helpful articles (HERE)  to help educate riders both young and old.

All I ask is that this spring, you take some time to enjoy that warm sunshine and keep your eye out for two wheeled motorists.  We all share the responsibility of keeping each other safe while out on the road.

I’m always happy to write these emails and welcome any and all feedback.  Don’t hesitate to reach out and discuss anything security or safety related.

Mike Pagnutti
President
705-675-1003
1-800-565-0887