September 01, 2020
We may celebrate the end of summer and the first day of fall in September, but there’s still time to soak in the sunshine after Labor Day weekend. We have ideas for getting outside this month for National Fall Foliage Week. And, we dive into ways to be a sweet neighbor beyond lending a cup of sugar. Learn how your Blue security cameras may help you connect with the people next door.
Turn over a new leaf outdoors
The first day of autumn, aka the fall equinox, is coming up on September 22nd. During the equinox, night and day are equal amounts of time. So, if you aren’t sure what day it is, there’s your excuse. It’s also the time of year when the tree’s leaves start to change.
Remember to charge your smartphone or camera regularly so you can grab fall photos for the gram during National Fall Foliage Week. To enjoy the new season’s weather and take in the fall colors, think about taking a drive to the country, walking your fur baby to the park, renting a kayak, taking a socially distant camping trip in the mountains, or going on a hike. If you don’t want to leave home, enjoy the fall weather and changing leaves on your patio or in your backyard. Foliage week starts on September 27th.
More than a cup of sugar
National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th is a great time to introduce yourself and be extra neighborly to the people living on your block or in your apartment building. While we may still be 6 feet apart, there are still ways to help a neighbor beyond being generous with your pantry’s baking ingredients. You can be an awesome neighbor while social distancing by lending tools, holding the door, shopping for groceries, pet sitting, watering flowers, cutting grass, or raking leaves.
Consider working with your neighbor to save each other’s home deliveries before porch pirates try to snag them. Keep each other informed if packages are on the way. You could also offer to collect your neighbor’s mail while they’re on vacation.
Want to take things to the next neighbor level? Choose a long-trusted person in your neighborhood to be your security system’s courtesy contact for the monitoring center. That way, your neighbor can try to help you if there is an emergency event while you’re away on vacation or if your fur baby needs help while you’re at work.
If your neighbor has a security event occur near their home within your Blue doorbell and/or wireless outdoor camera’s field of view, your camera may capture it. You can easily send footage from your smartphone if they ask to review your outdoor or doorbell camera’s video footage. You can check for the footage your neighbor needs on your video storage.
Check-in and power up
Take time during National Preparedness Month in September to check your security system device batteries at your home. It’s easy. You can look at the dashboard of the Blue by ADT app anytime to see if your devices or sensors have a low battery level. Test and/or change the batteries in your home’s smoke and CO detectors, and your system’s fire safety sensor. You should also see if other battery-operated security system devices at your home need fresh batteries like door/window sensors, motion sensors, glass break sensors, and the system’s entry keypad. You can find more about how to change the batteries for each device in the Support Center. Also, get battery life tips for the Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera.