July 01, 2021
This month, we celebrate our nation’s birthday and provide helpful safety tips for fireworks and outdoor grilling. Plus, we share a reminder about how to add users and custom codes to your Blue by ADT system. You’ll also get tips to help your Blue Wireless Outdoor Camera protect your home for even longer.
Celebrate July 4th safely
Independence Day is a time for fireworks, flags, grilling and outdoor gatherings. July 4th also happens to fall during National Fireworks Safety Month. Whether you watch a display from a distance or light fireworks at a cookout, make sure you and your loved ones celebrate safely. As you’re preparing for your holiday weekend, consider the following safety tips:
- Before your barbeque when the sparklers come out, run a test to make sure your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are working properly. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the batteries, take a moment before July 4th to pop in a fresh set.
- If fireworks are about to start, secure your fur babies in a familiar indoor spot. Choose a place that’s as insulated as possible from the noise outside.
- If using fireworks, keep a bucket of water nearby and avoid setting them off close to homes, people and flammable materials. Don’t allow children or people under the influence to handle fireworks.
- Enjoy the beauty of fireworks from a distance by attending a local professional display in your area.
- If you’re barbequing, remember to never grill inside your home or garage. Propane and charcoal grills are for outdoor use only. Grill in a well-ventilated area outdoors to help protect you and others from CO exposure.
- Clean your grill before cooking to reduce the chance of a grease fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times in case of a fire emergency, and never leave your grill unattended.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, as vinyl and aluminum siding can be damaged if your grill is used too close. Also, make sure the grill is placed on flat ground and the wheels are locked in place while in use.
Give your circle the access they need
Your parents. Your girlfriend. Your dog walker. With your Blue system, you can set them up with their own user codes to give them the access you want them to have. You can change access codes anytime. Since the codes are unique to each person, you’ll always know who’s coming and going.
- Master user – The master user is the main user. This person has full access to the app and is in charge of the monitoring plan and billing.
- Admin user – The admin user is a secondary user, like the master user’s spouse or partner. This person has access to all features, except billing.
- Standard user – A standard user is an additional user who has a login for the app. This person can only arm or disarm the system.
- Basic user – This user, such as a dog walker or contractor, gets a code that allows them to arm and disarm from the keypad. They can’t log in to the app.
New ways to get the most out of your outdoor camera battery life
We’re introducing two new add-on devices to help extend the battery life of your Blue by ADT Wireless Outdoor Camera. The new Blue Solar Panel can significantly extend the life of your battery. Just place it in a sunny spot, connect it to your camera’s battery and you’re good. Want to extend your battery indefinitely, without needing to recharge at all? The Blue Always-On Bracket attaches to the back of your outdoor camera and lets you plug it directly into a power source, for continuous, 24/7 operation.
Prefer to work with what you already have? No problem. Here are three quick steps you can take to maximize your outdoor camera’s battery life.
- First, make sure your battery is fully charged before connecting it to the camera. The battery pack LED will turn green once it’s fully charged. (Note: the initial battery charging time for the outdoor camera is 5 to 6 hours.)
- To save battery life, you can opt to customize your camera’s motion zones and sensitivity to avoid high-traffic areas such as street traffic. In the app, find Devices > Select Outdoor Camera > Motion > Motion Zone and Sensitivity. Then, slide the corners of the window to adjust the motion zone smaller or larger and tap Save.
- You can also create a custom time frame for your camera to capture motion. In the app, find Devices > Select Outdoor Camera > Motion > Notifications > Custom. After making these changes, tap Save.