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3 Smoke Detector Maintenance Tips to Help Keep Your Family Safe

Every home needs a working fire alarm/smoke detector. But that smoke detector isn’t going to do you a bit of good if you don’t periodically check to make sure that it is still in working condition. If you only notice that there is an issue with your fire alarm after there is an actual fire, it may be tragically too late to do anything about it. Here are three maintenance tips you should follow on a regular basis to ensure that your smoke detector will keep your family safe for many years to come. Clean Every Detector Twice a Year Most smoke detectors are placed high up on a wall and may be out of sight and out of mind for the most part. But its location does not mean that it can’t be contaminated by airborne dust and other substances. Twice a year, grab an upholstery wand and wipe the walls on all sides of the detector to clear away any dirt or dust. If it’s possible to do so without damaging it, you can also remove the detector and gently vacuum out the interior compartments. Be sure to check your owner’s manual in advance though to make sure doing so will not damage the detector. Change the Batteries on the Same Day Every Year Normally a smoke detector will begin to beep at you if the battery is dying. But you don’t want to risk finding out the hard way that the battery no longer has any juice. Pick a day on the calendar that is of some significance to you and make a resolution that you...

Reducing The Chance Of Theft Of Your Storage Facility’s Units

If you are a storage facility manager, and you have gotten complaints from your renters that their units have been tampered with recently, you will want to ramp up your security effort to keep their belongings safe. Storage facility theft is an attractive act to thieves as many companies fail to have adequate security available. This makes units easy targets as there are times the grounds are vacant of people utilizing their storage space. Here are some ideas you can use to increase the safety of your facility for your customers. Install An Access Card System If your units are housed inside a building, placing an access card system on the exterior of the structure will help keep track of who came in to open their unit at any given time. This type of reader can also be placed at the entryway of the property if your storage units are accessed from the exterior of the building. Each patron would receive an individual card to open a door or gate. This information will be stored on a computer system, allowing you to look back at who had entered and exited. This will help thwart theft as customers will know they are being tracked while on the premises. Keep A Constant Presence If you are unable to stick around your facility at all hours, consider hiring a security company to help keep a constant physical presence on the premises. A guard will patrol the entire facility and grounds, checking for any signs of foul play and helping those use their units if they have difficulty inside of them during operating...

Additional Features To Consider Before Installing A New Home Security System

In the past, security systems were simpler machines that alerted the authorities if a burglar should break into your home. However, as technology advances, these systems have extra features that can help you protect your home better. For this reason, you need to consider some additional features before installing a new security system in your home. Backup Power Some security systems rely on the electricity from your home to power the panels, sensors and lights. On the other hand, this one power source can be an issue during a blackout in your area. To help keep your home secure, even when it does not have electricity, you need to consider backup power for the system. The backup power source is an external battery that will run your security system if the power goes out. One battery type is a chargeable system that uses your home’s electrical system to supply it with power. This option is only for short-term power outages. If you are worried about prolonged power interruptions, then a solar powered battery is a good option. The battery will use any sunlight it collects to recharge itself, so your security system has the power it requires, even when you have gone days without electricity running through your home. Flood Alarms Unfortunately, floodwaters do not always come into your home from the outside. A pipe can burst or your washing machine has a breakdown and spreads water throughout your home. This is especially problematic if you are not home when the flooding begins. To help reduce the damage from water flooding your home, some security systems have flood alarms....

Sound The Alarm

Most people recognize the importance of having fire alarms in their home, but very few regularly take the additional steps necessary to ensure that their family is safe in the event of a fire. Ensuring that the fire alarm is regularly tested and maintained, as well as having a plan in place can save both lives and property. Ensuring Proper Alarm Placement It is essential to have fire alarms in several places throughout your home.  All bedrooms should contain an alarm to alert and wake sleeping individuals of a fire in the home. There should also be at least one alarm on each level of the home to ensure that it is heard regardless of location in the residence. Ensure that the alarm system is connected so that when one alarm sounds, the rest will follow. Because smoke rises, it is important that the alarms are placed near the ceiling so that they can quickly detect that there is a fire. Testing the Fire Alarm It is extremely important to test fire alarms on a regular basis to ensure that the batteries are not dead and that the alarm itself is functioning properly.  In fact, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that the alarms are tested at least once a month.  This testing is as simple as pressing the test button on your alarm. This will cause the alarm to sound just as it would in the event of a fire. This opportunity can be a great opportunity to educate young children about what the alarm means and what to do when they hear it. Most alarms will chirp...

Fire Alarm Systems For Your Home Or Business – What Do You Need?

Fire alarm systems are found in both residential and commercial buildings. These systems are custom designed to suit the needs of each structure. If you are considering having a fire alarm system installed in your home or business, you could benefit from learning about the different types and elements of fire alarm systems and how to find a system that is best for your home or business. Types of Fire Alarm Systems There are several elements that work together to create a fire alarm system that will alert you of, and possibly help control a fire should one occur. These elements include: Traditional Ionization Smoke Alarms – This is the most common type of alarm found in residential and commercial buildings. This type of alarm detects the presence of smoke during the early stages of the fire and sound an alarm. Thermal Fire Alarms – Use heat detection in a room to determine if there is a fire. As the fire starts, the temperature of the room increases which is picked up by sensors placed in the room. Once a set temperature is reached, the alarm will sound. Interconnected Fire Alarms – This type of alarm system uses multiple smoke and fire detectors that are connected to each other to detect and alert you of a fire. This system is wonderful for larger homes and businesses where it can be difficult to hear an alarm going off in a distant part of the home. When one alarm goes off, they will all go off. Sprinkler Systems – Most commonly used in commercial buildings, but can also be installed in...

Three Keys To A Smart Home Security Sytem

You might think that home security is one of those things that you don’t need—until the day comes that you do. You hear about home invasions on the news from time to time, so you have to know that it is a possibility, but when you look at the high cost of home security systems, it is easy to dismiss an invasion as something that just won’t happen to you. If you want to improve the security of your home without the cost of traditional home security, you should look at smart monitoring devices.  The Costs of Traditional Home Security A traditional home security system can cost as much as $1,600 to install, and if you choose a system with operators who monitor your system and respond when the alarm is tripped, you have to pay a monthly fee. You may pay this fee your whole life whether or not you ever have a break in. If you want to avoid the fees and contracts associated with a traditional system, you can go the DIY route with smart devices.  WiFi Security Cameras If you want to see what is going on in or around your home no matter where you are in the world, you can install a wifi security camera. Some of these cameras will offer customizable options so that your camera will alert you when anyone approaches your door or only when someone lingers at your door. You will then get an alert on your phone and the ability to see in real time what is happening, so you can respond accordingly. By putting such cameras up...

What Are Your Best Home Perimeter Defenses?

If you’re interested in increasing the safety and security of your home (and most importantly, your family), you may be looking into home security systems. However, many commercial security systems are triggered only when an exterior door opens or a window breaks. This may not give you enough time to react in self-defense or get your family to safety. What can you do to help alert yourself of any potential intruders without breaking the bank? Read on to learn more about your best inexpensive perimeter defenses that will help discourage trespassers and quickly alert you of any potential dangers. Driveway alarms If you live in a neighborhood that permits soliciting by salespeople or charitable organizations, you may benefit from a driveway alarm that is triggered whenever someone breaks an invisible barrier of light at the foot of your driveway. When a human, animal, or vehicle breaks this beam of light, you’ll hear a chime, similar to a doorbell, and will be able to go to the nearest window to see who has breached the perimeter of your home. This technology can also be used to track traffic through other possible entry points, like a backyard gate or side deck. If you purchase multiple sensors, you’ll be able to coordinate the sound of the chimes so that you can immediately identify the source. These sensors usually have adjustable sensitivity, so that you’ll be able to avoid chiming for birds, small animals, or other wildlife that may pass through your area. Solar motion-activated flood lights Having motion-activated lights on the outside of your home is one of the most effective ways...

3 Creative Places To Hide A Security Camera

Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home, especially if small children are living in the home as well. When it comes to providing you peace of mind, a security system featuring cameras can be beneficial. Not only will these cameras deter potential criminals, but they can help you monitor the child care workers who enter your home on a daily basis. If you want to provide the maximum amount of protection for your children, here are three creative places you can hide a security camera to monitor their interactions on a daily basis. 1. In a potted plant. The key to catching your children’s daily interactions on film is hiding your security camera in a location where it will not be spotted. Nannies or tutors can often change their behavior when they know they are being recorded, so hiding your security camera in a potted plant can be a great way to capture natural behaviors on film. To set up this type of hidden security system, you will need a plant with enough foliage to conceal your camera and a waterproof digital camcorder. By ensuring that your camcorder is waterproof, you will prevent damage if the camera comes into contact with the moist soil of the plant. 2. Inside a stuffed animal. Many playrooms are decorated with stuffed toys. These animals lend an air of whimsy to your decor, but they can also serve as an excellent place to conceal a security camera. You have a few options available to you when it comes to hiding a camera inside a stuffed animal. You can remove the stuffing...

Types Of Fire Suppression Systems For Your Commercial Property

Installing a fire suppression system in your new commercial structure is essential, and it can help cut the cost of fire damage by helping to keep the flames at bay. If you’re still working on the planning stages of a build-to-suit commercial property, the choice of sprinkler systems is essential. Here’s a look at the three primary types of sprinkler systems you should be considering. Wet Systems A wet sprinkler system is the type that you typically see in commercial buildings. These units have an elaborate network of water pipes above the ceiling, and each one feeds a sprinkler head. The sprinklers are activated by fire, and the head distributes water from the lines in the ceiling. Wet sprinkler systems require routine inspection and maintenance to ensure that they are functioning as intended and prepared to respond when necessary. As a building owner, it is important to understand that a broken water line in a system like this can lead to serious water damage, so don’t overlook the importance of proper installation or routine inspections. Dry Systems A dry sprinkler system isn’t common in all regions, but can often be found in areas where the temperatures can reach below freezing for an extended period of time. They are an alternative in these climates because water in the pipes would be prone to freezing. If your commercial building is going to have a lot of open space, poor insulation or no climate control, you’ll want to consider dry suppression instead of a wet sprinkler system. Dry suppression systems don’t keep the water in the lines behind the sprinkler heads. Instead,...

2 Types of Security Systems You Should Consider for Your Business

If you own a business, chances are you want to keep everything and everyone in it safe. There are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to the best security for your business. However, consider the following two most popular types of security systems to keep your property safe: Electronic Code Entry Electronic code entry is a type of common security alarm system that can be a great option for any business. If you opt for this type of system, you’ll get a wall-mounting keypad with a digital screen which serves as the main point where you’ll arm the system. Your installer will program the system to your preferences, and your business will be safe and secure. With electronic coded entry systems there are is one main drawback. The security system is operated by the pass code. While you may still have control over who has access to the building, if there are rooms, offices, or other areas where you want access limited, you’ll have to install a separate keypad with separate programming to operate it for that specific area. You’ll also want to change any pass codes periodically to maintain your business’s security. Card Access Systems A card access system is another great option for businesses. It can provide more security than other systems. You also have the option of having one card access reader for the whole premises, or you can install an access reader at different points of your business where you want access restricted. This may be where you keep customer and client files or computer systems and technological devices, or any...

About Me

About a year ago, I started collecting things that I could use to open a secondhand store with. This month, I finally found the perfect location for my business and have begun working to renovate the store and make it what I really wanted it to be. One element that I knew I wanted to spare no expense on was the security system. I wanted to be able to keep a close eye on the teenagers that would be shopping in my store because I knew that the teens were going to be a large portion of my customer base. See what I did to ensure top security in my shop on my blog.