What are the NFPA Standards for Commercial Fire Protection?

May 12, 2020

If you run or own a business, you’ve likely been asked the question, “Is it up to code?”   

When it comes to fire prevention and protection, the necessary code for you to follow is your local fire code set by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in your area. Almost every AHJ sets its local codes and standards to match the codes and standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.  

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Spring Cleaning Your Security System

Jan 22, 2020

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 2:00 a.m., the unofficial countdown to summer begins for many of us. It’s the day we “spring forward” into daylight saving time, moving the clock forward one hour to give us an extra hour of sunlight at the end of every day.
Since this is the time of the year when we change our clocks, it is important to remember to change the batteries on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and spring clean your security system. read more

Causes of False Alarms

Mar 26, 2019

Prevent the frustration and fees of false alarms caused by your home security system. The list below contains several of the most common causes of false security alarms, so arm yourself with this knowledge so you can help prevent them.

False security alarms take up the valuable time and resources of our local law enforcement officials, and many cities and towns now charge homeowners false alarm fees to reinforce how important it is to prevent false alarms. read more

Lowe’s Iris Line Goes Under

Feb 11, 2019

Many consumers are seeing red with the recent news that big-box retailer Lowe's is shutting down service to its Iris smart home platform.

Lowe's launched its Iris cloud service in 2012 so it could sell its own smart home products to the public. Customers with an Iris smart hub, the heart of the network, could keep in touch with the connected devices in their home via the free Iris app. Smart home products ran the gamut from thermostat controllers to lights and sensors. read more

The Weakness of DIY Security Systems

Jan 24, 2019

When considering getting a home security system, some especially ambitious people might assume they can set up a fully-functioning system themselves. How hard could it be? You're tech-savvy. If you can use a smartphone or set up an Amazon Echo, surely you can slap together a decent DIY security system. The reality is that DIY systems come with some significant drawbacks. Here are some of the things to consider before you decide to take on this project yourself. read more

What Is CCTV Footage?

Jan 24, 2019

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. It’s when you use video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific, limited set of monitors. Cameras that are part of a CCTV system are usually used for surveillance and security purposes, and the footage is used to help prevent crime or to aid in the capture of a suspect if an offense has taken place. The cameras may transfer the footage to monitors where it can be watched in real-time by another person, or it may be recorded for future viewing.

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What Are the Components of a Security System?

Oct 19, 2018

Security systems can vary widely in size and scale: from simple home alarms to small business surveillance and fire systems, to commercial grade intrusion and detection systems, to enterprise-level systems that stretch across multiple locations. Understanding the essential components of a security system is the best way to start your search for the perfect safety solution for your home or business. Let's go through the main categories that make up any given system. read more

Will CCTV Work Without Internet?

Jul 16, 2018

CCTV or closed-circuit television is a TV system in which the signal isn’t publicly broadcast, but is watched and monitored, usually for surveillance and security purposes. You likely won’t make it far on a drive from one city to another without being monitored by at least one CCTV. Law enforcement uses cameras on city streets to deter crime and on highway signs to watch for traffic violators. Chances are, you’ve also been captured on dozens of CCTV systems while conducting transactions at your local bank or browsing at your local department store. read more

Why Night Staff Should Have Fire Alarm Training

Jun 30, 2018

For years I traveled as a Sales Rep.  I can't tell you how many times in those years the fire alarm went off during the night.  The entire hotel had to be evacuated and the night staff had not a clue of what to do.  In almost every case it was a nuisance alarm.  In another incident at a hotel that I frequented often, the fire alarm went off at 2:30 am.  I got dressed to evacuate and the night manager was in a full-fledged panic, as he had no idea what to do.  I can tell you this is not the exception.  Very rarely does the night staff get any training on that red box on the wall. read more

Ins and Outs of Contract vs No Contract Security Systems

Feb 22, 2018

Many people see signing a long-term contract with a reputable alarm company as a stressful experience. In truth, contracts are in place to benefit both the alarm company and the homeowner. Developing a relationship and signing a long-term commitment to a security company allows you to get to know a team and benefit from the peace of mind that comes with working with professionals. Although many people would prefer to avoid a long-term contract by going with an online or national company, there are many benefits.

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