In today’s security marketplace, there are many choices in home security. One area you should always be sure to include in any security package is a fire alarm system or smoke detector. The question is how much fire security do you need, and what are the essential elements of this type of security.
There are many major differences between smoke and fire alarms.
A smoke alarm security device will warn you of fire danger in your home, providing early detection of smoke. This time crucial sensitivity can allow you family to leave your house quickly in the event of fire danger. It can also help limit damage to your residence – early warning also means an early response from the fire department. And, smoke alarms are often very reasonably priced. Usually wireless, they’re simple to install – a perfect do it on your own alarm system.
A fire alarm security system offers a wider range of protection than a smoke alarm. While a fire alarm also provides the same protection as a smoke alarm system, offering early warning at the detection of smoke, it also offers more extensive protection. For example, such fire alarm security systems automatically notify your local fire department or the alarm monitoring provider, by sending an emergency signal. A sprinkler system is also usually a Continue reading Security from Fire – What Protection is Right for You?
Installing a wireless home security system can be the job of a professional security installer. Or you can elect to install a simple system yourself. If you’re handy with basic home maintenance you’ll find self-installation a cost effective and easy solution.
All you need to being installation of a wireless security system yourself are a few basic tools and the kit you’ve purchased which should contain a main control unit, sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor and alarm.
The first step is planning: decide where to place your control panel, preferably in a central area that is easy to get to. Place it near an electrical outlet and away from any electronics that could cause interference in the signal such as televisions, microwaves, or ham radios. You may wish to place the panel close to your main entrance for convenience. However, don’t place it so that it is easily visible from the outside, where a potential intruder could spot it. Continue reading How to Install a Wireless Home Security System
When you hear the phrase ‘boat safety,’ chances are you’re thinking about making sure your boat has no leaks or storm damage, is ocean safe and well maintained. Or you may consider the skills necessary to operate your water craft. But today, boat safety also refers to the secure storage of your vessel, and the use of marine security systems to keep your property from being damaged or stolen.
Let’s start with a look at boat storage. For those of you who store your vessel away from the water, boats should be placed in a locked garage or boat storage facility that is also securely locked. If you keep your boat on a trailer, always utilize a trailer hitch lock. And, be sure to park your boat off the street, in a location that makes it difficult to steal. Another good idea: place an item such as cinder blocks or other equipment behind the trailer so that there is an obstacle for any thief attempting to hook your trailer up to their own vehicle. You can also remove some of your trailer’s tires, to further slow a thief. A sturdy security chain and locking system can also be used to attach your boat to an permanent object – tree, dock or garage. Continue reading Boat Safety: Storage and Marine Security Installation
Not all Marine Security Systems are made alike. Some of them are actually designed for home or office use, and not adapted to successfully handle the often harsh marine environment. When you choose a boat security system, you’ll want to be sure that the system you select truly functions in a marine environment.
First of all, make sure your system’s alarm controls are contained in water resistant NMEAIII enclosing devices. Check to be certain that the electronics themselves feature an epoxy sealant over their components. And when it comes to sensors, home oriented devices just won’t do. A boat’s simple rocking against a dock or anchor can set off a false alarm. Even wind and waves can trigger a false alarm. Motion detectors for marine systems must utilize hidden pressure devices that are placed under decks, near door ways or under ladders to successfully alert you should a potential intruder get on your water craft. Motion detectors installed in an interior cabin should be dual technological devices that are triggered only when two motion violations occur to prevent false alarms. And besides hidden pressure sensors on decks, you’ll want your system to utilize marine standard contact sensors on doors, hatches, and lockers to restrict entry in certain areas. Continue reading Marine Security – Keep it Ship Shape
Selecting a quality marine security system can be a challenge in today’s market. As boat owners become more concerned with preventing theft and intrusion, the security choices available have increased dramatically. But, some systems may be geared more toward home, business or automotive security; and even within the parameters of expert marine alarm systems, you’ll want to choose the right alarm for your boating needs based on size, durability, and whether you want a wired or wireless system. Continue reading Boat Alarms – State of the Art Marine Security
Home security systems are often considered as devices used to protect your home from intruders. But there are many other security systems vital for home protection from fire, or other environmental hazards such as carbon monoxide or radon.
One option you may wish to consider is an ionization fire detector. This type of system monitors changes in electric current that can occur due to particles ionized by combustion. It alters the air inside the detector to serve as a conductor of electrical currents. If smoke enters the detector and stops the current’s flow, the alarm will sound. Such a system works immediately and well in detecting smoke caused by a raging fire; it is slightly slower in detecting a low level, smoldering fire. Ionization fire detectors are usually powered by battery, and sound a low warning tone when batteries are running low. Continue reading Home Security Options for Fire Protection and Environmental Hazards
Inside and out, keep your home safe – that’s the ultimate challenge. In today’s world, security alarm systems are vitally important, and so are other, more basic security steps.
First of all, make your property appealing – to you and your neighbors, not would be intruders! That means trim those shrubs and trees, get rid of any items in your yard that would make it easy for an intruder to use as cover – whether it’s an old camper shell left in the driveway or an unlocked storage shed. Illuminate your property: motion sensor lights are a great way to do this, triggering light to shine on the movement of expected and unexpected ‘guests’ alike. Be sure to leave lights on inside your home at night, whether automatically triggered or simply turned on before you go out for the evening. Making your home into a clean, well-lighted place is a major step in over coming any home security challenge. Continue reading Challenges in Home Security
Choosing a home security system is a vital safety step for your home and family. But along with selecting an alarm, lighting, or camera system, it’s also important to steer clear of some basic home security mis-steps and mistakes that could render your security technology useless.
A common and easily avoidable mistake: hiding your house key. The best alarm system in the world won’t keep out a thief you’ve handed him the key to your front door. Many people are concerned about being locked out of their home, and will place an extra key under a rock, above the door, or in a container somewhere on the property. A better plan: leave an extra key with a neighbor or purchase a finger print or keypad lock to replace a traditional keyed system. Don’t leave your house keys in your car either, even if your car is in your garage. That’s an open invitation to a car thief to come inside your home. And when you’re away from your property, the same rule applies – don’t leave your keys in your car. If you’re utilizing a valet parking system, remove your house keys from your key ring or keep a spare and separate car key for the valet’s use. Continue reading Secure Your Home – Avoid Security Mistakes