Complete home security systems are always monitored systems. In other words, once your home alarm system or systems are installed, they will also be connected to a monitoring service that will contact you or alert law enforcement authorities if there’s a problem on your premises. When you install a home alarm system, whether you do it yourself or have it installed by professionals, you will very likely be able to make a choice in monitoring service providers. And along with choosing a provider, you can also make another choice – to contract with a provider or utilize the services of a monitoring company without contractual obligation.
Alarm system monitoring services that provide a no-contract offer sometimes provide such a service because of the specialized nature of the system you’ve installed. If your home alarm system is technologically tied to the same company that installed or sold it, then as a “bonus” for selecting that specialized system, the monitoring service may be provided free of charge.
Similarly, some installation services or home security alarm companies may offer a Continue reading Is a No Contract Option Right for You?→
When temperatures run severely hot or cold, major discomfort can occur. High heating or cooling bills can be hazardous to your wallet. But much more hazardous to both your economic and literal well being is the damage that temperature extremes can cause to your plumbing system.
Home owners have reported loss due to damage caused by either frozen or broken water pipes as second in cost only to hurricane damage. With repair costs for burst pipes running into thousands, it stands to reason that a practical home or business owner will want to prevent such damage from occurring in the first place. Most such damage happens in less than several hours time from a pipe’s bursting.
To eliminate or minimize the damage caused by such breakage, using a home or business security system that includes environmental alarm features focused on flooding and freezing is a sensible plan. Continue reading Temperature Alarms→
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→
Some times you need to solve a problem. But sometimes its best to prevent a problem from occurring in the first place. In regard to home or business security and safety, having an alarm system in place inside your home or work place will warn you if an intrusion has incurred, solving the problem of identifying an intruder in your residence or work place and notifying law enforcement about this serious problem. But having a perimeter alarm installed outside your property could eliminate any potential intruder problems before they occur. Continue reading Perimeter Alarms: Eliminating Safety Problems Before They Occur→
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→
So who needs a home medical alarm? Possibly you do, or someone you love. For seniors or disabled individuals who live alone, a home medical alarm system can be a vital component in health and happiness. After all, even at home, there can be many risks of injury for elderly or disabled individuals. With a medical alarm system, you can help your loved ones stay safe from accidents, and prevent the possibility incurring unnecessary medical bills. Continue reading Home Medical Alarms – Who needs them?→
Medical alarm systems are increasingly important in today’s society. Let’s take a look at why this is so and how these systems work.
First of all, for senior citizens or disabled individuals living alone, medical alarm systems are a simple and cost-effect way to help them maintain their independence. Rather than relying on care givers or family members, alarm systems offer a way to be safe should a health emergency or accident occur without compromising individual freedom. So many seniors are living independently yet feel tethered to family and neighbors in case of emergency; or they may feel compelled, for safety reasons, to give up living on their own. With a medical alarm system in place, their mobility and capabilities are enhanced. Continue reading Medical Alarm Systems – An Overview→
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→
For your home or business, smoke and fire alarms are your partner in protection. Some systems will not only alert you, your family, or co-workers of a fire, but will also contact a professional monitoring service to send help. Others provide more basic over all warning protection. Which ever style of alarm you chose, the detection system will operate either through an optical detection of smoke, an ionization system which checks the air for smoke particles, or by air sampling which uses a physical system to detect smoke in the air. Continue reading Choosing and Installing Smoke and Fire Alarm Systems→