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Smoke Detectors: Batteries, Monitoring and 10 Year Life

When first introduced, smoke detectors needed special batteries, but at $10 a piece, dead batteries often remained in place. By the 1980s, hard-wired detectors with alkaline battery back-ups ensured functionality at all times. However, in an empty building, a fire would rage until it attracted notice and someone called the local fire department. The solution to provide the highest level of life-safety is to have […]

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Why is Commercial Fire Alarm So Expensive?

I often get asked from potential buyers as to why a fire alarm for their business is so much more costly than the alarm for their home. Fire alarm systems are a crucial part of protecting lives in both commercial and residential properties. They are designed to save lives and protect property by alerting people […]

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire!

Where there’s smoke there’s fire! We’ve all heard the saying, but it’s true. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly two-thirds (64%) of home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in one of these areas―the bedroom, the living room, the family room or den, or the kitchen. And guess what contributed to these […]

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Hidden Smoke Detector Cameras Can Get You in Hot Water

We have all seen them. Smoke detectors..or cameras that look like smoke detectors. How can you tell the difference? Many times you cannot. Many of these cameras are just that – cameras and are really non-functional smoke detectors. But did you know as a business owner using these hidden cameras can get you in a […]

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Timing Your Security Project Is Critical

Moving your business into a newly constructed or renovated building can be exciting and stressful. There is a tremendous amount of planning and coordination that goes into the construction of a new building. Renovation or construction of a new building requires your general contractor to manage site development, framing, HVAC, electrical, sheet rock and painting […]

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Why Have a Monitored Smoke Detector? Your Pet Will Tell You.

Each year in the United States, thousands of people lose their lives to fire. The financial costs can reach into the billions of dollars. Forgotten in these tragedies are the hundreds of thousands of family members who suffer death or injury as well – our pets. According to the US Fire Administration’s website (www.usfa.dhs.gov), more than 1.7 […]

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Customer Tip #113: The Installer’s Vehicle Can Be Foretelling

Let’s set the scene… You need an alarm, camera or key fob access system installed for your home or business. You want it to meet all your criteria relative to features and scheduling of the work. The sales person assures you that all will be perfect! The sales person also tells you that the system […]

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Why Licensing Matters

Q. What do childcare centers, electricians, doctors, chiropractors, engineers and security companies have in common? A. They all must be licensed. Many professions must have a license to work in their trade. This license is issued by a state agency. In New York State that agency is the Department of State Division of Licensing. They […]

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AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Time Warner, Oh My!

So, you decided that you would like to get an alarm system for your home. Seeing all the ads and hype for the new security offerings from AT&T®, Time Warner® and Verizon Wireless®, to name a few, has you curious and eager to get protected. You just have a few questions… Can my cable or […]

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Can Your Medical Practice Survive a HIPAA Violation?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, otherwise known as HIPAA, set forth new standards for the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (EPHI). Once the Y2K ‘crisis’ had come and gone, healthcare organizations could now turn their attention to these new regulations. The frequency of data breaches in healthcare organizations […]

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