Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips

When was the last time you thought about your smoke detector? If you are like most Americans, probably not recently enough. In fact, most Americans do not know the age of their smoke detector or when they last put in batteries. Just as startling, far too few Americans know enough about fire or fire safety measures.

We’d like to share a fast, easy to browse tip sheet that you can use to increase your awareness and safety.

How Fire Works

  • Fire can smolder undetected for some time, but while it smolders it emits poisonous fumes that can incapacitate residents.
  • You have two minutes or less to escape a fire safely.
  • A home can be completely engulfed in 5 minutes.
  • It takes only 4 minutes for the temperature in a home’s living room to reach 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, the point known as “flashover”, when spontaneous ignition occurs.
  • Most people assume that neighbors would of course see a fire in a timely manner and call for help. This is dangerous because it assumes the neighbors are home, awake, or able to call.
  • There is no time to gather belongings or make a call once fire erupts.
  • You cannot see through black smoke in a fire. This increases the time it takes to get out.
  • Fires emit poisonous fumes which can cause sleepiness or disorientation, which can cause residents to not seek or be unable to seek help.
  • Asphyxiation, not flame, is the leading killer by a ratio of three- to -one.
  • Heat and smoke kill long before flame.

Fire Prevention and Detection Tips

  • Develop and practice a fire safety plan.
  • Remove fire hazards such as trash or debris.
  • Store chemicals properly.
  • Have both fire and CO detectors.
  • Ensure appliances are off when not in use.
  • Equip your home with fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers, and escape ladders.
  • Have a monitored and integrated fire and home security and home automation system that can initiate help swiftly.
  • Use home automation to schedule or remotely turn off appliances.
  • Keep your fire safety and detection equipment in working order.

Having the right fire and life safety systems in place is critical to your protection. If you have any questions about the latest technologies, or how they can help complete your safety plan, please give us a call. Complete Security Systems has been serving NJ customers with integrity for over 30 years.

Surprising Smart Home Helps for Exhausted Moms

Being a mom is a wonderful job, but one that encompasses about a million other job titles. As a mom, you are the Director of Operations, Law Enforcement, Safety Officer, Logistics Engineer and more, and all of those duties can get pretty exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice to find ways to ease the load a little?
Grab a cup of coffee, and let us provide a few solutions that satisfy safety, productivity, structure, consistency, and comfort all while maintaining cost-efficiency.

Increase Safety

Raising kids can be worrisome. There are just so many things that can cause harm that it can be overwhelming. The good news is that home automation can provide a multitude of customized ways to increase the safety of the entire family. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Use your phone to check in on playing kids or a sleeping baby without disturbing either.
  • Set up motion sensor alerts to warn you if an industrious toddler tries to escape to the backyard to play without your knowledge.
  • Support your young teen’s independence by setting up an alert for when they come home or see them through the doorbell camera.
  • Before you open the door to anyone, view and speak to them via the doorbell camera to determine if you need to—or if you should open the door.
  • Set up a “fauxcupancy” scenes so you always look home.

Provide Greater Structure and Improve Productivity

In a busy household, any sort of structure is a welcomed thing. We all know how little it takes to make the whole day fall apart right before our eyes. Using home automation as your support can be just the thing to get things on track and keep them there. Here are just a few ways home automation can revolutionize your productivity.

  • Getting everyone to sleep when they ought to be can be a real challenge, but not when you use home automation to schedule lights out. Still not sure? No worries. Just tap into the security camera through your phone to see if they are really off to sleep.
  • Keep naptime peaceful and undisturbed by turning your doorbell to silent and viewing visitors through the camera to see if it is necessary to open the door.
  • Schedule homework time and set up the entertainment systems to only go on after a certain hour.
  • For kids reluctant to get up in the morning, use lighting, temperature, and music controls to ease them into the day.

At Complete Security Systems, we know that the job of mom is no joke. We are happy to provide the technologies that make making life happen a little easier.

Better Parenting with Home Security: FOMO

If you are a parent, you know about FOMO, or the Fear OF Missing Out. And if you are like most parents, you know that sinking feeling that settles around your heart every time you come home and hear about some special moment that you wish you could have witnessed yourself.
One of the most difficult things about being a parent is that in order to be a great parent, you have to do things other than parenting! Work and many other things take us away from our kids so that we can take care them to the best of our ability. As much as we don’t like it, we can often miss out on some of the little things that make up their day.
We have all thought to ourselves that there must be a better way—and there really is. You can banish FOMO with an unlikely tool—your home security system.

No More Missing Out

You can learn a lot about how things went that day just by how the kids walk through the door and fling their backpacks on the floor. When the baby sitter tells you what a great day the kids had at school or some special event you do not have to rely on second hand information. Use your home security system and app to tap in to the security cameras and see their faces as they walk through the door.

Separation Anxiety?

Yes, your home security system can help with (your) separation anxiety. The kids may be fine walking away for the day and not give us much thought, but we hate saying good bye. We hate not knowing what they are doing, or whether or not they are okay. Tapping into your home security cameras for a peek every now helps close in the distance.

Stay Involved

Ever get the feeling that when the kids are telling you what happened that day, that they should be telling you what else happened that day? Yeah. We know. Now your strategic parenting can take on new power. No need to miss the action. Now. You. Know.

Improve Your Productivity

It is difficult to accomplish all that we need to do in a day when our mind is constantly going back to thoughts of the children. Worry takes a lot of energy that could be spent getting things done. One quick check through the security cameras can tell you all you need to know. Now you can get all of your work done faster so you can go home sooner.

It Can Help You Manage Homework Time

Should the kids be doing homework when they get home from school so that you can have even more time enjoying time together when you get home? Unless you tap into your home security cameras, you have no way of really knowing until you get home.

Worried About Chaos?

We know. Take your eyes off the kids for one moment and nearly anything could happen. There is no need to worry any more though. If your young people know that you can check in at any moment and see for yourself, they are far less likely to test your boundaries.

Ready to banish FOMO? Call Complete Security Systems. CSS is one of the largest independently owned, full-service security and fire alarm companies in new Jersey.

Yes, The Holidays Really Can Be Peaceful

We all know how stressful the holidays can be, and how that stress detracts from quality time with our loved ones. But reducing those stresses means managing a multitude of small details, those unruly time robbers that add up far too quickly. Is it even possible? With home automation, the answer is a resounding, yes.

Here are some ways you can use home automation to manage holiday stress and leave more time to sit back and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Let Guests In

You never want to leave your key out where anyone can find it, but you can’t always be home to let in guests when they arrive. Now, there’s no need to rush home. Just unlock the door from your smart phone. You can even make them feel welcome and comfortable by turning on lights and music or turning up the temperature.

Set the Mood

Want to create some energy at a party or help things unwind? No problem! Just use home automation to set custom scenes that can create mood with lighting, temperature, and custom play lists.

Manage Deliveries

Of course, with all that online shopping you will be getting a few deliveries. Even if you aren’t home you can use your video doorbell and alerts to know that something wonderful has arrived.

Don’t Forget the Light Display

After spending hours (and hours) putting up all those incredible lights, you would think it is easy to remember to actually turn them on. With everything else there is to remember, sometimes we forget to light up our world. With home automation, you can be sure your hard work is not in vain and schedule the times you want them on or off.

Make Your Home Unattractive to Burglars

One big holiday stress is thinking about the increased vulnerability to burglary. Thieves know that residents are home less frequently and have more new, still in box items easily accessible in the home which makes every home a more attractive target. Keep thieves guessing by using home automation to make the home always look busy and occupied.

Did You Really Turn Off the Iron?

Busy schedules mean details fall through the cracks, causing even more stress and time lost. With home automation, you never need to go back or second guess whether or not you turned off the iron, locked the door, shut the garage, or enabled the alarm. Just check your phone and manage the details from there.

Complete Security Systems is New Jersey’s Premier electronic security and home automation company. If you have any questions about how to make your life safer and simpler, please give us a call.

Minimizing Fire Damage With Smart Home Technology

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires. Direct property loss due to fire damage is estimated at $7.3 billion each year. These statistics are sobering and even more so knowing that most fires can be prevented, and much of the damage limited with early detection and notification.

Fires spread quickly. In less than five minutes a home can be engulfed in flame. In less than two minutes, heat, smoke, and fumes from fire become life threatening. In fact, asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire related death exceeding burns by a tree-to-one ratio.

Critical Components in Fire Safety

Two minutes is a very short time, especially in a crisis situation. Even that short time is cut short for many people because of the amount of time it takes to become aware of fire. In some cases, residents may be away from home, sleeping, or the fire may erupt behind a wall or in an unoccupied portion of the structure where the fire may progress undetected for some time. This makes fire prevention, early detection and early notification critical components in fire safety.

The Solutions are Simple

The use of home automation and complimentary home security technologies could help prevent a fire, or detect and alert early enough to help everyone evacuate safely and minimize possible fire damage.

Here are some important ways home automation and smart technologies can make a lifesaving difference in an emergency.

Fire Prevention

Residents can reduce the likelihood of fire by using smart technology to schedule turn off or remotely turn off appliances, such as the coffee pot or curing iron that could start a fire.

Early Detection and Early Response

With integration of your home security system to your automation system, you can initiate help sooner, as well as take immediate emergency measures.  If a system is monitored, once a system detects heat or smoke, a signal goes to the owner’s smart device as well as to the monitoring station who then alerts emergency services. A resident can act proactively and use their home automation platform to turn off air systems which help feed fire.

Sometimes, all it takes to limit fire damage are a few proactive steps. Complete Security Systems has the technology you need to help take control of your life and the tools that can help you do all that you can to prevent and limit the damage caused by fire.

Home Automation For The Busy Parent

Today’s parents are at the forefront of smart home technology. With modern systems providing parents new ways to stay connected and in touch, it’s not hard to see why. Smart home technology gives parents a bevy of tools at their fingers and provides unique ways of keeping the family safe and comfortable. With that being said, it’s not about choosing the first option available. Instead, parents are selective about the technology they use to ensure that all of their needs are met.

Because of this, parents can benefit from Complete Security Systems.

Safety as a Priority

Complete Security Systems takes home security very seriously and dedicates a number of resources to ensure that families feel safe inside and out. Numerous sensors are used throughout to ensure that parents have peace of mind. These include fire, smoke, CO, and much more. Complete Security Systems also provides complete security monitoring so that the entire home is covered. Parents will have eyes and ears wherever they need it most. When it comes to the protection of kids, Complete Security Systems takes childproofing into the modern age. High-tech sensors will send alerts to a smartphone if tripped. As the needs of the family change, parents can adapt their security options.

Technology to Make Life Easier

Smart home technology with Complete Security Systems means that the entire house is connected to make life easier. Simple tasks will prove to be a breeze. Parents can save time and access their home on the go. For example, smart locks and connected doorbells provide remote access and contact with the push of a button. Unlocking and securing the home is a breeze. Parents can check up on the security of their home and lock up after a child has left.

Automate Simple Tasks

Complete Security Systems uses advanced technology that automates everyday tasks so that families don’t have to. Furthermore, systems can be set up to change the home with the press of a button. Everything from the thermostat to the garage door opener is easy to control. The home can even understand what you need to be done before you even arrive. Geo-Services technology keeps track of where you are. It uses this information to adapt the home based on your needs. When the system sees that you’re on the way home, the lights will, temperature, and any other connected device will adapt for maximum comfort right when you walk through the door.

Easy and Connected Technology

Complete Security Systems has a handy smartphone app that acts as the epicenter of home automation. Every connected device can be manipulated in one organized space. Families can even use Amazon Echo to control the home with the sound of their voice. The entire family from the kids to the parents can have their own control of the home. Whether it’s on a tablet or a smart watch, control has never been easier. Complete Security System is your local home security and automation company, leading the way in advanced home automation technologies. Contact us today for a free consultation and schedule installation.

The 60 Seconds After The Fire Alarm System Sounds

Two things are crucial in fire safety: Having a working fire alarm system and having a plan of escape. It seems almost too simple, but together these two things save lives.

Take the Statistics Seriously

Each year, fire kills about 3,000 people a year in the United States. Forty percent of those deaths occurred in homes without working fire alarm systems.This startling fact highlights how these two things can be vital in saving your life in an emergency.

60 Seconds to Safety

One minute is all the time you have to safely escape once fire erupts. Most people believe they have more time because they assume that it is the fire that causes most fatalities. Smoke inhalation is in fact the major cause of death in most cases, and a room or structure can fill with smoke in a very short time. The earlier the warning and the better the plan of escape, the better the chances of escaping without injury. Here are some important tips to make the most of your 60 seconds:

·         Have a working fire alarm system

·         Opt for alarm system monitoring. Early alerts to emergency services can be the difference between saving lives and property.

·         Never deactivate your fire alarm system for any reason, especially while cooking.

·         Do not re-enter a burning building

·         Have fire extinguishers available and accessible

·         Have your fire system maintenanced regularly

·         Install fire safety features such as escape ladders for upper windows

·         Develop and practice a fire escape plan. Be sure to plan for children, babies, aged, disabled persons as well as pets.

·         Practice your plan regularly under all circumstances, such as day and night time, hot and inclement weather. Remember, fire rarely occur under ideal circumstances.

What You Can Expect Once the Alarm Sounds

When there is a fire emergency people can react unpredictably. That makes having a plan and knowing what to expect important. Here are some things you should consider if fire erupts in your home or place of business:

·         Get out. That is your first priority.

·         If you have a fire sprinkler system, expect it to go off as you try to exit. This may make floor slippery, so learn to expect that possibility.

·         Meet in your agreed upon location. Take a head count.

·         If you have a monitored system, you can expect emergency services to arrive quickly.

·         Fire department personnel will determine if the structure is safe to remove valuables once the fire is extinguished.

·         Secure the building to prevent further loss due to theft.

·         Contact your insurance company.

When all you have is the possibility of one minute to get to safety, you will want to make every second count. Complete Security Systems specializes in comprehensive fire and life safety systems for installations ranging from single dwelling homes to major retail centers. If you have any questions about how to make a fire alarm system part of your emergency plan, give us a call today.

Practical Summer Safety For NJ Families

Complete Security Systems places a high priority on the security that NJ parents want for their children. They offer affordable ways to keep watch over the younger crowd so parents can breathe easier. Here are a few summer safety tips for parents and their children:

1. PLAY IT SAFE AT THE PARK.

Summer security in NJ starts at the playground. If a parent cannot accompany his child, he should make sure he visits the playground with a responsible adult.

It is a good idea to role play with a child ahead of time to teach him what to do if a stranger approaches. Another good tip is to show him how to find a trustworthy adult if he needs help or is lost. Other than a policeman or park employee, a child can ask a parent with small children for help. They are most likely to be adults a child can trust.

2. KEEP SAFE IN THE WATER.

The hot weather for which summer is famous makes the pool a popular place for children. A parent must never assume his child is safe just because he can swim. He or another responsible adult should be within arm’s reach at all times according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Some people expect a drowning child to thrash wildly and call for help. The exact opposite is usually true. A child who is drowning will often be very still and not draw attention. For this reason, adults supervising swimming children need to focus on them completely.

As all parents know, the beach is the best place to be during the summer. Kids who want to swim in the ocean need to know how to swim with waves, and be educated about rip tides.

3. NOT ALL HEAT DAMAGE COMES FROM THE SUN.

Burgers and steaks are summer fare for many, and the outdoor grill receives a lot of use during the warmer months. Parents need to teach their children to stay away from the grill even after it has been turned off. It stays hot for a while after use.

For other fire safety issues, CSS offers reliable home fire alarm systems that parents can count on. Their state-of-the-art fire alarms alert residents and the proper authorities immediately if they detect smoke.

4. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNSUPERVISED.

This is one of the most important summer safety tips. Many burglaries occur during the day when people are at work. This creates danger for a child at home.

Children often have to stay home alone during the school year in the afternoons. During the summer, they are home even more. CSS offers a wireless surveillance system which allows parents to view their children at home and operate the security system from a remote location. It will alert them to any suspicious activity as well, so they can keep an eye on their children even if they need to be at work.

Following these summer safety tips will make safer NJ neighborhoods and put parents at ease. The employees at Complete Security Systems make it their mission to ensure safety for children and adults alike.

Since 1983, Complete Security Systems has been in the business of keeping you safe. We are one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey, recognized in 2003 as the state’s Outstanding Alarm Dealer of the Year. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

 

Wired vs. Wireless Home Alarms: Which is Better?

Home security systems have spared many people from the stress of break-ins and robberies. Just knowing that a house has a security system is enough to deter some criminals from attempting to break into a home. But some intruders think they have it figured out and know ways around a security system. In order to safeguard against criminal activity, you need to ensure that your security system is tamper-proof. That is why it is a good idea to get a wireless GSM system for your home.

WHAT IS A GSM (WIRELESS) ALARM SYSTEM?

GSM systems are communication systems that work through wireless telephone signals. Unlike wired security systems, wireless alarms don’t implement the use of the nearby phone lines to work. GSM systems work much in the same way that your cell phone does. They utilize a wireless communications system to send and receive alerts and messages.

WORRIES OF THE WIRED WORLD

Many home security systems work through physical wires and telephone lines in order to send their alerts and messages to the proper authorities. This was the most common transmission method for older security systems. However, there are many potential risks involved with using wired systems.

TAMPERING

Some models function on a battery backup, so even if the security system still has power to it, it cannot send a signal to the monitoring station without a working phone line. Many wired security systems can be rendered useless with just a few cut wires.

GSM systems have the ability to wirelessly contact the authorities, security system operator and you of the intrusion or emergency even if power and phone lines have been cut.

RANDOM OUTAGES AND WEATHER

Sometimes your phone service may have too much traffic to operate properly, or the service may be temporarily unavailable. Bad weather may also snap telephone lines, causing the lines to be down for hours, days or even weeks at a time. Downed power and phone lines from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy a few years ago can leave a wired security system vulnerable.

COST

Land lines also cost you more money every month. Many people have completely switched over to cellular phone service. Having the extra expense of keeping a landline available purely for your home security system seems like a waste. You could spend hundreds of dollars every year just to ensure that your home security system has a phone line to use in case of an emergency.

GSM systems allow you to transition completely from using landlines to relying on wireless phone service without any added expenses.

Having wireless alarms in your home can protect you from intruders, burglars and fires, to name a few. If you’re going to have a home security system consider getting a GSM system from Complete Security Systems. We can free you from the risks and hassles of a wired system with the quick installation of a wireless GSM system.

Since 1983, Complete Security Systems has been in the business of keeping you safe. We are one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey, recognized in 2003 as the state’s Outstanding Alarm Dealer of the Year. That gives us the flexibility and versatility to respond to your specific needs quickly, while still giving you the kind of personal service that is so important when dealing with your security concerns.

7 Summertime Home Security Tips

In addition to installing a home security system, what should NJ homeowners know about preventing their homes from being burglarized?

As a homeowner, ask yourself these important questions:

Is my schedule obvious to burglars who may be watching my home?

  • Are windows and doors left open – even those that are not easily accessible?
  • Are there places around my home that are hidden from neighbors and others?
  • How well is the exterior of my home lit – can I see every entry point at night?
  • What equipment do I keep in my garage that may be used to help a burglar break in?

There are many common-sense recommendations for preventing burglaries. 

  • Locking doors and windows anytime you leave (and place a bar in the track of sliding glass doors)
  • Install motion sensor lights to shine light on otherwise dark places around your home
  • Program lights to turn on at random times, especially when traveling

These are just a few of the common recommendations, but each of these is improved ten-fold by adding a home security alarm to the mix. After all, what good is a locked window if a burglar simply breaks the glass to enter your home? What good are deadbolts when the burglar can simply climb a ladder and enter the second-story window instead? What good are motion sensor lights if no one is home to see what’s happening outside?

A modern home security alarm in NJ from CSS combines the basic home security features with technology and 24/7 monitoring to implement a more complete security system.

To learn more about home security alarms in NJ, call the expert team at Complete Security Systems.