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.