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.