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.

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.