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Wayne Alarm: Be safe in your apartment

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Apartment fire are much more common than we all might like to think, which is a little frightening to think about. Whether your residence is a single-family home or an apartment, it’s important to take the calm and proper steps that can save your life. The majority of fire are results of kitchen/cooking, heating equipments such as space heaters, and even arson which includes children at times playing with fire.

So you might ask yourself: Well, I live in an apartment. What can I do if I’m ever in this situation?

Performing a fire inspection and ensuring that everything is up-to-code can make a big difference. Here are some tips to ensure you are prepared and safe in case of any fire emergency:

Make sure all exit and stairwell doors are marked, not locked or blocked by security bars.
It’s very important to know the locations of all exit stairs from your floor level, in case you need to get out in an emergency.
If there are not a number of adequate working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, contact your landlord.
If ever stuck inside your apartment and you can’t find any exit, try to stuff wet towels or sheets around the door and vents. This helps to keep the smoke out.
Here are some ways to ensure that you stay safe on a daily basis throughout your apartment:

Don’t leave cooking food unattended
Always ensure that your stove or oven is off if you’re not in the room or leaving your apartment. It’s also very, very important to never use your oven as a source to heat your home.
Make sure there’s a three feet distance with household combustibles from heating equipments: space heaters, fireplace, or wood stoves. In addition turn portable heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed.
Replace any worn electrical cords. Use power strips if additional outlets are needed.
If using an electric space heater, use a heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger. Otherwise, avoid using one at all cost.
Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
Unless specified, don’t use electric space heaters in damp, wet areas.
It’s very important to always be aware of using the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

In case you ever do find yourself in a fire:

Always check doors before opening them. If the door feels cool, open it slowly and stay low to the ground and leave the building as soon as possible. If the door is warm, use wet towels or beddings to seal the door and vets. Proceed to a window, and if there is no smoke outside, signal for help. If you are able to, call 9-1-1 and make them aware that you are trapped in the building.

Don’t ever use an elevator during a fire. Always use the stairs!

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Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons to get Total Connect

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There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillance. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as SkyBell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you high definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

 

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Wayne Alarm: Danger of carbon monoxide

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Home Security ranges from having a burglar system to proper smoke and carbon monoxide systems. Wayne Alarm system wants to make sure that people not only have the correct carbon monoxide alarms set up in their homes but that they are also informed about the dangers that it can create.

Once carbon monoxide (CO) is breathed in, it actually replaces the oxygen in your blood, killing cells and starving vital organs. One of the biggest problems with CO is that it has no taste, smell and as humans our bodily senses cannot detect it. Without sufficient CO detectors installed in your home, you place you and your family in very serious danger.

CO gets produced whenever a material in your home starts to burn. Particularly homes that have fuel-burning appliances or attached garages are apt to have more CO issues. Some of the more frequent sources in which CO gets produced in our homes is from:

  • Furnaces/boilers
  • Ovens/gas stoves
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Fireplaces
  • Clothes dryers
  • And much more

It is estimated that around 500 people each year in the U.S. die from unintended CO exposure. The good news comes from the fact that carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented with installing CO alarms in your home and having them professionally monitored by Wayne Alarm Systems.

For more information about Carbon Monoxide systems, please feel free to contact us. We can be reached over the phone at 781-595-0000 or through our online contact form at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Spring security check-ups

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Regular maintenance can help increase the life expectancy of your alarm system and insurance coverage, too. It is known that  security providers require monthly or yearly maintenance. However, you can do a self-maintenance as well. Older systems should be checked every three months, whereas newer systems are checked every six months. When doing check-ups, remember to notify your provider that it is just a test, so emergency support aren’t dispatched.

  • Fire and Smoke Detectors – According to The National Fire Alarm Code, smoke detector are required to be inspected annually. To ensure its proper functionality, check it by pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” In doing so, an alarm will sound. Remember to always follow along to the instructions instructed in the manual that can also give you help in keeping it up to date. Another tip is cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner(at least once a year) to remove any particles that couple affect the smoke alarm performance.
  • Video Surveillance –  If using video surveillance is one of your top security strategies, it can definitely use regular maintenance. To ensure a clear picture and uninterrupted feed, clean off the camera lens with a lens wipe and cleaner, and simply dust the camera’s exterior clean. Check daily for correct date and time that is often displayed on the monitor, sometimes brief power outages might require it to be reset.

Checking your system in your business is just as important, too.

  • Checking fire alarms in your businesses is just as important. Have it inspected to check if everything is up to date. If it is not being tested regularly, it could be more susceptible to false alarms.

Regularly checking if your security system is functioning properly can make a huge difference and can be useful in a time of emergency. Don’t hesitate to check on your system today, and reach our customer service for further questions.

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15 car break-ins reported in Marblehead

By GAYLA CAWLEY

MARBLEHEAD — Car break-ins were a pain in the neck for Marblehead residents over the weekend.

Police reported that close to 15 vehicles were entered since Saturday night, with most break-ins occurring on Marblehead Neck. Cars were broken into on five streets on the neck — Kimball Street, Ocean Avenue, Dennett Road, Flint Street and Nanepashemet Street — and Fort Sewall Terrace on the mainland.

“The suspect(s) appear to be operating under the cover of darkness and capitalizing on little pedestrian and vehicular traffic to accomplish their thievery without detection,” Marblehead Police said in a statement.

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Some of the vehicles were unlocked, but others were secured and alarmed. In some instances, the cars were rummaged through, with nothing taken, but property was stolen in other cases. Some of the items taken included change, cash, jewelry, purses, clothing, phone accessories, glasses and prescription medication, police said.

In some instances, car alarms were set off and were heard sounding throughout the affected neighborhoods, but no calls to police were made. Police said car alarms are often set off accidentally, and are commonly heard going off in town, but warned residents that there is sometimes a legitimate reason for their activation.

“While it goes without saying that we all should be able to leave our property in our cars and have it be there in the morning, there are some people in the world who don’t think like the rest of us,” police said in a statement. “Please, help us to help you by taking your belongings inside and by calling 911 if you hear or see anything or anyone prowling around, or if car alarms are sounding in your neighborhood.”

Police are urging anyone who thinks their car has been entered, with or without anything stolen, to contact the department at (781) 631-1212.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Residents could get burned by false alarms

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN Crying wolf could get more expensive.

If the city gets its way, it will cost more when your alarm brings firefighters and there’s no fire.

Under the amended ordinance that will be considered at a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at City Hall, fines for false alarms will be increased for the first time in seven years.

If approved by the city council, the first two false alarms are forgiven. But a third will cost home and commercial property owners $100, up from $50. And it increases from there with $200 for the fourth, up from $150, and $300 for five or more.

“It makes sense, the people who have malfunctioning fire alarms should be held accountable,” said Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “Any time firefighters or police respond to an emergency, they run the risk of accidents and could be tying first responders up on a nonsense call when something important could be going on.”

Officials hope that the fines will encourage home and building owners and managers to improve the maintenance of their fire alarm systems.

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In 2014, the most recent data available, fire departments in the U.S. responded to nearly 2.5 million false alarms, five times the number of structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That’s up from nearly 900,000 false alarms in 1980.

About one-third of these alarms are caused by problems in the fire alarm system itself.

Many of these were triggered by commercial monitored connections, including apartment buildings, hotels and dormitories, NFPA said. The share of alarms coming from occupancies with automatic fire alarms has increased as these systems have become more common.

Unwanted alarms have also taken an increasing toll on the nation’s fire service in the form of fuel costs, apparatus wear and tear, risk of collision and injury during response, and a growing complacency when responding to automatic alarms, NFPA said.

Lynn District Fire Chief Stephen Archer referred questions about the ordinance to Lt. Israel Gonzalez in the fire prevention division, who said he was unaware of the proposal.

Kennedy did not know how many false alarms occur in Lynn or how much money is lost annually by them.

“It’s difficult to quantify,” she said. “But nothing positive comes out of responding to a false alarm.”


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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip:

“The chances of wildfires increases dramatically with the summer heat so it’s always good to review your emergency plan if you live in an area that is susceptible to these events • Design your home with safety in mind. Select noncombustible building materials and landscape your property with fire-resistant plants. • Create a safety zone by keeping areas within 100 feet of your home clear of flammable vegetation, firewood or combustible materials.  • Be fire-smart at home by regularly cleaning your roof and gutters; inspecting your chimneys twice a year; installing smoke alarms throughout your home; and teaching family members how to operate a fire extinguisher. • Have regular fire drills with your family to teach them how to escape a house fire. For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000.”

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Wayne Alarm’s Safety Tip of the Day

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip of the Day:

“Conceal all wiring – Burglars often look for wiring around the exterior of a house and can cut it to disable the security system. Keep your home security wires hidden.

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Wayne Alarm’s Safety Tip of the Day

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip of the Day:

“Most burglars don’t pick locks or break glass. Doing that takes too long, makes noise and risks personal injury. Instead, they simply kick in a door (even doors with a dead bolt) or pry open a window or sliding patio door. In many cases, they take advantage of a homeowner’s carelessness by climbing in through an open window or unlocked door (window screens and storm doors offer no protection). Burglars tend to shy away from homes with dogs, and homes with an alarm system.

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000.

 

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Wayne Alarm’s Safety Tip of the Day

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip of the Day:

“You never want to open a door unless you know who’s on the other side. A peephole lets you see who’s there, but entry doors don’t come with peepholes, and a lot of peepholes are so tiny that they don’t clearly show you who’s out there. Strangers can hide slightly out of view or appear so distorted that they’re hard to identify.”

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Wayne Alarm’s Safety Tip of the Day

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip of the Day:

“You never want to open a door unless you know who’s on the other side. A peephole lets you see who’s there, but entry doors don’t come with peepholes, and a lot of peepholes are so tiny that they don’t clearly show you who’s out there. Strangers can hide slightly out of view or appear so distorted that they’re hard to identify.”

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000.

 

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Wayne Alarm’s Safety Tip of the Day

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip of the Day:

“Identity theft is on the rise, and you may not even know you’ve been victimized until you apply for a loan and find out your credit has been ruined. One way to protect your identity is to shred your personal papers, including credit card offers, bank statements and bills. Shredders start at $20 at office supply stores. More-expensive models shred credit cards, CDs and multiple sheets of paper. Some even “micro-shred” documents for added security.”

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000.

 

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip

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Wayne Alarm Safety Tip

“Patio door locks are easy to pick. Placing a heavy duty stick in the door track will bar the door closed, but it looks crude and it’s inconvenient to remove every time you want to open the door. Fortunately, there’s a better way to get the security you need. An Auxiliary Security Lock fastens along the bottom of the door and has a bolt that fits into a grommet to hold the door secure. ”

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000.”

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