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Wayne Alarm: Free apps to increase security

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With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted threat, download NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if they don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is great to allow friends and family, even your local police, see where you are when heading to your designation with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and, if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information. A threat that experts say can be easily intercepted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might reach. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can then prevent from hurting apps within your mobile device or other app users.
  4.     Lookout, an all-around security app, allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.
  5.    Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.

 

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Wayne Alarm: What small businesses should know

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When starting a small business, safety concerns and state, or federal regulations for your business can be overwhelming. To help your business thrive, here are a few regulations to keep in mind:

  1. Client’s personal information should always be private and should be an important issue to have. In 2010, The Massachusetts Data Protection Plan created stricter and stronger privacy regulations. It allows businesses that collect and retain personal information from its customers to be seriously implemented. Personal information including social security number, driver’s license numbers, and financial accounts that include debit or credit card numbers can create a huge risk of unwanted private breaches. It is an issue that many small businesses aren’t aware of and should be at the top of their concerns in learning ways to prevent it, by ensuring employees are regularly proceeding with the rules given.
  2. Computers. Computers can easily be breached and hacked if precautions are not taken. It’s important to follow compliances such as following Windows update for operating system patches or using daily antivirus software to ensure that your computer system is not functioning as it should, but also being checked for possible malfunctions or breaches.
  3.  Credit card fraud has been known to be one of the top reasons for identity thefts. As of October of 2016, measures were put into place to increase the use of chip cards, giving customers and clients double security. This change allowed a decrease in the possibility of fraud from issuing banks to merchants who have yet to install EMV terminals.
  4.  4. The renovation, repair, and painting rule for public and commercial buildings is a rule that covers residential housing and is now being expanded to commercial buildings. While it is issued to protect people from exposure of lead dust, it’s main concern is towards small business. Small businesses who operate their business outside of their homes, or own the buildings where their business is located can face higher costs as well.

 

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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: Security tips kids should know

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There are times when we must leave our kids home alone. However, when they are home alone it’s important that they know how  to remain safe, who to call in case of emergency or what to do at any situation. Although 911 is the perfect number your children  should call in an emergency, it’s important to know more. Follow these helpful tips to teach your kids about home security.

  1. Security Alarm Basics – Begin by teaching them how your specific alarm systems works, and how to turn it off. Also teach your child what can trigger the alarms from going off. It’s also important to go over how they can use the alarms to warn neighbors or anyone else in the area if a problem occurs. A cool way to keep your kids safe is to create a family safe code, one that you can only know and they can use if they are ever a stranger comes to the door.
  2. Don’t Open the Door to Strangers – It’s important that young children know to never open the door to anyone else other than mom and dad, unless specified. If your home doorbell rings, and you’re not home, it’s better to let your kids know who they can let into your home when you’re not there. Also remind them to not leave any windows open, making sure all doors are safely locked.
  3. Security Passwords – Teaching your kids to be the only one, besides you, who can know the passwords to the security system or their email and social media accounts. Remind them that giving it out their passwords to others can have serious consequences.
  4. Security Cameras – Remind your children that security cameras are strictly for security purposes and not playtime. For example, they should know what unwanted events they should watch out for. If you have security cameras installed, teaching them the difference is vital to their safety.
  5. Fire Prevention – Teaching fire prevention to your kids can help them when it comes to their safety. They should know the dangers of using  lighters or matches. In addition children should be taught not to use the stove or oven unless you’re at home. It’s also important to go over a fire escape plan that includes dropping to the floor or having a cloth over the mouth to avoid inhalation of smoke. You can also teach them how to use an extinguisher if the child is old enough.

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Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons you need ZWSTAT

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Your house is at a perfect temperature. You’re enjoying a nice movie under some blankets and comfortably cuddled on the couch. The very last thing any of us wants to do is to get up from our comfy spot just to adjust the temperature, enough to where it’s not overwhelming throughout the night.

However, wouldn’t you enjoy a thermostat that catered to your preferences and can still be controlled through your Total Connect app on your phone or your computer?

Honeywell is known to have the best thermostats in the  industry for a couple of decades. More recently they have switched to devices that are specifically tailored to smart homes. This gives you just the perfect amount of comfort in a safer way. With the newest adaptive intelligent recovery technology, a z-wave enabled thermostat, can reduce your monthly energy bills dramatically. This feature allows you to “learn” how long it takes for the furnace and/or air conditioner to reach its programmed settings, detecting when to reach it at a specific time! The z-wave enabled technology can provide a cost savings at approximately 33% of your annual heating and cooling costs. In the long run, the system basically pays for itself and provides  you with the ultimate temperature comfort.

Features like creating a keypad lockout for homes and businesses — keeping unauthorized personnel from changing the temperature — allow you to keep the comfort in your home or business a little easier. It also includes temperature settings which can be altered depending the temperature in your home or business, and even providing you with an alert reminder to keep up on maintenance. For instance an alert to change air filters and humidifier/dehumidifier filters, which only maximize performance can be handy. ZWSTAT also provides fan circulation – moving air when heating or cooling isn’t required, automatically helping you eliminate hot and cold spots.

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Wayne Alarm: Here’s why Nantucket needs us

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Wayne Alarm Systems has provided the best security and sense of comfort to our customers and several local businesses for the past 40 years. While we serve the Greater Boston area with reliable and top quality security, in 2012, Wayne Alarm saw a need for security on the island of Nantucket.

Nantucket is known for their cobblestoned streets lined with high-end boutiques and restaurants, it’s antique cedar shingled buildings, and let’s not forget the beautiful dune backed beaches. However, without proper security, its residents and its beauty can fall to terrible accidents and events we all wish to prevent. Wayne Alarm wants Nantucket to keep its beauty safe, and that’s why Wayne Alarm is here to help.

While keeping you in control, Wayne Alarm will provide you with top security in detecting fire and carbon monoxide for your home. With small mom-and-pop shops all throughout the island, security should be top priority. With Wayne Alarm, burglary and theft prevention security gets so much easier, instantly ensuring the security of your visiting tourist and loyal customers. Our fully installed commercial security systems features the access control systems which includes:

  • Performing a facility or area lockdown from any PC or proximity reader
  • Running a myriad of custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and when
  • Interface your video security with your card access system

Wayne Alarm can also expertly install your top video surveillance systems that can be accessed and managed for your home or business all through the Total Connect App. This gives  the homeowner complete access and control in lighting, thermostat control, and all your access to locks from anywhere on the island with just the use of your phone, computer or tablet.

With a full-time locally based company, Wayne Alarm Systems is the only UL Listed, FM Approved, 5 Diamond Certified Alarm Monitoring provider in the island. Wayne Alarm will take care of the worry for you and provide you a peace  of mind. All while you enjoy the beauty that Nantucket has to offer.
More information reach us at (508) 825-9200 or fill out our contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Video can help reduce thefts

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In any business, there is always that inevitable problem: theft.

Some data 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 allowing you, as the manager, to spend more time in more productive ways. Using video surveillance is an effective method for putting a stop to thieves from stealing your belongings, wares or information. In any event, it can also help alert the police, as well as provide footage, which can help aid in identifying the thieves.

With lots of options you can take to reduce theft, however, having video surveillance saves you time and effort all while helping you decrease theft in your store. With Wayne Alarm video surveillance, you get 24/7 video surveillance specifically for your business.

In specific places, you increase your overall security that can oftentimes be overlooked. Here are some places where placing video surveillance in your store could be beneficial:

  • Front and back doors:  Not only are you able to identify who comes in and out of your business and when they leave, but it also helps when your business is closed. Having a monitored entrance system can detect any suspicious event during off  hours. Specifically your stores back entrance – placing it here can help deter anyone attempting to exit unnoticed. It can also help with any blind spots that might be hard to view, allowing you to be aware of any suspicious event.
  • Installing cameras in areas where your most valuable items or expensive equipment are, can help diminish losses. For example, placing a camera by the cash register can allow them to work more effectively by giving you a view from above, allowing you to directly monitor any exchange of cash, both limiting employee and customer theft.

With video surveillance, you’re also able to ensure to your customers that you care about their safety and well being too. Call us for a free consultation today and speak with a caring representative.

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Saugus promotes new vision for schools

By THOR JOURGENSEN

SAUGUS — Town officials are organizing a June election in which residents will be asked “to support and invest” in a sweeping local school reorganization featuring a middle-high school district-wide facility.  

The plan, tentatively discussed to date with town educators and parents, proposes several significant changes. A grade 6-12 middle-high school is at the center of the plan.  Belmonte Middle School would be established as an “upper elementary school” for grades 3, 4 and 5, and Veterans Memorial Elementary School would become a “lower elementary school” for pre-kindergarten to grade 2.

“This is a real opportunity for the Town of Saugus to meet the goals of its educational plan,” said Town Manager Scott Crabtree. “Challenging our students to reach their full potential necessitates that our schools have the resources and facilities to meet the academic needs of all students and prepare them for success should they pursue higher education or compete in today’s workforce.”  

The proposed middle-high school complex will total 270,000 total square feet including a 12,000 square-foot gymnasium and capacity for 1,360 students in grades 6-12. There will be state-of-the-art science labs and technology classrooms, fine and performing arts classrooms and a 750-seat auditorium.

In addition, the proposal includes a new sports complex and outdoor track, walking paths, outdoor classrooms, and student gardens. Veterans Memorial Elementary School and Belmonte Middle School will also receive construction updates.

A town statement outlining the proposed school changes emphasized their potential to move the Saugus public school system’s status under state education rankings from from a Level 3 to a Level 1 school district.

Profiles in courage

The statement says the proposed reconfiguration is also intended to provide fair and equal access to all students enabling them to reach their highest potential and to continue to prioritize education.

The proposal’s school building improvements are also intended to maintain accreditation with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and address address health and safety issues including identified deficiencies in fire protection, sprinkler systems, and disability access compliance.

“Providing our students and staff with resources and facilities that achieves the vision of our Town’s educational plan is critical,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi. “This solution will facilitate a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered instruction, and an emphasis on the critical thinking, communication and technology skills needed to enhance 21st century skills our students need to be successful.”

The proposal’s additional elements include new science labs that meet state educational and safety standards. Building designs include work spaces for student collaboration and project-based learning in all subject areas; and shared instructional resources and opportunities for increased teacher collaboration.  

The town statement lists no specific June date for bringing the proposal before voters.

“This middle-high school district-wide solution is critical for the residents of Saugus because it will enhance our children’s education and change the way education is valued and delivered in the community,” said Jeanette Meredith, School Committee chairwoman and Saugus High School Project Building Committee.

Wayne Alarm: Tips for a pet-friendly home

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Our four-legged fur friends are not just pets, but a part of our families. Their safety is just as important as ours. Whether is making sure they get enough nutrition in their food or ensuring pavements are not too hot or cold to protect their paws, their safety is just as important. Follow along for some pet-friendly protocols to have in your homes for their safety:

  1. The best way to minimize damage is to create a space just for your furry friend. This helps acclimate and dog friendly near their bed can make a difference.
  2. Dogs enjoy hiding and running around and it can sometimes be too dangerous for them. The best way to prevent them from running out unsupervised is with deadbolts on doors, locks on windows and even baby gates on stairs. Cabinet doors should also maintain secure with latches, as it can cause your dog to get trapped in the cabinet.
  3. Get rid of dangerous items that they can reach and bite such as electrical cords by using cords protectors. Safely store detergents and other household cleaners in locked cabinets or high on a shelf. Be aware that trash cans can also be dangerous for their consumption, consider a closed-lid trash can instead. Prevent falls and kitchen fires by not allowing pets in the kitchen when cooking or when stove is on.
  4. Invest in a video surveillance security to keep track of what your dog does at home when you are not around. View live footage of your pets from work or anytime you are away from home, ensuring they are okay and not in any danger.
  5. It is common for pets to accidentally trigger home security motion detectors and cause false alarms. This is dangerous because an emergency personnel may not know if it is a real threat or if a pet triggered the alarm. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your system accommodates animals during the installation stage.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Reduce Fire Risks at Home

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To reduce your risk of a home fire, implement these fire safety tips into your everyday life: 

• Never leave a fire, an open flame or heated surfaces unattended (stoves, candles, space heaters, barbecues, electric plate, etc.).

• Pay attention while cooking to avoid a kitchen fire.

• Properly dispose of coals by letting them cool before tossing them in the garbage.

• Use surge protectors to avoid overloaded circuits.

• Clean and inspect fireplaces on a regular basis.

• Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Home Security System

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A recent study that interviewed more than 400 convicted burglars, revealed that around 60 percent of subjects admitted that the presence of an alarm would cause them to discontinue the crime. Research also show that homes without security systems are three times more likely to be broken into than homes equipped with a system. By investing in a security system, you’ll add to your protection and peace of mind, whether you’re at home or away.

 

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at:www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Car Fire Safety


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Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

 WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAR IS ON FIRE.
 
  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road, such as a breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • Get everyone out of the car.  Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

How to prevent a car fire:

  • Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
  • If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
  • Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.
  • Drive safely to avoid an accident.Know the danger signs
    • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once
    • Oil or uid leaks
    • Oil cap not on securely
    • Rapid changes in fuel or uid level, or enginetemperature

Most car fluids are flammable. Heat and electrical sparks plus leaking fluid are all it takes to start a car fire.

FACT:

Most crashes do NOT result in fire. In the event of any crash, call 9-1-1. If there is no sign of fire, wait for emergency assistance to help any injured individuals out of the car.

 

For more information on protecting your second home and how Wayne Alarm can help, please feel free to give us a call at (781)595-0000 or fill out our online contact form.

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Saugus Town Meeting is at play

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Town Meeting agreed to appropriate $1 million for the town’s parks and playgrounds Monday night.

Two articles passed pertaining to the parks: one for $500,000 to repair and maintain existing playgrounds and a second for $500,000 to add security, lighting and cameras to three parks – Bristow Street Park, Veteran’s Elementary School and Belmonte Middle School.

“It seems we’re spending a lot of money on things we don’t really need,” said William Cash, a Saugus police officer. “When the Town Manager gets up here and talks about priorities – I think police and fire deserve to be priorities. So far this year, we’ve given half a million to parks and playgrounds and it looks like it’s going to be another half a million. I read different things are being allocated in this article – $30,000 for seesaws and some sort of fire engine playground equipment. The priority should be more on the town employees than $100,000 on a lacrosse wall.

“Last night a police officer told me he’s collecting food stamps,” Cash said. “That is completely unacceptable and that needs to be a priority. We didn’t ask for much in our negotiations and we deserve to be treated a little bit better by our community.”

But Town Manager Scott Crabtree said the money will be used for much-needed repairs to parks, some of which haven’t seen updates in half a decade. Improvements to Stackpole field and removing apparatuses such as steel slides are on the list.

“We’re ready to start doing this work immediately so that people can enjoy (the parks) this spring rather than waiting for the Annual (Town Meeting) to close,” Crabtree said. “The Department of Public Works will produce a short list for each playground. There are still a lot of safety issues – kids are getting hurt.”

Rainbow shines this summer

The second allocation will allow the installation of security cameras on the parks and around the perimeters of the parks and schools. The cameras will have remote access so police officers can monitor the parks on their laptops, Crabtree said.

Gregory Nickolas, director of Youth and Recreation, voiced his support for the motions. Nickolas said the fields are in deplorable conditions and many of the parks are dangerous.

A few Town Meeting members questioned why all of the articles had to be taken up in a special meeting and whether it had to do with tying up funds right out of the gate.

School Committee Member Peter Manoogian and several residents spoke about the School Department’s need for more funding and questioned whether the town really needed to move $1.5 million into the Stabilization Fund to maintain its bond rating or if a lesser amount would have the same effect. Many suggested cutting the number to $1.2 million and using the excess elsewhere, such as in the schools or to go toward the pumping station repairs. Parents hoped the money could be used to avoid the School Department’s proposed solution to closing the budget gap by closing the Ballard Early Education Center and increasing class sizes.

“Why couldn’t it have waited until Article 8 at the annual – was it to tie the money up? Perhaps,” said Manoogian.

Ultimately Town Meeting voted 35-3 to transfer the full $1.5 million in free cash to the fund.

Town Meeting members voted unanimously to support an article to borrow $4.3 million to fund the first two phases of improvement projects to the town’s main pumping station on Lincoln Avenue.

The station, constructed in the 1980s, has a poor design and is in need of a permanent bypass, said Crabtree. Saugus Public Schools was also allocated $82,000 for the one-time purchase of Chromebooks.

The annual meeting was suspended until next Monday, May 6, when members will take up the remaining issues.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Wayne Alarm: Increasing Your Safety with Video Security

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4 REASONS HOW TOTAL CONNECT VIDEO CAN HELP INCREASE YOUR SECURITY

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 surveillances. 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.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or by visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Change the Locks

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE?  CHANGE THE LOCKS.

When moving to a new home, hire a reliable locksmith to re-key all exterior doors. If possible, have the locksmith make the key to fit all of your new locks. Also, make sure to call Wayne Alarm Systems to transfer your home security system.

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000 or visit us online at: www.waynealarm.com.

 

Wayne Alarm: Mobile Security Apps

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  PROTECT YOUR MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY WITH APPS

With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with both Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted online threats, download the NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if you don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is a great tool that allows your friends and family, (even your local police) see where you are when you are heading to a destination, with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     Skycure:  As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information, one that experts say can easily be enacted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might encounter. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can prevent them from hurting apps on your mobile device or the devices of other people using the app.
  4.     Lookout:  This is an all-around security app, which allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.

5.   Webroot SecureWeb:  Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.

 

Getting Revere in the pipeline

It will be interesting to see how much effort Mayor Brian Arrigo and City Council members put this year into ending Revere’s water pipe breaks. It seems like a break has occurred every month since last December, forcing the city to shut off water service for varied time durations and inconvenience residents.

To the city’s credit, Public Works crews responded quickly to breaks, including a major one downtown in February, and pushed to get repairs completed. But the frequency of breaks and the nuisance involved for residents points to a significant problem requiring a well thought-out solution.

Arrigo knows the tools he needs to run an efficient city department. He claims his administration has been successful in reducing wasteful spending and has “rooted out systemic abuses,” including overtime that didn’t need to be paid and city spending unregulated by financial oversight.

He has taken aim at past city spending practices and said millions of dollars were spent on major projects without proper planning and budget calculations. The Arrigo administration used a state grant to contract with the University of Massachusetts to assemble what Arrigo called “a realistic list of long-deferred projects.”

By late May or early June, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office, a five-year capital plan for undertaking major investments aimed at improving the city will be unveiled.

The statement lists upgrading City Hall technology and street and sidewalk repairs as some of the items to be included in the plan. Water pipe repairs should be on the list, beginning with Suffolk Avenue and the section of Broadway where businesses and residents endured a major break Feb. 22.

O’Brien: Lender hurt homeowners

It is easy to say water pipe breaks are to be expected during cold weather months. But that explanation does not offer much in the way of assurance for local property tax and water and sewer ratepayers who have to go hours without service.

Revere faces several challenges in undertaking major water pipe repairs. Like most older cities, it has an aging pipe network. A major section of the city is hilly, providing additional expensive challenges to repair planners.

Replacing water pipes is not the type of municipal service initiative that captures the public imagination. The city’s water service system is out of sight and, by definition, out of mind until a break inconveniences residents.

Replacing pipes means tearing up streets, disrupting traffic and water service, and prioritizing pipe repairs over more eye-catching projects like fixing up schools or buying new public safety equipment.

Spruced-up parks put smiles on kids’ faces and shiny fire trucks are a great photo opportunity. Torn up streets and mud-covered pipes tend to make people gripe and grumble.

But Arrigo has already staked his claim to being a progressive mayor and he wants to build on it by fixing up Revere. It’s a worthy goal and a smart one for a mayor who wants to get reelected, and Arrigo will be wise to remember to include water pipe replacement on the to-do list.

Violent acts terrible but not random, mayor says

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Lynn police close off Exchange Street while they investigate the scene of a double shooting April 16.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — Despite the recent rash of violence in the city, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said Lynn is safe.

“It’s been terrible,” she said. “But these are not random acts of violence.”

Kennedy assured residents that police are working to solve these crimes and city dwellers should not be fearful.

“People in our community should not worry about their safety because these victims and perpetrators are known to one another. One may be attributed to road rage.”

The most recent incident occurred on Easter Sunday when two men were shot in front of the LynnArts building, leaving one dead and the second hospitalized.  The man killed in Sunday afternoon’s double shooting in Central Square has been identified as Leonardo Clement, 46, of Lynn.

Rev. to shooter: You came to the wrong place

Also this month, two men were charged with raping and beating a man, leaving the victim critically injured. The Lynn resident underwent surgery for his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lynn residents Darrin Stephens, 50, and John Michelin, 31, were charged with aggravated rape and assault and battery with a baseball bat in a Chase Street apartment, police said.

Documents detail scene of sexual attack

Last month, a New Hampshire man was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old pizza deliveryman. Brian Brito, 21, of Manchester, N.H., pleaded not guilty to murder during his arraignment at Lynn District Court. Brito is accused of killing Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband, an employee of Atha’s Famous Roast Beef.

Police say road rage may have spurred shooting

Also in March, Tomas Barillas, 20, of Lynn, was held without bail following his arraignment on a murder charge in connection a stabbing death of Jason Arias-Amador, 20, of Boston.

Evidence seized from murder suspect’s phone

On Monday night, a community vigil was organized by Lynn Museum/LynnArts where residents lit candles for the victims and stood against violence.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

 

What’s next for Revere carnival after shooting?

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

REVERE Following a shooting Sunday night in the parking lot of Showcase Cinema where the 30th annual Fiesta Shows Revere Carnival was being held, Mayor Brian M. Arrigo is questioning whether it’s a good idea to bring the festival back.

“The investigation into this is ongoing,” Arrigo said in a statement. “We are currently evaluating the situation and will determine whether an event like the carnival can take place in Revere moving forward. As always, the safety of our residents is my first priority.

“Thank you to the first responders from Revere and surrounding communities who rushed to the scene, and thank you to the guests at the carnival and those at the movie theater for their patience and cooperation during a hectic and confusing situation.”

Police responded to a report of shots fired at about 8:40 p.m. No victims have been reported but three vehicles were damaged, according to Police Lt. Amy O’Hara. There was a report that a suspect may have fled into the cinema, which was evacuated.

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Since police have not determined whether the shooter was visiting the cinema or the carnival, City Councilors Anthony Zambuto and Arthur Guinasso said they weren’t comfortable commenting on what the shooting meant for the future of the carnival.

“I’m not certain if it’s attributed to the carnival or to Showcase Cinema,” said Guinasso. “There was obviously some incident of gun play and that’s completely unacceptable, no matter what. Once the police department makes a determination about the cause, we can pass judgement.”

E.J. Dean, vice president of operations of Dean & Flynn, Inc., also called Fiesta Shows, said he was deeply saddened by the incident.

“For generations, we have prided ourselves in creating a family-friendly environment and the safety of our guests is our top priority,” Dean said in a statement. “We maintain a large police and fire presence on site as part of our normal security procedures to ensure that our patrons are safe at all times.

“We are pleased that none of our guests or employees were injured in this incident, which took place outside the confines of our carnival event, but we are nonetheless providing any assistance we can to the Revere Police and Showcase Theaters regarding this matter. We feel bad for the good citizens and families of Revere that were enjoying their time at the carnival when this occurred.”


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Swampscott sizes up rail trail plan

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A map shows the path of the planned Swampscott Rail Trail. 

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Residents got a chance to sound off on plans to convert abandoned railroad tracks into a community rail trail on Thursday night with opponents citing safety, privacy, wildlife and cost concerns. Proponents say the trail provides health benefits and a safe, alternative mode of travel.

Residents packed a room at Swampscott High School for an informational meeting on the rail trail, with heated comments and questions fielded by Peter Kane, director of community development, who started off the discussion with a presentation.

Elizabeth Pappalardo, an abutter of where the trail would be, said her concern was not just about privacy with people making use of it near her property. Her backyard has become home to wildlife, she said, and she sees deer, foxes and skunks. She said she was concerned for the animals who would be displaced.

Pappalardo said she and other neighbors may not be comfortable having swing sets in their backyards, with people cruising through Salem and Marblehead, as the trail would link to the ones in those two communities. She was worried about safety, saying she wouldn’t be able to have her kids in the backyard by themselves any more.

“We’re asking for your help to protect our children, privacy, safety and our town,” Pappalardo said.

Jonathan Leamon, a Swampscott resident, said he is in favor of the trail. As a bicycle rider, he said it’s pretty much a downer when the trail comes into Swampscott and just ends. He argued that the incidences of crime along the rail trails is actually down.

“My goal is to have a rail trail in my lifetime,” Leamon said. “Now that I’m retired, I’d really like to ride on it while I can still ride a bicycle.”

Town Meeting members in May will be asked to approve a warrant article requesting $850,000 to be used for the design and engineering of the trail location within the National Grid corridor, as well as the legal fees and costs for acquisition of the easement rights, as previously reported in The Item.

The Town Meeting funds would not be for construction of the trail, which would be paid for by donations, grants and private funds, officials said.

Kane said $240,000 of those requested funds would be used to hire professionals for design and engineering costs. About $610,000 would for acquisition of easement rights, where the town would work with the property owners (National Grid and/or other parties) to secure the rights. This may be done through eminent domain, with compensation for owners, or by donation/gift of the land.

Town officials met with National Grid representatives in 2014 and 2015, who were believed to be the sole owners of the easement wanted by the town for the trail. Officials said the town had previously been in discussions to acquire the easement from the company for little to no cost, but it has since been learned that National Grid doesn’t appear to own all of the land. Through a title process, numerous owners have been identified, which could include abutters.

The two-plus mile trail would run from the Swampscott Train Station to the Marblehead line at Seaview Avenue connecting with the Marblehead Rail Trail, which also links to trails in Salem. The 10-feet wide trail would cross Paradise Road, Walker Road and Humphrey Street and then go into Marblehead, officials said.

The rail bed, where National Grid power lines run to Marblehead, has been vacant since the 1960s, when the Marblehead railroad branch shut down. It was sold to National Grid’s predecessor.

The town has full rights to the area that separates the ballfields behind the middle school and the middle school. The town would have to acquire the remainder of the easement for recreational use.

Warren: Unless we fight, they won’t believe us

Brian Maloney said he was one of the abutters who thinks that he owns land on part of the easement the town is looking to acquire. He said he has legitimate concerns about crime at his house. There have been breaking and enterings up and down the path, he said. Another abutter, who didn’t want to share his name, said he had been robbed three times, and the way the people got access was through the trail.

Maloney said he was also a father of three children and said “I never would have bought this house if I knew this was the case.” He had also grown up in the house, which has been in his family for three generations.

Town Meeting has voted for the creation of the trail on four separate occasions, including three times since 2002, Kane said. In 2009, Town Meeting gave the town the authority to use eminent domain for a recreational easement, but didn’t allocate the funds for that process.

“After 17 years, we sit here tonight,” said Paul Dwyer, an abutter. “We’re going to bet $850,000 that we may be able to finish this with donations.”

Not all abutters were against the trail.

“I don’t have any concerns,” said Frances Weiner. “I welcome the trail.”

Weiner said she was not afraid of being killed on the rail trail. She said she was more afraid of being killed on her bike riding to the rail trail.

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

Slow down: Speed limits could change

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A pickup truck drives down Eastern Avenue in Lynn.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN – If a proposal before the Traffic Commission is enacted, motorists will have to drive a little slower in the city.

Next Tuesday the five-member panel will consider reducing the speed limit to 25 in thickly settled sections of Lynn.

“If lowering the speeding limit would reduce the amount of accidents and increase public safety, we endorse it,” said Police Lt. Michael Kmiec.

Lynn’s proposal comes as other cities and towns including Boston, Somerville, and Peabody have already adopted the change that drops the default speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25.

Last year, the Legislature adopted the Municipal Modernization Act, which allows municipalities to decrease their speed limits.

Safety experts say for every mile per hour slower motorists drive, the less likely they are to cause severe injury or death if they strike a pedestrian or cyclist.

Statistics have shown that when struck by a vehicle going 40 mph, only one in 10 pedestrians survive. Conversely, when struck by a car going 20 mph, nine out of 10 pedestrians survive.

In February, the Peabody City Council adopted the city’s default speed limit to 25 miles per hour.

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Still, not everyone is convinced it’s the right idea.

Commission member Robert Stilian said he needs more information before making up his mind.

“I’m still trying to decide whether this is a good idea,” he said. “If we do go forward with it, we’d need new signs and drivers must be given fair warning, because a speeding ticket can impact the cost of car insurance for many years.”

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the lower speed limit will bring Boston closer to its goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2030.

“Reducing the default speed limit will create safer roads for all, and I’m pleased our hard work and commitment to safer roads has created this new standard,” said Walsh in a statement.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Setting an example in Revere

Revere’s revived Commission on Disabilities is proving there is plenty of work to be done in the city and across Massachusetts to address accessibility and inclusion for all residents.

The Commission’s March agenda included a discussion on programming and activities for youth with special needs, and continued conversation about pedestrian safety and accessibility around the city.

It’s worth stepping back for a minute and pondering the magnitude and significance of those two topics. In 21st century America, strong programs for youth and adults with disabilities should be in place and receive the money they need to expand.

The same benchmark should apply to safety and access in public locations for disabled residents. Federal requirements — in other words, the law of the land — strictly outline public access and safety mandates. But the street, sidewalk or public building that is accessible in one community to someone who is disabled may not be as accessible in another community.

Mayor Brian Arrigo and city officials have made the Commission on Disabilities a priority and matched that commitment with a promise to conduct a detailed survey assessing the needs of residents with disabilities.

The commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

To its credit, Revere’s commission is not just a deliberative body talking about a limited agenda of ideas generated by its members. Its stated goal is inclusion and its agenda notices invite residents to add to the commission agenda and contact members with any ideas or suggestions.

Progressive thinking demonstrated by the commission can easily be matched with a regional and statewide approach to focusing on disability concerns. Arrigo’s forward-thinking approach to government makes Revere City Hall or an even larger location a perfect forum for bringing together disability advocates and residents for overarching discussions and planning.

Even a weekend-long disability forum could barely tackle priority disability reform topics. Uniform and fair compliance with federal and state laws; disability mobility and enforcement and conformance concerns.

Another major topic is ensuring disability commissions are in the mainstream of governance at the city and state levels.

Disability commissions sometimes get pegged as annoyances by public officials who don’t want the headache of spending money on enforcement and expensive compliance requirements.

“Yeah, we’ll get to it,” is an excuse commission members hear too often. Those excuses are disappearing in Revere where the disabled have a voice and priorities are getting the public airing they deserve.

Hallmark Health: We’ll ‘work with’ Malden

By STEVE FREKER

MALDEN Hallmark Health representatives vowed “to work with the city of Malden” after a Superior Court jury ruled against city demands for repairs and restorations to Malden Hospital Hallmark claims would cost upward of $20 million.

The verdict following a seven-day Middlesex Superior Court trial last week is a milestone in a years-long battle between the city and the health care provider.

Hallmark Health filed suit against the city in 2013 over what it said were invalid safety violation citations involving fire safety sprinkler system, fire alarm and emergency lighting in the now-closed hospital.

Hallmark also alleged the citations were politically-tinged with links to the city’s desire to take over control of the land at the hospital site.

“We’re pleased with the verdict and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the city of Malden,” said Charles Whipple, Hallmark vice president and chief legal officer said in an online report.

City officials contend the violations still exist and, in a counterclaim against Hallmark, City Solicitor Kathryn Fallon asks for substantial fines of up to $1,000 a day for noncompliance.

The jury’s decision leaves city officials in the position to consider an appeal or work with Hallmark to plan the hospital site’s future use.

On trial: Hallmark Health v. Malden

Straddling 17 acres on the Malden-Medford line, the hospital land is one of the city’s prime development sites. The hospital closed in 1999.

Hallmark’s previous proposals for the hospital site’s use led to a 2015 purchase and sale agreement reached by Hallmark with the Fellsmere Housing Group calling for an extensive redevelopment plan, including a mix of single-family homes coupled with 72 condominiums and a 224-apartment complex.

That plan received little support at neighborhood municipally-organized meetings last year. The cost of demolition of the existing building has been estimated at about $3 million and city officials have said in the past that Hallmark’s apparent insistence that proposed buyers foot that bill have hampered marketing and potential sale of the property.

Periodic discussions over the years have focused on the city taking the hospital site through eminent domain.

The Friends of Fellsmere Heights has strongly advocated for a commitment by the city to preserve the site as open space. FoFH has formally presented detailed plans on how the hospital site could benefit the city and the region as open space with trails and passive recreational park space.

 

Deadliest fire month demands a plan

There are 11 days left in March and it is already the deadliest month for fires in Massachusetts in the last five years, according to state Department of Fire Services statistics.

Eleven people died so far in fires in March. This is a grim and intolerable statistic that can be reduced through a concerted effort combining technology, economic incentives and enforcement.

Fire has been a potential deadly threat for as long as human beings have existed. The tragedy of fire deaths in 21st-century America is magnified by the knowledge that planning and precautions can end fire fatalities.

Far too many fires are attributable to human error, including faulty electrical systems, careless smoking and misused candles. Fire departments, including Lynn’s, spend time and money ensuring more buildings have smoke alarms and more children learn fire safety basics.

These efforts are paying off and modern home construction methods help confine fires until they can be extinguished. But more can be done to reduce fire risk and avoid fatalities.

Fire departments should be given increased resources and responsibility for conducting fire safety-related building inspections. In some instances, town or city fire departments and building or inspection departments should be merged to ensure all available expertise is focused on eliminating fire hazards.

Two-alarm fire in Swampscott

Inspectors and firefighters often work closely to identify buildings where fire hazards exist in the form of inadequate fire protection, faulty structures and hazardous material storage. But landlords and building owners should know fire departments and inspectors will take steps to end fire deaths by accelerating and stiffening enforcement.

Insurance companies also have a role to play in ending fatalities. Industry representatives and state legislators should formulate policy discount measures designed to serve as incentives for building owners to upgrade fire safeguards.

It is expensive for a small landlord or even a multi-property owner to add sprinklers or point-of-origin fire retardant systems. But insurance companies can reduce costly claims filed in the wake of fires by providing significant premium discounts to owners who are willing to spend money on fire safety.

The last element of stepped-up fire safety enforcement is technology. All efforts must be undertaken to improve fire-retardant material and to develop fire suppression equipment suitable for installation in residential buildings as well as commercial properties.

Technological innovators only need a market to spur their efforts to develop fire safety technology. Improved technology combined with reasonable discount incentives and increased enforcement can represent a three-pronged approach to ending fire tragedies.

Wayne Alarm: Winter Pet Safety

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Winter weather means implementing safety precautions for all of us, including our pets.  Here are three ways you can keep your furry loved-ones happy throughout the cold winter season.

Take caution of the cold: If you’re going out and want to bring your pet along, make sure pets are allowed ahead of time so they won’t have to stay out in the cold.  If they aren’t allowed, leaving them at home is your best option where they can stay warm and be comfortable. If you live in a bitterly cold area, keeping them warm indoors is the best way to ensure your pets are safe from the cold and happier overall.

Keep them away from cold-weather chemicals: When taking your four-legged pals out for a walk, double check that the sidewalk is durable for a walk. Salt and other chemicals that are used to melt the snow and ice easier, can irritate the pads of their paws. Always wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them, which can cause his/her mouth to be irritated, as well.  Antifreeze (car freeze) has a sweet taste that can attract dogs. A simple lick can be poisonous to them. If antifreeze chemicals are needed, consider switching to a Propylene Glycol product, which is much safer.  Also, consider getting “booties” for your pet to wear as they walk on the snow, ice, and winter melting chemicals.

Grooming and feeding: Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make sure the water is fresh and unfrozen. Instead of metal bowls, use plastic bowls during the winter. When temperatures are low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to a metal bowl. As for pet grooming, if you normally have their fur clipped or shaved, keep the length longer during the winter, giving them a permanent warm coat. You can also buy them a winter jacket.  If you bathe your pet at home, make sure he/she is 100% dry before stepping outside.  Having blankets available to your pets and keeping out any window/door drafts, can help ensure that they are not cold inside the home.

Always remember, speak out if you see a pet left in the cold by politely letting the owner know you’re concerned for their safety. If it does not go well, make sure to document what you see and have proof to boost your case. Contact your local animal control agency for help as soon as you can and let them know the details, so they can help the animal. 

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School vote moved to Tuesday, March 21

LYNN — Under the looming possibility of more than a foot of snow Tuesday, the special election on funding two new middle schools has been postponed a week to Tuesday, March 21.

The decision was made during an emergency meeting by the City Council.

Voters are being asked to pay for a 652-student school to be built near the Pine Grove Cemetery on Parkland Avenue. A second facility to serve 1,008 students would be constructed on McManus Field on Commercial Street. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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Wayne Alarm: Safe Storage for Firewood

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Be sure to store firewood and mulch away from your home or business. Not only is this dangerous if it happens to catch fire, but it is also illegal and not to code. 

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Revere man killed in home boiler explosion

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Public safety officials respond to fatal explosion at 785 Revere Beach Parkway in Revere that killed a 50-year-old man.

By THOR JOURGENSEN and THOMAS GRILLO

REVERE — A heating expert says the boiler explosion early Wednesday that killed a 50-year-old man could have been avoided if simple steps had been taken.

“We are constantly preaching to customers and our technicians not to ignore boiler maintenance,” said Jeff Waldman, owner of Waldman Plumbing & Heating in Lynn, a four-generation family-owned business.

Reyes Bertrand died in the blast in the predawn hours at 785 Revere Beach Parkway. Revere Fire Chief Christopher Bright said the explosion severely damaged the basement of the Ranch-style home. Bright said the home’s other 10 residents were unharmed. But a man who identified himself as the victim’s cousin said he suffered injuries to his fingers.

Fernando Osorio said he was sleeping in the basement when the explosion threw him against a wall. He fled the house only to discover the victim was still inside. The blast’s force blew out basement windows and coated snow in front of the house with soot. Bright said the lower level was blown apart by the explosion’s force.

“Luckily, there weren’t more fatalities,” Bright said.

Customers often ask Waldman how often they should have their oil or gas burners inspected and tested. The safe answer is once a year, he said.

“The key is having a technician who is familiar with your heating system,” he said. “There are lots of safeties built into these units and if they are not checked regularly things like this can happen.”

For example, Waldman said every hot water system has a pressure release valve. If it’s not maintained, the homeowner could be in danger.

“If that pressure release valve malfunctions, you are creating a bomb in the basement that can blow right through the roof,” he said. “We show a video to our guys on what happens if there’s a plugged relief valve. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens.”

The other thing to keep in mind, he said, is an experienced tech with the right equipment will analyze the heating unit’s combustion for safety and efficiency.

“We test the flue gasses to make sure a burner is firing at the proper rate,” Waldman said. “Just because a boiler is working doesn’t mean it’s working safely. Many times homeowners wait until the heat goes out, but sometimes that’s too late.”

The first line of defense is an annual tune up, whether you have a gas or oil burner, he said.

If you fail to maintain the system, be on the lookout for telltale signs of trouble. Listen to your heating unit and if there’s a percolating sound or banging, that’s a sign of trouble, Waldman said. If there’s rust on the vent pipe connected to the chimney or white drip marks, that’s also time to call for service.

When the hot water in your home is hotter than usual, that means something is not working right, he said.

David Castro of Chelsea, who said he’s a friend of the home’s residents, had previously checked the boiler for problems at the homeowner’s request. He described the victim as a Honduran native who was living with his family in Everett before moving two years ago to Revere Beach Parkway.

“This is a really bad tragedy,” Castro said.

Neighbor Hugo Gonzalez formerly lived at 785 Revere Beach Parkway and said the home was one of several on a stretch of the Parkway damaged by the tornado that hit Revere three years ago. He said the victim had problems getting the boiler to work.

“It worries me. It could have been my family,” Gonzalez said.

Police log: 2-16-2017


Thor Jourgensen can be reached at tjourgensen@itemlive.com. Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Safety grants for local fire departments

BOSTON — The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Department of Fire Services has announced the FY2017 grant funds for Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) and Senior Safe programs.

Fire departments from Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott all received funding.

The S.A.F.E. program teaches students in grades K-12 about the dangers of smoking and other fire safety hazards. The Senior Safe program educates seniors on the topics of fire prevention, general home safety and how to be better prepared for a fire.

“It is tremendously important that we continue to education citizens, in particular our children and seniors, on the importance of fire safety in an effort to prevent fire-related tragedies,” said Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) in a statement.

The Lynn Fire Department has been awarded $10,643 for the S.A.F.E. Program and $3,396 for the Senior Safe Program.

“With the recent number of significant fires impacting families in the city of Lynn, this state grant could not have come at a better time,” said state Rep. Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn) in a statement. “Educating seniors and children on fire prevention safety saves lives.”

The Nahant Fire Department was awarded $1,970 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,295 for the Senior Safe program.

“The SAFE program has prevented countless fires and saved many lives since it began 22 years ago,” said state Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) in a statement. “It has a proven record of making communities safer and we are very thankful for this funding.

The Swampscott Fire Department has been awarded $3,951 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,596 for the Senior Safe program. The Marblehead Fire Department has been awarded $4,540 and $2,796 for each program respectively.

“With a vital focus on prevention and preparedness, this grant will raise awareness among seniors and children,” said state Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) in a statement. “When seconds count, this program can be the difference between life or death.”

The Saugus Fire Department has been awarded $4,540 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,796 for the Senior Safe program.

“We are very grateful to be receiving these funds from the S.A.F.E. program,” said state Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) in a statement. “Fire-related tragedies seem to be happening more frequently, so anything we can do to educate the citizens in our communities, especially seniors, is welcoming,”

The Lynnfield Fire Department will receive $3,951 for the S.A.F.E. program and $2,596 for the Senior Safe program.

“The S.A.F.E. program and the Senior SAFE program together help educate our children and seniors about the importance of preventing fires and how to react in a dangerous situation,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr. (R-North Reading) in a statement. “I am proud to support this important program and I know the town of Lynnfield will put this grant money to good use.”

Since the S.A.F.E. program was created 22 years ago, there has been a 70 percent reduction in  average annual child fire deaths. The program was expanded to seniors four years ago, who are among the most at-risk population for fire-related deaths, according to a press release.

 

Winter’s bridge to generosity

Winter rolls around every year in New England and with the beautiful snowscapes comes a collective community responsibility to prevent tragedies.

Community officials and residents share a responsibility for providing the awareness and response needed to prevent cold weather freezing and fire deaths.

Firefighters are already doing their part by reminding tenants as well as homeowners to follow a few basic winter awareness safety tips.

The list includes getting home heating systems serviced and making sure space heaters are positioned well away from curtains, bedding and anything else that can catch fire.

Ovens should not be used to provide heat and kitchen sink drawers should be kept open to keep plumbing from freezing. The list of winter safety precautions is long and it extends to dressing properly and keeping pets safe.

In addition to warning residents to take precautionary measures, local communities should be prepared to respond quickly to heating emergency calls, including broken furnaces and pipes. School principals should reinforce winter safety tips with students and ensure language barriers do not prevent students from educating parents about basic safety precautions aimed at preventing fires or unsafe exposure to cold.

Shovels full of love in Swampscott

Residents also have roles to play in preventing winter tragedies. Neighbors should check on seniors living in a neighborhood or apartment building to make sure they have heat and a way to get basic necessities.

They can also clear walkways and steps for neighbors and, in the process, perhaps become better acquainted with someone else living on their street or around the corner. The same rule applies to teenagers.

The days of youthful snow shovelers making their neighborhood rounds sounds like it belongs to a time long ago. But seniors and people with health limitations appreciate the help they get from able-bodied shovelers.

With holiday generosity reaching its height, people can also ensure organizations like Lynn Economic Opportunity (LEO) get help providing heating assistance to families who are hard-pressed to buy oil or natural gas for heating.

LEO’s heating assistance program relies annually on tax dollar support to help tenants and homeowners buy enough oil to heat their home through the winter. Sometimes the public money runs short and LEO caseworkers scramble to find other ways to keep homes warm.

It all boils down to appreciating winter as a season not to be endured but embraced as an opportunity to help others.

Wayne Alarm: Video Door Bell Technology

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Video Door Bell (Sky Bell)

34% of break-ins occur through the front door, the SkyBell can prevent them before it happens.

Keep you and your family safe by never having to open the door to see who it is. The SkyBell owner gets a ring whenever the button is pressed, just like a normal doorbell, but because of the motion sensing technology, the owner can set it for alerts whenever someone walks up.

Stream the audio or video from the SkyBell on your iPhone or iPad from anywhere in the world, and talk directly to the person outside without ever opening the door! The SkyBell is extremely durable, sustaining any weather between -40F to 140F.The SkyBell also features High Definition video, along with full color night vision, making this product a necessity for those concerned about intruders.

The SkyBell is only available with Total Connect video subscription


Total Connect Cameras

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Another pair of eyes for when you’re on the go.

With the Total Connect cameras, you can stream the live video directly to your phone through the app.  These portable cameras are as easy as switching outlets, so changing locations is a breeze. These cameras are equipped with infra-red technology so you can still see in the dark.  The Total Connect cameras are prompt to start recording when it senses movement where there hasn’t been any recently. The short 10 second clip is then sent to you so you can investigate.

For more information on protecting your second home and how Wayne Alarm can help, please feel free to give us a call at (781)595-0000 or fill out our online contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: 4th of July Fireworks Safety

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Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:

BE CAREFUL!

Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.

Do not use consumer fireworks.

Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

In 2011, almost 18,000 fires were caused by fireworks.

Sparklers cause 16% of fireworks injuries.

Sparklers burn 1200 degrees F.

The NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

Information provided by NFPA through local safety and security experts at Wayne Alarm.

www.waynealarm.com and www.nfpa.org/education

For more information about being safe at home and away, call Wayne Alarm and learn how they can benefit you.   Please feel free to give them a call at: 781-595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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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.

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:

“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.”

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:

“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 is a part of your local community, and they care about taking care of local businesses and families.  Watch the video above to hear more about the dedication and excellence of the staff at Wayne 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 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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