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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: Why you should join our team

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Does it fill you with pride to make a difference in people’s lives? Is providing security for others rewarding to you? Does a company who is as well known nationally as Wayne Alarm Systems sound like the perfect job you seek?

With a company that brings honest work all throughout the North Shore, joining a team whose main focus is to bring customers a system that provides them with the highest level of protection is rewarding. Sure, joining the team will provide you with full health benefits but there’s nothing better than being a part of a mission driven team that is providing innovation and growth in the security business. If you’re a self-motivated individual, your work will be an important factor that is significant to the Wayne Alarm Systems foundation.

With 48 years of Ralph Sevinor success, president of Wayne Alarm, you’ll become a part of their growing team in providing exceptional customer service, being one of their well certified sales professionals, or out on the field as a technician.

Additional to the work Wayne Alarms provides, you’ll be able to share the privilege of being in a team that believes in giving back to the community by being involved in local events, motivating fundraises and truly providing a difference that can not only benefit you as an employee, but as a member of the community. Ralph Sevinor believes in giving and getting back. As he gives, students at the local schools and colleges that Wayne Alarm sponsor, get back the chance to become employees and part of the Wayne Alarm family.

If interested, head to their careers page for open opportunities, or, if an entry you seem fit isn’t available, send Wayne Alarms your résumé to careers@waynealarm.com.

 

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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: August Smart Control Lock

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There are moments when we leave in such a rush from our homes and business that we leave without our keys or even forget to lock our doors, only to remember hours later when it could already be too late. With technologic advances, Wayne Alarm provides another easier way to secure your home or business with ease. Here’s why you should call up Wayne Alarm and request the August Smart Control Lock.

The August Smart Control Lock allows you to never feel guilty for not unlocking your door, again. The smart control lock is a deadbolt lock that syncs to your phone wirelessly, allowing you to control anyone who comes in and anytime the doors are locked. With this specific use you are able to grant access to your family and friends, or you can also provide them with temporary access. The system uses different key codes to allow you to see who entered at what time and from where they did. With all these different features, it also sends you notifications straight to your mobile device.

This device works just as great for your small business, too. If employees forget to secure a specific door and you’re not in the office, a quick look at your phone can easily lock your doors for a sense of ease. It also has a cool feature where you can set up a schedule and only choose who is allowed to go in at the time. If someone unknown walks in, you’ll be notified instantly.

Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

 

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Wayne Alarm: Why Medical Alert is best

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Grandma has been feeling ill for quite some time now, and living home alone doesn’t give you or your family  peace of mind. What if you’re currently at work, kids are at school, and grandma had an accident and fell?What if she had no way of being able to reach you or call for help. It’s a situation we don’t want to have to deal with and it’s an event we all want to prevent. How can she reach out in case of an emergency? How can you know if she’s okay? How will she be able to alert you when she needs help?

Today, with technological advances, we are able to find ways to help in situations like this while being in control of our outcome.

When needed, professional Medical Life Alert operators are able to aid in assistance at anytime, from anywhere. With 24/7 monitoring, they standby at a local monitoring station. The easy-to-access emergency button provided immediately alerts the Wayne Alarm Alarm Monitoring Central Station. The best part about it, if you or your loved one are in another room or enjoying the outdoors, a wireless remote activator allows you to activate the system when you are away from the main receiver.

At the moment of alert, you’ll be in contact with a dispatcher giving you high quality communication that allows you to be heard clearly from any room, regardless of the distance. In the time being, an appropriate emergency personnel is then contacted and dispatched to your aid wherever help is needed.

Our loved ones can now have the ability to have more freedom and independence within their home, even while still having the help of a qualified and trained group of professionals standing by whenever you need help. For more questions, give us a call at (781)595-0000 or e-mail us at sales@waynealarm.com

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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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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: Best of GPS vehicle tracking

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Ever wondered if you can get somewhere faster by taking a different route, using shortcuts? Ever wanted to have a device that helps you get to your destination without all the terrible traffic? Having a real-time GPS to provide you with that information is much easier and let’s you drive without the stress.

GPS technology has advanced  more in the past few years to GPS on your phone, to having a GPS on your dog’s collar, to being able to use it in your car. It’s unsafe to constantly look down on your phone while driving to make sure you’re heading to the right place. As a bonus, GPS systems usually have a wider range of coverage which gives you accurate representations. Several other benefits include a decrease fuel consumption and a reduction in speeding. It’s almost essential now, and whether you’re worried about burglaries or want to keep an eye on who uses your car, Wayne Alarm’s GPS tracking ensures you know what’s going on at all times.

So how does it inform you at all times?

With specifically customized notifications that are made with your preferences, the total connect app gives you the ability to stay in complete control. For example, say your teenager wants to take the car for a night out with friends? You’re more than willing to, but then you begin to worry. With the app you’re to get alerts whenever your vehicle exceed speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries. The notifications all identify where your car is, how fast it’s going, or even if it’s outside your predetermined boundaries. You’ll know what’s going on in your car, at all times.

Have anymore questions on the GPS vehicle? Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Access control for your business?

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Your small business is gaining more and more customers, and you wonder if you should increase your security? Having top security is a must for many small businesses. Finding the right fit that meets the needs to each of your worries can be a difficult process, along with many test trials. However, what’s great about Wayne Alarm’s access control, is everything you need is directly at your disposal. With access control, you’re able to have complete control.

By switching to access control you are then able to:

  • Facilitate or lock down a specific area from any PC or proximity reader. If you have a specific area that isn’t accessible for  your employees or customers, you can block entrance to the area so that no one comes in unless they are authorized to.
  • Interface your video security with your card access system. With this feature, you’re able to monitor specific areas during any time of the day.
  • Create a map with active icons to annunciate system status. This includes your ability to control doors, a call up video, as well as having it show employee photos as they pass through protected doors. This can give you a sense of comfort to know who is exiting in and out of your business.
  • Run custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and specifically when they did.

Access control comes with support and monitoring which ensures that your business, big or small, stays locked down and secure at all times.

Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Fire system up to code?

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At Wayne Alarm, we always make sure our customers and clients are fully prepared in case of any emergency. And with warmer weather fast approaching, it is important to make sure your fire system is still reliable, inspected, tested and maintained. A quarterly check on your system can make a huge difference in your safety. So how can homeowners or business owners keep their systems updated? Follow these tips below:

  • Make sure Wayne Alarms fire system is up to date with its detection alarm. Without this feature, the system would fail to notify you if smoke appears or to dispatch the firefighters to save your home and evacuate your family.
  • Check your fire exits to make sure doors easily open and no objects are blocking the exits. It’s also important to ensure that it is properly marked and everyone will have no trouble finding it.
  • Make sure there are no flammable objects or substances in or near the exits. If so, it is best to store them away in the right place to prevent any fire.

On average, there are over 374,000 residential fires and over 2,000 deaths. Don’t let yourself become a statistic. These additional tips could make a huge difference to avoid any fire.

  • Smoking – If you smoke, make sure you do so in areas where it is not prohibited. Or if you smoke, make sure it is only fire-safe cigarettes. Since fires and deaths result from fires that have started in a living/family rooms, or bedrooms, it is better to smoke outside instead. Most importantly, keep lighters, matches and cigarettes out of reach of children.
  • Electrical – When using electrical kitchen appliances make sure they are put into a receptacle outlet one at a time, as the outlet can dangerously heat up.

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Wayne Alarm: Utilizing security technology

With Wayne Alarm security systems, your business is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year by trained and certified professionals.

Security technology is constantly being developed and are considered one of the top securities to have in businesses as well as in homes. At home, you are able to monitor what and who goes in and out your home, if alarms are in place and if doors and windows have been shut tight  before leaving the house. With businesses, it’s no different and similar protocols should be taken regularly. Here are a few reasons why using the best security technology can help you manage your business:

  1. Businesses today are subject to security threats and vandalism. Technology can easily be used to protect confidential executive decisions, financial data, client information, etc. By having computers and servers with passwords, businesses can ensure projects and information won’t be stolen.
  2. Using systems such as Wayne Alarm Access Control, keep you and your employees safe at all times. With the access control, you are able to have interface video security with your card system. It also includes the feature of creating a map with active icons for system status, control doors, and even show employee photos as they go through protected doors. For businesses, features that have integrated motion detectors, glass breaks and panic buttons help track and assign alarm conditions in case of an emergency.
  3. Video surveillance can be beneficial for businesses! Monitoring shoplifting and making sure everything else stays in place, having video surveillance gives you 24/7 security at all times. With surveillance, you can also receive an e-mail or video notification sent straight to your mobile device.

There are several advantages of having a modern security set-up in businesses that can and need to be taken advantage of. Protecting your assets shouldn’t be compromised. At Wayne Alarm, we understand that and help protect you and your business.

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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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

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY 

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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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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.

 

Wayne Alarm: Winter Pet Safety

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY 

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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. 

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: 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. 

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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Navigators release 2016-2017 schedule

LYNN – The schedule for the 2017 North Shore Navigators is set. The hometown ball club will begin the 56-game quest for a Futures Collegiate Baseball League Championship on Thursday, June 1 on the road in Portsmouth, N.H. against league foe, the Seacoast Mavericks.

General Manager Bill Terlecky also announced that the traditional Saturday Night Home Opener will take place on June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at Fraser Field.

“We are excited for the 2017 summer slate,” said Terlecky. “The past couple seasons we have set franchise records for attendance on Opening Day and we hope that this year brings the same level of support!”

The schedule is highlighted by seven Friday home games with each game punctuated by a firework display thanks to Wayne Alarm. The seven firework nights are the most that the Navigators have ever held in one season, and the team will be home for five consecutive Fridays beginning on July 7th.

“The Firework Fridays are simply the best nights to spend at the ballpark,” said Terlecky. “We are very grateful to our friends at Wayne Alarm for their continued support to make these family friendly nights possible.”

Entering it’s seventh season, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), is comprised of nine teams. The Torrington Titans, one of the league’s founding members will not play in 2017. The Navigators are in their sixth season with the league after moving from the NECBL in 2012.

Game times for the 2017 season remain unchanged as games being played Monday through Friday begin at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. There are also two 10:30 a.m. games are also on tap for the Navigators – June 7 for School Field Trip Day and August 1 for Parks and Rec Summer Fun Day.

The registration to rent one of the Navigators Party Decks or schedule a birthday party at any one of the team’s 28 home games is now open. These decks book quickly so for more information email Bill Terlecky at navigatorsgm@gmail.com or visit www.nsnavs.com. Our Family Season Passes are also on sale for $100 for a pass that admits fans to every regular season home game.

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

honeywell total connect cameras

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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North Shore Navigators: Countdown to Home Opener

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The North Shore Navigators offer fun for the whole family and your friends, and look at the steal you can get with these prices:

All seats are General Admission

Adults—$6.00  |  Fireworks Nights—$7.00

Children / Sr. Citizens—$5.00  |  Fireworks Nights—$6.00

JUNE:

Date Time Visitor
Saturday, June 4, 2016 6 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Friday, June 10, 2016 7 PM Nashua Silver Knights
Saturday, June 11, 2016 6 PM Nashua Silver Knights
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:30 AM Nashua Silver Knights
Thursday, June 16, 2016 7 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Sunday, June 19, 2016 5 PM Torrington Titans
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7 PM Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7 PM Brockton Rox
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Friday, June 24, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Saturday, June 25, 2016 6 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7 PM Torrington Titans

JULY

Date Time Visitor
Saturday, July 2, 2016 6 PM Brockton Rox
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 7 PM Pittsfield Suns
Friday, July 8, 2016 7 PM Worcester Bravehearts
Saturday, July 9, 2016 6 PM Brockton Rox
Saturday, July 16, 2016 6 PM Seacoast Mavericks
Sunday, July 17, 2016 5 PM Nashua Silver Knights
Monday, July 18, 2016 7 PM Worcester Bravehearts
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7 PM Pittsfield Suns
Thursday, July 21, 2016 7 PM Brockton Rox
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7 PM Bristol Blues
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:30 AM Bristol Blues
Friday, July 29, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Sunday, July 31, 2016 5 PM Wachusett Dirt Dawgs

AUGUST

Date Time Visitor
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 7 PM Martha’s Vineyard Sharks
Thursday, August 4, 2016 7 PM Bristol Blues
Friday, August 5, 2016 7 PM Seacoast Mavericks

FIREWORKS at every FRIDAY home game thanks to Wayne Alarm and DOLLAR HOT DOGS from OLD Neighborhood all the time!

A warm night, a beautiful ball park, plenty of nearby free parking, with laughter, snacks and  entertaining baseball being performed by some of the most incredible college players, all for a few dollars and with fan-involved fun between the innings!  When you need to let the kids play a little and move around, there is even a children’s play area, on the outskirts of the park.  To sum it up:  Affordable fun for the whole family in a beautiful local ballpark.  If you have never been, don’t wait, you won’t be disappointed.  To keep up-to-date on all of the North Shore Navigators news, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@NSNavigators), or check out our website at nsnavs.com.

North Shore Navigators: Countdown to Home Opener

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The Home Opener for the North Shore Navigators is just a few days away!

2016 Navigators baseball returns on Opening Night—Saturday, June 4th—complete with all of the fun and excitement that has become a staple at historic Fraser Field.

FIREWORKS at every FRIDAY home game thanks to Wayne Alarm and DOLLAR HOT DOGS from OLD Neighborhood all the time!

There are lots of snacks and drinks for kids and adults to choose from nightly, entertaining baseball by some incredible college athletes, and contests between innings!  Complete with a kids’ play area, to burn off some energy.  Affordable fun for the whole family in a beautiful local ballpark.  If you have never been, don’t wait, you won’t be disappointed.  To keep up-to-date on all of the North Shore Navigators news, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@NSNavigators), or check out our website at nsnavs.com.

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.”

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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. ”

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Price is right for retirement

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William Price at his work station at the Wayne Alarm building in Lynn on his last day of work before retiring after 32 years.

BY THOR JOURGENSEN

LYNN — Fire alarm dispatcher William Price worked his final shift Thursday night, but for 32 years, he fielded emergency calls from across the city and sent fire department trucks and their crews rolling onto city streets to save lives.

“He is the best dispatcher Lynn has ever had. Billy knows every street in the city,” said dispatcher Cheryl Teehan.

Price’s replacement has been hired, but Teehan and District Fire Chief Stephen Archer said his retirement will leave a hard-to-fill void in the fire department.

“Replacing his skills will be incredibly tough,” Archer said.

Working out of a room in the Wayne Alarm building, surrounded by computer screens, Price has spent afternoons and nights on the job helping callers take the first steps to save a loved one’s life and fielding winter calls from people wondering if it is safe enough to venture onto the city’s frozen ponds.

“We always say ‘no,’ ” he said.

The Lynn native grew up near St. Jean’s Cemetery and graduated from St. Mary’s Boys High School in 1969. His first jobs were with the federal government, but a passion for firefighting prompted him to apply for a dispatcher’s job. In October 1983, he started working in the fire alarm room located in the former Franklin Street fire station.

“It was a fire trap. There was one way out and that was out the window,” Price said.

When the city adopted emergency 911 dispatch in 1995, the fire alarm operation moved to the Wayne Alarm building on Essex Street, where Price and other dispatchers monitored a battery of six computer screens to receive calls and dispatch emergency responses.

Calls into the fire alarm office display the caller’s address on a computer screen with a second screen showing the address on a map. It’s the dispatcher’s job to send fire equipment to the address using a decidedly low-technology method: a tone sounded in the responding fire house alerts engine or ladder company crews to the emergency.

Dispatchers follow up the tone alert with instructions about the emergency response.

“The tone makes you stop, pause and pay attention to the instructions that follow,” Archer explained.

Price said it is impossible to predict how many calls will come into dispatch during a particular shift — the only exception is bad weather when calls light up the computer screens.

“It can be a real quiet night or a hectic night,” he said.

He said medical calls were the toughest responses he handled. Dispatchers refer to a set of 33 medical-procedure cards to walk callers through basic emergency medical steps even as they send emergency personnel to the caller’s address.

“What is really tough is cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructions. You’ve got to calm someone down who has a loved one lying on the ground. I first tell them, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not going to transfer you,’” Price said.

Retirement means more time for Price, 65, to pursue his passion for poker. His favorite poker rooms include one in Seabrook, N.H. Price said he will miss helping people for a living.

“I really enjoyed it — especially the tough cases,” he said.


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Real heroes in tragedy’s midst

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Wayne Alarm’s Ralph Sevinor and Deb Duxbury, Red Cross disaster program manager, show the content of one of the bags they bring to events such as this. Wayne Alarm housed the victims of fire until they found places to stay.

Four people died in a fire in Lynn early Friday morning. As horrible as that is, it’s quite likely the total would have been six had it not been for members of the Lynn Fire Department who ventured onto the second floor of the fully engulfed building and carried two women out.

They both have serious injuries, but they’re expected to survive.

We can be thankful that despite this heartbreaking tragedy, there are heroes among us who step outside of themselves to deliver aid and comfort.

First responders spring to mind. We take them for granted until their presence is needed at a fire, or some other situation that could very easily careen out of control. Then, when we see what they do, and how quickly they respond, we remember. These are everyday heroes.

So, too, were all the people who stepped in to provide comfort and shelter to 18 survivors who barely had time to flee the Bruce Place dwelling due to the rapidly spreading fire and accompanying smoke. One of them, Rev. John Healey of St. Pius V Parish, who is also Lynn’s fire chaplain, said most of them had all they could do to get out of there with their lives. Everything else they owned is gone.

Father Healey got to the fire around 1 a.m., and immediately went to Wayne Alarm on Essex Street, where survivors from all three floors of the dwelling were being sheltered. A big hero’s salute goes out to Wayne Alarm owner Ralph Sevinor, who, on many occasions, has extended himself on behalf of fire victims. His employees deserve a similar salute for making themselves available too.

We mourn the loss of four young people who have died in this awful fire. But we can be grateful for all the people who stepped in to make sure it wasn’t worse than it was.