Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning during the Cold New England Winter

Often called the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal in high concentrations. Every year, more than 400 people in the United States die from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning oil, gas, wood, coal, pellets and kerosene. The only way to tell that carbon monoxide is present is to have a working CO alarm. At lower concentrations, victims may experience such symptoms as a headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.

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Our Best Business and Home Security Stories of 2017

Best Home and Business Security Stories of 2017All of us at American Alarm would like to wish our readers a pleasant and prosperous 2018. One thing we have been proud of in 2017 is providing our readers with solid, informative security related content throughout the year.

Here are some of our favorite stories from the past year. We hope you continue reading to stay abreast of best security practices for 2018. Read more

Smart Technology Can Help Keep Senior Citizens Safe

older man and woman using tablet

Nearly 90% of seniors want to remain in their own homes as they age because they’re healthier, wealthier, and they expect to work into their 70s or even longer.

As people get older, they still face issues such as failing eyesight, reduced mobility and declining strength.

Now, though, smart home technologies, such as sensors, voice activation, GPS, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity, enable older adults to stay in their homes longer and continue to lead independent lives. Read more

Top 5 Questions to Ask About Medical Alert Systems

Learn the top 5 questions that everyone should ask, when searching for the right Medical Alert System for their loved ones.

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Environmental Hazards – Protecting Your Home and Business

Learn how to better protect both your home and business from environmental hazards such as floods, carbon monoxide/toxic gasses and extreme weather conditions.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe When You’re Not Home

Baby and Pet Dog Waiting at Door Looking out WindowYour pets are an important part of your family and as a pet owner your responsibility is to keep them safe.

It’s easy to take care of Rover and Fluffy when you’re home, but what happens when you’re at work, or away from the house?

Here are some tips to help you keep your furry friends safe, secure and happy when you can’t be home with them.

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What to Teach Your Children about Home Security

Little baby boy pushes a buttons on the alarm keypadYour most important job as a parent is protecting your children. The fact is that as they get older you’re not always going to be with them to keep them out of harm’s way.

However, you can help make sure they’re safe when they’re home alone by talking to them about home security and what to do in an emergency.

Here are some important home security tips to teach your children:

  • Teach them how to operate your home security system – You should begin by teaching your children the basics, such as how to arm and disarm the system as well as how to tell the difference between the different alerts. You and your children should work together to determine an arm/disarm code for your alarm system that they’ll remember. It’s very important to let them know they shouldn’t share the code with anyone else.

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5 Benefits of Home Security Cameras

5 Benefits of Home Security CamerasNot so long ago, many people couldn’t afford to install security cameras in addition to their home security systems. Now, however, advances in technology, including in video cameras, video recorders, and networking capabilities, have made video surveillance systems affordable and appropriate for home use.

Security/surveillance cameras let you view the inside and/or the outside of your home – anytime and whenever you want. Integrating video into your home security system enables you to view any area of your property, from any television or computer in the home.

Installing these cameras in your home can beneficial for a number of reasons including:

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After School Safety Tips for Kids Home Alone

Latch Key KidBeing a working parent is never easy. Now that school is about to start, you’re probably doing some extra worrying about how to make sure your children are safe at home until you get back from work.

The truth is, no matter how sensible you think your kids are, you are still going to worry about them. If leaving your kids home alone is your only option, there are steps you can take to keep them safe.

If your child will be home alone after school you should:

  • Make sure your smoke detectors are functional – A working fire alarm system is one of the most effective ways to protect your children in case of a fire in your home.
  • Make a list of key people and telephone numbers – You should post this where your children can find it in the event of an emergency.
  • Tell your children where the flashlights are located – Be sure that the batteries are fresh.
  • Create an emergency plan with your children – Practice it with them so they’ll know what they should do in case there’s a fire, or other emergency or if they get hurt. Write the plan down and make sure your children know where it is. Read more

Are You Making These Common Home Security Mistakes?

Bills & Junk MailHome security systems can offer you great protection, but even the most advanced system cannot completely override human error. If you want to keep burglars out, do your best to avoid these common security mistakes:

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