Business Security: 7 Common Security Measures Too Often Overlooked

As a business owner or manager, you know that security is critical to protecting your building and its occupants as well as maintaining your peace of mind.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, security can be compromised, especially if you overlook important elements of your risk mitigation plan.

We’ve put together a list of seven common security oversights commercial property owners and managers often make to help you avoid them. Read more

The 3 Emergency Shut Off Switches You Should Know

As we enter the more treacherous months for New England weather, it is important to plan ahead for an emergency. While it is important to have an evacuation plan and an emergency preparedness kit, it is also essential to know how to shut off the utilities before a disaster. If these utilities are not shut off they may cause damage to your home and possibly endanger your family.

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Beat the Heat: Tips for Staying Cool this Summer

We spend all winter in New England dreaming of the warm summer months, but when they finally arrive many of us miss cooler temperatures. Whether you love or hate the heat it is important to take precautions, especially during heat waves.

Here are our tips to keep you and your family safe.

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Tips on Booking a Safe Vacation Rental Property

Choosing to rent a vacation property is fun and can come with a lot of perks! Typically they are less expensive than hotels, offer more living space, and often come with more amenities (such as a full kitchen or private pool). However, these properties may not offer the same physical and financial securities that a traditional hotel can provide. Here are some tips on how to choose a safe vacation rental:

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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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Tips to Improve the Physical Security of Credit Unions

closeup on security CCTV camera or surveillance system in local cash dispenser

Cyberattacks against credit unions are on the rise. As such, protecting their networks is top of mind for security managers.

It’s just as critical for credit union facility managers and/or security managers to pay attention to the physical security of their buildings.

Here are some tips to help you protect your employees, your members and your assets:

  • Install a burglar alarm system that includes perimeter alarms to detect an attempted intrusion into your facility, vault, safe, night depository and ATM.
  • Install IP video surveillance as it is one of main tools a credit union can employ to help detect internal fraud as well as help police investigate a robbery. Internet Protocol (IP) cameras offer resolutions many times higher than analog cameras, enabling you to get clearer images from wider angles. IP cameras also cover more ground in one shot, which means you can save money because you can install fewer cameras to monitor your facility. Install the cameras in strategic locations, including lobbies to monitor people entering and exiting your building as well as moving around inside; behind the teller area to better capture people’s faces; and outside the building. You should also install a purpose-built ATM surveillance camera.
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Fire Safety Strategies for Nursing Homes

Enjoying their card gameIn the event of fire, most nursing home residents are unable to protect themselves. Therefore, it’s up to you as facility manager and/or owner to have the proper fire safety procedures in place to provide for the well-being of residents as well as staff.

It’s also important that the staff members understand that the safety of your residents is their number one priority.

Here are some fire safety strategies to help you prepare for a fire emergency: Read more

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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Best Practices for Commercial Access Control Systems

Fingerprint Access Control SystemPart of your job as a business owner or facilities manager is to make certain that the occupants of your building – as well as the building itself – are safe and secure.

A key part of a commercial building’s physical security system is the access control system.

Thanks to today’s advanced technologies access control systems not only control physical access, they also provide security badge options and track specific employee, visitor and equipment movements in and out of your building as well as restricted areas within your facility. Read more

A Silent Tragedy: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Woman resting with cup of hot drink and book near fireplaceDuring the winter months, we spend a lot of time indoors with the heat on. Staying in and feeling warm and toasty can be nice, but there are safety precautions you need to think about while your heating your home. At least 430 people die each year in the US from non-fire related CO poisoning. Recently in Massachusetts, a nine-year-old boy and his father tragically lost their lives to this silent killer.

CO is produced by the burning of oil, natural gas, propane, wood, coal, kerosene and wood pellets. Our home heating systems and appliances have vents and filters to prevent CO from escaping, but these can break without warning.

Poisoning by CO is preventable. Following these safety tips will help keep your family both safe and comfortable through the winter.

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