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Home Security Systems

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 | No Comments

Home security systemsHome security systems used to be seen as a luxury for upper middle class families. In the past 15 years or so however, these systems have become more popular with families across the nation. Here’s a few of the reasons why investing in a home security system can be beneficial to your home and your family.

  1. Peace of Mind: Home security systems can be activated while you’re home, on vacation or just at work for the day. You can rest assured knowing your property and loved ones will remain protected from intruders with constant monitoring.
  2. Deterrence: Studies have found that homes which display security signs on their property are less likely to be broken into. It is thought that would be burglars see the sign and know there is a higher degree of danger if they break in. Homes without a monitored home security system are up to 300% more likely to be broken into according to some studies.
  3. Reduced Insurance Rates: Due to the deterrence of break-ins, many insurance providers will lower homeowner insurance rates for families with home security systems.
  4. Faster Emergency Response Times: Monitored home security systems will contact authorities when an alarm is triggered, meaning help in on the way in minutes. Whether it’s a break-in, fire or other home emergency, the faster help arrives the better. This is a contributing factor to consider when determining if you want to install a monitored or unmonitored system.
  5. Customizable Features: Home security systems generally alert owners about break-ins through doors and windows but newer, more advanced systems can also be configured to detect fire, carbon monoxide, rising water and even freezing temps and alert homeowners of such problems.
  6. Remote Access: More and more home security systems have a remote access option. This means you can arm your home, check in on any security cameras you may have, and even adjust the thermostat from your office, vacation or from anywhere you have wi-fi. You have complete control.

Not only can a home security system protect your belongings but your family as well. The market for such systems continues to grow and expand, offering new services and greater security as well. Consider all the available systems, the cost of installation and the effectiveness of each option before finalizing your plans for a new home security system.


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Keep Your Lawn Safe This Year!

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 | No Comments

We know how important it is to make sure our homes are safe – but do we stop to consider the potential hazards in our lawns? We’ve put together a list of ten ways you can make your lawn safer this year.

  • Get rid of dead leaves and debris near the house! This can be a major fire hazard and can also create homes for numerous types of insects.
  • Prevent drowning and other water accidents by fencing in pools or other bodies of water. Due to the threat of mosquito infestations, you should never allow water to remain stagnant.
  • When you prepare to mow your lawn, inspect the yard for sticks, large stones, and any toys or other items that could be thrown by the lawnmower blades. Roll up water hoses and move electric wires out of the way.
  • Always store tools (landscaping tools, car repair tools, etc.) in a place where they will be out of reach of children.
  • Avoid using toxic chemicals on plants near the house. If you keep a vegetable garden, you should use only natural ingredients to keep the bugs away. If you have any toxic chemicals, be sure to keep them under lock and key.
  • If your trees have large overhanging branches, you will need to keep them trimmed. Branches near the chimney can easily catch fire!
  • Keep an eye out for insect nests under the eaves of any buildings or in the yard itself. Wasps, bees, and other stinging bugs can turn a cozy yard into a warzone!
  • Check all railings and fence posts for stability. They are often overlooked, but they can lead to severe injuries if they give out under stress.
  • Opt for plastic dishes when you dine al fresco – especially if you have children. Broken glasses are infamous for leaving sharp pieces everywhere, even after you think you’ve cleaned it all up.
  • Be vigilant about turning off the gas when you are finished grilling. Check to be sure the gas supply hose is not cracked and keep the grill (whether it’s gas or charcoal) at a minimum of ten feet from your home.

If you take just a few minutes today, you can make your lawn the safe, relaxing place it is meant to be! If you found this post helpful, please share.


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