Everything You Need to Know About Home Fire Safety

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Each year, Americans lose billions of dollars’ worth of property to housefires. It’s a devastating thought: everything you own – including things that can’t be replaced – gone in a few minutes.

That’s to say nothing of the human cost. Thousands of people are killed or are injured each year in housefires. Perhaps the worst part is that so many of these fires could have been prevented with the installation of a fire alarm system, or by taking simple home fire safety measures.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the importance of having a fire alarm system, some of the most common reasons housefires start, along with some steps you can take to fireproof your home.

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When Is It Time to Upgrade My Security System?

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We’ll be setting the clocks back in a few weeks when daylight saving time ends, which is typically also a good time to test the batteries in your smoke alarm.

It’s a good rule of thumb: change the clocks, check your smoke alarm. Ideally, you should be refreshing the batteries in your smoke alarm every year and installing new alarms every 10 years (and also testing the alarms every month).

But what about the other things that keep your home safe? When should you start thinking about a new lock installation? When is it time to invest in a new security camera, or to buy a new alarm system?

In this month’s blog post, we’ll explore how you can tell when it’s time to upgrade your security.

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10 Ways to Fireproof Your Home

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Fireproofing your home is one of the hallmarks of Bucks, PA residential security.

You can install burglar alarms, double lock your doors and ask your neighbors to look in on your home when you’re on vacation, but if you’re not taking steps to prevent fires at home, you’re not truly secure.

Here are 10 easy things you can do to keep you and your family safe.

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Do I Really Need Security Cameras in My Home?

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When you picture a home security camera system, you might be tempted to imagine something out a movie, where a billionaire keeps watch over his giant estate with a bank of monitors.

In truth, video surveillance systems for the home are quite common, and quite useful.

At Holicong Security, safety is what we do.  We have been serving Bucks, Montgomery and Hunterdon counties since 1952.  So we know a thing or two.  Here are five reasons why we think security camera systems are a good idea for your home.

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How to Make Sure Your House is Secure When You Go on Vacation

A man breaking into a house: a reason why residential security is important

Summer time is just around the corner.

Your kids are counting down the days until school lets out for the year, and you’re dreaming of your vacation. Maybe you’ll be sitting by the ocean drinking something tropical or embarking on a cross-country trip to see some unforgettable landmarks.

But before you start your well-deserved vacation from everyday life, take a minute to think about the people who can’t wait for you to leave.

We’re talking about your unfriendly neighborhood burglar. To him, a house where the family has gone on vacation is like an invitation to steal.

Don’t make his job easier. Before you leave for your trip, follow these tips from our Bucks, PA residential security experts that will help you make sure your home is secure.

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The Benefits of a Master Key System

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Live in your house for long enough and you can amass a pretty impressive collection of keys.

Your car keys. The front door. The back door. Maybe a key to your parents’ house, or an emergency key handed to you by one of your neighbors or a key to a post office box or safe deposit box at the bank.

It’s a lot to keep track of, but somehow you manage. Now, imagine trying that same system with an office building, or a warehouse.

Having a different key for every door of your business isn’t always practical, which is why we recommend switching to a master key system. Bucks County businesses who have more keys than they can handle can use these systems to increase security and improve efficiency.

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Do I Need to Rekey My Locks?

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No matter how sturdy and secure it is, humanity has yet to produce a lock that can last forever.

Whether you own a home or a business, eventually the day will come when you need to replace your locks. The only question is: Do your locks need to be replaced, or do they need rekeying? Montgomery County home/business owners need to know the difference.

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7 Ways to Make Sure Your Industrial Facility is Secure

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So much depends on your industrial facility.

Any disruption in day-to-day business affects not only your bottom line, but the lives of your employees, customers and suppliers.

And fewer things are more disruptive to your operations than a security threat, whether it’s petty vandalism that slows down work for a few hours or a serious criminal incident that shuts down your plant for an entire work week.

When thinking about industrial security, Hunterdon, NJ businesses should consider these measures to keep their properties and their employees safe.

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How to Detect a Carbon Monoxide Leak

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Lourdes Berindoague was sitting in school one day when everyone began to feel sick.

One of her classmates raised her hand to answer a question and fell from her chair. Another girl began to vomit. A third student went to the bathroom, where he fainted.

“I was scared,” Berindoague told CBC News earlier this month. “I didn’t know if it would happen to me.”

What was happening was a carbon monoxide leak, which sent 50 students and staff members at Lourdes’ school — École des Découvreurs in Montreal – to the hospital.

Fortunately, everyone at the school appears to be OK. But not everyone who encounters carbon monoxide is as lucky.

Known as “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a gas that forms when fuels such as wood and oil don’t fully burn off, creating colorless, odorless, invisible fumes.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to detect carbon monoxide leaks in your home or business and how Montgomery County gas safety systems can help protect against this deadly threat.

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How Freezing Temperature Sensors Can Prevent Frozen Pipes

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Do you know the only thing worse than dealing with a flooded basement?

Dealing with a flooded basement in February.

We’re not saying that every frozen pipe is doomed to burst and fill your home with water. But we can tell you that water damage from burst pipes is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims.

You can avoid that trouble this winter by installing a freezing temperature sensor. But in the meantime, let’s look at what to do when your pipes freeze.

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