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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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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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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Preventing Home Fires During the Holidays

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Here’s a really unpleasant bit of holiday trivia: There are more open-flame fires on Christmas Day than on an average day.

Worse still, those fires cause 34 percent more property loss and nearly 70 percent more fatalities, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which is a division of FEMA.

We aren’t telling you this put a damper on your holiday spirits. But when you’re in the business of Bucks County fire alarm systems, this is the type of thing you think about.

Here are a few ways you can keep your home and your loved ones safe during the holidays.

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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Security

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When you picture a burglary, don’t think of some high-tech criminal mastermind who figures out a way to bypass your home alarm system.

Nearly a third of all burglaries happen simply because someone neglected to lock their doors.

That’s why securing your property doesn’t have to start and stop with putting in a home alarm system. Bucks, PA residents can make themselves safer with these simple steps.

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The Anatomy of a Secure Door | Home Security Systems in Hunterdon, NJ

A good deadbolt lock is critical to any home security systems in Hunterdon, NJ

When you think of a burglar, you might picture someone creeping into a home through a window in the dead of night.

But the reality is somewhat different.

Most burglaries happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when people are at work or school.

And a more than third of all burglars enter a home through its front door, whether that means kicking the door in, or finding it unlocked.

That’s why anyone interested in upgrading their home security systems in Hunterdon, NJ should start with their front entrance. Let’s look at some of the features that make a secure front door.

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Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips | Gas Safety Systems

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Created when fuels such as oil, wood and coal don’t fully burn, carbon monoxide is a gas that’s colorless, odorless, invisible, and deadly.

Also known as “CO,” carbon monoxide is fatal to humans and pets alike, and kills hundreds of Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But there are ways you can guard against carbon monoxide. Read on to learn more about the effects of CO poisoning, and the Bucks County gas safety systems such as carbon monoxide detectors that can protect you and your loved ones.

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Improving Commercial Building Security in Bucks County

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You have all sorts of insurance on your business, your assets, and likely on your own person. Think of commercial building security as another form of insurance.

Your security measures may not need to be that complex. Start with a proper security needs assessment. This will give you a solid foundation upon which you can build a custom system.

Your point-of-contact at your security company will advise you on the various configurations possible. Consider their recommendations and select the right system for your needs and budget.

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Tips for Securing Your Garage

Garage Door: Home Security in Bucks County

When most homeowners talk about home security in Bucks County, they often think about safety implements such as residential security systems, or perhaps multi-point locking units for their home’s front door.

To be sure, those ideas are all well and good. But where home security in Bucks County is concerned, there’s one major mistake we see time and again when it comes to considering a home’s overall security: Homeowners forget about the vulnerability of their garage. In many instances, a garage is a home’s weakest security link.

Intruders and career criminals, of course, are well versed in the ease of breaking into the garage of a typical American home. After all, once a criminal has gained access to your garage, making his way into your home will be that much easier. And naturally, most every professional burglar is aware of the valuables that are often stored in the average suburban home’s garage.

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