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Is your Christmas gift at risk of catching fire?

One of the biggest Christmas gifts this season could also be one of the most dangerous.  It’s the coveted Hoverboard.  While it’s cool to be cruising around town in style it’s not cool to have your Hoverboard catch fire while using it.  If you insist on getting a Hoverboard this holiday season there are a few things you should know:

  1. Please take the time to look at and research the product you buy. If it is compliant with federal standards, inspections, and certifications, it will have a mark on it or indicate such on its packaging, on the device itself, or on its charging equipment. Devices not bearing a mark indicating compliance likely have not been tested to meet minimum safety standards.
  2. After you have use your Hoverboard please give the device time to cool off prior to charging.
  3. When charging the battery please make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions.
  4. When riding your Hoverboard please wear safety gear.
  5. If the Hoverboard seems to be acting “funny” while you are riding it please turn it off right away.
  6. Overheating – if you notice the device is very hot, stop using it and check with your manufacturer or retailer. This could suggest a faulty battery that needs replacing.
  7. Make sure your Hoverboard is powered down at night and anytime you are not using it.

 

Here is a great video warning you of some of the dangers of Hoverbords from The More You Know: Channel 2 on You Tube.

 

We also always suggest that you check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission for any questions or safety concerns on products.

 

Help the Huber Heights Fire Department get on the Ellen Show!

For those of you that may not know the Huber Heights Firefighters Local 2926, is currently recognized as the nation’s #1 breast cancer awareness fire department for funds raised throughout October.  The guys and gals at the HHFD work tirelessly to ensure the fundraising efforts for the Pink Ribbon Girls increase year after year.  This year they have set the goal of getting on the Ellen Show and they need your help to do it!  Please watch, like and share the video below to get Ellen’s attention and to support the HHFD Local 2926 Go Pink or Go Home efforts!

To learn more about the efforts and mission of the HHFD Local 2926 Go Pink or Go Home campaign please check out http://pinkribbonfirefighters.org and to learn more about how the Pink Ribbon girls assist those affected by Breast Cancer check out http://pinkribbongirls.org/

Tips For Choosing The Right Hidden Camera

Once you have decided to install a hidden camera at your home, business or warehouse, it’s important to choose one with the right features and capabilities for your specific application.

 

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Here are a few things to consider:

  • Be sure to choose a hidden camera that blends well into your environment
    • Consider where you are going to be having the camera installed.  Be sure to choose a concealment that won’t attract suspicion.
  • Be sure to capture the level of detail you are looking for
    • In order to produce detailed video that provides facial identification, you need a hidden camera that produces high-resolution images.
    • Are you going to place the hidden camera outside?  If so be sure that your camera has outdoor day/night capabilities.
  • Be sure to select the right video recording solution
    • If you want to record video with your hidden camera, there are several options:
      • Connect your hidden camera to a compatible security system DVR for recording video
      • You can have  a separate DVR or micro DVR that is compatible with the hidden camera
      • You can have a hidden camera with a built-in DVR

Some of our most popular hidden cameras are:

  • Clocks
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Books
  • Binders
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Motion Detectors
  • Ceiling Speakers
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Thermostats

 

For more information on Hidden/Covert Security Cameras check out our website or contact our office at (937) 262-7937 today!

 

Book with Hidden Camera

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4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Video Security System – February 2015 Special

Unique Hybrid+ technology supports analog and HD-TVI cameras, plus IP for complete flexibility

Features Include:

  • 1.3 megapixel HD-TVI bullet security cameras provide 720p HD video
  • Integrated IR array lets the cameras see up to 65′ in complete darkness
  • Smart IR technology reduces IR over-exposure at the center of the image
  • Supports up to 4 cameras: 4x analog and/or HD-TVI (any combination), 1x  720p IP camera can replace 1x analog channel
  • DVR records 720p HD video @ 30 fps per channel, 1080p full HD video @ 12 fps per channel
  • DVR offers multiple recording modes (continuous, motion detection, schedule)
  • H.264 video compression to save hard drive storage space
  • 1TB hard drive for weeks of video storage
  • HDMI, VGA and BNC monitor outputs for convenient viewing
  • Free iOS/Android mobile app for viewing live and recorded video remotely
  • HD-TVI technology transmits zero latency HD video
  • Basic Installation
$1399.00
Sale ends Friday February 27, 2015.
Pricing includes 4 Cameras, DVR, Power Supply, Cable & Camera Terminations
For more information please contact your AFS Sales Representative or check out our February Newsletter
1.3 Megapixel Indoor/Outdoor Camera System

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Your Christmas Tree is a beautiful addition to your home during the holiday season.  It brings you joy, cheer and reminds you of memories of Christmas past but are you and your family aware of Christmas Tree safety?

Per the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Bu following a few simple safety tips you can avoid tragedy during the holiday season.

When picking a tree:

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • If you are getting a live tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

When Placing the tree:

  • If the tree is live:
    • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1″ – 2″ from the base of the trunk.
    • Be sure to add water daily to prevent it from drying out.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Try to place the tree in a position that will not require stretching of cords across rooms and walkways.

Lighting & Decorating the tree:

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory like UL or ETL/ITSNA. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After the holidays are over:

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
  • Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

The U. S. Fire Administration website has a stunning video from the National Institute of Standards and Training (NIST) illustrating how a dry Christmas tree can act like a blowtorch in your living room.

The National Fire Protection Association has side-by-side video

New Product Alert! 360 Degree Indoor Panoramic Indoor CCTV Security Camera

American Fire & Security is excited to be adding a 360 degree indoor panoramic camera to our video surveillance line!

This camera is an indoor IR panoramic video surveillance camera.  A fisheye style lens allows you to view a full 360 degrees without any blind spot at all times using a single camera.  It also has the ability to monitor and record spaces up to 3600 square feet in size such a retail storefronts, porches, offices, buses and more.  In other words, it is able to monitor your property in all directions, which allows you to get a clear and precise view of the entire region.  This camera will easily take the place of 3 to 4 standard video surveillance cameras. This is an analog camera so it will work with your current cctv dvr.

Features:

  • 1/3″ 1.3 Mega Pixel Sensor
  • 1000 TV Lines
  • 360 Degree Panoramic View
  • Analog Camera

For more information or to order call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

360HD Panoramic Video Surveillance CCTV Camera

VOTE FOR THE SECURITY GIRL

Please take a moment to Vote For Erica Wood aka The Security Girl American Fire & Security in Dayton OH for Physical Security And Video Surveillance Market Influencers.   The contest is being ran by our friends at SecurityHive and voting ends August 10, 2014.

To vote please click here and it will take you to the site!

Erica Wood, The Security Girl

Erica Wood a.k.a The Security Girl

New Product Alert! 4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Security System

American Fire & Security is proud to introduce one of our new IP camera system packages.

Our new 4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Security System offers the following features:

  • (4) Outdoor 1.3 megapixel bullet cameras deliver sharp, detailed images
  • Cameras feature an integrated Smart IR that provides a 65′ IR range
  • NVR includes VGA and HDMI video outputs
  • Supports H.264 video streams to save hard drive storage space
  • 1TB security-grade hard drive
  • NVR offers multiple recording modes (continuous, motion detection, event and schedule)
  • Recording features: event search, event log, and email event notification
  • Free iOS/Android app for remote viewing of live and recorded video

For more information or to order call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

4 Camera Outdoor IP System

Will using Windows XP compromise the security of my business?

Microsoft has announced that effective April 8, 2014 they will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP.  This includes automatic updates that help protect your PC. They will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. 

 
What does this mean for you? 
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work. However, it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because Microsoft will no longer be offering the security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe and secure from hackers. 
 
As more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
 
Also, by not upgrading your computer system you could be opening your business up to risks and lawsuits due to a lack of proper computer security.  Just think of how many issues Target has had with their security breach this past holiday season.
 
How does keeping Windows XP effect my business security system?
If you have a CCTV System, Access Control System, CRM, Credit Card Processing or a POS system that is being powered by Windows XP it may become more vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacking as Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the Windows XP platform.   
 
What should your business do to avoid having these issues? 
Its recommended that you upgrade your operating system.  By upgrading your operating system to a newer version of Windows, Microsoft will continue to offer support with security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe from hackers.  
 
If you would like to find out if your security system is at risk for these vulnerabilities give us a call at (937) 262-7937.  
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Happy Thanksgiving from American Fire & Security

Thanksgiving Word Cluster

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
– Erma Bombeck

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