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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

Introducing Next Generation Wireless Intercom System With Video

The new advanced wireless intercom system by OPTEX gives you the ability to not only know when somebody is outside your door, but to view and talk to them from the safety and comfort of any location inside your home or business.

The wireless intercom package includes a convenient wireless handheld unit with LCD monitor and a wireless doorbell/camera unit with over 330ft. transmission range, line of sight. It also allows for multiple handheld units, multiple doorbell/camera units and the ability to remotely release electronic door locks through a gateway/chime unit.

What are some benefits?

No more missed visitors. The system allows you to know when guests arrive at your door, and speak with them, from the convenience of multiple locations on your property.

No more unwanted guests.  You never have to trust a peephole view or answer the door blindly again.

Easily Expandable.  You can monitor up to two doors from up to four different locations.

Door release capability.  When integrated with door locking hardware, the gateway unit will release the lock when the “open door” button is pressed on the handheld unit.

Battery powered.  Both the door unit and handheld unit are battery powered, allowing for up to 330ft. transmission range, line of sight.

For more information please contact your AFS representative or give us a call at (937) 262-7937 today!

 

Optex Vision+

 

Optex ivision+

 

Z-Wave® Dimmable LED Light Bulb

We’re pleased to announce the newest addition to the AFS Revolution family of Z-Wave certified lighting, security, and control products!

The BulbZ is a Z-Wave controllable and fully-dimmable, instant-on LED screw-in light bulb that provides pleasant soft-white illumination.  Equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and using only nice (9) watts of energy, BulbZ is estimated to save approximately $140 USD throughout its average lifespan*.

Features:

  • Wirelessly control the bulb from anywhere (requires Z-Wave apps for iOS or Android devices)

  • Turn the BulbZ ON, OFF, or use its dimming features to adjust to 100 levels of brightness.

  • Acts as a wireless repeater to extend the Z-Wave mesh network to cover longer distances

  • Integrates with other Z-Wave certified products

* Average Lifespan is based on usage of (3) hours/day
* Requires and American Fire & Security Alarm.com account

The BulbZ is on sale until Friday December 31, 2014.

For more information contact your AFS Representative or call us at (937) 262-7937 today!

Linear ZWave Lightbulb BulbZ

Turkey Fryer Safety

Thinking of frying your Thanksgiving Turkey this year?  If so check out the Turkey Fryer Safety information from the National Fire Protection Agency before you fry yours!

Turkey Fryer Safety-

 

How to dispose of your old smoke alarm

The two types of residential smoke alarms that are most commonly used in the United States are ionization and photoelectric. Photoelectric-type smoke alarms contain a very tiny amount of radioactive material.  Combination smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors, also contain a very tiny amount of radioactive material.  Although some state regulations allow you to simply throw these smoke alarms in the trash, you will still need to remove the batteries from the alarm.

How to tell if your smoke detector contains radioactive material: 

If a smoke detector contains radioactive material, it is required by law to have a warning label on the body of the smoke detector.  The label is usually located at the “top” of the detector, facing the mounting base that attaches to the ceiling or wall.  Remove the smoke detector from its base, and look at the label.  A typical label might read:

This product is designed to detect products of combustion using ionization technology.  It contains 0.9 microcurie of Americium 241, a radioactive material

The label may have the international symbol for radiation on the label.

International Radiation Symbol

If a smoke detector does not include either the warning or the radiation symbol on the label, and if there is no evidence that the label has been removed or destroyed, it is safe to assume that the device does not contain any radioactive material.  If the label has been removed or destroyed, it is best to treat the device as if it is an ionization unit, and dispose of it as described below.

Here are the three ways to dispose of your smoke alarms:

  1. If allowed in your area, remove the batteries and wrap the unit in newspaper.  You then are able to throw the smoke alarm in the trash.*
  2. If accepted in your area, take to a local Recycling Center, or take to a Hazardous Material Waste Center.*
  3. Ionization smoke alarms and combination smoke alarms can be sent back to the manufacturer.  They have the proper equipment to safely dispose of the smoke alarms.
*Please check with state or local municipal or household hazardous waste authorities. 
Caution: Ionization smoke alarms should never be opened.  If you are unable to get the batteries out of the alarm without opening it, please use option 2 or 3.

For more information on the proper disposal of smoke alarms please refer to one of the sites below or check with your state or local authorities.

U.S. Fire Administration

EPA

smoke alarm detector

 

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

The AFS Revolution: Full Access Awareness with a Doorbell Sensor

You can now increase awareness around your home or businesses major access points with an AFS Revolution doorbell sensor.  The AFS Revolution doorbell sensor can integrate with other security devices for a smarter integrated solution.

With the AFS Revolution Doorbell Sensor you can:

  • Receive notification when the doorbell sensor rings
  • Automate lights when the doorbell sensor rings
  • Capture video clips when the doorbell sensor rings

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

AFS Revolution Doorbell Sensor

 

Exit Sign & Emergency Light Service – Why your business needs it

Functioning Exit Signs and Emergency Lights are vital parts of any building’s safety program. These life-saving pieces of equipment ensure that occupants are able to safely locate points of egress in case of power failure.

Similar to extinguishers, there are fire and life safety codes governing the inspection and maintenance of exit signs and emergency lights.

Many jurisdictions require that emergency lighting systems:
• Are functionally tested monthly for not less than 30 seconds
• Are functionally tested annually for not less than 90 minutes
• Are fully operational for the duration of tests
• Have written records of visual inspections and tests

We offer:
• Monthly tests and inspections
• Annual tests and inspections
• Written records of inspection

Our technicians are trained to inspect, test, and maintain all of the exit sign and emergency lights in your facility.  They can also provide you with the written records you need.

We also carry:
• Replacement Bulbs
• Replacement Batteries
• Other Replacement Parts
• New Exit Signs and Emergency Lights

Ask us for an Exit Sign and Emergency Light Consultation Today!

 

Exit Light Combo

 

 

The Security Girl

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