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You can now give your alarm commands with the Google Home app!

With Google Home and the new Alarm.com Action, you can ask your AFS Revolution Security System to perform a number of automation commands or check the status of smart home devices.

Simply tell Google to perform any of the following:

  • Turn on the living room lights
  • Lock the front door
  • Turn down the thermostat to 68 degrees
  • Arm Stay the security system
  • Open the garage door*
  • Disarm my system*

You can also ask Google any of the following:

  • Are all the doors locked?
  • What’s the temperature in the living room?
  • Is my security system armed or disarmed?
  • Is my garage door closed?

For more information on how to set your system up with Google Home, check out this handy article.

* The user is required to say a 4-digit pin code to disarm the system, unlock the door and open the garage door.

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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!

 

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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

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Replacement of Restaurant Dry Chemical Systems: January 1, 2014

NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, was recently updated.

The newly released 2014 edition has a requirement that impacts old dry chemical systems. Effective January 1, 2014, all automatic fire extinguishing systems for the protection of commercial cooking equipment are required to meet ANSI/UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire  Extinguishing Systems for the Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment (2005, revised 2010), or an equivalent standard. This means that existing pre-engineered dry chemical systems protecting this hazard will need to be removed and replaced.

Pre-engineered wet chemical fire suppression systems that are listed to UL 300 are the most common means for protecting commercial cooking equipment, because they are effective, reliable, and economical. They are also the only pre-engineered systems that meet the stringent listing criteria of this Underwriters Laboratories fire test standard. For these reasons, any restaurant looking to replace an existing dry chemical system will most likely request the installation of a UL 300 wet chemical system.

The reference for this deadline is NFPA 96, 2014 edition, paragraph 10.2.3.2. NFPA issued the updated standard on August 1, 2013, with an effective date of August 21, 2013.

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

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AFS Revolution Camera Special – Sale Extended

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Wireless Indoor Camera with Night Vision

  • Up to 720p resolution HD video
  • IR illumination for viewing in low-light conditions
  • Configurable Video Motion Detection (VMD)
  • PIR motion detection enhancement
  • WiFi and Ethernet network connections
  • Easy setup using WPS push button configuration
  • Access live video and saved clips on Alarm.com or on your mobile device (iOS and Android)*
On Sale for $215 with installation

Limited quantities available

Sale ends Friday February 21st.  Orders must be placed by 4pm est.

*Requires an American Fire & Security Alarm.com account to access camera

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

Introducing LiftMaster Garage Door Control

The AFS Revolution‬, powered by Alarm.com, is the only interactive security and home automation platform to fully integrate with LiftMaster® brand garage door openers. Now, you can remotely manage your garage door activity from anywhere in the world!

-Check to see if garage doors are closed
-Remotely open and close garage doors
-Automatically have garage doors close when system is armed
-Receive alerts if garage doors are left open

Using LiftMaster’s patented MyQ® communication technology, you can easily upgrade your LiftMaster, Chamberlain or Craftsman opener as long as it was manufactured after 1998.

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

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Resolve to be safe in 2013

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Your friends at American Fire & Security / The Security Girl would like to wish you SAFE, happy, healthy and successful 2013!  This is also a great time to make a commitment to keep your business & home as as safe as possible by planning ahead.

We would like to offer some safety tips for your business & home so you can start off your 2013 as safe as possible!

TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1. Create a library of safety tips (seasonal/holiday activities, driving, proper cell phone usage, etc.). Make information available to employees. Post topics on bulletin boards,create flyers, or include as paycheck suffers.
2.If your business has a safe be sure to anchor your safe into ground/walls, etc., and always change the safe combination when a safe combination holding employee leaves.
3. Post police and emergency telephone numbers in a conspicuous location so they will be readily available during an emergency.

TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
1.  Create a family escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.  Be sure to practice it regularly.
2. Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Place the keys in an outdoor KeySafe, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
3.  Make sure at least one person in your household is properly trained in First Aid & CPR so they have the knowledge and confidence to to respond in a potentially life threatening situation.

For more information on how to Resolve to be safe in 2013 contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

AFS Revoluton – An Award Winning Alarm System

The AFS Revolution, manufactured by 2GIG Technologies, was chosen as the best alarm equipment and the overall winner at The Electronic Security Expo 2012!!

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Get a new look for your alarm system with a TouchScreen Keypad!

For years we have all had the same “basic” keypad in our business.  Now DSC as well as several other manufacturers have come out with a Touchscreen Keypad for your businesses alarm system.

The slim modern looking design and the ease of use of the touchscreen are just a few of the nice features that DSC has added to their new touchscreen keypads.  However, my favorite feature of this keypad is that you can use it as a photo album, meaning you can actually use it to display your new products or other photos you would want your customers to see while they were waiting in your office or lobby.

I also like that you can also customize your home screens so that the most used functions of your alarm system are easily accessible.

Below you will find a list if features that DSC highlights on their web page:

  • 7″ full color display
  • Slim modern design (800×480 resolution)
  • Intuitive LED indication of security system status
  • Picture frame feature
  • Clock feature
  • Output control
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Customizable home screen and wallpaper
  • Menu user programming
  • Installer programming
  • Virtual keypad
  • SD card
  • Digital picture frame mode

If your business is looking to upgrade the look and feel of their alarm system this keypad is compatible with the following DSC models: PC1864, PC1832, PC1616 and is available in English, French, and Spanish.

For more information on how to upgrade your DSC Security Alarm System keypad contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

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Retail Burglary Prevention Tips

According to a 2008 survey from the U.S. National Retail Security the average retail burglary cost business owners $5,209. That kind of loss could be detrimental to the livelihood of your business right?

Retail burglary involves breaking and entering into a business with the intent of stealing items.  It often involves costly damage to the building and the loss of valuable merchandise.  To make matters worse, once a business has been burglarized, it is at a higher risk for repeat victimization.

According to a 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Justice:

• Burglary accounted for 23.6 percent of the estimated number of property crimes.
• Burglaries of non-residential properties accounted for 27.4 % of all burglary offenses.
• Of all burglaries, 61.0 percent involved forcible entry, 32.6 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder   (6.5 percent) were forcible entry attempts.

Retail Burglary Patterns:

Most retail burglaries occur at night or after regular business after-hours and the thieves typically leave before the authorities are able to respond.  During these types of burglaries the thieves tend to enter through a door or window.

However, a new type of retail burglary is becoming more popular amongst thieves; “ram raids” and “smash and grabs” involve ramming a car or other objects into a retail building, attempting to grab as many items as possible, and then making a quick escape.

Most retail burglars select stores located in isolated areas or those known to have poor security features, such as low lighting, insufficient locks, no window bars, or lack of formal security systems.

How do businesses prevent retail burglary?

  • Install reinforced glass doors and windows to reduce the possibility of “smash and grabs.”
  • Employ the use of roll down security panels or screens over vulnerable glass doors.
  • Access control/door buzzers are essential for daytime security.
  • Keep a minimum of cash on the premises.  If excess cash is necessary to have on hand use a time delayed safe.
  • Leave cash registers empty and open at night.
  • Move valuable merchandise and business equipment away from windows and doors during night hours, preferably in a vault.
  • Leave security lighting on at night. Directed and focused on vulnerable areas.
  • Change locks if keys are lost. Consider updating systems to access card that can easily change employee access or deactivate lost and/or stolen cards.
  • Be sure to have security cameras on the interior and exterior of your business.  If a burglary does happen the forensic evidence on the video footage could help the authorities identify and apprehend the thieves.
  • Be sure to have adequate indoor and outdoor lighting.  The better your business is light the less likely it is to be burglarized.
  • Be sure to have a secure safe/vault on premises to store your valuable merchandise and equipment when your business is closed.
  • Have a security policy for staff to follow.
  • Have an monitored alarm system.  Your alarm system will most likely be the first alert to the authorities that your business has been broken into.  You will also want to make sure your alarm system is equipped with a duress code in case the would be thieves try to enter when your employees are arriving or leaving for the day.
  • It is also a good idea to have your employees open and close for the day together.  Thieves are less likely to try and enter your business if there is a group of two or more people opening/closing your business.

If you would like more information about preventing retail theft at your business talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 937.262.7937.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

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