Wednesday, December 28, 2016


This shows how fire sprinklers work and just how sensitive and fast they operate when heated up.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Reasons To Consider A Fire Alarm Installation In A Garage

Some people don't really think about what they are doing when they go about creating plans for emergency preparedness. This is an unfortunate mistake that I made myself when I created a plan for a fire alarm installation in my home. I spent so much time thinking about the likely places for a fire that I forgot to think about the more unlikely places for a fire.

Unfortunately I got a wake-up call a couple of weeks ago when my garage caught fire. I had been doing some work on my car and some fluids that I left out caught fire due to the intense heat of the summer.

If I had just put more thinking into my fire alarm installation plan I would have thought to install a fire alarm in the garage. My thinking at the time was that I would most likely have a fire take place in the kitchen or in the computer room. I never in a million years thought that my garage would catch fire.

Luckily I didn't lose everything and I was able to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher without the help of the fire department. This was only possible because I happened to be near the garage at the time the fire started. Had I been in another part of the house or not home at all I probably would have lost everything.

Since this incident occurred I decided that it would be a good idea to go online and learn more about professional fire alarm installation. I came across a site that offers fire alarm installation from a number of reputable home security system providers.

The added benefit of using such a service is not only that you get expert advice on how to secure your home but the company that does the fire alarm installation will also monitor your home 24/7 via fire detectors so that they can alert you and the fire department immediately in case of emergency.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Tree Fires Can Turn Devastating And Deadly Within Seconds

A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate.

Learn how to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season -

Monday, December 19, 2016

Robust In All Conditions.Harmony, Obviously!

Ensure operators safety even in extreme conditions, is it possible?
The solution without compromise is here .

Friday, December 16, 2016

Square D Whole Home Electronics Protective Device (HEPD50)

The Square D Whole Home Electronics Protective Device (HEPD50) is a compact and affordable surge suppressor designed for installation in residential load centers from any load center manufacturer.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Identifying Possible Fire Hazards

The laws are getting stiffer in regards to holding business owners responsible for personal safety of all who go to that location. One of the areas where they are cracking down has to do with possible fire hazards. Statically, most fires can be prevented if the right precautions and efforts were in motion. A fire risk assessment can help you to identify where your business falls.

If you are doing everything right, you can feel great knowing you are reducing potential risks to your employees, customers, and the building. The more efficiently you operate, the less likely it is that you will need fire and rescue services. If they are sent to put out a fire at your business, they are also going to conduct an investigation.


If you are found to be at fault due to various factors in the facility, you may have to pay a huge fine. You may be facing criminal charges as well as putting the future of your business on the line. Your insurance company may not pay for the damages either. All of this can become a nightmare. However, it can be avoided if you take part I a fire risk assessment.

Based on the results, you can take action to reduce your risk of a fire occurring. When you have done everything within reason to lower that risk, you aren't going to be held responsible. You won't have to worry about being charged with negligence in the event there is ever a fire.


One of the common problems discovered with a fire risk assessment is the exists aren't clearly marked. There may not be an evacuation plan in place. There needs to be more than one exit and there needs to be a backup plan. Ideally, your employees should practice this evacuation at regular intervals. Exits can't be blocked and they need to remain unlocked from the inside.

Smoke Detectors

Make sure your business is in compliance with the locations of smoke detectors. They can be an early warning when there is a fire. This can help aid with getting everyone out of the area unharmed. It can also provide time to put out the problem with the help of fire extinguishers rather than dealing with a full blown fire scenario.

Fire Extinguishers

You need to test your fire extinguishers regularly too. They don't do you any good just sitting there. When someone accesses the device and pulls the pin, the expect it is going to spray out the foam. That can't happen if there is a leak or there is another problem with the fire extinguisher. Part of your fire risk assessment should include placement and testing.


A professional company can come in and do the fire risk assessment for you. Bringing a new set of eyes to evaluate the situation works best. They are going to see things you overlook because they are trained to know what to look for. They can give you a detailed list of any potential hazards they identify.

Yet that is just the start of what they offer. They can also go through that list with you and create a plan of action. Once you have implemented the changes, they can come back in. They can go through the entire fire risk assessment again for you. It is going to feel great when they give you a 100% on that updated report!

Such an inspection should be done on an annual basis. This will help to keep the certification current. Make sure you have all of the documents signed. They can help you to save money on insurance premiums, offer peace of mind, and help you to promote the safest environment possible for your day to day business operations.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Wiremold: Outdoor Ground Box Independent Cover Load Test

The Wiremold Independent Cover Load test demonstrates the strength of the egress door and cover by applying up to 300 lbs. of weight and holding for 1 minute, resulting in no permanent deformation or breaks.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tips To Stay Safe In Public Buildings

NFPA president, Jim Pauley, provides some simple tips for you to use before entering a building to stay safe. While some of the tips can be seen as common sense we still need to practice them and not become complacent.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

How Do Smoke Detectors Work

At their core, smoke alarms are very simple devices that need only two functions: a way of detecting smoke and a way of alerting people to the problem. From new technology involving lasers to old world technology that relies on a lonely individual sitting in a tower on the side of a mountain just waiting to see smoke, all do the same thing in different ways. The two most commonly used smoke alarms (mainly because they are inexpensive) are photoelectric and ionization detector alarms.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How It's Made- Fire Extinguishers

How can fire extinguishers contain such powerful chemicals and propellants without being dangerous? Find out how they are made and what makes them work.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Operating the Wiser EER56000 Thermostat | Schneider Electric Support

Demonstration of EER56000 thermostat operation including changing the mode (auto/heat/cool/off), temperature, scheduling, and set points

Friday, November 25, 2016

Why Install House Alarms?

All it takes is one burglary to convince you that you need to protect your home against future emergencies like robbery, fire and dangerous medical situations. House alarms are the best way to make sure that, no matter what, your home is safe whether you're there or not. Alarm systems are nothing but LOUD and that in itself often scares away a would-be burglar. They also are loud enough to alert you and/or your neighbors that something (like a fire or medical emergency) has occurred.

Alarm systems come in many different styles and at a variety of prices. They not only detect your home from intruders, they also have other sensors for things like carbon monoxide and smoke. More "bells-and-whistles" generally means that you will spend more money purchasing your alarm unit. Most come with excellent customer service backing and limited warranties.

Alarm systems can be hard-wired or wireless or combination of both. All are good choices and are not difficult to install. They usually come in easy-to-use kits so that everything you need is included in one small package. Sensors may or may not be included in your kit. Some have built in monitoring systems that make it unnecessary to buy a separate monitoring unit. There are some monitoring systems that are voice-activated which makes them even more appealing. The most simple alarm system that you can install is a wireless alarm. It might be slightly more expensive than a hard-wired system but you won't need to spend money hiring an electrician to put it in place.

A home alarm system is one of the best things you can have that will give your loved ones the protection they need. Some systems are very simple to install, use and maintain. Others are more sophisticated units that include monitoring services, voice activation and so on. But most of all, once house alarms are installed they are easy to set, read and disengage by almost every member of your family. For many years to come, you and your entire family will reap many benefits from your well-planned alarm system. They will thank you over and over again for installing a reliable security system that continually keeps them safe and happy!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Luxurious Mashed Potatoes | Thanksgiving Recipes

Do you ever notice that everyone talks about the turkey on Thanksgiving, but it's the mashed potatoes that are always the first to be finished off? Talk about a crowd-pleaser!

Today I'll show you a recipe for mashed potatoes that are so delicious, but totally simple. The ingredients are classic -- potatoes, cream, butter, and salt -- but it's the technique that really makes a difference.

Sarah's Tip of the Day:
In the video I'll tell you the best potatoes to buy at the grocery store, and the easy step that will make your mash even fluffier. But my number one tip is to take a double-scoop of these mashed potatoes right away -- there definitely WON'T be leftovers!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How To Change the Battery In Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms

Just because a smoke alarm is hard-wired doesn't mean it won't have a battery. Change the battery in hard-wired smoke alarms with help from a certified firefighter in this free video clip.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Planning Your Home Security System - Designing Spaces

Choosing a home security system to protect your family and property is an important decision. Designing Spaces’ Abigail Cooper visits the home of Margaret and Benjamin in Cape Coral, Florida, along with Tim Myers from Tyco Security Products to help guide us through the process of selecting and securing a professionally installed and monitored DSC security system. The system works on several levels, addressing the concerns of ease of use, aesthetics, reliability and professional monitoring; all wirelessly connected. Important to the system, it will also detect many types of life safety concerns: leaking water, carbon monoxide and smoke detection. Tim also shows the interface mounted on the wall where the system can be controlled, and display the video cameras that you can monitor from a smart phone or tablet when you’re not home. Of special note, the stylish and unobtrusive nature of the components strategically placed throughout the home.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Let's Get To The Point

Pass & Seymour Outlet Branch Circuit Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Receptacles and Dual-Function AFCI/GFCI Receptacles are the latest innovations in electrical safety technology, and a Code-approved, cost-effective alternative to AFCI and Dual-Function AFCI/GFCI breakers.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Home Fire Safety : How Often to Test a House Fire Alarm

A house fire alarm should be tested at least once a month, and all of the batteries should be changed twice a year to assure they are operational. Find out how to maintain smoke detectors with helpful tips from a fire and life safety educator in this free video on fire safety.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Your Home Security System Can Save Your Life

Your home is where you and your loved one live and as such, it is unsettling to come home to find that it has been broken into. Choosing the right security system not only gives you a sense of safety but also serves as a protection against any thefts. To make sure that you protect your home and your family, installing the right system is important. Below are some things to consider when you shop for a security system.

Monitored System

Albeit expensive, this security system hooks your home's alarm directly to the security center. When the alarm is tripped, it sends a signal to the call center. The center will wait for a few seconds before calling the owner; this is to ensure that the owner did not accidentally set the alarm off. If the alarm continues, the center will call the owner and ask for the security password. If the person fails to provide the password, the center will contact the police to check the place.

Monitoring can be done in different ways. Some use their landline as means of communicating with the security center. Others opt for cellular monitoring as this does not require a landline connection (which is ideal as robber cut telephone lines to prevent any calls from going out) and others prefer communicating via broadband connection.

Unmonitored System

An unmonitored system is more affordable and can be installed even by the owner themselves. An alarm will go off if someone enters the premise without disarming the alarm first. Although some burglars might be thwarted, it is easy for them to escape with your things as the system is not hooked up with the security center.

Which System should You Consider?

Before you have a security system hooked up, it is important to consider several points. For one, are you renting the place or do you actually own the place you live in? If you are renting, major renovations like placing cameras might not go well with your landlord. You can change your locks for new ones but you cannot install cameras as it might result to privacy issues with other renters. If you own the property, then consider your budget. Surveillance cameras are expensive; however some security companies offer discounts or bundled packages.

Sophisticated systems nowadays also allow remote access and owners have the ability to arm and disarm their system at a certain distance. They can also lock and unlock doors and even view live videos by logging in through the internet. These are just some of the latest features when it comes to home security in the market today. If you have doubts or are still considering your options, one thing you have to keep in mind is to check your locks frequently as your door locks also serve as protection to you and your family.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Light Show 2016 – Thriller (Mobile, AL)

Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
"Thriller Nights of Lights"

1.7 Mile Long Drive-Thru Halloween Light Show. 30ft Witches, 250ft Long Wall of Lights, Giant 40ft Spiders, 36ft Webs, Several 10ft Signing Monster Faces, Spooky Eyes arches, grave yard, candyland, 9000ch RGB Tunnel …..hundreds and hundreds of different lights props all synchronized to music. Takes about 20-30 mins to drive through the whole display (longer on busy nights) and listen to the music through your radio.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips for Children

Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

The New World Of Energy In 3D+E

In a new energy world driven by 3D trends: decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization, utilities need to innovate and evolve. The new ecosystem will be more digitized, more flexible, dynamic, and connected, with increased performance requirements where as electricity is taking a higher share of the full energy mix. Distributed generation, smart grid technology, demand-side management and automation, and control software systems from Schneider Electric will enable this new world of energy.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Modern Fire Alarm Systems - How They Work

The conventional alarm is also known as the zoned system and works with around 2 - 4 zones although it can be expanded up to 36 zones. Each zone works with a 24VDC circuit and has on average 15- 20 detection devices. When a fire is detected, the alarm will tell you which zoned area has the fire - the fire alarm panel is unable to specify where the fire is exactly. In the case of large buildings where the conventional panel may say for example 'First Floor Zone' this will not aid the fire brigade to find the fire quickly. This is why the modern addressable fire alarm was created.

The addressable fire system has a much more precise operating system - each individual detection device has its own identification address and so when a fire is detected by that device, its exact location can be transmitted to the addressable fire alarm panel so the fire can be located instantly. This system has such specific information that it can transmit and for this reason it is becoming a popular choice for fire alarm installations.

Here we look at the differences between the two systems so you can decide which is more suitable for your alarm installation.

  • An addressable system will provide you with information about individual detectors in the system. A conventional fire alarm system will only have information about general zones.

  • You can label different detectors on an addressable fire alarm system to allow for easy identification in the event of an emergency. This can allow for smarter operation and a higher level of security due to the specific pinpointing possible with this system.

  • Addressable systems have a pre alarm warning which allows trained personnel to investigate problems before the main sirens sound. This can give you some precious moments to call the fire brigade and evacuate the premises.

  • Addressable systems will allow the alteration of the alarm threshold of the different detectors to allow for the different environments and therefore different needs of each detector. This allows you greater flexibility and increases the sensitivity of particular detectors that are in key areas.

  • Addressable systems are wired in a loop whilst the conventional zoned alarm systems are wired as radial circuits.

  • Addressable systems have a clock and event log which records system events on all detection devices to provide you with a comprehensive report.

  • Some addressable systems have the capability to use sophisticated programming to improve your fire alarm system so you can adapt and build the ideal fire installation system for your needs.

  • An addressable system is more complicated to set up than a conventional zoned alarm system.

  • An addressable panel installation can be 50% - 100% more expensive than a conventional system. This is because it is more complicated, more sensitive and more specific a system than the zoned systems.

Which panel you choose will depend on your requirements, budget and personal preference but the key point is just to install a system.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fire Safety In The Home

Fires unfortunately occur in homes all the time. It's important that we know what to do if a fire breaks out in our home, but it's also essential to know how to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. Listed below are some tips to follow to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home.

Fire Safety Tips

* Talk to your family about an escape plan if a fire were to ever break out in your home. Know where you'd escape from and where you'd meet everyone once you're out.
* Ensure that all of your smoke alarms work. In over 60% of house fire deaths, the families did not have working smoke alarms.

Preparing For and Preventing a House Fire
* Keep flammables away from anything that gets hot or could cause a spark.
* Never smoke in your home.
* Ensure that your children know the dangers of a fire. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of your children.
* Do not leave candles unattended.
* Make sure that you have smoke alarms on all levels of your home - better yet in every room.
* Teach your children about what a smoke alarm does and what it sounds like. Make sure that they know what to do when/if it were to ever go off.
* Test your smoke alarms once a month. If they don't work, replace the batteries.
* Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Practice waking up to smoke alarms and practice your low crawl to help prevent smoke inhalation.
* Make sure that everyone knows how to dial 911 and what to tell them. (Address, name, and what the emergency is)
* Ensure that everyone knows what to do if they were to ever catch on fire. (Stop, drop, and roll)
* Have two ways out. If door handles are warm, do not open the door. This mean that there is a fire directly on the other side. Try your other escape route.
* If smoke, heat, or flames prevent you from escaping, place a wet towel underneath your door. This will prevent the fire from spreading into your room. Dial 911 and stay by a window. Signal for help from there too.
* When escaping from your home, ensure that you're being as quick as possible. Most times, you only have about two minutes to escape. Don't stop for anything, items or even pets.

Cooking Safety
* Don't leave the food you're cooking on a stove unattended. If you do have to leave the kitchen, do not leave the food cooking; turn off the stove until you come back and finish cooking.
* Keep all flammables away from the stove. This includes oven mitts, hand towels, clothing, and plastic.
* Keep your pets off of the stove and counters. This will help prevent anything from falling onto the burners and catching fire.

Fires are very scary and cause a lot of damage. Remember to stay calm and call for help. Know how to stay safe if a fire ever happens within your home. It's important that you know all of the safety tips so that you have the best chance of survival.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Navigating The Digital Audio App

The sleek and intuitive On-Q Digital Audio app puts the power to hear anything you want right in palm of your hand.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wiremold: Ground Breaking Outdoor Power Solutions

Legrand opens a new world of possibilities to make the most of your outdoor spaces by delivering power, data, or AV connectivity with the new Outdoor Ground Box. Its low-profile design mounts flush with any outdoor ground surface and is perfect for commercial settings including outdoor shopping centers, corporate campuses, amusement parks, sporting venues, and more.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Wiremold: Outdoor Ground Box Water Demo

See how the Outdoor Ground Box's diving bell design traps and maintains an air pocket, keeping connection points away from wet weather.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Protect What You Value Most: Ask For Home Fire Sprinklers

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition have produced this whiteboard video underscoring the enormity of North America's home fire problem and necessity of home fire sprinklers in eliminating fire deaths and injuries at home.

You have the power to protect what you value most. When building a new home, ask for home fire sprinklers.

Monday, September 26, 2016

How to Install a Leviton Motor Starter Switch and Motor Starter Box

How to Install a Leviton Motor Starter Switch and Motor Starter Box

AC Motor Starting Switches

Leviton's line of industrial grade AC Manual Motor Controllers provide safe, reliable control of a variety of motor loads. Typical applications include manual ON/OFF switching control of bottling lines, pumping machines, air compressors and other heavy manufacturing equipment. These Motor Controllers are available for both single-phase and three-phase applications, with a continuous current rating at all voltages up to 600V AC and maximum horsepower ratings of 20HP.

Friday, September 23, 2016

How To Put Out A Grease Fire

A grease fire can escalate quickly. Follow these safety steps to douse the flames.

Grease fires can be very dangerous. Call 911 as soon as you suspect you cannot control the fire.

Step 1: Initiate an evacuation
Turn off the burner and get everybody out of the kitchen. Have your phone at the ready in case you need to call 911.

Step 2: Avoid water
Steer clear of water. Pouring water on burning grease will cause the superheated water to splatter, spreading the fire.

Do not carry the burning pan outside. The grease will splash and spread the fire.

Step 3: Cover with the lid
Cover the fire with the pan lid. Avoid using glass lids since they can shatter from the heat.

Step 4: Smother with baking soda
Smother the fire with baking soda. This method works if a large amount of baking soda is quickly accessible.

Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire.

Step 5: Douse with fire extinguisher
Douse the fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Store a Class B kitchen fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Step 6: Call 911
If the flames aren't out, call 911 immediately and get out of the house.

Did You Know?
Approximately 3,660 people are injured in cooking equipment fires each year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fire Alarm Systems To Safeguard Your Business

As technological developments continue to bring positive changes and effectiveness in the way things are done, it can only be expected that keeping your business will get even better. When it comes to improving the security levels in your business, the options are numerous. Installing CCTV cameras are some of the best security features you can have to keep an eye on every activity that takes place within your business premises.

Fire alarm systems also come in handy in businesses and you should consider having a reliable one installed. For businesses and large complexes, they have software which sets off an alert and at the same time also notifies local fire authorities when there is a fire so that you can get assistance fast to minimize the effects of the fire or have measures in place to prevent it from erupting or spreading. The fire alarm systems can go a long way in saving your business even when you are closed because the fire authority works around the clock and will come to your rescue at any given time.

The fire alarm systems use open source or proprietary software. The proprietary software has licensed applications, meaning that the technicians require training to manage using it. When looking for this type of fire alarm system, it helps to ensure that the company selling you the proprietary software has installers who are fully trained to handle it and offer excellent services with the installations. When looking at the most suitable fire alarm system for your business, there are three major factors you should consider; type of smoke detector, the size of the building and the battery power.

Smoke sensors

They are what differentiate fire alarm systems. The most common smoke detector types you will find in the market are ionization, photoelectric, air sampling and dual sensor smoke detectors.

The ionization detector traces americium amounts in the air and it can also be combined with carbon monoxide detectors.

Photoelectric sensors on the other hand are similar to the ionization detector only that it uses a strobe light which remains on as long as there are no smoke particles detected and is most suitable for detecting large smoke particles such as those from electricity, clothing and bedding fires.

The dual sensor model combines the photoelectric and ionization mechanism, making the best smoke detector overall.

The air sampling detectors are the commonly used in businesses and use pipe networks with air circulating within them and the sensor samples for any present smoke in the air. It is a more sensitive fire alarm system great for laboratories, warehouses and other areas that require a sensitivity degree that is higher when it comes to detecting the smoke.

When selecting a fire alarm system for your business, ensure that you settle for one that covers all important areas and one that has battery power you can rely on. You can choose a model that is wired to your electrical wiring, but one that also has batteries for backup in case of a blackout so your premises is protected round the clock.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

myRoom Plus

A guestroom management system for light, temperature, and shade control that integrates with property and building management systems.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pass & Seymour: Understand Plug Load Control in 2 Minutes

Unclear on new plug load control requirements for your commercial building? This video will tell you everything you need to know to stay compliant on every job.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Recipe BBQ Beef Biscuit Sliders "Sizzle and Sear"

 BBQ Beef Biscuit Sliders are a fun breakaway from the traditional grilled burger or steak rut. In this clip I'll show you how to add a rich smokey flavor to your grilled items and how to prep the perfect lunchtime BBQ treat.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Advice on Testing Fire Alarms

Businesses install fire alarm and fire suppression systems in their buildings and hope that they never have to use them.

Although the likelihood of experiencing a fire are slim, it is a good idea to test fire alarm systems on a routine basis to ensure they operate properly in the event that there is a fire.

Fire protection companies has provided fire systems service and installation.

Now that they have a satellite workshop in California, they anticipate that their requests for fire detection systems services and installations are going to increase. They feel as though it's important to share some tips on maintaining fire alarms so businesses can be better educated on when they need to call them for service.

Most businesses do not routinely test their fire alarms and of those that do, many do not properly test the systems. It is important that fire alarms be tested by qualified personnel who are certified. There are several entities that can certify personnel. Personnel also may be factory-trained and certified.

Letting the Pros Do it
For many business owners, scheduling fire alarm tests is yet another task added to an already busy day, so they opt to have a professional company come in and do the work.

Hiring a company certainly has its benefits.

There are several things that can be done incorrectly. But hiring a company that has expertise in this area means the testing will be done properly the first time.

They also offer same-day service for recharging extinguishers and tagging them. Extinguishers must be tagged annually, which signifies that it is charged and lists its inspection date. If a fire department representative sees an untagged extinguisher, the business owner can be fined.

Included in the the alarm testing process is a complete report that details the work done, any deficiencies found and any repairs that need to be made.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Firewise Communities Renewal Process

Are you apart of a Firewise Community and in need of help with your online renewal application? If so, you have come to the right place! This video will show you all you need to know in regards to the new online renewal process on

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Replacing Old Junction Boxes

In this episode of Barnaby @ Home, Barnaby and his crew replace an old junction box among some other things. See how they complete this task and what Klein tools they use.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Importance of Door Alarms

Who is watching your house when you're away? It can be more than your neighbor. While much of your belongings could be easily replaced, most of your "special" souvenirs and valuable items might be irreplaceable. If you are uncertain whether you need a door alarm system, here are several reasons why you should install one.

1.Prevention of Crime - The door alarm is an extremely adaptable shock sensor alarm. It is very suitable for office, home, hotel, or travel and it needs no installing and assembly. You just simply dangle it on any doorknob. Once installed, it instantaneously picks up any vibration. Once the alarm is tripped, it is going to produce a 98dB warning sound for 20-30 seconds, and automatically reset in 3-5 seconds. The sound the device creates is loud enough to disturb the burglar and once he or she begins to panic, it is more likely that the person will be captured before he or she does the crime. The level of sensitivity of the alarm can be easily adjusted using a screwdriver. It is perfect to keep you and your household safe from harm. It is perfect for anyone and works extremely well almost everywhere.

2.Fire Detection - Aside from intruders, fire can also pose danger to your home. When a fire starts, the best decision is to put it out right away before it builds up. What is good with door alarm systems is that it can help avoid fire. Like motion detectors, the smoke detector is also included in the control panel. As soon as the sensors identify the smoke, you will be alerted at once. In case you are away and can't take care of the situation, the control panel can send information to your company so that they can notify the firefighters.

3.Home insurance discount - The installation of door alarm systems is not only beneficial for your home safety. In addition, it is useful as regards to property insurance. Home insurance providers offer special discounts to properties with alarm systems because the risk of robbery is really a lot lower as compared to those without alarm system.

Once an intruder gains entry to your garage, they are able to work undetected and the tools that they need are usually right there. They may be able to open your garage door, and back their vehicle inside to take out items from your house secretly. However, door alarms can be a dosage to their own medicine. The value of a door alarm system cannot be underestimated.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Introducing Decora® Digital Controls with Bluetooth™ Technology from Leviton

Decora® Digital Controls with Bluetooth™ Technology makes lighting control easy!

Watch this video to learn more about Leviton's new Decora® Digital line of products and how it makes it easy to control your lighting.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fire Suppression In The Workplace: Keeping Safe And Staying In Business

A fire in the workplace is a dangerous thing. It can mean loss of life, loss of information, loss of workplace records and loss of a facility in which to work. Even more discouraging is that a large majority of businesses that suffer a fire, wind up closing or filing for bankruptcy within a year of the fire. But, the most distressing aspect is that many workplace fires could have been prevented, or significantly minimized had a fire suppression system been in place.

Every year, there are thousands of dollars spent on recovering from workplace related fires. However, when companies are willing to take the steps to minimize fire, the amount spent could be much less. But what fire suppression and prevention steps can companies take to minimize workplace fires? Thankfully, there are several options to consider.

How to Minimize Fires in the Office or Warehouse Style Workplace

Have a dry-gas sprinkler head in server rooms. Because water can be especially damaging to your records, consider having dry-gas sprinklers that will either dilute the oxygen or chemically cool any flames that may be in the room. The dry gas approach will also minimize the amount of smoke and soot damage.

Install a fire alarm system specifically for the data center. Perhaps the worst place to have a fire within a business is wherever the main data is stored. Be it in paper form of electronic, fire can still cause serious damage! To protect your company's data, be sure that there is a smoke detector that will test the air quality of the for dust particles and know the difference between simply hot air, and actual smoke. Often times, a defective or inaccurate fire suppression system can be triggered by not being set correctly. When this happens, spaces may be damaged because of the sprinkler system-this is just a damaging as loss of information due to a fire!

Have a system that can be monitored remotely, so that you are aware of any changes within your building.
How to Minimize Fires in a Restaurant Environment

Within the food industry, work related fires are more of a risk factor, simply because of the nature of the work. Fortunately, there are a variety of fire suppression steps a restaurant can take.

Wire the exhaust fan to activate whenever you turn on your cooking appliances.
Keep your cooking equipment under the hood and in its appropriate place.
Should there be a fire, activate the fire suppression system before you reach for a fire extinguisher.
Have a fire suppression that is UL 300 compliant.
Use an authorized fire suppression distributer, so you can be certain you are doing your part to protect your restaurant.
Fire suppression is an important part of business management. By being proactive in the workplace, you can do your part to avoid being one of the statistics.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Caséta Wireless Works With Nest

Learn about the benefits of Caséta Wireless and Nest working together. For more information please visit

Friday, August 12, 2016

Intelligent Integration

Schneider Electric a leader in industrial automation solutions combines it's intelligent power and motor control centers & Foxboro Evo DCS for a complete, integrated solution.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nurse Call Integration

A Nurse Call System allows patients in health care settings to alert a nurse or other health care staff members when they are in need of assistance. A signal alerts staff at the nurse's station, and usually, a nurse or nurse assistant responds to such a call. Most systems simply beep or buzz at the station or flash an alert on a computer screen. This requires a staffer to constantly monitor the system at the nurse's station or actually visit the patient's room to determine the patient's needs.

Nurse Call Integration is an application that connects Nurse Call Systems to mobile communication systems and other communication platforms. This is done through a real-time communication system often called nurse call integration middleware. Middleware is powerful technology that provides the messaging backbone for critical alarm and event management in thousands of hospitals today. Nurse Call integration enables the Nurse Call System to send its many alerts, in a message format, to mobile and other communication devices.,br.

There are currently many different types of communication devices in use at hospitals today. These devices include pagers, DECT phones, Wi-Fi enabled phones, email enabled devices, Smart phones, LED display signs, Cell phones and traditional desk top phones. Each of these devices provides varying levels of messaging capability. Most will display a text message which typically includes the location or room number and the time the alarm was initiated, as well as the type of alarm generated. Some systems allow hospital staff to communicate directly to the patient, while more sophisticated devices allow the staff members to acknowledge, decline, escalate or forward the messages.

Nearly all nurse call integration middleware applications allow for multiple connections to disparate alarm and communication systems. In addition to nurse call systems, it provides a common platform for linking your mobile staff with point-of-care alerts from patient monitoring, pulse oximetry, ventilators, infant abduction, lab systems, as well as safety systems for fire, security, building management, and others. Not only does it streamline communication, but it simplifies the IT hassles involved with managing many disparate systems. These systems also provide comprehensive reporting of all events, including time/date stamps, recipients, and their responses.

There are many reasons for hospitals to implement Nurse Call Integration systems. They allow hospital staff to be mobile and more efficient by reducing unnecessary trips to the nursing station or the patient's room. Direct communications between patients and nurses reduces the response times to patient requests helping to increase overall patient and staff satisfaction. All of these things combined can lead to improved patient safety and can even mean the difference between life and death.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fire Alarm Systems For The Office

One of the most important decisions you will have to make for your office is what type of fire alarm system you choose to have installed. There are many types of fire alarm systems, and each has its own advantages. It really comes down to which will work best for you and your office. Your choices may include manual pull stations, flame detectors, heat detectors, smoke detectors, and fire alarms. There are a variety of factors that may help to sway your decision but keep in mind that these are intended to save lives, and you should consider each type carefully.

Each type of detector, including smoke, heat, and flame has specific capabilities to alarm people of a possible fire. A smoke detector is highly sensitive and will alert you if it senses smoke. Commercial smoke detectors are different than home detectors in that they will send a signal to the fire alarm system instead of an alarm from the detector itself. A fire detector works slightly different than a smoke detector in that it will detect light given off by the flames. This can help to prevent numerous false alarms that a smoke detector may produce. Heat detectors act like the previous two but will only send an alarm signal if it detects an extreme rise in temperature. A heat detector is actually recommended to be used in combination with a smoke detector.

Manual fire alarms are used to alert an entire building in the event of a fire. These systems include break glass stations, pull alarms, and button alarms. These systems count on someone discovering the fire and alerting the rest of the building by appropriately activating the alarm system. Automatic alarm systems will use one of the detectors mentioned above to detect a fire and then will automatically be activated. Most automatic systems have the ability to notify the proper authorities in the event of a fire.

Once a fire has been identified there must be some sort of notification system. In most instances this will include both an audio and visual alert system. The audible tone given off by a notification system will be loud and in a sort of pattern. The visual element of the notification will usually be a bright flashing light to help if a hearing-impaired person is nearby. Some of the more advanced notification systems will include a voice that will give instruction on the best way to evacuate the building.

Make sure to keep than some fire and building codes require fire alarm systems to follow specific rules. These must be followed so check the specifics of these before installing a system in your office. A good fire alarm system can be the difference between life, and death so make sure to take your time and do the proper research.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Helping Junior Achievement Prepare Today’s Students to Lead Tomorrow’s World

As a non-profit organization, Junior Achievement depends on help and donations from corporations. To assist the organization, Schneider Electric® and C-Tech Controls donated an intelligent building management system, with installation, for the three Junior Achievement Biztown locations in Tennessee: Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

radiant Collection Overview

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wiremold: The Evolution™ Series

Poke-Thru Devices, Floor, Wall and Ceiling Boxes from Legrand. Maximize access to all the power, audio/video and communications connections you could ever need.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The First Line Of Defense To Protect Your Home Against Fire Is The Fire Alarm System

The fire alarm went off. My son started screaming
"There's a fire dad, we got to get out!". I check the house but this time it was a false alarm, it was just smoke. Something cooking in the oven spilled out and generated enough smoke to trigger the
fire alarm.

I started the fans in the kitchen, the alarm kept screeching.
I took a newspaper and fanned it in front of the little gadget, The alarm kept screeching so I quickly took the batteries out. As soon as the batteries came out, my son started screaming "Dad, do you want us to die?"

Public schools teach fire safety. The classes teach children how to call 911 and what to do if their houses catch on fire.
These classes stress the importance of keeping the fire alarm working. My son encouraged me to change the batteries and check the fire alarm to insure it was working properly.

The first line of defense to protect your home against fire is the fire alarm system. Fire alarms have saved the life of thousands of people. I was lax in taking the batteries out of the fire alarm.
I was reminded of the seriousness of my offense when my son reminded me that we could die.

I committed to learn more about how to keep my family safe but also to get involved with the school's safety program.

Home fires can start very easily. Cigarettes left burning or combustible materials left under the sink or in the garage can cause fires. Smoking related fires are preventable.Extinguish smoking materials in water. Never leave a cigarette burning

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires according to the latest research. Kitchen fires caused by grease are the most common but can be prevented by never leaving a cooking pot unattended. Burning candles in the home is very popular. Candles lead to more and more home fires each year. Candles should not be left burning during the night for any reason.

The Fire Safety Council suggest that family know what actions to take if a fire should start in their homes. Schools are required to conduct periodic fire drills for their students. The students are prepared for a fire When it happens at school. The students are taught exactly what to do. The same type of fire drills and instruction should be practiced at home.

Sparky The Fire Dog is the Mascot for the Fire Safety Council and participates in Fire Prevention Week training for schools. Fire Prevention Week is a national observance that is held each year.
Usually the observance is held In October. The theme this year is "preventing cooking fires".

Sparky teaches children fire safety in a fun and interactive way. Sparky and the fire department of the local area put on a short informative skit to teach the family how to create and maintain awareness programs that teach the principals of fire prevention. Everyone in the family should get involved with practicing home safety Home safety is the responsibility of everyone.

Fire Prevention is a priority for every family. Learning how to keep the family safe is worth more than the time it takes to participate in fire prevention training. The real world benefits of this safety training is immeasurable. Benefits from this week of fire safety reduce the possibility fire in you home started by carelessness. Everyone who takes the training has a goal to prevent the devastation of fire.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Firewise Virtual Workshop - Power of Embers

The Firewise virtual workshop series provides conference quality, free learning opportunities for wildfire stakeholders, by connecting them with leading researchers and practitioners in a live interactive format. Each session is an hour-long and features a wildfire related topic that closes with questions received directly from participants.

Join guest expert, Steve Quarles, PH.D., IBHS Research Center, and learn about the impacts embers are capable of and the little things around the home that are vulnerable. Quarles will share some information on why and how IBHS is doing wildfire ember research at the lab in South Carolina.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Power Of ION: More Than A Meter

Turn a meter into more than a meter. Driven by the power of ION technology, a PowerLogic meter transforms into a smarter, programmable solution that easily adapts everywhere across your business or operation. Learn how the ION building blocks can help you create solutions for any power system. No one else makes these powerful connections so easily. For more information, please contact your local Schneider Electric Partner, or visit

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Should You Monitor Your Alarm System?

Monitor your Alarm System or Not to Monitor?

Your alarm system can be a local type of alarm or it can be connected so that it will communicate with a Central Station where the authorities can be notified. The alarm system will send in a different type of signal for each type of alarm event. The typical events are Intrusion Alarm, Fire Alarm and Emergency Alarm. Depending on the type of alarm the appropriate authorities will be dispatched. This is obviously of great value since you would not want the paramedics to come for a security breach. On the other hand if your alarm is a local type of alarm the security system will not do anything except sound in your home and ring a bell if one is connected. This does you no good if you are not home when the alarm is triggered other than to scare the burglar off. There is another type of communication that seems to be gathering popularity and that is self monitoring without dispatch from the central station. With the newer types of alarm systems using cellular communication the alarm can be accessed from any internet connection with the user receiving the alarm. This is called self-monitoring and is less expensive than having a central station but many alarm companies do not offer this in any alarm monitoring packages.

Types of Alarm Monitoring

The end result of alarm system monitoring is that when the alarm is triggered the central station will receive the alarm and be able to dispatch the appropriate authorities. How the signal reaches the central station varies drastically. The following are the different types of monitoring:

POTS Monitoring
VOIP Monitoring
Cellular Monitoring
POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) Monitoring

This type of alarm system monitoring has been the standard for years. It has always been very reliable but has always been vulnerable. It literally takes only minutes for a burglar to find the phone line coming into your home and cut the line. Once the line has been cut the alarm system "wants" to notify the central station but has no ability to transmit the signal.

While it provides limited features, low bandwidth and no mobile capabilities, POTS reliability is an often cited benchmark in marketing and systems-engineering comparisons, called the "five nines" reliability standard. It is equivalent to having a dial-tone available for all but about five minutes each year.

VOIP Monitoring

How VoIP Alarm Monitoring Works
Regardless of which type of provider is chosen, the fundamental principle is that the analog voice or analog alarm signal from a control panel must first be converted into a digital format using a chosen compression method. Then the signal is translated to a series of Internet packets that are routed over a network (either a managed network or the public Internet). This process is then reversed at the other end so that the person hears the voice or an alarm receiver can hear the alarm signal that was sent.

Problems with VoIP

Those VoIP providers that use the Internet, not a controlled network, are subject to the possible delays of the Internet. For instance, when the Internet is slow, this can cause digital communications to slow down as well. If you send a digital signal over this network during such times, the timing is thrown off. The arrival time of the individual packets could be slowed.

For example:

Honeywell ADEMCO Contact ID sends 1 signal in about 1.4 seconds. If the Internet is slow it could take 4-5 seconds for a signal to be transmitted and re-assembled, thus causing communication failures.

Another limitation of VoIP in general is when you lose power; your phone service is also down. There is no power provided by the VoIP provider like a traditional phone company. Furthermore, when a failure of the VoIP network occurs, some equipment leaves the voltage on the phone line, thus the panel believes there is no problem with the circuit when in fact there really is. There are other limitations when trying to upload/download. The alarm panel may not answer or may connect, but will not allow you to upload or download the program.

Cellular Monitoring

GSM security system monitoring allows you to utilize the cell phone towers to transmit your alarm signals. The same information that was previously sent over a POTS line is sent via cell. There is no cell phone per say involved. The alarm panel has the ability to transmit the date directly to the central station with all of the same date that is required to dispatch the authorities. This form of monitoring provides the best features and the most reliable form of communication.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Introducing The Galaxy VX UPS

Highly efficient, easy to deploy, compact 3 phase UPS power protection that seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of customers operating medium data centers, industrial or facilities applications.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wireless Networks Support Patient Comfort

Patient comfort is a top priority for health care facilities and studies show satisfaction scores increase by more than 10% when patients have access to Wi-Fi and other interactive technology devices. To ensure dependable wireless connectivity across various clinical environments, it’s important to have a strong structured cabling backbone.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Firecracker Hot Dog Recipe for 4th of July | Eat the Trend

Find out how to make these adorable firecracker hot dogs for 4th of July! They're party perfect and make for a great addition to any grilling spread.

Fourth of July Firecracker Hot Dogs
From Handmade in the Heartland


1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
16 hot dogs
16 thick slices colby cheese
16 skewers

Special equipment:
Star cookie cutter
Wooden skewers


Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Take a skewer and stick it all the way through the center of the hot dog length-wise, leaving about an inch and a half exposed out of the top of each hot dog. Take a piece of breadstick dough and wrap it around the hot dog in a spiral shape until you reach the top, leaving gaps in between each spiral. Repeat with the rest of the hot dogs and lay them on the baking sheet.

Bake hot dogs for about 20 minutes, or until the breadsticks are golden brown.

While the hot dogs are baking, use a star cookie cutter to cut out stars approximately an inch in diameter. Let the hot dogs cool and then place 1 cheese star at the top of each hot dog in the part of the skewer that's sticking out of the top.

Display the hot dogs using a styrofoam ball so they can stick straight up like firecrackers. Serve with ketchup and mustard.


Yield 16 servings
Cook Time 35 minutes

Friday, July 1, 2016

Security Is Our Comfort

Discover the advantages of 2-wire video door-entry solutions
Legrand 2 wires technology allows you to make your installation on every existing system and in a very short time. You can add and mix up to 3 internal units for each installation: audio intercom is easy to control your home from every floor.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Understanding The Fire Alarm System In Your Building

The next time you step into your building, I want you to step to the side and take a few seconds to look up at your ceiling, and next to the doors. Take note of the smoke detectors, pull stations, and the red panel that is behind the receptionists desk. Then walk down the hallway and continue scanning for anything on the ceiling that looks like a strobe, horn strobe, and more pull stations at the exits. Finally walk to your electrical room or sprinkler room and you will likely find your Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP).

When you take the key and open the panel you will find the installation date, inspection date, and any repairs that have been performed; notated and placed on the inside of the door. This is a great place to begin your search for who to call if your system is malfunctioning. The installation companies name will be on the top of the installation sticker. They likely have an inspection and service division that can repair your system.

Now that you have opened your panel, you should take note of a few things immediately. First, does the panel show system normal or something to that end? Second, does the panel have a sticker in it showing that it has received its annual inspection this year? Third, take note of the two batteries at the base of the FACP; these batteries should have the month and year of their installation written on them so that you will know when they should be replaced.


1. GROUND FAULT - This means that an electrical component is making contact with something that it should not making contact with.

2. LOW BATTERY - This means that your batteries are low, and likely need to be replaced.

3. DIGITAL ALARM COMMUNICATOR TRANSMITTER (DACT) FAULT - These have the ability to dial out or send a digitized message to a central station who will relay the message to a fire station or notify designated personnel in regard to a trouble in your system. This being a trouble means that your fire alarm system is not communicating properly.

4. PANEL BEEPING AND YOU DON'T CARE WHY!!! - This is where prior planning comes in very handy. Call your fire alarm inspection and service company, have them send a technician to your building as soon as possible, they will fix the system for you.

Your fire alarm system has inputs and outputs. Smoke detectors, heat detectors, and beam detectors are common inputs. Strobes and horn strobes are common outputs. When an input detects something that will put it into alarm, such as fire, smoke, or heat, a signal is sent to the FACP. This signal will then be used to send the notification devices into alarm. Meanwhile, if your system is going into alarm, your DACT will be dialing out to the monitoring station who will then notify the appropriate personnel.

If you want specific information about your fire alarm system you can usually download the user manual after looking at your FACP to find out what type of system you have. You can also request owner training from your fire alarm service company.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Key Advantages of Installing a Nurse Call System

A nurse call system, also known as a ""call bell" system, is the most important means of communication between patients and nurses. Originally, these systems have been created for one single way to call a nurse, by pushing a button that generated a call light and, after that, a tone at the nurse's desk.

But today, nurse call systems technology has evolved from the days of light and tone, simplified systems to integrated platforms featuring voice communication. Now, these systems are the primary component of a healthcare communication platform.

They also incorporate some other technological innovations from other industries into a patient-to-nurse communication system. With the help of such healthcare solutions, today there is a great possibility to enhance personnel productivity and patient satisfaction.

Before a hospital or a healthcare facility decides to purchase an Intercall nurse call system for example, there are some factors to consider. One of the most important questions you should answer is what mode you need and why you think it will work.

A typical nurse call mode is where someone at the unit level answers the calls from that unit, and this might work. But, today many medical facilities prefer the new way of operation for nurse call, which reduces labor costs, enables staff to communicate with patients faster, and improves the patient experience. Here is where centralized nurse call comes into play. Here are the key benefits:

Patients receive personal response from the operators working with the system within the shortest period of time possible (usually 5-6 seconds);

The system identifies the busiest times of day for patient requests;

The system identifies the top ten patient requests for certain nursing units on a monthly basis;


It is very important for a patient to know that his/her requests are being answered instantly. For caregivers, fast and efficient responses to patient requests mean much better patient care. Also, it has been discovered the system's reporting abilities offer necessary details that help continuously improve the patient experience.

The use of these powerful systems goes far beyond the typical ringing medical staff for help, or simple voice communication between the nurse and the patient.

Nowadays, these systems are both voice and information platforms that help staff offer faster and much more efficient care to patients.

Care professionals must consider installing a nurse call system in order to gain customer satisfaction and enter the list of top caregivers.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Shop Alarms - Why Your Business Should Have One

Why should you consider having shop alarms for your store? Why is it important that you install some of these safety devices in your shop? These alarms are important for your store simply because they are made to protect both you and your investment. Imagine putting up a business with all the money you have saved in your life and having this investment go down the drain due to thieves or due to fire.

Buying and installing shop alarms is important since you will need to keep things safe even when you are not looking or when you are not around. Businesses that do not use anti theft alarms usually end up being the target of thieves and shoplifters. This means that they are often open to the possibility of loss of revenue every day. Anti theft alarms stop shoplifters from leaving the store with your merchandise since an alarm sounds once an item is taken out of the store without being paid for. This kind of an alarm helps you keep an eye on your merchandise even when you are busy tending to other customers.

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are also important shop alarms to have. Thieves and shoplifters are not the only threat to your business. Fire is too. Getting a good fire alarm system for your shop will help alert you of the possibility of a fire that may damage your goods or your store. This kind of an early warning device will help save you a lot of money by letting you know of the possibility of a fire before it gets too big to control and put out.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bart van Leeuwen Talks 'Smart Data For Smarter Fire Protection'

Bart van Leeuwen, a senior firefighter from Amsterdam, was the featured speaker at the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. He spoke about his quest to leverage big data so that firefighters and community members are as safe as possible from fire. He said it it entails more than simply putting lots of data in a firefighter’s hand. Data has to apply to real world circumstances, offer real world solutions – and work in real time.

Monday, June 13, 2016

What Type of Fire Alarm Do I Need and Where Should I Put It?

It is probably quite evident that there are a number of fire alarms available, and at vastly varying prices, so it may be very difficult to understand the differences between Optical, Ionisation and Heat alarms. This guide is aimed at taking some of that confusion away.

So what is the difference between the models?

As stated above there are three types of alarm, each with its own uses.

Optical Alarm: This type of smoke alarm usually uses an infrared beam between two points, the alarm being triggered should the beam be disturbed. In much the same way as a criminal might trip an alarm when breaking into a bank vault or museum in the movies, if the beam is broken, the alarm will go off. It detects larger smoke particles best.

Ionisation Alarm: These alarms use 2 small plates (one charged positively, one negatively) and an alpha particle source to create a constant current running across the gap between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber it interferes with this process, interrupting the charge. When the charge drops, the alarm goes off. These alarms are best at detecting smaller smoke particles.

Heat Alarms: A heat alarm will trigger if the room temperature reaches a certain level. They do not detect smoke, and are not to be used as a substitute for a smoke alarm, but should be used in assisting these alarms for greater fire detection.

Why do we need different types of fire alarm?

Different types of alarm exist due to the different types of fire. Believe it or not, fires act in different ways depending on what is burning, and is important to identify the fire as quickly as possible. Different alarms are better at discovering different fires, and choosing the right alarm for the right room could save your life one day.

Fires can be particularly smokey, often caused by the burning of papers or clothing etc, and burn rapidly, producing smaller smoke particles. The Ionisation alarms are better at detecting these fires.

Other fires can be a lot less smokey, often being harder to detect, and are caused by the burning of carpets, sofas or electrical devices. These fires tend to burn less rapidly, producing larger smoke particles. Optical alarms will be better at detecting these fires.

Which fire alarm do I need?

This article is meant as a general guide, and for more detailed safety advice it is highly recommended that you contact your local Fire Service. This being said, the information below should help you decide.

Optical alarm: Living room, dining room, hallway
Ionisation alarm: Bedrooms, walk in wardrobes
Heat alarms: Dusty areas such as garages, unconverted lofts etc where the dust could interfere with the other alarm types.
Alarms are available as either battery operated, or mains operated with battery backup. The mains alarms will continue to work for a time after power is lost to the unit, but only as a backup. If this is the case, mains should be restored to the unit right away, or the battery changed.

Some alarms even come with the option of interconnectivity, meaning if one alarm sounds, then all the alarms sound. This is highly useful in larger properties where one alarm may not be heard by everyone. The idea is to raise the alarm to everybody right away - as soon as a fire starts - and having the alarms linked together will achieve this.

Fires are responsible for a large number of deaths each year, as we all know from the adverts broadcast on television or radio. This is a fact, and can be greatly reduced by just checking your alarm to be sure that it works, and that it is the correct alarm for the location it is placed. Be aware that alarms need replacing after a certain amount of time, and it is worth checking on the unit and to note the replace by date. If you are unsure, check with your local Fire Service.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

A Home Alarm System Is A Wise Decision For Many Reasons

If you live in today's world, you know just how easy it is for intruders to get into your home and invade your privacy especially if you have no home alarms or other security measures installed. As technology improves to better the quality of life, there is also the converse which means that people with ill intentions also find ways to cause more harm to unsuspecting parties. This is why it is never a bad idea to have a good alarm system of high quality especially at your residence to protect you and your family if any. It can save you from incurring both loss of property and life.

Reasons for having an alarm system installed

An alarm system can simply not be a bad idea. It is one of those investments that present you with a win-win situation. If you purchase a home alarm security system and your house never gets invaded by burglars or thieves, just as well because at least you took precaution. In the event that you actually get attacked by thieves then you will be ready and waiting for them together with back up form the security company.

A second very important reason for having an alarm system installed is because some of the alarms, depending on their setup, do not only go off when an intruder approaches but also in case they sense unnatural motion or changes in the temperature of your house and its environs. Some double up as fire alarms. Installing such a unit means therefore that your house and the residents will be protected both form intruders and fire accidents. Intruders may also set fire to your house with an intention of causing harm and these alarms can come in useful.

Thirdly, alarm systems are inexpensive and last for a good length of time with the proper maintenance. You will not need to incur hidden costs monthly in maintenance like you would with other appliances you may have in your home. As long as a home alarm system is set right, it will function perfectly requiring only the occasional check up from the alarm company to ensure it has not been tampered with.

Home alarm security systems are money savers. If you ever need to move to another estate or place of residence you can just have the alarm company re-install it in your new home. You do not need to buy a new one when moving.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Light & Building 2016 Legrand Guided Tour

Legrand Group at Light & Building 2016.
The world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sparky the Fire Dog® Shows How To Find Out The Age Of A Smoke Alarm

In support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, Sparky the Fire Dog® reminds everyone that smoke alarms don’t last forever and need to be replaced every 10 years. He also shows how to find out the age of a smoke alarm.

To learn more about the 2016 Fire Prevention Week visit

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Matt Klaus Says Home Fire Sprinklers Can Blend With Your Home's Decor

NFPA sprinkler expert Matt Klaus tells a story about friends who were concerned that their fire sprinklers would ruin the look of their new home. Read more about home fire sprinklers: Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hazard Assessment of Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems webinar

Currently standards developers, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), emergency responders, and the ESS industry do not have a clear direction regarding the hazards of ESS installations and have few, if any, technical studies, reports, or scientific literature to rely upon when making decisions regarding the safe installation of these systems. The Hazard Assessment of Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System Webinar summarizes a literature review and gap analysis related to Li-ion battery ESSs, as well as full-scale fire testing of 100 kWh Li-ion battery ESSs.

Sponsored by the Fire Protection Research Foundation with support from: Principle Sponsors: National Fire Protection Association, Tyco/SimplexGrinnell and Zurich Services Corporation
Contributing Sponsors: Fire-Dex, Globe Manufacturing, PBI Performance Products, Property Insurance Research Group, L.N. Curtis & Sons, LionFirst Responder Products and TenCate Protective Fabrics

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wiremold: Outdoor Power for Mobile Device Charging

Permanent Outdoor Mobile Charging solutions from Legrand. Choose from three elegantly designed charging pedestals that include a series of 2-gang and 3-gang options with GFCI Outlets, USB ports, outdoor A/V connectivity and LED lights to illuminate pathways at night.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wiremold: Evolution Series Poke- Thru Device

Available in 6”, 8”, and 10" configurations, the Evolution Poke-Thru Devices from Legrand has twice the capacity of current designs. One device can feed more workstations. The Evolution Poke-Thru Device is a whole new idea in poke-thru design, with more capacity, and versatility.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fire Alarms- Mandatory For Safety

Just as we expect a bevy of safety features in our car, we must take equivalent safety measures in our homes and offices. House alarms warn us of intruders and carbon monoxide detectors alert us if poisonous - and invisible - gas has entered our home. But equally important is the use of properly installed and deliberately placed fire alarms throughout your home. They can be the first line of defense when fire threatens you life or the lives of your family.

Fire alarms are often found as standard equipment in newly built homes. Most states have adopted fire code laws that require fire alarms on every floor of each home. But if you move into an older home you must ensure that all fire alarms are operational and situated in the proper locations. Fire alarms should be mounted on the ceiling of every floor of the house - including the basement. The most important thing to remember is that in a fire situation, seconds count. Give yourself as much time as possible by putting fire alarms throughout your home. While as late as the 1970s it would have cost upwards of $1,000 to outfit a home with fire alarms, today's homes can be safe guarded for under $100. Modern fire alarms are efficient, technologically advanced, and extremely affordable.

Most fire alarms can be installed by do-it-yourselfers with simple household tools. But if you are unsure about the location or installation process, check with a certified alarm installation technician or contact your local fire department. Remember that more is always better when it comes to protecting the lives of you and your loved ones; so don't cut corners when it comes to purchasing the best fire alarms.

Some fire alarms can be integrated straight into your central alarm system. So in addition to alerting authorities if you should have a break-in, it will notify fire personnel should your fire alarms sound. This can be especially helpful if you are away from home on a frequent basis; you will rest assured that your home is always being protected.

In addition to fire alarms, be sure that you and your family have a fire plan that you practice several times a year. This should include an exit strategy for every person in the house as well as a meeting location at a safe distance outside the home.

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