Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gamewell-FCI - S3 Series Fire Alarm System Touchscreen Enhancements

Preview new touchscreen changes for the Gamewell-FCI by Honeywell S3 Series fire alarm control panel. Reducing the fear of fire alarms is our goal providing a simple, intuitive life safety system.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

DIY Hatching Chick Deviled Eggs For Easter

These DIY hatching chick deviled eggs for Easter are the perfect dish to serve this spring, and once you watch this video, you'll learn how easy they are to make. Just be careful, they're so adorable, everyone is going to want one of their own!

Hatching Chick Deviled Eggs
From She Knows


6 hard-boiled eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
Pinch of salt
1 carrot, julienned
12 black peppercorns


Peel the hard-boiled eggs. Place one egg on its side and cut a small slice off the bottom, flatter end of the egg. This will be the base of the chick. Be sure not to cut into the yolk. Then cut about 1/2 to 3/4 inch off the top of the egg. This is going to be the top of your chick. You will want to cut through the yolk of the egg. Repeat with the remaining eggs.

Scoop out all of the egg yolks and place in a bowl. Mix with mayonnaise, mustard, and salt. Place this filling in a piping bag and pipe into the base egg. Be sure the filling is about an inch taller than the top of the egg so you have room to make a face.
Place the other half of the egg white on top of each chick, pressing down on the back side so it looks like the chick is coming out of the egg.

Use a paring knife to cut the julienned carrot into pieces 1/2-inch long. Place 2 peppercorns and a piece of carrot into the yolk of each egg to make the face. You may find it easier to use tweezers for the smaller pieces.

Arrange eggs on your serving tray and then add feet by slipping the remaining slices of carrots under the body, 3 pieces for each foot. Serve cold.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Adding Home Fire Safety With A Security System

Security systems are meant to protect your family and your possessions. In the event of a burglary the alarm system will trigger an alarm that if unmonitored will at a minimum sound a loud siren. You may also have a bell outside your home that will help to alert neighbors or people in the general area.

Home Invasion Prevention

Your security system is not just for protection when you are away from your home or sleeping. The home alarm system is designed to be used when you are home and inside your home. Home invasions are becoming more common and an alarm system that is properly used can potentially save your life. With wireless alarm systems becoming very popular you can easily carry around a keyless remote or Keyfob and trigger the alarm from virtually anywhere in your home or even outside. If an unwanted intruder enters your home you can use this device to trigger the alarm which will alert the authorities.

But what about a Fire?

Many people neglect protection from a fire in their home. The fact is that a fire can be much more devastating that a break in. If you have added a security system to your home it only makes sense to have fire protection also. Many people think " I have a smoke detector in the hall" While it is true that a standalone smoke detector does offer limited protection it does not stand much of a chance in protecting your home. A typical stand alone smoke detector is designed to do ONE THING! It will detect a fire and wake you from sleep so that you can get your family outside to the sidewalk and watch your home burn. This may be a callous view but it is a realistic one. You battery operated smoke detector cannot alert anyone of the fire other than the people in the home. It cannot call the authorities. It cannot even let you know that there is a fire if you are away.

Fire Detection with a Home Security Panel

A home security panel can do much more than protect you from a burglar. A smoke detector can easily be added to your system. If your system is a wireless system the smoke detector can be added in less than an hour. If you do not have a wireless security system you should consider upgrading to a wireless system. Even hardwired systems depending on the type of home you have can easily have fire protection added. By adding a smoke detector to your monitored security system you have added the ability to have the authorities notified immediately in the event of a fire. The fire department will be dispatched even when you are away. These life saving devices can mean the difference between a small event and disaster.

Home Fire Statistics

  • Fire causes an average of just under 2,500 deaths per year
  • Fire causes approximately 13,000 injuries per year
  • Fire causes 7 BILLION dollars in property loss per year
  • The leading cause of residential fire are electrical malfunctions
  • Smoke Detectors were not present in 22% of occupied residential fires

Over the year's deaths and property loss has been on the decline and this is largely due to more and more people taking fire safety more seriously by adding smoke detectors tom their homes and making sure that they work. There are many things that we have no control over but it just makes no sense to not protect yourself with such a low cost item as a smoke detector.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

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Friday, March 18, 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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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Burglar Alarm Systems Protect Your Home Or Business From Theft And Fire

Residential and commercial security alarm systems are available to bring you protection and peace of mind. While each specific system works differently (and has distinct advantages and disadvantages), the general benefits are global. A burglar alarm system can provide defense against break ins and fire. Read on to learn how you can keep your family and business safe with an alarm.

Theft Protection

Obviously, the most common use of a burglar alarm is to prevent theft. These residential security systems are connected to sensors in the windows, doors, and sometimes even in the glass; if any of the sensors detects unauthorized entry, the alarm goes off. When this happens, two things occur: first, a loud siren sounds, hopefully scaring the intruder away; and secondly, the burglar alarm notifies the police about the attempted break in. Many homeowners are doubly reassured by their alarm: it alerts the police if they're not home at the time of the attempted robbery, and, moreover, the siren will probably scare away the criminal, providing additional safety and security for the homeowners when they are home!

Basic burglar alarms also make great commercial security systems. They can provide a layer of protection against inventory loss, vandalism, and theft in the same way they protect residences. The majority of robberies are simply crimes of opportunity: a criminal sees a vulnerable store or office and strikes. By installing a security system, you actually deter break ins because once the would-be thief discovers the alarm (either by noticing the manufacturers sticker in the window or triggering the siren) he will most likely bolt.

Fire Protection

Many people are aware of how alarm systems can protect against burglary and theft, but many don't realize that these same systems can also offer fire protection. Even without being integrated into a sprinkler system, your alarm offers an important fire safety feature. As part of your burglar alarm, a monitored fire alarm system can actually alert the authorities if smoke is detected in your home. So even if you're not at home when the fire starts, the fire department will be notified about the fire. Conventional smoke detectors are important tools for letting people in the building know to evacuate, but that's it. These devices can't warn the fire department about the fire, and by the time the neighbors see the fire, it's often too late! With a monitored fire alarm system, a call is placed to the fire department when smoke is detected, providing immediate fire protection even when you're away.

Installing a home or commercial security system isn't cheap, but for the peace of mind and protection it gives you against fire and theft, the price is certainly worth it. If you're ready to protect your family and home, contact your local burglar alarm installer. Safety is an investment you won't regret!

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Home Security Systems Add Value

As an off shoot of reality based television, home improvement and remodeling shows are all the rage these days. Several television channels are completely dedicated to designers who refashion entire homes in a weekend. Little did Bob Villa know that he was years ahead of the trend.

Since I am a self declared handy-man, I myself have gotten hooked on some of these television shows with one in particular catching my attention. The premise of the show deals with people who buy run down houses, fix them up and then resell them for a profit.

The key to turning a profit on most of the properties is to make changes in paint, floor coverings and landscaping which make the home more appealing to today's discerning buyers. Major upgrades are usually focused in the Kitchens and Bathrooms as they are areas of the home that provide the largest return on investment.

For most people, buying a home is probably the biggest single investment they will ever make. Homes normally appreciate over time and any upgrades and additions made to the home will typically add value.

Having spent over half of my life in the Security Industry, I cannot count the number of times I have been asked if a Security Alarm System will add to the value of a Home.

The answer is simply and emphatically, yes!

How much value a security system adds to the appraised value of a home depends on many factors. When calculating in the added value of a security system, one must consider the size and complexity of the system and the type of technology it employs.

An older system installed in a smaller home whose only protection is perimeter door positions switches will not be worth nearly as much as a brand new, state of the art system with complete perimeter and interior protection, that has been installed in a larger home.

Home Appraisals are calculated largely on the appraiser's opinion as to what your home is worth based on what similarly sized and outfitted homes in your neighborhood have sold for.

If two nearly identical homes are appraised in the same neighborhood, with the only difference being one has a security system and the other does not. The appraised value of the home with the security system should be more. Depending on the size of the home, the added value can reach into the thousands of dollars.

With today's technically savvy homebuyers trying to get the most value for their dollar, having that state of the art security system installed just might make the difference between keeping out that For Sale Sign or hanging up a Sold Sign.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Foxboro RTT80 Temperature Transmitter

The Foxboro RTT80 Temperature Transmitter represents a new generation, exemplifies best in class, and stands out due to signal reliability, long-term stability, high precision and advanced diagnostics.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

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Learn how to easily plan a complete adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System installation to add power, lighting and music in your kitchen.

**If you would like additional assistance in planning your system or do not understand these instructions, please seek the assistance of a qualified electrician.**

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Valena Allure

With its sophisticated styles and inspired innovations, Legrand's Valena Allure range invites you to transform your senses.