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.