Halloween Tricks and Treats
As the end of October approaches, many children are getting ready for Trick or Treat on Halloween night. Although Halloween is portrayed as a fun and spooky time for everyone, there is also a lot of danger lurking in the shadows when you leave your house unattended to celebrate the holiday.
Our security systems are much more than just sirens. One of the features we have is called the Pulse Video. When having Pulse video cameras set up you can monitor what is happening on your property through the eyes of a strategically placed camera. Having the camera linked up with the Pulse app on your smart phone will allow you to see through the eyes of the camera no matter where you are. This is key if you leave your home to go trick or treating with the kids as you will be able to see if there is any activity around your home.
Another feature that pairs up nicely with the Pulse cameras is the Ring Doorbell. This feature is essentially a camera that you have installed at the doorbell of your home. This would be helpful if you are planning on scaring the neighbors who come to the door before they get a chance to knock!
With the assistance of a security system along with home automation, you can ensure that your home is protected at any time of the year, especially the vulnerable times such as Halloween night. After having a system installed, you can safely venture out with the kids and still feel like your home is safe from any intruder. If you are interested in inquiring about a home security system, call us at Nightwatch Protection, your local ADT Authorized Dealer, and we will be sure to fit your needs.
A Step into the Future: Introducing Alexa
Every day, scientists make leaps and bounds in the advancement of our technologies, creating a more convenient place for us to live. While most people perceive great scientific advancements as exploring the depths of the ocean or going to a distant planet, they often forget to realize advancements also include the less drastic life changing things such as inventing new ways to make our lives easier.
Recently, ADT has partnered with Amazon’s smart voice responding system, Alexa, making your ADT system easier to use as it can now be voice activated. Amazon has two options of devices in which ADT’s Pulse system is compatible with, Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot. These two devices are designed to be connected to a phone through a Bluetooth connection. Once your phone is connected, you will be able to say “Alexa” followed by a command or a question and she will respond accordingly.
ADT has integrated their Pulse services with Alexa allowing vocal commands to be used to do various functions on your home security system, making the system a lot more user friendly. Pairing your smartphone that has access to the Pulse app, you will be able to arm and disarm your alarm, turn on and off your Pulse enabled devices and check the status of your system.
To use the arming and disarming abilities of the device, you will need to verbally use the master code that you chose during your installation. Therefore, saying a simple command such as “Alexa, ask ADT to disarm my system with 3453” will disarm your system without you having to put in any codes on your panel. If you have any other Pulse equipment, such as lamp modules, door locks, or garage openers, you can ask Alexa to utilize them as well. For example, saying “Alexa, use ADT to turn off the hallway light” will command the device to go into the Pulse app on your phone without even having to lift a finger.
The partnership between ADT and Amazon Echo and Dot devices makes for a more convenient way to utilize your home automation system. If you are interested in inquiring about a home security system, call us at Nightwatch Protection, your local ADT Authorized Dealer, and we will be sure to fit your needs.
Home Protection Tips and Tricks
As time goes on, it seems people are spending more time away from home than they are spending it at home. It could be a business trip, vacation, weekend getaway, the truth of the matter is that people like to get away. Although packing up for a business trip, or any trip for that matter, can seem exciting, many of us tend to overlook the necessity of protecting our home.
Not everyone has a security system in place, especially one with home automation. Although investing in a security system is proven to be your best option, there are a multitude of tricks that you can do to deter a criminal from breaking into your house. This week’s blog post will uncover some less obvious tips and tricks that you can add on your To Do list before leaving your home.
1) Keep your house looking neat and protected.
If you house looks like it is secure, thieves will be less likely to target your house. A way that this can be done is to keep up with trimming the hedges, not buying those tall concealing plants, and making sure there is enough open space around your house that it would be hard for someone to hide or lay low when a car drives by.
2) Make sure to secure every entrance in your house.
This tip may seem obvious, but there are many entrances that people wouldn’t think of. For instance, if your front or back door has a dog door built into it find a way to properly secure the door as burglars will find a way to slip right through it. Another way burglars could easily slip in is through a window with an air conditioner in it. All they would have to do is push the air conditioner in and have an open window to climb in and out of.
3) Utilize your neighborhoods
If you are going away for any extended period of time, it would be in your best interest to talk to one neighbor that you trust to collect your newspaper and mail. If a burglar was to see an excess of mail that has not been picked up yet, or a stack of newspapers on your door step, it will be obvious to them that you are not home and therefore a prime house to target. Find a neighbor or a friend you trust in the neighborhood to come and collect your mail and paper each day while you are away.
4) Keep some of your appliances on.
Before you leave for your trip, keep a light on somewhere in the house to make it seem like somebody is home. Having the light in the back hallway on will make it appear that someone is in the house during the night. Another appliance that would work is if you have a TV or radio that will play, making it sound like voices are coming from inside your home, giving it the appearance of being livelier.
5) Try not to advertise your trip.
This is probably the hardest rule to follow because it’s exciting to go away and you want everyone to know. Say you log on to your preferred social media website and make a post saying that you will be going on a big trip for a week. You’re bound to get many people to like your post, but the ones that will like it the most are the burglars who are keeping tabs of the area. It only takes one person to find out that you will be away and your house is unoccupied for them to make a move and plan a way into your home.
When it comes to securing your home, these five steps can be used as a deterrent, but when it comes time to invest in your home security system, we at Nightwatch Protection, your local ADT Authorized Dealer, are only one call away.
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It’s finally here, the time of the year that we have all been dreaming of. Everybody is outside soaking up the sunlight, getting their toes wet in the ocean, or feeling the warm breeze as they are sitting on their boat in the middle of the lake at their vacation getaway. It’s officially summer.
Although summer can feel like the greatest time of the year, it also can be the most dangerous. Did you know that most break ins occur during the hours of 10am and 3pm? Think about when you wake up early and leave the house for your long-awaited beach day, you’re going to want to get there before 10am to beat the beach traffic and you’ll be having so much fun you’ll be out of there long after dinner, giving a burglar the perfect opportunity to break in, take your things and leave. According to a study done by the Bureau of Justice, most burglaries happen in the summer. So, before you consider leaving for your next week-long trip up to the lake, it may be a good idea to find a way to protect your home.
Here at Nightwatch Protection, your local ADT authorized dealer, we have many different options for you to be able to protect your home. With many burglaries happening when families are out of town for days at a time, the best option would be the Pulse camera package. This package includes a camera, door and window sensors, a motion sensor, and a keychain remote, along with the option to pick up many other extra pieces of equipment that will ensure security to you and your household. The package also allows for an upgrade to include home automation features.
Two specific home automation features that families would find helpful this summer would be the light modules and the Ring doorbell. The light module’s job is to be able to turn on or off your lights while you are away from home with use of your smartphone. This would be a good deterrent as burglars are less likely to break into a house when they know someone is home. The Ring doorbell feature is also very helpful as it takes clips of motion that happens outside your front door. It also has a live view feature making it possible to look out of your front door when you’re relaxing out on the beach. You can control these devices and more with use of the Pulse app on any smartphone or by using a computer!
If you want your house and family safe this summer, call in to us at Nightwatch Protection, your local ADT authorized dealer, at 888-722-9282. We will help you make sure that your home is safe, therefore you will have one less thing to worry about while you’re relaxing on that long-awaited summer vacation.
2/2/2017: Arming Your Security System
At Nightwatch Protection Inc. Your Local ADT Authorized Dealer, our number one policy is to make sure the customer is completely satisfied with their equipment. Our technicians will make sure the customer is completely comfortable using the system before leaving the site of the installation.
Our systems have a lot of different abilities to make your home safe. That being said, a lot of the information can easily be forgotten.
When arming your system, you can choose between two options:
- Stay mode - you will want to arm your system in Stay mode when you plan on staying home but still want the system to be armed. This function is mainly used when you are turning in for the night, or if you are home alone and want to be alerted if someone comes inside. In Stay mode, only the perimeter of your system will be armed. This means any interior equipment will be deactivated, allowing you to move throughout your house without fear of alarming the system.
- Away mode -This mode is for when you are leaving the house and no one is home. This method will come in handy when everyone in the house has gone to work for the day, or if your family takes a vacation and nobody is home for an extended period of time. Away mode will not only arm the perimeter but, it will also arm all of the interior equipment as well.
To arm your system in both, Stay and Away mode:
- You must simply press and hold the button for the respected method until the red lock appears on the screen of your panel.
- Once this occurs, you will have 60 seconds to exit the building.
- Upon re-entry, there will be a 30-45 second window to get to the panel and disarm the system using the master code. Once those 30-45 seconds are up, the alarm will begin to sound.
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This series of blog posts will provide you with information on the different aspects of your security system & expand your knowledge of the security system by answering questions you may have.
If you are interested in acquiring a security system, or have any questions about your existing security system, do not hesitate to call us at (888) 722-9282.
To learn more tips and tricks about your security system, be sure to check out next blog post!
1/24/2017: FIRE SAFETY GUIDE by Nightwatch Protection Inc. Your ADT Authorized Dealer
At Nightwatch Protection, we like to consider ourselves to be security and safety experts. 16% of all house fires are started by just home heating – this makes the winter months one of the most dangerous seasons for house fires. Make sure that you’re prepared with the following steps:
STEP 1: Make a home fire drill
Did you know that you only have two minutes to escape your home during a fire? To avoid losing or leaving any family members behind in the panic, it’s best to make sure everyone in the household is consulted on exactly what to do. Not only that, but it is a great family bonding activity. Here is a step-by-step guide to get started:
- Gather your entire household. Draw a map of your home with them, identifying all bedrooms.
- Determine all areas of egress – make sure each door and window is clearly marked and distinguished.
- Label each room, taking special care to make sure that bedrooms are highlighted and very noticeable.
- Determine any special needs in the house. For example, a baby or toddler cannot be expected to flee the home without assistance. Designate one family member to be responsible for ensuring the safety of one person who has special needs. For example, if you and your partner have two children, they are responsible for grabbing one, and you are responsible for grabbing the other.
- Go bedroom by bedroom, and assume two ways out of the home from each room. Make sure that children know that if they can’t leave their room via the door, to find the best window to evacuate from. From the bedroom, determine at least two efficient paths to an outside door, trying not to visit the same rooms on either plan. In the case of an advanced fire, some pathways may be blocked, so it is important that both methods of egress are different.
- Once outside, determine a safe place to meet. Make sure it’s not too close to the home, and away from smoke and flames. However, it should be close enough to easily get to. Some suggestions for meeting spots would be the mailbox, a tree, or a telephone pole – anything that doesn’t move works fine. Be sure everyone is aware where this spot is. Make sure this spot will not block fire safety personnel.
- Make sure your kids know 911 and where your home is located! If there’s ever an unusual situation, like a fire when you are not home, or they are completely trapped in their room, it could very well save their life.
Remember, the less time spent in the home, the better! Remember, once you are outside of the home, DO NOT RETURN! Returning inside is incredibly dangerous, since fire spreads at an exponential rate. In just 3 minutes, your entire second floor will be covered in thick smoke that is difficult to navigate. In 4 minutes, your entire home is likely entirely engulfed in flames and even navigating the first floor would be nearly impossible.
The best way to take advantage of every valuable second in a house fire is to install monitored smokes. Think about what you would do once outside. Would you call 911? Well, when you were reading the step-by-step guide, did you think at any point, “I shouldn’t forget my cell phone”? If not, definitely do not expect yourself to remember to grab your cell phone if you are jolted out of deep sleep in the middle of the night, and need to escape for your life. If you run to a neighbor’s house, they will most likely let you use their phone, but you can’t be positive they will even hear you trying to wake them up. When every second counts, and you still need to wait for the fire engines to be deployed, you want to be ahead of the fire.
Nightwatch Protection’s monitored smoke alarms can detect smoldering fires, and when it does, the fire department will be notified immediately. That way, all you need to worry about is making sure your family is out safe – we have your home covered.
STEP 2: Know your alarms!
The fire alarm is key to ensuring that everybody wakes up in the case of a fire, and everybody leaves as soon as possible. Here is a checklist to ensure your alarms are set to go:
- Test them – there should be a prominent test button on your alarm. Press and hold it. If the beep that is emitted is not almost earsplitting, that means it is time to replace your batteries. Remember, this should be loud enough to wake everybody in your home from deep sleep.
Learn what kinds of alarm you have. Every home should have both ionization and photoelectric alarms in their home. The difference will be explained after this list.
Be sure you have at least one on each floor of your home, and additional alarms in the bedrooms.
Make sure your alarms are less than 10 years old. If not, replace them as soon as possible. Like all electronics, age damages their functionality. If you’re not sure how old your alarms are, it’s advisable to just replace them.
Make sure your smoke alarms are interconnected. That way if a fire starts in the kitchen at night, everyone will wake up and be able to evacuate, or put out a small fire before it starts raging.
Make sure your batteries have been replaced this year. If an alarm is chirping, the battery must be replaced. Try to designate a day each year to replacing the batteries in order to stay organized.
STEP 3: Practicing your fire escape plan
Since your smoke alarms are working and your fire escape plan is finished, all that’s left is to practice! If it’s just you and your partner, try evacuating a couple times just so it will commit to muscle memory. If children live in your house, make a game out of it and have them race each other out of the home and to the spot.
Teach your kids (or yourself) how to know if it’s safe to exit via a door. Show them to feel the doorknob with the back of their hand. Using a palm would result in intense burns. If the door feels hot, don’t use it! That means the fire is very close by.
Check under the bedroom door before moving out of it. If there’s a thick cloud of smoke beneath the door then that means the entire home is covered in smoke and it is not safe to exit. If there’s visible fire, the fire is far too close to leave your bedroom.
If either of the above scenarios occur, the safest option is to call 911. If possible, put a wet towel or other wet piece of fabric beneath the door to prevent the smoke from flowing into the room. At that point, the best option is for you or your family member to open their window and yell for help, while waving a brightly colored shirt or a flashlight.
If the fire department, a family member, or a neighbor can’t come to the rescue and their life is actively being threatened by the fire, it is likely safest to leave through the window.
Have young children try different methods of evacuation.
- For example, since it’s difficult to see during a fire, try it blindfolded too!
-In a fire where there’s a heavy amount of smoke, it would be safest to get on the ground and crawl out of the home. For that reason, have your kids practice “get low and go” – which is getting out of the house quickly while crawling.
Practice “stop, drop, and roll” with your children. While they are practicing evacuating, randomly tell them to “Stop!”. Then make sure they cover their face, quickly get on the ground, and roll back and forth. Running while on fire will only fuel it.
Teach older children how to use a fire extinguisher. There is no set age, but they should be able to easily carry the extinguisher and operate all parts without much struggle. If you have an old fire extinguisher in your home, let them use it under close supervision.
Practice even more! Go over the basic fire plan every 6 months with your family, and give them another chance to practice. This should take 10 minutes or less and could save a life. During these practice rounds, ensure all doors and windows used for egress open easily.
Although your family now knows the basic ways to protect themselves in case of a house fire, there’s still much to learn. Stay prepared and stay safe.
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