Maximize Your Safety
Enhance your home or business security plan by following our safety tips and referring to the useful information we share on this page. Please check back regularly as we frequently add new tips and resources.
Create a look of “We’re Home”
This can mean anything from leaving a few lights on that face the front and back of the house to leaving a stereo or a TV turned on. Never leave notes, even when you're at home.
The Brighter the Better
Make sure when you leave your house at night, your outdoor lighting system is working properly. Intruders certainly don’t want to be in the spotlight.
Check Your Locks
Always walk around your home checking points of entry, including front and back doors, garage doors and all main floor windows. Too often, a homeowner leaves one of these points of entry unlocked, leading to an unexpected break-in.
Have Someone Look After Your Home While You’re Away
If you’re going away on vacation or a trip, it’s a smart idea to ask a neighbor, a friend or a family member to collect newspapers, mail and packages. Wireless burglar alarms used along with glass break sensors, motion detectors and Cellular Radio Back Up can be used as extra measures of security.
Check Electrical Wiring
Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring. Frayed wires, overloaded extension cords and wall sockets can all cause fires. Replace old worn out appliances that can be hazardous.
Make a Plan
It is important that each and every person knows what to do in the event of a fire. There should be a detailed plan for each floor of your home or office building, including stairs, hallways and windows. Choose a safe meeting place outside the home or business.
Test All Exit Routes
Make sure all windows and doors are accessible and open easily. Don’t count on small crawl space windows that aren’t large enough or tall enough for people to get through.
Install Fire Prevention Systems
Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and make sure to change the batteries twice a year. Commercial fire alarm systems should comply with the most stringent fire safety guidelines and meet both local and national fire safety standards.
Test your alarms once a month to make sure they are connecting to central station.
How to test your home security system:
- Call central station at 631.232.0900 and ask them to test your system.
- Activate your alarm as if it is an actual emergency.
- Allow sirens to sound for one minute and then shut off your alarm system.
- Call central station back and let them know that you are calling to check the test results.
- Once you receive the results, ask central station to remove the system from test mode.
How to test your smoke detector:
- Tell central station you are testing your fire alarm.
- Hold down test button on device.
- Wait for central station to call you to confirm smoke is working properly.
How to test your carbon monoxide alarm:
- Tell central station you are testing your carbon monoxide alarm.
- Hold down the test button.
- You should hear a high pitch beep, which indicates the alarm is working as it should.
- Carbon monoxide alarm tester kits can also be purchased.