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AS TEMPERATURES DROP, CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING RISK RISES!

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Even though fall has just made it’s appearance, we are getting winter like temperatures the past few days. With that being said, I’m sure your home is starting to get a little chilly resulting in you turning on your heat. As you would do a test on your air conditioning for the summer, you should also do a test on your heating units as well. Those that are not electric can be dangerous. In fact, any appliances in your house that are not electric can be a danger due to carbon monoxide. Make sure to have your appliances serviced regularly by a qualified and registered professional. Ask your utility company about yearly checkups for all gas appliances.

Carbon monoxide cannot be detected by humans without the help of a detector. Did you know that one of the most dangerous things that can hurt you and your loved ones can be hiding right underneath your nose?! By definition, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and a tasteless gas formed when a compound containing carbon burns incompletely because there is not enough oxygen. This gas is deadly to both animals and humans.. HAVE YOUR APPLIANCES SERVICED REGULARLY BY A PROFESSIONAL!

If you do not already have an alarm system installed in your home, Central Jersey Security Cameras can help with that. We can come to your home and install an UltraSync Smart Hub alarm panel which gives you the ability to connect your carbon monoxide sensors and smoke detectors right to the alarm itself. For more information on our alarm systems, visit our website.

Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non- irritating. Neither people nor animals can tell when they are breathing it, but it can be fatal. If the early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are ignored, a person may lose consciousness and be unable to escape the danger. Below is a list of symptoms to not be ignored!

 

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SYMPTOMS:

Persons with carbon monoxide poisoning often overlook the symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:
• Dull headache
• Weakness
• Dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Shortness of breath
• Confusion
• Blurred vision
• Loss of consciousness

 

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CAUSES:

You may be exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide by:
• Using poorly maintained or unvented heating equipment.
• Improperly vented natural gas appliances like stoves or water heaters.
• Using a gas stove, grill, or oven to heat the home.
• Clogged chimneys or blocked heating exhaust vents can stop carbon monoxide from escaping.
• Cooking with a charcoal or gas grill inside the home or other enclosure.
• Using a propane camp stove, heater, or light inside a tent.
• Running vehicles in garages or other enclosed spaces. Leaving a car in a closed garage with its engine running can produce deadly amounts of carbon monoxide within 10 minutes.
• Running generators or gas-powered tools indoors or outside near windows, doors, or vents.
• Being near boat engine exhaust outlets.
• Fumes from certain paint removers and cleaning fluids can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
• House or building fires.
• Smoking cigarettes causes blood levels of carbon monoxide to rise.
Products that contain methylene chloride (dichloromethane) should be handled with care, because methylene chloride turns into carbon monoxide when it is breathed in.

 

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PREVENTION:

Simple precautions can help prevent the leakage of carbon monoxide & carbon monoxide poisoning:
• Install carbon monoxide detectors. Put one in the hallway near each sleeping area in your house. Check the batteries every time you check your smoke detector batteries — at least twice a year. If the alarm sounds, leave the house and call 911 or the fire department. Carbon monoxide detectors are also available for motor homes and boats.
• Make sure all rooms are well ventilated and that vents are not blocked. Be especially careful in well-insulated environments.
• Open the garage door before starting your car. Never leave your car running in your garage. Be particularly cautious if you have an attached garage. Leaving your car running in a space attached to the rest of your house is never safe, even with the garage door open. Do not leave any other type of gasoline-powered motor running in a garage at all. For example, motorbikes, cars, or lawn mowers.
• Service the exhaust pipe in a motor vehicle every year.
• If the tailgate of a vehicle is open and the engine is running, open the doors and windows too.
• Use gas appliances as recommended. Never use a gas stove or oven to heat your home. Use portable gas camp stoves outdoors only. Use fuel-burning space heaters only when someone is awake to monitor them, and doors or windows are open to provide fresh air. Don’t run a generator in an enclosed space, such as the basement or garage. Never use a generator within 20 feet of a window, door, or vent. Be careful when using gas-powered tools and equipment inside rooms. And always wear a mask when using products that contain methylene chloride.
• Keep your fuel-burning appliances and engines properly vented. These include:
o Space heaters
o Furnaces
o Charcoal grills
o Cooking ranges
o Water heaters
o Fireplaces
o Portable generators
o Wood-burning stoves
o Car and truck engines
• If you have a fireplace, keep it in good repair. Have chimneys and flues swept thoroughly regularly by a fully-qualified sweep, at least once a year.
• Keep vents and chimneys unblocked during remodeling. Check that they aren’t covered by tarps or debris.
• Do repairs before returning to the site of an incident. If carbon monoxide poisoning has occurred in your home, it’s critical to find and repair the source of the carbon monoxide before you stay there again. Your local fire department or utility company may be able to help.

 

All of our alarms are either connected to Central Station Monitoring or are set up to send alerts directly to your smart device or you can even set it up to do both. Central station monitoring is a full-service nationally UL intrusion and fire alarm central station providing professional services since 1982. Having your professionally installed security alarm connected with Central Station Monitoring will alert the proper authorities when the alarm is triggered to respond to your home. Rest assured that Central Station alerts and sends the fire department right to your home before your home reaches the dangerous levels of gas that will make you sick, if not worse.

When choosing home security, it’s an investment, and when making this investment, you need to think quickly but hard on the choice you make when you choose the company to do your home security. Shop around and be sure the company you choose is BBB accredited. Read the company reviews and make sure the Central Station Monitoring you choose is UL listed. (As a side note don’t forget to check with your homeowner’s insurance. Many companies offer a discount to homeowners with UL listed alarms, and now some companies offer discounts for installing security camera systems to your home. Check with your provider to see the discounts they are willing to offer.)

Our technicians are trained to know the proper placement on where to put your carbon monoxide and fire detectors that are connected directly to Central Station Monitoring. By having your carbon monoxide detectors installed by our professionally trained technicians, you will be able to sleep easier at night. Keep your family protected today by not only installing carbon monoxide detectors, but having them monitored through a professional alarm monitoring company 24 hours a day.

Fall is the perfect time of the year to prepare your home for the winter months ahead and to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Call Central Jersey Security Cameras today for a free home audit on how we can help you protect your home with our UltraSync Smart Hub alarm panel that will alert you if it detects dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home. 732-333-0227

 

 

Come Home To Comfort This Fall By Having Your UltraSync Alarm Installed

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Summer transitioning into fall, much like winter transitioning into spring, is the time of year that the weather changes throughout the day. We can walk out of our home in the morning needing a sweatshirt and pants, by midday be ready for shorts and a tank and then as the sun sets be right back to needing a sweatshirt and pants again. This makes it inconvenient to set a thermostat manually so your home is at the temperature that is comfortable to you. Unless….. you have an UltraSync alarm panel installed in your home! With the convenience of the home automation  features the UltraSync has to offer, you can now set your thermostat from the palm of your hand using your smartphone and a touch of your finger. Just like that, with a touch of your finger, you can have your home set to be nice and toasty for when you wake up and get out of bed in the morning, set it back to being cool throughout the day as the sun peaks in, and have it right back to the perfect temperature for you when you walk through the door from a long work day. The same goes for your lights. With fall upon us, it gets darker earlier. Don’t come home to a dark house. Have your lights set on a timer, or turn them on before you even walk through the door. To learn more about what the UltraSync can do for your home, visit our webpage.

With advances in alarms this past year with the launch of the new UltraSync alarm home automation system, you can now not only be alerted when someone is at your home and place of business but right from the palm of your hand, you can use your smartphone to do much more!

Features like arming and disarming your system from your phone is only the beginning!

Peace of Mind: Kids? With the school year beginning here in New Jersey, would you like to know when the kids walk in the house? Contractors? Having work done on your home while the weather is still nice, would you like to be able to see what contractors are doing when you can’t be home to see for yourself? Pets? We all love our pets. Would you like to look in on them and see how your pets are behaving? Now you can, by pairing professionally installed security cameras along with your UltraSync alarm.

Come Home to Comfort: With the fall season now upon us, would you like to be able to control the temperature in your home while you are not there? Would you like to make sure your lights are on in front of your home before you pull in, now you can. Your home can be ready for you at just the right time by automatically adjusting thermostats, turning on lights and unlocking doors as you arrive, using the geo-location technology in your UltraSync system paired with your smartphone’s GPS.

Night Mode: Set your home to automatically close the garage, lock doors, turn out lights, and modify home temperature with the push of a button, all from the comfort of your bed. This means no more getting out of bed to check if the doors are all locked, you can now check right on your phone and have the peace of mind your home is secure.

Enhanced Security, More Convenience: Use the UltraSync mobile app to create temporary codes for people who need limited access to your home. If, for example, you need to let a friend or worker into your home, you can use the app to create a unique code, and then remotely set the system to allow access only on select days and at specific times. Check your system status, arm/disarm and trigger automations from virtually anywhere. Also, view the status of security and life safety sensors, and be alerted when selected devices are opened or activated.

 

Burglars often look for the homes that are easy hits. Double up on your home security by having an alarm system and security camera system installed at your home. Not only will security cameras help you keep an eye on what’s going on around your home, but you may also need to know when the kids get home from school, so you would set up a virtual intrusion area at your front door. For your older children that don’t need a sitter, the bus rolls in to drop them off while you’re still at work. Sure, they’re going to want to play outside on their own and you’re going to want to make sure they don’t stray out of the yard and keep an eye on them. Make sure they’re not getting themselves into trouble by having line intrusion alerts sent right to your phone.

WHAT IS LINE CROSSING DETECTION?
Line crossing detection, or intrusion detection, is a function of your DVR, NVR or IP camera. What it does is that it instantly detects any motion in a certain “set”, which is a set area that is personally set by you for your alert needs. It will send immediate alerts to your smart device directly from the DVR, NVR  or IP camera. For example, you want to know when someone or something enters your driveway? So, you go into the software of your DVR, NVR or IP camera and start setting up specific areas by drawing lines across the driveway. Of course, these are not visible lines to the human eye since it is only a virtual line or perimeter you have created, but it acts just as good as a virtual tripwire. In essence, what it will do is activate the area when the area or line is breached and send you a notification either directly through the app or to your email, whichever option you choose. You can even have audible alerts right on site through an external siren or right from the DVR or NVR.
You can set this to work on schedules, certain hours during the day, certain days during the week or if you are on vacation and will be away from your home or business and you want to be alerted when someone or something breaches your “set” area or areas. While both High Definition and IP cameras or the use of an NVR in conjunction with IP cameras will both do the job, there is more flexibility with the NVR and IP cameras in terms of having multiple cameras set up for line crossing/intrusion detection. There are also sensitivity settings that do adjust to meet your needs. For example, you may not want to know when a cat or small animal crosses the line, so you would adjust the scale to measure for larger objects.

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Make sure you trim back any branches that may have become over grown this spring. Make sure your security cameras have a clear view of your home and the surrounding areas. Any dark spots in the yard can make it easier for a would-be intruder to come up to your home. Check to make sure your home and the surrounding areas are lit up, making it less enticing for a potential burglar.

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Home Safety Measures to Take Now This Fall:

  1. While the weather is still nice, now is the time to check your carbon monoxide detectors in your home before the heat goes on for the season.
  2. Check your fire detectors, if you have detectors that are hooked into central station, it’s time to run a test to make sure they are working in proper order. This is also the time to replace batteries in smoke alarms in your home too.
  3. Make sure your home is free of obstructing trees and bushes and your security cameras have clear views.
  4. Test your security alarm. Check to make sure your contacts and glass breaks are all in working order.
  5. Make sure all your doors have secure locks and don’t forget your windows all have locks, you do not want to make it easy for a would be intruder to get into your home.
  6. Send a clear sign. Make sure your home security signs aren’t covered up with decorations. As illustrated by the picture below, some people choose to use their security signs as a place to add decoration. It’s important to remember that even though this is a time to be festive, signs are one of the easiest ways to deter a criminal. Consider using decorations to highlight your security camera sign instead, and make it more obvious to potential thieves so they avoid your home all together. Enjoy your holiday decorations, but make sure they don’t hide your signs.
  7. Rake away the leaves. Make sure your outdoor home security cameras don’t get obstructed by leaves or snow. Ensuring your camera’s view is clear is an easy way to maintain visibility whether viewing in real-time or during play-back. Nothing is more frustrating than needing security footage that has been carelessly covered. Clearing out your gutters can help for cameras located up high, to prevent dangling fall foliage from blocking your view. Don’t let leaves or snow block your camera views.
  8. Brighten up. One distinct characteristic of fall and winter is the earlier setting sun. Lighting can play a big role in improving your homes safety, and from discouraging robbers from targeting your home. Make sure to add additional lighting if necessary to dark corners, and keep lights on in the late afternoon and evening. Keeping a light on can keep a robber away.
  9. Don’t open the door for strangers. Though trick-or-treaters will be abundant this week, it’s important that you know who you’re opening your door for. Sometimes burglars disguise themselves, and come right up and knock on your door to either rob your home, or get a better look around until you aren’t home. Security camera can help you view who’s approaching your home so you can make smart decisions about who you decide to open up for. Know who’s at your door before you answer it.
  10. Add an alarm. If you don’t already have one, consider adding an alarm system to increase your home safety. While the presence of security cameras are a deterrent in and of themselves, no burglar wants to stick around a home with a blaring alarm going off. In the event that someone breaks into your home, an alarm system can quickly notify you and police through our central station monitoring.

 

Enjoy your holiday decorations, but make sure they don't hide your signs.

Enjoy your holiday decorations, but make sure they don’t hide your signs.

Not only can Central Jersey Security Cameras provide cameras with line crossing detection, we can also put cameras inside the home in areas you may need to watch. With today’s technology, the possibilities are endless.

Here at Central Jersey Security Cameras we offer instructional videos to walk you through the entire process on setting up your security system to send you the alerts when areas are breached, or lines are crossed. You must remember to allow notifications on your smart device if you are being notified through the app or “surveillance center” as it is called on the software setup.

With fall in swing and the holiday season to come, now is the time to make sure your home is secure. Many families go away for the holiday season. Know your home is safe and secure and that you have the ability to see what is going on even when you are not there to see with your own eyes. Before you take that trip, check that your cameras and that your alarm is working properly and make sure to leave your home looking occupied if you leave for an extended period of time.

Don’t let the fear of your home’s safety stop you from doing the things you love. Know that you can leave the house for 10 minutes or days at a time and that you won’t miss a beat. Don’t let a burglar take that peace of mind and holiday joy away from you. The peace of mind while you are away from home, knowing that your home is protected from unwanted guests while you are away, is priceless. Get yourself and your family protected. If you don’t already have a home security camera or alarm system, or if you want to update your current system, give us a call at Central Jersey Security Cameras for a free estimate. To learn more about how to keep your home safe, secure, and protected, visit our website today or call us at 732-333-0227

 

Think home security before the holiday season comes

Central Jersey Security Cameras on a residential home alarm install today. This family is being proactive before the holiday season comes to better protect their family before there is the seasonal raise in home burglaries that we see every year! To better protect your home and family call 732 333 0227 today

Central Jersey Security Cameras on a residential home alarm install today. This family is being proactive before the holiday season comes to better protect their family before there is the seasonal raise in home burglaries that we see every year! To better protect your home and family call 732 333 0227 today

The leaves are fully changed and before you blink the holiday season will be here. There is cooking,shopping, family gatherings and for many travel invoiced in their holiday plans. While you are busy getting ready for a festive time the criminals are out planning and plotting their holiday scores! So, Before the holidays arrive and you are too busy think now about getting your home protected before the criminals think of how unprotected and easy your home is to break into.Now is the time to book adding a home alarm to your home with central Station monitoring before the holidays come.Then this year you can sit back relax and enjoy the holidays knowing you protected your home and all those new holiday gifts! Call central Jersey security cameras today 732 333 0227

Back to the future day 2015 – taking a look at advances in home security cameras

Today with all of this back to the future talk throughout social media has me thinking?? Of all the advances in home security we have seen over the past few years! Today your home can be watched over with IP Security cameras with crisp day or night views and we can see our homes from the palm of our hand as long as we have a smart phone by just a tap. If you stop and think it’s truly amazing that we can have a home in a town in New Jersey and we on a beach in California, on a ranch in Texas, a theme park in florida or just across the bridge in New York City and tap a cell phone and be able to pull up security cameras connected to our phone! What a great piece of mind to the person that has to travel and still wants to see their home no more bothering the neighbors to check on you home you can take a look yourself. How great is it with the technology with security cameras and cell phones you can set a notification on your phone to be alerted every time someone comes to your front door. This is a nice add feature for the working parent that wants to know what time and what friends came home with your child from school. The possibilities for the future of home security will only continue to grow are you ready to become part of the growing future of home owners adding home security cameras to your home? Call Central Jersey security cameras today 732 333 0227
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NJ – Fall fun but how protected is you home when your out having fall fun?

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Do you have plans this weekend maybe to head out to the pumpkin patch or out tonight for a scary hayride? Like many Nj families you leave for the day and think your home is going to be fine but stop and think – Do you have home security? You have locks on your home and you check them twice before you leave and go off for your day for so family fun. Now while you are out your typical burglar comes up to you home he acts like he belongs there drawing no attention to himself in most cases he will walk around to the back and look for an easy way in. If your locks are not easy to pick a back window is often broken and then they are in your home. In a matter of minutes family jewelry,cash and handheld electronics can be taken right out your front door!! But wait there is something you can do to prevent this and have this low life caught by the police in the matter of minutes rather then walking off with your personal property that your work so hard for. Home security installed to your home by a professional security company.
First security Cameras on and around your home are often the number one deterrent in stopping home burglaries. What will a camera do to stop someone from breaking into your home you may be thinking? Well, the truth is no burglary wants to be caught on film committing a crime! Security Cameras are the proof that something has taken place on your property. Your next line of defence is adding an home alarm system. Home alarm systems can vary in price but the only thing you need to be sure you have when shopping around for a home alarm system is that their central station monitoring is UL listed. UL listed central station companies are held to the highest standards allowed in each state. With an alarm system to home once entry has been forced open either a senor or an alarm will sound and this will alert the authorities to go to you home and you will be alerted as well.
This brings up another point -if your home alarm is set off the central station monitoring company call you within a matter of seconds and will ask you if you are ok. You will have a word that is to be used as you (safeword) and if you do not respond with the correct word the central station will dispatch the police to your home to check to make sure you are ok if you are home. Now if you are out and get this call this is also a way of keeping your family safe.. No one knows what a home burglars problem maybe or how dangerous they maybe so its best to stay back and let the police check you home before you run inside.
So, what do you think its time to place the call to a reputable security company today?! Look no further Than Central Jersey Security Cameras from start to finish we can take care of all your home security needs. Call today and lets get started protecting your home and family the way it needs to be protected! 732 333 0227