HomeSecurityImage HOME SECURITY…Factor Ready is not a Secuity Dealer or Distriutorship and we do not stock, ship or sell alarm supplies. We can nevertheless supply you with beneficial tips per this article. Remember, “fI It Is Worth Having-It Is Worth Protecting” …

Residential burglaries are commonplace with 2 out of every 10 U.S. homes suffering a break in. Most of them (65%) take place during the day. contrary to popular belief, and 50% are more are likely to be suburban dwellings. 1/3 can be classified as “unlawful entry” rather than “forced entries.” indicating entry was gained through unlocked doors or windows. The majority of these break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby, and most of them can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes. The good news is Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems, and they are 3 times less likely to be hit. Today’s home security systems can do more than decrease the chances of your home getting burglarized: they can be part of a comprehensive, home setup. In addition to monitoring the doors and windows for break-ins, today’s systems can give the consumer the ability to remotely monitor live video, switch lights on or off, control thermostats, see who’s at the front door, and even control door locks -- all from a remote mobile device. Panic or emergency health notification and fire sensors can also be employed with control panels offering these features.

If under tight budget restrictions, you should at minimum consider a basic system that protects all entry doors with magnetic switches, as 85% of burglaries involve door entries. Plus, employ a infrared motion detector placed in a high traffic area or where valuables kept as a system back up device. A local alarm (sounder) can usually serve to run off any intruders, especially if it can be heard by neighbors, plus burglar not knowing if system is remote monitored with Police dispatch. As for Do-it-yourself -vs- Local alarm company professional installation we would recommend the latter, with system on a leased basis with 24 hour repair service provided. As for category, a hard wired type system would be our personal preference, over the wireless type, simply from a possibly better reliability and longevity standpoint. 24 hour Remote monitoring by a professional security monitoring company (or local law enforcement agencies if offered) would be an absolute asset with either system type. Most alarm companies offer hardwire and/or wireless systems and farm out the monitoring duties to full time regional or national monitoring firms. Outright sales or leases is often available on the primary system utilized at the protected premises. A number of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) type systems are available from various internet mail order companies, and are generally the wireless variety for installation ease. Local alarm installing companies can be found that service your area via yellow pages or an internet search for security systems or burglar alarms. Bonus: Most insurance companies allow a policy discount where burglar and/or fire systems are on the insured premises.

  1. Edgar Hoover (1895 – 1972) was an American law enforcement administrator and the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He served for over 37 years and always said the main deterrent to crime was fear of punishment. Unfortunately, that no longer seems to fully apply, with liberal justice systems issuing liberal sentences, etc. Law enforcement is now an even more dangerous occupation than ever, with recent killed in line of duty statistics exceeding 150 in America annually. Visit sites such as the Officer Down Memorial page at and help with (C.O.P.S.) and your State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. Please also Pray daily for the safety of all our First Responders; Police, Fire, Medical and Military and support them accordingly. It helps them prevent crimes too, when their area residents have quality security, panic and fire alarm systems in place. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.


FireExtingusherHOME FIRE SAFETY…  Factor Ready is not a Fire Equipment Dealer or Distriutorship and we do not stock, ship or sell fire supplies. We can nevertheless supply you with beneficial tips per this article...

There are over 352,000 home fires annually in the USA. Are you prepared to quickly resolve any home fire issue before it gets out of hand and threatens lives and heavily damages or destroys your property? There are 5 primary Classes of Fires we could possibly be confronted with as follows…Class A; involves ordinary materials like cloth, wood and paper. Class B: Involves combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints. Class C; Involves electrical equipment like appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in. Class D; Involves flammable metals. Class K; Involves vegetable oils, animal oils and fats in cooking appliances.Extinguishing agents needed can involve water, carbon dioxide, dry chemicals. etc. Water of course would be limited to use on Class A type fires and CO2 for flammable liquid and electrical flare ups. Therefore as a general rule a multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher such as an the ABC type would be a more versatile choice, especially if only a single extinguisher on hand.

Portable fire extinguishers are also rated for the size of fire they can put out. For Class A fire extinguishers, this number ranges from 1 to 40, and for Class B, the rating is from 1 to 640. You can find this rating on the label. 2A:10B:C as example, is the label you’ll find on a standard 5-lb ABC fire extinguisher. This is a popular size dry chemical unit considered as all-purpose and often recommended for average size home use to have on hand. It should be kept where easily accessible and in an exit area is normally recommended. OSHA standards normally call for one class 2-A extingisher per 3000 sq.ft., not to exceed 75 ft. to access the unit. Most extingihsers can be visually checked for readiness via their gauge with arrow remaining in the green (safe pressure) range. Units should be recharged immediately after any use, and once every 6 years from mgr. date stamped on unit if unused. This is to be on the safe side, as powders can form lumps and harden over a period of time. When needed to extinguish a fire the discharge cloud should be aimed at the base of the fire itself with back and forth sweeping motions. Note: CO2 units must be weighed to check for appropriate content. For area of coverage ratings on the various extinguisher label numbers visit:

Home Fires: The 5 most common cases of U.S. Residential Home Fires are: Cooking: The majority of house fires are caused by cooking-related incidents. Heating: Heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 U.S. home fires. Electrical systems: Lighting sources are responsible for most electrical fires. Fires: Careless smoking: Smoking is the No. 1 cause of home fire deaths in the U.S..

HomeFireSafetyImageSmoke Detectors: All homes should have at minimum one or more self-contained with built-in sounder (battery operated) smoke and/or ionization detectors within the home. Recommended placement include at least one smoke alarm on every level of the home (including basements) and in every bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. When a very large residence contains floor areas greater than 1,000 square feet (excluding garage areas), the fire codes would normally require smoke alarms installed on the ceiling, and all points on the ceiling must have a smoke alarm within 30 feet or have an equivalent of one smoke alarm per 500 square feet of floor area. Chapter 5 of NFPA (National Fire Protection Assn.) 72 standards as example, calls for spacing based on manufacturer’s recommendations. Chapter 5 also recommends an installed spacing of 30 ft (9 m) between detectors. This recommendation applies to smooth, flat ceilings, and is also in agreement with the recommendation of most manufacturers. Ionization detectors are more sensitive to the flaming stage of fires than optical smoke detectors, while optical smoke detectors are more sensitive to fires in the early smouldering stage.

As for homes, most experts recommend photoelectric smoke alarms in bedrooms and hallways, and leave the ionization alarms in the kitchen, if at all. You can confirm all this with you local fire department. Bonus: Many insurance companies will allow a home owner insurance discount when UL approved fire detectors and extinguishers are located in the premises. Same usually applies if a burglar alarm is installed as well. System type fire detectors can be utilized with many security systems too, that also have fire and panic circuits, rather than needing the single stand alone type sensors mentioned above. Heat sensors can also be employed. Or, even a totally separate fire alarm system if wanted. Note: Carbon Dioxide detectors are also available to detect dangerous carbon monoxide gas levels. The stand alone, self-contained (battery operated with built-in sounder) ) type smoke detecors are relatively inexpensive and can be life saving devices. Kidde and other name brands may be acquired over the internet via Mail order or at local mass market and hardware stores, etc. Kidde recommends any units be replaced after 10 years of usage. Stay Safe, Stay Prepared and Stay Prayed Up ! ... Joe Lanier, kE5NYS, PhD (Past Having Doubts :-)..


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