Tips for a Happy and Safe Holiday Season

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can make it very easy to overlook some simple safety tips to ensure that your holiday is a happy one for you and your loved ones.

Indoor and outdoor decorations can really help you get into the holiday spirit, but it is important to take the necessary fire safety measures when using decorative lighting throughout your home. The winter season, accompanied by holiday lights and other decorative lighting, is the leading time of year for home fires.

Here are some tips to make sure your holiday season is nothing less than the most wonderful time of year.

  • Holiday lights used to decorate the exterior of your home should be powered through a safe ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) outlet. A GCFI outlet will shut down a circuit if there is an overcurrent caused by plugging too many lights or electric decorations into one power source. This type of outlet could help prevent an electrical fire from occurring.
  • Make sure to keep all wreaths and Christmas trees away from radiators, heating ducts, and open flames such as wood burning stoves or fireplaces. A dried tree or flammable decorations, or even flame resistant artificial trees can easily ignite, but this can just as easily be prevented with thoughtful placement. Also remember to keep trees out of doorways, exits, and frequently used walkways in the case of an emergency.
  • It is important to test out your fire detection and alarm equipment throughout your home, checking batteries in fire detectors to make sure everything is in working order. Placing fire or smoke detectors in the correct locations throughout the different levels of your home, in halls, living areas, and bedrooms can help to notify you and your family of a possible fire.

If you would like to learn more about the ways you can improve the fire protection and notification systems in your home, for your family’s safety, contact us online, or call us at 203-785-0300.

Protect Your Vacation Home, Too

Owning a vacation home is great, but when you return home to your primary residence, how safe is the one you just left? You must ensure that your great getaway is protected against theft and vandalism at all times. Installing a home security system will help you have peace of mind.

Home security systems are the best way to protect your vacation home, regardless of whether or not you make regular visits or not. The alarm system will automatically alert the authorities when an intruder enters your home; If you have video surveillance, you can watch what’s going on from wherever you are. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can watch your home from anywhere around the world with video surveillance.

In addition to installing a home security system, you should also make accommodations to make it appear as if your second residence is being occupied at all times. To do this, could keep the lawn maintained on a regular basis. You should also cancel mail that is delivered to this residence; have it forwarded to your primary residence instead. This keeps the mail from being stacked up, which is typically a sign that no one has been occupying the residence. It’s a great idea to keep the second floor curtains completely open; on the first floor, keep the curtains slightly open. Your vacation home should always give off an impression that someone is living there, or at least keeping an eye on things.

To keep your vacation home protected at all times, have a home security system installed. To learn more about the security systems and services that are available for your vacation home in Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts, contact us online, or call 203-785-3000.

Halloween Home Security Tips

Halloween is a fun time where your children dress up in costume and run around the neighborhood for candy and treats from neighbors. But it could also be a risky time, pertaining to home security. It’s a fact that many burglars take advantage of holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It’s imperative that your home remains protected by a home security system during this time.

Forgetting about home security on Halloween is easy to do. Many residents and homeowners become relaxed during this fun time, and that is a huge mistake. Here are some tips that could help you maintain a secured home, especially on Halloween.

  • Keep your doors and windows locked during ‘trick or treat’ hours. If you’re not sitting outside while passing out candy, lock your door every time a child comes and goes. It only takes a burglar one moment to enter your home through an unlocked door, so always keep the doors and windows locked.
  • Make sure that all of your sensor lights are working properly. Doing so can help you keep the ‘trick or treaters’ safe, and you can protect your home at the same time. Sensor lights can also deter potential vandals or burglars from targeting your home.
  • Set a time to end ‘trick or treat’ hours at your home, and stick to it. Many counties have their own set hours for ‘trick or treat,’ but that doesn’t mean everyone will follow them. While some ‘trick or treaters’ could come to your home after those hours, you should always be suspicious. It could be a group of individuals targeting your home for theft; therefore, it is best to set a time to end ‘trick or treat’ at your home.

To get the home security system that could keep your property safe from burglars and vandals, contact us online, or call 203-785-3000.

Latchkey Kids Should be Kept Safe

With school back in session, many children will be coming home alone; therefore, they are considered “latchkey kids.” There are more than 13 million children around the world – under the age of 13 – who come home by themselves after school. It is necessary for you to keep them safe from an intruder, as well as other situations, such as a fire. You can do so by installing a security system for your home; the applications that a home security system provides for your children’s safety are invaluable.

With today’s technological advances, you are able to have home security systems installed on your property that allow you to keep “your eyes” on your children while they are at home, regardless if you are at work, running errands, or away from the house for any other reason. Video monitoring is one of the most popular features that you can choose from when you install a home security system. You can arm and disarm the alarm from any web-enabled device, and you can also monitor the activity of your children in various rooms throughout your home. It is always best to teach your child how to use the security equipment, just in case they are unable to reach you during an emergency situation.

A home security system is a powerful ally for parents who have latchkey kids. It allows you to receive messages and text alerts once your child has arrived home from school; you can also watch video in real-time, so you know exactly what is going at that moment.

Install a home security system so you too can be confident that your latchkey kids are safe while they are home alone. If you wish to learn more about the products and services that can establish a safe environment for your children, please contact us online, or call us at 203-785-0300.

Door to Door Scam Protection

While home security systems cannot stop door-to-door scams from occurring, they can help you protect your family from being a victim of theft. Salespeople are more likely to come to your home during the day to sell you a product, including fraudulent home security services. This unethical tactic is done to confuse you about your current home security system services; or to get you to signup for a new security system with “their company.” You will need to be aware of these scams, because it is one way that intruders force themselves into your home, before they attempt to steal your personal property.

Some of these door-to-door salesmen also ask for your security information, hoping to return and burglarize your property while you are not at home. Always be cautious before you open your door to any salesman. Before unlocking your door, ask to see identification from the salesman, which will allow you to see what company he is representing. A reputable company will notify you to schedule an appointment before coming to your home. Be very skeptical if the salesman insists on checking your security system, or offering to upgrade the services and equipment for free. Before taking the word of the salesman, call your security provider to verify any claims.

It is imperative that you only make changes to your account with a verified representative; therefore, you should always call to speak with the service provider, and never give out your security codes or information to a salesman. You can contact your home security system provider 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. Having a home security system installed on your property will protect you from potential threats, including scammers.

If you do not have home security services and wish to learn more about protecting your family from potential door-to-door scams, contact us online, or call us at 203-785-0300.

Back To School Safety Measures

In today’s society, we now fully recognize the invaluable nature of security systems in schools. While no arrangement is full proof, installing the proper systems and practices is essential for creating a safe environment. Most importantly, providing ample amounts of security will help to save the lives of students and faculty alike. Furthermore, enabling the proper safety measures instills the ability for all parties to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to potential breaches in security.

The vast amount of students, staff and equipment operating in the school environment make it is essential to have and maintain protection at all times. There is a wide array of tools and strategies that can be employed to create a secure environment. These systems include but are not limited to the use of cameras, digital access cards for door entry and panic buttons. We also enable a constant connection to onsite personnel via telephones and intercoms, and your outside security provider is always accessible. These systems work hand in hand to create a multi-tiered defense to ensure the highest amount of security attainable.

While security systems are vital for protection during in-school hours, it is important not to ignore the need for safeguarding after-hours. In maintaining a connection to school security, we are capable of creating safer, happier environment for students and staff alike.

If you are considering securing your educational institution or wish to learn more, please contact us online or call us at 203-785-0300.

The True Value of a Fire Alarm

We know the indispensable need for fire alarms in the home and business, and without the proper equipment installed by a trustworthy professional; we put our safety and the safety of others at risk. Fire is destructive and relentless; it spreads quickly, causing damage in a matter of seconds, and can threaten our homes, businesses, health and lives.

Fires can originate from many different sources, whether it is human negligence or what seems to be an uncontrollable factor. Cigarettes, matches, electrical equipment, candles and unsatisfactory wiring are just a few of the many causes behind the start of a fire.

While we can do all that we can to prevent fires in the home and work environment the cause of fire may be inevitable despite our best efforts. Due to this frightening truth, who can really afford to put fire prevention in inexperienced hands? Fire prevention is not something to be taken lightly, and it is important to rest assured knowing that advanced, state of the art equipment is installed in your environment, doing everything to protect you and those who surround you.

It is understood that fire alarms are the best way to alert people about the occurrence of a fire. This one time investment in your home or work environment is detrimental to your safety, the safety of others around you, and the safety of your environment. A fire alarm is the one best guarantee you can make on ensuring safety and security in your home/office, etc.

Our state-of-the-art fire alarm and detection systems are automatic, and inform occupants of the home or building at the first threat of a dangerous environment. When fire is detected, this activity is immediately relayed to emergency responders, potentially limiting the spread of fire, smoke, and helping residents to stay safe and informed.

For an extensive list of the services provide by Nationwide Security Corporation in CT, RI and MA with our fire detection and alarm systems, please comment below, send us a message or call us at (203) 785-0300.

Security System Training for Your Business Staff

Having a security system installed in your business is a great idea, but it shouldn’t stop there.
Of course your security provider will watch over your business if you have video and monitoring services, but it is up to the employer to keep the staff up-to-par with using the system. Training your employees on how to use the security system may be a difficult task, but Nationwide Security Corporation (NSC) provides services to do the training for you.

Training Sessions

Regardless of how large or small your group of employees, the NCS team of will work with your employees and management teams to ensure your staff receives the training they need. If you want your employees to receive certified manufacturing training, NSC can provide those services as well.

Nationwide Security Corporation not only trains your employees about the security solutions you have installed, but we also allow your employees to get involved! Through our hands-on security system training, your employees will be allowed to arm and disarm the security system in front of us, allowing them to ask any questions about the equipment while a member of NSC is there. Your employees can ask our trainers about other services as well.

Do not install a security system inside of your business without getting your employees the proper training. You can choose which employees have access to the security system if you have any concerns about confidential information.

There are times when some thefts occur from the inside of the company, which is why you can pick and choose who is able to attend these security system training sessions, and who has access to the system.

To learn more about the security system training services provided by Nationwide Security Corporation, contact us today. A representative from our commercial division will be glad to speak with you. Call 203-785-0300.

Summer Safety for Your Kids and Your Home

You should have a home security system installed on your property year-round, but the summer months are that time of year when you not only need to beat the heat, but you need to secure your home.

Millions of children are left at home alone during the summer months due to school being out, and their parents being away at work. Even if you step away from your home to run an errand, a home security system gives you peace of mind while you are away from your children and home. It can also help keep your children and belongings safe from intruders.

24-Hour Protection

Being home with your children 24-hours a day is impossible, but that doesn’t mean your children are left completely alone. Nationwide Security Corporation (NSC) has a variety of home security options that you can choose from, and 24 hour home security monitoring is one of those exceptional services. When you sign up for this service, you will receive:

• Burglary Monitoring
• Fire Monitoring
• Help with Security System Issues
• Supervisory and Medical Signal
• Opening and Closing Reports
• GPS Tracking
• Two-Way Voice
• Cellular Backup
• and more…

We monitor your home while you are away at work, on vacation, or running an errand; however, with our system monitoring services, you also have the ability to keep track of activity inside your home from your web-enabled device, such as a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. You can actually disarm and arm the security system without being on your property.

Just because children go on summer break does not mean burglars do too. Keep your children safe by having a home security system installed on your property. Call Nationwide Security Corporation to learn more about the many services that could keep your kids safe this summer!

Keep Your Home Safe, Especially While on Vacation

You may be considering having a home security system installed in your home this summer. It’s always important to keep your home, family, and personal belongings safe, especially during the summer months. Thieves are professionals, meaning they make it their business to know the best times to burglarize homes. Even though your children are out of school for the summer, thieves know families take most of their vacations during the summer months.

You may be going on vacation without your children, which is yet another reason why you should have a home security system installed during the summer. The babysitter may not know how to handle an intrusion, but a professionally trained staff member of your home security system provider will know how to respond to the threat, who to call, and how to help your children and the sitter remain calm during the situation. Nationwide Security Corporation has an intercom system available that allows you to speak with our monitoring center without even picking up the phone. There are also panic buttons that someone in your home can push on the security system to alert us – and the police – of a potential break-in. When it pertains to your safety, Nationwide Security has you covered!

Home security systems do more than protect your home from theft; they protect your home from:

• Fire Emergencies
• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
• and more…

If you’re away on vacation and a fire occurs, a professionally trained staff member at Nationwide Security will alert the fire department, authorities, and you of the situation. Even though you may be far away, you can find some peace in knowing that the situation is being handled.

Contact Nationwide Security to learn more about the many home security systems options available to you. And when you sign up for security and video monitoring services, your home will be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you reside in Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts, don’t worry about keeping your home safe while away on vacation; Call Nationwide Security Corporation today at 203-785-0300.