Fire Safety for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and for many households this means traveling to visit loved ones, made-from-scratch feasts and fellowship with family. For most, these holiday festivities and memorable moments are centered around the kitchen, which means that keeping fire safety at the forefront of your mind during this hectic and joyous time is very important to protecting those you love.

According to data from the United States Fire Association , each year, Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for cooking fires in American homes. An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires occur annually in residential buildings in the United States. The primary cause of these residential fires each year is cooking and, unfortunately, smoke alarms are often not present in 20 percent of these instances.

Here are a few additional facts from the National Fire Prevention Association :

  • Ranges or cooktops were involved in the 62% of reported home cooking fires, 89% of cooking fire deaths and 79% of cooking fire injuries.
  • Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.
  • Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. Clothing ignitions led to 14% of the home cooking fire deaths.
  • Almost one-third (30%) of the people killed by cooking fires were sleeping at the time. More than half (53%) of the non-fatal injuries occurred when people tried to control the fire themselves.

Some holiday safety tips from Owen Security Solutions:

The first step you should take to protect your family and home this season is to be sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years to ensure proper working order, and batteries in smoke detectors should be changed every six months.

Never leave cooking food or in-use appliances unattended. Being present and keeping an eye on food to ensure that it doesn’t boil over, burn, or put anyone in danger is the best way to prevent possible injuries.

Keep your cooking workspace clear of any trash, combustible products, or flammable materials. Wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels and place mats can also catch fire quickly.

Be sure that you wear clothing that will not drape or be loose-fitting while working near fire or heat. Clothing fibers can melt to your skin, ignite, or get caught and cause unintentional fires, spills, or burns.

Children should be at least three feet away from cooking areas and any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared. Steam or splashes from these items could cause serious injuries or burns.

Always keep your kitchen stocked with a fire extinguisher. Type K extinguishers are specifically for grease fires and type ABC multipurpose extinguishers can be used for flammable liquids, wood, and electrical fires.

Never put water on a grease fire. Water could splatter the fire and cause it to spread much more quickly. Baking soda and a lid for the pan can be used to help deprive the fire of oxygen.

Turkey fryers should be kept outdoors and a safe distance from buildings or flammable materials. Never use these fryers in an enclosed area or on a wooden surface. Do not leave fryers unattended, use well-insulated mitts and safety goggles when working near the fryer, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Most importantly, ALWAYS ensure the turkey has thawed before putting it into the fryer. The National Turkey Federation recommends that turkeys thaw for at least 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.

We hope that these by following these holiday safety tips many more families enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season with loved ones!

For more information on a home security system or life protection system and monitoring, please give us a call at 706.629.7398 or visit our website www.OwenSecurity.com.

For downloadable or printable safety tip sheets, visit the National Fire Prevention Association website.

Why Home Security Systems ARE for EVERYONE!

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Security systems were once expensive devices that were only affordable for large businesses and wealthy households, but not anymore! 

All levels of crime rates have continued to rise in recent years and the security industry as a whole has recognized the importance of affordable and reliable security for renters, homeowners and business-owners alike. 

At Owen Security Solutions, we are committed to providing the latest in security technology to both current and prospective clients. Our complete security, life safety and home automation systems are advanced enough to alert users in the event of a break-in, fire, flood, power surge or outage, burst pipes, temperature alerts and medical emergencies! Our systems are custom designed to fit your needs, make your life easier AND save you money

Here are just a few of the additional features our systems offer to make your home or business more secure, safe and efficient.  

Medical Alert Devices 

It’s important to know that you can reach loved ones and medical professionals in the event of an emergency. Owen Security Solutions offers customers a medical alert device that works with your home security system to signal emergency services with the simple push of a button. This device can be worn as a traditional lanyard or on the wrist, allowing easy access to the pendant in times of distress while remaining discreet. 

Smoke Alarms

No home or business should be without smoke detectors! Our security systems are programmed to use smoke detection devices to alert occupants of smoke before a fire begins. This gives your family or employees vital time to escape the structure and alerts emergency services in an effort to prevent damage or loss of lives or property. 

Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Our carbon monoxide detectors sole purpose is to alert occupants of any dwelling or business of the presence of excess carbon monoxide in the air. Being alerted of CO2 before experiencing symptoms will allow you to vacate the area and protect yourself, loved ones, employees, customers and pets from inhaling this deadly chemical. You will then have the opportunity to ventilate the area and hire a professional to find the source of the leak.

Flood Sensors 

Although disasters such as home fires get far more media attention, flooding is a much more common disaster for homeowners and, unfortunately, does substantially more damage with effects that can last for months. While Owen Security Systems cannot prevent flooding, when our systems are installed and equipped with flood sensors, they can alert you as soon as a leak or flood is detected. The more quickly you are made aware of these circumstances and can address them, the more likely you are to limit the damage incurred. 

Home Automation Devices 

Owen Security Solutions’ Home Automation options allow you to control, automate, protect and monitor your home with affordable and intelligent solutions. Take control of your energy bills by programming your thermostats to auto-adjust, turn off lights in empty rooms and double-check locked doors from anywhere. Enjoy the ability to unlock doors for guests or repair workers, turn on/off small appliances while away from home and never come home to a dark house again! Customize your home to fit your family’s lifestyle with these great features and others, including cameras, home theater systems, security and life safety in one complete SmartHome experience!

For more information about Owen Security Solutions and the great products and services we offer, please visit our website today at https://www.owensecurity.com/ and follow us on Facebook! 

 

The Inside Scoop on Residential Security Cameras

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Let’s face it, as much as we would like to think home break-ins will never happen to us, the reality is that it can happen to anyone. At Owen Security Solutions, we believe in always being One Step Ahead. That’s why we recommend home security and surveillance cameras to anyone looking to step up their home security game. 

Proactive Protection 

Surveillance cameras are often considered one of the best crime deterrents available and act as a red flag for anyone who may be attempting to gain access to your home or belongings. More often than not, a residential security camera can stop a break in before it even happens, which saves you repairs, effort, time, money and lots of trouble in the long run.

Peace of Mind

Another great reason to incorporate residential surveillance cameras into your home security system is the peace of mind you will gain by being view your home whenever you like. With modern home security and surveillance cameras, you can now use your mobile device to view live footage of your home, save and protect important recorded video clips or even speak to the person on your front porch. Whether you are out of town for a week or at work for the day, live footage of your home is available 24/7 at the touch of a button! Technicians can install Wi-Fi based cameras or DVR/NVR systems nearly anywhere in or on your home, ensuring your property and loved ones are always protected. 

Video Verification

Although Owen Security Solutions’ surveillance cameras allow you 24/7 access to your security footage, there’s no need to worry about checking it constantly. We can provide around-the-clock monitoring to ensure your home is protected so that you don’t have to. Video Verification allows your home’s video footage to pop-up on your phone as a notification the instant your alarm is triggered AND the footage can be sent directly to our agents on-staff, who can then verify the activity and notify and dispatch emergency services. 

Price Isn’t a Problem 

Residential Video Surveillance is often overlooked for fear of bulky equipment, maintenance and cost. Our technicians and security advisors pride themselves in listening to the specific needs of each homeowner and are experienced in designing systems that are the perfect fit for your needs AND your budget.  We offer a wide variety of services at a fair and cost-effective rate. 

At Owen Security Solutions, our goal is to keep you One Step Ahead in theft, life safety and technology. We offer a wide variety of services at a fair and cost effective rate, and there is no better time than now to get more information! Contact us today for incredible deals, including 6 MONTHS OF FREE MONITORING! For more informations, please contact us at 706-629-7398, owenadmin@owensecurity.com or visit www.owensecurity.com

 

Lights, Camera, Security

Summer is winding down and everyone knows this is the time to squeeze in those last few vacation days before the regular hustle-and-bustle of fall kicks in. Unfortunately, it means this is also the perfect time for the bad guys to take advantage of an empty home. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help keep your home safe from the people who are up to no good while you’re away enjoying the rest of summer!

 

  • Residential Cameras

 

Residential cameras have not only become prevalent in home security, but also necessary for just about everyone. Installing a residential camera allows you to have eyes on your home at all times. Whether you’re out of town on vacation, working late at the office or out for a fun night with friends, being able to check in on your home will give you the security and peace of mind you need to fully enjoy yourself. You can also rest assured knowing a team of professionals are monitoring your home for any unusual disturbances when you choose Owen Security Solutions. 

 

  • Doorbell Cameras

 

In addition to regular residential cameras, you can also install a doorbell camera to your home. Not only does it provide additional up-close and personal security, but it also acts as a visual deterrent for anyone looking to cause trouble. People who have the intention of breaking and entering into your home will be met face-to-face with a camera, making them aware that the property is under surveillance. 

 

  • Neighborhood Watch Cameras 

 

For ultimate home security, you have to think big. With services like neighborhood watch cameras, you can almost eliminate threats of thievery and vandalism. Neighborhood watch cameras are set up throughout a subdivision and record an accurate and up-to-date list of all cars entering and exiting your community. This ensures those with bad intentions cannot get in or out without the police knowing. Entering subdivisions protected by neighborhood watch cameras are not worth the risk for thieves and vandals, ensuring the ultimate protection for you and your neighbors. Home security is a team effort, and with you, your neighbors and Owen Security Solutions on the job, we create a net that makes it nearly impossible for thieves to get through! 

Over the coming weeks, we will delve more deeply into each of these security areas, providing some options for you to consider. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in home security, which is why we pride ourselves in bringing custom installations to each of our customers. There is a reason we have been recognized as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Security Companies, according to the 2018 SDM 100 Report. 

At Owen Security, we always stay one step ahead. Don’t let tragedy be your teacher. Partner with us to create the safest environment possible for you and your family. With incredible deals like free security consultation and quotes, free camera and installation offers or six months of free monitoring, there is no better time to upgrade your home! Call 706-629-7398 or visit www.owensecurity.com to learn more about how we can help you.

8 Home Alone Safety Tips for Students

The 2019-2020 school year has begun and parents everywhere have run frantically through town purchasing school supplies and new outfits for their students. However, during all of the hectic errands and shopping to prepare your child for the upcoming school year, have you considered your child’s safety after the school day is done?

Do you ever worry about heavy traffic, working late, last minute meetings or carpooling to practices leaving you with no choice but to leave your child(ren) at home unsupervised? Deciding whether your child is mature enough to stay home is a big decision and leaves many parents feeling uneasy. Please take a couple of moments to look over these eight safety refresher tips for after-school safety!

Locking Doors

It may seem simple, but reminding your child to never open doors for strangers, especially when they’re home alone, could potentially save their life. This also goes for never accepting gifts, food, drinks or rides from any one with whom they don’t have direct consent from you.

Video Doorbell

Video doorbells send notifications to your mobile app in real-time to allow you to see who is at your door and even answer the door without being home. Video doorbells are equipped with live video, motion-detected recordings and storage to document visitors if you are unavailable, and two-way voice communication. This SmartHome feature is perfect for allowing you to see who approaches the door of your home when your child is home alone and can even allow your child to see who is at the home without the risk of opening the door.

Where to go for help

Be sure that your child knows who to call or where to go for help when you are not home, whether it be a police officer, teacher or trusted neighbor. If there were ever an emergency during which they couldn’t contact you, ensure that they know what steps to take and who to reach out to.

Memorize Important Numbers

In addition to ensuring your child knows who and where to go for help, it is advisable to also have them memorize their home address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and that they are certain of who they should contact in the event of an emergency.

Social Media Safety

As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children the appropriate usage of social media and the danger of strangers online. Children should be made well aware of how many potential dangers there are in giving out home addresses, current location and in letting people know that they are home alone.

Alarm system with Remote Alerts

A home security system can be used for much more than just protecting belongings inside your home when no one is home. SmartHome Security Systems can be set up to send parents alerts when children arrive home and disarm the system. Many parents rely on these notifications as reassurance that their children have made it home safely. Sensors can also be set to alert you if doors are opened again after your child’s arrival or allow you to arm the system in the ‘Stay’ mode right from your mobile app!

Make sure your child knows how to use the alarm system

Children should know how to use the alarm system so that they can arm, disarm and use the panic buttons for home intrusions, fire and medical emergencies. These panic buttons on your alarm system immediately send the appropriate first responders without triggering the system’s siren.

Home Automation for safety

SmartHome Security Systems and Home Automation can be paired to increase the safety of your home and your awareness of events inside your home. These systems can be set up to send notifications if particular doors are opened or if your child enters areas that are off-limits while unsupervised, such as pool areas, medicine cabinets or areas where firearms are stored.

A parents best judgement should be used in determining if their child is ready to be left at home unsupervised; however, before making the final decision, please be sure to check your state and local laws requiring the minimum age for being left alone.

The Georgia Department of Human Services Lack of Supervision Guidelines states that while Georgia does not have laws that regulate the supervision of children, the Department of Family and Children Services does have guidelines that they follow closely. Those guidelines can be viewed on the department’s website at www.dhs.georgia.gov.

If you would like more information on turning your home into a SmartHome, give Owen Security Solutions a call at 706.629.7398 or visit us online at www.OwenSecurity.com and let us help you stay One Step Ahead!

Owen Security Climbs the SDM Top 100

SDM #89Owen Security Solutions was recently recognized for climbing on the 2019 Security Distributing and Marketing Top 100 Report.  The Northwest Georgia-based company progressed from ranking number 94 on the industry-wide report in 2018 to its current spot at number 89 in the country for 2019.

This annual ranking is provided by SDM Magazine, which has been producing the report of the top 100 largest security providers in the country for the past 28 years. Each year, the magazine ranks companies in the United States that earn their revenue from the sale, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security systems, such as intrusion and fire, access control, video surveillance and related low-voltage systems, to residential and non-residential customers. The primary objective of this report is to measure and account the size of the market served by the nation’s 100 largest security providers.

Established by founder Gary Owens in 1973, Owen Security Solutions is a second-generation, locally-owned and operated company based in Calhoun, Georgia. Now led by owner Justin Owen, the company staffs more than 30 employees and serves more than 7,000 customers in the Northwest Georgia and Tennessee-Valley areas.

“I am so honored to be a part of this team and proud of everyone’s commitment to our growth while ensuring our customers remain satisfied and well taken care of ,” said Owen. “It is exciting to see what this team is accomplishing. We are grateful for our loyal customers and community support. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for us.”

Owen Security Solutions is part of the Electronic Security Association, the Georgia Security Chapter, National Institute for Certification in Engineering technologies, the local Chambers of Commerce for the communities it serves, as well as a member of the Honeywell Authorized Dealer Program and the DMP Dealer Program.
For more information about SDM or Owen Security Solutions, please visit https://www.sdmmag.com/articles/96583-sdm-100-above-average and www.OwenSecurity.com.

Owen Security Solutions named 2019 Installer of the Year

Calhoun, GA – Locally-owned Owen Security Solutions was recently announced as the Installer of the Year during Security Sales and Integration’s 24th Annual SAMMY Awards ceremony.

The ceremony was held at the Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on April 9, 2019, prior to the ISC West Conference. The SAMMY Awards program is the only of its kind in the industry to recognize, honor and celebrate security dealers and integrators for their marketing, business, installation and overall excellence. Entries for this and many other categories were submitted by dealers and installers across North America and evaluated by a panel of judges who are among the industry’s top marketing and PR professionals.

Owen Security Solutions was selected as a finalist in the categories of Community Outreach, Promotional Video or Audio, and Installer of the Year categories. They were announced the winner of the Installer of the Year Award for providing exceptional service to customers, exemplifying successful practices and marketing strategies, properly training and motivating employees and for positively contributing to its local communities and the security industry.

Owen Security Solutions is a locally-owned residential and commercial security and life safety provider and monitoring service to the North Georgia and Tennessee Valley areas. The company’s goal is to be the most preferred and trusted property and life safety solutions company by consistently exceeding expectations, delivering exceptional service and providing premier solutions and technology to its customers.

For more information about the SAMMY Awards or Owen Security Solutions, please visit www.securitysales.com and www.OwenSecurity.com.