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.

Tips and Tricks for Halloween Kicks

SmartHome Halloween Decor & Ambiance at the Touch of a Button

Halloween is one of the most fun-filled holidays of the year! Cooler weather, colorful scenery and fun, fall family activities are all around; however, to really get into the Halloween spirit, you must set the mood! Here are a few tips for spooking up your home using the SmartHome features available right at your fingertips from your home security system!

Sights:

  • Create an eerie ambiance with spooky lighting using your SmartHome automation system. Schedule both indoor and outdoor lighting to automatically activate at a designated time. Not only does this give you the chance to show your festive side, even when you’re not at home, it also helps to deter potential burglars or mischief by giving the impression that someone is home. 
  • Rest assured that slyly using your mobile app to activate strobe lights, fog machines and/or electronic decorations as visitors approach your spooky setup will keep them on their toes and earn you a spot as one of the neighborhood’s best stops!
  • Replace exterior and landscape lighting with festive colored bulbs, such as green, purple, orange or black, to add an ominous touch to outdoor decor without sacrificing the security of well-lit outdoor spaces.
  • Check out this blog with photos for more GREAT ideas on how to decorate your yard with lights!  https://www.fromhousetohome.com/entertainingdiva/halloween-outdoor-lighting/ 

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Sounds:

  • Set the mood with superior spooky sounds through your Sonos Home Speaker. With high quality sounds and room-rumbling bass, your visitors will be thrilled and chilled with streaming sound effects, such as screams, squeals and evil laughs! Muah-ha-ha!
  • Check out the MANY free sound effects at this great site: https://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/scary_halloween_sounds.shtml

Spooks: 

Use your Video Doorbell for “Tricks” and “Treats”. 

  • Video Doorbell Cameras are the newest trend in home security and surveillance. These devices are programmed to alert the homeowner of movement at the door and allows them to see and record video as well as communicate using the two-way voice feature.  
  • This Halloween, when your Video Doorbell alerts you to approaching Trick-or-Treaters, consider using the opportunity to give them a little fright! Using the two-way communication, send crazy sound effects or a personalized greetings as they approach your home and knock!
  • The best part of this tip? The Video Doorbell will record the whole thing and you can continue to the tricks and the treats again and again until next year’s spooky season! 

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Security:

  • While your SmartHome system can help you achieve the eerie ambiance and decor you desire this season, its main purpose is to keep you and your family safe!
  • If you plan on being away from home around Halloween, your SmartHome technology helps protect your home, loved ones and property.
  • Help keep pranksters at bay by arming your home security system, using your system’s video surveillance features to keep an eye on your home and rest assured that our professional monitoring team is on standby 24/7!

Are you ready to get moving on making your home a SmartHome? Call us today!

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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

 

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.

Single moms need reliable home security

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In today’s society, we see all different types of families. Some are blended, some are divorced, some are roommates sharing the rent.  With so many different schedules and types of families, it’s imperative that we all take the steps necessary to protect ourselves with a monitored security system.

We want to provide you with some safety tips to put in place to go along with monitored home security. Keeping you and your children safe is one of your utmost priorities as a parent and every little bit helps.

First, you need to make sure all entrances are secure and protected. This might mean having to change the locks to make sure someone with an existing key cannot gain access to your home. Adding deadbolts is also a good idea if they are not already in place. Once locks are setup/installed, be sure to use them. Leaving doors unlocked, even for a short walk around the block or a visit to your neighbor, can be tempting for a home invader. If you decide to hide a spare key around your home, make sure it is well hidden. Putting a spare key under the door mat or behind chair cushions defeats the concept of securing your home.

When thinking about securing your home, make a point of looking at each window, latching them tightly as necessary. Sometimes, kids may open a window on their own and not know how to secure them afterwards. Instruct your children they should ask permission before opening any door or window.

While on the subject of windows, do you have blinds, curtains or drapes to prevent unwanted eyes from peering inside your home? During the day, we all like allowing natural light to flood our homes. But, once dusk arrives, can you prevent prying eyes from seeing whether or not you are alone?

Next, consider protecting the information you make available about yourself. Locking down access to your social media is already something you should be doing. Changing your relationship status is a way to let friends and family know what is happening in your life, but if your profile is wide open, you are letting strangers know too! If you do not know how to lock down your profile(s), just watch a few YouTube videos and you will be an expert in no time.

If there is a change in your family structure, consider the importance of keeping that information private. Giving those around you information they don’t need could potentially put you at more risk, being viewed as vulnerable. Do not open yourself to the prying ears of those who like to prey on those going through an emotional time. We all need to vent and it is important to have a network of trusted family and friends around you. Be sure you know who is in that circle and who is not.

Speaking of friends, let’s not forget the four-legged variety. Having an inside dog (or two) can be a great deterrent to people who think you are an easy target. They will often growl or bark when anyone (or anything) enters your yard. Even if they are the friendliest animals to strangers, hearing the sound of a barking dog behind a closed door will make most criminals move to the next location. They don’t know the disposition of your pet(s) and are not likely going to take a risk. Plus, your dogs antics and barking will alert you. Be sure to always go to the window and look before instructing them to stop barking. Thank them for letting you know they saw something. You do not want to get in the habit of telling them to stop barking without looking. They are doing their job — keeping you safe and aware. You need to reinforce that behavior, not discourage it.

Finally, in our modern, internet connected age, having a monitored home security system is one of the best ways to create a safe environment for you, your kids and your pets. Installing indoor and outdoor cameras will provide instant visibility through your smart phone or tablet. When you leave, you can feel safe knowing your home is being monitored around the clock. To learn more about why a home security system is important, check out the following link.

At Owen Security Solutions, we want to help make sure you have a safe and protected environment. We would be happy to meet with you at a convenient time to go over many of our solutions for home security and monitoring. You can visit our website to learn more about who we are and how long we have been staying one step ahead of criminals and one step ahead of our competition. Keeping you and your belongings safe is something we pride ourselves in doing.

 

Before you head out on vacation…

Spring is upon us and family vacations are in the making! Spring break is well underway, so we urge our customers to remember, burglars will notice when we are on vacation. How many times have you wracked your brain to remember if you home’s doors and windows are locked? Have you ever turned your vehicle around to be sure you closed the garage or secured a pet door? An unlocked door is the easiest, most direct target for a burglar. Smart home and home automation devices can help you leave home with peace of mind, knowing you will be alerted if you forget to secure your home in any way. This user-friendly app has the capability to lock doors, close the garage or even arm your security system with just a click of your smartphone, tablet or desktop.

Additionally, security systems with home automation enable you to control lights, lamps and small appliances from anywhere. These systems can be programmed to turn multiple lights, televisions or stereos on or off at random times, or can be programmed to follow schedules, which continue for the duration of your absence. Simulating your presence deters potential thieves. This feature also makes life convenient for your family when you ARE at home!

Today’s smart home systems allow you to see your property in real-time, as well as record any suspicious activity. The days of sorting through grainy footage of a dark figure scavenging through your carport or storage shed on a stationary DVR or computer are long gone.  Hi-definition cameras are now available to record footage 24 hours a day, seven days a week – these can be used for later review or used to record clips using built-in motion sensors, which can be sent directly to your smartphone. Video doorbells can also be used as a security feature, allowing you to see and speak directly to anyone who rings the doorbell; you could even say hello to a potential burglar who might be testing to see if anyone is home!

To take home automation security one step further, smart sensors and plugs notify you if an unsuspected motion is noticed or if a door or window is opened while you’re away. The system can be programmed to immediately take action in the event of an intrusion, including sending push notifications or activating all of the home’s lights simultaneously in hopes of frightening a possible intruder.

With today’s remarkable technology, offering you convenient ways to monitor your home remotely, why wouldn’t you take advantage of protecting your home with the bonus of added peace of mind?  Please contact an Owen Security Solutions representative today for a free assessment to learn more about our customizable home automation products. As a family owned and operated company, we would love the opportunity to can help you relax and enjoy YOUR family’s next vacation.