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The Good and Bad of Social Media

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We live in society nowadays, that have adopted the mindset that everything must be innovative, and you need to be connected on the various social media outlets, to not only receive our day-to-day news, but to pass along some of our own words of wisdom. Facebook is a wonderful tool, connecting you to long lost friends, keeping in touch with family members, and providing breaking news from your favorite company, restaurant, or team, but there are also the negatives attached to this worldwide phenomenon.

Let’s say that you and your family are going on a cruise to the Caribbean. You are all packed and ready to go, excited about the fun in the sun, so you figure that before you go, you need to update your status, alerting all of your friends that they will not be graced with your creative quips for a whole week. What many of us forget to realize is that more often than not, the information you are sharing on Facebook is open to the public eye. All of your friends and family members will be able to see your statuses, pictures, and other postings, but complete strangers have that same ability. You return home from your cruise to find that your house was broken into, due to the fact that you shared your family’s whereabouts and timetable for your return.

This is happening more and more frequently, and we need to be aware of what we are sharing online. If you are excited about your upcoming trip and want to tell some close friends, pick up the phone and call them to let you know you are going out of town. Coordinate with a trusted neighbor, so that they may keep an eye on your place while you are gone. This is certainly not limited to vacation postings, but everyday occurrences. Scrolling through the “Time Line” of Facebook, you see numerous individuals delving every little detail of their day, complete with exact locations and whom they are with. Information that is extremely important to protect, should stay that way. Just because we have the ability to allow individuals a look into our day-to-day life, doesn’t mean that we should.

If you have any questions, let us know at TascoSecurity.com.

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Importance of Environmental Systems

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Being a homeowner comes with much responsibility. Problems arise and you need to handle them properly in order to prevent these occurrences from happening further down the road again and again. One major problem that oftentimes goes unnoticed is the problems dealing with hot or cold temperatures given the time of year.

By adding a temperature detection sensor to various rooms, you will be able to detect when the room temperature falls out of a specified range, either too cold or too hot. During the colder months of winter, a home is at risk of the possibility for frozen pipes. Needless to say, this is a headache that you wish to avoid as much as possible, as the damage caused by a frozen pipe can be quite extensive, and ultimately quite expensive to repair. By having these sensors in each heating zone, you will be able to keep a closer eye on whether things are right where you want them, or if they are falling out of place.

In addition to temperature detection systems, with the world becoming more and more technologically dependent, there are multiple vehicles to monitor and adjust your home or business’s utility systems from the convenience of your cell phone. With more and more programs popping up, allowing an individual to remotely adjust the temperature of the house, or to turn the lights on or off, it is making things very simple for people to keep close watch over how money is being spent. Explore whether any of these systems might be of interest to you, and you will be astonished at the amount of time and money you will save in the long run. Again, being a homeowner can be tiresome, so why waste it on something that is preventable?

If you have any question or are in search of additional tips and tricks, let us know at TascoSecurity.com.

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Top Five Security Tips for Your Home

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According to the FBI, every 15 seconds a burglar breaks into a home in the United States. This is a staggering figure, especially considering that most homeowners feel that their house is secure. We have put together five simple tips to help protect your home, and enhance your home's overall security.

  1. Make Some Noise
    An alarm system is probably the easiest thing to get started with securing your home. A lot of people leave this feature to being less obvious as others. Hanging a sign up on your front lawn indicating that you have a home alarm, might disturb your landscape's aesthetics; however, it is a big thing in deterring a would be burglar.
  2. Don't Broadcast
    This is a very simple tip, but one that is oftentimes overlooked. With today's access to the internet and various social media platforms, many people like to broadcast their everyday plans. This is an absolute no-no. As a society, we like to share with our family and friends what we are doing or planning to do. However, we might also be sharing a little bit too much information that can get into the wrong hands. You can share with family and friends when you are going on vacation, just keep it offline.
  3. Spare Key Hiding Spot
    The days of placing a key under your doormat, or in a fake rock, are dead and gone. Putting a key in a convenient and obvious place will certainly help you when you find yourself locked out of your house, but it also helps burglars at getting in as well. The best-case scenario is to drop off a spare key with a trusted neighbor or two. If losing your key is a consistent happening, you might want to invest in a keypad lock.
  4. Light Up The Night
    What is the one thing that a would-be burglar looks to avoid? To not be caught! That is why darkness is a great cover for robbers. With that being said, a simple tip would be light up your house. Yard lights are great, but don't forget those potential hiding spots (i.e. clusters of trees, free standing structures, etc). A motion detector would be a good decision as well for both the front and back of the house.
  5. Lock It Up
    Examine your doors and windows and see if you have the extra cash to invest in sturdy locks and burly doors. This is a place to not go cheap on either. The door should be solid wood or metal, so it holds if the burglar tries for the movie scene of kicking in the door.

These are very simple tips that can help prevent your home from being victim to those pesky burglars. If you have any question or are in search of additional tips and tricks, let us know at TascoSecurity.com.

The Importance of Fire and Gas Detection

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A very sad fact is that more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, and roughly 18,000 are injured. Most of these injuries do not happen by simply having bad luck. They are avoidable, depending on your recognition that fire and gas detection are major pieces to your home's overall security system.

All homes should have at least one working smoke alarm. It is a very inexpensive solution to your potential problem. However, you also need to be aware of this detection system. Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure that it is working properly. Make sure that they are clear of any dust, and replace the battery once a year.

In addition to having a working smoke alarm, it is a smart idea to have a carbon monoxide detector as well. Carbon monoxide is a silent and deadly killer, so detection cannot be seen or smelt. Making sure that your CO detector is also working properly, following the same precautions as your smoke alarms, is critical in maintaining your home's ultimate safety and security.

For more information on our life safety systems, come visit us at TascoSecurity.com.

Smart Homes, do they exist?

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In today's age, technology has become extremely prevalent in everyday life. It becomes second nature to log into your Facebook account, or manage your online accounts through your Smartphone, so why would security be any different. With a simple click of a mouse or the point of your finger, you now have access to control your home's security system from anywhere.

These systems can vary in price and performance, but what remains the same is the significance that this brings to homeowners. The peace of mind that it brings to an individual who forgets whether he turned the heat down at his summer home, or who can't remember if they turned off the kitchen lights. These are things that can easily be inspected and if needed resolved without the hassle of traveling or relying on a neighbor to lend a hand.

In addition to lighting and heating control, more and more home owners are installing surveillance equipment to continuously keep an eye on their home when they are out of town, or simply at work checking on the kids.

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Keep Thanksgiving Safe

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Thanksgiving is a treasured holiday that brings family and friends together to give thanks for all that they have in their lives as well as to enjoy some great food. But, did you know that Thanksgiving is also the one day of the year with the highest incidence of fires involving cooking equipment? It has been estimated that more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day alone!

Keep everyone, especially children safe by following some of these "common sense" tips:

  • Don't leave the kitchen while frying, grilling or cooking food on your stovetop, and never leave your home while the turkey is cooking.
  • Use a timer and do frequent checks when simmering, baking, broiling and roasting food.
  • If you are deep frying a turkey, keep the fryer outside away from walls, fences and other structures.
  • Also, keep the fryer away from moisture to avoid burns from steam and spattering oil.
  • Keep pot holders, food wrappers, and most importantly children, at least 3 feet away from the stove or other hot surfaces.
  • Make sure the handles of pots and pans on your stovetop are facing inward.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing, especially with long sleeves, while cooking.
  • And make sure all candles and smoking materials are put out after the guests leave and never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within reach of children
  • Test your smoke alarms to make sure that they are in working order.

Follow these simple rules to make sure that the hottest thing you encounter this Thanksgiving is your turkey and stuffing! Remember that security is more than just guarding against external threats to your well-being. Have a Happy, and Safe, Thanksgiving!

Let us know of any other safety related ideas that you have at www.Tascosecurity.com

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