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Can a Light Bulb Start a Fire ?

Posted by Bob Ryan

Yes, it can! Any kind of light bulbs, from fluorescent to incandescent to halogen, can cause fires if they are not used correctly. Here are the specific features on common household light bulbs that can potentially lead to fire.


Who Are You Really Sharing Your Vacation with Online?

Posted by Bob Ryan

It’s that time of year again: Time for us to remind you to keep your vacation plans, photos and updates off of social media for the sake of your home security. When you make the decision to tell your entire social network about your plans to leave town – or even to leave home for a night or two – you may think of it as sharing the information with true friends and family members. But here is who you are also sharing it with, if people like these are in your circle of “friends” online:


Summer Pest Control Doesn’t Have to Mean Summer Burglary

Posted by Bob Ryan

If you are in an area that is prone to pest problems in the summer (which is many of our service areas, so this definitely applies to our North Carolina, Virginia and Houston home security customers), then you may be interested in knowing how hiring a pest control service can potentially put your home at risk of burglary. We’re not disparaging pest control services, of course; instead, we are simply asking anyone who may be hiring a pest control service this summer to put security on their radar.


Alarm Codes for the Sub-Users in Your Home!

Posted by Bob Ryan

Today’s families are more welcoming than ever; often, we take the sentiment “mi casa is su casa” seriously. That’s great, but it can be a big security risk. To reduce this risk, we strongly urge you to program sub-user alarm codes for the people who you open your home to on a regular basis. Of course, you can do this at your discretion; what we recommend is that you consider assigning a code to anyone who needs access to the home when you aren’t available, such as people who work for you. This is far preferable to sharing your “real” alarm code with them, and their code can be deactivated at any time. These people include your:


Is Loitering a Crime?

Posted by Bob Ryan

The answer to that question depends on where you live. Some cities have ordinances against it, and a few states even make loitering an offense that is punishable with jail time. So until you find out what the legality of loitering is in your area, perhaps the more important question to ask is, “If someone is loitering in front of my business, what can I do about it?” After all, a person can’t activate your alarm system just by loitering.


Do Churches Need Security Systems?

Posted by Bob Ryan

You bet they do! Places of worship, in every religion and denomination, need security systems in order to prevent burglaries on their properties. Houses of worship tend to have expensive equipment that attracts criminals: microphones, sound systems, musical instruments, and even TVs (not to mention offering plate cash). These are things that burglars want, and most of them won’t draw the line at taking them from a religious facility.


What is the Difference between Burglary and Home Invasion?

Posted by Bob Ryan

In many states, there is a legal distinction between burglary and home invasion – and rightfully so. There are actually some key differences between the two crimes. Here are the most commonly found differences state by state.


Kids Home Alone this Summer? Teach them about your Alarm

Posted by Bob Ryan

This summer, thousands of kids will be home alone during the day. If your kids are among them, it’s essential to teach them how to use the security system. Here are the basics they need to know.


Fire Prevention Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Bob Ryan

Gearing up for the big barbeque this weekend? Here are some ways to enjoy it more safely, with some specifics that apply to our Houston home security customers.


Do Your Part to Prevent Wildfires this Summer

Posted by Bob Ryan

Are you concerned about wildfires as we approach the summer season? You should be. Although we are only hearing about a wildfire on the West Coast right now (in the San Diego, California area), it’s safe to say that there will be more wildfires hitting parts of the Midwest, the South, and maybe even rural parts of the East Coast as temperatures heat up this summer. In the Texas panhandle alone, a fast-moving wildfire destroyed 225 homes last week. Wildfires happen every summer, and this year is not likely to be any exception.


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About The Author

Bob is the SVP of Sales and Marketing at ASG Security, the 9th largest U.S. security company. He has over 23 years experience in the electronic security industry and has won numerous awards for his work. Bob is an avid sports fan, lives part-time in Costa Rica, and loves steak houses and angry birds. He lives with his wife and 4 daughters in Annapolis, MD.

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