Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Tips

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1,630 home cooking fires were reported on Thanksgiving in 2018 alone! In most instances, the kitchen was left unattended while food was cooking.

At American Security, we believe there is no margin for error when it comes to life safety. Here are our top kitchen fire safety tips to keep in mind this Thanksgiving: 

  1. Never leave the stove unattended. If you are cooking anything— frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food— make sure to supervise the food. If you are going to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove. Often, fires can start in an instant. If you’re not there to manage it, you put your house at serious risk.
  2. Keep the cooking space clean. If anything surrounding the cooking area is highly combustible, you make the potential for a fire much more dangerous. When cooking this Thanksgiving, make sure to keep the cooking area tidy and free of combustible materials like papers, packaging, flammable liquids, oven mitts, towels, or anything else.
  3. Keep children out of the kitchen as much as you can. Children tend to be clumsy and move things around. The kitchen is full of potentially dangerous apparatus that should only be operated by adults. To ensure the kitchen is at its lowest risk for burning and fire potential, make it a kid-free zone!
  4. Don’t let pot handles stick out. If you have food cooking on the stove, make sure all pot handles are turned inward towards the back of the stove and out of the way of traffic. This makes them less likely to be run into or improperly grabbed by any children that might roam the kitchen.
  5. Practice traditional fire safety. That’s right! Teach the household the importance of stop, drop, and roll! Additionally, keep a fire extinguisher on hand and consider investing in a fire-smothering blanket or prepping your house for easy access around cooking time for the holidays. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 
  6. Dress for kitchen safety. Loose-fitting clothing is a fire hazard! Don’t risk catching aflame and make sure to wear form-fitting clothing and close-toed shoes when cooking in the kitchen, especially where there are open flames present. 
  7. Don’t drink and cook! Around the holidays, it’s traditional to get festive and have a drink or two. Make sure to stay sober when you are cooking and preparing meals, and save the drinking for later. Using kitchen appliances while inebriated is a huge fire safety risk.

If you’re a building manager in NYC, you might find it helpful to share these tips with your tenants. You’ll also need to ensure that in the event of a fire, your building is fire-code compliant and that your ARCS system is properly installed.

If you live in an apartment make sure you follow these apartment-specific fire safety tips: 

  • Make sure each unit has a smoke alarm that works.
  • Each apartment should have a carbon monoxide detector. (Fire code dictates a detector within 15 feet of the doorway to a sleeping area).
  • Throw away frayed or damaged electric cords that may pose a fire risk.
  • Prohibiting the use of highly flammable materials being stored in apartments like gasoline or high quantities of ethanol.
  • Keeping space heaters away from combustible materials.
  • Keeping the fire escape window easy to access.
  • Make sure building stairways are clear for fires!

This Thanksgiving, the team at American Security encourages families everywhere to enjoy the holidays safely. Follow these tips to practice utmost fire safety in the home and prevent getting burned. 

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4 Important Fire Safety Measures For Apartment Buildings

Even though an apartment building and a private home have the same amount of risk of experiencing a fire, the apartment buildings’ proximity to each other makes fires much more dangerous. Fire, heat, and smoke can travel throughout the entire building, putting all occupants of the building at risk. 

Owners of residential apartment buildings with three or more units are required by the New York City Fire Code to establish a fire safety plan that includes fundamental fire safety advice as well as information regarding the structure, such as the kind of construction, fire protection systems, and emergency exits. 

Here are a few tips that can prevent fires in apartment buildings: 

  1. Maintain at least one smoke and carbon monoxide detector in each unit

NYC law requires the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. 

  1. Make sure all fire escapes are clear and unobstructed

Each fire-escape must be accessible through one or more exterior doors or windows that open from the room, apartment, or suite, with a clear width of two feet or more and a clear height of two feet six inches or more. Any such window’s sill must be within three feet of the floor.

  1. Make sure your window security gates are approved by the FDNY

Some people put up security gates on their apartment windows to prevent an intruder from entering their home. Only New York City Fire Department certified security gates that open without a key may be installed on an outside fire escape window if your apartment building has one. 

  1. Know your exits 

Your apartment building must have two ways of egress (exits).

Your primary or first exit is the door to your apartment, which leads to either an unenclosed (not divided by walls and doors) stairwell or a public hallway with an enclosed stairwell leading to the street. Depending on the construction date of the building, your backup exit should be one of the following:

  • An additional enclosed stairway accessible from the public hallway. (newer buildings)
  • An enclosed fire tower (stairway accessible from the public hallway).
  • An outside fire-escape accessible from within the apartment through a window or door.

Prevention and planning is the key to protecting your building’s occupants and neighbors. 

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5 Reasons You Need A CCTV Security System For Your Business

When it comes to the safety and security of your business and employees, video surveillance and security cameras are a must. The importance of surveillance in a business cannot be understated as it’s crucial for ensuring the overall safety of your employees and your assets. One of the most cost-effective ways to ensure security in the workplace is with CCTV security or video surveillance systems.

A CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. “Closed-circuit” means broadcasts are usually transmitted to a limited (closed) number of monitors. CCTV cameras use advanced technology and recording processes which allows businesses to lower their costs while protecting their assets. 

Here are 4 benefits of using CCTV for your business: 

  1. Deter Crime 

Having CCTV in place is one of the most effective ways to deter crime. Criminals target buildings where there isn’t a security system or form of monitoring in place. Just the sight of a CCTV camera is enough to prevent a possible break-in, vandalism, or other crime. 

  1. Reduce Cost and Risk

CCTV’s prove to be the best investment as soon as they’re installed. Placing CCTV cameras throughout your building and property will result in costs much cheaper than hiring 24-hour security officers. CCTV’s grant you a full view of your premises and real-time recording lowering the risk of theft, vandalism, fires, etc. 

  1. Increase Employee Productivity 

Studies have shown that employees in workplaces with CCTV cameras tend to be more productive. Whether you own a restaurant, retail store, or warehouse, installing CCTVs can help improve the productivity of your employees cutting time wasted from socializing.  

  1. Enhance Safety 

Safety in the workplace is a nonnegotiable concept. CCTV cameras will help prevent unnecessary accidents. Additionally, it will also promote safety protocols throughout the workplace and encourage employees to follow them. In an event of an accident, a CCTV can give you insight into the incident, allowing you to follow the right guidelines and prevent future accidents from happening. 

Don’t let your decision to enhance your security be a reactive one. Be proactive, contact American Security today to see how we can provide the best security solution for you. 

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5 Tips For Improving Your Commercial Building Security

Whether you run a small business, a large commercial operation, or a mid-sized warehouse, threat to security is always a concern. If you own a commercial building, it’s important that you don’t leave its security up to chance. It’s crucial that you secure your commercial building and take steps to prevent any possible break-ins.

Be proactive; don’t wait for something to happen before taking the necessary steps. Follow these tips to maximize your security and your safety.

Install a Monitored Alarm System
The first thing you can do to improve the security of a commercial building is to install a security alarm system that is monitored 24/7. In order to prevent break-ins and burglaries, having a monitored alarm system is essential.

Install Video Surveillance
Keep track of anyone entering your building at various times and points with CCTV or closed-circuit television. CCTV’s are video cameras used to observe an area, connected to a recording device or IP Network, and monitored in a control room. With American Security’s security monitoring systems, we install color digital cameras or state-of-the-art digital video recorders with storage up to a month or longer. Retrieve your surveillance footage almost instantly at any time. Learn more here.

Upgrade Your Lighting
Yes, upgrading your lighting is considered a security boost. Having strong, up-to-date lighting allows you to light up any dim areas as much as possible so that any suspicious activity is hard to miss. Installing lighting with motion detectors adds another layer of security to your building. Make sure your building’s walkways, doorways, windows, and parking areas are adequately lit.

Access Control Systems
Access control systems are a form of keyless entry. With an access control system, you no longer have to worry about who needs a key to get into your building. It also allows people to easily enter the right buildings and offices, without concern of a security breach. Many forms of access control are available to fit the needs of you and your building.

Increase Security in Parking Areas
Parking lots or areas of commercial buildings usually get overlooked when it comes to safety and security measures. However, it is important to keep these areas in mind when improving or evaluating your security. Increasing security in your parking lots will ensure the safety of your employees, not only when they are in your building, but on your property as well. Thieves or muggers use parking lots as a common area to wait for their victims. They may also find an opportunity to break into vehicles. Try adding extra personnel security and security cameras.

Follow these commercial building security tips to ensure the safety of your building. To learn more about American Security’s security solutions, visit our website at https://americansecurity.com/#products.

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Springtime Security Tips

With springtime right around the corner and warmer temperatures ahead, it’s the perfect time to make sure your home is safe and secure for the months to come. Although Spring is an exciting time where many are anticipating more time outdoors, it’s important to be aware of the rise in burglaries that also come with the season. 

Follow these tips to make sure your house/building is secure and safe as everyone breaks out of winter hibernation. 

  1. Spring Cleaning

Be wary when tossing out old items during your spring cleaning activities. When tossing out unused/old items and their packaging, it’s important to dispose of them properly. Cut/fold up the boxes, stacking and tying them together before throwing them on your curb for recycling. Openly displaying packaging in front of your home or building, is a great way for burglars to get some tips to what they can expect to find inside. 

  1. Upgrade Your Locks

Updating your locks is extremely crucial to maintaining a safe and secure space. If you have purchased a new home, you aren’t aware of who might have your key. Also, if you’ve been living there for a while, you might not remember who you gave copies of your keys to years ago. Take this time to start fresh and update your locks. 

  1. Lock Up

Aside from changing your locks, the springtime brings a rise in temperatures, giving reason to keep your doors and windows open to let in fresh air. If you do, make sure that all your windows and doors are securely locked before leaving your home or going to sleep at night. 

Since many will be spending more time outdoors, homes will be left unoccupied for hours on end. Even if you’re just spending time in the backyard or at the neighbors pool, lock your doors. 

Remember, most break-ins happen through an unlocked door!

  1. Don’t let everyone know when you are away.

During the springtime, you may decide to travel. Be sure to not advertise your travels on social media. Would-be burglars know how to spot signs when someone is away. Stay one step ahead of them. Install a smart lighting system and a home security system, have an extra car in the driveway and ask your neighbors to collect your mail and check in on your home. 

  1. Check for Damages

If you are living in a colder climate, snow and ice start to melt when the springtime approaches. Check for any damages that might have happened during the winter time that were covered by snow. Check things such as window locks, outdoor lighting and fences or gates on your property.

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Tips to Make your Building More Secure this Year

Smart business owners know a safe and secure building is of utmost importance, especially if you have tenants. It’s crucial to keep employees, assets, residents,  and whatever else that holds value in your building/business protected. 

Even with the best of intentions, crucial steps can be overlooked leaving buildings susceptible to break-ins, burglaries, and even fire. Crime to any extent can have a great effect on owners, staff, and residents. 

We have compiled a list of safety measures to help you make your building more secure:

  1. Surveillance System

Investing in a surveillance system is one of the most effective ways to monitor your building. Today, surveillance systems offer many features allowing you to customize your system to your needs, such as video and telephone intercoms and secure access control. You can also easily keep tabs on your building while you are away through a live feed on your phone, tablet, or computer. These features are extremely beneficial to those who are not usually at their buildings or business every day, such as apartment building managers. 

  1. Alarm Systems 

Break-ins happen every day, whether it be a retail store, office, home, warehouse, or factory. A burglar alarm makes sense for any location, no matter what the size. 

At American Security, we offer burglar alarms, CCTV, and 24-hour Central Monitoring. Highly trained operators rapidly handle fire, burglary, hold-up, low or high temperature, or medical emergency alarm signals. Learn more here about American Security’s alarm systems.

  1. Locks 

This might sound like an obvious step, but according to consumersadvocates.org, one-third of robberies occur through “unlawful entry.” This means burglars entered through an unlocked door or window. It’s important to update your locks regularly. For example, if keys are lost or stolen or an employee decides to move on you should immediately update your locks. Also, investing in a safe to further protect any valuables you have inside your home, office, or building is crucial in preventing theft. 

  1. Fire Safety Systems 

Aside from alarm systems, fire systems are also an important element in keeping your building secure. At American Security we’ll keep you in compliance with the NYC fire code. Our staff of design engineers and fire consultants are experienced in all types of fire safety systems. Learn more here.

Follow these simple tips and take a proactive approach to security this year to improve the safety of your building. Learn more about how American Security can keep your building safe and secure. 

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Secure Your Packages with Video Doorman

Due to the pandemic, many are spending more and more time indoors, which means the number of online orders has skyrocketed. Unfortunately, with more packages being delivered with contactless delivery, package theft has increased. 

According to a new survey from ValuePenguin.com by LendingTree, 1 in 5 Americans have been affected by package thieves, known as “porch pirates”. 

Research also shows that the most common preventative measures taken are opting for tracking updates and installing doorbell cameras. 

It has been shown that the type of property you reside in doesn’t affect whether or not your package gets stolen. No property is safe from package theft. 

Due to this rise in crime, many are deterring away from residing in larger cities. Adding extra security to your building can attract more tenants during this uncertain time and give them peace of mind when it comes to the security of their packages.

American Security offers everything you need to create a safe and secure place for your tenants. 

With our premier security service, Video Doorman, your tenants will have access to secure package delivery, package delivery notifications, and 24/7 surveillance. 

Our Video Doorman service offers: 

  • Safe, secure package delivery & notification
  • 24/7 CCTV surveillance & access control security
  • A secure package room for deliveries
  • On-call “escort” service to their floor
  • Emergency access for police, fire, & medical help

To learn more about Video Doorman talk to an expert today! 

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Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be an exciting time but with all the added candles, lights, and other decorations around your home, your risk for home fires increases. 

Keep your holidays merry and bright by following these fire safety tips. 

  1. Don’t Overload Your Circuits 

While celebrating during the holiday season, it’s easy to overload your circuits while trying to accommodate cooking appliances, lights, and other holiday decorations. Trying to squeeze all of your devices on one power strip can be hazardous to you and your home. Avoid adding extra lights and devices to a room with large appliances such as your kitchen. Use extension cords and power strips with circuit breakers for an added level of safety.  

  1.  Carefully Inspect Everything 

Your holiday decorations are probably being stored away in boxes for most of the year. Holiday decorations can deteriorate while being stored, causing lights to break or become damaged. Inspect each strand of light, looking for broken or missing bulbs, frayed wires, and damaged plugs. Damaged lights could cause an electric shock or fire when plugged in. 

  1. Water Your Christmas Tree

With candles, lights, and other holiday decorations, your Christmas tree can quickly become a major fire hazard. Usually, shorts in lights and open flame candles are the culprits to tree fires. Along with inspecting your lights, having a well-watered tree is a way to prevent these fires from happening. Remember, when placing your tree, keep it away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. 

  1. Monitor Your Candles 

Everyone loves a festive candle filling their homes with the scent of the holidays. However, during the holiday season, it’s important to be careful with your candles. Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s day are when most home candle fires occur. When burning candles in your home, be sure to keep them at least 12 inches away from flammable objects such as curtains, bedding, books, and furniture. Also, never leave candles unattended and always make sure they are put out before leaving your home or going to bed. 

When celebrating the holiday with loved ones, it can be easy to forget the added risks that are associated with the season. Keep these fire safety tips in mind so you can keep yourself and your family safe while celebrating the holidays. 

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How To Protect Your Home From A Burglary

Did you know burglaries peak during the holiday season?

This time of year, it’s more important than ever to stay vigilant of your home and your valuables. Here are some of the top ways you can protect your home from burglary:

  1. Don’t showcase your wealth too much.

Burglars often look through windows to get a feel for how many valuable things a homeowner or family may possess. Try to keep what’s inside your houses like televisions, toys, or other electronics private by utilizing curtains or window shades.

  1. Keep valuable items like jewelry, personal information, liquor, cash, prescription drugs, and expensive electronics in concealed or lockable places.

These are some of the most highly coveted items in a house break-in. Make sure to keep ultra-valuable things like jewelry and identification paperwork stored away in safes, and keep other valuable items like electronics, liquor, and cash in low-profile places.

  1. Don’t advertise when you’re leaving town to anyone except for those who are close to you.

Burglars often use social media to determine when a family may be out of town. To ensure outsiders have no clue when your house will be unattended, make sure not to advertise this information online.

  1. Know the signs.

Want to know if you’re being targeted? Keep an eye on your home’s surroundings. If something seems out of the ordinary or out of place, take note; burglars may be moving items in your front or backyard to use as a signal to indicate whether or not someone is home.

  1. Take preventative measures.

It may be in your best interest to invest in a home security system. Surveillance cameras for the outdoors and indoors can give you visibility and access to your home when you’re off-site. Owning a pet dog may also ward off any potential invaders!

Keep your home safe and enjoy the holidays this season by following these tips!

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7 Tips to Keep Halloween Extra Safe this Year

In honor of October being Fire Prevention Month, the team at American Security is giving you our top tips for fire and Halloween safety to ensure you and your family are extra safe this year. 

  1. Shop for Halloween costumes that cover the face and are flame-resistant.

Now that masks are the new normal, it is more opportune than ever to wear a Halloween costume that includes a mask or face covering. 

Additionally, we recommend that individuals shop for costumes and accessories that are flame-resistant, to prevent them from catching fire during this season when candles, fireplaces, and heaters are used more often.

  1. Make sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries.

In the event of a fire, you want to be sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Prevention is extremely important for safety!

  1. Don’t let young children handle sharp appliances when carving pumpkins.

Keep this fun and festive activity extra safe by ensuring any sharp pumpkin-carving tools are out of reach from young children. Children can outline their designs with markers, and leave the carving to an adult!

  1. Opt for an electric candle. If using a real candle, make sure it’s on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.

Everybody loves lighting a pumpkin spice scented candle during the fall season, but candles cause over 15,000 house fires every year. To be extra safe, consider using a battery-powered candle instead. If not, make sure your candle is placed on a steady and tidy surface where it’s unlikely to tip over and set other materials aflame.

  1. Vet your child’s costume for sharp or cumbersome objects.

Swords, canes, and sticks that come with many conventional Halloween costumes may pose a hazard to children. Make sure any accessorizing objects to a child’s costume aren’t too sharp or too long, in case they stumble or trip when walking around with it.

  1. Keep any open flames at least 3 feet away from a heat-producing device.

For optimal fire safety, it is recommended to keep any candles or open flames at least 3 feet away from a heat-producing appliance like a furnace, fireplace, or space heater.

  1. Avoid candles if oxygen is used in the household.

Oxygen administered for medical purposes is a dangerous fire hazard since oxygen can feed a fire. If oxygen is used by a member of your household, we advise avoiding candles altogether.

Use these safety tips for a fun and safe Halloween this season! 

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