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When your home’s security is complete, you may still be vulnerable to threats from inside the house (like fire and carbon monoxide, mentioned in the previous tip).

Invest in a senior medical alarm system 12: Senior Medical Alarm Systems   How They Provide Peace of Mind for You and Your Elders

This is the twelfth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

The safety of your family members is also not something to take for granted. If you have frail or elderly loved ones who may be at risk of falling or otherwise needing immediate assistance, consider investing in a senior medical alarm system.

These life-saving devices are essential for any home with at-risk seniors. The system we offer at Empire Protection has many advantages for elders.

Options for mounting the panic button remote

Medical Pendant Panic Remote 150x150 12: Senior Medical Alarm Systems   How They Provide Peace of Mind for You and Your EldersFirst and foremost, the device is small and lightweight, so it’s unobtrusive and dignified. The medical pendant can be used with several different mounting options, so that the user can optimize it for their own preferences.

For instance, you can wear it on a lanyard around the neck, put it on a small wristband, mount it to the wall, clip it to your belt or even attach it to your car visor.

Using this kind of battery-powered “emergency” remote can be a life-saver – literally. The extra minutes after a heart attack, fall or other medical emergency can make all the difference.

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How do you keep your home safe from threats?

Protect the ones you love with Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors 11: Protect Your Loved Ones with Wireless Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With locks, cameras, motion sensors and other tools? These are perfect resources if the threat you’re facing is a criminal trying to enter your house. But what if the threat is actually coming from the inside?

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Can you imagine not having to remember to adjust your thermostat before leaving the house?

Programmable thermostats relieve you of remembering to adust the temperature 10: Help Make Your Home Energy Efficient With a Programmable Thermostat

This is the tenth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

Can you picture having an automated system that would adjust itself for higher or lower temperatures depending on the time of day?

All of this is possible with a programmable thermostat.

Some homeowners have large mansions; others have small bungalows. In either case, it can be expensive to pay for heating and cooling costs.

Many of us enjoy a house set at just the right temperature. While we’re at home, this makes sense because we’re around to enjoy it. But you don’t want to accidentally heat or cool your home when no one is there.

It’s a waste of money and resources to unnecessarily run your air conditioner.

If you have ever forgotten to adjust your thermostat, we have help for you! There are programmable thermostats that can be automated to ratchet up or down depending of the time of day.

If it’s time to leave for work, you don’t have to add “adjust thermostat” to the list of the things you need to do before taking off. Just walk out the door! It’s already taken care of with your new programmable thermostat.

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This is the ninth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

In Tip #4, we talked about the importance of cameras as a part of your home security system. It’s one of the best ways to monitor your property and keep your family safe.

There’s an additional layer of protection added by a security camera system that isn’t matched by anything else. 
 
Not only are these systems excellent at protecting your home and your loved ones, they’re also increasingly affordable for more homeowners.

Like many kinds of technology, the cameras have gotten less expensive and less bulky than when they were first used. But the advantages of the system aren’t just limited to the low price and small size!

The newest wireless security cameras allow you to place your electronics in places that you couldn’t have in the past.

The other advantage of the newest technology…

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Have you ever left home and forgot to turn off the lights or lock the front door?

Remote Arming 8: How Your Home Security System Will Benefit from Remote Arming Capabilities

This is the eighth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

If so, then you might be someone who could really benefit from a security system with remote arming! With the popularity of smartphones and 24/7 connectivity, remote arming is one of the features we get asked about all the time.

What do we mean when we use the term “remote arming”? That refers to the ability to activate or deactivate your alarm system even when you aren’t physically present in your house.

If you can work and play wherever you go by using your smartphone or tablet device, why not add the extra benefit of controlling your home security system from afar?

Connectivity and convenience are the essential ingredients of modern living, and remote arming is one way to enjoy both, when it comes to protecting your home.

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Glass Break Detector 7: A Glass Break Detector Provides Better Intrusion Detection than Window Sensors Alone

This is the seventh of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

Glass windows and doors are some of the best features of your home

No one would want to live without bright, beautiful sunlight or views of the outdoors. In fact, most new homes are designed specifically to maximize natural light because it is so valuable to homeowners.

No one would want to live in a house with no windows, but glass windows and doors present a major temptation to would-be criminals. Using nothing more sophisticated than a large rock or a crowbar, a burglar can smash a window or sliding glass door for immediate entry to your home.

Do you have to compromise your security to enjoy your windows?

Not at all. Even though the door and window sensors referenced in the previous tip will not help you on every occasion, there is another tool to use to further enhance your home security.

Because door and window sensors will not detect a break-in if the frame of the window or door is not moved, a glass break detector should be used for maximum protection.

How does it work?

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Door and Window Sensors 6: Door and Window Sensors   Integral Components in Your Home Security System

This is the sixth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

You’d be surprised that the technology behind door and window sensors is relatively simple. Think of the sensor as two parts: one part is a magnet and the other is a sensor.

Together, the two parts form a continuous circuit. As long as they stay together, nothing happens. When the circuit is broken (for example, by opening a door), the alarm goes off.

A home invader will be quickly alerted that they have tripped a security system as the alarm starts blaring. This will compel them to leave as quickly as possible, knowing that they won’t be able to evade detection in your well-protected home.

Many of our clients become overwhelmed by the number of choices for door and window sensors and devices – there are hundreds, if not thousands, to choose from.

What are the major differences between sensors?

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Passive Infrared Motion Detector 5: Passive Infrared Motion Detectors/Sensors Are a Great Alternative to the Family Dog

This is the fifth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

Passive infrared motion detectors/motion sensors are another way to add to your home security system. The human eye is a great motion detector, but in the 1970’s electronic motion detectors came into vogue.

Unfortunately, these early models triggered false alarms. Fortunately for us, today’s technology is basically perfected, and the motion detectors in use today work very well.

Motion Sensors Dog Sleeping 150x150 5: Passive Infrared Motion Detectors/Sensors Are a Great Alternative to the Family DogIf your family dog is your only “motion detector” in your house, it might be time to research the benefits of the real system. Options range from complex and expensive to simple and affordable.

When choosing the complexity of your system, your house size will be the first and most important factor in deciding what to buy. Spacious homes will require more sensors to adequately cover the square footage involved. You don’t want to leave a big area of your house left without a sensor. The most elaborate systems even include hallways, stairs and corridors.

A professional can recommend sensors that aren’t set off by pet movement, if you have furry friends living in your house. Some sensors are specially designed to ignore the presence of pets.

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Surveillance Cameras 4: How Surveillance Cameras Provide Superior Indoor & Outdoor Monitoring

This is the fourth of 12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure which you can also download from our FREE eBook library.

When establishing your home security system, you will need to consider whether to add surveillance cameras to your arsenal of protection.

For those who don’t have an existing system in place, you may be surprised to discover that many homeowners opt for both indoor and outdoor cameras in their systems. Having multiple cameras expands your protection.

Of course, some older systems still rely on only one camera; however camera prices are much cheaper than they used to be, so adding multiple cameras is much more affordable.

The low cost and convenience of surveillance cameras makes them easy to put in more than one area.

Indoor cameras are a great addition to any home security system. Most people with fixed indoor cameras or pan and tilt cameras find them as useful – or even more useful – than the outdoor cameras. Why is this?

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