News & Events

The News & Events section of our website is updated frequently with new and exciting information in the Life Safety Industry, important safety and security tips and information, and introduces you to those of us who are working diligently to keep you and yours Safe and Sound. Check back often for additional tips and information or sign up for our e-newsletter here.

Safe and Sound Security Systems provides locksmith services!!!

Locked out?  We’ll get you in!  Locked in?  We’ll get you out (unless you are in jail).  Effective immediately, Safe and Sound Security Systems is providing locksmith services to Summers and the surrounding counties.  We will be installing, changing and rekeying locks, opening locked vehicles and homes as well as cutting keys.  We will soon be offering safe services to our customers as well.

Cut The Cord

One of the newest and most exciting developments in our industry is the GSM communicator.  This module allows us to strengthen or replace the weakest link on our security systems, the phone line.  The phone line has long been the weak link on any and all alarm systems.  The miracle of the GSM communicator is the fact that it does not require any copper line in order to communicate the alarm signals to the monitoring station so that the proper response personnel may be dispatched.  This device uses the same technology we all use every day to send and receive text messages and receive data on our smart phones.  Since there is no line required, there is nothing for a would-be burglar to cut so that he might disable the alarm system’s communication.

This great device also gives some of us the ability to eliminate an expense that we might not have, but for the security system.  Nearly every man, woman and child now owns and uses a cellular phone.  Without the need for a hard copper line, many are opting to do away with their home telephone service and strictly use cellular.

For more information about the wonder of GSM communication and how it can make your home safer and more secure contact us at Safe and Sound.

Remember To Test Your System

You should always remember to test your system monthly and immediately following any severe electrical storm or power outage.  If you don’t know there is a problem, you can’t tell us.  If we don’t know there is a problem, we can’t correct it.

The Silent Killer

There is a silent killer in our midst, Carbon Monoxide.  Carbon monoxide, or CO as it is commonly known, is defined as: a colorless odorless very toxic gas that is formed as a product of the incomplete combustion of carbon or a carbon compound.

OK, so where does it come from?  Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke. Incomplete oxidation during combustion in gas ranges and unvented gas or kerosene heaters may cause high concentrations of CO in indoor air. Worn or poorly adjusted and maintained combustion devices (e.g., boilers, furnaces) can be significant sources, or if the flue is improperly sized, blocked, disconnected, or is leaking. Auto, truck, or bus exhaust from attached garages, nearby roads, or parking areas can also be a source.

What does it do?  At low concentrations, fatigue in healthy people and chest pain in people with heart disease. At higher concentrations, impaired vision and coordination; headaches; dizziness; confusion; nausea. Can cause flu-like symptoms that clear up after leaving home.CO exposure can be fatal at very high concentrations. Acute effects are due to the formation of carboxyhemoglobin in the blood, which inhibits oxygen intake. At moderate concentrations, angina, impaired vision, and reduced brain function may result. At higher concentrations, CO exposure can be fatal.

How do we prevent it?  It is most important to be sure combustion equipment is maintained and properly adjusted. Vehicular use should be carefully managed adjacent to buildings and in vocational programs. Additional ventilation can be used as a temporary measure when high levels of CO are expected for short periods of time. Keep gas appliances properly adjusted.

  • Consider purchasing a vented space heater when replacing an unvented one.
  • Use proper fuel in kerosene space heaters.
  • Install and use an exhaust fan vented to outdoors over gas stoves.
  • Open flues when fireplaces are in use.
  • Choose properly sized wood stoves that are certified to meet EPA emission standards. Make certain that doors on all wood stoves fit tightly.
  • Have a trained professional inspect, clean, and tune-up central heating system (furnaces, flues, and chimneys) annually. Repair any leaks promptly.
  • Do not idle the car inside garage.

 As you can see, CO is a dangerous substance.  For more information on preventing or detecting the presence of CO, contact us today.