Alarm Industry Leaders Offer Safety Tips for Holidays


Tis the season to be jolly, but prominent managers in the
electronic security industry are also trying to spread the
word that it is also the season to be sure to be safe.
Among them is NAPCO Security Systems Chairman and CEO
Richard Soloway, who says the holidays are as busy time for
thieves and burglars as they are for shoppers and elves.

Among his tips, published in the Post-Standard:

  • Keep your doors locked. Don’t hide extra keys in a
    mailbox or over a doorway.

  • Know your neighbors.

  • Trim trees and hedges to eliminate places to hide.

  • Close curtains, so you don’t expose a Christmas tree
    with gifts underneath.

The COO of Union, N.J. electronic security provider Supreme
Security Systems, David Bitton, offers an extensive list of
tips to keep the holidays safe in a top-10 list. Among

  • 1. Place Christmas trees out of harm’s way to avoid
    unnecessary fires this holiday season. Make sure your
    Christmas tree is kept far away from fireplaces, radiators,
    and other heat sources, and be sure to keep plenty of water
    in the tree stand. If you’re opting for an artificial tree
    this year, double-check that it is “fire resistant.” Always
    make sure your tree does not block a doorway or emergency

  • 2. Be cautious with candles. Make sure candles are kept
    away from drapes or other articles that can easily catch on
    fire. Make sure they are also high enough so they can’t
    easily be knocked over or touched by children.

  • 3. Turn off your lights. Be sure to turn off all lights
    (indoors and out) before you leave the house or go to bed
    and never use lights that have broken bulbs or frayed wires.

  • 4. Be careful what you put in the fireplace. Avoid
    burning gift wrap or paper in the fireplace as flying
    embers can cause a chimney fire.

  • 5. Do not overload outlets. Never overload electrical
    outlets and if multiple outlets are needed, be sure to use
    surge protectors.

  • 6. Know where the fire extinguishers are kept. Know
    where the fire extinguisher is kept at all times and
    understand how to use it.

  • 7. Pick your decorations carefully. Use only
    noncombustible or flame-resistant decorations and avoid
    decorations that are sharp or breakable.

  • 8. Keep your windows and doors locked. Since property
    crime rates are highest during the holiday season, it’s
    important to keep vulnerable points of entry – such as
    windows and doors – locked when you are away from your home.

  • 9. Ask for a little neighborly help. If you’re leaving
    town this season, ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye
    on your residence and be sure to cancel mail and newspaper
    delivery until you return.

  • 10. Invest in technology. Smoke detectors, sprinkler
    systems, fire and burglar alarms, and CCTV systems can go a
    long way in helping to ensure the safety and security of
    your home. Monitor and test your fire/life safety and
    security systems once again this holiday season to ensure
    they work properly and meet your specific needs and

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