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Safety & Security Technology For Your Holiday Wish List

November 27, 2015

Safety & Security Technology For Your Holiday Wish List

As Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season approaches, Priority One Security has a few suggestions for your wish list! We offer a wide range of technology solutions that not only make your home safer, but provide other enhancements as well.

For Your Home:

  • Panic & Nurse Call Systems and Medical Alert Systems: Alert the authorities or EMS in case of emergency through your keypad or specially-programmed key chains.
  • Pet-friendly motion detectors: Have furry friends? Priority One’s motion detectors are pet-friendly so you can set your alarm without worry when leaving pets at home.
  • Phone App Configuration: Some packages include app configuration for up to two devices. Our security app allows you to remotely arm and disarm your system and HVAC units, and it will send you emails and text in the event of an emergency in your home or if there’s something going on in your neighborhood, like a power outage.
  • Latchkey Technology through Total Connect System: Keep your children safe and provide yourself peace of mind with the Total Connect System. Features of latch key technology include:
    • Notification when your child arrives home or if your child is not home by a certain time,
    • Camera compatibility so that you can access clips of who walks through the door with your child,
    • And ability to create limited-access areas (think, gun safes and liquor cabinets) while you are not home.
  • Whole house distributed audio capability: Priority One can install audio throughout your home, creating a zone for each room. You can then select your source of music from an in-wall keypad, iPad or other smart device.
  • Home Theater Systems: Install automated lights, curtains, motorized screens, HD projectors and more in addition to the a/v solutions we provide.

For Your Business:

  • Distributed Audio + Video Display Systems: Similar to our residential offerings, Priority One has the expertise to install multimedia technology in your workplace. Available features for your office include: A/V enabled conference rooms, high performance theater systems, and outdoor/all-weather video and speaker systems.
  • Access Control: Managed through an online platform, an access control system can ensure employee safety. Priority One can install these systems for a one-site business or multi-site corporations. With this technology, you can cut back on re-keying needs, manage employee access and decrease walk-in threats.

Whatever is at the top of your wish list, Priority One Security will work to create solutions that fit your needs! We are committed to excellent service and products that will enhance your home or workplace.

Kitchen Safety Tips

November 13, 2015

Kitchen Safety Tips – Cooking Up A Safe Holiday Season

The holidays are here, which means family, friends, festivities and food. Whether you’re baking cookies or whipping up mashed potatoes for your feast, Priority One wants to help you avoid being displaced from your kitchen, or your home, this holiday season because of an accident. At the very least, we want to make sure you’re enjoying your feast in your home, and not forced to resort to a restaurant.

So how can you avoid being like Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause who burnt the turkey and fled to the nearest Denny’s?

Here are some basic kitchen safety tips:

  • Don’t leave the kitchen with pots and pans on the stove or the oven unattended: Distractions are numerous when you are entertaining in your home, so always make sure someone is manning the stove and oven!
  • Keep dishtowels, oven mitts and loose clothing away from the stove and open flames. While cooking, be aware of where you are placing flammable items.
  • Scalding is a common injury in the kitchen – Be careful when you lift lids from hot foods.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Accidents happen, so make sure your extinguisher is handy.
  • Place knives out of reach from children. When handling knives, don’t forget to always use a cutting board and cut away from your body.
  • Clean up spills and messes immediately. It may add to your workload, but will prevent slips or other accidents later in the day.
  • Set a timer! As we mentioned, distractions are numerous and you may be preparing multiple things at once. Save your turkey and pie from burning by setting a reminder (and don’t forget to turn off the stove after!).

We also suggest testing your smoke alarms to make sure they are functional, not only in the kitchen, but around the house too! Priority One cares about your family and your home this holiday season. We wish you a safe and joyous time with loved ones!

Fall Fire Safety

October 27, 2015

Fall Fire & Life Safety Tips

Keep Warm – and Safe – This Fall

In honor of National Fire Prevention Month, Priority One Security has fire and life safety tips and information to keep in mind as we head into the cooler months of the year. This awareness month dates back to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and is a time where homeowners can review current fire prevention measure to ensure your dwelling is safe!

Quick Tips

  • Ensure all combustible materials are properly stored. Seal all combustible materials, like paint cans, and store away from heat sources, which include furnaces, heaters and tin sheds.
  • Create a fire evacuation plan. Discuss the plan with your family, practice the plan, and review it regularly.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, contact your local, licensed chimney sweep for periodic inspections and cleanings. This should be done annually at a minimum.
  • If you have a gas log fireplace, ensure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, so detection is impossible without a proper system.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to perform necessary maintenance work. If you must do the electrical work yourself, do comprehensive research to complete the work properly. Don’t forget to review safety and building codes for your area.
  • Test ALL Smoke Detectors: Test all smoke, CO2 detectors and your alarm system on a monthly basis.

Fire and Safety Protection Solutions

Did you know that all new build residential homes are required to include builder-grade smoke detectors? Smoke detectors are also required in every bedroom in your home. It is important to note a smoke detector only alerts you to a problem; a monitored smoke detector, however, can alert proper authorities (like the fire department) in the event you are unable, or not at home, to do so.

A properly installed life safety system includes monitored bedroom smoke detectors and monitored smoke detectors in other common areas. Your life safety system should also include heat stat sensors in the attic, crawl spaces and kitchen.

Priority One Security offers fire and life safety strategies to protect your home and loved ones. Our 24 hour/7 days a week a week monitoring will give you peace of mind, especially as we move into cooler weather months where you may be using your fireplace more than usual. Give us a call to find a monitoring and safety solution best fit to your home’s needs!

Halloween Safety Tips

“Tricks” & Tips on Halloween Night

Calling all spooks, spiders and supermen: we hope you and your family are gearing up for the start of Halloween! As you purchase costumes, pick out candy and decorate your home, we’d like to take time to offer you some Halloween safety tips to make sure your Halloween is the scariest, but safest, night of the year!

  • Lock your doors: This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to lock the doors in the midst of leaving their home with eager trick-or-treaters. You may be staying on the same street, or in eyesight of your home, but it’s still important to lock the door (and turn your security system on!).
  • Leave the light on: While you’re out, leave some exterior and interior lights on to give the appearance that you’re home. A common practice is to leave a bowl of candy out for neighborhood kids while you’re away, but please use caution, as this practice is the number one tip-off that no one is home. You may want to task older siblings with passing out candy, if you are not in a gated or secure community.
  • Trim the trees: It may sound strange, but according to Chubb Insurance Company, exterior doors and ground level windows that are obstructed by bushes or trees are an ideal target for burglars. When you’re decorating your home, consider a quick trim around these areas (exterior lights will also help deter thieves from these areas).
  • Pack the flashlight: Don’t forget to pack a flashlight when you’re out trick-or-treating! We also recommend carrying your cell phone in case of emergency – and to take pictures of your favorite ghosts and goblins.

Above all, Priority One recommends contacting the police with any suspicions of “tricksters” at play! Happy Halloween from Priority One Security!

Holiday Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips For The Holidays

November and December are among the busiest travel months of the year. Whether you’re heading across country or just down the road to celebrate the holidays with loved ones, it’s important to factor home security into your travel plans.

If you’re leaving home for an extended period of time, Priority One suggests the following holiday safety tips for your home:

  • Install or activate timed lighting: Set a couple exterior and interior lights up to turn on around 6 p.m. to give the appearance that someone is home (You can also set a timer on your holiday lights inside and outside!). We also recommend activating any motion-sensor lights.
  • Put all valuables in the safe (If you haven’t already): Keep all valuable items and important documents in a safe – preferably a fireproof and permanent safe.
  • Leave a car in the driveway: To deter burglars, you may want to leave one of your cars in the driveway. Ensure all valuables are safely stored inside, and your car is locked before you head out of town.
  • Ask a neighbor to check in: Ask a family member or friend to keep an eye on your house and collect your mail regularly.
  • Limit social media posts about vacation: Ensure your privacy settings for pictures and posts are set to family and friends only so you don’t unconsciously give the all-clear to potential mischief makers.

Of course, the best way to keep your home protected while you’re traveling is to have a state of the art home security system with 24/7 monitoring installed by a reputable and experienced home security company like Priority One Security.

Wherever you’re spending this holiday season, Priority One Security wishes you a safe and happy holidays with loved ones!

Game Day In Your Home

September 3, 2015

For some, the end of August is a busy time – start of school, end of summer, last-minute vacations. For others, it brings a most anticipated time of the year: the beginning of football season. In the south, where fall is often synonymous with football, our weekend activities focus around the television if we aren’t lucky enough to be at the stadium for the game. Just because you can’t be at the game doesn’t mean that your game day experience should suffer. Here’s where Priority One can help.

Priority One Security Is A Full Service Home Theater and Automation Company

Home TheaterPriority One is more than a security company. We are specialists in many facets of residential audio/visual needs, which makes us the perfect provider to create your in-home game day experience.

Whether you’re looking for a simple surround sound system or a sophisticated home theater experience, Priority One can install your new system with components by well-known distributors like Yamaha, Bose, Sony, Epson and more.

Here are just a couple elements your experience could have:

  • Whole house distributed audio capability: Priority One can install audio throughout your home, creating a zone for each room. You can then select your source of music from an in-wall keypad, iPad or other smart device.
  • Ramp up your home theatre beyond audio: Install automated lights, curtains, motorized screens, HD projectors and more

Game Day FootballAs an added bonus, Priority One can wire your home for structured wiring to include TV, phone and data – that means less focus on all those wires and more focus on the big game!

Let Priority One help you build best game day experience for you, your family and friends. Leave the installation up to us so you can direct all your energy to your team and the season ahead.

 

Back To School Just Got Safer

August 28, 2015

After School SafetyIt’s back to school, which means packed lunches, first day of school jitters and carpool arrangements. If you have a long list of to do’s, let Priority One Security check your child’s after school safety off that list! The Total Connect System is a great solution in prioritizing what matter most on your back-to-school checklist.

Busy schedules can create extra stress as we wonder whether our children are safe at home. With Total Connect you can see when your kids are home, who is with them and even arm your home in case of emergency.

Here are just a few features that parents love about Total Connect:

  • Notification when your child arrives home or if your child is not home by a certain time
  • Ability to alarm and disarm your home remotely
  • Compatibility with cameras so that you can access clips of who walks through the door with your child
  • Compatibility with Z-wave doors so you can unlock and lock your doors remotely (You can also say goodbye to your hide-a-key since your child can access the house by entering a code)
  • Ability to create limited access areas – gun and liquor cabinets can remain off limits while you’re not at home, and if they are accessed you will receive a notification.

After School SafetyA Total Connect Security System creates peace of mind for you, while not compromising your child’s safety when you’re not at home. Priority One is committed to afters chool safety and providing you with the best options to keep your loved ones safe!

Priority One out and about with Reedy Rip’it

June 24, 2015

Rick's Deli Blog ImageReedy Rip’it, from Greenville Drive, is a great friend of Priority One Security and he decided to visit some local Greenville, SC businesses that Priority One keeps safe. Watch Reedy’s adventures with us!

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Summer Vacation Tips from Priority One

June 3, 2015

Family Vaation 2Summer is here, the weather is fine and your vacation is coming up. We at Priority One want to make sure and remind you of safety precautions to take while enjoying your time off.

  1. Lighten up a little. Place lighting in the home on timers to keep possible intruders away.
  2. Smoke signals. You can’t hear your smoke detectors while you are away. We advise getting monitored smoke alarms that signal you and first responders when smoke is detected.
  3. Tell your neighbor. Contact a trusted neighbor to let them know you will be out of town and to keep an eye on your home. Have them get your mail and newspapers so that you do not have a build-up in front of your home.
  4. Web precautions. People can find almost anything on the internet these days. Posting your vacation information and photos on social media can notify people that you are gone. Take caution in how you use the internet or social media while you are away.
  5. Home Security. Tell your security company that you are going out of town. Make sure to arm your system and do a final check on all your doors and windows before you leave.

Vacations are for relaxing and Priority One is here to give you peace of mind. We Keep you protected and connected. Trust in Us.

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