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ADT Replaces its Pulse Platform With Command and Control

Boca Raton, FL – ADT just released their fourth quarter 2018 results which show that its revenue was $1.2 billion. That represented a 7% year over year increase. However it is projected that things will really heat up in 2019 when ADT will start to phase out its original Pulse platform which was launched back in 2010 and will replace it with its new ADT Command and Control. “Command” is ADT’s new
alarm and automation security panel and “Control” is the platform and app that works to support the panel.

Off to a rapid start, ADT has already installed over 6,000 Command systems on a regional basis but soon it will be available nationwide. Currently over 3 million ADT customers are using the industry acclaimed Pulse platform. Today’s customers want a security experience that will integrate with the latest technology innovations. The Command panel offers them that ability.

The self-contained Command panel features both a 5 inch and a 7 inch touchscreen with a built in camera. The touchscreen will snap a picture of the user when the user disarms the system. The new command system will support over 250 security and smart home devices from carbon monoxide detectors to smart light bulbs. The command security panel offers cutting edge, dual path broadband and LTE cellular communications capability. It also features two way ultra-secure encryption for its security sensors to protect against hacking. It also offers the integration of ADT’s video doorbell as well as voice control through Amazon Alexa and Google Voice assistant.

Brant Henke, President of ADT Dealer American Guardian Security Systems, Inc. in Norcross, Georgia related “The aesthetics of the new 7 inch color touch screen are beautiful as well. Not only is the technology of the Command system robust and powerful, the touchscreen has an elegant and professional look that will fit in with any décor.

For more information on this new ADT system contact American Guardian at (770) 446-9577 or toll free (800) 275-3903.

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Fire Safety While You Sleep

Updated: July 15, 2019

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), 80% of all fire deaths in North America are the result of home fires. And according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 51% of all deaths from residential fires occur from 11 pm to 7 am, when most people are sleeping. And because most house fires are preventable, we felt that it’s important to share as much helpful information as we can to help you and your family to stay safe.

Fire-Fatality-Statistics

Fire Fatalities Statistic
Source: International Association for Fire Safety Science

Fire Safety Facts

  • FEMA found in in 2017 that 3,400 Americans died in fires and over 14,670 were injured.
  • It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major fire. In 5 minutes a fire can get so hot that everything in the room ignites at once, which is called a scorchover.
  • Fires start bright, but quickly produce black smoke and can make it impossible to see and make you lost in your own house.
  • Fire’s heat is a killer as inhaling super hot air (which can get to 600 degrees or more) can scorch your lungs and burn skin.
  • The smoke and toxic gas kill more people than flames. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths with 3 deaths from inhaling smoke to every 1 death from burns. Breathing in even small amounts of smoke and toxic gas can make you drowsy, disoriented, and short of breath.
  • According to the American Red Cross, home fires are most common in December and January, and on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Children under 5 and adults over 65 are most likely to die in a home fire.
  • What are the Most Common Causes of Fires?

Causes-of-Fires-Residential

According to FEMA, the 7 most common causes of fires are:

  • Cooking – 50.3%
  • Heating (such as furnaces, hot water heaters, etc.) – 9.6%
  • Carelessness – 6.6%
  • Electrical malfunction (damaged cords, overloading outlets, etc.) – 6.5%
  • Open flame (bonfires, fireplaces, candles, etc.) – 4.3%
  • Arson – 4.2%
  • Appliances – 3.6%

Where Do Most Fires Start?

  • Kitchen – the most common cause is the stove.
  • Bedroom – many bedroom fires start due to smoking in bed.
  • Chimney – the buildup of creosote on the inside of chimneys is flammable and causes many fires.
  • Living room – common causes of fires in the living room include smoking, sparks from the fireplace lighting nearby objects such as blankets or a Christmas tree.
  • Laundry room – lint buildup inside of the dryer is the most common cause of laundry room fires.
  • Outside – grills that are too close to flammable materials such as overhanging trees and decks are the cause of most outside fires.
  • Attic – FEMA states that the leading cause of attic fires is electrical malfunction.

The Most Important Steps in Fire Security

There are a lot of things you can do to protect yourself and your family from fire, but there are two things that are the most important (one is free and the other isn’t cheap).

Close Your Bedroom Door

The number one thing you can do to increase fire safety while you sleep is close your bedroom door. According to the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), when a fire spreads, a closed door will keep a room under 100 degrees. An open door can cause the room to heat up over 1,000 degrees. Closing the door prevents feeding the fire with oxygen. In fact, it’s recommended that if you have to leave your home due to a fire, close your doors if possible to slow the spread. Metal door handles can be extremely hot during a fire, so it’s recommended to push them closed with your feet (with shoes on).

The FSRI’s “Close Your Door” initiative was the result of over 10 years of research. Closing your door not only reduces the ability of the fire to spread but also reduces toxic smoke levels, improves oxygen levels, as well as decreases temperatures. And because of synthetic materials, furniture, and construction, fire spreads faster than before. 40 years ago, you had on average 17 minutes to escape. Now it’s 3 minutes.

Home Fire Sprinkler System

Though it may be cost-prohibitive for many people, installing a home sprinkler system can save lives. According to the NFPA, home sprinkler systems reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 80% and fire damage by 97%. Smoke detectors are very important, but they do nothing to suppress a fire. Home sprinklers will both alert you, help suppress the fire, and give you and your family valuable to time to get out of the house if need be. California, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. require all new one and two family homes to have sprinkler systems.

Consider that you have on average 3 minutes to get all of your family members out of the house once a fire starts, and that if you’re in the deep sleep phase of sleep where many people will take a while to wake up to the sound of the smoke detector. And if you’re a deep sleeper, or if you’ve been drinking that night or really tired, your decision-making skills and reaction times once you wake up to a smoke alarm may be slower than normal, which reduces the amount of time you have to get your family out. And it’s possible that even if you test your smoke alarms every month, the batteries can die in between testings. Home sprinkler systems give you a powerful additional layer of protection.

If you have someone living in your house who isn’t mobile (the very young, old, bedridden, and wheelchair users), and can’t escape quickly even if they hear a smoke alarm, a sprinkler system is a really smart option.

Home sprinklers work by activating when the air temperature above fire rises. They also emit a loud sound alerting occupants.

Sleep Fire Safety

Sleep Fire Safety Infographic – Start Sleeping

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The Pros and Cons of Do-It-Yourself Security Systems

By now you have probably read or seen advertisements about an aggressively marketed DIY (Do-It-Yourself) security system. The ads tout the lower cost for the equipment and monitoring. The ad spokesperson says that they are easy to install, even a child could do it in just a few minutes.

There is no doubt about it, DIY security systems are cheaper than traditional professionally installed, quality home security systems. However, there are several disadvantages to evaluate when considering the purchase of a DIY system.

First, in their promotions, one heavily advertised DIY company states that the average person can install the system in about one hour. Dig down into the reviews and you will find that many customers wrote that it was not near as easy as they expected.

If you are highly technical and you enjoy DIY projects this may be a good option for you. If you are not, this may be a frustrating undertaking. Remember, nothing is as easy as advertisers like to make their product sound.

Secondly, these DIY companies do not employ local service technicians to service your system if something is defective, breaks or malfunctions down the line. If something goes wrong you are required to send the component back to the factory for service. What happens if your home is burglarized when your DIY system is down? Obviously you have no protection. When the defective part is returned you have to go through the installation process again. What is your time worth?

Next, many DIY systems are not monitored professionally. The alarm may sound if there is a break-in but what happens if nobody is called? No alarm sent to the police. Burglars are more likely to break into a home that they know is not being monitored.

Another point to consider is that most DIY systems are not supervised. This means that the alarm could be disabled by a burglar before he breaks into the home. In other words burglars will know how to easily “defeat” your inexpensive DIY alarm system.

Additionally, with the new dispatching laws in many states, counties and municipalities, some 911 centers will not respond to burglar or medical alarm signals if they are not verified from an authorized call center. Dispatching laws are now becoming stricter across the nation. Why pay for an alarm system if it won’t summon the authorities when you need it?

In Summary

To summarize, there is no question that there may be a cost saving element to some DIY security alarm system offerings. However the truth is that there is a difference in the quality and the level of security protection provided by the DIY systems versus professionally installed and monitored security systems. Remember the old saying “Look before you leap” and “Investigate before you buy.”

A Special Offer For Our New Customers
From The President

I would like the personally extend a special limited offer to our new American Guardian customers. From now until July 15, 2019 I would like to offer our world class, redundant monitoring at prices below the DIY discount companies that offer monitoring.

From now until 7/15/19 I will offer all new customers basic monitoring at only $14.00 monthly. Now, you can have the best quality equipment, monitoring and personalized local service for less than a second or third tier DIY company. There are a couple of restrictions that do apply so for more information call us at (770) 446-9577 or go to our website www.americanguardian.com and fill out “For more information” reply box. We will contact you within 12 business hours.

As always, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Be sure to check out our Google and Home Advisor ratings and reviews.

Warm regards,

Brant R. Henke
President
American Guardian Security Systems, Inc.
(770) 446-9577 Norcross Corporate Office

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Three People Assaulted and Robbed in Their Alpharetta Home

On February 7th, Alpharetta Police responded to a home on Thompson Street; where two home invaders attacked, robbed and threatened three people in their own home.

The residents of the home, three young adults, were sitting in their home at approximately 12:00 Noon, when one resident heard the loud noise of their back door getting kicked in. He immediately went to the kitchen to investigate where he found two men brandishing handguns.

The first man was described as Caucasian man, around 5’-10” with an average build and a beard, wearing a gray hoodie. The second intruder was described as an African-American man, approximately 6’ tall with a thin build and a goatee. He was wearing a black hoodie.

One of the intruders yelled foul, vulgar language, telling them to bring their valuables then to get on the floor. The intruder then punched one of the victims in the head. Then, while one of the robbers stood watch, the second went to one of the three bedrooms and the office while completely ransacking the rooms.

The violent intruder then, once again viciously hit one of the victims with his fist and another victim with his hand gun when they tried to get up. As they left, one of the armed, menacing intruders told the victims that they would be back “every week to steal” from them.

One of the victims reported to the police that the two home invaders drove off in a gray Nissan Hatchback. The three victims told police that the armed robbers stole in excess of $8,200 in cash and electronic items.

As of this date, 2/23/18, the armed robbers are still at large. Police advise citizens to use extreme caution if they encounter these criminals. They are considered armed and dangerous.

Don’t become another Atlanta Metro area crime statistic. Crime is everywhere, even in upscale Alpharetta neighborhoods. Protect your home, family and loved ones with an ADT Security home security system form American Guardian, Georgia’s oldest and most trusted ADT Security Authorized Dealer.

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Roswell Family Robbed at Gunpoint

On December 18th, 2017 Roswell Police responded to an armed robbery on Ashley Lane. The lady reported that her family including her two children had been threatened by a menacing intruder who was brandishing a gun in her driveway.

She reported that she and her family had just returned that evening from dining out and that her husband and her two children had just gone inside their dwelling. Shortly after she went inside she heard a knock on the door. When she opened her door she was frightened to see a man at the door pointing a gun at her.

The mother begged the armed intruder not to harm her children. Then the man told her that he wanted money. She then brought him $2,500 in cash that her husband had been setting aside for an upcoming event. After she gave him the money the armed robber bolted. The mother then immediately called the Roswell Police. She described the armed robber as a man approximately 5’9” wearing a gray hoodie and cotton gloves. As of this date the armed intruder is still at large. No further information is available at this time.

Don’t become another statistic. Protect your family, loved ones and your home with a professional security system and cameras designed by American Guardian Security Systems, Inc., Georgia’s oldest and most respected ADT Security authorized dealer. Since 1985 American Guardian has been providing cutting edge security solutions for Georgians and Atlanta Metro residents.

American Guardian is an accredited member of the Atlanta Better Business with an A+ rating and a track record of excellence in Metro Atlanta.

Call American Guardian for your most competitive quote for month to month monitoring or a professionally installed security system. Call them at (770) 446-9577 or (800) 275-3903 toll free.

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Monitoring

ADT’s multiple interconnected monitoring Command Centers provide you with the ultimate in redundant protection - 24/7.
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