Reasons to Schedule your Fire Inspection NOW!

Spring and summer are popular times of the year for fire alarm monitoring system inspections. Schools are mostly empty, small businesses are gearing up for a busy summer season. Here are some reasons why we recommend scheduling your inspection as soon as possible:

    • Summer is very busy. Since so many businesses want to conduct inspections during the summer, it is important for you, as a building owner, to schedule early to reserve a date that works best for you.
    • If you put it off, you could forget about it. It is the building owner’s responsibility to have their system inspected annually by Pennsylvania law. Many businesses sign up for our Annual Inspection Program.

When the inspection approaches, Invision Security will notify the business owner that it is time for their annual fire alarm inspection. To learn more about signing up your business for this program, contact our office.

    • Ensure that a qualified technician will be there to inspect your system. Invision Security’s technicians have the qualifications and experience to conduct your fire system inspections, provide the appropriate maintenance, and properly test your system that meet the requirements laid out by the State of Pennsylvania’s Fire Marshal’s Office and the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®). Scheduling your inspection well in advance will give you peace of mind knowing that this important, protective measure is taken to help your property.

For more information about Invision Security’s Fire System Inspections, call our service department at 877.933.2288.

Commercial Life Safety: What to do when the fire alarm sounds

Picture this situation… You’re working hard at your job and all of a sudden the fire alarm goes off. What do you do?

The decision you make can be the difference between life and death. At a garment factory in India, a sounding fire alarm was waved off by managers. Because of this negligence, more than 100 people perished in a fire. Don’t’ let this happen to you. Taking the proper measures can ultimately save your life.

It’s important to treat fire alarms seriously. Every single year there are nearly 100,000 non-residential structure fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Follow these tips when an alarm triggers.

1. Stop working – Immediately stop working. Don’t think of it as a possible false alarm. Every second counts. Get out of the building.

2. Leave your belongings behind – Don’t obsess over gathering all of your personal belongings as you leave. You can always replace them.

3. Find the nearest exit – Locate the nearest exit and leave as quickly as possible. If the exit is blocked, quickly find another one.

4. Avoid elevators – If you work on upper floors, take the stairs in the event of a fire alarm going off at your business.

5. Contact authorities – The fire alarm should alert authorities. To be certain, contact authorities and let them know the situation once outside.

It’s important to treat fire alarms seriously. Every single year there are nearly 100,000 non-residential structure fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.

If it happens to be a false alarm, get it checked out as soon as possible by a company that specializes in fire alarm and suppression services.

At inVision Security, we specialize in inspecting, testing, monitoring and maintaining fire alarm systems. To find out how we can help you, contact us today.

Time To Upgrade: 2G Is Sun-setting Soon.

Cell phone network upgrades are common for many mobile users.  As time goes on, network technology improves and it becomes necessary to upgrade to the next available option.  From 2G, 3G, and most recently 4G LTE, wireless connection continues to get faster and more reliable.  This is also true for security systems.

AT&T announced their intention to sunset their 2G network communication back in 2012. The company recently set a deadline of January 1, 2017 to complete their transition away from 2G.  Since this announcement, we’ve noticed that many areas have already gone through the transition, updating cell phone towers and completing this transition, which renders the 2G networks obsolete.  In addition to AT&T, other data carriers have also started to sunset their 2G networks. It is imperative for you, as a home or business owner, to stay ahead of the game and consider your upgrade options now.

From 2G, 3G, and most recently 4G LTE, wireless connection continues to get faster and more reliable.  This is also true for security systems.

The best solution is to upgrade your alarm system to a new GSM Communicator, which offers a reliable form of communication between your system and our UL Listed Monitoring Center.  One of the greatest benefits to using radio communication over wireless Internet communication is the timeless reliability of this system.  Future network sunsets will not affect your mesh radio system.  You will have peace of mind knowing that your business is protected by reliable communication, and can also be assured that you will not have to worry about future telecommunications company network upgrades or changes impacting your alarm system.

We encourage our customers to make informed decisions about their alarm systems well in advance.  If your system operates on a 2G network, start thinking about your options.  We welcome you to call our offices to discuss those options with our sales team.  At Invision Security, we are committed to finding the right system for your property, your safety, and within your budget.

Summer Safety Tips

Summer is here (finally) and that means spending more time outside enjoying pool parties, outdoor barbecues, fireworks and all kinds of fun activities — it shouldn’t mean treating burns, bandaging cuts, icing bruises, or trips to the emergency room.

Follow our summer safety tips below to help you and your family have a fun and safe summer:

 1. Don’t let the heat spoil your fun in the sun.

Drink lots of water and don’t work or play too hard in the hot weather. Take some breaks in the shade or inside your home.

 2. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Limit exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are most powerful. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Wraparound frames work best because they protect your eyes and the sensitive area around them. Wear hats with wide brims and slather on the sunscreen — SPF 15 or higher.

Summer shouldn’t mean treating burns, bandaging cuts, icing bruises, or trips to the emergency room.

3. Be careful with all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course).

Although sparklers and pinwheels look really pretty and appear to be low risk, don’t be fooled. You should never allow children to play with any type of fireworks unless there’s an adult present to supervise. It’s just not safe.

 4. Make pool safety a priority.

Secure your pool with appropriate barriers — and supervise children at all times.

 5. Keep your barbecue grill at least 10 feet away from anything that can burn.

That means your car, your house, trees, bushes — anything that can catch on fire. To prevent an accidental grease fire — before you light up your grill — don’t forget to clean out all that grease that’s built up over time. Never use kerosene or gasoline to light a charcoal fire — those fuels can cause explosions.

 6. Inspect backyard playground equipment carefully.

Be sure equipment like swing sets are anchored safely into the ground and ensure that nothing is broken or in a state of disrepair. Also check that any bolts, nails, etc., aren’t sticking out.

 7. Don’t forget your pets.

If you head to the mall or the grocery store, leave your pet at home. Being cooped up in the car, even with the window cracked open, can prove deadly to your animals. Don’t forget to leave out a lot of fresh, clean water for all your pets.

Access Control Systems: The pros outweigh the cons

Controlling who has access to the sensitive areas of your business has always been an essential part of any overall security system. However, in the post 911 world, such issues take on even greater concerns and greater challenges as matters of privacy, identity theft and Homeland Security also have to be taken into consideration.

Advanced access control systems can do a whole lot more than merely control who has access to your premise or key areas and when that person has access. They can be used to track specific employees, monitor the locations of high-value equipment or assets, and even verify employee hours and attendance records. Such systems can range from the simple and familiar “card keys” to the most advanced biometric systems using thumbprints, hand prints or facial recognition. Integration also means recognizing that in today’s environment, no one security system can do it all. Total security is achieved only with the incorporation of key systems such as intrusion detection, video surveillance and access control. By integrating these separate security systems under a single flexible building automation system, many CEOs have realized lower upfront investments while leveraging considerably more powerful security solutions.

Integration also means recognizing that in today’s environment, no one security system can do it all.

One of the greatest advantages of today’s access control systems is that they can also be “integrated” into a company’s existing IT infrastructure. That means instead of a huge investment in separate hardware and servers to run and monitor the access system, everything is web-based. Security administrators can access, monitor and control the system simply by logging onto any computer with a network or internet connection. However such convenience does not come without its share of challenges

Even a web-based access control system requires ongoing administrative tasks such as adding and deleting users, changing access permissions, providing reports, etc. But since the system can be cloud based and accessed remotely, that also means that it is far more cost effective than it has ever been to assign such tasks to an outside company. When you let qualified professionals handle everything from installing to operating and monitoring your integrated service, you can also be sure that all privacy and homeland security issues are always complied with.

But this may be the best part. While the pros are doing their jobs and ensuring that your premises are secure and your people are safe – you still have access to the system 24/7 anywhere you have an internet connection, not to mention you can receive email alerts, or live video direct to your desktop or smartphone. Which means you receive all the advantages of powerful access to and control of your system without any expensive IT infrastructure or racks full of on-site equipment, while all operation, maintenance, and upgrades are professionally managed over the web by your security provider. That is a proposition that should make any business owner feel a little more secure.