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What is the Smart, Safe Home Package?


We have smart phones and smart cars, but smart homes have seemed out of the reach of the average person. But now new technology coupled with our 62 years of experience in home services has brought affordable, home management to the public.

Burns & McBride is pleased to introduce the most technologically advanced security and yet affordable home automation solution available today.

Taking advantage of the experience we’ve gained in home comfort since 1949, our Smart, Safe Home System protects your family from life safety emergencies such as fire or burglary, controls your heating and cooling system to help to reduce your energy bills with “Smart” thermostats and lets you manage your home remotely. Our state-of-the-art system offers you the versatility and peace of mind you need to secure your home and protect your budget with the touch of a button – even from your mobile phone.

Simply More than Security

As a Burns & McBride home security customer you’ll enjoy all of these valuable benefits:

  • Simple, affordable technology saves money on your energy bills and provides 24/7 security monitoring
  • Home automation – You can remotely control your thermostats, lights and other appliances to minimize your energy use, so that the energy savings can pay for the system!
  • Around-the-clock 24/7 monitoring by one of the country’s leading central stations with a 60 second response time for emergencies like fire, burglary or carbon monoxide
  • Remote Security – You can control your system and receive real time notifications about activity in your home from almost anywhere, even your mobile phone
  • Savings of up to 10% on your homeowner’s insurance premiums
  • Text messages for things like doors opening or closing (know when the kids got home from school)
  • Monitored Heating and Cooling Sensors – Your system automatically notifies us of heating or air conditioning problems, even if you aren’t home. As a home security customer, you move to the top of the list, and the next available qualified technician will be sent to remedy the problem.
  • No long term contract required

We Install It –  Unlike some Do It Yourself security systems who send you the pieces in a box, your equipment new system will be installed by a trained Burns & McBride technician. These systems are very simple to operate but they are sophisticated – particularly when it comes to tying them into your heating and cooling equipment.

We Support It with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the equipment during the first year, we will remove the equipment and return all of your money.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Your Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home System Can Do That!


With your Go!Control panel and alarm.com account Burns & McBride provides superior wireless security, advanced mobile and web features your old-fashioned alarm could never dream of adding, all 
at a cost in line with traditional alarm systems. And it has never been so easy to use with the new 2gig Go!Control color touch screen control panel. You will love using your system.

What it does

  • Check when the little ones get back from school, or what time your teenager came home last night.
  • Receive instant notification if a medicine cabinet, gun cabinet, liquor cabinet or other dangerous area is opened unexpectedly.
  • Add water sensors to your basement to detect a flood in time to prevent costly damage.
  • See what time the house cleaners arrived and how long they stayed.
  • Turn your thermostat back automatically every time you leave home and arm the system.
  • Unlock your door from work to let the HVAC technician repair the heater.
  • Find out if your teenager spent the afternoon playing video games in the basement or upstairs (hopefully) doing homework.

You can place an activity sensor anywhere inside your home:

  • Front/Back Door
  • Garage Door
  • Teenager’s Bedroom Window Pantry/Food Cabinet
  • Cleaning Supply Closet
  • Medicine Cabinet
  • Gun Cabinet
  • Liquor Cabinet
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Home Office Door
  • Patio Door
  • Pool Gate
  • Tool Shed
  • Home Jewelry Box
  • Safe/Legal Cabinet

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Home Security 101 – What is a Glass Break Detector?


Most people would say that home security is built around door/window sensors and motion sensors, and that’s been true – just about every system includes both of these devices. But we also find more and more customers selecting glass break sensors to enhance a system, as an effective cost-saving device when protecting a group of windows in one room. And, unlike motions sensors, glass breaks are active in both the “Stay” and “Away” modes. Since folks are increasingly arming their systems when home at night, glass breaks could be the key.

How Glass Break Technology Works

So, how does a glass break sensor work? It listens for the specific frequency that is generated by breaking glass. Glass breaks sensors are active any time your system is armed, so once you turn your system on (even in the “Stay” mode!), you need to remember that accidentally dropping a glass could trigger an alarm. These sensors have a range of 20 feet in any direction. That means one sensor can cover lots of windows in a single room, as long as there are no doors or walls blocking the “sight” of the sensor.

Where Do You Use Them?

Clustered window areas like sun rooms are a natural spot – and one sensor is great for a room with several windows and a sliding glass door, in case the intruder breaks through the glass door. Other good areas are fixed windows (some of my windows are painted shut!), and vulnerable spots where my motion sensors will not be active in the Stay alarm mode. Wireless glass break sensors mount on the wall or ceiling, and don’t have to “point” at the glass they are protecting – they just need a clear “line of sight” to do their thing. Bad guys do break glass, often to reach in and unlock a window: it’s much more efficient to use a single glass break sensor than place a door/window sensor on every window in a room.

They do have their downsides. If you drop a glass on the floor and break it, the sensor will go off since the alarm is based upon the frequency of breaking glass so be prepared for a call from the monitoring company!

Specifications
Dimensions and weight
  • Diameter: 4.55″
  • Height: 1.9″
  • Weight (including battery and bracket): 5.1 oz. (144.6 g)

Regulatory Listing(s)

  • ETL, FCC Part 15, Industry Canada
Features
  • Two test LEDs
  • Dual shatter recognition technology
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • 360° range
  • Tamper protected
  • Fully supervised
Benefits
  • Dual-shatter recognition technology: Reduces false alarms by monitoring for both stages of breaking glass—the initial blow and the shatter
  • Reduces costs: Lowers up-front installation costs by providing one device in rooms with multiple windows
  • Maximum detection coverage: Features a 360° horizontal sensing angle that provides maximum detection coverage, no matter where you put it
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Vivint central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
Radio
  • Wireless signal range
  • 300 ft., open air, with 2GIG Wireless Alarm Control Panel
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
  • Transmitter Bandwidth
  • 24 kHz
  • Modulation Type
  • Amplitude Shift Keying—On/Off Keying (ASK-OOK)
  • Peak Field Strength
  • Typical 50,000 uV/m at 3m
Housing
  • Material
  • ABS plastic
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 32° to 120°F (0° to 49°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 5-95% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
  • Supervisory Interval
  • 70 minutes
Warranty
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • Two (2) Panasonic CR123A, or equivalent Lithium batteries
  • Included Accessories
  • (3) Phillip’s head screws, three (3) plastic wall anchors

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – Designing Your System


How do you design the right system to begin with? There are plenty of options out there, and it can be confusing. There’s really no mystery to good alarm system design – and with today’s technology, a little basic information and some common sense is all you need.

What you Need to Know – the Top Ten

  1. Wireless cellular monitoring. Cellular monitoring is the core of every safe and reliable alarm system. With features such as “Smash and Grab” protection it provides you with the finest in protection.
  2. Wireless sensors. They work, and they are the easiest (and most convenient) way to protect your home or business. You can add to your system at any time, move them or even move the entire system. Plus, they allow pre-programmed systems to be self-installed, which will eventually be the norm.
  3. Start with your exterior doors. Almost 60% of burglaries happen through the front or back door, and when you add in the garage, the total is two thirds of every forced entry. Clearly this is the place to start your design – and don’t forget your basement, or that door from the garage into your house. Having good locks (and using them!) should go without saying.
  4. Windows – basement and first floor. First floor windows are next in line behind the front door as points of illegal entry: 23% of burglaries happen through a first floor window. What’s even scarier is how many of these windows are not even locked! Start with sensors at the back and side windows of your house first, as they are generally the most vulnerable, with less illumination and less visibility from the street. Think about the windows you consider the most easily accessible and the most hidden – that’s how the bad guys think!
  5. Decide how you are using the system. Here’s where we need to remember the “Stay” and “Away” modes on your system. The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system allows both ways to arm the system, and the way you are going to use the system will determine not only which mode to use, but also which sensors you select
  6. Work up from the basement. If you don’t have a basement, then it’s simple. But if you do, remember that those doors and windows are also vulnerable. Finished basements may be treated just like the first floor, while unfinished basements may allow a simpler solution – like a motion sensor. When you get to the second floor, you can usually relax – the incidence of entry above the ground floor is extremely low, unless there is a low roof, or stairway that provides easy access.
  7. Think about your pets. Pets are an important alarm system design consideration. Your large dog with the run of the house during the day probably means that you won’t arm your motion sensors, so you may need more window sensors or glass break sensors. Also, pets are a really good reason to make sure you have monitored smoke/heat sensors. My dogs are clever, but they do not dial 911 very well!
  8. Speaking of fire monitoring… we strongly recommend at least one monitored smoke/heat sensor with every system. They cost about $100, and what’s more important – there is be no additional monthly charge for fire monitoring. Also, be sure to get the maximum discount from your insurance company for a monitored system – even more savings with fire monitoring.
  9. Environmental sensors. We just wrote about the nasty lesson a friend learned from the flood in their office – so make sure you add those sensors for carbon monoxide, water/flood, and low temperature. Again, there is be no additional monthly charge for adding these.
  10. Thermostat – Our Smart Thermostat helps to pay for your monthly monitoring fee with energy savings. This is a very important part of any interactive home management system.

All of these design components will  work best when you have a system with interactive monitoring capabilities. With interactive features, you not only have the confidence that comes with professional monitoring, but also the added benefits of remote arming, text and email notifications from your system, and even special free apps for your iPhone, BlackBerry, or Droid device. Burns & McBride Home Comfort, a  leader in interactive, wireless security systems, specializes in these interactive services.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – What is a “Home Disaster” Monitor?


What would happen if you were away from home and the heater stopped working or the water heater sprung a leak?

How a Freeze Sensor Works

When the inside temperature hits 41, well before your pipes freeze, the sensor triggers sends a message to your Burns & McBride Go!Control. A message is immediately sent to the monitoring center. If you are using Burns & McBride Home Comfort’s interactive monitoring (as most Burns & McBride Home Comfort customers do), then you’ll also be notified by text or email right away.  Once the temperature climbs back to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the sensor resets itself.

How a Water Sensor Works

When water from something like a leaking water heater, broken washing machine hose or flooded basement touches the sensor, a message is sent to your Burns & McBride Go!Control and help is on the way.

Our Home Disaster monitor can do both of these things. It combines a sensor which looks for water with a small “thermostat” which is always on guard for falling temperatures. If either of these problems occurs it sends an immediate alarm signal to your Burns & McBride Go!Control panel and the central station is notified to call the people you have designated.

It Gets Even Better

We can even install a special Z-Wave enabled motorized valve which will automatically shut off the water in your home if either of these alarms goes off.  See our posting on “Water, Water Everywhere” for more information

Wireless environmental sensors are available today and using them to protect your primary or vacation home does not add a penny to your monthly cost.

And one more thing …there is NO additional monthly charge for this. We can install the Home Disaster monitor on your system for a nominal fee and there is NO change in your monthly monitoring fee.

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Management 101 – What does a Smoke Detector do?


It’s true that most homes have smoke detectors, but people forget that they’re generally not monitored: what happens when that smoke detector starts to wail, and you’re not there to hear it? That’s why homeowners are increasingly turning to monitored fire protection.

It’s not always the things we think about that cause a fire. Here’s a story from a homeowner in Greenwich CT:

A failing power strip caused the fire that damaged a second-floor room at a Widgeon Way home Monday night, fire officials said Tuesday.

The fire was first reported at 8:57 p.m., according to Deputy Fire Marshall McDonald.. Responding fire crews were able to quickly get the blaze under control, he said.

“The firefighting crew did a wonderful job, as always, containing the fire to the room,” he said. “The investigation showed that it looked like it was caused by a power strip that was feeding a fish tank.”

There were no injuries in the blaze, said McDonald, who added that he didn’t know how many people lived in the house.

Along with fire damage in the second-floor room, there was also some water damage on the first floor, he said.

McDonald pointed out that the house is outfitted with an automatic smoke detection alarm, which quickly sent an alert to a monitoring station that alerted the Fire Department.

“It did contribute to the speed of response from the department,” he said. “The smoke detection worked.”

Chances are these homeowners were already receiving the additional discount on their insurance  and  with Burns & McBride there’s no extra monthly charge for adding fire monitoring.  Our Smart, Safe Home system can detect a lot more than intrusion: fire, carbon monoxide, water, low temperature, and other conditions may all be transmitted to the monitoring center ( over a cellular link), and today’s systems can also alert you of these events: you’re only a text or an email away. At Burns & McBride Home Comfort, we want you to be safe – and in the know.

Specifications

The Burns & McBride smoke alarm detects drastic increases in heat, as well as smoke. So even if your home experiences a wall fire, the alarm will trigger. Once the alarm has been tripped, it will alert the central monitoring station who will contact the correct personnel in as few as 17 seconds.

Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5.6″
  • Height: 2.4″
Part numbers
  • 2GIG-SMKE1-345
Features
  • Photoelectric detector
  • Built-in 85 dBa sounder
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
Benefits
  • Photoelectric detector: Detects both smoke and drastic increases in heat
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Burns & McBride central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
Radio
  • Wireless signal range
  • 500 ft., open air, with Burns & McBride Go!Control Panel
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
Housing
  • Operating temperature
  • 40° to 100°F (4° to 37°C)
  • Supervisory Interval
  • 70 minutes
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • Two (2) 3V lithium CR123A

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – What does a Carbon Monoxide Detector do?


Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?

Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent, invisible byproduct of incomplete combustion, so it’s often associated with furnaces and portable heaters. At only medium concentration, CO can cause death in as little as 15 minutes, while much lower levels can harm pregnancies and cause long-term health issues. Death caused by CO inhalation is on the increase. In fact, the AMA (American Medical Association) names CO as the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America.

With over 62 years of experience in the heating and cooling field, we can attest to the importance of a quality CO detector. Any heating equipment, no matter how well maintained, can fail. When it does a properly working CO detector is a must,

Monitored CO Sensors are Best

While the cheaper “plug in” sensors are readily available, there is no substitute for a wireless monitored carbon monoxide detector.Just like a monitored smoke and heat sensor, a monitored CO sensor will send the alarm to the 24 hour monitoring center, which can dispatch help immediately. If you have passed out from CO poisoning, just having a loud noise is not going to save your life. A monitored system has a much better chance of making that crucial difference – by summoning help.

The Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system is designed to monitor for much more than intrusion. There are sensors for CO, smoke and heat, water, and even low temperature. It just makes sense to add one or more of these to any monitored alarm system – and with the right alarm company, you won’t pay any extra monthly fees for the additional monitoring services. Your insurance company will appreciate it too, and may reward you with a lower premium. A full range of sensors goes hand in hand with interactive, wireless home security – the kind you find you find at Burns & McBride Home Comfort Security,

Description

The Burns & McBride carbon monoxide alarm is built on an electrochemical detector with a five year sensor life. With these features, it can detect increased levels of carbon monoxide early. And unlike standard, store-bought alarms, it is supported by the Burns & McBride Go!Control panel and central monitoring station, giving you 24×7 assistance and support.

Dimensions and weight
  • Diameter: 5″
  • Height: 1.87″
  • Weight (including battery): 7.09 oz. (201 g)
Part numbers
  • CO1-345
Regulatory Listing(s)
  • ETL to UL 2034, CSA 6.19-01; FCC part 15 and industry Canada
Features
  • Electrochemical detector
  • Two status indicators
  • Built-in 85 dBa sounder
  • Five-year sensor life
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
Benefits
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Burns & McBride central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
Radio
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
  • Transmitter Bandwidth
  • 24 kHz
  • Modulation Type
  • Amplitude Shift Keying—On/Off Keying (ASK-OOK)
Housing
  • Material
  • UL 94 V-0 poly-carbonate
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 40° to 100°F (4° to 37°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 15-90% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
Warranty
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • One (1) Panasonic CR123A, or equivalent Lithium battery
  • Included Accessories
  • Mounting hardware package

For more information on carbon monoxide detectors or other add-ons to the Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride.com.

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