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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 – 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 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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Home Security 101 – How are Locks Controlled?


Control Your Locks From Anywhere

Burns & McBride Home Comfort Kwikset automatic door locks are where home automation meet home security in the perfect universe. We can provide you with complete control and security over one of the most fundamental aspects of your home, your doors. These keyless‐entry electronic locks can communicate wirelessly with your Go!Control panel, allowing you to check whether or not your doors are secured and automatically arm and disarm your security system. They also feature true remote locking and unlocking features, courtesy of a motorized deadbolt. This means you can now monitor and manage your locks using either a smart phone, an Internet browser and your Go!Control panel.

Our automatic door locks are unique in that they also include two‐way functionality—that is, your door lock can directly and wirelessly control your Go!Control panel, and vice versa. So essentially, your door lock can act as a secondary keypad that has access to your Go!Control panel. You can use up to 30 customizable codes to arm your Go!Control when the door is locked and disarm it when the door is unlocked.

Need to let a repairman in while you’re at work? Just unlock the door using your telephone and then lock it when they leave.

Would you like to add Burns & McBride Home Comfort Kwikset locks to your system?

Our door locks will add an incredible new dimension to your home. We’re confident you’ll not only be satisfied, but we can promise you’ll be amazed at the simplicity, ease & peace of mind you’ll experience with your new Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system

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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