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Top 3 Benefits of a Safe Room

Safe rooms can be an essential part of home security systems Austin. Let's take a look at the top 3 reasons they are recommended by safety experts.


  1. The typical safe room can withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour and can handle projectiles traveling at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. They are strong enough to withstand even the worst hurricanes or tornadoes.

  2. Safe rooms give you a secure location to withdraw to in the event that a burglar is in your home. In the unfortunate event that someone breaks into your home and you can't get out, you'll have the peace of mind that you'll be locked up safe and can contact the authorities.

  3. If a disaster strikes and you have time to get out, you can store your most precious belongings in your safe room to ensure they stay safe.


These are just 3 of the reasons that safe rooms make good sense.


For more useful tips on how to keep your family safe no matter what the scenario, check out the articles we have assembled at The HSS Geek.  Your family's safety is crucial, and it shouldn't be left to chance.

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How to Be Prepared for a Disaster

You can never be too prepared in the event of a natural disaster. Check out these simple tips to keep you prepared if disaster strikes.


  • A general rule of thumb is that you should have enough food, water, and other supplies for 72 hours. Keep in mind that electricity may not be available, so plan for foods that can be eaten without heating. Water purification tablets are an easy way to access clean water without storing many gallons of purified water at a time.

  • Flash lights are a must-have, but don't forget the batteries. Remember that you may be using them for many hours at a time, so it's a smart idea to have several sets of backup batteries.

  • Include 2 extra changes of clothes, blankets, and coats if you live in a colder climate. The idea is to be able to grab your kit at a moment's notice without having to pack anything else.

  • Don't forget hygiene. Travel sized toothbrushes, tooth paste and other toiletries are easy to add to your pack.


These tips may be simple, but they can save lives in the event of an emergency.


Don't forget that home security systems may be a strategic component of any disaster as well.  Make sure you examine all of the various add-ons available to keep your family safe in any situation by sounding the alarm early and getting the troops mobilized to execute your safety plan.


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Preparing For an Emergency - Do You Have a Family Emergency Plan?

Have you done everything you can to be completely prepared in the event of an emergency? Not only do you need to have a plan in place, but everyone in the family needs to be aware of that plan. While you'd like to all be together, the reality is that disaster can strike at any time and you may not have the luxury of all leaving together.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA, has issued a helpful document that combines all the medical and personal information you'd need in the event of a disaster. It's important to fill out these forms and for everyone in the family to know where they're located.


You also need to be sure that everyone knows where to go. In the event that cell phones are not available or functioning, everyone should know where the local meet up spot is. It may be with a neighbor, a family member, or it may be a central location such as a school parking lot.


For more useful tips on how to deal with a family emergency, check out The HSS Geek.  We have compiled lots of helpful information for consumers to consider in protecting their most valuable assets - their family and their home.

Article Posted by Expert Author: 3 on 04/08/2013
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Keep Your Family Safe - Wildfires Can Strike Where You'd Least Expect Them

Too often people think that wildfires only happen in remote areas, but the truth is that if residents aren't aware and careful, a wildfire can start anywhere – even in Philadelphia. These simple tips will help you keep your family safe.


  • Never leave a fire unattended – including campfires and grills. If you notice someone else has left a fire unattended, call your local park service, your fire department, or 911.

  • Follow local laws when you burn yard waste. Avoid burning if it's windy, and always keep a shovel and fire retardant handy so you can quickly extinguish a fire if it gets out of control.

  • Choose home security systems Philadelphia with fire protection. If a fire does start and it threatens your home, your security system will alert you immediately. Have a fire evacuation plan in effect and make sure all members of the household are familiar with it.


These tips may seem simple but they can protect you, your family, and your community from the risks associated with wildfires.  For more useful tips on how to use burglary, fire and carbon monoxide alarms to keep your family safe, check out The HSS Geek.

Article Posted by Expert Author: 3 on 04/08/2013
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Weather the Storm | 3 Tips to Storm Proof Your Home

No matter what part of the country you live in, bad weather will rear its head sooner or later. Let's take a look at 3 tips to help you protect your home from storm damage.

1. Take care of your windows. Windows are one of the most likely parts of your home to be damaged. Installing storm shutters is the best way to protect them. These can be easily closed when storms are on their way and will then prevent hail or debris from damaging your windows.


2. Take care of your doors. Most doors don't have the strength to withstand storm-force winds. An additional bolt can be bought inexpensively and can protect doors from high force winds.


3. Make it possible for others to help. One of the most frustrating situations is knowing that a storm's coming but being too far away to do anything about it. Systems from companies like ADT Home Security offer you the ability to remotely monitor your home security. For example, if you're out of town and you need to give a neighbor access to your home to storm-proof it, then you can unlock the doors remotely and give them access.


Having a plan to storm-proof your home will help protect your home from damage and will give you peace of mind.


Home security systems today are so much more than keeping out the bad guys.  Let them work overtime for you by protecting your family from fire and carbon monoxide, as well as enable you to remotely control the temperature of the home, or turn off and on the lights.


Article Posted by Expert Author: 3 on 04/08/2013
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