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Fire Prevention Week 2021

By Paul Romanelli on 10/4/2021

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Just a few days ago, another house fire occurred in Southold. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured but it took three volunteer fire departments to contain the fire. It could have been much worse - the home is a senior condominium with attached residences. The resulting damage could have been reduced if there were more smoke detectors in the home.

Once again October sneaks up on us and pumpkins and harvest festivals seem to pop up everywhere on the East End. But there is another tradition every October that we, as life safety professionals, always like to share. This is Fire Prevention Week.

Of course, we expect that you won’t get too excited. However we do want you to know a few facts and perhaps take an action step by the time you finish reading.

Did you know that 80% of deaths from residential house fires are a result of missing or non-working smoke detectors? Did you know that if you have smoke detectors that are older than 10 years, they have a 30% chance of failing to sound an alarm?

If you look up at your ceiling and see old, yellowed smoke detectors, you need to replace them so give us a call. If you look up and don’t see any smoke detectors, you really need to meet with us. Smoke detectors today are required on every level and every bedroom in your home. 

And here’s one last fact: You smoke detectors should be cleaned, inspected and tested at least once a year. Simple air movement through your home can allow dust and debris particles to accumulate in your smoke detectors, reducing their effectiveness. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Honeywell Presents Suffolk Security With Life Safety Award

By Paul Romanelli on 11/25/2018

685d8785-148c-4c85-be79-5341277c7348-originalHoneywell recently presented Suffolk Security Systems with a National Life Safety Award during their annual "Connect" convention in Marco Island, Florida. It is the largest organized convention of independent security firms in the country. We were thrilled and surprised to be just one of nine companies in the country to be honored. Our work promoting new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout Eastern Long Island was a major reason for the award. We believe that EVERY alarm system must have updated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. That means if your smoke detectors are older than ten years, then call us to schedule a replacement of them. If they're not that old, then call us to have them inspected at least once every two years. Call us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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What You Need to Know about Fire Prevention Week.

By Paul Romanelli on 09/30/2014


First, the Bad News...

Did you know that every 83 seconds a household fire occurs in the United States? Worse, on average 7 people die per day in house fires. SEVEN! Most of these fires are preventable, caused by cooking, faulty heating equipment or smoking.                                    

You are Not Immune...

A fire could easily start someplace in your own home. But, it is easier to think that household fires happen to other people, not you. Why? Because it's a horrible way to die and it's more convenient to think that household fires occur someplace other than your own home. And yet, in this past year alone, our community has been struck by devastating fires that not only destroyed property but took lives!

The Two-Word Solution...

Smoke alarms. That's it. Check your smoke alarms. Install more smoke alarms. Replace old smoke alarms. Why? Because working smoke alarms are your best chance of surviving a household fire, saving the lives of others and reducing property damage from fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the death rate by household fires in the United States was more than twice as high in homes that did not have working smoke alarms. Why didn't they always work? Mostly for stupid reasons - nearly 75% for missing, disconnected or dead batteries. How's that for a reality check? When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors? Did you ever replace that battery in the hallway smoke detector that was beeping in the middle of the night? Are you starting to get the picture?

Pay It Forward...

At Suffolk Security Systems, we know your life is hectic. It's easy to procrastinate simple tasks like checking smoke detector batteries or asking for advice, but it's even easier to dial our number for help. We encourage you to download our checklist, "10 Fire Prevention Tips You Can't Live Without." Share the list with your family and split up the tasks. Then pass it onto a friend. You might just save a life!

Download Our Suggested "10 Fire Prevention Tips You Can't Live Without"

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