The Truth About 9-1-1: What You Need to Know

Alarm Relay StaffHome Safety and Security, Technology

We’re getting closer and closer to living out our sci-fi dreams in a world connected by ultra-powerful smartphones and technology. Almost everything in the world is quickly available at our fingertips – except seamless access to emergency services. Think about it — you can get a pizza sent to your door by tweeting an emoji, but you can’t rely on … Read More

Tips for Protecting Your Vacation Rental Property

Jamie SmithHome Safety and Security

Tips for Protecting Your Vacation Rental Property

If you have a vacation home that you only stay in during certain times of the year or have a property you rent out to others, it’s important to keep that investment protected, especially while you aren’t there. Using several security features, your home-away-from-home can be safeguarded against theft and damage. You can prepare your home and prepare your guests … Read More

Hurricane Season Is Here: How to Protect Your Home

Jamie SmithHome Safety and Security

how to prepare your home for hurricane season

Hurricane season officially started on June 1 and will continue until the end of November. The first tropical storm, Arlene, formed in late April. As the season ramps up, meteorologists are already expecting this hurricane season to be more active than usual. If you live or own a vacation home along the east coast or Gulf of Mexico, you need … Read More

5 Tips for Keeping Your Vacation Home Secure

Jamie SmithHome Safety and Security, Smart Home

keep your vacation home secure

Summer is in full swing, and with summer comes the long-awaited vacation. There are many people who find value in buying their own vacation home so they don’t have to rely on rentals or hotels, and they want a home that’s comfortable to them. If you’re one of these people, you probably worry about the security of your home while … Read More

Connect Your Smart Home with Amazon’s Alexa

Jamie SmithSmart Home, Technology

The Amazon Echo, commonly referred to as Alexa, is quickly becoming a staple in people’s homes. There are currently three available for purchase, the original Echo, Echo Dot, and the newest product, the Echo Show. These devices can easily connect to your smart technology products, making Alexa the hub for your smart home. Alexa has a number of different skills … Read More

Preparing Your Children In Case of a Fire

Jamie SmithFamily Safety, Home Safety and Security

teaching children fire safety

Fire safety is important for all children to know. Teaching fire safety to children has led to a 50% decrease  between 2005 and 2014 in fire-related deaths for children. While many fire tips seem obvious to adults, children have never been exposed to the possibility of a fire before and learning escape routes isn’t something that they would think about. … Read More

What You Need to Know About Z-Wave Technology

Jamie SmithSmart Home, Technology

z wave technology and smart homes

  Smart home technologies like light switches, thermostats, and Amazon Echos are becoming more common in households. There are several different ways for smart devices to communicate with one another. Typically, smart devices are controlled from an app on your phone or tablet. But how is the app able to tell different devices what to do? One of the most … Read More

The Best Options for Protecting Your Most Valuable Items

Jamie SmithHome Safety and Security

protecting expensive valuables at home

One of the easiest ways to keep potential thieves from finding your valuables is to install an alarm monitoring system. Sixty percent of burglars said that they would target another home if they know there’s a security system. However, if you’re looking for more protection, especially for specific items like jewelry, heirlooms, or important documents, there are other options available … Read More

Keep Your Home Green with Home Automation Technology

Jamie SmithSmart Home

smart home green technology

Smart homes are no longer a vision of the future. There are plenty of different devices, apps, and integrations to make your home as connected as possible. Smart homes offer convenience, security, savings, and assurance that your home is safe. Before smart homes, you would leave your home for work or vacation, not knowing if there is a pipe burst, … Read More