Custom Alarm/Custom Communications, Inc.
1661 Greenview Dr SW
Rochester, MN 55902-4215
Your security and sound experts since 1968! We have our own UL listed Central Monitoring Station.
When doing an exterior remodel or landscaping, make sure to include plenty of lighting and be aware of where large plants and shrubs are in relation to windows and window wells to avoid giving cover to potential burglars.
Make sure all exterior doors are solid wood, steel, or fiberglass, and include a solid deadbolt lock with a minimum 1” throw; don’t forget the garage service door because that is a common point of entry for burglars.
Security systems can add more than just protection against intrusion; with smoke and heat detectors, low temperature sensors, carbon monoxide sensors, and flood sensors to protect your most important investment.
Use motion lights or dusk-to-dawn timer lights at all door entries including garage entry, exterior side entries, and/or back entry doors to deter burglars.
Don’t leave ladders, tools, or anything else that can be easily stolen or used to break into your home lying around during construction. Make sure to put away ladders or other objects that would assist a burglar in reaching an upper window.
Make sure your exterior remodel includes your house number clearly displayed and well-lit at night, so that law enforcement or other emergency services can easily find your home in the event of an emergency.
Ensure privacy fences are not giving cover to someone trying to break into your home.
Use light timers or home automation systems to ensure you don’t come home to a dark house and to give your house that “lived-in look” even when you are away.
Test your smoke detectors monthly and replace them per manufacturer’s recommendations – most have a lifespan of 10 years.
Have all fuel-burning appliances, such as oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters, gas ranges and ovens, gas dryers, gas or kerosene space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves, inspected by a trained professional at the beginning of each heating season to ensure that flues and chimneys are connected, in good condition, and not blocked.
Choose appliances that vent their fumes to the outside whenever possible, and have them properly installed and maintained according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
Don’t idle the car in a garage, even with the garage door open, as fumes can build up very quickly in the garage and, if you have an attached garage, in the living area of your home.
Never use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time, or use a charcoal grill indoors, even in the fireplace.
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