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July 17, 2012

Carbon Monoxide-Detector Law Active Starting July 1!

Filed under: Security Tips — admin @ 2:53 pm

The State of Colorado will require carbon monoxide alarms in some homes starting July 1. The alarms are mandatory because of House Bill 1091, which was passed by Colorado legislature. The new law relates to houses that are for sale and rental housing such as apartments that are leased to new tenants. It requires that sellers/landlords of such homes provide well-functioning carbon monoxide alarms near bedrooms if the home has the following: a fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace and or attached garage. Mobile and manufactured homes are also covered by the law. Any building permit issued for the construction of a new home or upgrades to an existing home is subject to the same provisions. Roughly 170 people a year die in the United States from carbon monoxide produced by malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves and water heaters. Thousands more receive emergency treatment.


July 11, 2012

The New GE Simon XTi Wireless Alarm System!

GE Simon XTi Alarm Panel Product Description:
The The GE Simon XTi Alarm Panel offers 40 zones of burglary and fire protection. A built-in color LCD touchscreen display provides status notifications. When used with the Interlogix image sensor, powered by, users can view pictures on the device. With a Z-Wave based module, the Simon XTi can also control lighting, thermostats and door locks. Optional GSM reporting and features support off-premises smartphone or online control of the system allowing system arming, disarming and system status checks.

GE Simon XTi Product Features:

  • Arm perimeter (doors and windows) and interior (motion) sensors to indicate intruders
  • Use the emergency screen to send quick response alerts to the central monitoring station
  • Access the system from a key fob (similar to the one used for your car)
  • Access the system from a remote telephone
  • Disable sensors so you can leave a window open while the system is armed
  • Get an audio alert when a protected door is opened while the system is disarmed
  • Get an audio alert if movement of a protected asset is detected
  • Compatible with GeoArm’s nationwide central monitoring station

July 6, 2012

Honeywell 5800SS1 Shock Sensor!

5800SS1 Product Description:
The The Honeywell 5800SS1 Wireless Shock Sensor mounts directly to glass surfaces. This device provides excellent detection for all types of glass while eliminating false alarms and is intended for use with ADEMCO 5800 wireless systems only. This device is especially effective in acoustically hard, reverberant rooms like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms that are prone to false alarms. Installation is a snap, just pull the battery tab to enroll the transmitter, peal the adhesive backing and mount. There is no need to open the case for any reason except to change the battery years later.

Honeywell 5800SS1 Device Features:

  • Effective in acoustically hard areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, skylights and occupied areas
  • Mounts directly to glass surfaces with 3M adhesive tape
  • Mounts quickly and easily without having to remove the cover
  • Protects all types of glass
  • No adjustments required
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Compatible with GeoArm’s nationwide central monitoring station

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