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Carbon Monoxide Q&A

March 7, 2014
One of the benefits of living in California is year round moderate temperatures. When the rest of the country is shoveling snow and fighting desperately to stay warm, we are taking long walks on the beach and grilling out with friends and neighbors. Because Californians don’t heat natural fuels continuously throughout the winter, many residents are unconcerned with the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. The truth is, though, this silent, deadly killer can still be lurking in your home.home security monitoring

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels including coil, wood, charcoal, kerosene, oil, propane and natural gas. Deemed the “silent killer” by firefighters because you can’t see, smell or taste it, CO can lead to illness and even death.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can have a fast effect on many people. These early symptoms include headaches, dizziness and nausea, which people are prone to dismiss prematurely. As you breathe CO, it builds up in the blood, and as that level rises, symptoms can include confusion, drowsiness, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, chest pain, vision problems and even seizures. Many times, people think they have the flu when, in fact, they are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Why is carbon monoxide dangerous?

At high volumes, carbon monoxide can kill, but even at low volumes, it can cause complications over time, including brain damage. CO is particularly dangerous indoors due to how fast concentration levels can rise. Potential sources of carbon monoxide in the home include furnaces, fireplaces, gas stoves, gas water heaters and even automobile exhaust from an attached garage. CO can kill a family member overnight, and it can have a devastating long-term effect, particularly among kids, who are still growing and thus have a high metabolism.

Why carbon monoxide monitoring?

The best alarm systems in Los Angeles include carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home and attached buildings. Around-the-clock monitoring is crucial because the monitoring station will receive immediate notification if a CO emergency occurs or a CO sensor fails. Ideally, you should have a professional install your CO detectors and test them on a regular basis. Most home security monitoring companies include those services in their basic packages.

What should I do if high levels of carbon monoxide are detected in my home?

If a carbon monoxide alarm activates or you receive a call from your security service, don’t procrastinate. Get everyone outdoors immediately. Help the children, elderly, disabled and family pets first, and then call 911. Wait outside for the firefighters and paramedics to arrive.

If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in the home, don’t take any chances. If multiple people in a home are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it’s best to open the windows and let fresh air in even if it seems counterintuitive.

Your best defense against CO poisoning, however, is contacting a professional home security monitoring company to install carbon monoxide detectors. Then, you will know for sure if this dangerous gas has seeped into your home.

Business Alarm Systems in Los Angeles

April 17, 2013
​Business customers require more power from an alarm system than residential customers. It is not just about protecting the premises from burglars.​ Video surveillance helps protect both the interior and exterior and allows a security officer to monitor the premises from afar. Perhaps most important of all, a business alarm system has to both detect and control fires. There are many California security companies, but Pacific Alarm Systems specializes in alarm systems for business. If you need alarm systems in Los Angeles, contact Pacific.

Burglar Alarm
A good burglar alarm should be sensitive enough to detect any human intrusion but not go off for any rat or dog that happens to be running by. We have been protecting businesses since 1953, so we know exactly what makes the perfect alarm system. Ideally, the alarm should not only act as a deterrent with a loud, distinct alarm tone but also instantly notify authorities to dispatch help.

Fire Detection
Both the county and the city require that alarm systems in Los Angeles incorporate fire detection. Our alarm systems comply with this requirement in every way. You can rest easy knowing your business property is safe from fire. At Pacific, we realize that businesses of all different sizes require fire detection coverage. That is why our alarm systems come equipped with the ability to manage up to 56 different fire control zones and up to 198 pull stations.

Video Surveillance
As an added backup, we provide state-of-the-art video surveillance.California security companies realize that video is instrumental in police investigations and criminal prosecutions. That is the reason we put so much effort into providing the best value for the money when it comes to video systems. Instead of video tape, which can degrade over time, bend, stretch, or break, we offer top-of-the-line digital video recorders to store surveillance footage. Our cameras see into the infrared spectrum, as well. So, even in total darkness, the system provides ample protection.

Access Control
When you run a business, you only want the people inside that you authorize.Our access control systems merge seamlessly with our other systems and only allow access to those authorized people. Additionally, there are places inside your business where only “authorized personnel” are allowed to tread. Not every employee needs access to every part of the business. With our access control system, you can control as many doors as you need. Our system also keeps track of all egress and ingress, so you know who was where when.

The Total Package
We know the alarm business. We should know. We have been doing it for 60 years. We will provide you with applicable, powerful technology to protect your business. We also guarantee a live operator when you call. Our staff is standing by 24 hours a day to help you. Even if you just want to ask questions, our knowledgeable staff is more than willing to answer them. Use our products to monitor your business premises ever day of the year, every hour of the day. Keep track of employees, too. We promise to give you the best alarm system experience around.