Home security systems and
home alarms

Securco has been providing security systems for over 30 years.  Securco designs custom home alarm systems that provide years of worry free service.  Securco is committed to customer satisfaction, and our service after the sale is unparalleled in the home security industry. The level of security at home is determined by the monitoring of the system and the types of devices you have installed. Both hard wired or wireless systems are available.

Securco home alarm systems normally contain the following items:
  • Control Panel
  • Key-pad
  • Siren and Strobes
  • Door and Window Contacts
  • Motion Detectors
  • Glass Break Detectors

Securco security systems can also include life and property safety devices:
  • Smoke detectors
  • CO (carbon monoxide) detectors
  • Wireless medical or panic pendants
  • Hold-up panic buttons
  • Water sensors
  • Temperature Sensors

Each system is tailored to suit you specific needs and budget.

Call Us at (250) 754-6014 to arrange an installation. 

Residential fire alarm system monitoring

One of the most important functions a monitored alarm system can perform is to monitor special low-voltage smoke detectors.  The smoke detectors most people have in their homes were installed by electricians to alert the occupants of the home to fire. This is a fantastic life saving device, unfortunately if the fire occurs when there is no one at home, they do little to help reduce the damage to property or harm to pets. Monitored smoke alarms operate 24 hours a day whether or not the fire alarm system is armed.  When a smoke alarm is sent to the station (there is a 30 second delay on the signal to the station to avoid false alarms caused by cooking smoke) they immediately dispatch the fire department whether you are home or not. This quick response can help to reduce property damage, and certainly will help to protect your pets in the case of fire.

Fire systems can have a secondary mode of communication using a GSM - Cellular Back-Up Communicator.

Carbon monoxide detector

Securco Services can install Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors in your home or business that work with your alarm panel.  If your alarm panel is monitored, signals from the CO detector are sent to the monitoring station for quick dispatch of your local fire department in the case of an emergency.  Included below is a link to an informational article on these "life safety" devices and the peace of mind they can provide. This article is provided by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)  For more information about carbon monoxide safety, visit their website at www.tssa.org or contact your fire department..  *This article is reprinted with permission from the CFAA (Canadian Fire Alarm Association) magazine, May 2010 Issue.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

 Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and toxic gas and is often referred to as the "silent killer".  When inhaled it inhibits the blood's capacity to transport oxygen throughout the body.  It can poison the body quickly in high concentrations, or slowly over long periods of time.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, burning eyes, confusion, drowsiness or loss of consciousness.  In severe cases,.. CO poisoning can cause brain damage and death.  The elderly, children and people with heart or respiratory conditions may be particularly sensitive to CO.

How is carbon monoxide generated in the home?

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of incomplete combustion of fuels such as natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline or wood.  This incomplete combustion can occur in any device that depends on burning for energy or heat, such as furnaces, room heaters, fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves or grills and any gas-powered vehicle or engine.  Automobiles left running in attached garages, gas barbecues operated inside the house, grills or kerosene heaters that are not properly vented, or chimneys or vents that are dirty or plugged may create unsafe levels of CO. When properly installed, maintained and vented, and Co-produced by these devices with not stay inside the home.

 What are some danger signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

  • You or other members of your family have symptoms of CO exposure (see above)
  • You notice a sharp, penetrating odour or smell of gas when your furnace or other fuel-burning equipment turns on.
  • The air is stale or stuffy
  • The pilot light of your furnace or other fuel-burning equipment goes out.
  • Chalky white powder forms on the chimney/exhaust vent pipe or soot build-up occurs around the exhaust vent.

How can unsafe levels of carbon monoxide be detected?

Carbon monoxide alarms monitor airborne concentration levels (parts per million) of carbon monoxide and sound an audible alarm when harmful CO levels are present.   Be sure that your alarm has been certified to the Canadian Standards Association CAN/CGA 6.19 standard, the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2034 or UL 2075 standard .

If you suspect carbon monoxide in your home... 

If you are anyone in your home is experiencing the symptoms of CO poisoning, ensure that everyone leaves the home immediately, leaving the door open.  Call your local fire department or 911 from a neighbours telephone.  If you CO alarm sounds, do NOT assume it to be a false alarm.  Open all doors and windows to ventilate the home.  If you cannot find the problem and the alarm continues, contact he fire department.  If there is a strong smell of natural gas in your home, evacuate immediately, leaving the door open and contact your local gas utility. If no symptoms are experienced, reset the alarm and check to see if it activates.  If the alarm sounds a second time, call the local fire department for their assistance.

If the alarm does not sound a second time, check for common conditions that may have cause a CO build-up or contact a qualified heating contractor to check your fuel-burning equipment. Where should a CO alarm be located in the home?

Proper placement of a CO alarm is important.  In general, the human body is most vulnerable to the effects of CO during sleeping hours, so an alarm should be located in or as near as possible to the sleeping area of the home.

If only one alarm is being installed it should be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Where sleeping areas are located in separate parts of the home, and alarm should be provided for each area. Additional CO alarms should be placed on each level of a residence and in other rooms where combustion devices are located (such as a room that contains a solid fuel-fired appliance, gas clothes dryer or natural gas furnace), or adjacent to potential sources of CO (such as a teenager's room or granny suite located adjacent to an attached garage).

Unlike smoke, which rises to the ceiling, CO mixes with air.  Recognizing this, a CO alarm should be located at knee height (which is about the same as prone sleeping height).  Due to the possibility of tampering or damage by pets, children, vacuum cleaners, and the like, it may be located up to chest height.  To work properly, a CO alarm should not be blocked by furniture, draperies or other obstructions to normal air flow.

If a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm is used, it should be located on the ceiling to ensure that it will detect smoke effectively. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for additional information regarding proper installation, use and maintenance. To keep safe, please remember:

  • You have a responsibility to know about the dangers of carbon monoxide.  Your knowledge and actions may save lives.
  • CO alarms are a good second line of defense, but do not eliminate the need for regular inspection, maintenance and safe use of fuel-burning equipment. Some Potential Carbon Monoxide Sources in the Home.
  • Blocked chimney opening
  • Clogged chimney
  • Leaking chimney pipe or flue
  • Portable heater
  • Improperly installed kitchen range or cooktop vent
  • Auto exhaust from attached garage
  • Operating barbeque grill in enclosed area such as a garage
  • Gas or wood burning fireplace
  • Propane powered refrigerator
  • Clothes dryer
  • Corroded or disconnected water heater vent pipe
  • Cracked heat exchanger

GSM - Cellular communicator

Increase Your Security with a Wireless Cellular Back-up or Primary Communicator. 

The Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) is the not for profit organization that tests and approves life safety, fire and security products.  Products sold in Canada for these purposes will have a label that identifies the product as "ULC Listed."

These days, conventional telephone service can be disrupted through a number of scenarios such as unintentional disconnection, telephone line sabotage, telephone network troubles etc. Customers that use a telephone service provided by a cable company or internet service provider are subject to communication problems with common power outages or service updates.

For these reasons the security system industry, as well as organizations such as ULC endorse and recommend the use of redundant backup communication to ensure that critical alarm system signals reach the monitoring station for dispatch of emergency responders.

The GSM wireless communicator is an inexpensive way to upgrade your system to an enhanced security level.  This service may be required by insurance companies or regional authorities when dealing with systems that monitor fire, life safety, or high risk burglary applications such as liquor outlets, pharmacies and computer stores etc. If you do not have telephone service at your home, and wish to have a GSM cellular communicator can be configured as your primary communication source

Call Securco to order your GSM cellular service today.  You'll be happy you did!
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