Scarsdale Security
Fall 2014  

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Protect your family from a silent killer

No one should die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Today, sophisticated detection technology exists for our protection - but, you have to use it! The need for stronger carbon monoxide safety regulations was brought to the forefront following a carbon monoxide incident that killed a restaurant manager and sickened at least 27 other people at a Legal Sea Foods restaurant in Huntington, Long Island, last February. The cause of that tragedy was a faulty water heater pipe that leaked deadly carbon monoxide into the restaurant's basement.

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. It is released as a byproduct when fossil fuels - such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil, methane and natural gas - do not burn completely. Since you cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide, you could be exposed to deadly concentrations of this gas and not even know it!

Carbon monoxide is heavier than oxygen and displaces it. As carbon monoxide levels build, carbon monoxide infiltrates people's bodies and can fatally suffocate them. Warning symptoms of carbon monoxide sickness are dizziness, nausea and a vague feeling of malaise. Carbon monoxide poisonings are most common during fall and winter, when the heating season necessitates the use of fossil fuel burning appliances.

Which sources of carbon monoxide are lurking in the home?
Improperly maintained heating and cooking equipment are common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning. Cars with engines running in attached garages can also cause dangerously elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure?
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the bloodstream and leads to suffocation. Mild carbon monoxide poisoning is characterized by flu-like symptoms. More serious poisoning causes difficulty breathing and eventually death. Victims exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide can become seriously ill or die in
less than 15 minutes.

Why are carbon monoxide detectors important?
Carbon monoxide is an insidious risk because many people do not realize they are being poisoned by carbon monoxide until it is too late. That's why carbon monoxide detectors are necessary to protect your family. Carbon monoxide monitors are the only way to detect dangerous carbon monoxide you cannot see, smell or taste in your home.

Protect your family from a silent killer!
Adding carbon monoxide monitoring to your existing home security system will safeguard your family's health. We monitor all CO and fire detectors 24/7, regardless of whether your home security system is actively armed. Our UL-listed central station will alert you if there is a potential carbon monoxide danger in your environment and dispatch firefighters if needed. CO monitoring is a small investment in your family. Call us for information or quotes today.

October is fire prevention month
Be educated! Be aware! Take action!

This month focuses on fire safety and prevention. In commemoration of the devastating Chicago Fire that burned for two days on Oct. 8-9, 1871, the week of Oct. 5-11, 2014 has been designated as National Fire Prevention Week.

Be educated! Be aware! Take action!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, many potential fire hazards go undetected because people fail to fireproof their homes. Misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, frayed cords, overloaded outlets, careless use of candles, smoking in bed, storage of flammable items near portable heaters or candles, and children playing with matches and lighters can be addressed through common sense solutions.

Does your household pass the Fire Safety Checklist?
Active participation raises awareness and saves lives. Accept our challenge to complete the Fire Safety Checklist below. 

Why are centrally-monitored fire detection systems better than battery operated devices?  
At Scarsdale Security, we are always monitoring fire risks and carbon monoxide dangers, even if your burglar alarm is not actively armed. With battery operated devices, a homeowner must hear the alarm, be ready to act and notify authorities. Not so with centrally-monitored systems!  If you're not home and a fire or CO alarm sounds in your house, we'll notify you and send the appropriate authorities to check it out. If you're sleeping, incapacitated or do not wake up to a CO or fire alarm, we'll be there for you - sending firefighters to help you get out and stay safe.

Scarsdale Security can help 

For a review of your home's fire and carbon monoxide detection systems, including information about technological upgrades, please call us to arrange a free consultation - 914-722-2200.

Fire Safety Checklist
Action saves lives

Are you doing everything you can to limit fire risks and actively safeguard your family? This convenient checklist will keep you on track.

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside every sleep area in your house.
  • Clean, test and service fire detection systems and detectors at least once a year.
  • Change batteries at least once a year in battery operated devices.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom. Practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone to "Stop, Drop, and Roll" in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are not toys.
  • Store matches and lighters in a secure drawer or cabinet.
  • Move combustible materials away from boilers, furnaces and HVAC systems.
Clean basements, attics and garages to eliminate fire hazards.

In This Issue

• CO monitors: Protection from a
  silent killer
• October is fire prevention month
• Fire safety checklist
• Online billing & customer care
• Scarsdale community calendars

Put your trust in us

Happy fall! The changing palette of autumn leaves and back-to-school routines bring reflection and resolve. We thank you for letting us be part of your security needs and are honored to continue that relationship into the future. These are exciting times. As the months unfold, we look forward to sharing new technologies, delivered the old fashioned way — with personalized service and hands-on involvement from real people who care. Isn't this the way everyone should do business?

We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions at:

We look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood!
— Traci Dutton Ludwig, editor

Online for your convenience 

You can now pay your bill and review your account online? You can also review invoices, update billing information, view service history, request appointments and contact consultants. Efficiency is just a click away. We're here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

To register for online services,
please click HERE
-  or  -
Visit our home page at

  1. Go to the drop-down menu in the upper right corner labeled "Pull Down for Client Services."
  2. Select "WebAccess Service & Payments." This will direct you to a login page.
  3. On the login page, select "Set Up New Account."
  4. You will need to enter your "customer number" and "billing zip code" which can be found on your bill.

Need Help?

Click to watch the 
Create your Online Account (Video) instructions.

Scarsdale Community Calendars available
Be informed. Stay connected

Good things are meant for sharing. As a sponsor of this year's Scarsdale Community Calendar (Sept. 2014 - August 2015), we
are pleased to offer additional calendars to our clients and neighbors - free of charge.

For more information, please call 914.722.2200 x2231. 

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