Should I Upgrade My Access Control System?

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Access control systems offer numerous benefits when compared to old-fashioned lock-and-key security measures. Access control makes it easier to monitor who is entering or leaving your facility or designated areas, while enabling you to keep sensitive data more secure. Access control systems also minimize the hassles involved with replacing lost keys — you can simply deactivate a missing keycard and issue a new one if necessary.

However, as with most technologies, you’ll need to keep your access control system updated to maintain its effectiveness. If you still rely on a system that uses outdated HID 125kHz ProxCard cards and readers, you may be vulnerable to hackers. The access control system you depend on to keep your business safe is probably doing nothing more than giving you a false sense of security!

How Are Hackers Penetrating HID 125kHZ Systems?

Keeping one step ahead of hackers is a constant challenge in today’s access control world. Anyone with the intent to penetrate an older HID 125kHZ system can go online and purchase a card copier for $30 or less. In a matter of seconds, the would-be hacker can use the handheld copier to create an exact duplicate of a keycard — and use it to enter your facility or “secure” area.

What Can You Do to Minimize Your Hacking Risk?

If you are among the approximately one-third of all organizations that are still using outdated HID 125kHZ technology, you can enhance your security system by upgrading to 13.56MHz “Smartcard” formats. This more advanced technology is impervious to handheld keycard cloning devices. Unlike most HID 125kHZ-based formats, 13.56MHz keycards are encrypted, which means hackers must first decode them before they can copy the information.

The encrypted iClass 13.56MHz card reader products represent the “new wave” of access control system technology. But even the original iClass, the first card to feature full encryption, has been hacked, as has its successor, the iClass SE. Leading security experts recommend the installation of the latest version, the iClass Seos, which has not yet been penetrated by hackers, to any organization that is serious about protecting its facility and sensitive data.

Titan Alarm, Inc. Can Meet Your Access Control System Needs in the Phoenix-Tucson Area

If you operate a business in the Phoenix-Tucson area and it’s been a while since you’ve upgraded your access control system, you could face a high risk of being hacked. As a leading security system solutions provider in the region, you can count on Titan Alarm for advanced access control technology that will significantly reduce your vulnerability.

Unlike some of our competitors, we no longer sell inadequate Prox technology readers or cards for new installations. Instead, we now standardize on iClass SE readers and strongly recommend the use of iClass Seos keycards. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you’ve implemented the best defense against hackers.

Contact us to learn more about how you can upgrade your access control system technology and to schedule a free on-site security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.

How Often Should I Clean My Kitchen Hood to Prevent Fire?


Did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of all restaurant fires in the U.S. are related to malfunctioning or improperly maintained cooking equipment? A range hood is a common source of a kitchen fire — too often, the failure to conduct regular kitchen range hood cleaning leads to an accumulation of grease that can ignite and spread quickly through the kitchen and the rest of the facility.

Here is a typical restaurant kitchen fire scenario:

  • High flames produced during cooking reaches the filter located inside the kitchen range hood
  • The filter ignites and the range hood’s exhaust fan draws the flames upward into the ductwork
  • The flames ignite the accumulate grease inside the ductwork and cause a major fire that spreads throughout the entire building and places workers and customers at risk

Tips for Knowing When to Clean a Restaurant Kitchen Hood

The appropriate restaurant kitchen hood cleaning frequency depends on factors such as the type of facility and the volume of cooking:

  • Establishments such as fast food restaurants and 24/7 diners typically experience a heavy cooking volume that requires range hood cleaning every 30 days
  • Facilities such as hotel kitchens and hospital cafeterias that experience “regular” use require a 90-day cleaning interval
  • Sit-down pizza restaurants should clean their range hoods every six months
  • Hoods installed over kitchen appliances that do not accumulate grease require an annual cleaning

Kitchen Range Hood Cleaning Steps

The general steps of the kitchen range hood cleaning process include:

  • Removing and cleaning/replacing the filter: The filter is located on the underside of the hood. If your hood has a metal filter, remove it and soak it in a degreasing solution until all the accumulated grease is dissolved. Filters made of charcoal usually cannot be cleaned and should be replaced.
  • Cleaning the hood: Cleaning the range hood itself is a simple process – just apply a non-abrasive household cleaning or degreasing spray, being careful to avoid spraying the lightbulb or any electrical components.
  • Cleaning the vent: The vent that leads from the hood to the outside of the building can accumulate grease over time. A dirty vent typically requires cleaning by a professional.
  • Maintaining/replacing the motor: The motor powers the range hood’s exhaust fan. The motor’s blower wheel can accumulate dirt and grease, which can negatively impact fan performance. If cleaning the blower wheel with a degreaser does not resolve the issue, you may need to replace the motor.

A New Range Hood From Titan Alarm Can Help Prevent Fires in the Kitchen

As a leading provider of commercial fire protection systems in the Phoenix-Tucson, AZ area, Titan Alarm, Inc. is your headquarters for a high-quality kitchen range hood for your restaurant. We offer advanced wet chemical and dry chemical range hood systems that will help to prevent fires in the kitchen — and improve indoor air quality. We can also install your range hood and provide timely maintenance and cleaning service. Contact us to learn more today.


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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

How To Keep Your New Restaurant Secure


Tucson, AZ features a varied and eclectic food scene — you’ll find everything from traditional Southwest and Mexican fare to an assortment of Italian eateries, steakhouses, barbecue shacks and much more. If you’re planning to open a restaurant in the Tucson area, here are a few tips that can help you stand out from the crowd — and ensure you are creating a clean, safe and secure environment for your patrons and employees:

  1. Choose the Location Wisely

 Many aspiring restaurateurs cling to the notion that location doesn’t matter — if you have great food, attentive service and an interesting concept, diners will keep coming back. However, the most successful eating establishments are often the most accessible — people want a place that is easy to get to, located in a safe neighborhood and has ample parking.

  1. Choose the Right Chef

 Your choice of chef can make or break your restaurant. Select a chef who possesses superior culinary skills — and is willing to be flexible to meet your diners’ evolving tastes.

  1. Have Sufficient Capital

 New restaurant owners often make the mistake that the initial buzz that accompanies the opening will last forever. However, most new eateries experience a significant drop-off in business once the excitement subsides. Opening with six to nine months of working capital in reserve will help you weather the storm during that crucial first year in business.

  1. Make Enhancing the Dining Experience a Top Priority

 Doing the little things that add value to the customer experience can deliver long-term dividends. Letting diners sample new dishes or beverages or giving out gift cards are inexpensive touches that go a long way toward establishing and maintaining customer loyalty.

  1. Implement a System-Based Operating Approach

 Too many restaurateurs run their establishment “by the seat of their pants,” which results in inefficiency and waste. The most successful restaurants typically operate like a company and have systems in place to control and monitor every aspect of the business.

  1. Don’t Take Shortcuts When It Comes to Health and Safety

 Tucson has strict restaurant codes and regulations in place regarding health and safety. A significant violation can put your diners and employees at risk and possibly shut down your business. Areas of focus should include fire prevention in the restaurant kitchen, kitchen hood safety and implementing comprehensive sanitation procedures.

  1. Create a Secure Environment

 A state-of-the-art security system for restaurants will increase safety and give you peace of mind. Key security system features include video surveillance cameras at high-risk spots such as entrances, cash-handling areas and parking lots, fire alarms in the kitchen and burglar alarms to protect the property when the restaurant is closed. The system should also have 24/7 remote monitoring to ensure a timely response when a fire, break-in or other security emergency occurs.

Titan Alarm, Inc. Can Meet Your Restaurant Security Needs in Tucson, AZ

 Titan Alarm can provide a reliable, cost-effective monitored security solution for your Tucson restaurant. We’re also a leading supplier of restaurant safety equipment such as kitchen hoods and fire extinguishers. Contact us to schedule a free on-site security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.

Security Cameras in Public Places: A Good or Bad Thing?

Like it or not, if you’re in an airport, school, airport, grocery store or nightclub, there’s a good chance there’s at least one security camera keeping a watchful eye on you. The increasing presence of security cameras in our society has fueled a heated debate regarding whether this is a positive or negative development. In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of using surveillance cameras in public places.

Pros of Security Cameras in Public

There are several advantages to having cameras monitor public places. Cameras can help benefit homeowners, business owners, law enforcement and any private citizen that uses public spaces.

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of installing cameras in public places is enhanced safety. Cameras can provide a sweeping panoramic view of a wide area or target specific locations noted for heavy criminal activity. A visible camera can also serve as a deterrent that can prevent crimes such as shoplifting, muggings and thefts from occurring. If a criminal sees a camera, it may be enough to stop them from doing whatever illegal activity they were planning. And in a time where we live with the constant threat of terrorism, security cameras can spot suspicious individuals before they can act. This proactive approach to crime can help prevent losses and unnecessary suffering. If you know that there is a way to stop something bad from ever happening, why wouldn’t you do it?

When crimes are committed, video cameras with recording capabilities can provide valuable evidence to law enforcement and prosecutors. Law enforcement can use the footage to identify and apprehend the offenders, while prosecutors can use it as proof of alleged perpetrator’s guilt. This knowledge can save law enforcement from identifying the wrong person and arresting the wrong people. In a legal setting, it is very difficult to argue against video footage of a crime. It’s a pretty foolproof piece of evidence. Security cameras can also prevent false claims and fraud. If a person is lying about an incident, security camera footage can easily disprove their claim. This can help law enforcement get back to solving real cases faster.

“Is the government recording me in public?” That’s a common concern many people have regarding the use of cameras in public places. While the short answer is no, some municipalities do use video cameras to catch drivers who run red lights and to monitor the flow of traffic in congested areas. The former can increase driver and pedestrian safety, while the latter can provide timely traffic and road condition information to commuters. Cameras monitoring road activity can also help identify stolen vehicles quicker. Without security cameras, law enforcement must rely only on eyewitness reports of sightings of the stolen vehicle. With cameras, officials can monitor cameras in the area around the time of the crime to find the vehicle a lot faster.

Security cameras can also lower insurance costs for homeowners and businesses. However, this is up to your insurance company. If you are considering installing security cameras at your home or business, you should consult with an insurance representative to see if they offer discounts or incentives for doing so. If your insurance company does offer these perks, they are doing so because it is a cost-effective practice. For example, if you have cameras posted around your home or business, you are less likely to have a break-in or other crime committed on your property. Therefore, you are less likely to have to file an insurance claim. It saves both you and your insurance company money when you install security cameras at your home or place of business.

There is not a lot of large-scale data about the effectiveness of security cameras in public places, but some smaller-scale data collection has shown that these cameras lower crime rates and are effective in their areas. The presence of a video camera in a public place could be enough of a deterrent to a criminal, or even a sign posted that states the area is under video surveillance. However, more data is necessary to show whether security cameras are as effective as we think they are. It should be a priority to collect more data to back up the idea that security cameras are effective in every scenario and area. Figuring out if security cameras, or other monitoring practices, are the most effective will help make public areas the safest they can be for all citizens.

Cons of Security Cameras in Public

While security cameras posted in public areas can provide many benefits to the public, they do pose some concerns that are necessary to take into consideration.

Security cameras monitoring public areas can appear to some as an invasion of privacy. If an innocent person is being monitored who has absolutely no intention of committing a crime, they will still be monitored. The person watching the video cannot tell whether something will happen or not. This uncertainty can cause many bystanders to be monitored needlessly. However, this is necessary in order to catch crimes. While most people agree that we face serious security challenges these days, not everyone believes installing security cameras in public places is an acceptable method for protecting our citizens. These folks would rather maintain their privacy than having the uneasy feeling that “Big Brother” is watching their every move.

It can cost a lot of money to install security cameras, monitors and related equipment in a public area. This equipment is expensive to purchase and must also be maintained. Many of these cameras are outdoors, so they are weathering rain, snow, wind and every other natural phenomenon. When the cameras are not working properly, they are basically useless. Costs can increase with this extra maintenance and the need to replace equipment when it breaks. Besides the cost of purchasing the equipment and maintaining it, there is also the cost of labor. Someone has to be on the receiving end of the security camera footage to make them effective at all. The more cameras there are, the more people you need to watch the surveillance footage. This means an even higher cost. In a time where budgets are tight, and businesses and government entities must make every dollar count, many people wonder if cameras are worth the investment.

In some cases, it can be difficult to prove that a security camera is an effective tool for deterring or preventing criminal activity. Brazen criminals may still apply their trade regardless of whether they spot a camera. Additionally, terrorists or suicide bombers are not concerned about the presence of cameras — in fact, many hope their heinous acts will be recorded for the world to see. Currently, there is not a great deal of hard data backing up the effectiveness of security cameras. Once there have been more studies done on the effectiveness of security cameras in public places, we must rely on the ideas behind their implementation. However, it is important to make sure the theories behind those ideas are indeed correct.

Another con of security cameras in public areas is that they are not currently considered a type of public record. If you have a concern as a private citizen, you cannot request a copy of video surveillance like you could another type of public record, like a marriage certificate. When your tax dollars are being used to collect and monitor a type of information, some people would argue they have a right to access that information.

However, this could also be seen as a pro, depending on your point of view. If any person could access copies of video surveillance taken at public areas, it would be a huge privacy issue. Any type of information, including video collected from cameras posted in public areas, can easily be used for malicious reasons. For example, a woman attempting to flee from an abusive partner could be tracked by accessing video information if it was available for public access. It would be very sad to see something that was intended to keep people safe actually cause something bad to happen.

Like many other forms of technology, security cameras can be hacked. This poses a serious threat to public safety, especially if criminals were to access the cameras to use for their benefit. Imagine this: a hacker breaks the security of a public camera and either turns it off or turns it away from the area where they plan to commit a crime. This would make it much easier for that person to get away with a robbery or another type of crime. However, even though security cameras can be hacked, there are also preventative measures that can keep this from happening. Installing firewalls, secure passwords and other cybersecurity measures can help keep video surveillance footage safe from falling into the wrong hands.

Titan Alarm Can Meet Your Security Camera Needs

If you believe the pros of security cameras outweigh the cons, Titan Alarm, Inc. can design and install a state-of-the-art camera system that meets your unique security requirements. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Press Release July 2018

PHOENIX – Titan Alarm Inc., announces the acquisition of the accounts and customer bases of Post Security and CCS Systems. The deal with Post Security was closed on May 8th and CCS Systems was closed on June 30th..

Titan purchased the monitored accounts of Post Security, a Phoenix-based company owned by Scott Post. Scott formed Post Security in 1990 and provided a full range of low voltage service, including intrusion alarms, access control systems, low voltage wiring, intercom systems, camera systems, and surround sound systems.

IMG_3712 Titan“Post Security adds a very loyal customer base of intrusion alarm systems to Titan’s customer portfolio,” said Danny Holmgren, President of Titan Alarm. “Scott ran a great operation and provided incredible customer service, as evidenced by the praise we have heard from his customers since we began servicing them, and his low customer attrition. We are thrilled that when the timing was right, Scott chose Titan Alarm as the best fit to take care of his customers into the future.”

CCS Systems was established in 1981 in Tucson, Arizona, by Andy and Margie Billings. CCS provides residential and commercial services, including intrusion alarm, fire alarm, CCTV, access control, home theater and A/V, and central vacuum cleaning systems. With over 30 years of experience, CCS proudly built one of the premier security integration companies in Southern Arizona and built a reputation of exceptional quality and customer service.

“For Titan Alarm, the opportunity to combine the customer base and personnel of CCS Systems with Titan Alarm was extremely exciting. Southern Arizona has been a territory that we have serviced for years and built up a small account base in, but we have never established a true branch,” said Holmgren. “The addition of CCS brings a very loyal, healthy account base, but also adds a new territory which will allow us to expand and grow exponentially. This transaction more than quadruples our account base in Tucson.  That’s a very exciting opportunity for us, but we feel that is just the beginning.  We are pleased to be able to retain the staff from CCS and look forward to integrating their great skills and reputations as we build our first brick-and-mortar branch location outside of Phoenix.”

With the closing of the deals with Post Security and CCS Systems, Titan Alarm’s total RMR now exceeds $205,000, with other potential account acquisition opportunities in the works by the end of 2017.

Titan Alarm was founded in 2008 in Phoenix Arizona and has become a recognized leader in the Phoenix market. Titan has gained great market share thru its ability to provide high quality intrusion and smart home systems to its residential customers, as well as being a full-service security and life safety company offering intrusion alarm, HD-video surveillance systems, card access control systems, and fire detection and suppression systems.  Holmgren says that there is a great need for quality security and fire companies in Southern Arizona. “Being able to find a great company that is large enough to provide all of the services that we provide is difficult in most of Southern Arizona.  We are very excited to expand our footprint and truly feel that we will be able to offer a service that fills a great need in this territory”

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

10 Unexpected Benefits of Security Cameras

When you hear the term “security camera,” you probably think of a device that watches you as you enter a commercial or government building or that monitors the doors or windows of a home. While these are two of the more obvious uses of cameras, they can do so much more. Here is a partial list of some unexpected ways security cameras benefit you, whether you own a home or business:

  1. Keeping an Eye on Your Kids

If you have children, one of the most valuable benefits of security cameras is using them to watch your kids as they play in the yard or monitor infants as they sleep. So-called “nanny cams” can give you the peace of mind of knowing that your nanny or babysitter is properly caring for your child while you’re away.

  1. Lowering Your Home Insurance Premiums

Many insurers offer reduced premiums to homeowners who install a home security system equipped with surveillance cameras.

  1. Monitoring Contractors/Workers

When you hire a contractor or plumber to do work in or around your home, a camera is like having an extra set of eyes to ensure they’re doing the job properly — and that they’re not helping themselves to your valuables.

  1. Spotting Suspicious Characters

While surveillance cameras are great for catching criminals in the act, they can also serve as an effective prevention tool. One of the more underrated benefits of security cameras is for monitoring the area around your property to determine if a potential intruder might be “casing” your home.

  1. Using Your Mobile Device as a Monitoring Tool

Today’s high-tech security cameras include remote monitoring capabilities, so you can use your smartphone or tablet to view live and recorded camera feeds on a 24/7 basis.

  1. Improving Employee Productivity

One of the many unexpected benefits of security cameras for business owners is ensuring you’re getting the best performance from your workforce. You can use them for monitoring computer activity, training, policy enforcement and much more.

  1. Preventing Harassment

Security cameras can help to create a safer work environment by providing visual events to support claims of harassment and other forms of inappropriate behavior.

  1. Deterring Employee Theft

If staff stealing is an issue in your workplace, cameras can help you identify the culprits — and serve as a deterrent that can prevent theft from occurring.

  1. Gathering Business Intelligence

Another unexpected benefit of security cameras in business is for acquiring data regarding customer shopping patterns and purchasing habits. For example, you can use the camera feeds to observe whether customers linger at a display or quickly move on.

  1. Safeguarding Assets

Construction companies and other entities that operate at remote job sites can use surveillance cameras to monitor expensive equipment and deter vandalism.

Contact Titan Alarm to Learn More About the Benefits of Security Cameras

Titan Alarm, Inc. is a leading provider of home and business security systems in the Phoenix, AZ area. Contact us to learn more about the unexpected ways security cameras can benefit you.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

The Red Flags of Retail Theft

Theft is a serious problem throughout the retail industry. Each year, store owners and operators across the U.S. lose billions of dollars to shoplifting, as well as internal theft perpetrated by employees and vendors. If you’re a retailer, you need to be vigilant for the “red flags” that indicate a strong risk of theft — or that one has already occurred.

How to Spot Theft by Customers

Too often, store operators are not aware of an act of shoplifting until after the fact — when they notice a broken package with the merchandise missing or that the stock is depleted in specific areas of the store. It requires a watchful eye from managers, employees and security personnel to detect shoplifters before they have the opportunity to steal.

Fortunately, many potential shoplifters are easy to spot. There are certain types of individuals who commit most of the retail thefts in the U.S.:

  • Teenagers/juveniles: Young people shoplift for numerous reasons — a response to peer pressure, the desire to have an expensive gadget they can’t afford or just for the thrill of it.
  • Impulse thieves: This type of shoplifter can be more difficult to detect. They usually do not go into a store with the intent to steal. Instead, they take advantage of an unexpected opportunity such as a blind spot in the store layout or an unmonitored dressing room.
  • Homeless individuals/drug addicts: Some individuals must resort to stealing just to survive or to support a habit. Homeless people or drug addicts may enter your store looking disheveled or disoriented and should be monitored closely as they move about.
  • Nervous/shifty people: Most shoplifters are amateurs. They will enter a store alone and exhibit nervous behavior, such as constantly looking around to see if anyone is watching them.

Signs of Internal Theft

When you consider that a business can lose up to five percent of its revenues to employee stealing and fraud, internal retail theft prevention is essential to the survival of the business. Signs to watch for include:

  • Missing inventory in stockrooms – Employees who work in stockrooms or warehousing areas have easy access to the store’s merchandise and can take it out through an unsupervised back entrance or loading dock door.
  • Lack of documentation for write-offs – Store employees who work in receiving may claim to have disposed of damaged merchandise or returned outdated goods to the manufacturer, although there may be no paper trail to account for it.
  • Drawers coming up short – Cashiers who constantly have an issue with their drawers not balancing out at the end of the shift may be inept — or they could be helping themselves to the cash receipts.

Ramp up Your Theft Prevention Efforts by Installing an Advanced Security System

Knowing how to prevent retail theft will have a positive impact on your store’s bottom line. Your theft prevention program should include the installation of a state-of-the-art security system with features such as video surveillance and access control. Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. for all you store security needs in the Phoenix, AZ area.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.

Fire Prevention on Construction Sites


Few work environments pose a bigger fire hazard than a construction site. U.S. Fire Administration figures indicate that there are more than 4,800 construction site fires each year, resulting in approximately $35 million in property damage. Construction fires are difficult to contain for a wide variety of reasons, such as the high volume of flammable materials on the site and the absence of adequate fire protection systems.

Common Construction Site Fire Hazards

There are numerous potential construction site hazards that can cause a fire:

  • Combustible materials: Most construction sites are filled with materials that can easily catch fire, such as liquid fuel, lumber and protective coverings for equipment. These types of fires can spread quickly and cause extensive damage in a short period of time.
  • Electrical wiring: Faulty, exposed or improperly installed electrical wiring is a major fire hazard at many construction sites.
  • Unattended heating units: The use of space heaters is common at many construction sites in colder climates. However, they pose a significant fire hazard if they’re left unattended or placed too close to flammable materials.
  • Careless smoking: While there may be rules in place that prohibit smoking on a construction site, they don’t always prevent construction workers from smoking on the job. It only takes one carelessly discarded cigarette to ignite a deadly blaze.
  • Arson: Many construction fires are intentionally set by vandals or disgruntled workers.

Construction Site Fire Safety Tips

While it may be impossible to eliminate all building site hazards that can cause a fire, there are a variety of preventive steps site managers and employees can take to minimize the risk. These include:

  • Substituting flammable building materials with flame retardant products wherever possible
  • Keeping the site free of discarded trash
  • Strictly enforcing no smoking policies
  • Restricting the use of space heaters in high-risk areas
  • Properly training workers on safe work practices
  • Storing combustible materials away from buildings that are under construction
  • Ensuring all electrical work complies with all applicable fire and building codes
  • Keeping all equipment in proper working order
  • Placing fire extinguishers at individual work areas and ensuring workers know how to operate them

Taking Appropriate Security Measures

Tight security can help to prevent acts of vandalism and arson. Consider installing perimeter fencing around the site and all equipment and material storage areas. If hiring trained security personnel is not a practical alternative for your construction operation, a high-quality security system including strategically placed video cameras, motion detectors and access control devices can provide reliable around-the-clock site surveillance.

If you manage residential or commercial construction sites in the Phoenix, AZ area, Titan Alarm, Inc. can design and install an effective security system that will fully protect the property and give you peace of mind. We offer the most innovative site security products on the market, including IP cameras, access control systems and motion detection devices. We can also install a fire alarm system with 24/7 monitoring that ensures early detection if a fire breaks out. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.

Fire Hazards in the Workplace

fire-hazards-in-workplaceIt’s hard to pick up a newspaper or watch a newscast without coming across a story about a devastating fire in a business establishment. Approximately 80,000 commercial fires occur in the U.S. each year, resulting in about 18,000 injuries, 3,000 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage. Fire is also one of the major causes of accidents in the workplace.

Exploring the Numerous Fire Hazards at Work

The many potential causes of fires in the workplace include:

  • Careless cooking: While we tend to think of cooking-related fires as only occurring in the home, they are also a leading fire hazard in the office and other work environments. The NFPA reports that about 25 percent of fires in office buildings are caused by cooking equipment. Many workers do not exercise the same degree of caution when cooking at work as they do at home. Preparing food outside of kitchens or other designated cooking areas also poses a significant fire hazard in many workplaces.
  • Electrical issues: There are numerous sources of electrical fires in a commercial establishment. Examples include faulty or loose wiring, overloaded circuits and other electrical systems, the unsafe use of electrical equipment and the failure to maintain adequate spacing between electric heating units and combustible materials.
  • Careless smokers: These days, most workplaces are required by law to establish designated smoking areas. However, the heavy concentration of smokers in one area can pose a fire hazard. Fires can also be caused by smokers who attempt to “sneak” a cigarette in off-limits areas and fail to properly extinguish it.
  • Neglected commercial heating systems: Timely heating system maintenance is often overlooked in many commercial buildings. A neglected heating system will not only lead to increased energy costs, but it can also pose a serious fire hazard.
  • Inappropriate storage/handling of combustible materials: Many workplaces are filled with flammable or combustible materials. The failure to safely handle or store these materials can increase the risk of fire. For example, one of the most significant office fire hazards is the improper storage of paper files and documents.
  • Improper disposal of waste materials: Some work procedures produce combustible byproducts or require the use of hazardous materials. If not properly disposed of, these materials could ignite and cause a fire.
  • Arson: Whether due to acts of vandalism or an effort to collect insurance proceeds, many workplace fires are intentionally set. The commercial buildings most susceptible to arson are those that are unoccupied or abandoned, although virtually any business structure is at risk.

Protect Your Workplace With a Custom-Designed Fire Alarm System

Installing an advanced commercial fire detection system can dramatically reduce the risk of a destructive fire at your facility. The most effective systems feature a combination of fire alarms, smoke detectors and sprinklers and include 24/7 monitoring services. If you own a business in the Phoenix area, Titan Alarm, Inc. can design and install a customized fire alarm system that will provide reliable around-the-clock protection for your facility. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation on-site consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.

Construction Employee Safety Tips


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in the U.S. in 2015 — 937 of which occurred in the private construction industry. Typical construction site hazards include everything from improperly erected ladders and scaffolding to unsafe operation of heavy equipment such as cranes and forklifts. The following tips can significantly improve safety for construction site workers:

  • Proper training: Safety in construction begins with appropriate training. To maximize its effectiveness, safety training for construction workers should be ongoing and job-specific. Post-event safety training is also essential for preventing similar incidents from occurring in the future. Develop a set of safe operating procedures for every assigned task.
  • Fall protection steps: The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) points out that falls are typically the leading cause of construction-related fatalities each year. If you employ construction personnel who work at heights, aerial lifts or elevated platforms can provide a better construction safety alternative to scaffolding or ladders. Using safety netting and body harnesses can also help to prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities.
  • Preventing trench collapses: Trenches pose another common safety hazard in construction site operations. OSHA recommends enlisting the services of a professional engineer to design a protective safety system for trenches deeper than 20 feet. Provide a safe, convenient method for exiting a trench such as a ladder, stairway or ramp.
  • Electrical safety precautions: Working around electricity can pose a major hazard in construction site operations. Key electrical safety steps include promptly replacing frayed or worn wires and cables, keeping ladders and scaffolding at least 10 feet away from power lines and ensuring all electrical tools and equipment are properly grounded.
  • Construction worker safety practices: Construction employees should play a prominent role in their own safety. All construction site workers are responsible for following recommended construction safety procedures. They should also immediately bring any improperly operating or unsafe tools or heavy equipment to the attention of their supervisor. In addition, workers should always wear proper personal protection equipment such as helmets, gloves, safety goggles and face shields.
  • Make first aid easily accessible: When a construction injury does occur, immediate treatment can often minimize the impact. A basic first aid kit for treating cuts, sprains, scrapes and minor burns should be readily available at each work area. If employees cannot locate the first aid kid or if it is missing some medical supplies, they should notify their supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Construction site fencing: Install fencing around dangerous areas such as trenches or excavation sites, as this can prevent workers or passersby from accidentally falling into a deep hole. Repair or replace damaged fencing as quickly as possible.

Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. for Your Construction Site Security Needs

Unattended construction sites are vulnerable to acts of vandalism, such as damaging equipment or fencing, that could jeopardize the safety of your workers. If you operate construction sites in the Phoenix, AZ area, Titan Alarm can provide an effective, affordable security solution for your company. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation construction safety/security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 2, 2018.