Six Tips for a Safe Grilling this Summer

For many, Summer means a surge in outdoor cooking. Grilling is a fun and delicious way to prepare food, but it’s not without its risks. 

Did you know the National Fire Prevention Agency says cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires? Between 2014 and 2018, more than 42,000 home fires were started by grills, hibachis, and barbecues, resulting in over $149 million in property damage. Every year, gas grills are involved in more than 8,900 home fires!

Knowing how to safely operate your outdoor cooking equipment is critical to preventing fires. And knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives and property.

Check out these tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe grilling season:

  1. For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use. 
  2. Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  3. Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  4. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  5. If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.
  6. Never leave your grill unattended when in use.

With these tips, you’ll have a safe and happy summer. We hope you enjoy it!

Advanced Security Systems Jumps to #75 Among Nation’s 100 Top Security Dealers

Eureka, Calif.—By focusing on customer satisfaction and providing state-of-the-art security solutions, Advanced Security Systems has again been listed among the top 100 security dealers in the U.S. The ranking is part of the 2020 Security Dealer Magazine 100, which ranks U.S. companies that provide electronic security systems to residential and commercial/government customers.


SDM’s rankings are based on total annual revenue, residential subscribers, and non-residential sales revenue, among other factors. In 2019, Advanced Security Systems was ranked No. 76, and in 2018, the company ranked No. 82. Click here to see the full report.


“We’re thrilled to be a part of the best security companies in the country,” says Chuck Petrusha, President and CEO of Advanced Security Systems. “The fact that we keep moving up the list reflects the dedication of the Advanced Security Systems team of professionals. We’re looking forward to another productive yet challenging, year ahead.”


Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the security industry had experienced a year of rapid growth. Collectively, the top 100 security companies reported total annual revenue growth of 9.5 percent.


In March, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declared security businesses an essential service, and Advanced Security Systems has operated without interruption since shelter-in-place orders were issued throughout Northern California. “Our technicians and sales consultants are masked and trained to do their work while safely practicing social distancing. The health of our team members and our customers is our top priority, and we’re taking every precaution to ensure our customer’s homes and businesses are secure while avoiding the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” says Petrusha.


About the Company

Since 1971, Advanced Security Systems has been Northern California and Southern Oregon’s security leader. Advanced Security Systems sells, services, and installs residential and commercial security alarms, fire alarms, access control, and surveillance systems to residential, commercial, and government consumers.

EasyCall: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

This year, instead of a ‘typical’ mother’s day gift, give your mom the gift of independence. EasyCall is the perfect gift for mothers who want peace of mind while living on their own.

With EasyCall’s personal medical alert system, you’ll spend less time worrying about mom’s safety and more time enjoying each other’s company. Here are just a few of the benefits EasyCall offers:


For Mom

Get help right away: EasyCall offers 24/7 support in case of emergencies and a customized response plan: we can call you or send help right away, the choice is yours.

Independence: Many seniors who receive an EasyCall medical alert system can stay in their homes longer because their families know help is available at the push of a button.

Security: EasyCall is designed to be worn all day, including in the bath or shower. Since many falls occur in the bathroom, you’ll never be far from help in the case of an emergency.

Confidence Boost: We’ve had many seniors tell us they’re afraid of falling because they know they could be stuck on the floor for hours or days. With EasyCall’s automatic fall detection, we’ll send help as soon as a fall occurs. There’s no need to push a button or call for help. Our professional dispatchers will automatically receive a signal that you have fallen and will send help to your home.


For You

Peace of Mind: You’ll know you’re in good hands with free professional installation and a lifetime guarantee on all EasyCall medical alert systems.

Visit us online to learn more about EasyCall!

Update Your Total Connect 2.0 App for a New Look & Feel

This week, Honeywell Home’s Total Connect 2.0 app will have a fresh, updated look. You will have the same great Total Connect functionality with a sleeker and more intuitive design. Whether they are using iOS, Android, or the website, users will be excited to see the improvements.

This is not a total redesign of the app, so we expect a seamless transition. Users can still expect the same red TC app icon, the name remains Total Connect 2.0, and the overall layout, functionality, and design of the app largely remain unchanged. All a user will need to do is update their app to the latest version. There is no other action required.

Updates include:

  • New clean color scheme
  • Updated automation devices page, with new icons and clear action buttons making the user experience easier
  • Smart Scenes has a new setup workflow, simplifying the process for end-users with quick setup in just three steps
  • Skybell Video Doorbell can now be live-streamed with a phone vertically, in addition to landscape

Please update your app to the latest version available in your app store.

Find Total Connect 2.0 on Apple iPhones and iPads »

Find Total Connect 2.0 on Android phones and tablets »