This section provides a foundation for understanding important, life-saving products such as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors. Choosing the right types and amounts of alarms and extinguishers will help keep your loved ones and home safe. Rely on manufacture literature to learn the specifics of products.

Equally important are the types of locks chosen for your home. Whether you select a deadbolt, bored lockset, keyed lockset or nightlatch, this section will help you understand the difference between different types of locks and allow you to make the most informed decision for your home.

Home Security

LOCKS Installation of locks is a common do-it-yourself project. According to market information, less than 7 percent of the total retail lock business is from locksmiths. A large percentage of consumers shop retail stores for locks. LOCK MECHANISMS The five mechanical types of key-operated locks are pin-tumbler, lever-tumbler, disc-tumbler, warded and combination locks. Pin-tumbler locks with […]


Gas, Smoke, and Fire Protection

DETECTORS Gas, smoke and fire detectors are common residential safety products. Many municipal building codes require smoke or fire detectors in multifamily dwellings, in new construction, and, in some cases, in existing single-family homes. There are three common types of detectors: thermal, ionization and photoelectric. Thermal detectors are activated by heat; ionization responds to smoke […]


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