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DOES YOUR BUILDING REQUIRE A ULC CERTIFCATE FOR FIRE ALARM OR SPRINKLER MONITORING?

IF YOU HAVE A FIRE ALARM SYSTEM OR FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM AT YOUR BUILDING - YOU WILL BE IMPACTED.


WHAT TYPES OF BUILDINGS WILL BE IMPACTED?

  • Most buildings with fire alarm systems or fire sprinkler systems.
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Condominium Buildings
  • High Rise Buildings
  • Office Buildings
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Educational Buildings, Schools
  • Public Buildings - Arenas, Stadiums, Performance Venues, Movie Theaters
  • Hospitals, Care Homes
  • Prisons, Jails




FIRE ALARM MONITORING 101

  • Fire alarm systems are designed to detect a fire in your building and alert the occupants to evacuate.
  • Fire sprinkler systems are similar and have the added ability to suppress a fire.
  • Neither has the ability to alert the Fire Department of a fire at your building - unless you add a fire monitoring system and 24/7 ULC Monitoring service plan with Fire Alarm, Fire Trouble and Fire Supervisory detection.
  • A Reed Security ULC Certified technician can install a fire alarm monitoring transmitter that meets the CAN/ULC-S561-13 national standard.


BRANDS WE MONITOR

  • Alsask
  • Bosch
  • Chubb
  • Edwards
  • Fike
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson Controls, JCI
  • Mircom
  • Notifier
  • Potter
  • Siemens
  • Silent Knight
  • Simplex Grinnell
  • Troy Life & Fire Safety
  • Tyco
  • United Technologies
  • Vipond
  • Other




WHAT IS 
CAN/ULC-S561-13?

  • It's the fire monitoring standard written by the Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
  • It's the standard that is referenced in Building Codes and Fire Codes.
  • It provides maximum protection and safety.
  • It governs how fire monitoring equipment is installed, how it communicates and how its maintained.
  • It governs how 24/7 ULC Monitoring Stations are built and how they receive signals from your building.


WHY DO YOU NEED CAN/ULC-S561-13?

  • Fire Departments across Saskatchewan, including the Saskatoon Fire Department, are now enforcing the CAN/ULC-S561-13 national standard for fire alarm monitoring.
  • Building Inspectors and Fire Inspectors are performing random inspections and will request to see your ULC Certificate.
  • Most properties WILL NOT have a ULC Certificate (as the standard was not enforced in Saskatchewan until recently).
  • If you cannot produce a ULC Certificate there will be a deficiency placed against your building and you will be provided some time to get obtain one.
  • Failure to produce a ULC Certificate can result in large fines and delayed building occupancy.
  • The ULC Certificate is the only physical proof that your site meets the ULC Standard for fire alarm monitoring.
  • If your security alarm provider CANNOT issue a ULC Certificate they are not providing ULC-level monitoring.
  • Reed Security is ULC Certified for both installation and monitoring; Reed Security can issue a ULC Certificate.
  • CONTACT US today for your no obligation fire monitoring evaluation.



If you would like more information on ULC Fire Monitoring

Contact Us for a Free Fire Monitoring Evaluation

Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)



"I DON'T HAVE TO WONDER WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE STORE. I CAN JUST KNOW" -RACHEL MULCAHY, IVY WILD

When you start your own business, there's plenty to keep you awake at night. 

Did we choose the best location? How can we reach more customers? How are things looking at the business right now—as in: right now, at 10:30 PM? 

When she opened beauty and skincare boutique Ivy Wild, Washington D.C. business owner Rachel Mulcahy worried about all of the above. After having a full suite of Alarm.com for Business security technology installed, however, Rachel found it easy to put security concerns to bed. 

"With Alarm.com, it takes maybe five seconds to check in," Rachel says.  "I don't have to wonder what's happening at the store. I can just know." 

Here's how Alarm.com helps Rachel protect and run her business.
 


Smart alerts and video feeds keep Rachel in the know
 

With smart security cameras inside and outside Ivy Wild, Rachel can have a 360° view of what's happening anytime—no matter where she is. Her Alarm.com for Business app lets her quickly view a live feed from any camera, or find a recorded video clip of something that happened earlier. 

"I feel like I can be at the store even when I'm not at the store," she says. "I can tap my app's video button and see the store indoors and out." 

Alarm.com also offers Rachel an array of notification options for keeping up with important activity. 

"I get a notification when the store is closed up and secure." she says. "I can get an alert if the store doesn't open on time. Alarm.com lets me know who arrived, and when. And if I get a notification that something is wrong, I can open my app and see exactly what's happening." 

Related: "Being in control means knowing what's happening. That's what Alarm.com gives me."  

Smart safeguards protect Ivy Wild's inventory 


Ivy Wild carries high-quality cosmetics and products that could make an attractive target for thieves. Rachel rests easier knowing that her security system is professionally monitored.  In the event of a break-in, local police will be alerted without Rachel needing to act.  Additionally, Alarm.com offers Ivy Wild a range of automated safeguards to protect different aspects of the store. 

"For example, I'm not always here at the end of the day to lock up," Rachel says. "So, I have an Alarm.com rule that locks our smart lock, automatically, every day at closing time. 

Even Ivy Wild's smart thermostat helps protect things. 

"It would be a problem if the store got too hot," Rachel says. "We don't want our cosmetics getting overheated; it could degrade the quality. Fortunately, I can see and control the temperature from anywhere with my Alarm.com app. If things get too warm, I'll get a temperature alert. It's amazing to have Alarm.com take care of these things.

Managing access for employees is easy—and more secure
 


Ivy Wild has four part-time employees, who all need to access the store at different times. With Alarm.com's smarter access control, that's easy. 

"I can quickly set up access for a new employee," says Rachel. "I go into my Alarm.com dashboard, set them up with a keycard, then specify the times and days on which they have access to the store. If anyone forgets their card—although it hasn't happened yet—I can unlock the door remotely with my app." 

Related: "With keyless access, Alarm.com for Business makes my life easier." 

As Ivy Wild grows, Rachel expects to rely on Alarm.com even more. 

"If we open another location, I'll want the same technology there," she says. "Being able to manage employee access for two stores, side by side, with each store's video feeds and activity alerts too, would be huge." 

"This is a security system but it does so much more," says Rachel. "I consider it an essential business tool—something every owner should have."  

Want Alarm.com for your business?  

Professionally delivered by Reed Security, Alarm.com for Business is the smartest way to upgrade your security, access control, video surveillance and energy management.
 

SOURCE: ALARM.COM

If you would like more information on Smart Home or Business Security & Automation please Contact Us for a Free Security Evaluation.


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REED SECURITY WELCOMES DETECT SECURITY SUBSCRIBERS

Virgil Reed, Heidi Dutton, Sharon Riese, Kurtis Riese

Detect Security Systems has sold its security monitoring services to Reed Security.

You will be in great hands! Reed Security has received 20+ Award Recognitions for the way we look after People (Customer Service, Quality Management, Marketing, New Direction, and Small Business of the Year). 

Our local dealer in P.A. is Thor Security Ltd. and the office is located at 1-243 South Industrial Drive. Myron and Oyvind look forward to serving you!

No major changes are planned, however we will be seeking feedback from you on how we can continue to deliver a great experience.

Sincerely,


Sharon Riese
Owner
Detect Security Systems


Virgil Reed
Owner
Reed Security


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HOW I BUILT THIS: A SECURITY LIFE PODCAST WITH VIRGIL REED


After spending years working at Future Shop (Best Buy) and ADT Security I decided to go out on my own and launch a security company in Saskatoon, SK. I was 26 years old and had a lot of enthusiasm, but was really naive on how to start and run a business. 

It was pretty tough in the early years (2000) and I failed a lot. I was determined to succeed - even when our accountant at the time suggested otherwise "sometimes you have to give up your dream" he said. 

Today Reed Security services thousands of clients across the prairies from our head office and dealerships in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and Calgary. We've received 20+ Award Recognitions for Customer Service, Management Quality, Marketing, New Direction, Young Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year.

In this podcast I share how I failed, how I overcame challenges, and how WE Built Reed Security into the successful brand it is today.

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Interviewed by Paul Grossinger, Group Publisher of Annex Business Media (SP&T News)



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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM A SUCCESSFUL AMBER ALERT?

Happy Monday?

It makes us all sick to our stomach when we hear about a child being abducted. For a Battleford’s area family it’s been a roller coaster after their running vehicle with their six year old daughter in it was stolen on Sunday. An AMBERT ALERT was issued and many of us shared it in our news feeds on social media trying to help any way we could. My wife Heidi and I thought of all the clients we had in the Battleford’s area with HD Security Cameras that we could ask to check for footage. The family made a tearful video appeal asking for the return of their daughter with no questions asked.

It is a Happy Monday because the AMBER ALERT was cancelled as their daughter was safely found by a city worker in an industrial area. Prayers were answered and our worst fears were avoided. It appears to be a crime of opportunity. It’s possible the suspect(s) didn’t know there was a passenger in the vehicle.

So, what can we learn from this?


1. REDUCE OPPORTUNITIES

After running a security business for nearly two decades and visiting multiple crime scenes I can tell you that most crimes are crimes of opportunity. If you want to reduce crime, you need to control the odds and take away the opportunities. This means taking active precautions such as locking doors and windows, having proper lighting at night, and installing a security system. You are 400% less likely to have a break-in by taking action.


2. SOCIAL MEDIA WORKS

Many parents went to social media and shared news about the AMBER ALERT including photos of the abducted child and the vehicle that was stolen. It wasn’t just the RCMP working on their own anymore. Thousands of additional eyes and ears across the prairies were actively spreading the word and creating awareness. It certainly made it difficult for the suspects(s) to hide. Did it play a role in the decision to return the child safely? The investigation will tell the story.

Social Media also works when you share video footage from HD Security Cameras. Next time you experience a theft make sure you contact the POLICE and share images on FaceBook and Instagram. You never know who will recognize the suspect(s).

Virgil Reed
Founder, CEO
Reed Security






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