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Products for a fall home project

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While the kids are back in the classroom, parents should utilize the time to start and finish one fall home improvement project before the craziness of the holidays officially takes over. You don't have to hire contractors for a large scale project, such as building an addition. Instead, you may find it beneficial to install some projects to boost up your home's comfort and relaxation levels. Take advantage of the weather before it gets too cold, especially if you've been wanting to make some upgrades to your outdoor patio.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Prepare for darker, longer nights with a connected home

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As we enter into autumn and winter, we face shorter days, longer nights and the end of daylight saving time. Coming home from work or dinner with friends, we're often dealing with decreased visibility and a greater risk of accidents. This could make for a minor inconvenience like knocking over your favorite lamp or a greater danger, such as failing to notice an intruder.

Automating household lighting adds security and comfort in the darker months and can keep you, your family and your favorite items safer. Here's a few simple ways to prepare your home for fall.

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Topics: Smart Home, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Home security tips for Halloween

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Halloween is a night known for treats but also tricks. While the holiday is associated with costumes, scary movies, jack-o'-lanterns and sweet treats, it's also a night known for mischief ranging from vandalism to robbery. 

While fright is a part of the Halloween tradition, fear of crime doesn't need to be. Taking smart precautions and installing home electrical security features can help protect you and your family from Halloween mayhem.

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Topics: Safety & Security

How to light your house for Halloween with smart lighting controls

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Boo! It's time for terrifying thrills and monstrous scares as Halloween night approaches. Soon you'll be carving pumpkins, perfecting costumes and chowing down on entirely too much candy. As you prepare for a frightful Halloween night, don't forget to think about your home lighting.

From sinister shadows and flickering lights to fun-filled designs for the kids, smart lighting is a great way to enhance Halloween fun. It's also a crucial step for maintaining a secure environment for trick-or-treaters. Here are some tips to turn your home into an exciting and safe Halloween haunt using smart lighting controls:

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Topics: Smart Home, LED Lighting, How To, Safety & Security

Jasco Donates GE Alarms to Help Schools Keep Students with Autism Safe

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Jasco recently partnered with the National Autism Association (NAA) to help launch a new school safety program for educators. The Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit® is a free-of-charge safety kit designed to help schools keep students with autism safe and prevent wandering incidents from classrooms. 

The NAA is the leading voice on issues related to autism safety and crisis prevention. As a proud supporter, Jasco has donated 1,000 4-packs of GE branded Window/Door Alarm Kits to the NAA’s Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit.

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Topics: Safety & Security, News

5 forgotten dorm essentials you actually need

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Your college checklist might seem like a never-ending list of things you'll need before you leave for school this fall, and that may be somewhat true. Many of these basic items like twin XL bedding, a shower caddy and storage bins are no-brainers when it comes to college stuff you know you'll need. Here is a list of 5 forgotten dorm essentials you actually need but probably didn't think about. Many students won’t discover they need these items until they’re in a pinch, like the night before a presentation or when a small paper cut becomes infected and the closest antibacterial ointment is miles away at a CVS store instead of in your dorm room (see #5 below). 

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Topics: Safety & Security, Mobility, News, Power

5 trends to look for in home surveillance

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Topics: Smart Home, Safety & Security

Improving your home safety to fit a senior's needs

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While retirement and elderly care facilities have their benefits when it comes to safety, some people simply don't want to leave the comfort of their own home. However, if you are housing a parent or grandparent, or are an elder wanting to continue to live at home, you may have to "seniorize" your house.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security

10 tips to help you enjoy vacation and not worry about your home

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Some people simply cannot relax and enjoy themselves while on vacation because they're too worried about the security of their home. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because you should always ensure your home is completely secure when you leave for a vacation. However, once you finally make it to your destination, that's the time to leave your worries behind and enjoy yourself!

Whether your trip is set to last just a weekend or an entire month, you need to take additional precautions to make sure your home will be safe while you're away.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security

How GE alarms are protecting kids at risk for autism related wandering

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April is Autism Awareness Month. As we approach the final days of this month, we encourage everyone to continue raising awareness and to not let the end of April be the end of your efforts and support for those living with or affected by autism. 

According to National Autism Association (NAA), it is estimated that one out every 68 individuals has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and according to a 2012 study in Pediatrics, 49% of children with ASD have a tendency to wander from safe settings. Individuals with ASD are often attracted to water, yet have little to no sense of danger. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children with ASD.

The NAA is a parent-run organization committed to providing resources and support for families and children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The NAA uses Jasco’s GE Branded Wireless Security Alarms for their Big Red Safety Box program. 

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Topics: Safety & Security, News