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Video: Code Compliance With Commercial Locks

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to change the locks on a commercial property, make sure you’re aware of local and federal code regulations. To learn more, we’re with Dustin Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas.

Dustin Lucas: When replacing or installing new locks in a commercial setting, it is important to be in compliance with local and federal standards. Lever locks must be used in almost all applications, due to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, life safety, and fire codes. Doorknobs are not compliant, due to the fact that they can be hard to grip and turn, Read more

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Video: What to Look for in a Safe

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: When purchasing a safe in which to store your valuables, there are a few important attributes you should look for. Today we’re in Hayward with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Blaine Lucas: Today, we’re going to talk about what to look for when purchasing a safe. There’s no such thing as a fire proof safe. Safes are fire resistant. Look for the certified fire label on the inside of the door. Check the details. See what temperature the safe was tested on and for what length of time. Not all safes are rated. Yours should be. Read more

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Considerations for Choosing a Safe

Posted on August 15, 2017 by James Florence

OAKLAND — Your home may be equipped with a good security system, but if you own a lot of valuables, you should consider buying a safe. However, not all safes are alike, so it’s important to look for quality when making your purchase.

Most safes sold at big-box stores are lightweight units made of a special kind of insulation that’s covered with sheet metal. While these safes may provide some protection against changes in temperature, they aren’t appropriate for storing valuables, as they can be easily pried open with a crowbar or screwdriver. A better option is to visit a store that specializes in home security and ask for a high-quality safe that provides adequate protection. Read more

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Code Compliance with Commercial Locks

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

HAYWARD – When replacing or installing new locks in a commercial setting, a critical concern is keeping in compliance with local and federal standards. For example, lever locks are required in almost all commercial applications in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as general life safety and fire codes. Regular doorknobs are not compliant due to the fact that they can be hard to grip and turn, which can restrict people from moving in and out of the building.

However, simply having lever locks isn’t enough: they need to be of the proper specifications to satisfy safety code standards. For example, the lever returns need to be less than half an inch from the door to minimize risk of getting hung up on a lever while trying to exit during an emergency. Read more

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Find a Good Locksmith Before You Need One

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

HAYWARD — Nobody plans on getting locked out of their car or house, which is why few people take the time to research locksmiths before they need one. However, due to the potential consequences, it’s a good idea to find a quality locksmith in advance. The biggest reason for this is simple: not all locksmiths are reputable. For example, some locksmiths are unlicensed, which means they operate outside of state requirements. The State of California requires licensing for both individual locksmiths and locksmith companies. The licensing process involves live scan fingerprinting and a background check.

Calling an unlicensed locksmith is bad enough, but it can get much worse. Locksmith scams are a major problem in the industry—such a problem, Read more

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Video: Finding a Locksmith Before You Need One

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

HAYWARD — Host, Sarah Rutan: While you can’t anticipate being locked out of your car or home, you can avoid a tough situation by finding a trusted locksmith ahead of time. To learn more, we’re with Katelyn Radtke of Foothill Locksmiths, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas.

Katelyn Radtke: It’s important to find a good locksmith before you need one, and there are three main reasons why. The first reason is that scams in this industry are real. Locksmith scams have been featured on shows like 7 On Your Side or Good Morning America. Often, a scammer locksmith will quote a low price over the phone, Read more

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Video: Fortifying Your Exterior Doors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

HAYWARD – Host, Sarah Rutan: While an alarm system will add to your home’s security, a more critical measure is fortifying your exterior doors with quality hardware. Today we’re in Hayward with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Blaine Lucas: Whatever your budget, there are security solutions out there to help improve your situation. Here at Foothill Locksmith, we are big fans of burglary alarms. But alarms let you know after the criminal has gained entry. We want to stop that alarm from going off by adding UL 437 high security locks like Medeco and reinforcing your door and door frame. With these upgrades, Read more

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