Alarm Donates Security System to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Family
SOUTHFIELD, Michigan, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Technicians for Guardian Alarm of Southfield, Mich. have installed an integrated security system at the home of Larry and Judy Vardon in Oak Park, Mich. for the television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC-TV).

Guardian Alarm donated the system to help the Vardons, who are both deaf, protect their 12-year old autistic son, Lance, who is also blind. Lance's activities need to be monitored closely so he doesn't leave the house unattended.

"We really had a challenge to design a system to work for the Vardons' unique circumstances and disabilities," said Matt Fraiberg, assistant general manager of Guardian Alarm. "However, we were able to combine off-the-shelf hardware usually used in commercial buildings with equipment normally installed in homes and integrated it into one, easy-to-operate system."

Working around dozens of other contractors who were ripping out walls and fixtures, the Guardian technicians installed wiring on one day and returned later to install equipment over two additional days. The complete makeover of the house, which added nearly 10 percent to the floor space, took only six days.

The security package includes window and door sensors, smoke detectors, four indoor security cameras and two outside "night" cameras sensitive to infrared light. Larry and Judy will be able to call up the camera images on any of a number of monitors located around the house. Strobe alarms will alert them if a door or window is opened when the system is activated, and easy-to-use controls will let them quickly see what's happening.

"Before our work, it might have been five or ten minutes or maybe an hour before the Vardons would realize that Lance had walked out of the house," said Fraiberg. "Now they'll have the comfort of knowing they'll be alerted within seconds and can respond appropriately."

Guardian Security Service, the parent company of Guardian Alarm, is the nation's largest independent security firm. Guardian also provided security for the area around the home during the six-day home reconstruction and television production project.

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