How you can Choose a Nevada Home Monitoring Security Installer

Installing an alarm system on your Nevada home comes with many benefits. You'll save money on your homeowner's insurance premiums, you'll deter criminals from trying to break in, and monitored systems will automatically call for the fire department, police department or an ambulance should an emergency arise. But with so many Nevada home monitoring security installation companies out there, how do you choose the right one?

Ask for Referrals - Personal recommendations are always the best and the first place you should look for a good installer is through your social network. Ask everyone you know who has an alarm system for the name of the company they used. Try to get a minimum of three names so you will have a good variety to pick from.

Research - Check out the company by visiting their website. While you should read about the types of services they provide, you are mostly interested in finding out how long they have been in business and if they are local to you. Your goal is to find a company with experience installing security systems. It is a big plus if they are in your neighborhood because it will be easier to get in touch with someone should you need help.

Check for Current Licensing - You must be licensed to install security systems in Nevada. Either go to their website or call the company and get their licensing number. You can find out if they are current on their licensing by getting in touch with the state licensing department.

Check their BBB Rating - Most good businesses have a B or better rating at the Better Business Bureau. But their rating isn't the only thing you should look at. Read any complaints that have been lodged against them through the BBB. Any complaints that have been left resolved should be considered a red flag.

Read Online Reviews - Social media is your friend, especially when it comes to getting honest feedback about how the business treats their customers. Use a search engine to find reviews of the company by previous clients. Again, nobody is perfect and you may find some complaints. A few are okay, however, pages and pages of nothing but negative feedback indicates you should look for someone else to install your system.

Contact Previous References Directly - Most companies will have a list of previous customers who are willing to talk to potential customers about their experience with the business. Call and get a few names. Ask those previous customers questions about the installer's performance, as well as how he or she treated them. Find out if they would recommend the business to their friends and family.

Once you've got a good feel for the reputation of the Nevada home security monitoring company you are considering hiring, look at additional factors such as cost, type of equipment and warranties to see how they stack up against the competition. However, what it all really boils down to is how comfortable you with having the home security alarm install your system. You will be dealing with the company for many years to come so be sure you hire someone you will like and trust. 

Atomic Blast Footage at the Nevada Proving Grounds: The House in the Middle (1954)


The Nevada National Security Site (N2S2), previously the Nevada Test Site (NTS), is a United States Department of Energy reservation located in southeastern Nye County, Nevada, about 65 mi (105 km) northwest of the city of Las Vegas. Formerly known as the Nevada Proving Grounds, the site, established on 11 January 1951, for the testing of nuclear devices, is composed of approximately 1,360 sq mi (3,500 km2) of desert and mountainous terrain. Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with a 1-kilotonne-of-TNT (4.2 TJ) bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat on 27 January 1951. Many of the iconic images of the nuclear era come from NTS.

The Nevada Test Site contains 28 areas, 1,100 buildings, 400 miles (640 km) of paved roads, 300 miles (480 km) of unpaved roads, 10 heliports and two airstrips.

Established as a 680-square-mile (1,800 km2) area by president Harry Truman on December 18, 1950 within the Nellis Air Force Gunnery and Bombing Range.

Between 1951 and 1992, there were a total of 928 announced nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site. Of those, 828 were underground. (Sixty-two of the underground tests included multiple, simultaneous nuclear detonations, adding 93 detonations and bringing the total number of NTS nuclear detonations to 1,021, of which 921 were underground.) The site is covered with subsidence craters from the testing. The Nevada Test Site was the primary testing location of American nuclear devices; 126 tests were conducted elsewhere (many at the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands).

During the 1950s, the mushroom cloud from these tests could be seen for almost 100 mi (160 km) in either direction, including the city of Las Vegas, where the tests became tourist attractions. Americans headed for Las Vegas to witness the distant mushroom clouds that could be seen from the downtown hotels.

On 17 July 1962, the test shot "Little Feller I" of Operation Sunbeam became the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada Test Site. Underground testing of weapons continued until 23 September 1992, and although the United States did not ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the articles of the treaty are nevertheless honored and further tests have not occurred. Subcritical testing, tests not involving the full creation of a critical mass, continue.

One notable test shot was the "Sedan" shot of Operation Storax on 6 July 1962, a 104-kilotonne-of-TNT (440 TJ) shot for the Operation Plowshare which sought to prove that nuclear weapons could be used for peaceful means in creating bays or canals—it created a crater 1,280 feet (390 m) wide and 320 feet (100 m) deep that can still be seen today. While most of the larger tests were conducted elsewhere, NTS was home to tests in the 500-to-1,000-kilotonne-of-TNT (2,100 to 4,200 TJ) range, which caused noticeable seismic effects in Las Vegas.

Each of the underground explosions—some as deep as 5,000 feet—vaporized a large chamber, leaving a cavity filled with radioactive rubble. About a third of the tests were conducted directly in aquifers, and others were hundreds or thousands of feet above the water table.

When testing ended in 1992, the Energy Department estimated that more than 300 million curies of radiation remained, making the site one of the most radioactively contaminated places in the United States. In the worst affected zones, radioactivity in the tainted water reaches millions of picocuries per liter. (The federal standard for drinking water is 20 picocuries per liter.) Although radiation levels in the water have declined over time, the longer-lived isotopes will continue to pose risks for tens of thousands of years.

The Energy Department has 48 monitoring wells at the site and recently began drilling nine deep wells. Because the contaminated water poses no immediate health threat, the Department has ranked Nevada as a low priority for cleaning up major nuclear weapons sites, and it operates far fewer wells than at most other contaminated sites.

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