Security Systems in the Joplin Area

Touchton Electric and Alarms, Inc.

Serving the residents of Pittsburg, KS since 1969. Touchton provides Security Systems in the Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS areas. Touchton Electric offers a diversified array of security services, including residential and commercial security systems, fire alarms, camera systems, access control systems, and network cabling.

In 1969, Elijah “Touch” Touchton was discharged from the United States Air Force after serving for eight years, including one year in Vietnam. After being discharged, Touch, Doris and their daughter Janet moved to Pittsburg, Kansas. Touch’s goal was to attend Pittsburg State University and to become an electrician.  While attending classes, he also worked part-time for R.E. Emerson until graduation.

Touch started his own business, Touchton Electric Service, in 1972, doing residential and commercial wiring.  A classmate, Floyd Crain, worked with Touch as an electrician.  Another classmate, Phil Lane, became the office manager.  When Phil retired, Wanda Nickle was the office manager for many years.

In the early years of the business, “Butch” Emerson was Touch’s “coach”.  He was available at any time of day or night to answer questions or offer advice.  He was a good friend and an important part of Touchton Electric becoming an established business.

Please contact us by calling (620) 232-9294, or emailing us here.

Consider Carefully the Proper Medical Alert System

By on August 31, 2014

Determine What you Need

When it comes to choosing a medical alert system for a senior citizen, you will find a variety of medical alert types available as well as a number of monitored plans. It is important to match the type of device and plan to the senior citizen as closely as you can. There are important questions to ask before you sign a contract with a company that provides medical alert monitoring services. The first is to determine the kind of monitor you need. Personal emergency response systems or medical alert systems include transmitters which can attach to a wheelchair or can be worn around the neck, wrist or on a belt. If the person has a tendency to fall, be sure you have a monitor that can be activated without having to reach a phone. The senior can use most systems and even if the phone is off the hook; the system will notify family as well as emergency workers when activated. You may want a monitor that lets you know when the person leaves the house or gets up in the morning so that you will be aware of any irregularities.

Plan for the Future

The senior may be able to push a button to summon help or reset the system today, but may not be able to a year from now. Be sure your contract is flexible, allowing you to make any necessary changes so the plan will continue to meet your needs down the road. Decide how long the senior will need to be monitored. If he has had surgery and just needs to be monitored for a few months, don’t sign a two-year contract. Make sure you know whether or not the system can be transferred. If the senior moves from her house into yours, for instance, verify whether the plan can still be used. Determine if there is a guarantee on parts or service of the monitor or other equipment, and whether there is technical support. Find out if the battery is rechargeable. Inquire about the availability of waterproof monitoring devices. Seek a plan that provides 24-hour, 7-day-a-week coverage if you want and can afford the round-the-clock monitoring and service.

Consider the Costs

Check to see what start-up or set-up fees are a part of the cost. Be sure the length of the contract fills your needs. What are the cancellation fees? If the senior has to move to a nursing home, for example, will you be penalized for ending the contract early? Ask about false alarm charges. If the senior pushes the alert button accidentally or the senior uses it for any little problem, determine whether you will need to pay a penalty. Compare the prices, features and flexibility of various medical alert plans in your area. Plans may vary widely and choosing the best option will help ensure peace of mind. Once a contract is signed, you are usually locked in for a set time. In the United States, Medicare does not cover the cost of medical alert plans. Most private insurers will not cover the plans either, but check to see.

Consider the Senior Using the System

Think about the capabilities of the senior as to whether he can and will remember to wear the medical alert device or think to push the button. Some seniors are stubborn about always putting the monitor on. You may want to get a video monitoring system installed instead to watch the senior from your location. You may also consider buying a GPS locator to track the person if he has a tendency to get lost when out for a walk, for example. Of course, he must first remember to wear the device or take it along.

Water sensors important to home protection

By on July 30, 2014

There are a wide variety of devices to protect your home against invasion by burglars but there is also another means of protection for your home that should not be overlooked. That is protection from environmental damage such as events that may cause flooding. Without adequate sensors to alert a homeowner about threatening leaks, a home is susceptible to flooding and water damage that can ruin walls, flooring, furnishings and valuables.

Security Alarms Can Be Invaluable

By on June 30, 2014

Why security alarms? You name it — homes, businesses, industrial or even military properties — all can make good use of security alarms. A security alarm  is designed to detect intrusion or unauthorized entry into a building or area. Security