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.

Facts About Fire Extinguishers

By on January 30, 2015

When to Replace Your Fire Extinguisher

Your fire extinguisher should be replaced when the seal around the neck is weakened or broken down, allowing the compressed air to escape. This will lower the pressure in the fire extinguisher and cause it to malfunction. It should also be replaced if the chemical powder in your fire extinguisher settles on the bottom and gets packed down. If this happens, a professional fire protection services company can empty and recharge your fire extinguisher so you won’t have to replace it. You should also replace your fire extinguisher if the hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped, or clogged; the pin is missing or unsealed; the handle is broken or wobbly or the inspection tag is missing.

How to Dispose of Your Fire Extinguisher

Since they are full of pressurized chemicals, fire extinguishers can’t simply be thrown in the trash. You need to take certain steps to make sure your extinguisher is safe. If the fire extinguisher is not empty, call the fire department and see if you can drop it off at the firehouse. If the fire department doesn’t take it, take your fire extinguisher to your nearest hazardous waste disposal facility. If the fire extinguisher is empty, squeeze the lever to make sure that all of the pressure has been released. Remove the fire extinguisher head so that whoever disposes of the extinguisher knows that all of the contents have been removed. Once the fire extinguisher is completely empty and the head has been removed, most recycling facilities should accept the steel body.

Do Not Use an Expired Fire Extinguisher

You should never use an expired fire extinguisher. However, with proper care and maintenance, your fire extinguisher should be able to last 10 to 12 years.

Fire Sprinklers Vs. Automatic Extinguishers

Fire sprinklers are required by building codes in most areas in the US and are still a highly effective method of putting out fires. Industrial and residential fire sprinkler systems alike have a pressurized water supply that activates when the sprinkler head is triggered by heat (the same method as an automatic fire extinguisher). Fire sprinkler systems engage locally, meaning they will only go off in the area of a fire. In most settings, fire sprinkler systems are an almost perfect means of defense against fire. However, the water released by the sprinklers can cause substantial damage—almost as much as a fire itself. For certain applications, such as electrical rooms and rooms with sensitive or fragile equipment, the risk of water damage is too great. In these cases, automatic fire extinguishers using gas or dry chemical agents are much better suited.

Security Technology Trends Updated

By on December 2, 2014

Innovations Making Inroads in Security A variety of new products and innovations have become available to the security industry. End users continue to migrate away from legacy security systems towards technologies that enable them to be more proactive in mitigating

Safety First When It Comes to Christmas Trees

By on November 30, 2014

  Facts, Figures Tell Truth About Christmas Tree Fires Statistics compiled between 2007 and 2011 pretty well apply to today when it comes to the importance of safety concerning Christmas tree fires. U.S. fire departments responded to an average of