When designing home security systems – life safety should be an important consideration. While most people still think of a home security system as a “burglar alarm”, your system can include components that will protect against many other threats to your home and family than just break ins.
Lets face it…a basic burglar alarm will provide protection against a break in, but, there are other major threats to your home and family that can be even more devastating.
A more comprehensive approach to home security would incorporate important life safety sensors such as monitored smoke detectors, carbon monoxide sensors and medical pendants. These components are monitored 24/7-whether your system is armed or not. An investment in life safety sensors protects more than just your possessions…it can save lives.
Life Safety Components of a Home Security System
Smoke Detectors…Save Lives!
Although your home may be equipped with smoke detectors that meet local code enforcement requirements, by incorporating them into your security system, they will be monitored around the clock by your central monitoring station. Some companies, like Link Interactive, even offer a Fire-Fighter module which enable you to connect existing interconnected, hard-wired smoke detectors into your system.
Unlike the cheaper ionization smoke detectors you get at the hardware store, these smoke detectors incorporate multiple technologies to protect against fire and smoke. They utilize photoelectric chambers (which are far less susceptible to false alarm than ionization smokes) to detect smoke. In addition, most security companies now use sensors that detect rapid increases in temperature as well as a fixed heat detector that is activated if the heat in the home reaches 140.
And unlike your regular smoke detectors…they will not only set of a siren to warn the occupants, but they will also immediately notify the Central Monitoring Station.
Of course…if you just burned dinner…no worries-the CMS will call the home to attempt to verify the signal, before dispatching the fire department. This all happens automatically- whether the system is armed or not.
Even if you are home, smoke detectors that aren’t tied into your system will only sound an alarm. There is no guarantee that you’ll be able to respond. A slow smoldering smoke emits noxious gases which can actually induce a deeper slumber and prevent one from awakening.
And if you aren’t home….even your pets are protected. Your system will make the call…and get help on the way. You can train your pets to do many things…sit…speak…stay…fetch…roll over. But I have yet to find a pet that can dial 911…
With a professionally monitored security system equipped with smoke detectors, there is no need to dial the phone….your only concern is to get you and your family safely out of the home. Help is on the way!
Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CO)
Carbon Monoxide is a toxic and potentially dangerous by-product of incomplete or inefficient combustion. Unlike smoke from a fire, carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless. Consequently it is nearly impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide sensor.
Carbon monoxide is most commonly emitted from malfunctioning home burner systems, space heaters, blocked chimneys, generators or a car left running inside the garage. Areas near home heating burners and bedrooms above or adjacent to the garage are particularly susceptible.
Monitored carbon monoxide detector will sense high concentrations of CO gas and will alert the your monitoring center to dispatch the proper authorities to check out your home.
Medical Pendants – Independance AND Peace of Mind
In households where there may be special medical concerns and/or elderly family members, the ability to summons help at the push of a wireless button can greatly enhance the value of the home security system. These wireless devices can be worn as a watch, pendant or clipped on a belt, and typically work within about 100’ of the base unit. They can be activated when in distress and can even enable a highly sensitive speakerphone in systems equipped with 2- way voice capability. This enables direct communication with trained monitoring personnel in the event of a fall or other emergency.
The elderly and infirmed can enjoy the comforts of their own home, and maintain their independence …while the family can have the peace of mind of knowing that help is available at the push of a button.
A comprehensive security system can not only protect against break ins, but it can also provide peace of mind while safeguarding the lives of those who are most important to you.
For more information on how you can achieve a higher level of protection by including additional life safety components, check out the offerings of some of the top alarm companies.
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