Of all the devices you might incorporate into your home protection and security system, a fire alarm may be the most important. Many fires in homes begin at night when everyone is sleeping. The fire can smoulder, sometimes for hours, unnoticed, while flooding a home with toxic gas. Even if flames do not engulf a home, the toxins released in a smouldering fire can kill all occupants of a home without ever waking them up. For this reason, home owners should strongly consider the installation of a fire alarm that not only detects heat and flame but also smoke.
Modern fire alarms and an active monitoring system handled by a qualified security and alarm company can alert fire fighters simultaneously to an alarm going off in your home. This is an incredibly huge advantage to you as it concerns life safety and the preservation of your home in the event of a fire. A fire can engulf a home in a matter of minutes, so it makes sense to have a way to bring immediate assistance to your home when a fire alarm goes off. Typical fire alarms make a piercing sound but if no one is there to hear the alarm or report the fire, the alarm and the home can go up in smoke and flame.
A fire alarm is a device that some people only think about a couple times of the year when it’s time to change the alarm batteries. When you change your batteries, it’s a great time to practice fire drills in your home. Make sure your family knows what to do in case they wake up to smoke filling the air or can see or feel heat from a fire in your home. Make sure you keep a fire extinguisher handy near the kitchen and garage because they are common areas where fires can start and get quickly out of control.
Even if it is not time for your regular battery change, you should test your fire alarm fairly frequently to make sure it is operational. This device may be the only warning you have, giving you just seconds to get your family and pets out safely. It’s also a great time to check your alarm functionality before you leave on vacation or long business trips. If you can arrange for fire alarm monitoring through an alarm company, you can have more confidence that your home and family can be saved in the event of a fire during your absence as well as when you are home.