Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a three-part series on tips to secure the home, highlighting the benefits of professional monitoring for fire safety issues.
Home is where priceless memories are made and heirlooms are stored. For most people, it’s also the largest investment they will ever make. The idea of it being reduced to ashes is unthinkable. Sadly, seven people die every day from a home fire and more than $7 billion in property damage occurs every year due to fire. Education, monitoring and proper alerts are the key when it comes to fire safety. Following are several tips to help keep families safe from a house fire:
Consider the Limits of Battery-Operated Detectors
While having a battery-operated smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector is better than nothing, battery-operated detectors have limitations – depending on where they are placed and how often they are tested. Homeowners could be taking unnecessary risks if detectors are not placed in the right location nor connected to other detectors, remote warning devices or a central monitoring station.
The American Red Cross recommends that smoke detectors be installed inside every bedroom and outside sleeping areas, plus every floor. If those recommendations are not followed and a smoke detector is located outside a bedroom or on another floor, a sound sleeper may not hear a smoke detector, especially if the bedroom door is closed.
Battery-operated detectors also will not work if their batteries are not periodically replaced. Too many fire casualties occur in homes where detectors fail to function because their batteries are dead, disconnected or removed.Some homes have a hard-wired smoke alarm system. However, many hardwired detectors are not connected to other detectors or remote warning devices in the home. Homeowners should consider installing a system that is connected, so that if one alarm sounds, they all will sound.
There’s no question about it: the main benefit of having a professionally installed security system means there are professionals monitoring it. Not only is proper monitoring important, education also is key for home safety. Talk to one of Resideo’s trained professional security installers to find a monitored alarm system that’s right for you.