Having a smoke detector is mandatory for residences and offices. Because of that, some opt for a simple, battery operated model. However, there are other options available, like monitored smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms may cost more money but also offer increased protection.
Increased Protection When You Are Not Home
When you are not home, there is little chance that a neighbor, or anyone else, will hear the sound that is emitted from a battery operated smoke detector. When you use a monitored system, the monitoring company will be notified immediately. They will then contact you and also alert the fire department so they can come out as well. This can prove to save the lives of pets or others or are not capable of getting themselves out of the house, as well as reducing property damage.
Your Smoke Detectors Can Communicate with Each Other
With a monitored system, if one alarm goes off, all of them will. That means that if you are a sound sleeper, or have a large home where you may not be able to hear an alarm that sounds in a far away room, the alarm nearest to you will be activated. Some systems can even offer visual alerts in addition to the audio alert which can help the hearing impaired to be notified in case of a fire.
Added Carbon Monoxide Protection
Of course, fire protection is key. But even without a smoke detector, there is the chance that one will notice a fire by seeing it and smelling it. This is not the case with carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless toxic flammable gas and having a device that can detect its presence may be the only way to discern if it is present. It can cause unconsciousness in a matter of minutes which is why it is also good to have a system that will alert the fire department and paramedics that there is an emergency situation if carbon monoxide is detected.
Less False Alarms
Many people become annoyed with their smoke detectors if they sound when they cook or go off in the middle of the night for no reason. For this reason, people may unplug their detectors, eliminating their source of protection. Monitored systems are installed by professionals who know the best places to install them to maximize coverage and minimize the occurrence of false alarms.
Often, in the case of emergencies, a fire alarm will not be activated due to battery failure. In a monitored system, measures are taken against this happening. The monitoring company will get an alert when batteries are failing and let the owner know so that they can take action and make sure the system is active and well maintained.
Of course, any protection is a good thing, but we can see why a monitored combo system might make for a superior smoke detection. It is also a good idea to be familiar with basic fire safety tips to make sure you and your family understand the necessary methods of fire safety protection. Look into your options so you can do all you can in fire protection.