The only way an unmonitored smoke detector will notify you of a fire is by loud, audible beeping. This works perfectly, if you happen to be on the property as the fire ignites. An unmonitored smoke detector does not notify the local fire department. If a fire breaks out, the smoke detector is practically useless. By the time the neighbors see smoke coming from your home, it may be too late to salvage your valuables.
Why test your alarm system?
Your alarm system can keep you safe from potential invaders. However, an alarm system is useless if it malfunctions. It’s important to test both your fire and burglar system consistently to ensure proper function. Here at Valley Alarm, we recommend that you test your alarm system(s) monthly. You should check to see if your system is communicating with the monitoring station.
Here’s how to test your alarm system:
Call your alarm company and tell them you will be testing the system for signals. This way, they know to disregard any signals received and don’t dispatch police. Here are the steps we guide our our customers through when testing an alarm system: (more…)
The Importance of Monitored Smoke Detectors
Federal law requires that every residence or dwelling must have smoke detectors installed. However, not all smoke detectors are the same! There are two types of smoke detector that you can choose to have in your home: a traditional, non-monitored detector or a monitored detector. Both can be effective devices, but it (more…)
Fire alarms and false alarms problems can be caused by a number of sources, such as age, dust, dirt, contaminates, and vandalism. Even remodeling and improper maintenance procedures can cause damage and increase your false alarm rate.
So why is it important to have your fire alarm system inspected? Regular service and maintenance may increase the life of your system, meet insurance company requirements, greatly improves reliability and reduce false alarms. Periodic system testing and inspection by qualified specialists can detect any problems. (more…)
Fire detection is key part of a facility fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke will follow fast. Working fire detection with smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
Flooding happens. Whether through natural causes or faulty equipment, the result is often heartache and headache. Mold will start to form after 24 hours, and months of cleanup, financial burden, and negotiations with insurance companies will follow. Fortunately, Valley Alarm has implemented products to protect your facilities, and peace of mind. (more…)
If you own a smoke detector, you obviously realize how important they can be in helping prevent loss of life and property. But, it is important to understand the difference between battery-operated smoke detectors purchased from home improvement stores, and a smoke detector installed by an authorized dealer. The battery operated smoke detectors that you buy in the store are “stand alone” and not connected to other smoke detectors or warning devices. Should a fire break out while no one is at home, it would take (more…)
Children under the age of 5-years-old account for 52 percent of all child fire deaths according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, approximately 488 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires, but what some fail to realize is that burns don’t just come from fires. Unattended cookware on the stove, curling irons, bathwater, etc. can cause an equal amount of damage if handled improperly. Water heaters should be set no higher than 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some things to remember: (more…)
Every day in the United States, 53 people are injured and 11 die in home fires. The fact is that many of these fires, injuries and deaths could have been prevented if the victims had practiced good fire safety habits and procedures.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe from fire is to install monitored smoke detectors on each level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Why? Consider this. Homes with fire alarm systems are four times less likely to experience a fire-related death. These systems are especially important since nearly half of residential fires occur between 11 pm and 6 am, the time when residents are usually asleep. (more…)