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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

is important to understand the difference between the two. One has the advantage of not only saving your home, but saving your life. Their sirens warn those inside of smoke in time to exit the premises.

Smoke Detectors: Traditional or Monitored?

Installed properly and maintained in good working order, smoke detectors dramatically reduce the risk of loss and death.  A cheap, battery-operated and non-monitored detector tends to be very sensitive. False alarms are often triggered because of something as trivial as burnt toast or steam coming from the bathroom.  This frustrates some homeowners to the point of disconnecting detectors closest to the problem areas. Left without protection, they and their loved ones are then at risk.

Most monitored smoke detectors are professional-grade and don’t easily cause false alarms.

When Emergencies Arise

Traditional smoke detectors do their job of warning individuals on the premise of a possible fire, but what if you are not home? What if you or your loved ones succumb to the poison gasses that fires give off?

If a fire occurs and no one is home or conscious, the battery operated device may not be loud enough to alert your family or neighbors.  There may also be no visible signs of a fire on the exterior. This may cause responders to disregard the noise as a faulty device. Fire authorities may not be notified until it’s too late.

There could be major damage to the property, your loved ones, or even loss of life.

The Bottom Line

A monitored smoke detector sends an activation signal to your alarm provider indicating the presence of smoke or fire 24/7.  The alarm provider can immediately notify the fire department and dispatch them to your home.  This quick response time could save your home and valuables. Most importantly, monitored smoke detectors can save your famil

If you are interested in installing monitored smoke detectors, check with your alarm provider and see if you already have monitored smoke detectors installed.  Consider replacing monitored smoke detectors older than five years.  Anything older than seven years old definitely needs to be replaced. Give yourself peace of mind and invest in a monitored fire system for your home. This is truly a valuable investment to protect your family and the things you have worked hard for.

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