Here are some startling facts:
- A residential fire is reported every 78 seconds
- 2,590 civilians died in residential fires in 2009
- Property loss totaled 15,478,000,000
- Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you little as 2 minutes to escape safely, once the alarm sounds
Since the late 1970’s smoke alarms have decreased fire deaths by almost 50 percent, according to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org). About 95 percent of American households currently have at least one smoke alarm installed. There’s no doubt smoke alarms save lives: 65 percent of reported home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non working smoke alarms.
Your house may now be secure from break-ins, but what about fire, the potential danger within? You may already have battery or ac powered smoke detectors, but who would hear them if you’re not there? If they are not connected to your security system and are not monitored, who would call the fire department before everything you cherish is destroyed?
Fire can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. A burglar won’t steal your family photo albums, but a fire will. Jewelry can be replaced, but baby pictures can’t. Even though you may have a monitored security system, without monitored smoke detectors, your home will never be secure against one of the most dangerous intruders.
Now, you can have the complete protection you need with a series of smoke detectors that can be monitored and easily integrated into your security system. The same Mijac Alarm system that could guard your home’s security will guard your home against a fire.
There are usually two types of smoke detectors installed in homes. Those typically installed by a homeowner battery operated or those installed by a builder/contractor AC powered detectors.
Battery-operated detectors have two major problems. First, they are rarely connected to other detectors, remote warning devices or a central monitoring station. If they are located outside a bedroom, a sound sleeper may not hear them, especially if the bedroom door is closed or just partially open. A second problem with battery operated detectors is their batteries – if they are not periodically replaced, the detectors will not work! Too many fire deaths occur in homes where detectors fail to function because their batteries are dead, disconnected or removed.
AC Powered Detectors
Many AC powered detectors are not connected to other detectors or remote warning devices. Even those that are connected to other devices can only provide a local warning of fire. If no one is home, a fire can develop without anyone taking action to protect valuable property.
Monitored smoke detectors can be a logical extension to your home security system. Whether they are installed with a new system or added to an existing one, the smoke detectors can be connected directly to the security control panel monitored by Mijac Alarm. When smoke is sensed at any one of the protected locations in your home, the detector will send a message to your control panel, which will then cause evacuation horns to sound. The local fire department is then notified, so that help is on the way, whether you are home or away.
For more information on this or other life safety concerns, don’t hesitate to call on one of our terrific security consultants.