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Home Security is Not Just About Security Alarm Equipment

Posted: March 19, 2014

Proper use of your house alarm systems will result in burglary prevention and smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detection. For the best home security alarm equipment that will help you achieve personal and child safety for your family, you may want to consider the following:

Burglary Prevention Alarms: This is what many people think about when home security is mentioned. And it’s no wonder with over 5,700 burglaries committed daily in the US! Home security alarms are designed to prevent burglary by emitting a loud siren noise upon detection of an intruder.The digital security systems include motion sensors, keypads and a central alarm system that can be wired for monitoring. Another option is a DIY home security system.

Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms: The United States Fire Administration (USFA) monitors the causes and statistics for fires that occur in the US. For the years from 2006 to 2010, the USFA published the following data regarding residential fires:

  • The number of fires ranged from 362,100 to 392,700 per year
  • Deaths ranged from 2,480 to 2,650 per year
  • Injuries ranged from 12,500 to 13,525 per year
  • Dollar loss ranged from $6.6 to $8.1 billion per year

The fires stemmed from cooking, heating and smoking situations.

Smoke detectors create a fire safe environment in your home. There are two types of smoke detectors: Photoelectric smoke detectors quickly respond to smoldering fires. Ionization smoke detectors are good for detecting flaming fires. Both alarms will detect smoke in either situation.

Fire alarms monitor environmental changes as a result of combustion. They are either manual, automated or both. By using the sounds of clanging bells or high pitched sirens these alarms are designed to warn residents to evacuate a structure that is on fire.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas. However, because it is odorless, tasteless and colorless, it can be difficult to detect initially. After a short time, symptoms which include headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness and a fast heart rate will occur.

The gas is a product of organic matter combustion under conditions of a low or restricted oxygen supply. Sources of the gas include cigarette smoke, faulty furnaces, heaters, vehicle exhaust fumes and electric generators. Propane fueled equipment like portable stoves and gas powered devices like lawn mowers, high-pressure washers and leaf blowers also emit carbon monoxide.The inhaling of small doses of this gas over a short period of time or in concentrated amounts can lead to severe discomfort and even death.

The use of carbon monoxide detectors has been standardized in many areas. They are usually installed near heaters or other gas powered equipment. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that a carbon monoxide detector be placed on each level of a structure.  If a high level of the gas is detected, an alarm sounds. This gives people a chance to evacuate and ventilate the facility.

So, the best solution is to have a professional install a home alarm system to help ensure your family's safety with a burglar alarm, smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector. Call Protect Your Home today for more information on installation.