In today’s security marketplace, there are many choices in home security. One area you should always be sure to include in any security package is a fire alarm system or smoke detector. The question is how much fire security do you need, and what are the essential elements of this type of security.
There are many major differences between smoke and fire alarms.
A smoke alarm security device will warn you of fire danger in your home, providing early detection of smoke. This time crucial sensitivity can allow you family to leave your house quickly in the event of fire danger. It can also help limit damage to your residence – early warning also means an early response from the fire department. And, smoke alarms are often very reasonably priced. Usually wireless, they’re simple to install – a perfect do it on your own alarm system.
A fire alarm security system offers a wider range of protection than a smoke alarm. While a fire alarm also provides the same protection as a smoke alarm system, offering early warning at the detection of smoke, it also offers more extensive protection. For example, such fire alarm security systems automatically notify your local fire department or the alarm monitoring provider, by sending an emergency signal. A sprinkler system is also usually a component of a fire alarm security system. It responds to smoke and flame by triggering automatically and spraying the fire with water. In addition, such a system can be connected to a transmitter than signals assistance for disabled or elderly residents. And the actual alarm itself is more sophisticated than that of a simple smoke alarm system, usually producing flashing lights or other visual signals along with sound alarms.
Unlike the easy to install smoke detector, a fire alarm system is usually more complex. With components ranging from both auditory and visual alarms and a sprinkler system, a fire alarm security device requires the installation of a control panel which links the central monitoring station and every additional component of the system together. A fire alarm system will also include a variety of detection devices that trigger a signal when air temperature rises, smoke is detected, or there are certain chemical reactions present in the air. An emergency power back up will also be a part of such a system.
Because installation for a fire alarm system is more complex than a smoke alarm system, a professional installer will often be required to complete the installation process.
So, when you choose between a standard smoke detector and a more sophisticated full fire alarm system, consider the elements of cost, thoroughness, and installation along with the size of your home. You should also consider the option to lease, rather than purchase a full fire alarm system.
And if necessary, consult with a plumber as well as a security professional in regard to a sprinkler installation in your home. Regardless of your final choice, fire safety alarm systems are an essential element in keeping your property and family safe.