The future is now.
No, we still don’t have flying cars, but with wireless home security and automation systems, we’re getting closer to living in an interconnected, automated world like the one depicted in the classic cartoon, The Jetsons.
The power is literally in your hands with a comprehensive home security system that keeps your home, belongings, and loved ones safe and secure. These systems also feature mobile control apps that enable you to control lights, locks, appliances, thermostats, your garage and more, from anywhere — your phone, tablet or wrist.
There’s no doubt about it — wireless home security and automation systems are user-friendly, highly beneficial, and super cool. More importantly, they help save lives.
With synchronized and interconnected wireless smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, your home and your family will be completely protected. Whenever one detector senses smoke or carbon monoxide, every detector will sound, and you’ll receive alerts wherever you are – and the fire department is notified.
Here’s why wireless detectors are the best way to protect your home against the threats of fire and carbon monoxide.
The Importance of Fire Prevention and Protection
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to over 350,000 home structure fires per year during 2009-2013, and those fires caused 2,470 civilian deaths, 12,890 civilian injuries, and $6.9 billion in damages each year.
Don’t think it can happen to you? The NFPA also reports that households can expect to average a home fire every 15 years.
Most of these fires will be minor, won’t cause much damage, and won’t even be reported to the local fire department. Still, your home has a one in four chance of having a major fire, and someone in your household has a one in ten chance of suffering an injury in a home fire during an average lifetime.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is emitted from fuel-burning sources (furnaces, fireplaces, heating systems, stoves, automobiles, etc.). Generally, the amount of carbon monoxide that is released is harmless, but if those fuel-burning sources are damaged, malfunctioning, or misused, they can produce lethal levels of carbon monoxide.
The effects of carbon monoxide can be deadly. In the body, red blood cells absorb carbon monoxide quicker than they pick up oxygen. When high levels of carbon monoxide are present, the body begins to replace oxygen with carbon monoxide in the blood, which blocks oxygen from getting into the body. As a result, the victim may begin to experience headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. If left untreated, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in death.
To protect against carbon monoxide, install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, change the batteries every six months, and replace the actual unit every five years. Better yet, enlist the services of a quality home security company to professionally install the detectors, and connect them with the rest of your home security solutions.
Keep a close watch on household appliances, too, and have fuel-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. Only use appliances for their intended purposes, and never use damaged appliances.
It’s also a good idea to develop and regularly practice an escape plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows what the alarm sounds like and what every alert means.
The Advantages of Interconnectivity
The main advantage of having your wireless smoke and carbon monoxide detectors synchronized with your home security system is being able to monitor and avert disasters, regardless of where you are in the home or if you’re home at all.
Traditional alarms will alert you to the presence of smoke, fire or carbon monoxide, but they only detect — and alert — the general area around the alarm. As loud as an alarm may be, if you’re working away in the basement or the yard, you might not hear it.
When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. With interconnected devices, when one alarm sounds, they all sound, so you’ll be sure to be alerted. And if you’re completely away from home, you can get alerts on your mobile phone, computer, tablet, or wearable device. And most importantly, have comfort knowing the proper authorities are being notified.
At ProTech Security, we have a strong history of experience, innovation, and customer service. The ProTech Security Advantage is more than 30 years of service in Northeast Ohio and a strong commitment to providing quality, cost-effective protection for homes, businesses, educational institutions and government facilities. To see what ProTech Security can do for you, contact us today.