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Reducing Common Household Hazards With a Home Security System

Reducing Common Household Hazards With a Home Security System

People often think of a home security system as something that kicks in only if someone burglarizes their home or if a fire breaks out. When it comes to today’s security systems, however, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, modern security systems can be the key to reducing common household hazards.

What kinds of hazards? We’re talking everything from medications and chemicals that could pose a risk to certain individuals, as well as dangerous areas and damaging leaks. Thankfully, your home security system can be customized to protect your home and family, no matter the danger.

Remotely Monitor Dangerous Substances

At any stage of life, your household is likely to have someone in it for whom certain substances pose risks. For the littlest ones, cleaning products can be hazardous. Older kids often have their own set of temptations with liquor cabinets and medication bottles. Elderly family members must sometimes be monitored to ensure that they are taking their medication, but not too many times a day.

Thankfully, sensors and remote locks on cabinets and closets can help restrict access to those who don’t need it, provide notifications about when the area is accessed, and give you the ability to lock them and unlock them from afar.

Prevent Flooding with Water Sensors

Have a basement that’s prone to flooding? Then you know the sinking feeling of discovering several inches (or more) of water that’s been steadily rising without your knowledge. With basement water sensors, there’s no reason to be blindsided by flooding. Once the alarm is triggered, it will immediately notify you and anyone else that’s on your list of contacts with your security monitoring company. That way, you can take care of the problem before it becomes a pain to drain.

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide

One of the most important aspects of reducing common household hazards is installing a monitored carbon monoxide detector. Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, there’s no way to tell if it’s leaking into your home until the occupants begin to display symptoms such as dizziness and nausea. This deadly gas is emitted from gas-burning appliances such as furnaces, clothes dryers, ranges, water heaters, as well as fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. A carbon monoxide detector is a must, and having it monitored is an extra safety precaution that will notify authorities if something is amiss — whether you’re at home or away.

Secure Dangerous Areas

Another problem for households with very young or older family members? Dangerous areas such as pools, storage sheds with power tools or hazardous chemicals, as well as gates through which toddlers or family members suffering from dementia could wander off. A home security system is key in monitoring these areas at all times, either through motion detectors or sensors that set off an alert whenever a door or gate is opened.

Remote Video Surveillance Provides Peace of Mind

In the past, home security cameras functioned to capture events for review after the fact. Today, live video feeds are available online or via your smartphone or tablet app. This means that you can easily know if the kids got home from school (and if they’re doing homework or eating the ice cream you told them to save for after dinner). It also gives you the peace of mind of being able to remotely monitor elderly family members to ensure that they haven’t fallen ill or tripped and hurt themselves while they’ve been home alone.

No More Guessing About Sensor Triggers

While working at reducing common household hazards by installing a home security system, many homeowners have experienced the same kinds of frustrations: a motion detector or glass-break sensor goes off and they don’t know why. A pet is usually to blame; either by setting off a motion sensor or knocking something off a counter that creates a glass break sound. Cameras take the guesswork out of the entire process. When a motion detector or glass break sensor is triggered, a camera can send an image or clip of the area to your smartphone so you can quickly decide whether or not there’s trouble. No more guessing, and no more false alarm visits by police.

Medical Monitoring Keeps Loved Ones Safe

Finally, medical monitoring allows elderly loved ones to live independently at home while providing a lifeline should they get into trouble. While older medical monitoring devices simply gave individuals a button to push if they needed assistance, today’s technology actively monitors for falls and notifies authorities and family members if the wearer may be hurt or unconscious.

With modern home security technology, you can provide your entire family with total safety and peace of mind.


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.

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