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Fire Protection

Statistics on Residential Fires

Residential fires cause over $5.5 billion in property losses annually. In the United States, residential fires occur, on average, once every 79 seconds, resulting in two serious injuries per hour and 10-12 fatalities each day. More fires start in the bedroom than in any other room in the house, with the kitchen a close second.  Many originate from misuse, negligence or poor maintenance of electrical devices.  Others are unintentionally caused by children or smokers, while the minority are a result of arson.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are common in most households and often required by law; however, 33% of residential fires and 40% of fatalities occur annually in homes that don’t have smoke detectors. United States law now requires that at least one smoke detector be placed on each level of a home and in near proximity to all bedrooms. With newer home developments, law requires that each smoke detector be hard-wired with a battery back-up.  Conventional smoke detectors do a good job of alerting owners of potential fires or fires that have already started, yet if they aren’t connected to a central monitoring station, then they are only beneficial when someone is home to hear the siren.

Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are an intrinsic part of many home security systems. Smoke and heat detectors provide inputs to the control panel, which, when triggered, communicates an alarm condition to your central station.  When the fire and burglar components are combined into one security system, they share the same alarm signal and central monitoring station. 

Fire alarms can be purchased as stand-alone devices or they can complement existing security systems.  They are available to coordinate with any kind of system, including hard-wired, wireless and hybrid systems. Other fire protection devices include manual pull stations, water flow sensors and gate valve switches that activate a sprinkler system. 

Environmental Sensors

Environmental sensors that detect changes in temperature, moisture, and protect against dangerous gasses, smoke and wind damage are a great complement to any home security system and can be purchased as stand-alone devices or integrated into existing security systems.