Smoke detectors play an integral role in your home security strategy. While home security is often thought to be synonymous with protection from burglary, a comprehensive security system should do more than protect your home from intruders. Your system should also provide protection from threats that can originate from inside your household, such as fire or flooding or carbon monoxide poisoning. Fortunately, an ADT monitored home security system can provide the kind of complete protection your family deserves.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a properly functioning smoke detector is the only thing that can alert you to a fire at all times, whether you are awake or asleep. Unfortunately, fires can start in your home for countless reasons – from frayed electrical cords to candles to malfunctioning appliances.
Although you can take a number of precautions to reduce your chance of experiencing a home fire, you can never completely eliminate the chance that one will occur. Accidents can happen at any time, which is why smoke alarms represent such an important part of your home security system.
Where should you install smoke alarms?
To effectively protect your home, a smoke alarm requires proper installation and maintenance. You should install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and the attic. Because many home fires begin at night, the U.S. Fire Administration advises homeowners to install smoke detectors both inside and outside all sleeping areas. You should also install smoke alarms in rooms where fires are especially likely to start, including kitchens, laundry rooms and garages.
Because smoke rises, most detectors should be installed on or near the ceiling. When in doubt, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for correct installation.
How do you properly maintain smoke alarms?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two out of three deaths that resulted from home fires occurred in homes without working smoke detectors. A smoke detector is useful only if it works properly.
You should test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure that they work properly. Generally, you should change the batteries at least once per year. However, the schedule depends on the type of smoke alarm you have, so carefully read through the manufacturer’s instructions for changing batteries. You should also check the instructions to determine how often your smoke detectors need to be replaced.
You should never disable your smoke alarm while you are cooking, even if it is triggered by a false alarm. Instead of disabling your alarm, simply open a window to let the smoke clear and press the “hush” button on your smoke detector.
Why choose ADT monitoring for fire detection?
While the home security market has many viable smoke detectors to choose from, homeowners should choose ADT monitoring for dependable, high-quality fire protection. If an ADT monitored smoke alarm in your home is triggered, it will immediately alert you while also alerting one of ADT’s Customer Monitoring Centers. Once the Customer Monitoring Center has been alerted, a dispatch operator will call you to verify the alarm and contact your local fire department if necessary.
ADT fire monitoring can help ensure that your home has constant protection, even if you are asleep or out of town. While self-installed smoke detectors will trigger an alarm in the event of a fire, these DIY security options do not provide emergency response to see that you receive assistance as quickly as possible.
You can always trust monitored home security equipment from ADT, coupled with dependable alarm monitoring, for the best home protection available.