Your main concern is family safety. The most basic way to ensure their safety is to own a home fire alarm system, anywhere from a single smoke detector to a company-monitored system. If you’re not sure which method is best for your family, learn about the various types of home fire alarms. Then you can choose the best one for your needs and budget.
Every Home Needs One
Depending on the size of your home, your home fire alarm system should include at least one smoke detector. Smoke detectors are small ceiling-mounted alarms. The machine detects smoke and alarms. Many small apartments only have one, but it’s best to have one per room.
The smoke detector options are interconnected smoke alarms that sound if one goes off and smoke detectors with built-in carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, lethal gas produced by a malfunctioning furnace.
It may seem prudent to install a smoke alarm in the kitchen, as this is where most home fires begin, but this is not advised. Because smoke is a common by-product of food preparation, such as burned toast, false alarms are inconvenient. A notice will go off in the next room if there is a fire in the kitchen.
Most home smoke detectors run on batteries. Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed at least once a year. Remember to do it on the day we set our clocks back in the fall. While other smoke detectors are “hardwired,” meaning connected to the house’s electricity, electric smoke alarms do not work when the power is out. An electrical smoke alarm with battery backup is also widespread, but the battery must be changed annually.
A lot of cities and states require automatic fire sprinklers in new homes, especially in high-density areas. Consider automatic fire sprinklers when building or remodeling your home. The cost is high, but the savings are enormous, including your family’s lives, your home, and your valuables.
Automatic sprinklers are plumbed into the house’s water system and spray water when the ceiling temperature reaches a certain level. A white, black, or neutral fitting can be used to recess them into the ceiling.
Every home should have at least one readily accessible fire extinguisher. Quick action may help prevent an uncontrollable fire from becoming an uncontrollable one. The best home fire extinguisher is small (for ease of use) and contains a chemical used on a wide range of fires (grease, wood, textiles, etc.). Assemble the extinguisher according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Surveillance Fire Alarms
A monitored residential fire alarm system is the best. They are usually installed with a burglar alarm. Some of these systems will include remote monitoring by a company that will alert fire and medical authorities. A monitored fire alarm system has a central control panel that connects to multiple smoke and heat alarms. Heat detectors are more reliable than smoke detectors alone due to their advanced mechanics. These all-inclusive systems also run on house power with battery backup in case of a power outage.
The downside of this system is the installation fee and the monthly fee for the monitoring service. The ability to place more sophisticated detectors in certain areas, such as the kitchen and the increased reliability of outside monitoring are good reasons to buy such a system if you can afford it.
A Deaf Fire Alarm
If you or a family member is deaf, you know how difficult life can be. Many times you can’t hear the doorbell or the phone. A fire alarm for the deaf is an essential but often overlooked feature.
One of the most common types of fire alarms for the deaf uses flashing strobe lights. The light should wake up the person, even if they are sleeping. It must be a very bright strobe, and it must be visible when it goes off. This is necessary if you have deaf family or friends who visit frequently.
Regardless of whether you choose a low-cost or high-end home fire alarm system, you must have one installed in your home to protect your most valuable asset, your family.