Fire and smoke detectors are extremely important. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from a five year study from 2009-2013, there were on average 3,046 civilian deaths and $12.4 billion in property damage per year. Of those deaths, three out of five resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
You may feel that using a traditional battery-operated audible alarm is good enough, but the statistics show otherwise. More than one out of three (36%) of fatal fire victims never wake up before being injured. That means an audible alarm alone may not be enough to wake you up and save your life. If you do wake up, it may be too late to save the lives of those you love most.
Our fire and smoke detection systems have audible alarms, but they also can be monitored 24 hours a day. This means the authorities can be notified the second smoke or heat is detected, and greatly increase the chances of saving you and your loved ones, as well as reducing the damage done to your home. We believe every home should have monitored fire systems, and have chosen to include the cost of fire and other additional sensor monitoring in our standard monitoring fees.
Monitored Fire System Benefits
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in just thirty seconds a small flame can turn in to a full blown fire. In just minutes of a fire breaking out, the home will be filled with thick black smoke that makes it impossible for family members to breathe. These two facts alone are enough to reinforce the importance of having a home security system that will signal authorities to respond to a house fire.
Having a functional security and fire system in your home can also save you money on your home owners insurance. According to the Federal Reserve Bureau, the average savings can be as much as 10 to 20 percent off of the annual premium. Depending on the value of your home, the savings could be quite significant.