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Fire Detection in the Home

We all know that modern alarm systems go beyond just exclusion of potential criminals by connecting many facets of our home together. The newest ones can help us make our lives simpler, by automating lighting or central air, just to name a few. But there is always room for more safety. Integration of technologies and the growing push towards whole home systems has brought alarm systems to monitor more than just break-ins. The inclusion of Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors in modern home systems has become more and more common. When a home alarm system includes the integration of fire and smoke detectors, you can rest easy knowing that help can arrive when it is needed most.    More traditional fire alarms don’t have to be the end-all-be-all anymore. Say goodbye to those glitchy little discs that beep in excess every single time you cook a steak on your stove.Those noisemakers are a thing of the past. With integrated home fire alarms, it is easier for you to get the help you need in the event of a real emergency.  A traditional fire alarm does not alert the authorities in the event of an actual fire. It will usually just beep very loudly. Many of these systems are known to go off at times where there is no real emergency. In the event of an actual fire, someone would need to make an active effort to contact the fire department. These systems are virtually useless if no one is home. Even neighbors that hear them often ignore them because of the consistency of false alarms. Integrated fire alarm systems connected to central monitoring with your alarm system can allow the authorities to become aware of a fire quicker. This gives firefighters more notice and can allow them to respond quicker to the emergency.  Older alarm systems work by testing the amount of smoke in the air photo-electrically, which helps attribute to the number of false alarms. Higher quality systems, like the ones used in most integrated systems check 3 points of potential danger in the event of a fire, to reduce false alarms. The first is, like the older systems, a photoelectric sensor for smoke levels. If the smoke levels reach a certain level, an alarm will sound. The next is a fixed temperature sensor. If the temperature of the area is extremely high (the industry standard for this is 135 degrees Fahrenheit), the alarm would be triggered. The third is a system that checks the rate of temperature rise. If the temperature of the air around the sensor rises quickly (usually 15 degrees or more per minute), the alarm will be triggered. These three systems combined help reduce the regularity of false alarms, and can help pinpoint the real cases of emergency. When combined with the security of a central monitoring system; you can rest easy knowing that in the event of an emergency, your family can receive help in a more timely fashion. Protect your home or business with a quality video surveillance and alarm system from the Video Surveillance Corp. Call us today at (718) 258-1310. We provide full service security solutions for homes and businesses. When you think of security, think of Video Surveillance Corp. It’s security you can see!

 

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