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Recovering from a fire is not easy. I know because I’ve been there. I witnessed our house slowly go down in flames, engulfed by a powerful element. And as a kid, I was traumatized by fires or anything related to fires. Even the sound of a fire truck would keep me on my toes.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the number of fire disasters in America last 2017 was a staggering 1,319,500 with 3,400 casualties. A fire can occur when we lack of education on some basic prevention measures in the first place.
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The National Fire Protection Agency stated that most fire-related deaths were due to the lack of fire alarm systems. That’s why every home must install a competent fire alarm system because this might save your life one day. Here are a few benefits of a good alarm system in your home:
Let me just say right off the bat that both cannot be interchangeably used as both function differently. As the name suggests, a smoke alarm system can sense an unusual amount of smoke in a home and can then sound the alarm to warn the occupants.
The fire alarm system, on the other hand, can sense heat just like a smoke detector. Some fire alarm systems come also with additional features depending on your preference.
An excellent thing about these powerful life-savers is that they come in different packages and features. First and foremost, you need to choose the type of alarm you need for your home. There are three most common types of alarm systems: Ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, and dual-sensor alarms. Let’s first touch base on the benefits of each.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, two-thirds of fire alarm deaths are also because alarm systems weren’t working properly. It’s very important to run a regular maintenance check on your alarm systems. After all, your family’s life is at stake here. Some alarms run on different kinds of batteries such as AA, AAA, or a 9-volt battery. An annual replace can keep the device in topnotch condition.
Another option for alarm power is lithium batteries. These batteries are acclaimed to last for as long as the alarm system’s lifespan. And the last option for power is hard wiring the system to the house and wiring everything together. This way, you can be sure that your alarms will never go out of power while there is a connection to the grid.
Even if you install a home alarm system but didn’t optimize it according to the size of the house – the capability is futile. If you have a large house, it’s advisable to install a smoke alarm in every room, hallways, stairway, basement, and attic. Then again, it’s important that you connect all detectors and alarms together so that when one goes off in a particular area, the others will go off as well. This is advisable for a bigger house and you may need a professional to install this efficiently.
You can then customize your alarm systems according to your preference. Added features may include centralized controls for easily monitoring from a centralized area. Another feature would be easy maintenance. Some systems have an easy-slip battery so replacing the batteries are convenient. Then another option is to temporarily turn off the alarm using the “hush” feature. This is perfect if you want to silence the alarm while you look for the source. Or if you want to shut it off without removing the batteries.
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