What kind of life safety devices should I get for my home?
Our home is a place of safety and comfort. Most people would say that they feel safe and protected in their homes. Unfortunately, there are many events that can threaten the safety of your home. Thankfully, modern technologies can help to warn and shield us from these things. With that being said, you should make sure that your home has the following safety devices installed, and properly functioning:
- Smoke Detectors
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Flood and Heat Sensors,
- Low Temperature Sensors
Smoke detectors are an essential home safety device. These sensors are able to detect the presence of smoke, and emit a loud warning noise. Smoke detectors may be hardwired, or run off of a 9v battery. If battery operated, the batteries should be replaced at least every 3 months, and smoke detectors tested at least once a month. These are your first and only warning should the unthinkable happen.
Carbon monoxide detectors are different from smoke detectors. While smoke is visible and has a distinct smell, carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless. This deadly gas readily binds with your red blood cells, taking the place of vital oxygen. This means that carbon monoxide can quickly suffocate. Carbon monoxide detectors are able to detect the presence of this gas, and quickly alert you to its presence.
Flood and heat sensors also play important roles as life safety devices. Flood sensors are able to alert you should a pipe in your basement or crawl space burst, letting you quickly turn off the water before more damaged is allowed to progress. A heat sensor is able to warn you of dangerous temperatures, without the presence of smoke. These complement your smoke detector in keeping you safe.
Low temperature sensors are extremely important in cold environments. Not only do these warn you if the temperature has dropped too much, but they allow you to take action to avoid having your pipes freeze. Frozen pipes can crack, causing leaks and issues once the contents have thawed back out.
If your home is missing any of these vital life safety devices, make sure that you head to Scantech Alarms and protect your home, investment and family.