The only way an unmonitored smoke detector will notify you of a fire is by loud, audible beeping. This works perfectly, if you happen to be on the property as the fire ignites. An unmonitored smoke detector does not notify the local fire department. Meaning that if a fire breaks out, the smoke detector is practically useless. By the time the neighbors see smoke coming from your home, it may be too late to salvage your valuables.
How do monitored smoke detectors work?
The smoke detectors will be tied into your existing burglar alarm system. In the presence of fire or smoke, the smoke detectors will send a signal to our central station and the fire department will be notified immediately. The smoke detection signal is still sent to the central station even when your alarm system in not armed. Also, if you have an interactive alarm system, you will also receive a notification via text message. That gives your family and property fire protection 24/7, whether you are at home or away.
A monitored smoke system will also notify the central station of low batteries and faulty parts. Per NFPA’s issued report from 2015, dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures. We also offer the option to have the smoke detectors hardwired into the alarm system and the batteries will not need to be replaced.
The best advantage is that in the event of a real fire, we will respond immediately by dispatching the fire department to the property. The only disadvantage of a monitored smoke detector s system is the possibility of a false alarm. The quickest way to report a false alarm is by saving our central station’s phone number and giving us a call to let us know the fire department does not need to be dispatched. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
If you are interested in having your home’s smoke detectors monitored by us, give us a call at 800-550-ALERT.