Fact: There were 365,500 home fires in 2015.

Fact: 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms¹.

Most of us have been “drilled” since childhood on how to respond to a fire: you’re no stranger to the importance of fire safety. You know that when it comes to fire, every second counts and it’s crucial to be prepared. But, with life’s endless “did-you-remember-this” list, proper fire protection practices can easily drop to the bottom. Besides, who can really keep up with those “suggested schedules” for replacing filters, changing innumerable batteries, rotating the tires, flipping mattresses, etc. etc. on top of everything else! You’re probably thinking, we have smoke alarms installed; they came with the house and they beep when the battery is low. We’re all set.

The National Fire Protection Association, an organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, recommends installing smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area, as well as on every level of the home. It’s true that most new homes are already in compliance with this fire safety code; however, these contractor-installed smoke alarms only sound locally – in the home. This high-pitched notification is more than sufficient, if you’re home. What about while you’re away? Without monitored smoke alarms, no one is notified… until it’s too late.

The NFPA also recommends checking your smoke alarms’ batteries once a month and replacing the alarms every 10 years. Got that marked on the monthly maintenance calendar? While it’s easy enough, why not simplify your life and put your alarm system to work by installing monitored smoke alarms?!

At Preventia, we install monitored photoelectric smoke detectors with 3V battery and built-in wireless transmitter. Monitored smoke alarms utilize a wireless transmitter to send alarm, tamper, maintenance, and battery condition messages to your alarm panel. What does this mean for you? No need to check or keep a schedule for changing the batteries. The device will notify you at the keypad whenever there is an issue. Not only do you receive a trouble notification at the keypad, but a friendly central station operator will call to update you as well. It also means that, in the event of a fire, you AND emergency dispatch are notified. Remember, every second counts.

With this wireless device, there are no holes to drill or wires to run, which means there is no damage to your home. Easy to install and connect to any alarm system, monitored smoke alarms protect you 24 hours a day, seven days a week – whether your system is armed or not.