Fire / Security

There are many forms of security. There is security to detect if someone is entering your home or leaving your home.  There is security to detect fire or CO in your home and alert you or if you’re not home, notify an alarm monitory service.

There are a lot of options for addressing each of these possible scenarios. If you have a trust worthy local company, I urge you to contact them.  Especially when it comes to life safety for Fire and CO detection there is no substitute for a good professional security company. This does not mean I endorse large, heavily advertised companies or the first result in a web search. I just want you to at least try to find someone who can help you create a reliable and properly installed Life Safety system. When dealing with this sort of equipment it is NOT the company as much as it is the individual who knocks on your door. 

If you find that you need to do it yourself, then I will try to provide as much useful information as I can. 

Is a DIY Burglar Alarm best for you?

Traditional burglar alarm systems have a control panel located in a closet, utility room or other out-of-the-way location. A keypad is installed at the main entry area to the home for arming/disarming and usually provide Fire-Police-Medical panic buttons. Motion, door and windows sensors (often called “contacts”) are installed either hardwired or wireless. Smoke, heat, CO, gas sensors and a variety of flood, freeze and panic sensors are also available.

First Alert Smoke and CO Alarms - Battery Powered

Battery operated smoke detectors that interconnect to each other are relatively new. Older, more common battery powered smoke alarms were usually standalone units that when triggered, only made noise within themselves. If a fire broke out in a remote part of your home, you had no idea there was a problem unless you had good hearing. Now with wireless interconnectivity all smoke alarms are triggered when one detects smoke. Voice Location models pass the location of the danger to other voice location models, helping you determine the safest path to exit the home

SimpliSafe™ - Review

SimpliSafe™ has emerged as a leader in DIY home security. Their use of wireless sensors and cellular communications, all in an affordable package, has won them top honors from many top organizations. SimpliSafe™ does not offer medical alert panic or professional installation, but they do offer a simple to install and operate security system with no or low monthly cost. They have a smartphone app for remote activation and notification of events. They have no contracts and if you move you easily remove the system and take it with you.

Selecting a Smoke Detector

Whether you are looking to add or replace smoke detectors there are  4 variables you should consider. 

  1. Sensor Type - Ionization,  photo electric or dual sensor
  2. Power Source - 110 VAC Hardwired, Battery,  Low volt wired
  3. Interconnected or not
  4. Single Detector or combo unit with CO Detection