7 Reasons Why You Should Have Fire Alarm System Professionally Monitored
December 27, 2018
In homes or shops where Fire devices are installed, retail standalone devices are the de facto standard. Unfortunately, for various reasons, many of these devices may not provide the protection they promise.
1. Immediate response, whether you are home or not.
When the system is connected to a remote monitoring station, the emergency response to the incident is immediate. Both the home or shop owner, who may not be at home or shop at the time of the incident, and the fire department are alerted to the system’s alarm state. This early notification is extremely important to life safety for the following reasons:
2. Monitoring is critical for occupants less capable.
Monitoring is especially important in cases where occupants are not capable of responding appropriately to a local alarm. Examples include the elderly or disabled individuals; small children; individuals already overcome by the effects of smoke; and even pets in an otherwise empty house.
3. Ability to make special information known.
A feature of most monitoring services is the ability to keep special information on the location, which comes up on the computer screen whenever an alarm is received from that home. Thus, if there is a disabled or elderly resident, the operator can see this information and pass it to the first responders.
4. Professional installation increases the reliability and effectiveness of devices.
A side benefit of system connectivity is that these devices are installed by professionals who increase the reliability and effectiveness of fire and life-safety devices by placing them exactly how and where they are most needed. Proper installation and placement of devices lead to the right amount of protection. Proper placement also avoids the majority of nuisance alarms, which annoys people and may cause them to disable or remove the life-safety device.
5. Professionals can help locations stay up to code
Whether a home or shop in a certain part of the country needs to meet building code, local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requirements or legislative mandates, it can be a bit tricky knowing what is required.
6. Equipment performance issues will be alerted
Performance of the monitored system is supervised by the central station and will alert the home or shop owner of any equipment performance issues such as malfunctioning detectors or if the system is experiencing mechanical trouble. The connected system will also send trouble signals to the panel so that homeowners are aware that there is an issue and call to schedule service.