A house fire is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, but your smoke detector is only one aspect of fire prevention and detection. Luckily, you can take the next step in smart home technology by adding Vivint’s Firefighter to your home security system.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 24 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes where smoke alarms didn’t sound, and in home fires with smoke alarms that didn’t signal an alert, approximately 50 percent of those smoke detectors had missing or disconnected batteries.
At one point in your life, you’ve likely lived in a home or apartment where the simple act of sauteing, broiling or even boiling water triggered your smoke detector, making you tread lightly in the kitchen. Perhaps you even decided against tempting fate, and went ahead and removed the battery from the alarm closest to the kitchen. As tempted as you may be, never disconnect the battery from your smoke detector to avoid false alarms. Instead, work with your home security technician to establish optimal placement for smoke detectors.
If your smoke detector isn’t hardwired, you’ll want to start there. Hardwired smoke detectors are interconnected, running off your home’s electricity. Once an alarm is triggered, all your home’s alarms will sound, alerting you no matter where you are in the home. Because they have battery backups, even the loss of power to your home won’t stop the alarms from triggering.
Smoke alarms typically fail to work in the event of a fire, so hardwiring your alarms provides a greater sense of security. Remember to replace your backup batteries annually, using Daylight Saving Time as a reminder. For greater protection, consider integrating Vivint’s Firefighter into your fire prevention and protection strategy.
Firefighter provides added security by monitoring your existing hardwired smoke detectors. Using a small sensor placed next to your existing smoke detectors by a technician, Firefighter is triggered when your smoke alarm sounds. When your detector goes off, Firefighter relays a message to your Vivint touchscreen panel, which sends an alert to the monitoring agents.
For added protection, another option is to install Vivint smoke detectors, which are monitored all day, every day, and will alert the monitoring technician of a possible fire, even when you’re not at home. And that annoying low battery signal? Vivint smoke detectors relay a low battery message to your touchscreen, alerting you to change the battery, rather than subjecting you to continual chirping.
Proper alarm placement, hardwiring your alarms and having an added set of monitors provides peace of mind when it comes to your home’s fire safety. If you’re ready to invest in additional fire protection, consider installing a Vivint smart home security system. You’ll sleep better at night.
Contact Vivint today to learn more about the Firefighter.