A DIY Home Alarm System Can Save Your Life
When people think of a DIY home alarm system, they may think of several things. Perhaps they think of smoke and fire alarms. Perhaps they think of carbon monoxide detectors. Some may think of flood, leakage, and seepage detectors. For others, burglar alarms come to mind right away.
The truth is that a comprehensive home alarm system includes all of these types of alarms. Each one is a vital piece of the puzzle in ensuring the safety of your home and family. But the two that trump all others in their basic importance are fire and CO alarms.
Every year, untold thousands of people die in fires; it is not uncommon for carbon monoxide poisoning to make a home or other building toxic to those within it. Sadly for the families of those who have died from these causes, fire and carbon monoxide are usually easily preventable deaths. How? With smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, alarms can sound to alert you and your family to danger and keep you from being caught without help in a very deadly situation.
You can purchase a basic smoke detector at most home improvement stores; you can also buy carbon monoxide detectors in most of the same places you would find safety equipment for the home. The simplest detectors (for both smoke and carbon monoxide) can be plugged into an outlet or adhered to the ceiling. They may be battery-powered or connect to wiring, but ideally they should connect to both so as to have a backup in case batteries die or the power goes out. With a DIY fire and CO alarm system, you should be testing the alarms once per week according to some sources and at least once per month per others.
Fire alarms and CO detectors save lives and property every day. People get out of the house in time because of them, and firemen or other emergency personnel are often able to respond in time because of them. But the most basic issue with DIY smoke and CO alarm systems is that they can only make sound. They don’t directly alert the authorities. Overcooked cookies set off fire alarms frequently enough that neighbors are often unresponsive to such alarms across the way. So if you can’t hear the alarm for some reason (e.g. you are listening to music with earbuds on) or if you are out of the house for any reason, catastrophic damage can still occur to you, your family, or your property.
So the most reliable means of protecting your home from fire and your family and pets from CO poisoning is to invest in a home security service. Professionals install alarms in all of the critical areas of the home that are at risk for fire, CO leakage, flood and seepage, or intrusion from burglars. These alarms are monitored 24/7 by security professionals, who will contact you as soon as any alarm goes off. Imagine—you are at work, and you get a call from your professional home security service. Your house is being flooded with carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that is invisible and odorless, and no one is home except for your dogs and cats, or perhaps someone who is sleeping through the alarm. You work too far away to get there in time to get them out, and you shouldn’t attempt such a rescue by yourself anyway. So you instruct them to send emergency personnel immediately to rescue whoever may be inside.
Was the 24/7 security alarm monitoring service worth it? Yes.