Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Safety Network Systems For Your Home
It is critical to install fire safety network systems for your home to prevent or detect fire at an early stage and ensure the safety of loved ones. However, as a homeowner, you may often have a ton of questions about fire alarm systems but find answers to these questions difficult to come be. To ensure you have all your doubts cleared and are armed with the most accurate information, Servant Distribution Inc has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about fire safety network systems for your home.
1. What type of fire alarms provides the best protection?
All smoke detectors are not smoke detectors. The most common detector is an ionization detector that looks for active particles of combustion. However, they do not detect real smoke on a timely basis. For that, you need an optical or photoelectric detector.
For areas of the home that need protection but will not be able to accommodate a smoke detector (kitchen, garage, laundry room, or attic), we recommend placing a heat detector. This should be programmed at a temperature that will not give you false alarms, but give you an early warning in the event of a fire.
2. What are the laws and minimum code requirements of fire alarms in homes?
Different states maintain different laws pertaining to fire alarms in the home. In Iowa, you must have a dual detector that will sense two different types of fire. Most detectors sold in the box stores do not even meet the minimum code requirements.
The minimum code is just that - the minimum. It states you need to have a detector in each bedroom and on each level of the home. The major areas for a fire to begin include the kitchen, the furnace room, the laundry room, and the garage. Doesn’t it make sense to have those areas covered too?
3. Interconnected alarms save lives. Imagine a fire breaks out in your garage during the night. If a single station alarm goes off, would you wake up?
Interconnected alarms will set off all the other alarms in the home, giving your family a better chance to escape. Monitored alarms can save lives, property, and save you money. A network that notifies you away from home when an event occurs could help save the life of others that are home. The early warning could save your property. And having a monitored network could save money on your property insurance costs.
4. Should I sleep with my bedroom door open or shut?
If your door is completely closed, it can buy you up to four minutes of time in a fire. The closed-door deters the oxygen from being pulled from the bedroom, giving you more time to react before you become incapacitated.
If you have any more questions about fire safety network systems for your home, get in touch with the experts at Servant Distribution Inc. We have been in the fire safety industry for almost three decades, and in that time, we have educated and positively impacted numerous individuals. We have been providing fire safety information and equipment for homes and small businesses across Onawa, Sioux City, Des Moines, Council Bluffs, and Omaha.