What Is Fire Alarm Monitoring?

March 3, 2021 8:05 am Published by

Fire alarm monitoring refers to the rapid communication between your home’s fire alarm system and your security provider’s central monitoring station. When your alarm senses smoke or a fire, it sends a signal to the station, alerting the appropriate authorities and dispatching them to your house.

In addition to sending notifications about smoke or fire, a monitored fire alarm can also send various other useful signals to the monitoring station.

  • Fire trouble: Your alarm can indicate it is not performing optimally or suggest repairing your system to ensure it works properly in the event of an emergency.
  • Fire supervisory: The alarm sends this notification when it senses your home’s fire protection system needs a reset.
  • Low battery: This signal indicates the alarm panel’s battery is operating at a less-than-optimum voltage.
  • Power failure: The system sends this alert in a power failure — a critical notification for fire alarm monitoring service.

How Does Fire Alarm Monitoring Work?

Monitored smoke detectors connect to a central station that can notify the fire department anytime, whether your system is ready and even when you’re not home.

For example, imagine an unattended candle starts a fire in your home. If this happens, your fire alarm detects the smoke and the alarm goes off.

If this happens in a house with traditional, non-monitored fire alarms, you will have to quickly gather your family and ensure everyone evacuates as fast as possible. Then, if you happen to still have phone access, you’ll have to call the fire department and ask for help.

However, in a home with monitored fire alarms, the situation is very different.

  1. Once your smoke detector detects smoke, the monitoring center will call you right away and give you a mobile alert.
  2. If they confirm a fire or the monitoring center can’t get through to you, someone will contact the authorities in your area.
  3. You get your family together and quickly leave the house.
  4. As you are evacuating, the fire department is starting their response.
  5. If the monitoring center team can’t reach you, they will call the rest of your emergency contacts.
  6. The firefighters arrive at your house.

Without a monitoring system — in which you’re the only one doing the monitoring — the action stops abruptly early on. When the alarm goes off, everything is up to you. When you hear the alarm — assuming you do — you evacuate your family from the house and contact the fire department as soon as you have phone access.

Even if you hear the alarm immediately and get everyone out within seconds, the fire department will still arrive later than if you had a monitoring system installed. Even if the difference is only seconds, every moment is crucial in a fire.

If you’re asleep or in a place where it’s harder to hear the alarm, it will take you even longer to respond. And if you’re at work or on vacation, you may not know about it until it is far too late.

Why Is Fire Alarm Monitoring Important?

As you already know, fire detection devices are essential, and functioning smoke alarms are your family’s first line of defense. When shopping for one of these devices, you can choose between monitored and non-monitored.

Non-monitored smoke alarms can be useful for warning people of a fire and providing them with more time to escape. However, they’re only beneficial if they’re functioning correctly, you’re at home and you’re alert. In many situations, traditional smoke detectors are not sufficient, such as if:

  • You’re not home when the smoke alarm detects the fire.
  • Your pet is home alone.
  • You’re a heavy sleeper.
  • The fire alarm is not working properly and does not detect smoke or fire. Monitored smoke detectors alert monitoring centers to any malfunctions.

A non-monitored smoke alarm can only notify whoever’s in your house when the emergency occurs. While a neighbor might eventually notice smoke and flames and call 911, this will likely not happen until considerable time has passed.

4 Benefits of Professional Fire Alarm Monitoring

Though codes do not require you to install a monitored fire alarm, you and your family could benefit from investing in these useful devices. Below, we’ll discuss the four most significant benefits of a monitored fire alarm system.

  1. 24/7 fire protection: If a fire starts while you’re in the house and awake, taking care of it is easy — smother it or douse it with your fire extinguisher. But what if a spark from a lamp or an old furnace ignites a fire while you’re away? The alarm serves no purpose in this case.
  2. Swift emergency response: Monitored fire alarm systems notify the appropriate authorities immediately when they detect smoke. They send a signal to the monitoring station, which then simultaneously sends notifications to your fire protection company and the fire department. They also notify designated company employees.
  3. Possible insurance discounts: The risk of losing possessions to a fire is considerably less with a fire monitoring service. If you provide your insurance company with proof of monitored fire alarms in your home, you might be eligible for lower premiums.
  4. Burglar deterrent: By having a sign in your yard or sticker in the window, you’re letting thieves know you have a home monitoring system. Burglars will steer clear of your house, and knowing your home has a direct link to law enforcement naturally discourages criminal activity in general.

Contact Lexington Alarm for Monitoring Services Today

At Lexington Alarm Systems, we use the most cutting-edge technology to protect your home from fires. Our priority is to provide a custom smoke alarm system for your home, and we will handle the installation, UL monitoring and testing. We also have compliance code experts on our team with compliance safety licenses, meaning you can rest assured that your system will be code-compliant.

Use our reliable smoke detector systems to keep your family and property safe from fire and CO2. Fill out our contact form, and we will be happy to evaluate your property and security needs to produce a quote for your fire alarm system. You can also reach us by calling 781-275-4200. We look forward to helping you keep your home and family safer!

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