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Jul 17, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors: effective life-saving devices

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Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors are essential components of your home, protecting you and your family—at a minimal cost—from a tragic loss due to fire. With speed and accuracy these life-saving devices alert you to the early signs of both flaming fires and slow, smoldering fires, giving you and your family enough time to react and escape safely.

You should have one smoke detector for every thousand square feet, which, in most cases, amounts to one on each floor of your home. The two types of smoke detectors most commonly used are hardwired into your home’s electrical system or battery operated. In the past, when smoke set off a smoke detector on one floor, the detectors on the other floors did not respond at the same time. However, now your existing hardwired smoke detectors can be connected by a relay that is wired into the security system. With such a setup, one alarm triggers every alarm in the house, so everyone is alerted. The siren on your security system will also alert you of a fire condition by sounding a different tone than the tone indicating a burglary.

We are able to install a ULC relay that will allow us to interconnect your home’s electrical smoke detectors or we can use wireless technology. Wireless smoke detectors work the same way as hardwired detectors; however, they are easier to install if you later need additional units. A wireless smoke detector is an option if your home is fully finished and you are unable to wire in additional smoke detectors or if it is too expensive to run the wires for an additional smoke detector.

If your home is heated by gas or if you have a fireplace, you should also install a carbon monoxide detector. Whether or not you have gas heating, your home needs a carbon monoxide detector if a garage is located under or attached to a living area, because you could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from car fumes. Because carbon monoxide remains low, the fumes do not spread around the house.  However, beware: all heating systems will draw the fumes and spread them throughout your home through the ventilation system.

The experienced professionals at Colonnade Security in Ottawa provide top-of-the-line equipment, expert installation, and user demonstration, client-focused service and vigilant monitoring from a ULC monitoring station in Ottawa. For more information, call 613-839-1274 or visit www.colonnadesecurity.com.

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