Most people purchase home security systems to protect their homes and loved ones from intruders but many such systems can also protect your family from many other dangers as well. If you are in the market for a home security system, consider the other ways in which you can protect your family.
Some home security systems, the kind that come with monitoring services are capable of monitoring your home with heat and smoke sensors so that you and the proper authorities can be notified in the case of fire. Before you discount that option, think about what could happen if a fire broke out while you were asleep. Would you hear the smoke alarm or would you prefer that firefighters be notified and on the way to save you and your home? What if you were out of town when fire broke out in your home? Sure, the neighbors would call the fire department once they noticed the fire but by then your priceless items could be ruined. While insurance may help you to rebuild or get a new home, there is no insurance available to replace priceless mementos and memories.
Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that approximately 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning from home fuel burning heating equipment. While you can purchase a carbon monoxide detector for less than $100, if you already have or are considering purchasing a home security system with monitoring services, consider adding carbon monoxide monitoring to your services. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas and has been responsible for killing entire families without warning so do consider some type of protection against this silent killer.
Now before you shake your head and skip over this section because you don’t live in a flood zone, consider the types of flooding that no one can escape. What happens if a pipe bursts or your water heater dumps gallons and gallons of water in your home while you are away? You may come home to a mess that could end up costing you thousands of dollars in ruined carpet, furniture, and even mold. No one is immune from this type of flooding so consider including flood monitoring when you engage a home security monitoring service.
Companion Service Monitoring
You’ve most likely seen the commercials about this type of monitoring. In the commercials, there is usually an elderly person who has fallen and can’t get up. He or she then presses a button which is hanging from a pendant or a wrist strap and the voice at the monitoring station assures them that help is on the way. This is an invaluable service as it utilizes a two way voice system and can serve you in time of need whether or not there is a medical emergency. This system would come in handy if you were gardening or even in your home at times when your alarm isn’t set and someone threatens you or suddenly bursts into your home.
Look carefully at the services your monitoring company offers to see which ones can help protect your family the best.
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