All too often people put more emphasis on burglar alarm monitoring than fire alarm monitoring. Whether you’re talking about commercial or residential monitoring, fire and theft pose very real threats to life and property. Monitored alarms are a great way to mitigate some of these risks and deter undesirable outcomes.
If you own or manage an alarm dealership, educate your customers about the importance of both fire monitoring and burglary monitoring. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences and similarities, weigh in on the impacts of DIY Monitoring, and touch on the two primary types of fire detection sensors.
Burglar Alarm Monitoring
Most burglars search for empty homes as targets; however, an occupant is home during nearly 1 in 3 burglaries. Though very few burglaries result in homicide, a staggering number escalate into assault and/or rape. A homeowner wakes up to a noise, goes to investigate, and the burglar responds by trying to incapacitate or otherwise injure the homeowner, perhaps to prevent them from calling for help.
During a home invasion, contacting the police by phone might not be an option. In this scenario, knowing police are en route could make a huge difference. Central station monitoring is an effective means of involving police when homeowners are otherwise unable.
Fire Alarm Monitoring
Monitored fire alarm systems work in the same way. Monitoring agents call in a potential fire threat at the first signs of danger. Homeowners may have already succumb to smoke inhalation before waking up to the danger. Or imagine waking up to a dark, smoke-filled bedroom, unable to escape or call for help. It could be quite a while before neighbors notice anything amiss, especially at night.
Fire Risks Vs. Burglary Risks
More people die in fires than burglaries each year. About 100+ people die in burglaries in the U.S. every year, while about 3,000+ die in fires. Conversely, the odds of becoming a victim of violent crime during a burglary are much higher than the odds of getting injured by fire. 250,000+ become victims of violent crimes during burglary, while about 15,000 sustain non-life-threatening injuries from residential fires.
Protect Property and Pets When Nobody’s Home
If a client’s home is empty, who’s going to call for help? For alarm dealers, this is another risk that your customers will likely be interested in mitigating, so do your best to educate potential customers about how monitoring can help.
DIY Monitoring Concerns
Sadly, something we’re seeing more and more of is DIY Alarm Systems that only offer self-monitoring options. While we’re not opposed to people installing alarm equipment on their own, it’s important that customers understand why self-monitoring doesn’t offer the same level of protection offered by 3rd party monitoring.
Ionization Vs. Photoelectric Fire Detection Equipment
Over the years, there’s been quite a debate between the two types of smoke detection systems. Different studies have yielded controversial findings. We’re going to settle this debate once and for all, but keep in mind that smoke alarm placement remains far more important than the type of smoke alarm equipment.
Ionization smoke alarms are better at detecting fires with flames, while photoelectric smoke alarms remain better at detecting a smoldering fire. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing both, because you can never anticipate what type of fire you’re going to get.
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