Smoke. Heat. There’s something amiss, the type of thing that sends fire alarm systems into high alert. You freeze for a second, every emotion overtaken by disbelief. It’s something you never thought could happen: a house fire.
But as unthinkable as they might be, house fires happen every 86 seconds in the United States, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.
And while house fires can be alleviated by installing things like fire alarm systems, there are ways to prevent fires, especially when you know the most common causes.
Home security systems are about protecting occupants from various threats, and for many people that means cameras and alarms to prevent intrusions and theft. For a long time now, smoke detectors, and more recently carbon monoxide detectors, have also played a critical role in limiting the effects of fire or toxic gases. Yet homes and buildings of all types face more problems than that, and firms like Holicong Security have the answers in the form of environmental sensors.
Fire and Dangerous Gas
The most common detection systems used in both residential and commercial security systems remain the most important. Having a working smoke detector and sensors designed to pick up carbon monoxide reduce the two primary concerns for homeowners and small business professionals. A fire can quickly destroy entire rooms and the costly electronics and furniture in them. Some studies indicate that within just a couple minutes, a small fire can spread to enough rooms that it is difficult to fight.
Protect you home and family from hidden dangers.
Carbon monoxide is pernicious as well. Not only can it kill via suffocation, but it is colorless and odorless. Without a detector in place and operating, employees and residents may be at risk without even knowing about it. Propane does have an odor, but leaks can occur when no one is around with explosive consequences. Homeowners should consider adding detectors if they use propane in any capacity.
These two types of protection are critical in another way: both residential and commercial buildings must pass inspections by government officials before they may be used. Homeowners’ and business liability insurance policies may also require their installation in order to begin coverage. Adding sprinkler systems or other fire detection solutions may also be required in certain instances and may result in lower premiums. Continue reading →
Two of the major threats that most security systems protect against are intrusions, usually for burglary, and fires. Businesses from small home operations to large office facilities can benefit from this protection as well, as the advantages are similar in both instances. While many people chose to move to or stay in the suburbs of Philadelphia for safety reasons, statistics show that “it’s not going to happen to me” is not necessarily valid for those who plan on living here for several years.
Whether there are concerns over potential fires that could damage family heirlooms or a history of nearby crime, data shows that tragic events happen more quickly and more often than one might think.
Statistics on Home Emergencies in Bucks County
A recent review of police data in Bucks County indicates that thousands of property crimes are reported each year. For example, only about 4,000 people live in Chalfont but there are several dozen people who are victims of property crimes that may have been avoided with the help of a Holicong security system consultant. Southampton had nearly 400 such crimes, but of course the population is much larger. Doylestown has one of the higher property crime rates in Bucks County, with one in 47 residents likely to be the victim of theft or burglary on an annual basis.
Security systems in Bucks County are often installed even in areas with low crime. Homes and businesses both benefit if they have valuables that can be easily removed. Even if one is already in place, updating it with new equipment may afford additional protections. If you are considering either option, here are a few tips to make sure that you get the right system, the right services and know what to do with them once they’re installed.
A Security System Inspection
You should be looking to get assessment of what you need in order to best protect your valuables which should include an on site inspection. A security company employee should be able to tell you what elements you might need, as well as whether or not you should consider ongoing security monitoring from a central facility.