Life Safety Products
Life-safety products are devices used with alarm systems for the purpose of keeping building occupants safe from lethal conditions like fires and carbon monoxide outbreaks. Personal medical alert devices may also fall into this category. These sensors are some of the most important devices used with security systems. They can mean the difference between life and death in many situations. Thousands of lives are saved every year thanks to properly configured life-safety devices for alarm systems,
Smoke detectors are usually the first type of life-safety sensor that a person thinks of. These devices activate upon detecting the smoke that is present during a fire. This will send the system into an immediate fire alarm, regardless of whether the sensor is activated while the system is armed or disarmed. Smoke detectors should be installed in hallways and large central locations for detecting fires as quickly and as reliably as possible. Some users may also install these devices in other rooms for added redundancy.
Carbon monoxide sensors represent another type of life-safety product. These devices are used for detecting potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide outbreaks kill hundreds of people every year, and these deaths can be prevented with properly installed carbon monoxide sensors. Carbon monoxide sensors are typically mounted in locations most prone to carbon monoxide outbreaks. These locations include garages and near gas-burning appliances. You might also use CO sensors outside of sleeping areas.
Many users also consider personal medical alert devices to be life-safety products. These devices are often used by elderly and disabled individuals who want to live as independently as possible. If the user experiences a fall or a medical emergency, they can press the button to receive medical help as soon as possible. The sensor will put the system into an auxiliary alarm, and an alert will be sent to the central station. A trained dispatcher will then contact the local authorities to request immediate medical services to the location.
Alarm monitoring service is absolutely necessary when using life-safety products. Connectivity with a central station is the only way to receive automatic emergency police, fire or medical help in a serious situation. You might also want an interactive service platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com so that you can receive text and/or email alerts regarding any activity of life-safety sensors. Remember to always test your life-safety sensors regularly for proper operation. You will need to test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors at least once per year so that you can maintain an updated certificate of alarm (CoA) to save money on your homeowner's insurance.