Fire Alarm Systems

Home fire alarm systems were once installed mainly in larger homes, but with the advent of integrated electronic home monitoring systems this is no longer the case. It is relatively simple to add a home fire alarm system to the new electronic home burglar alarm systems that are becoming more popular for use in smaller family-sized homes.


Smoke Alarms vs. Fire Alarm Systems

In the past, the relatively high cost of a stand-alone fire alarm system dissuaded people from installing them. The reasoning was that a simple, cheaper smoke alarm was all that was needed. Home fire alarm systems have some unique advantages over smoke detectors, however, that may make them very appealing for homeowners in certain situations. Fire alarm systems incorporate not just smoke detectors, but heat detectors as well. The main advantage in having an integrated home fire alarm system is that they are interactive, being linked to the same monitoring service that is alerted in case of a break-in or other signals received from the home security system. Those who have medical disabilities and/or mobility issues especially appreciate fully integrated systems. The monitoring service will have access to each customer's profile so that in the event of an emergency they will be able to determine which relatives, authorities, and services to contact on their behalf. The homeowner will also be able to use the system to contact the monitoring service in case of a fire or medical emergency.

Fire Alarm System Sensors

Home fire alarm systems are somewhat complex by necessity. They incorporate individual sensors that detect smoke, heat, and sometimes carbon monoxide since this odorless gas is a byproduct of combustion. There may be many sensors, depending on how many rooms and strategic locations there are in the home. All of these sensors lead to a central control panel mounted in the basement or an easily accessible closet or utility room.

Fire Alarm System Panels

The panel provides indicators of which sensors are functioning in various areas of the home. The control panel also provides the linkage to monitoring services by way of telephone lines, or in some systems via dedicated connections that are independent of the phone lines.

Fire Alarm System Signaling

The final component of every good home fire alarm system is the signaling apparatus. This may include bells, sirens, horns or other audio alerts as well as flashing lights; especially useful if the homeowner or some member of the household happens to be hearing-impaired.