|What About Dedicated Fire Protection?
You might have a security system but are
you protected from fire? In fact, many homeowners, business owners, and security
companies overlook the need for fire protection. By having a dedicated
fire system or a security system
monitor your business or residence for fire, you can greatly reduce the amount
of damage this often overlooked risk can cause. Most of ProTek's customers feel
better knowing that they're protected against fire hazards. Imagine how much
better you'll feel knowing that the fire department will be notified at the
first hint of trouble. Did you know that most insurance companies provide a
discount to customers who install a monitored fire system? Check with your
carrier to see if you qualify.
Have An Alarm?
When was the last time you had every component tested to make sure it was
functioning properly? ProTek can maintain your system to ensure it stays in top
operating condition. Do you have false alarms? Most false alarms can be
eliminated through proper installation and service, even if you have pets.
Does your current system protect you while you're home? ProTek can adjust your current
system to allow you to move around inside, while keeping everyone else outside.
Sleep better at night knowing you and your family or your business is protected 24 hours a day.
Does your current system protect you in case of fire? You should consider adding
fire protection to your current system. Without fire monitoring, you leave a
large gap in your business or home's protection.
|Is it Monitored?
If your system isn't monitored, who will
respond when you're not home? ProTek has a state-of-the-art monitoring facility which
will notify you and dispatch the proper authorities (Police or Fire Department)
in case of emergency. With a ProTek System, the authorities are able to be
notified to know exactly which
sensor triggered an alarm. For example, if the fire department is dispatched,
they are able to be notified that the basement furnace room smoke detector indicated a
hazardous condition. This improves response times dramatically and pinpoints the
|Caution: A monitored alarm uses the phone line to call the monitoring
company. If personal safety were at risk when the alarm sounds, a business or
would be unable to call 911 or call for help by phone while the alarm system is
communicating through the phone line with the monitoring company.
The only way to keep this from happening would be to have more than one
telephone line into the business or house or have a cellular phone available.
|Unmonitored systems typically have on-site alarms and/or flashing lights
that indicate the security system has been breached. It relies on you or your neighbors as
the eyes and ears to see or hear the alarms and then to call police or fire
or passersby should never investigate an alarm themselves.
With an unmonitored system, it is best to have a combination of strobe lights
and alarms. They should be located on the street side of the business or home and in an
as-inaccessible spot as possible. Because it can be difficult to determine the
location of a siren, it is best to discuss this with your neighbors and to place
the siren and flashing light on the business house where it can be easily seen.
Fire horn/strobe lights should be located in highly visible locations to
be easily seen and heard by guests or patrons of a fire condition. Manual
fire pull stations should be near perimeter doors and exits.
Detectors should be placed throughout the business or home. The smokes
must be mounted from the wall as smoke skips the corner
when crawling up the wall to the ceiling. If you own a business or home and
have the correct coverage you may be eligible for a Insurance Discount when you have Central Alarm Monitoring.
There are also infrared beam sensors that will detect smoke rising in large
areas such as churches or schools.
are typically 4- Kinds of Heat Detectors. 1-135 Degree and 1-194 Degree
"Fixed" Means The Temperature must reach 135 Degrees to trip it.
1-135 and 1-194 Degree "Rate Of Rise" Means that the detector will
see the temperature raising too rapidly and will trip under these
conditions. Heat Detectors should be mounted in Boiler Rooms 194 Degree
Heats, Attics 194 Degree, Kitchens 135 Degree, Garages 135 Degree. ETC. For
special high temperature areas there are heat sensors rated at higher
temperature ratings, however you need to check with local regulations that
require high rated heat sensors.
Natural gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless. Your local gas
company adds an egg like smell to your natural gas to help with the
detection of a gas leak. All persons don't display the same sensitivity
to the egg like smell, so the smell can go unnoticed (very dangerous).
Your sense of smell decreases when you are sleeping (your most
vulnerable state) or if you have a cold.
Natural Gas Detectors
Natural gas is a general term. Natural gas is principally methane gas
mixed with varying quantities of ethane, propane, butane, and other
gases. Natural gas is one of the most popular forms of fuel today
because of its' performance and the ability not to pollute the
environment. Families use natural gas for their gas range stoves,
furnaces, hot water heater, gas grills, or gas fireplaces.
Natural gas is convenient but it can be very dangerous. If a natural
gas leak occurs in your home or office a violent explosion could occur,
which could result in serious injuries to you and family. If your home
or office doesn't explode from a gas leak, poisoning could take place
A natural gas detector you can give you peace of mind and ensure a
safe home for you and your family.
Things to consider when selecting a natural gas detector
Natural gas detector units vary greatly in price, features, and ease of
installation. Some of them must be professionally installed and may be
connected to your home security system. Other brands resemble smoke
detectors and are easy for you to install. Regardless of which detector you
choose, certain facts are important:
It is important that the natural gas detector will not be set off by other
elements in your home, such as cigarette smoke or humidity level. Many
detectors will respond to other dangerous chemicals in addition to natural
gas, such as propane (LP).
Detector Should be mounted near the ceiling or as close as you can get
them. Natural gas rises to the ceiling.
The distance between your gas detector and the potential sources of a gas
leak is important. Gas detectors are similar to smoke detectors, in that
they need to be installed in a location where their audible warning is
likely to be heard and where the material of concern--natural gas--is likely
to accumulate, such as a basement. ProTek will assist you in identifying appropriate locations in which
to install your detector. If you have multiple sources of natural gas in
your home, you might need two gas detectors or one detector with dual
sensors. This is especially true if the gas sources are spaced far apart.
Carbon Monoxide: At minimum 1 should be placed outside the sleeping
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible gas that dwells in our homes. You
can't taste, smell, feel, see or hear carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide kills hundreds of families in America every year
according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). An
additional 10,000 seek medical attention due to carbon monoxide
poisoning. Don't let your family become a number this gruesome
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced the incomplete combustion of
fuel - natural gas, oil, coal, wood, kerosene, etc.
Examples of carbon monoxide producing devices include:
Fuel fired furnaces (non-electric)
Gas water heaters
Fireplaces and wood stoves
Lawnmowers, trimmers and other yard equipment
It is safe to say that all families have at least one of these
pieces of equipment in there homes or work place. If one of these
pieces of equipment to malfunction, injury or death can occur to you
or a family member.
The only way of knowing if dangerous levels of carbon monoxide
exist in your home is to purchase a carbon monoxide detector. If you
live in a large home you may want to purchase more than one (one one
each level of the home is suggested).
A detector will alert your family if carbon monoxide reaches
dangerous level in your home. A detector is a proven device that has
saved many lives.
A carbon monoxide detector you can give you peace of mind and
ensure a safe home for you and your family.
|Smoke detectors that are monitored by a
U.L. listed Central
Monitoring Station are effective. Whether you are home or away,
ProTek will always be looking out for you. Here are some tips to keep in
Check the batteries and test your smoke alarm monthly.
Have a planned escape route for your home with a safe meeting
Make sure that each room has an alternative escape route in case
the first is inaccessible.
Hold practice drills regularly so the entire family is familiar
with the procedure for safely exiting the house.
Do not overload electrical sockets. Unplug items when they are not
Furnaces and heating systems should be cleaned on an annual basis.
Install a spark arrestor on your chimney to prevent sparks from
starting a fire on your roof, nearby trees, etc. Also, cut back
trees so they do not hang directly over the chimney.
In case of an actual fire situation, it is imperative that your
address is easily seen by emergency vehicles.
For more information regarding fire safety, please visit the
National Fire Protection Agency’s website at www.nfpa.org