When considering a burglar alarm it is important to remember that there is no such thing as a completely burglar-proof alarm system. No national standards specify required levels of performance, and the best protective device cannot compensate for a lack of basic common sense.
Through ways, such as the appearance of your house, you can deter burglars. If you decide on an alarm system, Burglar and Fire Alarm Association can help you locate reputable alarm companies in your area. You should also check with your BBB for a reliability report on the company. As well be sure that all equipment you purchase or lease has been tested by Underwriters Laboratories.
Some tips when shopping for alarm systems are:
When considering which is the most suitable fire alarm for you there is some general information you should be aware of.
Many fires start in locations that you least expect or have no control over, such as appliance motors and hidden electrical wiring. A good early warning system, properly selected, correctly installed, and regularly tested, can do much to limit loss of life and property.
There are two types of fire detectors; heat and smoke. Heat detectors have the lowest false alarm rate of all fire detection devices, but they are also the slowest and therefore may not be the primary source of warning. Smoke detectors and other fire alarms can reduce the loss of life from home fires by over 40 percent. There is a lot of important information available regarding how specific fire alarms work and how they differ based on their sources of power. You should inquire and understand this before you purchase a fire alarm. Ask someone from where you are buying the alarm for details. It is important to also know that there are performance standards for both photoelectric and ionized smoke alarms so make sure it has been approved by Underwriters Laboratories. This means it will bear the U L seal.
** When installing a fire alarm, location is very important. Some main rules are as follows:
It is also very important to have routine testing and maintenance. The one essential requirement for maintaining fire protection with smoke alarms is to test each one at least every 30 days and every week if it is battery powered. Follow the instructions supplied with your alarm for routine maintenance.
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