What Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Fire & Life Safety Systems

A house fire can be devastating to a family, especially if a family member or pet is lost in the fire. While it's a good idea to have smoke detectors, they do no good when nobody is home. It's important to have a fire and life safety system that will turn fire sprinklers on and call the fire department for you, especially if you are gone most of the day or travel frequently.

Here's what you need to know so you can decide on which features to include in your custom fire and life safety system.

Install fire sprinklers

Most home fires start in the kitchen, so installing a fire sprinkler in the kitchen is extremely important. However, fires can begin anywhere there are faulty electrical wires. So, it's a good idea to install sprinklers throughout your home.

A basic fire sprinkler is activated by heat. When the heat from a fire reaches a bulb on the fire sprinkler, the bulb bursts and turns on the system sending a shower of water to put out the flames.

Disable automatic water shut-off valves

It's important to not have an automatic water shut-off valve in your plumbing system when you have a fire sprinkler. These valves will shut off automatically when they sense that too much water is being used. The valve could shut off the sprinklers before they've had a chance to tackle the fire.

Install a programmable logic controller

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is a computer system that can be programmed to perform various tasks for you. This system can monitor when the smoke detectors go off and the fire sprinklers start, and immediately alert the fire department, and you, when they do. This feature is often included in a security system.

Install an automatic doggy door

If you have pets, consider installing an automatic doggy door so your animals can escape the home in case of a fire. These doors are designed with motion sensors that sense when the dog is near the door and attempting to use it.

However, if the fire sprinkler is raining water down in the room, the sensor may not pick up when your dog is in front of it. Fortunately, a security system service can design the PLC to open the doggy door automatically when the fire sprinklers start. For more information on fire safety systems, contact a company like All Type Fire Protection Inc.

A fire and life safety system is monitored by a computer system. Contact a security service in your area if you'd like to learn more.