Smoke detectors bought at a retail store are battery powered and are excellent safety devices for saving lives. However, their purpose is to make a noise only and alert you when you are home. What happens when you are away from your home or business and nobody is there to call the fire department? Also, store bought smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work as long as the batteries are always charged and someone is home and can ‘hear’ the detector. Monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are connected to your security system don’t rely on batteries and instead use the security system’s power and back-up battery in the event of a power failure. Monitored smoke detectors are connected by wiring through the security system so that when smoke is detected, a signal is sent to the central station and we contact the fire department. This is a major benefit when there is no one home to ‘hear’ the detector. Monitored smoke detectors work even when your system is in ‘disarm’ mode.
Types of monitoring:
- Non-Supervised – this will only log and dispatch on burglar alarm activation’s
- Supervised Log Only – this will record open and close activities as well as log and dispatch on burglar alarm activation’s.
- Fully Supervised – this will record open and close activities; log and dispatch on burglar activation; and notify responsible parties in the event that an open and close occurs before or after the schedule set by the account holder
- Remote services (Total Connect-enabled alarm system) using Total Connect application subscription. Text or email alerts can be sent to your internet-enabled device (cellular phone, Ipad, etc.).
If you are not sure which type of monitoring you have or would like to discuss options for tracking how to know who is using the alarm system, please contact us at 1–855-855-0101.