Smoke alarms save lives. In fact, statistics indicate that the presence of a smoke detector reduces the chance of death by 50 percent. Despite the presence of at least one alarm in 96 percent of all U.S. homes, more than 3,000 people die in home fires each year. The unprotected four percent account for the majority of these deaths. In cases where a smoke alarm was present and a death still happened, a majority occurred because the residents could not alert the local fire department fast enough.
The Fortunate Story of a CA Home with No Smoke Alarms
On February 13, 2013, the L.A. Fire Department was dispatched to a Boyle Heights home at 6:15 am. The home did not have smoke alarms, but the call was made by someone who saw the fire from the street. Firefighters arrived quickly to the two-story residential duplex. There was already heavy fire in the main hallway and kitchen of the first-floor apartment, but they were able to extinguish the flames in just 17 minutes. All nine residents had been sleeping, but none suffered burns or other significant injuries. Afterward, the firefighters somberly discussed with media how disastrous the fire could have been if not for that call from the street.
The Importance of Fire Detection in CA
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, and nothing about that is exclusive to the great state of California. Among fires not related to cooking, however, the state is a statistical leader. Factors include the hot, dry climate and the annual prevalence of wildfires. The state has made great strides, including mandating and regulating smoke detectors in Los Angeles and all other major living centers. Nevertheless, traditional smoke alarms are not failsafe, and some homes simply disregard the dangers.
The Role of the Security Company
House fires can intensify so quickly that sometimes basic fire detection in a CA home isn’t good enough. A security company can monitor smoke alarms the same way that they do burglar alarms. This way, the fire department is dispatched as soon as possible and not a moment is wasted. The statistics for monitored fire detection in CA are so impressive that there is a strong push to mandate the monitoring of smoke detectors in Los Angeles through legislation.
Pacific Alarms Fire Detection Services
Pacific Alarm Systems is the leading provider of monitored smoke detectors in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. Pacific Alarm has solutions to fit any home or commercial business, including control systems the range from five to 56 zones and fire panels that can support up to 198 devices. The company will monitor your home or business 24/7 from a central monitoring station and be prepared to dispatch the fire department at a moment’s notice.
Pacific Alarms, a Robust Security Solution
Pacific Alarms is a full-featured security solution and a Honeywell authorized dealer. Pacific Alarms provides the full range of commercial and residential security services, including home automation. Via a LYNX control system, Pacific Alarms can integrate your house and fire alarm systems and provide you 24/7 remote access to it via the Total Connect system.