Fire Safety: The Triple Trigger That Douses the Flames and How to Get It

Fires are a major concern for anyone who owns any sort of property. From your home to your bed to your clothes to your car, you do not want to lose any of it. Yet, fire is more likely to occur in your home than your home being struck by lightning or carried away by a tornado. Fire safety is an absolute necessity, and there is a "triple trigger" you can install for dousing the flames. Here is more on that trifecta of fire safety products, how they work together, and how you can get them into your home.

Smoke Alarms

You cannot connect your smoke alarms to your fire alarm system, but the smoke alarms will go off minutes before the fire alarm and sprinklers do. That gives you a couple extra precious minutes to grab the kids and get out of the house before the fire department and other emergency vehicles arrive to douse your house and charge the door. If you can get out before they arrive, and make sure you are a safe distance from the house, that is ideal. The only way that is going to happen is if your smoke alarms on the ceilings are triggered first.

Fire Alarms

Do not just opt for your basic, shrieking, "get everyone out of bed and out of the house" alarm. Get the alarm system that not only wakes everyone up but also alerts the local fire and rescue teams. This same system should also connect to a sprinkler system. You may have to purchase and install the sprinkler system separate from your security fire alarm system, but the technician who installs the fire alarm can connect the sprinkler system for you.

Sprinkler Systems

A sprinkler system that is connected to your fire alarm system is triggered by your fire alarm and by heat rising upward. In fact, both the sprinkler and the fire alarm can be connected to sound and spray simultaneously. Hence, the first two triggers of your "triple trigger" system are your sprinklers for dousing the fires and your alarm system, which not only alerts local police and fire stations, but also makes sure your sprinkler system has gone off. 

How to Get All of the Above

First, purchase and install the top-of-the-line smoke detectors. Professionals recommend that you should put two on every floor of your home, but if you put one in every bedroom, one in the kitchen, one in the living room, and one in every hallway, that should be adequate enough to wake even the soundest of sleepers. You can either install the smoke alarms yourself or hire a technician. The sprinkler system needs to be installed by a plumbing pro who offers this service, and the fire alarms system should be installed by a security system technician.