Fire alarms are a common part of home alarm systems, especially those that are monitored to provide a faster response by emergency services. However, the dangers of carbon monoxide to a residence cannot be understated. Over 2,000 people per year are hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are approximately 430 deaths annually. Here are a few important factors in carbon monoxide monitoring.
Detection Is Vital for All Alarm Systems
The fact that carbon monoxide is invisible makes it extremely deadly. Even a video surveillance system cannot confirm a problem because there is no visible smoke as in the case of a fire. Carbon monoxide monitors need to keep track of levels in the home at all times regardless of whether residents are awake, asleep, or out of the home so that issues can be addressed immediately.
Why Monitoring Is a Necessity
When carbon monoxide sensors are linked to monitoring service, help can be sent quickly. This is important because an alarm may not be able to wake a person when carbon monoxide levels rise rapidly. It is especially important when it comes to elderly ones, children, and others who may be particularly susceptible and unable to escape even after hearing an alarm.
A monitoring service can provide a rapid response by trying to reach the household. If there is no answer, the authorities can be alerted and arrive within minutes to assist those who are trapped inside. It is recommended that households have a carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom of the home.
NMC is proud to offer monitoring services that allow for two-way communication, thereby reducing response times even more and allowing our CSRs to determine the degree of emergency with accuracy and in the timely manner that life-and-death situations require.