Most people think of security systems as being used to keep burglars out and nothing more. However, did you know that they are also extremely helpful in detecting flood damage, carbon monoxide and fires? That's right. Let's take a look at how they are particularly helpful in the event of a fire.

Every home should have smoke detectors installed in each room, regardless of whether or not you have a home alarm system installed. It's even a good idea to check the batteries of each detector about once a month. All of your smoke detectors can be connected through the use of a security system. Not to mention that some of the better systems let you know when a battery needs to be replaced in one of the detectors.

If you have a large two-story house, it may be hard for you to hear a smoke alarm going off in a room upstairs if you happen to sleep downstairs - this is especially the case with hard sleepers. Having the smoke detectors interconnected will allow the home security system to alert all corners of the home. Another good idea is to make sure your alarm sounds are distinct and recognizable. A break-in alarm should sound different from a fire alarm, given that reactions to each should be slightly different. You should be able to make these changes right there on your control panel, if technology allows.

Once you are alerted to the fire, your escape plan should be put immediately into action by all family members. What? All those years of public service announcements and educational information about fire safety and you don't have an escape plan for your family? What are you waiting for? Sit down with your family and make sure that everyone has the plan memorized. Everyone in the family should know exactly what the best way to get out of the house is and where to meet up with the others once outside. Having said plan will keep every family member accounted for and possibly even save lives.

Another great benefit of a home alarm system is that in the middle of a fiery chaos, you don't have to worry about calling the fire department. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to call 911 just to be safe. However, your system should have already alerted all the necessary authorities for you. By the time you have reached the family meeting point, help should already be on the way.

Lastly, keep in mind that alarm systems are super affordable in this day and age. Due to pricing wars between the top security providers, it's possible to keep your house secure for under $50 per month. Occasionally, if you buy the system, the company will install it for free. There is also always the option of renting a system. Whatever the price, you will find that it is worth every penny for the peace of mind that your family is protected. Not to mention that some home insurance providers will lower your rate if you have a home alarm installed.

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