You Should Be Alarmed
The online encyclopedia defines an Alarm Device as a device that “gives an audible, visual or other form of alarm signal about a problem or condition. Alarm devices are often outfitted with a siren.”
The most popular types of alarms are clocks, burglar alarms, safety alarms such as smoke detectors and fire alarms, car and personal alarms.
One of the biggest problems with alarms is the danger of false alarms, often called false positives, that is the signal going off without any kind of actual problem. False alarms can create a tremendous waste of resources with police departments responding to burglar alarms when there is no burglary and fire departments responding to fire alarms when there is none.
When most people talk about alarms, perhaps the first type that comes to mind is a smoke alarm. But there are many other types of alarms that can provide security for you, your family, home or business. Here we take a look at those alarms because; you should be alarmed!
The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. So that means a 2 story, 3 bedroom house needs a minimum of five smoke alarms.
In our article entitled ‘What You Need To Know About Smoke Detectors’ we describe the different types of smoke alarms and why they are so important to have in your house. “So making sure that you have a smoke alarm is a good first step. But once you have it you need to make sure that it is operable at all times.” Over half of the smoke alarms in the United States are not in working condition. That represents a significant health hazard.
“Three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a reported home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.”
The United States Fire Administration lists State Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements. Here you can check to see what your state’s requirements are.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The Consumer Product Safety Commission“recommends that one CO alarm be installed in the hallway outside the bedrooms in each separate sleeping area of the home. CO alarms may be installed into a plug-in receptacle or high on the wall. Hard wired or plug-in CO alarms should have battery backup.
In our article entitled ‘What Alarms Should You Have In Your Home?’ we explore the different types of alarms that you should have in your house and where they should be located. But we did not discuss home security alarms, specifically motion activated alarms or window and door alarms.
Motion Activated Alarms
Home security motion activated alarms are covered in our article called ‘If You Move You’re Busted’. Some of the more popular ones are the driveway patrol that uses infrared motion detection technology and has a signal range of 400 feet and a 30° viewing angle. It is battery-operated and needs no electrical wiring. It is meant to be used outdoors because it is completely weather resistant.
Another one that is popular is the electronic watchdog, a.k.a. the barking dog alarm. It can be used anywhere you need protection in an office, warehouse, a storage shed or most use it for home security. It can detect movement up to 15 feet away or in an open area up to 10 feet away through walls, doors or glass. When motion is detected the sound of an angry barking dog starts. The range and volume of the barking are both adjustable. What makes this alarm particularly effective is that it has the ability to add up to 16 compatible HomeSafe brand motion or window door sensors that can provide protection up to 300 feet through open air. No other product can do this.
Another category of home security alarms are for windows and doors, a.k.a. burglar alarms. These are particularly effective at providing home security and preventing home burglary because most burglars, according to statistics, are rookies-committing the offense for the first time. So they are unaccustomed to loud noises. When a window or door is opened that has an alarm attached to it, a loud siren noise sounds scaring the heck out of burglars. This four pack of window/door alarms is one of our most popular sellers. It has a three position switch for chime, on or off and installs in a second using the mounting double sided stick tape strips. When a window or door is open a 90 dB alarm sounds.
And last but not least in our article entitled ‘Customer Favorite Personal Alarms’ we look at an often overlooked self-defense product. To put it simply, personal alarms, a.k.a. panic alarms are nothing more than loud noise makers that are battery-operated and usually on a keychain. Their purpose is to draw attention to your situation should you feel threatened and/or to scare away an assailant.
In that article we describe three of the most popular personal alarms. Probably the most popular because it is the least expensive is this loud 120 dB siren alarm that sounds when the device is squeezed. It has an ultra-bright LED flashlight and uses a metal clip that can attach to key rings or clothes.
Another is this 120 db whistle that is only 4″ long and has a keychain attachment making it usable as a self-defense striking kubotan.
So you can see that alarms play a critical role in our lives in providing personal safety for you and your family, home security burglar alarms and a variety of smoke and fire alarms.
We carry the largest single source of alarms for home, business and personal security of any website on the Internet with almost 200 to choose from. Certainly one of them will fill your needs.
How “alarmed” are you? Do you have enough alarms in your life? Chime in with your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.