While we all enjoy this brief respite from winter with spring-like weather in February, Hoosiers know an unexpected snowstorm and sudden drop in temperatures may lurk just around the corner (at least until high school basketball sectionals conclude in March!)
You may be tempted to turn off the furnace and light a fire or plug in a space heater to save on heating bills, but it’s important to take proper safety precautions and security solutions offered by ASI can help.
Fire Safety Protection
In addition to making sure your chimney and fireplace are in good working order and your space heater includes a programmable thermostat and self-timer, get peace of mind by installing monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Fire safety experts repeatedly advise homeowners to equip their homes with smoke detectors, test them regularly and respond quickly when they go off. With more homes designed with open floor plans and more combustible materials used in the home, families only have three or four minutes from when the smoke alarm goes off to a fully engulfed house fire.
When you include a monitored smoke detector in your security system from ASI, an emergency won’t quickly turn into a tragedy. If there’s a fire, your smoke alarm goes off and the Alarm.com system immediately notifies the monitoring station via its dedicated cellular connection. Your system sends an alert to your smartphone and a trained security professional at the monitoring station immediately dispatches the fire department.
Carbon Monoxide Protection
Often called the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide can be deadly within minutes. It’s odorless, tasteless and colorless, and many people confuse the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning with the flu. It often results from a malfunctioning or poorly vented appliance that burns oil, gas, propane, kerosene or coal.
Maybe you’ve fired up a gas-powered generator or cooking stove to ward off the chill? Protect your home and family from this silent killer with a carbon monoxide detector. Your ASI security system will immediately notify you via a smart device when carbon monoxide reaches a dangerous level.
Severe Weather Protection
Once the cold weather starts to subside, it’s time to turn our attention to protecting our homes against severe weather damage. In Indiana, the common refrain, “Don’t like the weather? Just wait a few minutes and it will change,” crosses the lips of many in our Hoosier state during every season.
While weather changes may be the norm, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Our Severe Weather Alert system monitors real-time data from the National Weather Service and sends alerts to your security system to warn about approaching tornadoes and other severe storms. An alert on your smartphone may reach you more quickly than an outdoor tornado siren or TV or radio broadcast, which could mean the difference between life and death or serious injury.
You don’t need to feel helpless when it comes to protecting your home from the dangers of cold weather, fire, severe storms and other safety issues. Let ASI resolve those worries with the best home security monitoring system, so you know exactly what’s going on in your home all day, every day.