Using Smart Home Technology to Detect & Prevent Fire
Did you know that even when you’re not at home you can detect, monitor, and prevent a fire from causing serious damage to your home? Thanks to smart technology, you can get immediate fire alerts right on your smartphone so you can take quick action whether you’re down the street or hundreds of miles away on vacation when a fire breaks out in your home.
If you are considering upgrading your home’s fire detection system, experts say you should start with these three smart home technology tools:
1. Smart Smoke Detectors
Like their traditional counterparts, smart smoke detectors beep loudly as soon as they detect smoke. But, smart smoke detectors take it one step further and send you mobile notifications. Using a mobile app, you find out exactly what is going wrong in your home and even turn off the smoke alarm when it’s a false alarm.
2. Smart Batteries
When you install smart batteries in your smoke detectors, you’ll be the first to know the second the batteries are low and need to be replaced. The batteries send a notification directly to your mobile phone so you can pick up batteries while you’re out running errands.
3. Smart Plugs or Outlets
If you’re in a hurry to get to work and forget to unplug the iron or turn off your curling iron, you would normally spend the entire day worrying about a fire hazard. With smart outlets, you can rest easy. Using an app on your smartphone, you can remotely turn the power off on the outlet you used to plug in the appliance.
Unless you’re a skilled do-it-yourselfer, it’s essential to have a professional install your new smart home technology tools to ensure everything is connected properly and set up to send you timely notifications.
Finally, let your insurance broker know you have upgraded your home with smart technology. Many insurers offer attractive discounts for making these safety improvements.
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