Beyond Burglary: Using Home Security Systems for Fire, Gas, and Flood Detection

January 29, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comment

Home security systems are not only effective at deterring burglars and vandals but they can also be used for fire, gas and flood detection. By equipping your home’s security system with up-to-date technology, you can now guard against potential disasters as well.

Let’s take a closer look at how a comprehensive home security system can achieve all this, making your home even safer and more secure.

Fire detection

Smoke alarms are mandatory in Australian homes and buildings and should be situated in most rooms. Some fire alarms are hardwired but those operating on battery power are more reliable, as they’ll still function in the event of a power outage.

When your smoke alarms are connected to your home security system, you’ll gain some added advantages. For one, many security systems monitoring a smoke detector also monitor things like rising temperatures as well as the presence of smoke.

Also, with Bosch alarm systems and the Bosch Communication Module, you can monitor your smoke alarms even when you’re not at home, receiving push notifications if your security system detects any abnormalities. If anyone is in the home, you can alert them remotely and contact the fire department immediately.

Gas detection

If your home has appliances running on gas, such as ovens, stoves and a hot water system, there is also the possibility of a gas leak. Having gas detectors installed and connected to a smart security system will help keep everyone safe from both gas inhalation and potential gas ignition.

Another very dangerous gas that can build up in houses and buildings is carbon monoxide. This gas is lethal when inhaled for a period of time and the main danger with carbon monoxide is that it’s colourless, odourless and tasteless, making it extremely difficult to detect with the human senses.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed at strategic and recommended locations throughout the home. If the sensor detects the presence of this noxious gas, it will sound a warning. When connected to a home security system, you can be alerted to its presence from anywhere.

Flood detection

Floods can occur from a natural disaster, a burst water pipe or even something as simple as an overflowing sink or bathtub. Any type of flooding may cause serious water damage. Home security systems can be used to detect incidences of water infiltration, even if it’s only small.

Flood sensors connected to your security system will alert you to any potential water damage incidents. While it’s difficult to hold back flooding caused by nature, most other flooding can be controlled and easily contained if it’s detected early enough.

For example, your washing machine is leaking and dripping water onto the tiled laundry floor. A flood detector can alert you to this so you can resolve the problem before the water reaches the hallway carpet.

Talk to us about comprehensive home security

Get in touch with Smart Security today to discuss your home security. We can advise you on a comprehensive system that not only protects your home against break-ins but provides smart fire, gas and flood detection solutions as well.