Each year more than 2,500 people die, and 12,600 are injured in home fires. Direct property loss due to fire damage is estimated at $7.3 billion each year. These statistics are sobering and even more so knowing that most fires can be prevented, and much of the damage limited to early detection and notification.
Fires spread quickly. In less than five minutes a home can be engulfed in flame. In less than two minutes, heat, smoke, and fumes from fire become life threatening. In fact, Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire-related death exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.
Critical Components in Fire Safety
Two minutes is a very short time, especially in a crisis. Even that short time is cut short for many people because of the amount of time it takes to become aware of the fire. In some cases, residents may be away from home, sleeping, or the fire may erupt behind a wall or in an unoccupied portion of the structure where the fire may progress undetected for some time. This makes fire prevention, early detection and early notification critical components in fire safety.
The Solutions are Simple
The use of home automation and complimentary home security technologies could help prevent a fire or detect and alert early enough to help everyone evacuate safely and minimize possible fire damage. Here are some important ways home automation and smart technologies can make a lifesaving difference in an emergency.
Residents can reduce the likelihood of fire by using smart technology to schedule turn off or remotely turn off appliances, such as the coffee pot or curling iron that could start a fire.
Early Detection and Early Response
With an integration of your home security system to your automation system, you can initiate help sooner, as well as take immediate emergency measures. If a system is monitored, once a system detects heat or smoke, a signal goes to the owner’s smart device as well as to the monitoring station who then alerts emergency services. A resident can act proactively and use their home automation platform to turn off air systems which help feed fire.
Sometimes, all it takes to limit fire damage are a few proactive steps. HS Tech Group has the technology you need to help take control of your life and the tools that can help you do all that you can to prevent and limit the damage caused by fire.