How Does the Fire Response Work?

Written by | Updated May 20, 2019

In a matter of seconds, a small kitchen fire can ignite and get out of control. But by connecting your smoke detector with your home security system, you can make sure your home is monitored 24/7 for smoke and fires, thanks to what is known as fire response.

Fire response is a feature many home security companies offer when you have a home security system and smoke detector. The specific details of fire response will differ depending on the company, but most follow the same general protocol: When your smoke alarm detects a certain amount of smoke, it releases an alarm and signals your home security control panel. The panel alerts the home security monitoring station, where someone will call and notify you and your local fire department. Within minutes, the fire department can send a team to your home.

It’s important to confirm with your home security company what their specific protocol is, as actions vary depending on your municipality and the monitoring station. For example, some companies may first alert the homeowner to verify the alarm before dispatching the fire department. While this can reduce false alarms, it can also delay the fire department’s arrival if there is a fire.

DIY vs. Professional Systems

One of the biggest differences between DIY and professional systems is the fire response feature. Most DIY home security systems don’t provide fire response, as those kinds of systems aren’t professionally monitored. Rather, a DIY system will send you a notification, and you will need to notify the fire department yourself. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of an unmonitored system.

Some monitored systems, like ADT, offer advanced automation so you can further personalize what actions your smoke alarm and security system take beyond notifying the fire department. With Triggered Automations, you can decide what actions ADT Pulse should take if your sensor detects a fire when no one is home. For example, if you use smart locks, you can automate your doors to unlock to make it easier for the fire department to get in. Or, if you use a smart thermostat, you can automate your system to turn off your air conditioning system to slow the circulation of smoke.

Fire response is a great feature to pair with your home security system. Review our top fire and smoke alarms so you can better protect your home from break-ins and fires.

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