Why Monitored Fire Equipment Works

Want to “FEEL SAFE AGAIN”? [video]

In past posting I have talked about situational awareness and protection for your home or business from fire and intrusion. So often the people we meet who are looking for solutions have been victims. They want to “Feel Safe Again”. Is that still possible?

An old adage says “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. How true that is!  The victims we meet are angry and scared. They want to get even. Husbands fear for their wives. Parents worry about children’s safety. What they really seek are solutions THAT WORK.

SOLUTIONS THAT WORK: Is there cost for alarm monitoring and/or video surveillance? Yes. Do you need to learn how to make technology work for you, so reliable protection and reaction can provide that “Feel Safe Again” condition? These costs are the “ounce of prevention”. Peace of mind is the “pound of cure” along with both large and small savings. Savings like reduced Home Owner’s Insurance cost and the mega-cost of an unreported fire or carbon monoxide release. And what’s it worth to be able to check (by video on your smart phone) on your children or trusting pets? These are huge returns for your “ounce of prevention”.

What are these “pounds of prevention” worth? If you could go back in time to just before the BIG FIRE, Home Invasion, Burglary, Medical Emergency can you see that the outcome would have been very different with early detection, instant SIREN RESPONSE and immediate dispatch of local Fire, Police or Medical response? Yes is the only answer. “YES” happens with an ounce of prevention, thoughtfully applied before the problem. Absolutely YES!

Human nature leads us, our neighbors and family to think “it won’t happen to me”. Facts and reality paint a different picture. Insurance Companies are in business, betting with the odds, just to provide protection AFTER THE FACT. So, why do Insurance Companies offer substantial discounts to people and businesses who protect themselves from potential losses? Because their insured losses are reduced by more than the discount they offer. They know, absolutely, that fires WILL happen and that homes WILL be broken into and that people WILL need Medical Services. They don’t know who, when or where. So take protective action before the BIG EVENT – don’t become a victim.

Such a precious journey we walk with the ones we love. What can you do as a homeowner, parent or grandparent to protect your family?  What can you do for your business? Not just to protect the assets and inventory but what of the people you employ? Ultimately, personnel is the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Protecting not only the person, but the opportunity, and a good employee’s ever-increasing value is smart business.

What happens next? That’s up to you – it is your choice! And, choice is your greatest power. This website has information and we are available to provide you with information for what will work for you . . . no obligation, or cost, but information. Knowledge is power – choose to step into that power whether it benefits our home or business.

Your thoughts and comments appreciated – until next time . . . Pat

.…everything but the smell….don’t let this happen to your loved ones!



Greetings.  Following up on Why Monitored Fire Equipment Works a couple of weeks ago, I’d like to share How Monitored Fired Equipment works.

By National Fire Code, all commercial and residential fire equipment designed to detect “particulates” uses either radiative chamber analysis, photo electric analysis or energy beams for large and possibly very dusty or dirty environments.  The most used is photo electric.  It does the most reliable and affordable detection.  All three methods of detection result in the monitored circuit going CLOSED on detection.  The alarm proceeds from that event.  Fire equipment includes communicators (telephone line) or cellular based.  Both are supervised to ensure that the equipment is self-testing and ready 100% of the time.  Once an alarm happens, the communicator contacts the Central Station where the data is converted into an Alarm Event and Dispatched by Central Station Operators.  Typically, the time from initial discovery to dispatch is measured in seconds.  Data records are kept on location within the equipment, at the Central Station and at the Local 911 Center that broadcasts the alarm to waiting Fire Departments.

Knowing more about how the equipment and procedures operate makes clearer why losses are reduced or eliminated.  In my first post we looked “back in time”, after a total loss, to learn if it could have been prevented or mitigated.  Monitored Fire Systems are not only very effective, but they also come at such a small fraction of the risk value as to make them a “no brainer”.

Next time we’ll look at the Audible Response of Fire Alarm Systems.

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.


Tom Kunkel – 10/05/2016

I manage Access Security, Inc. and Access Monitoring, Inc.  We serve Washington State Counties: Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Cowlitz and Clark.  We have been installing and servicing Honeywell Intrusion Equipment since 1989.

Consider that your home or business had a small, undiscovered, fire that grew out of control.  The entire structure was lost as well as all the contents, furniture and treasures.  Assume we’ve known each other for a long time.  Now, walk with me down the road into the future.  You turn and look back at the mess where your building and life once thrived.  The burn smell still fills the air.

You ask, “Tom, did I miss something?  Was there anything that I could or should have done to prevent this awful fire?”  “Sure, I say”, trying not to sound like I told you so, “Friend, the cost of monitored fire protection is literally pennies per day.  Not only that, savings on insurance can be as much as 20% annually.  If you had it to do again, I’m sure you would have taken action before you became a victim.”

Your thoughts and comments welcome.

Look for the next edition of WHY MONITORED FIRE ?…coming soon.