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Home security systems are interesting. Today, my daughter and her husband decided to cook a family dinner for the rest of us. The decision was to make beef Wellington. During the initial cooking process, there was enough smoke to set off the smoke alarm. That meant that the security company started calling. But I screwed up and did not add their number to any of our safe caller lists. What did that mean? Well, the security company called my home phone line. But the SPAM call filter kicked in and knocked the call off the line. That is what a SPAM filter is supposed to do. IT monitors calls, and when the number isn’t listed as a safe caller, don’t let the call through.

The SPAM filter also grabbed the call (it is the same SPAM filter) on my cell phone, so, sadly, I had to go out of the front door and notify the fire truck that we did not have a fire. My daughter and her husband were motilities and I stood out and had to explain to the fire department why we didn’t have a fire. I suspect when we consider the situation later, it will be one that brings all of us together. It is also a great platform for a technology/personal safety column. So, without further adieu, let us wander towards that information. What does security monitoring mean? There are two distinct types of monitoring, and both are very important to consider.

However,r if you have a connected smoke detector in your house, it is connected to something. There are the Google Net projects, that monitor for Carbon dioxide and Carbon Monoxide as well as smoke. They are connected to the home network and can notify the fire department automatically if there is no response to eh fire alarm. The same is true for connected smoke detectors. The good news is, I can tell you that ADT’s works. Our alarm went off today, and the fire department was at our front door about 4 minutes later. Good to know they respond fast, sad that it happened to us this morning. I am sure there is something I can do to reduce the sensitivity of that sensor.

Lesson learned, make sure emergency systems are in your safe caller list!

  • Question of

    ever have the fire department roll up on your house?

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    • No
  • Question of

    do you have smart smoke detectors?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Based on the story today, are my detectors really smart?

    • Yes
    • No


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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. We do not have smart detectors, but the phone does have a spam thingy, that won’t let calls through that aren’t on the list, and it’s a land line.
    I have rolled up to the house after work and had a firetruck at the house. Kid at home, well not really a kid. He was 17. He and a friend of his were playing with some antique handcuffs. Well, like smart guys they decided to put one on each of their arms. Tying them together. The key they had broke off in the lock. They called the fire department and for some reason they could not get them off. They ended up taking the kids with them to the department to get them off. One hour later a fireman dropped them off on his way home from work. Only time I have seen a firetruck at the house.

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    Yes (6 votes) – 67%
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  3. Glad they do respond so quickly in case there is really something wrong. My apartment is so small I only need on smoke alarm between the rooms Here it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop so the sound of an alarm would certainly bring you to attention. I can tell by there faces that photos are not meant for them.

  4. Smoke detectors are now mandatory for us … when a chimney sweep inspects this and if you do not have it logged in and need to install it … I didn’t understand it well …. did the firefighters come in or have they checked on the phone before if there was an alarm real

  5. What worries me most is that the Fire Brigade could turn up to a call like this and be delayed from getting to a real fire where lives are at stake. It would not surprise me to learn that this has actually happened somewhere.

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