A spark: a flash that ends as quickly as it started. It’s so small, so sudden, so powerful. In that split second, a monster is born – one that has many faces. Sometimes it grows rapidly with a voracious appetite and consumes everything within a few moments. It is terrifying and large and obvious. Other times, however, the monster that is born is much more sneaky. It grows steadily and silently slithers stealthily all around us. It is massive. We can smell it…eventually, but we cannot see it immediately – not until it blasts out from where it had been rising up between our walls. We hear about the destruction these monsters bring to our homes regularly in the news. The worst is when lives are claimed.

Of course the monster I refer to is fire: such a simple word, such devastating results. Imagine coming home to find your house ablaze…or burnt to the ground…or only half left standing… What irreplaceable and priceless items will be lost forever? Were the pets saved? Are all the people safe?

I recall reading a story ab-1-194out a family who had a fire in their house. The dad and kids were home while the mom was at work. The fire started in an upstairs bedroom – dad and kids were on the main level. He smelt the smoke and went to take a look – finding what he feared. He ran to the main level, grabbed a bucket, filled it with water and ran upstairs to throw it on the fire. The blaze still going, he returned downstairs, refilled the bucket and ran back upstairs to find the fire was beyond what his bucket could control. He ran downstairs, hauled everyone outside and proceeded to call the fire department. In the end, the house had received extensive damage and the family would have to live somewhere else temporarily until it was fixed.

The family in another story I read was not so lucky. Their entire residence had burned to the ground. Though the neighbour called the fire department upon seeing smoke billowing and flames lashing from the house, the blaze was simply too far along at that point to save the home.

What struck me about both of these stories is the point at which the fire department was notified. In both cases, it was not until the fire had really set in. Thankfully, in the first story, the house was still salvageable as the fire was detected early and, therefore, the fire department was notified sooner. Reading the multiple stories a year of people either permanently or temporarily losing their homes to fires made me finally wonder how could the damage be mitigated? Is there even anything that can be done?

imageWell, one way damage is lessened is by having working smoke detectors – this will help with saving lives should a fire occur while people are in the house. But what happens when no one is home? Are we just going to accept that it is okay to arrive, such as in the second story, to a home that no longer exists? I don’t accept that! I want to know, without a doubt, that if a fire were to break out in my residence when it was empty, the fire department would be notified right away, thus minimizing the damages. I want to know, without a doubt, that should I be in my home and hear the smoke detector go off, my only concern is getting my family to safety as the fire department would immediately be notified and on their way before we were even outside. I want this peace of mind (though I hope I never need to be thankful for it).

How do we give our family and ourselves this peace of mind and is it possible? I can tell you without a doubt that it is! There are smoke detectors that differentiate between “I burnt the toast” smoke and “you need to get everybody out” smoke. Not only that, they will immediately send a notification that will dispatch the fire department closest to you.

Early detection, immediate notification, quicker response time and less damage means peace of mind for you and yours.

Smoke detectors that notify the fire department for you: that’s not just amazing – that’s SMART!