According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) most fire deaths are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation. Often smoke incapacitates so quickly that people are overcome and can’t make it to an otherwise accessible exit. The synthetic materials commonplace in today’s homes produce especially dangerous substances. 

How Lethal Flames Start

If the heater or AC is running when a fire or carbon monoxide leak occurs, smoke and toxic gasses spread faster. Instead of pushing conditioned air through your vents, your system pushes burned substances that can be so small they penetrate the respiratory system’s protective filters, and lodge in the lungs. Some are actively toxic; others are irritating to the eyes and digestive system (NFPA). However, the good news is that YOU can stop lethal fumes from spreading when smoke is detected.

Keeping Children & Your Family Safe

Children Watching Home

I am the daughter of a retired Seattle, WA fireman, Louis Heytvelt, III. I can attest to the extreme danger smoke and fumes pose to people, especially children.  As you probably know, children are far more susceptible to noxious fumes than are adults. According to Louis, “Smoke inhalation will cause the person to be rendered unconscious and/or immovable. This is before the flames actually get to them.” He goes on to affirm that had we had smart home alarms available today in the 1970s and 1980s, far more people may have been rescued by the fire department.

While I never tackled a structure fire myself, I have been in the heat of the battle against a raging forest fire and have felt, first hand, the effects of smoke inhalation. Thankfully, my exposure did not leave any lasting impact. I hope and pray that your family can be saved from the excruciating pain of what can happen in the event of an unchecked fire.

Fire & Smoke Detection Systems are Crucial

Smoke Detector

Praos Smart Security protects you by integrating our decorative smart touchscreen thermostat and intelligent smoke detectors together. When the alarm sounds, the systems pauses your thermostat automatically to stop the airflow. This mitigates the smoke and toxic gasses from pushing through your vents. Whether your Richmond home security system is armed or disarmed, this life safety feature works 24/7.

Now that is Smarter Security. By Design.

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