Garage Fire Goes Undetected

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

The Fire Investigator determined the cause of the fire was a faulty lawn sprinkler system control panel in the garage.  The home was monitored for burglary & fire but the smoke detectors were located in the bedrooms and halllways.  The fire had to burn through the garage & utility room before smoke finally reached the smoke detector outside the master bedroom.  Half of the home was in flames before the fire department arrived.

I sold this 5 year old home to some good friends after the home was rebuilt / repaired from the fire. 

Here's what I want you to think about. You pay ADT to send help quickly in an emergency.  Yet so many fire detection systems only conver half the house.   Fires that occur in the garage, laundry room, utility room and attic are not being monitored by smoke detectors.  Rarely do I see Heat Detectors monitoring the other areas.  This doesn't make sense to me.

Smoke detectors are used in the bedrooms and adjacent hallways.  Smoke detectors save lives.




Heat Detectors are used in the other areas like the attic, garage and utility room.  Heat detectors sense the heat generated from a fire and alert the monitoring company to send help.


You wouldn't have half of your windows and doors monitored for burglary so why do you want only half of your home monitored for fire?   Fire detectors are not expensive and require NO batteries.  So have your monitoring company install heat detectors.

 I had my home upgraded with Heat Detectors for $200 and no additional costs to monitor or maintain. 



I hope you found this blog post motivating.

Mark Hitz, Realtor.

The Colony TX Real Estate and Homes For Sale



Comments (6)

Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Mark: Good point. Seems as easy as just adding an extra zone.

Sep 13, 2010 04:41 PM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Guilty, I have only the smoke detectors in the house but it does make sense to add heat detectors, Mark.

Sep 13, 2010 04:49 PM
Janet Sebile
Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors - Rowlett, TX

Good points but I have very little regard for ADT - not a good personal experience.

Sep 13, 2010 04:52 PM
Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

Matt - It's as simple as having them add detectors and wiring back to the panel.  I don't know if there is a second zone or just one fire zone for all.

Sep 14, 2010 06:32 AM
Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

Hi Teral - Most homes are "guilty".  In my area - The Colony TX, Little Elm, Frisco, Castle Hills, etc - most every home is wired for a security / fire system yet I see very few with Heat Detectors.

Sep 14, 2010 06:35 AM
Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

Janet - I was using ADT as an example because they have so many commercials.  Personally I use Smith Thompson Monitoring because they are wireless (no phone line to cut) and are only $16.95 per month.  The thought is - if you are going to pay for monitoring, why not be fully monitored for fire?

Sep 14, 2010 06:38 AM