5 Ways Smart Homes Save Lives

5 Ways Smart Homes Save Lives

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Safety in the smart home is a superior selling point, one that can establish a strong builder-client relationship while also providing the utmost peace of mind for homeowners.

A recent news story reported that an Australian professor watched via video feed as his farm burned down due to bushfires occurring in the country. Fortunately though, the professor was able to remotely activate his smart sprinkler system from nearly 2,000 miles away, dousing the fire and saving his home.  

What if someone had been inside the home during the inferno? What if there had been no sprinkler system to remotely activate via smartphone? This type of situation shows that without smart technology for the home, a man could have been left without one to call his own.

In a worse situation, lives could have even been lost.

What are some other technologies that could be used in emergencies? Here’s a look at five examples of how the smart home not only improves lives but also saves them?

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Sprinklers: Inside & Out

fire_sprinkler-960x600As the aforementioned situation revealed, irrigation systems can be used for more than just watering the lawn and making the grass greener. What about sprinkler systems in the home?

Some clients may worry about interior sprinklers ruining their furniture and floors, but there’s an almost-certain guarantee that these homeowners value the lives of themselves and their families more. And when given the option between a damp room that may need some renovations versus a house that’s burnt to a crisp, the choice is fairly obvious.

Sprinkler systems installed inside the home can make an immeasurable difference when it comes to battling fires. 

Take, for instance, a study performed by the Connecticut Fire Sprinkler Coalition, which reveals the stark contrast between two rooms ablaze—one with sprinklers, one without.

As long as clients can be assured the sprinklers won’t set off accidentally, ruining their interiors, builders can most certainly offer these systems as either standards or options in the home.

RELATED: Nexia to Support Connected Sprinkler System

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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3 Comments

  1. Home Automation

    Highly informative article that highlights the other benefits of a smart home apart from the convenience and energy savings. Never before knew that smart homes can play such a role in safe guarding the life of the inmates. Really excited to look at home automation system in Chennai to install at my place.

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  2. TheSmartCave

    I grew up in a home with a leaky basement. It seemed like every year or so the sump pump would go out and we’d end up with a foot of water in our basement. It sure would’ve been nice to have leak detector hooked up to a smartphone alert back then.

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  3. James

    That is an amazing story about the smart home in Australia. My mother in law’s house set fire a couple of years ago and the consequences of her not reacting quickly enough were profound. Although she was uninjured the damage to her home was very severe. If we had a sprinkler system set up or even a smart fire or smoke alarm, the fire wouldn’t have got so out of hand.

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