Medina fire chief urges second estimate when considering fire detection systems

Posted 4 August 2017 at 7:52 am

Press Release, Medina Fire Chief Thomas E. Lupo

MEDINA – It has come to my attention that there are companies giving out free meal to lure customers into buying fire detection systems in the Orleans County area.

I urge anyone who attends one of these sales presentations to seek out a second estimate. This area has several companies that can do this type work.

The average cost of a combination carbon monoxide, smoke detector with a battery back-up is $49.99. This type of unit plugs into an electrical outlet – in the event of a power outage, the battery takes over. The smoke detectors that are being sold can range in price from $13.99 for a package of three to $19.99. The ten-year lithium battery models can be bought for $23.99 to $60 depending on the features installed.

The average cost to outfit a home with high-end carbon monoxide and smoke detection is $300. This is using combination detectors on all three floors and outside sleeping areas. The price drops to $150 you use just smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors outside sleeping areas.

If you feel you need to have a monitoring system installed. The equipment is usually installed at a reduced cost and the monthly monitoring fee helps defray the cost of this style of system. The alarm companies do an excellent job at transmitting alarms to the proper department. As I said before, have a second estimate for work before any contract is signed.

I know that most Fire Chiefs would be more than happy to look at any proposal for work to be done.

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