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Old 01-29-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
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I have a great idea!....I think....

Do you have smoke detectors? Do you have an alarm company that monitors them? I don't have the alarm company.....because of cost, false alarms, etc

How about a smoke alarm that sends a txt message to your phone? and maybe a couple extras to be sure?

I could have it sent to my wife and myself, if we're not home, we call the other if they are home, or a neighbor to do a visual check. Then have it also page my brother who is 1 mile away. He can just call to confirm that all is okay, and if we were home and somehow not alerted by 5 interconnected smoke alarms covering 900 square feet, he could check on us.

Does this capability exist?


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Old 01-29-2008, 03:49 PM   #2
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I think it's a good idea....except that a lot of people don't use text messaging on their phones (gasp!). I don't, so it would be a useless feature for our family.


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There are dialers that can do this.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:15 PM   #4
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Google 'home automation'. You can even have your house call you if your teenager comes home unexpectedly during the school day (or if someone breaks in).
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Cell phone back ups for alarms are not unusual but may be outweighed by the cost. The monitoring fee can protect all of your house with the proper equiptment versus just the smokes.
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