This post was originally published on October 10, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Environmental hazards strike unexpectedly and can cause destruction for homeowners.

Damage from severe environmental hazards comes with a big price tag, but can be limited or avoided by using proper environmental hazard detection equipment.

So, what do you need to protect your home? This ultimate checklist outlines the four safety solutions you need to prevent and limit damage from environmental hazards.

  •  Water Sensors

A little water can cause heavy damage. Even small drips can destroy your home’s foundation and lead to bigger problems. In fact, 250 gallons of water can leak from a ?-inch pipe crack in a day.

The key to protecting your home is to detect water damage early. Purchase water sensors and install them in flood-prone areas, such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms. If you have a basement, a water leak sensor is a must.

Ensure your water sensors send alerts to your phone so you’re immediately notified of a hazardous situation. This way, you can quickly address the leak and call a professional to fix the problem.

  •  Low Temperature Sensors

Frozen pipes are a mess for homeowners. According to CostHelper, expenses associated with a burst pipe range from $5,000 to $70,000.

To avoid costly repairs, install low temperature sensors in bathrooms, basements and any other areas with exposed water pipes. This way, you’re notified if temperatures fall to an unsafe level.

For even more protection, incorporate a smart thermostat in your program. This device sends you low temperature threshold alerts when your home has become too cold and pipes are at risk.

  •  Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors are essential in every home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly to you and your family.

Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Choose a detector that not only notifies you, but also a professional monitoring center. The extra protection will ensure emergency services are notified and your family is helped should your home be affected by carbon monoxide.

  •  Fire Alarms

House fires can spread quickly. A small flame can turn into a major fire in less than 30 seconds.

To save precious seconds during an emergency, install a monitored fire protection solution. In the event of a fire, a monitored solution will:

  • Sound an audible alarm at the first sign of smoke or fire so you can evacuate quickly.
  • Send a signal to a monitoring center, where operators are available 24/7.
  • Help the operator verify the alarm and contact your local fire department within moments.

Additionally, ensure your fire alarm sends you alerts to your smartphone, tablet or computer in the event of an emergency. This way, you are connected to your home even when you’re away.

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