These days, alarm systems can do so much more than just detect break-ins at your home or business. Your security system can also detect dangerous life safety conditions in your home such as fire, carbon monoxide and water and natural gas leaks. It can even help with medical emergencies by getting emergency services to the site as fast as possible through the use of fall-detecting pendants and emergency wall speaker 2-way voice technology.

By having your alarm system, which is a 24-hour monitored device, keep track of all these conditions, homeowners can save money on their home insurance premiums. Generally speaking, the more conditions you monitor, the better the discount.

Smoke and Heat Fire Detection


By adding a monitored fire detector to your alarm system, you are ensuring that any fire condition at the site will be acted upon promptly. Unlike your battery operated smoke detectors, these alarm-brand fire detectors will send a signal to the monitoring station, as well as sounding the sirens to alert any sleeping residents of the danger. This means that fire trucks can get to the house sooner and prevent costly damage to the house or business.

Many different types of fire detectors exist. Make sure to talk to your alarm provider about which type is best for the conditions.

Water Leak and Sump Pit Monitoring


Place wireless water sensors under sinks, in the water tank rooms, by boilers, etc and rest assured that your most valuable asset – your home – is protected 24/7!

We also recommend placing a water level detector in your sump pit if applicable. Sump pumps tend to break down every now and then, so by installing this sensor you will know as soon as there’s a problem.

Natural Gas, Propane or Carbon Monoxide Leaks


Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It’s odourless and sends thousands to emergency rooms every year. It can be produced from motor vehicles, heaters and cooking equipment. Like the fire detectors, the sensors you can purchase only sound a siren. Much better in our opinion to know about such a problem even if you aren’t home, so that you can take the necessary precautions. Our monitored detectors will notify you even if you are away.

Propane and Natural Gas leaks can also occur in the home. In most jurisdictions the gas or propane supplier adds a harmless chemical to the gas to give it the smell or rotten eggs. Still, having a specially designed alarm system to monitor the condition is the safest bet. Not everyone has a sense of smell!


Signalling Equipment


Your alarm system has outputs on the circuit board that can be used for strobe lights, sirens, etc. Extra signalling can be installed to make sure that the sound and lights are seen/heard throughout the home. Keep in mind – there are also “panic buttons” on the alarm system keypad. Pressing these buttons will send a direct signal to the monitoring station. It can also sound the sirens in the home. There are usually three buttons – one for fire, one for ambulance and one for police. Please note – the police panic signal is silent and no calls are made by the monitoring station. The police are sent immediately.

Home Invasion or Hold-Up Situations


Although most people don’t usually worry about this type of situation, it is always good practice to have a plan in mind just in case. By setting up “Duress Passwords” with the monitoring station, the home or business owner can set up in effect a fake password that automatically has the police dispatched. “Duress Codes” can serve the same function.

Barnes Protection Services – Ottawa’s Alarm Provider


At Barnes, we will work with you to determine the best solution for your security needs. Our alarm systems are reliable and our service is outstanding! Learn more at our website at or give us a call. Your security is our priority.




Barnes Protection Services has been monitoring homes and businesses in the Ottawa region for over 30 years. We have a proven track record of helping to keep people and their property safe. Our 6 24-hour monitoring stations throughout Canada are there to ensure that every potential threat is dealt with accordingly.

Alarm Monitoring – Is it Just for Break-ins?

When a customer gets their home or business alarm system monitored there are trained staff analyzing signals from the system continuously. At Barnes Protection Services, we always recommend that the home or business owner monitors as many dangerous conditions as possible. These can include:

  • Break-in & Theft
  • Hold Up Alarm Monitoring
  • Fall Detection
  • Smoke and Fire Detection
  • Water Leak Detection
  • Natural Gas Detection
  • Carbon Monoxide Detection
  • Time & Attendance Management (Openings & Closings)
  • Video Verification of Alarms

As well as other more commercial applications, such as:

  • Elevator Phone Line Monitoring
  • Sprinkler Monitoring
  • Emergency Communicator Monitoring
  • Fire Alarm Monitoring

Supervised or Unsupervised Openings & Closings

Whenever a code is keyed into the alarm the time and date are logged in the event buffer. This is referred to as “Openings & Closings.” By giving every member of the home or business their own personal code, the monitoring station can keep track of who disarmed or armed the system and at what time. Daily, weekly, or monthly logs can be produced and emailed at no extra charge. If you don’t have it already, contact us to set this feature up.

Supervised Openings & Closings” are generally used in businesses where the system SHOULD be armed or disarmed at a certain time everyday. If the signal is not received by a certain time, the monitoring station will take action.

*Usually there is an extra monthly charge for this service.

Auto-Arm and Auto-Disarm

You can program the alarm system to arm and disarm by itself. This way, you will never have to worry about forgetting to disarm it in the morning! Call us today to get this feature set up.

Panic Buttons

There are usually 3 “Panic Buttons” on the alarm system keypad. They must be help down for a few seconds to trigger to lessen the chances of a false alarm. They can also be disabled by our technicians.

FIRE – Sounds the alarm siren and communicates a fire signal to the monitoring station. For commercial accounts, the fire department will be notified immediately.

AMBULANCE – No siren is sounded. Sends a medical panic signal to the monitoring station. Staff can take action such as calling a doctor or dispatching EMS as requested.

POLICE – No siren is sounded. Police are sent immediately. As it is a hold-up signal, the police priority is quite high and the response is fast.

Alarm Monitoring starts at just $20.00/month + HST!

Call BARNES today to learn more at (613) 726-6349.


Barnes Protection Services Inc has been installing and maintaining alarm systems of all different makes and models in Ottawa for over 30 years. Our installations are fast and neat, and we always train our customers on alarm usage to prevent any potential false alarms. Reach out to us for a free quote and we will help design your ideal security system to protect your home from burglary, fire, water damage and more. Our alarm system installers are safe and efficient – get your system installed today!

Wired or Wireless Alarm System Installation?House with smart home security

With today’s advanced technology, we have different options for installation that old security system installers never had. Wireless technology has gotten much more dependable and affordable over the past several years. However, it is important to keep in mind that wireless devices still have batteries, and those must be changed occasionally to continue proper operation.

One golden rule that we like to follow is the following: “If it can be wired, wire it.” If the home is completely finished then that would be a good example of when to use wireless sensors.

Monitored or Self-Monitored Alarm System?

One major question you will need to ask yourself is whether you want to get the alarm professionally monitored. Often times this can affect the price of installation. Like buying a smartphone, signing a monitoring agreement can significantly lower your up front installation costs. It also gives peace of mind that if you are out of town or otherwise indisposed, action will still be taken in an emergency.

Check with your home insurance provider about discounts due to monitored alarm systems. Our alarm system installers will be sure to fill you in on the differences between the two types of systems.

Security Systems – Just for Burglary?

Security systems are not just for burglary! They can monitor all sorts of conditions within your home or business such as:

  • Break-ins & Theft
  • Fire or Smoke Detection
  • Water Detection
  • Natural Gas Detection
  • Carbon Monoxide Detection
  • Temperature Detection
  • Sump Pit Water Level Detection

Monitor all of the above for the same low monthly monitoring rate starting at $20/month + HST.