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 Inc. has been operating in Ottawa for over 30 years and has the expertise our customers have come to rely on. Being a locally owned small business allows us to offer homeowners in the Barrhaven area great deals on all things security. Whether you are in the market for an alarm system, or perhaps interested in video cameras or card entry systems, we are here to help determine the best solution for you.

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Aren’t Security Systems Expensive?

The price of security systems and even of video cameras has dropped over the past 10 years. At Barnes Protection, we offer great rates on all our security products. We think of it like purchasing a smartphone with a 2 year contract. By signing the contract with us, the price of the system drops dramatically. Included in the contract is our requirement to monitor all signals generated by your alarm and to take the necessary action when needed. Of course, the action the monitoring station takes when an alarm is received is predetermined by you, the customer. By adding friends and family to the call sequence, many potential false alarms can be avoided.

For our standard alarm package, which includes a DSC Powerseries panel and keypad, as well as a motion sensor, 3 door or window contacts and all basement window contacts, we charge only $250+HST, plus $20+HST for monthly monitoring service on a 2 year contract. Upgrade to internet control for $175 and receive a free app for your alarm. This can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world with internet!

Already Have a Security System?

If you already have a system we can usually use some or all of the existing material and get the alarm up and running in no time. Also if you are looking to switch providers we are always available to monitor your alarm for our low monthly price of $20/month plus HST. Whenever a switch like this is done we would test the system thoroughly for any potential problems. There is no charge to have us come and take a look!

Alarm Systems – Just to Prevent Burglary?

Alarm Systems aren’t just for burglaries anymore! Seeing as the system is monitored by trained operators it makes sense to use them for as many dangerous conditions as possible. There is no increase in price for how many devices are monitored on the system. Check out our add-ons like water leak detection, natural gas detection, smoke and CO detection, as well as sump level sensors.

These life safety zones are always on, so you can rest assured that if there is a dangerous condition at the house you will know about it!

Where in Barrhaven are we located?

We are located in the heart of Old Barrhaven on 28 Merner Avenue close to the new Costco building on Strandherd. Call to book an appointment, or to have us come to your place and help determine the best security solution for you.

Give us a call at (613) 726-6349 or send us a message to