Temperature Monitoring | 101 Guide

When seniors are living alone in their own home, a risk of experiencing an emergency situation rises significantly. Elderly persons are also at risk of starting a fire accidentally, as they are less attentive and sometimes even be forgetful when cooking for example. This is why some of the medical alert companies have started including a temperature monitoring feature in their systems. This feature is not related to installing fire and smoke detectors, although some of medical alert companies offer those systems as add-on features available at an additional cost. In order to ensure that the help will be dispatched as soon as possible in case of a fire, a temperature monitoring sensors are integrated into some of the base station units sold on the market. The most one is the following: This base unit equipped with a temperature sensor inside it, which can detect spikes in ambient temperature. In case of a fire, this sensor will detect the rise in the ambient temperature and immediately initiate an emergency call to the monitoring center. A trained call center agent will try to determine the severity of situation and attempt to communicate with the person using the system. In case of a fire, call center agent will dispatch the local fire department to home address of the person using the system and place where the alarm went off.  

Where to get it?

If you are looking for a medical alert system that includes basic fire protection, look for those systems that have temperature monitoring feature built into the base station unit. The one we have introduced before is available in the following companies and plans (click on the images for more plan details) -

Additional Option:

LifeFone's At-Home cellular system with high/low temperature sensor. You will customize your high/low temperature settings. Ambient temperature in the home above or below those temperatures will trigger an alarm in LifeFone's call center, to which their emergency care agents will respond according to your customized emergency care instructions. Click on the following image from more details.


It is important to note that this functionality is NOT as safe as standard fire or smoke detectors. This is because the base station includes a temperature sensing monitoring device inside it, so in case of a fire in a room where the base station is not located, the alarm might not be triggered as the fire is far away from the base station to get detected. This is a big drawback as the smoke might already spread throughout the home and incapacitate a person living inside. For full fire protection, look for fire and smoke detector add-on options, offered by some medical alert companies out there. A great option to consider is LifeFone's Complete Home package They provide fire protection, along with Smoke and CO Protection. Check the link below for details -