Every home should be equipped with smoke alarms that are either hardwired or wireless. Both versions should have a battery backup in case the power goes out, or they run on batteries. It’s also essential that you change the batteries every six months or so, usually when you change the clocks for daylight-savings time. If yours are looking dingy or seem to give a false alarm more frequently than they used to, it may be time to get new ones. When considering options, an interconnected system may be most appropriate for you.
The interconnected system is designed to communicate with all the other smoke and CO alarms in your home. Whether they are connected with wires or wirelessly through RF-radio signals, when one goes off, they all do. Therefore, if one alarm senses a fire or carbon monoxide present in the home, it will cause all of them to sound, as well.
Such a system ensures that you can always hear the alarm, even if you’re in another part of the house. For example, you may be in the upstairs bedroom when a fire starts in the basement. You will be alerted faster, giving you more time to get outside to safety.
Know Where It Started
Many times, homeowners have small fires that break out and are easily contained. However, it is still good to know where it started. For example, if your teenager lit something on fire and set off the alarm, you could tell it started in their room or near the bathroom. No matter in what scenario you find yourself, you’ll be in better control of the situation.
Smoke alarms are a necessity for any homeowner. Visit First Alert online to see their interconnected smoke alarm systems now.