Fire Safety, Smart Home

Basic Overview Interlinking Alarms

Standalone alarms in the home are somewhat limited in the surrounding areas that they can detect, and the distance their sound can travel. For instance, tenants may not always hear the alarm in the kitchen unless they’re close by, or the closest individual to the sounding alarm may be unable to detect it – as seen in the BBC News study which found that 27 out of 34 children will sleep through a smoke alarm sounding at night.

Heat, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms can all be interlinked throughout the home – continually communicating via wireless signals – which means that as soon as one detects a problem, the rest of the alarms will sound, mimicking the originating alarm’s specific sound pattern. So, if a carbon monoxide alarm activates, all the smoke and heat alarms will mimic its sound pattern (and vice versa).  Not only does this quickly alert all tenants to the problem, regardless of where they are in the premises, but this also signifies the appropriate next steps e.g. opening all doors and windows then evacuating in the event of a CO alarm.

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