What Is A Wireless Smoke Detector?

What is a wireless smoke detector? A wireless smoke detector communicates with other smoke detectors to sound a universal alarm throughout your house. Wireless smoke detectors are linked together and when...

Wireless smoke detectors are linked together and when one alarm is activated it can send signals to all the other alarms so they will be activated as well. They are valuable tools in the early detection of fires. Each individual detector has the ability to transmit information to other similar units which gives you added protection and speeds your notification time. This in turn increases your response time and may provide more time to react to an alarm and to escape a fire. Never ignore any alarm signal until you have completely eliminated in threat of fire. If an alarm goes off accidentally, see if you can determine why it went off and correct the matter.

Heather Caldwell is the communications manager for Kidd, the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products. Caldwell says, "You can put wireless smoke detectors all around your home, and they ring together using radiofrequency technology. They ring together. So when one smoke alarm sounds, they will all sound. They will provide an earlier warning to fire. If you are in your bedroom and a fire starts in your kitchen, the smoke alarm outside of your kitchen will trigger the smoke alarms up in your bedroom." These units are a bit more expensive than traditional smoke detectors, but they do come with increased benefits. Caldwell adds, "Kidde's wireless smoke detectors run about 50 dollars each, but it is worth it for the advanced technology. Each wireless smoke alarm has a receiver and a transmitter in it. So, they can talk to each other." Other companies offer similar products as well that work very much like the products offered by Kidde. It is best to read the product descriptions, labeling and directions for more specific information.

In newer homes, many building safety codes now require an interconnected smoke alarm system that is hardwired right into the home's electrical system. This practice began around the mid 1990s. More and more homes have been built with interconnected smoke alarm systems since them, but older homes don't typically have them. If you own one of the over 80 million homes that does not have an interconnected smoke alarm system you now have economical options without having to rewire the whole house.

These wireless smoke detector systems are easy to install and use. Caldwell says, "As far as maintenance, the wireless system is easy to test. You can actually hit a button, and it will test the whole system to make sure it is working properly." With the wireless system it is easy to install these detectors in many areas of your home and be able to hear an alarm no matter where the problem is coming from. This is a particularly helpful feature for larger or multi-story homes.

Even though smoke detectors are a great means of early fire detection it is important to remember that you should not rely on them exclusively to protect your home. It is still important to take safeguards in your home to prevent fires and eliminate potential risks. It is also important to have and maintain other fire safety equipment and to develop a fire escape plan for your family. Be sure to clean and check the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly, keep fire extinguishers in your home fully operable and nearby, and practice your fire escape plan at least twice per year. These extra steps will help your family be better prepared in the event of an actual emergency.

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