One benefit of interconnected smoke alarms is that they are safer than standalone systems. With Interconnected alarm systems, the activation of one alarm triggers all alarms, which gives homeowners an advantage, as being unable to hear a standalone alarm that has activated in another room can decrease response time. Interconnected alarms are also able to monitor a larger environment more efficiently than standalone alarms. In many states, the installation of interconnected smoke alarms is a requirement for all new home construction.
Traditional smoke alarms can alert occupants to the presence of smoke, fires or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide but only activate if they are able to detect potential safety threats in the areas they monitor. Interconnected systems activate in a series, with each alarm activating in response to a potential hazard that occurs in any room with an installed alarm. Alarms are able to communicate with one another through either wires or a wireless radio signal connection.
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on every floor of the home. Install alarms at least 10 feet away from cooking areas to keep instances of false alarms to a minimum. Always install interconnected smoke alarms made by the same manufacturer to ensure compatibility.