Protecting Your Home With Hard Wired Smoke or Combination Smoke/Carbon-Monoxide Alarms
It’s impossible to overstate the value of installing and maintaining quality smoke and/or combination smoke/carbon-monoxide alarms. They are the single most important devices when it comes to protecting your home. And yet, all too often, homeowners neglect them. Here’s what you need to know about your smoke and/or combination smoke/carbon-monoxide alarms.
For one thing, you need to know whether you’ve got a hard wired device or simply battery operated “alarm.” The former is wired through the building to other units in the fire alarm system, while the other is a standalone that issues an audible and/or visual alarm from the singular device itself. In either case, they’re usually housed in disk-shaped plastic cases, though shape and size will vary by manufacturer.
Installation points will vary based on where they will do the most good. In Canada, federal mandate requires at least one working alarm be placed on every level of any structure. In new construction, smoke and/or combination smoke/carbon-monoxide alarms must be wired to the main electrical wiring system, using a battery as backup. One of the best reasons for this interconnectivity is that one smoke and/or combination smoke/carbon-monoxide alarms can trigger another elsewhere in the home, alerting occupants who may not be closest to the smoke or the carbon monoxide that something is wrong.