The Future of Fire & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

By November 20, 2016Burn Safety

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The Future of Fire & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The need to have functioning fire and carbon monoxide alarms in the home cannot be overstated. These are issues that we have repeatedly emphasized in the past. Today, we turn the discussion to three advanced features being offered by new alarms and the benefit these new alarms can provide. These features are wireless integration, advanced notice warning signals, and improved self-monitoring capabilities

Wireless Integration

Through a wireless internet connection, many new alarms allow you to connect the alarms in your home together and specify the location of each alarm. When an alarm sounds, the other alarms will also go off and alert you to the location of the problem. Likewise, you can silence all alarms from one location.

Furthermore, alerts are no longer limited exclusively to the alarm unit itself. Mobile applications are becoming increasingly popular as a means of managing day to day life. New fire and carbon monoxide alarms can provide that type of convenience for managing the safety of your home as well. Mobile alerts can provide supplementary notification when an alarm goes off in your house, even if you’re not home. Additionally, mobile alerts offer a means of monitoring the history of the alarms in your house. Working in conjunction with advanced notice warning signals, wireless integration gives you greater control and access to the alarms in your house.

Advanced Notice Warning Signals

Standard alarms also have little capacity to differentiate between a small amount of smoke compared to house fire with a substantial amount of smoke. Once the sensor has detected a sufficient amount of smoke, it will blare a loud emergency signal. From a fire alert standpoint, it was better for early alarm manufacturers to err on the side of safety. However, this had the unfortunate consequence of causing hassles during everyday cooking, where small amounts of harmless smoke are frequently created.

Technology is now able to better distinguish between the extremes. For example, the Nest alarm provides an early alert warning when smoke or carbon monoxide begins forming in a room. This is provided by both a yellow caution light and a voice command that explains what type of problem is occurring and where the problem is located. The early warning gives you time to resolve the issue before the alarm goes into Emergency Mode. And instead of continuing to beep longer after the problem is resolved, modern alarms are able to tell when smoke begins to dissipate or carbon monoxide levels begin to decrease, providing you with better information to ensure you and your family’s safety.

Improved Self-Monitoring

Alarms are only effective if they are properly installed and have sufficient power, whether battery or wired, to function. In the case that either of these conditions isn’t met, most standard alarms provide an intermittent, high-pitch chirping sound. This sound often doesn’t distinguish between functionality problems (such as the sensor being partially blocked) and power problems (such as low batteries). It can be quite frustrating to replace batteries, only to have the alarm continue chirping.

New alarms that have voice capabilities are better able to direct you to the source of the problem and prevent this type of frustration. Many new alarms also provide a visual warning in addition to verbal warnings that can help you understand the source of the issue and keep you confident that the alarm is in good working order.

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