The most important tool in preventing deaths due to home fires is a properly functioning smoke detector. Battery-operated models are cheap and effective, but a homeowner can rest assured of their protection with a professionally installed and hard-wired smoke detector. These units are directly connected to a home’s electrical system and allow the option of interconnectivity between units; if smoke is detected in one part of the house, units in the rest of the house will activate as well. There are a number of options available and your electrical professional will help you choose the option that is best for you and your home.
Hard-wired smoke detector features include:
- Alarms are more likely to reliably operate when connected to the home’s electricity
- Battery backups keep the unit functioning when power is lost
- Units can be interconnected to provide home-wide alerts