What are Interlinked Fire Alarms?

07.12.2022

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Interlinked Fire Alarms are a great way to ensure you are protected against fire. They are able to connect all of your fire safety systems together. When one alarm goes off, all alarms will go off. This is a much better safeguard than stand-alone alarms. It means you will know if there is a fire in your building as soon as possible.

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Interlinked fire detectors are devices that have been linked together so that if one alarm goes off, they all do. This way, if a fire breaks out in one part of your premises and sets off just one alarm, the other alarms will sound as well.

This is especially useful in larger premises. You may, for example, be sleeping in your bedroom that is too far from the kitchen where the fire is occurring. Smoke spreads extremely fast and so the sooner you are alerted to the fire, the more manageable it is.

Two Types of Interlinked Fire Alarm

Hard-Wired Interlinked Fire Alarms

These are the most common type of interlinked systems. Detectors are connected by wires to each other. This can be difficult to self-install, however, very reliable and secure. If any one detector sounds an alarm, all of them will sound as well.

Hard-wired interlinked fire alarms are connected to each other and to a single power source. They may be connected to a single battery backup, or they may have no battery backup. If there is no battery backup, these hard-wired interconnected smoke alarms are called “networked.”

If you’re looking at networked smoke alarms, be sure that your home has enough wiring in place for them. You’ll need an electrician. The number of wire runs required depends on how many units you purchase. Some brands require more than one unit per bedroom; others allow you to hardwire two or three together in each room. For installation please ask a qualified electrician to assist.

Battery Operated Interlinked Fire Alarms

These systems use RF radio waves to transmit signals between their components. There’s no need for wiring when installing these devices. If any one sensor gets triggered, it transmits a signal wirelessly that triggers all other linked sensors within range to go off as well. Simply fit the base to the ceiling or wall and clip the detector in place as per the instruction manual provided.

Radio-interlinked smoke alarms are more expensive than hard-wired smoke alarms. You’ll find them in new homes because they’re required by UK law. However, they can also be installed in older homes. The cost is well worth it if you want to avoid false alarms and save money on your homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Radio-interlinked smoke detectors can be installed in a way that makes them easy to check, maintain and replace. In addition, if one of the units needs resetting or replacing due to a malfunction or power outage, only one unit needs to be serviced rather than all interconnected units at once (which would mean getting rid of every other interconnected unit).

Radio-interlinked smoke detectors are reliable as they use radio waves instead of wires for communication between each other. No matter what happens to the wiring or power, the fire alarm will still work.

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