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Hardwired and linked detectors

Hardwired & Linked detectors work on a single connected system. If one alarm sounds, all alarms will sound. If you have these you should have a detector in each bedroom, outside of each bedroom, and a detector on every floor to ensure optimal coverage.

What is Carbon Monoxide and what do I need?

Optimal Protection is one Carbon Monoxide detector per floor, preferably integrated into your hardwired system. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. In a residential home it is primarily produced by fuel burning appliances(furnace, water heater, fireplace, etc). If you have improper ventilation on those products initial symptoms of CO poisoning may include headache, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, or nausea. During prolonged or high exposures, symptoms may worsen and include vomiting, confusion, and collapse in addition to loss of consciousness and death. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reportes an average of 15,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning annually, resulting in an average of 500 deaths per year.

Do I need a Photoelectric or Ionization Detector?

Photoelectric smoke detectors are MUCH more sensitive than ionization smoke detectors at sensing smoldering fires (10-15 MINUTES), which may smolder for hours before bursting into flame. The Majority of fire deaths in the USA are from smoldering fires. Sources of these fires may include cigarettes burning, space heaters, or any heat source that is not great enough to produce a flame.

Ionization smoke detectors are more sensitive than photoelectric smoke detectors at sensing hot, flaming fires (roughly 15-30 seconds faster), that are consuming combustible materials rapidly and may spread quickly. Sources of these fires mostly include the use of accelerants such as gasoline or a grease fire.

Ionization alarms are the current code for most states but Photoelectric is now becoming the new code in many North Eastern states and moving across the country . For the best protection try to use both where ever possible.

Suggested Hardwired & Linked Detectors For a 2 Story 3 Bedroom Home

Gas Appliances or Attached Garage
Good
First Alert 9120B
Bedrooms

Hardwired Ionization
Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backupx 3 @ $11.99 each

+
First Alert SC9120B
Hallways

Hardwired Ionization Smoke Alarm
and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
w/ Battery Backupx 2 @ $32.45 each

Total: $100.87

Current Fire Code in Most States

Better
First Alert 7010B
Bedrooms

Hardwired Photoelectric
Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backupx 3 @ $21.95 each

+
First Alert SC7010BV
Hallways

Hardwired Photoelectric Smoke Alarm
and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
w/ Battery Backupx 2 @ $47.95 each

Total: $161.75

More Progressive Fire Code required in Some States

Best
First Alert 3120B
Bedrooms

Hardwired Photoelectric and Ionization
Combo Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backupx 3 @ $28.95 each

+
First Alert SC7010BV
Hallways

Hardwired Photoelectric Smoke Alarm
and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
w/ Battery Backup and Voicex 2 @ $47.95 each

Total: $182.75

Best Protection for your Family

No Gas Appliances and No Attached Garage
Good
First Alert 9120B
Bedrooms and Hallways

Hardwired Ionization
Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backupx 5 @ $11.99 each

Total: $59.95

Current Fire Code in Most States

Better
First Alert 7010B
Bedrooms and Hallways

Hardwired Photoelectric
Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backupx 5 @ $21.95 each

Total: $109.75

More Progressive Fire Code required in Some States
Best
First Alert 3120B
Bedrooms and Hallways

Hardwired Photoelectric and Ionization
Combo Smoke Alarm w/ Battery Backupx 5 @ $28.95 each

Total: $144.75

Best Protection for your Family