The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half if your home has working smoke detectors. These little gadgets alert you and your family of smoke at any time of the day or night, allowing you to escape danger and, with any luck, they give the fire department the chance to put out the flames sooner, reducing fire damage to your home. While battery-operated smoke detectors provide a good level of protection, and are certainly far better than owning no detector at all, our electricians want to share with you some of the added benefits of hardwired smoke detectors in Charlotte.
Benefits of Hardwired Smoke Detectors in Charlotte
- When one smoke alarm goes off, they all go off. Hardwired smoke detectors can be interconnected. If a fire breaks out in your basement and your basement alarm begins to sound, all of your other alarms will begin to sound as well. This way it doesn’t matter if you’re upstairs asleep in your bed, you will be alerted to the smoke. Having interconnected alarms often allows people a greater amount of time to escape the danger before it is imminently close. When there is a fire, every extra second of time you and your family have to evacuate and call the fire department is extremely important. Some homeowner’s insurance companies recognize this benefit of hardwired alarms by offering a discount on coverage. Contact your insurance provider to see if you could get a discount for installing hardwired smoke detectors.
- Hardwired alarms will continue to sound until they are turned off. A battery-operated alarm can only sound for as long as the batteries hold up. It can be beneficial for an alarm to sound longer if a building has thick walls, if occupants are sound sleepers, or if you simply aren’t home when the fire first begins.
- Hardwired smoke detectors have a backup power source. If you forget to change the batteries in your battery-operated smoke detector, it may not work when you need it to. Hardwired smoke detectors run off of electricity, but they are backed up by batteries. This additional power source increases the likelihood that the alarm will sound when necessary.
Because hardwired smoke detectors are tied to a home’s electrical system, it is absolutely necessary that you call a licensed Charlotte electrician for installation. Electrical safety is our number one priority and we can make sure that no hazards are created during installation. Consider the many benefits of hardwired smoke detector installation and give Douthit Electrical a call for electrical service in Charlotte, Cornelius, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Troutman, Gastonia, or the surrounding areas!
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