I have a shop in my "lower level", at the other end of the house. If
a fire developed in the shop after we went to bed the chances of me
hearing the smoke alarm (the one in the shop) is about zip. It would
seem someone would make smoke alarms that triggered the other smoke
alarms in the house. It sounds good, but the only options I could
find were complete alarm systems, something I don't need/want, and
that costs lots of money.
Does anyone know of a solution?
I've got'em in my house ... and not part of an alarm system. One goes off,
they all go off. They are, obviously, connected by a wire, which should not
pose too much of a problem for a DIY'er.
BTW, they are now "code" for new construction in this locality, so I am
certain they are available commercially.
Check also for "remote notify" sensors. The sensing unit uses a low-
level transmitter (like a baby monitor) to send a trigger signal to the
remote alarm. Great for outbuilding shops, garden sheds, or detached
garages. IIRC, these can be had for smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide.
Probably not easily available at the local BORG, but a decent alarm
company or locksmith/alarm shop may be able to order them for you if
they don't have it as a regular stock item.
On 28 Jan 2004 14:09:53 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Guppas!) wrote:
They do, and I believe they are required by current code. They're
about $10 at any home center. Mine are AC/DC and use a 3rd trigger
I have four of them in my home. It drives my wife nuts if I set one
off in the shop, and the detector outside the bedroom goes off.
Every AC smoke detector I've installed over the last ten+ years has a third
wire for the function you describe. A dusty area like a shop may need a heat
detector instead of a smoke detector, to prevent false alarms.
over time the Borg smoke detectors will fail due to a build up of dust,
if you vacuum them out periodically you reduce the chance of a false
alarm. at least when they fail, you know it! ;-)
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