It doesn't take much searching to find details of people and families who have suffered injuries or worse due to smoke inhalation and fire. The same can be said of poisoning from carbon monoxide, an invisible gas that can quickly spread through your home, usually caused by malfunctions of heating sources like furnaces or generators in poorly ventilated areas.
Smoke detectors are mandated by varying laws and regulations in all 50 states, and carbon monoxide detectors are required in most states as well.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Placement
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a smoke alarm should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends carbon monoxide alarms be located near sleeping areas, and also on every floor, to alert you to a dangerous buildup of CO gas that can be trapped within a single level of your home.
Smart Smoke Alarm, Smart CO Detector, and More
As part of home automation systems, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can be integrated into a home safety and security surveillance scheme that can also include other monitoring components, such as water leak sensors to alert you to moisture problems, leaks and low temps, or baby monitors that allow you to continually assess what's going on in the kids' rooms. Your smart home can also include wireless multiroom audio, smart locks, appliance and outlet control, and even Wi-Fi thermostats to regulate heating and cooling, whether you're home or away. Control it all, plus get alerts on your smartphone or tablet, or incorporate one of the available voice assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home into your system for convenient voice control.
You can choose a single unit that serves as a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector only, or a combination unit that handles both duties, either hardwired or battery-powered. Before you shop our extensive selection, it's a good idea to check regulations in your area so you know what you need to be compliant.