Smoke/CO Alarm Interconnectability
The Problem: When a smoke or CO alarm head goes into the alarm state, it will sound its internal alarm, and alert the base station. This sets the base station off, and starts the process with SimpliSafe Monitoring. However, it does not alert any other heads in the home. This creates major problems when you have a multi-story home, and are sleeping with your door closed (yes, you should be doing this). I have had alarm activations previously, and was awoken by the phone call from SimpliSafe Monitoring, because the alarm that was activated and the base station were downstairs.
Proposed Solution: I am asking Simply safe to rewrite some code so that when the Base Station receives a Smoke or CO alarm activation, it forces all other Smoke/CO heads in the home to activate and alert. This will improve life safety/property conservation efforts, as the occupants will be notified faster. This will mean that no matter where you are, or sleep, where your base station is, and most importantly, where the activated head is, you will know immediately if one is going off.
Who Am I/Relevance: I have Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, and work as a Professional FireFighter / Paramedic. I use SimpliSafe to protect me and my home. The relevance is that this is both a faster alert for nuisance alarms, and for life safety. Modern homes have 2-3 minutes before "Flashover", patients who do not escape a home before this point, usually become victims. The first notification in a home with Smoke/CO alarms located throughout should not be from the monitoring center phone call. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommends that homes have connected Smoke/CO alarms as I am asking here. "Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. " -NFPA.org
This ultimately seems like a simple code update, and has a potentially large life saving factor driving this.
Thank you for your time, I hope this can be implemented.