Smartphone technology and fire prevention

Smartphones have made life so much better in so many ways, but you couldn’t come up with a better way to make the best of them than by linking them to your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Wouldn’t it be great to have real time knowledge of fires in your home even when you’re not there? That day has arrived.

Smoke detectors have saved thousands of lives and homes, but they are not much use if you’re not there. Most home fire detectors are not connected to the fire department alert system, so if you’re not there when a fire breaks out, you’re at a disadvantage.

There are companies now that make wi-fi connected carbon and smoke detector alert systems. Some packages allow you to use your smoke detectors with a simple 9-volt battery that is connected to your home network. These batteries are usually less than $50 and make for a good entry level technology if you don’t want to shell out for a proper system with the hardware.

If you are willing to spend a little few bucks, you can purchase a proper system. These devices are controlled by a dedicated app which can make automatic alert calls to family members as well as neighbors. These systems can be had for about $75 for each detector.

Smartphone alarms can notify you when your smoke detector batteries are going dead, though some are good for up to 5 years. Nevertheless the app keeps you apprised at all times of the remaining juice.