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The Scoop On Smoke Alarm Accessories


Installing a smoke alarm, a smoke carbon monoxide combo alarm, and having adequate escape routes and plans is standard protocol for home builders, contractors, property management companies, business owners, commercial real estate investors, and hotel owners. Laws and regulations mandate that these be installed, and properly maintained, in order to ensure the safety of the occupants of a building.

For those building or remodeling a property, you may not require additional accessories for your fire alarm installation. However, if you’ve recently purchased an existing property, or leased new space, and decide to upgrade your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you don’t necessarily need to buy all new systems. Convenient and inexpensive smoke alarm accessories are available to allow you to easily upgrade your existing systems for a fraction of the cost.

Thanks to brands like First Alert, BRK and Kidde working together, these premiere fire alert product manufacturers have created adapters that will allow you to easily install a new alarm without changing all of the wiring. For example, the BRK ADF-12 adapter plug helps you save time when retrofitting new BRK smoke alarms where old models were previously installed. The ADF-12 works to adapt a BRK model smoke alarm to a Firex / Kidde model smoke alarm. As long as you have an adapter plug, all First Alert / BRK models will work as direct replacements with any Firex models. Similarly, the Kidde KA-B Quick Convert Adaptor allows you to interconnect a Kidde device with a circuit of BRK and First Alert alarms.

Large homes, offices spaces, and multilevel buildings will also benefit from the convenience of an additional smoke alarm accessory, called a relay device. Relay devices such as those manufactured by Kidde and BRK are available through Westside Wholesale for less than $20. These convenient relay devices ensure that smoke detection or carbon monoxide anywhere in the system alerts all of the devices. That means that if there is fire on the fourth floor of a building, the smoke alarms on the floors above and below will receive the signal, and trigger the alert.

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