What will the FCC do about wireless smoke detectors?
Posted On July 19, 2021
A key question is whether the Federal Communications Commission will allow wireless smoke alarms to work.
According to the FCC’s website, “the agency has no policy that restricts wireless smoke detection technology.”
Wireless smoke alarms are essentially a “digital detector” that uses a cell phone’s microphone to detect a chemical called CO, which can emit infrared light.
They can be used to detect smoke from fireplaces, fireplaces where a fire could easily spread, and in bathrooms and other areas where smoke could spread.
Critics have argued that they are dangerous and are not appropriate for homes.
The FCC has already approved some devices that can detect CO in smoke and have issued permits for others that do not.
An FCC official said that the agency has received requests from manufacturers to create smoke detectors for the public that are not wireless.
If you are unsure whether your wireless smoke detector is certified, you should call the manufacturer directly.
If they are not a manufacturer of smoke detectors, the FCC can help you find one.
There are a few different types of wireless smoke sensors.
The biggest are the ones that emit infrared, which are called “bluetooth” smoke detectors.
These devices emit infrared radiation to show the location of smoke particles.
These are commonly found in bathrooms, schools, and public spaces.
Wirelessly smoke detectors are also called “near-field communication” smoke detector or NFBs.
NFB sensors use radio frequency (RF) to emit infrared (IR) radiation, which shows the presence of smoke.
NFB sensors are typically used in residential buildings, as well as in schools, libraries, and airports.