Interconnected smoke alarms work as a team. No matter where the fire starts, if one smoke alarm goes off, they all do. That means if you are sleeping upstairs, and a fire starts in the basement, the smoke alarm near your bedroom will go off immediately. That's important, because if you didn't have interconnected smoke alarms, you may not know there is a fire until the smoke travels upstairs. This wastes precious time needed to get you and your loved ones outside to safety.