I've got a rather extensive OpenHab smart home installation with tons of lights, thermostats, and more diverse connected devices. One category of connected devices is smoke detectors, one in every zone of the house.
Right now, when a smoke detector detects smoke, they all start shrieking like normal. Additionally, I've automated it so that:
- All the lights in the house turn on at full brightness (to provide a visual queue if someone somehow can't hear the alarms and prevent fumbling with light switches in the dark)
- The system sends push notifications to phones, alerting them that there might be a fire. If nobody's home, then security cameras can be viewed remotely and fire dept. called if there's actually a fire.
Now here is my question: Several rooms have motor-driven windows/skylights. From a fire-safety perspective, would it make sense to automate these to open or close when smoke is detected?
I can see both advantages and disadvantages, but I'm not sure what's safer:
Automation should close the windows because they provide fresh oxygen for a fire and can make it grow rapidly.
Automation should open the windows because this allows smoke and gasses to escape up and outwards. This lets people inside the building breath easier while they escape
Some additional information about my house:
- Old, European construction with modern European doors, windows, and heating
- All walls are solid stone (cinder blocks mostly) or brick. Structural members are thick lumber or I-beams
- Automation likely to function for a long time provided fire does not break out in server room. Most devices are battery operated and all networking is powered by UPS in isolated room.