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What Type of Smoke Detector Is Safest for Your Home?

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Type of Smoke Detector Is Safest for Your Home? Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage.

The majority of home fire deaths occur in houses with no smoke alarms or with dead or malfunctioning batteries in the smoke alarm. Smoke detectors should be placed on each level of your Charlotte, NC house and outside bedrooms.

1. What Different Types of Smoke Detector Are Available?

There are three types of smoke detector: ionized, photoelectric and combination. Ionized systems work due to a small current being maintained between electrodes with americium-241. Smoke entering the space between the electrodes interrupts the current and triggers the alarm.

Photoelectric alarms have an emitted light beam in a chamber. If smoke enters the chamber, it scatters the light, which hits a sensor that sets off the alarm.
A combination detector has both photoelectric and ionizing sensors. The International Association of Fire Fighters recommends using photoelectric detectors.

2. What About Smart Smoke Detectors?

Smart smoke detectors are connected to the internet. Apps connect you with your smoke alarm through your phone, allowing you to shut off false alarms. You will also get notified when the battery is low so you can change it before the irritating chirping starts up. Some models include carbon monoxide detectors as well.

Smart batteries are another option. These look like 9V but are connected to the internet. If the alarm sounds, these batteries will notify you through a phone app, as well as sending a low-battery alert. Smart batteries can last five years.

3. What Other Devices May Facilitate Fire Safety?

Heat detectors are an older type of fire safety device. If a pre-set high temperature is reached, an alarm will activate. These are useful in areas where smoke detectors are unsuitable.

Listeners are devices that “listen” for the frequency of your smoke detector’s alarm. These are appropriate for big homes because their range can cover an entire floor of your house.

It is imperative that your Charlotte, NC home have an appropriate smoke alarm on each floor. These small, relatively inexpensive devices may save lives. Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com for more information on fire damage

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