Smoke Alarms for Your Home

Smoke Alarms Prevent Fatalities

The smoke alarms is an essential part of home security. Inexpensive and effective, smoke alarms are available for less than ten dollars.

Smoke alarms have saved thousands of lives in North America since they became common in the seventies. Despite that over 10% of American homes do not have a smoke alarm, more do have alarms but do not regularily check the batteries, and many do not have enough smoke alarms.

How often should I check a smoke alarms battery?

Batteries should be checked every six months and changed at least once per year. It is recommended units are replaced every7 years.

How many smoke alarms do I need in my house?

Alerting you to a fire while you sleep is the first goal of a smoke alarm.

  • There should be a smoke alarm on each floor
  • Each room you sleep in with a closed door should have a smoke alarm
  • Hallways with attached bedrooms

What type of smoke alarm should I buy?

The two predominant types of smoke alarms are ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms are more effective at detecting flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are superior at sensing smoke and smoldering fires. Buying dual sensor alarms that incorporate ionization sensors and photoelectric sensors is the best smoke alarm to purchase.

How do I install a smoke alarm?

  • Hardwired alarms require an electrician to install the alarm
  • Alarms should be stored away from forced air outputs that may blow smoke away from the sensor
  • Alarms should be installed high on walls, or upon ceilings

What is the difference between a smoke alarm and a fire alarm system?

smoke alarm can ve a standalone unit that works alone by audible alarm, or part of a network of smoke alarms which sets alarms across the entire system. A fire alarm system is used in commercial and industrial settings and consists of detectors, alarms, manual signal boxes, backup battery system, and sprinkler systems, or other fire suppression devices such as fire extinguishers and chemical extinguishers.