Smoke detectors are an important part of home safety, as these fire-protection devices will automatically detect and warn you of the presence of smoke and can save your life in the event of a fire. While it can be easy to forget to check and test smoke alarms on a regular basis, it is important to ensure that they are not only properly maintained but also correctly installed.
Why use Smoke Detectors?
Having smoke detectors placed in various locations around your home allows for fast and effective detection. The smoke detector siren will warn you, day or night, that there is a potential fire, allowing you to quickly check the nature of the problem and hopefully prevent any damage. (Read our article on Fire Extinguishers here.) When placed in the right location, the smoke alarm can also help firefighters quickly locate the fire in the home, allowing them to better focus their efforts.
How do Smoke Detectors Work?
Since smoke rises, smoke detectors are always placed on the roof for ideal detection. There are two common types of smoke detectors to choose from: photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric sensors use a beam of light within the detector to sense any smoke in the air. The beam will shoot in a straight line when the air is clear. In the presence of smoke, the light will scatter, this is when the alarm will go off. Ionization detectors, on the other hand, use a chamber with a small electrical current. When smoke enters the chamber and the level of ions in the air changes, the electrical current drops and the alarm will sound.
Each function is beneficial in different instances and because of this, one is not necessarily better than the other. It is, however, recommended to have one of each of these functions on each floor of your home and in high-risk areas, such as the kitchen or near fireplaces and heating appliances.
Smoke detectors are vitally important to keeping your home and family safe. We can help you install smoke detectors around your home and position them to give you the best coverage. If you any questions about smoke detectors or need assistance, please contact a DHS sales representative.
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