Important Smoke Detector Information
Fire Officials across the United States have noticed an alarming trend. There have been many residential structure fires and these residences are being found with NO or NON-WORKING or OUTDATED smoke alarms.
Beyond that information the studies are showing smoke detectors are not responding to fire as they were originally intended to do. Some of this is based upon our current construction materials ( completely different in 1970) and some is based upon the types of fires that need to be detected.
Making things even more difficult manufacturers are making new detectors for specific areas of the home and making the technology used a less emphasized item. Fire Officials across the United States along with the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) now recommend that you use both technologies in your home (I) Ionization and (P) Photoelectric in your home at all times. This will provide maximum coverage and protection in your home.
You will need to read the manufactures packaging closely to determine the technology being used in the device.
“Remember the least costly device will not always provide the highest level of protection”.
“Resist the urge to buy a $5 smoke alarm even though a working detector is better than none”.
Every home needs “working” smoke detectors in the following locations.
- Inside EVERY SLEEPING AREA
- Outside EVERY SLEEPING AREA
- One on EVERY LEVEL (Basement, First Floor, Second Floor)
The industry has developed a better technology type detector (P) Photoelectric and it responds quickly to slow smoldering fires. The older (I) Ionization technology is still available but studies are showing they are not as responsive as the (P) Photoelectric detectors.
Many new detectors now contain with a 10 year battery. Put the detector in and when the unit starts to chirp indicating low battery replace it.