Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detection is often overlooked by many families until an actual event forces you to think otherwise. Each year, there are an estimated 405,000 fires in residential homes in the United States with 3,600 fatalities as a result. Fire detection should be a priority when choosing to upgrade or replace your current smoke detectors. There are many new products on the market that can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide gases in one combined alarm. These new combination smoke/gas detection devices even have programmable voice commands that let you know where the smoke or gas is being detected so you can plan your escape accordingly.
Hard Wired Smoke Detectors
Hard Wired Smoke Detectors are wired into your homes electrical circuits. The need for batteries for this type of smoke alarm is taken away, but you should still have fresh batteries in the smoke alarm just in case. In the event there is a power outage, having a battery back-up system in place is key. Some drawbacks to wired smoke detectors are that once they are installed, you can’t move them without hiring a licensed electrician. Building codes often change and re-location of smoke detectors might apply if you are doing any kind of remodeling or home renovation.
Wireless Smoke Detectors
Wireless Smoke Detectors obviously don’t have any wires and can be placed strategically throughout your house. Most wireless fire smoke detectors come with a set of mounting screws that only take a few minutes to install or come with some sort of adhesive backing that sticks to the surface you want it mounted on. Wireless smoke detectors are interconnected so if one goes off, they all go off. Most wireless smoke detections systems have 3 major components: battery powered wireless smoke detectors, A/C powered smoke alarm and a wireless smoke sounder.
A good rule of thumb for remembering to change the batteries in your smoke alarm is to do it every day lights saving time. That way you will always have fresh batteries in your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detectors.–Danny Garcia, owner of Rhino Design Build in San Antonio, Texas.
What is a smoke detector?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke alarms in residences are of two general types: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms monitor the level of ions (electrically charged particles) in the air. They are generally sensitive to small smoke particles, which are produced by flaming fires. If present, these particles conduct a current within the alarm’s chamber, activating the device. Photoelectric smoke alarms use beams of light and sensors to detect the presence of larger smoke particles (produced by smoldering fires), which interrupt the light beams and trigger the alarm.