Why Smoke Alarms Should Be On Every Level of Your Home

Listen to your local fire safety professionals on the importance of smoke alarms. Safe-T Fire Protection wants families to have a plan so that we can help keep everyone in your home safe. We strive to provide services in fire safety, which includes preparing your home for any fire emergency. Properly placed smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishers are life savers!

Fires Don’t Wait For You To Have a Plan

Prevent a fire this winter and ensure a smoke alarm is installed on every level of your home, including the basement. Along with smoke alarms, a fire extinguisher should also be located on every level of your home, particularly in the kitchen and the garage. A carbon monoxide alarm that detects the odorless, colorless gas that can kill you should also be installed inside every bedroom and outside every sleeping area.

This model home is the perfect representation of what the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states for effective fire safety.

Smoke Alarms

Fires don’t wait for you to have a plan, so recruit our fire safety services for our friendly and knowledgeable professionals to install smoke alarms and other imperative fire safety devices. Are you being proactive with your smoke alarms? If you’re unsure how long it’s been since your smoke alarms have been looked at, contact us to make sure all of your smoke alarms are effective and properly installed.  

The Difference Between A Smoke Alarm and A Smoke Detector

The difference between a smoke alarm and a smoke detector is that one is an alarm, and one is a detection device only. While both should alert you of a fire, a smoke detector only senses smoke and must be connected to a fire alarm system control panel. 

A smoke alarm is an all-in-one device that sounds an audible and sometimes visual warning for smoke. The self-contained device includes the smoke detection aspect and senses the combustion products. 

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Do You Hear Your Smoke Alarm? 

Your smoke alarm should only sound if it detects products of combustion or smoke. Otherwise, your smoke alarm should be like a silent savior. It should only make noise if it detects smoke before it turns into a true fire. Don’t disconnect or throw your smoke detector out if it starts beeping. Otherwise known as the low-battery chirp, your smoke alarm is there to help. If you have already replaced its batteries, and the beeping continues, check the age of your smoke alarm. It may be time for a new smoke alarm replacement.

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Kinds of Smoke Alarms

Photoelectric alarms

Photoelectric alarms use sensors that are more responsive to smoke, smoldering fires like from a cigarette.

Ionization alarms

Ionization alarms use a sensor that responds to flaming fires, or where you can actually see the flame.

Dual smoke alarms

Dual smoke alarms are recommended because they sense both kinds of smoke that a photoelectric and an ionization alarm detects.

Multicriteria alarms

Multicriteria alarms reduce nuisance alarms from non-fire sources like cooking by using many different sensors, including photoelectric, ionization, and heat, along with an algorithm.

Voice smoke alarms

Voice smoke alarms can talk rather than just beep to tell you where a fire is being detected or if there is an issue with the smoke alarm.

Interconnected smoke alarms

Interconnected smoke alarms provide an additional level of safety when one alarm sounds, then all the alarms in the home will sound.

Combination smoke carbon monoxide alarms

Combination smoke carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in your home, especially if you have fuel burners. This alarm detects combinations of smoke and the colorless, odorless, deadly gas known as carbon monoxide.

Safe-T Fire Protection Is There For You

If you’re unsure if your home has hard-wired alarms installed correctly, Safe-T Fire Protection can help you! We are NFPA certified, and we strive to teach imperative fire safety procedures for families to understand the importance of fire prevention and fire safety to avoid any loss this winter.  

For smoke alarms to perform the best for your home, they should be installed on every level of your home and properly installed in each room. We can recommend and install any type of smoke alarm that your home needs. Smoke alarms are your first line of defense, and Safe-T Fire Protection is there to make sure they work for your home! 

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