Choosing a Fire Alarm
Not All Fires Are The Same
are slow smoldering fires and fast flaming fires. This depends
on what catches on fire. Smoldering fires produce a lot of
dangerous smoke before breaking into flames. Flaming fires are
very hot, fast moving and dangerous.
Not All Fire Alarms Are The
are fire alarms that are faster for detecting slow smoldering fires
some that are faster for detecting fast flaming fires (ionization)
and some that use both technologies (dual
sensor photoelectric and ionization).
Neither technology is new but they were equal when we had mostly
natural fires in our homes. Now the difference in technology
is very important.
Sensor Smoke Alarms
-----Because the synthetic
materials we commonly use in the home smolder longer, it is wise to
use smoke alarms that will alert you as early as possible of either
type of fire. This means having two types of alarms or a dual
sensor fire alarm.
It is not recommend the
removal of existing ionization smoke alarms. However, we
strongly recommend installing a combination of photoelectric and
ionization smoke alarms in homes, to provide for the best chance of
escape for all types of fires.
It is imperative every resident evaluate
his or her smoke detection system to ensure there is sufficient
protection in every home.
-----Alarms should be tested monthly and
batteries should be replaced once a year.
Know How To
Escape When The Alarm Sounds
-----Draw a map of your home, find
two ways out of each room, practice the plan with everyone in the
household using the test button of your dual sensor alarms and
decide on a meeting place outside and away from the house.
Install interconnected DUAL SENSOR fire alarms
on each level, outside sleeping areas and in each bedroom.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm on each level of the home.
Install residential fire sprinklers.
The average price of a DUAL
SENSOR fire alarm is between $15 - $20.