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Choosing the Right Smoke Detector

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

a smoke detector Regardless of which is best for your needs, a smoke alarm is not something to forget about.

If a fire breaks out in your Burlington, MA home, a working smoke alarm is your first line of defense to get everyone out safely. If the fire happens while everyone is sleeping, the chances are high that it would go undetected without a warning system. Choosing the right alarms, as well as the right number, can make all the difference.


How Many Alarms Should a Home Have?


Every home is different, but every family should have a fire safety plan. Part of that plan should include determining how many alarms are needed. A good rule of thumb is to have a smoke alarm on every floor of the home, especially in and around bedrooms. The bigger the house, the more alarms that will be needed.


What Kind of Alarms Are Available?


Not every smoke detector is the same. There are actually two main kinds:

Ionization – These used ionized particles to detect smoke. They have electrically charged plates connected through a current. When smoke disrupts their connection, it triggers the alarm. These typically detect high-flame fires.
Photoelectric – These use a light sensor instead of ionization to detect smoke. It is triggered when the smoke particles block the sensors. These typically detect smoke faster, especially in cases of a smolder fire.

Fire detection has come a long way and become more affordable. While either kind is better than not having anything, the best option is to have a few of each for maximum coverage.


Types of Connections


Depending on your home, there are options for battery-powered or hard-wired detectors. Battery usage is low on the former, but it does mean that extra precautions must be taken to ensure batteries are regularly replaced. The latter are directly connected to the electrical system, making them more reliable if you are prone to forgetting about detector maintenance.


Modern times have also welcomed the addition of smart detectors. Similar to how a smart thermostat works, these give you instant connectivity to your system. Many also include carbon monoxide detection. These are available in both battery or hard-wired, but they do tend to cost more than traditional models.


Fires can happen anytime, so being prepared is key. A professional can help you choose the right option and provide assistance in case of a fire. Visit https://www.SERVPROburlingtonwoburn.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration for more information on fire cleanup

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