A smoke detector is a small device that sends off an alarm when it senses fire or smoke. Smoke detectors have been around since the sixties. The first single-station, battery-powered detector became available in the market in the 1970’s. The ninety-three percent smoke detector usage in the US, could determine its importance not only on business and commercial establishments but also in our homes where we have children that need more protection.
There are two types of detectors: photoelectric and ionization. A photoelectric detector throws out a beam of light that when triggered by smoke will cause an audible alarm. Ionization units give air an electrical charge and whether it stays constant and if not, a probable fire may be eating up the oxygen air, thus the alarm goes off. Installing and having a smoke detector cuts your chance of dying on a fire at home. By proper and regular testing and maintenance, you can ensure of its working capacity and can alert you if fire breaks out.
A smoke detector has been regarded a necessary item to safeguard a home’s inhabitants of fire and other potential dangers. It significantly helps lessen the fire hazards in your home and the community. A fire is a feared situation and nobody wants to lose a home because of failure to notice a fire brewing in the house.
Installing smoke detectors is a great help in your home. Always check on your smoke alarm and detector are in good working condition and if they have sufficient batteries. Most fires at home occur because it does not have an alarm that determines smoke and possible fire. Most deaths occurring in case of fire is caused by smoke and gas inhalation, which is toxic, harmful and spreads easily. Without a smoke detector or a smoke alarm, a smoke may go unnoticed especially during the night. The detectors shrill and loud warning sounds could rouse even a heavy sleeper and can escape before the fire gets worst.
It is important to install the smoke detectors in the different parts of your house such as the kitchen, bedrooms and outside of the house. Be careful not to put a smoke detector near a fireplace because it may give out false fire alarms, causing unnecessary stress and worry on your and your family. If you use only one detector, it is best to place it in the ceiling of the hallway outside the bedrooms. You can mount it in the middle of the ceiling or else on the wall three feet away from a corner and about four to six inches away from the ceiling. Avoid putting detectors near the kitchen stove and the bathroomshower. In the basement, it should be installed at the bottom of the stairwell.
Even if a smoke detector is a great help in determining a fire, make sure that you alert your family and all the people in your home. Safety is always the key and these detectors are just tools designed to alert and prepare for possible evacuation. Remember; always prioritize the safety of the lives of your loved ones first before you even attempt to salvage some of your precious belongings. These things can be replaced, but the loss of life can never be restored.