Smoke Detectors and CO Detectors

Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors


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We all have heard this over and over… but many of us have not taken action to install smoke alarms in every level of our homes, including the basement. Contact us today to install interconnected smoke alarms that are hard-wired into your household electrical system. It is the safest way to ensure that every alarm in the home sounds regardless of the fire's location. This can give you family the warning they need to get out of the home in case of a fire, regardless of their proximity to the actual danger. A carbon Monoxide (C0) detector is another home safety device that we have all been advised to install near any major gas appliances. These devices save lives in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors provide early warning alarms.

Why Hardwired Smoke Detectors?

Installing smoke detectors, one of the smartest safety decisions you’ll ever make A fire can occur at any time, in any room of your home, so having an interconnected smoke alarm system installed by a professional electrician is all about your family's safety. So what is the big deal with interconnected smoke alarms? Well, by interconnecting your smoke alarms it assures that if one smoke alarm in the house is triggered then they all are. Even if the fire starts or is detected in a basement or garage, everyone on the other side of the house or upstairs will still be alerted to the danger.

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There two basic types of smoke alarms available; ionization and photoelectric.

  • Photoelectric: Photoelectric are generally more effective at detecting slow, smoldering fires which smolder for hours before bursting into flame. Sources of these fires may include cigarettes burning in couches or bedding.
  • Ionization: Ionization is generally more effective at detecting fast, flaming fires which consume combustible materials rapidly and spread quickly. Sources of these fires may include flammable liquids or paper burning in a waste container.

But because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires the USFA recommends installing both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms. We recommend installing a dual sensor 120VAC Hardwired Smoke Alarms with Battery Backups throughout your home.

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Suggested Smoke Detector Placement

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) states that the best location for a smoke detector is on the ceiling near a doorway or stairway. As a fire burns, the smoke rises and seeks easiest route of escape. You should also have a smoke detector on the hallway ceiling outside of sleeping areas (bedrooms). Remember to install a separate smoke detector in each sleeping area if you have multiple sleeping areas located in different areas or different levels of the house. Additional smoke detectors in each bedroom, is optimal.

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Hardwired Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors

Just like Smoke detectors and other safety devices and switches, carbon monoxide detectors are just as important to home safety. Carbon monoxide gas is produced when we operate common home appliances that use natural gas or wood (furnaces, clothes dryers, water heaters, ovens, ranges, and fireplaces). Hazardous situations are created if these appliances fail to vent properly. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are designed to sound an alarm when the concentration of carbon monoxide gas in areas within your home are filled with these toxic fumes.

Carbon monoxide poisonings occur in the winter months when furnaces, gas fireplaces, and portable heaters are being used and windows are closed. Place an additional hardwired carbon monoxide detector, backed up batteries, near any major gas-burning appliances (such as a furnace, water heater, or fireplace).

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Maintain Smoke and CO Detectors

If your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm begins to chirp, signaling low battery power, replace the batteries immediately to prevent you and your family from being unprotected. Remember, these life-saving devices are only effective when they're working properly. Smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms with batteries that are weak, disconnected, or missing can't alert you to the dangers of smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide. Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a hazardous mistake.

Alarms that are hardwired should have fresh battery backups in case of a power outage, and should be installed by a qualified electrician. For both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, the batteries need to be replaced at least once per year and the whole unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

In addition, make sure these alarms are never painted or decorated with paper or stickers. Attaching or covering these devices could keep them from working in the event of an emergency.

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