Which Smoke Detector is Best For You?

Testing Smoke Detectors

When it comes to smoke detectors we all have them and we all hate changing out the batteries when that ear-piercing screech bellows throughout the house. Even though this makes us want to throw a sledgehammer through the detector, we all know how valuable these devices are and the valuable lives they can save. Fires damage houses and burn valuables to the ground, but smoke is deadly as it creeps into the lungs. This is where smoke detectors come in and can identify deadly smoke quickly in order to save the precious lives in a house. In today’s world advancing technology is giving us new products almost daily and the tough part is deciding which product is the best fit for a home or person. The same goes for smoke detectors as there are photoelectric, ionization and combination smoke detectors in today’s market. The most important question when choosing a smoke detector is which one will respond the fastest and most effectively when a fire occurs.

This question was answered  in a test done by ABC News in congruence with Montgomery County, Md., fire and rescue, where they tested  three smoke detectors to see which one had the fastest response time. The first test simulated a candle tipping over in a resident style home, where the 3 different style of smoke detectors (photoelectric, ionization and combination) were set directly above the fire. The results came out as followed: the first to detect the smoke was the ionization in 44 sec. next was the photoelectric at 2 min and 28 sec., last to detect it was the combination smoke alarm that detected it in 3 min.

The next test to determine the response time of the detectors simulated a fire started by a cigarette being pushed into a couch. This type of fire was put in place to replicate a very smoky and smoldering fire. The results for the test go as followed: the first to detect the fire was the photoelectric in just under 4 min., second to detect was the combination detector going off at just over 4 min., lastly the ionization which took 11 min and 41 sec. to detect the fire.

These tests were conducted to show that in order to stay safe, houses should install both types of the smoke detector technology, in order to detect any fire in the least amount of time. Only a matter of minutes can separate life or death so make sure you pick the detector that will best suit your home. For any inquiries or more information on smoke detectors give us a call or stop in at our local store!

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