A smoke alarm, also known as a smoke detector, makes noise when it senses smoke. This saves lives. Studies show that your chances of dying in a home fire may be reduced by half if a working smoke alarm is installed in your home. Smoke detectors reduce fire related injuries, slow the spread of fires, and minimized the damage caused by fire.
Smoke alarms come in different types but they should be located according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually you will need at least one on each floor and one in each hall leading to a bedroom.
Heat detectors work where smoke alarms sound too often, like in dusty places or in kitchens.
Hard wired detectors and battery detectors each have their advantages, but in summary, smoke alarms are invaluable, life-saving appliances when they are installed properly and adequately maintained.
Smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. This is so that a home will be protected with the latest available technology. The new installation must provide the same or higher level of protection. You should also check local government bylaws for further installation instructions.
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