Smoke Alarms 101

  It’s the middle of the night and you are in a deep, restful sleep. A smoky, fast-moving fire is engulfing your home. Do you have a smoke detector to wake you and your family so you can make a safe escape? Unfortunately, many homes in the United States do not have proper working smoke detectors. The sad statistic is that, of the nearly three thousand people who perish in home fires each year, 60% had no working smoke detectors. According to the National Fire Administration, approximately one in every 320 households per year report a home fire. These fires cause an estimated average of 2,570 deaths, 13,210 injuries, and $7.2 billion in direct property damage per year. These numbers would be even higher without the invention of one creative man in 1890. Francis Robbins Upton, a former associate of Thomas Edison, invented and patented the very first automatic fire alarm. This device has been saving lives since that time. Since his first design, the functionality has evolved and improved greatly. There are currently a number of models that you can choose from to keep your family safe.
  • Battery Operated Alarms – These alarms work on batteries instead of being wired directly into the electrical system. The positive side is that these require no complicated installation. The downside is that they become inactive once the batteries die. Changing the batteries at least twice a year is a necessity with this alarm
  • Hardwired Alarms – These alarms are hooked directly into your electrical system and still come with a battery backup. These are extremely reliable and can give your family peace of mind.
  • Multifunctional Alarms – Many smoke alarms do much more than just alert to the signs of smoke, they also protect from carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and lethal gas.
  • Smart Alarms – The more innovative type of alarm is the smart alarm that can communicate through apps and deliver alerts if an alarm sounds. While slightly more expensive, these are great for telling homeowners, quickly and accurately, where the fire is and to get out to safety.
There are hundred of types of smoke alarms out there, and it can get overwhelming to know which type, style and brand would be best for your family’s needs. In addition, there are also sensors alarms. Photoelectric sensors detect smoldering fires that generate a lot of smoke, while ionization sensors recognize fast burning flaming fires. Then there are dual sensors that sense both types of fires. At Roy Spittle Electric, we can help you choose the best alarm for your home. We will talk you through the process and keep you within your budget. Call Roy Spittle today at 978-283-2299.