Saturday, March 7, 2009

Smoke Detectors

It is spring forward day, clean and check your smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors are the first line of defense to alert you and
your family of a fire in your home.

The question often arises as to what type of smoke detector to purchase or use? Currently there are two types of smoke detectors that are the most popular; Ionization and Photoelectric.
What is the best? Ionization and Photoelectric work differently and react differently depending
on the type of fire in a home. A smoldering fire with much smoke, photoelectric smoke
detectors may react more quickly. With flaming fires, Ionization smoke detectors may react more quickly than they would to a smoldering fire. Since you never know what type of fire will occur in your home, it is best to have both types installed in your home. There are smoke detectors available that include both types of sensors in the unit, they are a bit more costly, however, you never know what type of fire may occur in the home.


  1. Most welcome, knowledge is your best defense, action: Please check your detectors!