According to FEMA, after motor vehicle accidents, falls, and incidents of drowning, fires are the fourth largest accidental killer in the United States. Approximately 3,000 Americans die in residential fires every year. Data shows that the majority of victims are children and/or the elderly. Keeping these statistics in mind, it is important to gather as much information about smoke alarm systems as possible.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the mortality rate in home fires was twice as high in those houses that did not have a working smoke alarm. Fires could have disastrous consequences if not dealt with in time and in the proper manner. It does not take long for a little spark or flame to get out of control, so if you do not have a functional smoke detection and alarm system
; it is about time you consider getting one. You can choose from the following types:
Designed to detect smoke when it disrupts the ionizing process in the ionization chamber by neutralizing charged oxygen and nitrogen atoms.
Designed to detect smoke when there is a blockage in light detected by LEDs in the detector.
These have both ionization and photoelectric detectors, and are considered to be effective.
NFPA also reports that an estimated 890 lives could’ve been saved every year if all homes had working smoke alarms. A wide variety of smoke alarm systems are available. These range from wireless to hard wired, highly complex computerized to simpler ones, battery operated ones to those on AC power. You may choose the system depending upon your specific needs, but there are certain guidelines that must be considered if you aim to maximize the effectiveness of your alarm system:
Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the house and particularly near sleeping areas
Smoke alarms should be regularly tested and their batteries should be replaced regularly
Smoke alarms and detectors should be placed away from windows, doors and other vents where there could be a possibility of dust or debris interfering with the system.
Alarms should never be disabled or have their batteries removed.
Hard Wired Smoke Detectors
Households that already have wired smoke alarm systems installed could find it easy to change their security provider or upgrade their system. The wired system is usually connected to the monitoring system via landline, so in order to ensure that the system works effectively, the landline needs to be working at all times. Moreover, if you want to add to your system then the new devices may also need to be connected through wiring.
Wireless Smoke Detectors
If you are looking to avoid the hassle of installing wires, drilling holes in walls and installing mounting devices; the wireless smoke detector systems could be the solution for you. With all the devices connected with each other, the control panel and monitoring unit; through a radio frequency connection, this system may give you the freedom to install detectors anywhere around the house. The initial installation of this system may not take more than 4-5 hours on average, and although it might be a bit more expensive but the cost of adding to it would be much lower in case you plan to modify the system.
Q:If there are more than 5 smoke detector in a home should all of be working?
A:It is recommended that you make sure all the smoke detectors in your house are working. If you have smoke alarms in the kitchen and bedrooms, make sure they are functioning properly. A smoke alarm will give you an early warning of a fire in your house, and can potentially save your life.
Q:The smoke detectors in my house keep going off and there is no fire! What should I do?
A:If your smoke detector is slightly beeping every few minutes, you probably need to replace its battery. However, if it's actually going off it may be because of dust or something near the smoke detector which might be triggering the alarm. Vacuuming the exterior and interior of the smoke detector should help you overcome this problem.