How can I protect my home from smoke and fires?
A smoke detector is actually one of the more overlooked devices in a typical home. There are two types of smoke detectors: one is wired directly to a fire alarm system, and the other emits an audible or visual alarm to alert of the dangers of smoke and fire.
The shape of a smoke detector can be different depending on what type of smoke detector you are dealing with. Smoke detectors will work by optically seeing smoke and fire, or using ionization to detect the smoke.
Installation and placement:
It is important to properly place a smoke detector. There are laws that are specific to certain jurisdictions as to where a smoke detector should be placed, and how many smoke detectors exist per square footage. In most cases, there must be a smoke detector on each level of a home, or in each bedroom.
Most home smoke detectors use 9-volt alkaline or carbon-zinc batteries. As the batteries die, the smoke detector will no longer work. A low battery on a smoke detector will often be signaled, by a consistent chirping sound that will be emitted by the detector.
Recently, smoke detectors are being sold with lithium batteries, which can last anywhere from 7 to 10 years. This eliminates the need to change batteries in a smoke detector, and also poses less risk of batteries dying. 9-volt lithium batteries may also be used to power these smoke detectors.
Call the master electricians of Mister Sparky at 609-778-4726 today to learn more about smoke detectors and changing your batteries.