Tips for Purchasing the Right Smoke Detector
Experiencing a fire is devastating and can easily be overwhelming. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands, close to 400,000, home and business fires occur each year. It's important to be prepared. Having a working smoke alarm can warn you (and your family/employees) to evacuate, helping ensure everyone stays safe.
Number of Smoke Detectors
How many smoke detection devices you need depends on the size of your home or business. There are several factors that come into play here:
- The number of rooms in your building
- The square footage of your building
- The number of floors in your building
The recommended placement for safety regulations suggest installing a smoke alarm in each bedroom of your home or one in each main room of your business. Additionally they recommend at least one on each level. If your home has a basement, you should consider having one there as well. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have at least one smoke detector for every 500 square feet of your home.
There are several different kinds of smoke alarms, and all are not equally as effective. The two types of smoke detectors are ionization and photoelectric. Each has its own pros and cons, for example Ionization smoke detectors are better able to detect the smoke from large flame fires and are generally cheaper. However, photoelectric sensors are better able to detect the smoke from smouldering fires, up to 50 minutes earlier than ionization, and are generally considered the better option as most fire related deaths are not from flames but rather smoke inhalation. The recommended one, although the most expensive, is a hybrid photoelectric and ionization as it works well in both large flame and smouldering fires, and could very well save your life.
Fire safety is important just in case the unimaginable happens. Having enough smoke detectors can give you more time to safely evacuate, and fire restoration experts at SERVPRO can help you get everything back to normal after the fire is out. Remember things can be replaced, YOU cannot.
SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your fire damage and even fire prevention needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997