Did you know that smoke detectors are one of the best ways to protect your family?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends installing a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement. Smoke detectors should also be installed in any room with an attached garage or where fuel-burning appliances are used.
A smoke alarm can save lives by giving people enough time to escape before their house burns down or they suffocate from inhaling dangerous fumes. The best way to keep your family safe is to install working smoke alarms in every part of your home. After all, life is worth more than anything else!
Factor to Consider When Choosing Smoke Detectors
Several factors come into play when determining which type of smoke detector is best for your home.
Type of Detector
Smoke detectors come in two major types: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization smoke detectors are generally more sensitive to fast-burning fires, which typically burn hotter, faster and create more particles than slower smoldering fires. Photoelectric smoke detectors are better at detecting slow-burning smoldering fires that produce less smoke.
However, both detector types can be effective if they’re working properly.
Where the Smoke Alarm Will Be Installed
The location of your alarm can affect its performance. It’s best not to install it too close to the kitchen because cooking fumes may set off false alarms. If you detect a fire or carbon monoxide leak outside your home or apartment, this usually means something is wrong with the building itself. You should move to a safer location outside your home and call the fire department from there.
Size of Home
If you live in an apartment building, it’s best to install one smoke detector for every level of your home, including the basement or attic. A single battery-powered smoke alarm may not be enough protection for large homes with more than three stories. Therefore, additional detectors are needed so that you’ll always have at least two ways to detect a fire on different levels of your house.
Smoke Detectors Are Not Alike!
While smoke alarms come in both ionization and photoelectric models, they’re not alike! Even if you have an ionization smoke detector right now, it’s crucial that you replace it with a photoelectric model in the future since ionization models don’t detect slow-burning, smoldering fires. It’s also recommended that you change your smoke alarm batteries at least once every year to ensure that they’re always working properly.
5 Best Smoke Detectors
All of our home security systems are carefully designed by highly trained professionals, which is why we’re proud to offer state-of-the-art smoke alarms! Here are five of our best models for protecting your family from unwanted fires:
First Alert SCO5CN Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
Keeping your family safe is always a top priority, and with the First Alert SCO5CN Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector, you can be assured that they will be well taken care of. This battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide alarm provide continuous monitoring of CO levels, even if there’s a power failure, making it ideal for use in any home.
It also features an electrochemical carbon monoxide sensing technology as well as a photoelectric sensor that detects the larger particles of a smoldering fire, providing you with maximum safety protection.
In addition, indicator lights on the face of the unit display the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide, while an 85-decibel siren provides a clear, loud warning upon detection. The battery-operated unit installs quickly and easily without an electrician, while its low battery signal mute function allows it to silence the alarm for up to eight hours.
With a single test/silence button, this smoke and carbon monoxide detector is convenient and easy-to-use, while its EZ access battery drawer allows you to change the
Google Nest Protect – Smoke Alarm
The Google Nest Protect, the industry’s first self-testing smoke alarm, and carbon monoxide detector enhance an ordinary home with peace of mind. The Nest Protects Split Spectrum Sensor detects both fast-burning fires (like cigarettes) and slow-smoldering ones (like ovens) simultaneously to give you up to 30 more seconds’ notice on average than a standard smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector.
You’ll get plenty of advance warnings through phone alerts that tell you something is wrong even when you’re away from home no matter how many times your kids called “just kidding!” Warmer exterior paint also increases Nest Protect’s sensitivity to slower-burning fires like those creeping under doorways or along walls–a significant advantage over traditional smoke detectors.
What would happen if you were using a traditional smoke alarm? With Nest Protect, you’ll get the Fire Alarm History report in the Nest app to show how often your alarms have gone off for each type of fire, along with tips on reducing false alarms. The free Nest app is available for iOS and Android devices.
ALERT PRO 10 Year Battery Smoke Detector Alarm
The only smoke detector you’ll need for 10 years! When it comes to your family’s safety, never take chances. Our sealed-in lithium battery lasts up to 10 years with no required upkeep or maintenance.
Made by a leading worldwide manufacturer in devices that monitor fire and/or smoke with sensor technologies developed over 30+ years of experience, the ALERT PRO 10 Year Battery Smoke Detector Alarm provides exemplary performance designed to protect against smoldering fires where typically there is less smoke but the likelihood of injury or death is just as high.
Kidde 21007624 AC Photoelectric Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
The Kidde 21007624 AC Photoelectric Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector provides protection against two deadly threats in one unit – fire and carbon monoxide. It features a photoelectric sensor that is more sensitive to smaller amounts of smoke, making it ideal for detecting smoldering fires.
The carbon monoxide detector will provide an early warning of dangerous levels of CO that are detected in your home. This detector also features a low battery warning, hush mode, alarm memory, and test/reset button.
The green LED light will blink once every 16 seconds to let you know that the unit is operational, while the red LED lights up and flashes when an alarm has been triggered.
First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Wireless Interconnected Smoke Alarm with Voice Location
The best choice in your family’s safety is hereby providing you with interconnected smoke alarms to create a home safety network. The First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Wireless Interconnected Smoke Alarm monitors and sounds the alarm for any potential danger, allowing parents to know which direction to take an escape route that may be most advantageous.
With a loud 85-decibel sound that will notify everyone in the hearing range of possible dangers or emergencies, you can listen for it while at work or other places inside the house should someone need assistance due to smoke inhalation symptoms. With 11 programmable locations available, homeowners are able to easily find where their danger lies should there ever arise an emergency situation. And if panicked individuals don’t remember where their bedroom is, the voice location function will have their back every step of the way.
A photoelectric sensor is included in this smoke alarm for faster detection of smoldering fires which are typically more hazardous than a fast-flaming inferno. This minimizes missed alarms from occurring due to the slow production of dangerous fumes and prevents false alarms from happening.