Daylight savings is fast approaching and for many of us that means checking our smoke detectors. However, there’s more to check than just the batteries. To protect your home from fires to the best of your ability it’s important to know the different types of detectors and where it is best to place them.
There are two types of smoke detectors: ionization and photoelectric. Each detector is meant to respond to different kinds of fires, so it is best to have both in your home.
An ionization smoke detector is more sensitive to flaming fires, while a photoelectric smoke detector is better for smoldering fires. To fully protect your home, make sure there is a smoke detector in every bedroom, hallway leading to sleeping areas and floor of the house.
The cost for these detectors varies from brand and depends on any additional features the detectors may have. For example, a detector with a camera and 10-year battery will cost more than one without those features. Typically, they will run from $6 and up each.
Another option would be to purchase dual sensor smoke detectors. These detectors have the capabilities to sense both flaming and smoldering fires, so you would not need to worry about having both types of alarms. These kinds of alarms cost around $20 and up.
Take the time this Daylight Savings to not only change your smoke detector batteries, but also to make sure you have both kinds of detectors and that they are placed in the right areas.