CHOOSING THE RIGHT SMOKE ALARM
According to a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 890 lives could be saved each year in the United States if all homes had working smoke alarms. The First Alert® products are one of the most recognized safety brands in America that offer an array of smoke alarms to meet almost any family’s needs.
WHAT TYPES OF SMOKE ALARMS ARE THERE?
Smoke alarms can be found with a variety of features and added benefits to help maximize home safety, however it is important to know there are two main
types of smoke alarms. They are differentiated by
the smoke sensing technology they are constructed
with. These technologies are called ionization and
photoelectric smoke sensors and differ by the way
they react to a fire occurrence:
Ionization technology smoke alarms are generally
more sensitive than photoelectric technology smoke
alarms at sensing small particles, which tend to be
produced in greater amounts by hot, flaming fires,
that are consuming combustible materials rapidly
and may spread quickly. Sources of these fires may
include paper burning in a wastebasket, or a grease
fire in the kitchen.
Photoelectric technology is generally more
sensitive than ionization smoke detector technology
at sensing large smoke particles, which tend to be
produced in greater amounts by smoldering fires,
which may smolder for hours before bursting into
flame. Sources of these fires may include cigarettes
burning in couches or bedding.
For maximum protection, industry experts recommend the use of both types of technology on each level and in every bedroom of your home. Regardless of what type of smoke alarm you have in your home, the First Alert® brand team recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years to meet almost any family’s needs.