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Choosing and Buying Smoke Detectors

By Edited Apr 28, 2014 1 1

Choosing and buying smoke detectors

Fire is a part of everyday life. It is often said that there is no smoke without fire. Fire can be fascinating and iat the same time fire can deadly. How many people have lost their lives due to house fire or smoke inhalation? Governments have tried to improve fire safety. There is a fire service in every major towns and cities. That being said, most people who die during house fire don't actually die from been burnt to death. Most of the victims of house fire succumb to smoke inhalation. Most of them didn't get enough time to get out or they just couldn't get out in time.

Smoke detectors and time

When fire breaks out in a house or in any other location, time is an important factor. That is why smoke detectors can save lives. They give the needed warning on time so that you can get out of harm's way. At times, it is not that you get out of harm's way; smoke detectors can help you limit the damage or fire. Smoke detectors are also useful in kitchens if and when you forget to turn off your cookers.

Smoke detectors and irritation

Smoke detectors are only useful if they are properly used. Smoke detectors can be irritating when they constantly go off because you are busy cooking. This irritation can lead to people removing or turning off their smoke detectors. That is a big error and you normally should not turn off your smoke detector. That defeats the purpose of buying a smoke detector. In most hotels, there are smoke detectors in place for the safety of the clients. Some clients have resorted to obstructing the smoke detectors so that they can secretly smoke in the hotel room. At times, smoking is not allowed in the room and turning off the smoke detector is a way for some clients to break the rules. However, breaking such a rule can have dire consequences. If you are at home or in any other location with a smoke detector, do yourself a favor and don't turn off or obstruct the smoke detector. You may be putting your life at risk.

Smoke detector and testing and positioning

There are a lot of different brands of smoke detectors on offer. Most brands of smoke detectors offer battery operated smoke detectors. That implies that you will need to check the batteries of your smoke detectors on a regular basis. If you don't you might be surprise to find that you will have a false sense of security thinking you have a working smoke detector in place. The best thing to do is check the smoke detector by pushing the test button of your smoke detector if it has one. You can also light a match close to your smoke detector in order to ensure that it is in good working condition. Placing your smoke detector in the appropriate location is also essential to guarantee adequate safety. If you place it too close to the cooker, you will be irritated with the constant beeping. If you place if too far from your kitchen of main corridor, you might not be getting the best coverage from your smoke detector. Smoke rises, hence putting the smoke detector on the ceiling of high in the room is a good idea.

Choosing and buying a smoke detector

Which one is the best smoke detector to buy? There are smoke detectors that uses mains electrical connections and battery power at the same time. That means you still get protection if the 120v line goes out. The battery backup of your smoke detector will kick in to provide warning. The Kidde i12080 Ion SMK DET 120v W/9v smoke detector sold at Amazon, TheHomeDepot, Target for $20 is a good option. You can also buy the GE Security 449CTE smoke detector for just under $50. The great thing about this smoke detector offered by GE is that is has a self diagnostic function. You will get a visual warning from your smoke detector in case something is no functioning correctly.

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Sep 15, 2010 12:13am
Deborah-Diane
It's wonderful that you wrote an article about smoke detectors. We have several fire-fighters in our family, and smoke detectors are so important!
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