The Smoke Alarm: 4 Facts That You Need To Know

Did you know that it is illegal to not have working fire alarms on every level of your home or business? In fact, it’s not only illegal; failure to comply with this fire code can result in fines as high as $100,000. However, before you run out and purchase a smoke alarm (or several), read on and learn a few facts about these lifesaving devices.

1. Is It A Smoke Alarm or A Smoke Detector?
These words often are used interchangeably, but there actually is a difference between the two. A smoke detector is a device that senses smoke and then relays a signal to the fire alarm system in a building, which then causes an audible alarm to sound. On the other hand, a smoke alarm is a self-contained unit that senses smoke and sounds an alarm. Typically, the smoke alarm is what you will find in a home while smoke detectors and fire alarm systems are found in businesses, industrial parks, hospitals, apartment complexes and so on.

2. How Many Smoke Alarms Do Homeowners Need?
The number of smoke alarms you need depends upon the size and configuration of your home. For instance, on the main floor of your home, you will want to install a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen as well as the main living space. In addition, you will want to place a smoke alarm and in the hallway outside of the bedrooms in your home and install these devices in each bedroom as well. It also is recommended that both devices are installed in your basement and in the garage. Obviously, larger homes will need more of these devices than a smaller home, and while this might seem like a lot of alarms, consider the fact that if a fire breaks out in the family room, you might not be able to hear that one alarm, especially if it is downstairs. As smoke spreads, this will trigger hallway alarms and alarms in other rooms, which is more likely to ensure that you hear the alarm and wake up in time to escape.

In addition to placing multiple smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, you also need to have fire extinguishers in your home. These should be placed in the kitchen and garage, as well as the bathrooms and bedroom closets. Most fires occur at night, so having a fire extinguisher in your bedroom can help ensure that you and your family can escape from a burning home.

3. How Many Smoke Detectors Do Businesses Need?
While homeowners often can install and maintain their smoke alarms, it is not recommended for a business owner to attempt a do-it-yourself fire alarm system. Our fire codes are very specific, and it is imperative that you install a fire system that meets or exceeds these regulations. The team at Tesla Fire Systems can provide you with fire alarm installation as well as repairs and inspections. No matter how large or small your facility might be, our team can assess your needs and provide you with a quality system that will keep you safe. We also can install intercom systems, emergency lighting and exit lighting.

At Tesla Fire Systems, we every type of smoke alarm you might need to make it easy to comply with the fire code and keep your family and employees safe. To find out more about our carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, simply click on the Carbon & Smoke Alarms Prices tab at the top of our homepage. If you need installation services for a smoke alarm or any other fire safety device, we can help with anything you need, whether you are a homeowner or a business owner or both.

4. Which Type Of Smoke Alarm Do I Need?

There are two basic types of smoke alarms: ionization smoke alarms and photoelectric smoke alarms. The ionization-type smoke alarm detects the heat of a flaming fire, while the photoelectric alarm detects the smoke of a smoldering fire. We recommend that you either install both types of smoke alarms or install dual-sensor alarms that provide both types of detection.

In addition, you also need to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. This odorless gas, which can leak from fireplaces, water heaters, ovens, dryers and virtually any gas appliance, is responsible for hundreds of deaths each year in Canada, and it can be prevented by installing detectors in your home as well as providing regular maintenance for your fireplace and any fuel-burning or gas-burning appliances.

Whether you need a smoke alarm, a full fire system or anything in between, the experts at Tesla Fire Systems can help. You can order products online or give us a call and set up installation, repair or inspections at any time.

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