The short answer is YES. Smoke alarms are one of the first items to check for when moving into a new place. Smoke alarms are required in every home, at every level and in every sleeping room. Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
If you don’t have smoke alarms, start with the type of alarm: ionized or photoelectric. The difference? An ionized smoke detector use “ions”, or electrically charged particles to detect smoke in the air. Ionized detectors are more responsive to flaming fire. A photoelectric detector, using a light beam to detect the presence of smoke, will be more likely to catch a smouldering fire (such as a lit cigarette that has fallen on a couch cushion). Smouldering fires are dangerous in that they can fill a house with dangerous gases before they even reach a full flame fire. Continue Reading →