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Old 07-01-2014, 11:30 PM   #1
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The wrong smoke detector could cost you your life.

I still talk to people who didn't have a clue so If I can help someone here, it's worth posting here.

Smoke Detectors: You will want ones that are DUAL Sensor

It's Very important, everywhere sells 3 common types.
1. Single Sensor, Ionization ( These Are Cheaper, and for a reason )
2. Single Sensor, Photoelectric
3. Dual Sensor, Ionization and Photoelectric.

Please, Get the Dual Sensors. The reason for this is the're different sensors for different things.

1. Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires.

2. Photoelectric smoke detection is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).

You can get Dual Sensor First Alerts for about $20 at Target.
And they come with a 10 Year Warranty

If you have a few minutes, watch please.

As far as how many, and where to place them.

It's required to have one per floor. However, it's recommended to have one in
Each bedroom
Outside each bedroom/ In the Hallways (One per Hallway will be fine)
Living rooms, Utility rooms, Dining rooms, Laundry Rooms etc...
I even have one in my attic. Many fires start or climb to the attic quickly. And no, High heat won't set them off. Their not heat detectors, their smoke/fire detectors.

The cost can add up, but think of it spent over 10 years and it's priceless for the safety of your family.
Most of our Fire Related Deaths are Smoke Inhalation. 90+%

At the fatal fire's I've been inside, I normally find the people dead at a window or door or hallway where they just didn't make it through the smoke,
if they weren't in their bed.
You'll die breathing in the smoke in your sleep in just a few breaths.
You think you'd wake up but it's not the case at all.

Sorry I know I got on a soap box, but it's so important and the general public doesn't have a clue
in the difference of sensor smoke alarms and how truly life saving a dual sensor can be...

Have a wonderful summer guys. This weather the last couple days has rocked.

Getting ready to sell me house and get another so that means starting a new project thread!


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The wrong smoke detector could cost you your life.

Good post.

Same goes for CO detectors.


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