The Best & Worst Smoke Detectors for Your Home
Sally Solum from our EXIT Sioux Empire office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota points us to a great article from Realtor.com on The Best & Worst Smoke Detectors for Your Home. Thanks for sharing this article, Sally!
First the good news: After decades of public education by firefighters and other community groups, Americans have finally gotten the memo that smoke detectors are a good thing. According to the US Fire Administration, 96% of homes in the US have at least one smoke detector to alert residents to a fire on the premises. Now the bad news: There are actually two types of smoke detectors, and the most popular one is actually the less effective. So which one's the best smoke detector for your home? Here are the facts on these two main types of smoke detectors--ionization and photoelectric--and how you can use them to keep your home safe.
Ionization smoke detector
Ionization alarms use a small bit of radioactive material to detect the incinerated particles that make up smoke. They're also the most common--the National Fire Protection Association found that 90% of all the smoke detectors in the Us are this type.
The article above is from Realtor.com by Daniel Goldstein, March 6, 2017