TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
Studies demonstrate that smoke alarms save more lives than any other fire prevention measure. Smoke alarms provide the earliest warning of both fire and smoke.
Industry experts at the NFPA have determined that in a typical home fire, you only have three minutes to escape.
If your home has smoke alarms, check the date on the unit to determine how old it is. The NFPA recommends replacing your alarms every 10 years.
It is important to know that not all smoke alarms are created equal. Some are better at sensing slow-burning, smoldering fire, while others warn of fast, hot blazes.
Photoelectric technology is generally more effective at detecting slow, smoldering fires which smolder for hours before bursting into flame. Sources of these fires may inclide cigarettes burning in couches or bedding.
Ionization technology is generally more effective at detecting fast, flamimg fires which consume combustible materials rapidly and spread quickly. Sources of these fires may include flammable liquids or paper burning in a waste container.
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