Are you curious about what’s available in Cambridge smoke detector technology? Have you taken your time to protect your home against fire? Whether you have smoke detectors installed, you have them, and your batteries are low, or your home is currently without them, here’s some information that might be useful to know about these life-saving devices.
The oldest form of fire-detection device is a heat detector. It merely functions with a detection element inside the machine that activates when it reaches an extreme increase in temperature or a fixed temperature.
Heat detectors may be ideal if the space is small and confined where high heat fires are likely to occur. They also might be a good idea to have if the speed in sensing smoke and fire is not of great concern. The thing about these two scenarios is that neither of them lends itself to residential fire protection.
So when you’re thinking about ways to protect your home against fire, ignore heat detectors, focus on having smoke detectors. They’re good at detecting fire, smoke, and extreme heat faster than any heat detector.
They’ve also proven to be very good at detecting fires in residential homes. If you don’t have smoke detectors in your home then now is an excellent time to buy them, and if you already have smoke detectors it’s the perfect time to make sure they are working fine, and batteries are kept current.
How do Cambridge Smoke Detectors Work?
Besides having a heat detector, you have three options when it comes to choosing a smoke detector: photoelectric, ionization, or a combination of both.
How do you choose the right Cambridge smoke detector for your house?
Now we know smoke detectors are essential but do we know how they work? Don’t worry if you don’t know how they work; most people don’t have a clue how they function. Here we’re going to show you how they work just in case you want to know.
Ionization vs photoelectric smoke detectors:
Ionization smoke alarms
These smoke alarms are very responsive if you experience a fast, raging fire. They have a small amount of radioactive material that passes between two electrically charged plates which then create an ionization chamber. This is a configuration that ionizes the air and creates a current that flows between the plates. If smoke enters that space, it absorbs alpha particles and disturbs the ionization process, which reduces the current and activates the alarm.
Photoelectric smoke alarms
These alarms are more responsive to smouldering fires, especially those fires that begin with a long period of smouldering. Photoelectric alarms work using a light source and a photoelectric sensor. As smoke is entering the chamber and crosses the path of the light beam, the light gets scattered by smoke particles, aiming it toward the sensor, which in turn triggers the alarm.
If you’re looking for the best protection, use both types of alarm technologies.
Cambridge Smoke Detector
There are combination smoke detectors that use both technologies- photoelectric and ionization. Having both in place, you increase your chances of being alerted to fire and protecting your family if an emergency arises. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends the use of both technologies to get the most protection for your house.
Residential fires that happen and result in fatalities include both flaming and smouldering fires. And since it’s tough to predict not only the occurrence of a fire but also the type of fire that may strike, having both forms of smoke detection is essential.
With these precautions, you’ll get the earliest signs possible whether you’re asleep, awake, what type of fire it is, or what time of day. Also, if you install smoke detectors that come with a monitoring service, your house is protected even if you’re far away, whether it’s a quickfire or a fire that smulders over time.
How to get the best smoke detection coverage for your home
If the alarms you already own are photoelectric, you should consider purchasing ionization detectors and placing one beside each photoelectric unit. Check your owners manual if you’re not sure what kind of smoke detectors you’re dealing with, or you can remove the smoke detector and look at the back. You’ll either find the word “ionization” or “photoelectric.” If it’s in the budget, you could also replace your smoke detectors altogether with combination units. With these units, you have the peace of mind and convenience of both types of technologies working together in a single device.
Smoke detector placement and operation procedures
How do you determine where you install the smoke detectors, and also how many you need?
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, you should install your smoke detectors inside every bedroom, on each level of your home, and outside each sleeping area. Bigger homes will need more fire alarms than small houses.
If you install smoke detectors as part of a comprehensive smart home system, they can connect on a single platform so that when one alarm triggers, all of the smoke detector alarms in the house will sound. Notifications will be sent to your system’s control panel, and you’ll receive them on your mobile device as well.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about Cambridge smoke detectors:
Are there options for the hearing impaired?
-Yes, there are smoke alarms that use visual and audible warnings.
Why is the smoke alarm beeping or chirping?
-It’s usually an indication that the battery is dying and needs to be replaced.
How often should I change my smoke alarm?
-The NFPA suggests changing your smoke alarms every ten years.
Are there distance or square footage requirements for smoke alarm installation?
A: NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code – 2019 Edition paragraph 29.8.1. provides installation guidelines for single and multiple-station smoke alarms. It is best to always check with the AHJ for code requirements and also the insurance carrier for the facility.
Here are some guideline for Cambridge smoke alarms:
- Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
- Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
- When interconnected smoke alarms are installed, it is important that all of the alarms are from the same manufacturer. If the alarms are not compatible, they may not sound.
- Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.