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Which Types of Smoke Detectors are the Best for You?

Smoke DetectorsWhen you have smoke detectors properly installed in different areas of your home, your chances of being seriously injured in a fire are substantially reduced. They are not only effective at protecting you and your loved ones, they are also inexpensive. The faster you are alerted to a fire, the more time you will have to escape and call for help. Not only will you have a better chance of emerging unharmed, you may also be able to minimize damage. At J-Five Electric, we want to share some information with you regarding the different types of smoke detectors that are available and which one may be better for you.

The Hard Facts

It is imperative that you have smoke detectors located throughout your home. The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, states that while only 4 percent of homes don’t have smoke detectors, nearly half of all fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in those homes. The Association also reports that even in homes that have smoke alarms, 20 percent of the detectors in those homes don’t work because their batteries are either disconnected or missing.

Which is Right for Your Home?

There are two main types of smoke detectors, each with their own advantages:

  • Ionization sensing detectors do a good job of sensing invisible fire particles, such as those that occur when fires quickly flare up.
  • Photoelectric sensing detectors are better at detecting visible fire particles, such as those that occur when fires slowly smolder.

Since both types of alarms detect both types of fires, you should really have both of them in your home. Consumer Reports suggests that you have at least one of each on every level of your home, including the attic and basement.

At J-Five Electric, we install smoke detectors throughout the area. Our Dallas electricians will make sure your alarms are professionally installed so that they will provide you with reliable protection. Contact us online to learn more or call us at 214-703-3995 to schedule an appointment. Do you have a story of how a smoke detector saved you or someone you know? Share it with us by clicking one of the social media icons on this page.