Smoke detectors are required in all homes to provide early warning in case of a fire. These smoke alarms and detectors are wired to the home's 120V power so they're always on and ready to protect the family.
These smoke detectors are interconnected so when one goes off, they all go off to warn residents on each level and in each room.
We strongly recommend using smoke alarms with built in battery backup so they will continue to function in case of a power failure. In fact this is required by new building codes in many cases. Batteries are typically alkaline 9V or AA batteries and newer smoke alarms are now available with 10 year non replaceable lithium batteries to annual battery changes.
WHERE SHOULD SMOKE AND CO ALARMS BE INSTALLED?
Check your local building code for specific requirements, but in general smoke alarms should be on each floor of the home, with one in each bedroom and also one in adjascent hallways. Since smoke rises, smoke detectors should be ceiling mounted.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD SMOKE ALARMS BE REPLACED?
Smoke alarms typically have a life of 7 to 10 years depending on the model and brand. It's important to replace them after this service life as they can become less sensitive and are not guaranteed to work after expiry. You should test your smoke detectors monthly or at minimum once per year. Using real smoke as opposed to the test button will provide a more accurate test.
IONIZATION VS PHOTOELECTRIC
What's the difference between Ionization and PhotoElectric smoke alarms?
Ionization Smoke Detectors: Ionization detectors use a tiny amount of radioactive material in the detection chamber and are best at detecting flaming fires.
PhotoElectric Smoke Alarms: Photoelectric detectors use a small light source in a chamber to detect smoke and they're more sensitive to smoldering fires. These may be less prone to nuisance alarms near kitchens (and burning toast) but can still be set off by the smoke.
MY SMOKE DETECTOR IS BEEPING
If your smoke detector is beeping from time to time it's a sign that something's wrong with the detector. If you can find the model number of the smoke alarm you should be able to find a manual online to determine what the beeping pattern means. Sometimes dust can build up in the detector so a gentle cleaning with a vacuum may help. If not it's time to replace the detector. If you have to replace one, check the expiry on the rest of the units as you may find they all need replacing. Also if one starts to act up, others may do the same sooner than later.
BULK WHOLESALE PRICING ON SMOKE DETECTORS
Some of our smoke detectors already have quantity pricing in place. If you're looking for large quantities of smoke detectors and don't see the quantity listed please reach out we'll prepare a quote.
SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES
Most fire related deaths occur at night. It's often because the home didn't have a working smoke detector, either due to it malfunctioning or being disconnected. The Canadian Safety Council suggests that non-working smoke detector is even worse than not having one at all, because it provides a false sense of security.
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