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Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Gas Detectors and Alarms
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms save lives! They are also required by building code in Ontario and all other provinces. You should test your smoke and CO alarms monthly but at minimum once per year, and ensure they are still within their service life. Most smoke and CO detectors should be replaced after 5-10 years depending on the model and brand. Don't rely on an old detector to protect you.
ALARMS VS DETECTORS
While we often use the term alarm and detector interchangeably, technically speaking they are different. A detector may be just that - a device to detect smoke, CO or other gases but without any form of siren or alarm built in. While an alarm typically is an all in one device with detector and sounder built in.
Recent changes in some provinces require visual signals (strobes) to be included where smoke alarms are installed for new builds and renovations. New smoke and CO detectors may have strobes built in or they may be added separately.
Detectors and alarms may be battery powered, 120V hard wired to the building's power, or powered by low voltage in the case of those for fire alarm systems, RV's or trailers. In the case of 120V hard wired alarms, it's a good idea, and required by code in some cases, to have battery back up so they continue to function in case of a power failure.
NATURAL GAS DETECTORS
Our furnaces, hot water heaters and gas stoves use natural gas as their fuel source. It's a good idea to use a natural gas detector to give warning in case of a leak before gas builds up.
METHANE AND OTHER GAS DETECTORS
We offer a wide range of detectors for more specific requirements including industrial and commercial installations, parking garages, automotive repair facilities and the like.
SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES
Most fire related deaths occur at night and it's often found that the home didn't have a working smoke detector because it was malfunctioning or 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.
TESTING SMOKE DETECTORS
It's important to check smoke alarms regularly. It's recommended to test smoke detectors once a month by pressing the test button on the detector. Then test once a year by using a smouldering cotton string, cigarette or insense (or smoke test spray if you have it available).
REPLACING OLD SMOKE DETECTORS
Smoke detectors and a limited life span and once this period ends they can't be trusted to be reliable. A smoke detector that is past its rated life can become a false sense of security. Please replace your old expired detectors! The typical life is about 10 years. If you're not sure how old your detector is - there's a good chance it's too old. Check to see if there's a date on it and if not, do yourself a favour and replace it. When replacing detectors in a home be careful because they are interconnected and you should NOT mix brands. Replace an old detector with the same brand so it will continue to work as an interconnected unit.
TYPES OF SMOKE ALARMS
There are two detection metiods for smoke alarms. Ionization and PhotoElectric. Ionization detectors use a tiny amount of radioactive material in the detection chamber and are best at detecting flaming fires. Photoelectric detectors use a small light source in a chamber to detect smoke and they're more sensitive to smouldering fires. Photoelectric detectors may be less prone to nuisance alarms when used near kitchens but can still be set off by the smoke of course.
BULK OR WHOLESALE SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Some of our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors already have quantity pricing in place. If you're looking for large quantities of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors or other gas detectors and don't see the quantity listed please reach out we'll prepare a quote.
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