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Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Gas Detectors and Alarms
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives! They are required by building codes in Ontario and all other provinces. It is good practice to test your smoke and CO alarms monthly, or at minimum once per year. 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.
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SMOKE ALARM vs DETECTOR
While we often use the term smoke alarm and smoke 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. A smoke or gas alarm typically is an all in one device with detector and sounder built in.
TYPES OF ALARMS & DETECTORS
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. There are also 2 different detection methods smoke alarms use.
IONIZATION VS PHOTOELECTRIC
- Ionization Detectors: Ionization detectors use a tiny amount of radioactive material in the detection chamber and are best at detecting flaming fires.
- PhotoElectric 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.
KNOW YOUR ALARM – TESTING AND REPLACING OLD SMOKE ALARMS
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. Test once a year by using a smoldering cotton string, cigarette or incense (or smoke test spray if you have it available).
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, even though the typical lifespan 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.
BULK OR WHOLESALE SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
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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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.
For more information on fire safety and smoke detectors please visit these sites:
Canada Safety Council
Fire Prevention Canada
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General FAQ