Fires cause billions of dollars in damages and thousands of deaths every year.

How can you best avoid becoming part of this statistic?

Become an expert on fire safety in your home.

Smoke detectors are a key component in proper fire safety for every home and business.

You would think most homes these days have smoke alarms, but according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), “three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or none that worked.”

Are there different types of smoke detectors?

Yes, I’ll show you the different types and why they should all be wireless interconnected smoke detectors.

Ionization Smoke Detectors

Ionization smoke detectors are one of those two most common smoke detectors on the market today. They function by means of positive and negative ions flowing between two metal plates within the detector. When smoke is present in the ions’ path, the path is broken and the alarm is triggered.

Ionization smoke detectors are commonly found to be more responsive to quick, flaming fires.

Photoelectric Smoke Detectors

Photoelectric smoke detectors are the other most common smoke detector. They function by shooting a beam of light inside a chamber within the smoke detector. When smoke particles enter the detector this beam of light is scattered and will trigger a light sensor that causes the alarm to go off.

Photoelectric smoke detectors are commonly found to be more responsive to slower, smoldering fires.

Wireless Interconnected Smoke Detectors

Wireless interconnected smoke detectors connect to each other via some type of wireless signal. Normally, it will be a personal Wi-Fi network or through radio signals.

Being interconnected means all of your connected smoke detectors will be triggered if any one of them is triggered. This is obviously beneficial because it will alert you no matter where you are in your home.

Both Ionization and Photoelectric alarms can be wireless interconnected smoke detectors.

You can also find wireless smoke detectors within many home security systems.

Best Choices

Here are some of the best choices of smoke detectors you can find on the market today:

Nest Protect, Gen. 2: The Nest Protect is a dual detector, meaning it can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. All Nest Protects can connect to each other wirelessly. Nest Protects also benefit from Mobile App notifications.
First Alert SA511CN2-3ST: One of the best photoelectric smoke detectors on the market. These alarms will interconnect wirelessly without having to be hardwired.
Kidde RF-SM-DC: One of the best and most common ionization smoke detectors on the market. These alarms will also interconnect wirelessly without having to be hardwired.

Bringing It All Together

Smoke detectors should be one of your main priorities when protecting your house and family.

A great alternative to hardwired smoke detectors is wireless interconnected smoke detectors. You can easily place them in the most strategic locations throughout your home. You’ll also have the peace of mind knowing they’ll all sound if one of them sounds.

To learn more about the current leading technology for your home or workspace, don’t hesitate to contact us.