Not all smoke detectors are created equal, and the type of alarm installed in most homes may not provide adequate warning in the event of the most common type of house fire.
There are two types of smoke detectors most common in homes - ionization smoke detectors and photoelectric smoke detectors. Ionization detectors work best during a fast burning fire; however, they may be seriously delayed - up to 30 minutes - during a slow burning fire. Photoelectric smoke detectors work well in smoldering fires, which is the most common type of home fire. They are slower to respond to fast burning fires, however this delay is only a matter of a few minutes.
The National Fire Protection Agency and the smoke alarm manufacture’s recommends installing both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms throughout your home, or smoke detectors with dual-sensors that use both technologies.
Every household should have adequate smoke detectors, and a fire prevention and escape plan. Click below for more information and tips to best protect your home and your loved ones in the event of a fire.