The Importance of a Working Smoke Detector

Prevention is better than cure is an oft used idiom that might seem to have lost its meaning from its constant repetition, but it does bear repeating, when talking about the importance of fire-damage and fire-safety than any other danger. Fire is a destructive force that can spread quickly and cause untold damage to property, health and even lives. The first and foremost prevention against it is basic fire safety in the work environment and the household.

But sometimes, despite our best efforts, fires do occur. In such cases, the only measure left to take is putting an end to the danger before any lasting harm occurs, and this is not something that can be left in inexperienced hands. Fire Departments are always at hand with trained and brave professionals who are ready to do what is necessary to keep their charges safe from the dangers of fire and the best way to alert the right people about the occurrences of fire is with smoke detectors. This one time investment in an appliance that can promise you fire safety is a sure deterrent against the destruction of fire, thus ensuring the security of your home.

Smoke detectors are usually reasonably priced and are available at most hardware and departmental stores in almost every city and town. Studies have shown that having a smoke alarm installed in every room of a house reduces the risk to life from fire hazards by a whopping 50%. This staggering statistic means that for almost as little as $20, one can double their home fire security. When such safety measures are available at such affordable rates, they should not be stinted upon. Installing more than one smoke detector will ensure that any dangerous fire is detected as soon as it starts and immediately alerts the nearest fire department about its occurrence and can help save lives, especially if the fire occurs in a large building or an apartment complex where fires can spread easily and the risk of loss of human lives are high.

Proper maintenance of the smoke detectors is a must. A smoke detector that does not work poses more of a hazard than not having one at all since it gives a sense of false security. Batteries will need to be monitored and changed in a smoke detector purchased from a hardware store. With Safe Touch smoke detectors, batteries are not required. Reading the operation manual while installing the smoke detectors will help you in checking the condition of the detectors. These steps can definitely improve your home security.

Fires are most commonly caused by smoking cigarettes or cigars and leaving them unattended or improperly extinguished. Smouldering material or furniture can be a major accelerant to flames. Some electrical fires can occur during power surges and must be dealt with immediately since they can be very dangerous. Whatever the reason, when a fire occurs there is always a large amount of smoke generated, thus detecting the smoke is the best method to find and help in containing the danger to home security.

There are two main types of smoke detectors – Ionization or photoelectric detectors which use different properties of the particles that make up smoke to trigger an alarm when smoke floats up into the chamber of the detector. All types of smoke detectors must also be connected to the central grid of the building’s fire alarm, so that if one smoke detector is triggered it raises the alarm to the entire building and automatically informs the authorities about the fire. This type of instant action is the best way to ensure that there is no lasting harmful damage when a fire occurs.

At Safe Touch, we know the value of your home and family, and that is why we try to look after both of them for you. Lester Jackson is himself a loving family man, and since starting the company at the young age of 22, he has devoted himself to ensuring the safety of his clients and their families. Call us today for a no-obligation on-site inspection and quote!