Importance of Residential Smoke Alarms

Posted on: March 7, 2016

For many homeowners, the presence of a smoke alarm within the home equates to pretty much background noise. You might ask about it upon purchase, or make sure there is one within your home that may or may not work. This shouldn’t be the case! A smoke alarm just might be the single factor between heading off a dangerous situation and major property loss. At Hoffman Electrical, your safety always comes first, and we would like to take a moment to let you know why adequate smoke alarms within your home are of the utmost importance to your safety.

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Are There Different Types Of Smoke Alarms?

Yes! The types can vary quite a bit overall, but for the purpose of simplicity, we’ll stick to the two basic types that are the most important:

  • Photoelectric smoke detectors. The most basic type of smoke alarms, photoelectric alarms use a beam of light to measure smoke content in the air. If smoke completely blocks out the laser’s view, it will sound the alarm. The major issue here is something we just mentioned: “completely blocks out”. This is a problem, as it doesn’t cover all types of fire that your home may encounter, but does cover the heavy, smoldering types of fires commonly encountered in homes.
  • Ionization alarms. These use a chamber filled with americium-241 that generates an electrical current. When smoke fills the chamber and disrupts the circuit, the alarm sounds. These are a solid option, as they can detect small amounts of smoke very early on when compared to photoelectric alarms.
  • Combination alarms. Currently the most popular option, combination alarms are simply a combination of the two basic types. These are great for home safety, as they cover all of your bases, and can detect most types of fire flawlessly, whereas single-type alarms are more dedicated to handling smoke differently.

How Many Smoke Alarms Should My Home Have?

Generally speaking, there should be a smoke alarm in the following locations:

  • Inside all bedrooms within the home
  • Outside of all bedrooms, such as the hallway
  • At least one alarm on every floor
  • In the basement
  • In the attic

Sound like too many alarms? Not at all! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends these guidelines to ensure complete coverage, and the maximum possible chance of fire detection.

Why Are Smoke Alarms so Important?

In a word: safety. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there are nearly a million home fires in the United States each year. That’s nearly one in every three hundred United States homes! That is a concerning statistic, and damages include property damage and loss, and possible injury or loss of life. Ensuring you have the best chance possible of detecting, preparing for, escaping or mitigating a home fire is absolutely crucial.

Call Hoffman Electrical for Smoke Detector Wiring in Tampa & St. Petersburg

If you’re in need of fire alarm installation, don’t hesitate to call Hoffman Electrical! The longer you wait, the greater the chance of extensive property damage and injuries! When you choose Hoffman Electrical, you receive:

Contact us today for a free estimate on smoke detector wiring in Hillsborough or Pinellas County.