What to Look Out For in a Smoke Detector


What to Look Out For in a Smoke Detector

What to Look Out For in a Smoke Detector

What to Look Out For in a Smoke Detector

When it comes to fires, early warning and prevention is key to avoid loss of life. If a fire starts in your home, office or any enclosed space, you may have as little as a few minutes to evacuate. A proper smoke alarm may be the few seconds you need between life and death, which is why it is one of the most important fixtures in your home for safety and peace of mind.

There are several options available when it comes to smoke detectors. Some of the factors to look for when buying an alarm are fairly straightforward. It needs to be loud and cover a good amount of space. But what about the other details? Here’s what you need to look out for when it comes to choosing the right smoke detector for your home.

Type of Smoke Alarms

There are typically two types of smoke alarms — Ionization and Photoelectric.

Ionization alarms set up an electric current within the smoke detector and trigger when smoke particles entering the chamber disrupt the current. They are better at detecting fire particles from fast flaming fires like paper.

Photoelectric alarms use a small pulsating light onto a sensor. They are triggered when smoke particles diffract the light. Photoelectric alarms are better at detecting fire particles from slow burning fires like electrical fires or those from bedding or clothing. Although typically more costly than ionization alarms, they are less likely to be triggered by accident.

How the Alarm is Powered

Smoke detectors can be powered in several ways:

  • AA or AAA Batteries

  • Hardwire

  • Sealed Lithium Batteries

Smoke detectors with AA or AAA batteries can be a hassle as they need to be replaced periodically. This can lead to situations where the detector doesn’t work when it needs to because you forgot to replace the batteries.

Hardwired smoke alarms are the most reliable, but require a professional electrician to install and maintain. It is also sometimes not feasible or costly to install them into your home, especially if it involves hacking your existing renovations to do the wiring. 

The most convenient and recommended solution is a smoke alarm with a sealed, in-built lithium battery. These batteries are typically designed to last for 10 years, which is the recommended amount of time before the alarm needs to be replaced. This eliminates the need to remember to replace the battery, while also allowing them to be installed anywhere without worrying about compatibility with existing wiring.  

Ease of Maintenance

Some smoke alarms require monthly or even weekly maintenance like vacuuming to keep dust away from the sensors. This can be time-consuming and costly if the alarm fails to do its job due to a lack of maintenance. To make things easy for yourself, get a smoke detector with in-built fault monitoring with features that allow you to easily test the battery and alarm operation.

Singapore Fire Protection carries the WizMart DC Smoke Alarm which hits all the marks for a good, fuss-free smoke detector that will reliably keep you safe when you need it most. The compact smoke alarm uses a photoelectric chamber and is powered by a 3V lithium battery rated for 10 years, which means it does not need to be connected to a main electrical supply to work. Inside is a loud and clear 85dB sounder and it comes with in-built battery and fault monitoring, along with battery and alarm testing features. Easy to install and maintain, it is perfect for residential use.

Get the WizMart DC Smoke Alarm and other fire safety solutions for your residential or commercial spaces at http://singaporefireprotection.com/.