Deaths from fire burns are amongst the most common unintentional tragedies all across the globe. With so much advancement in technology, we have been introduced to several devices and phenomenon that help to prevent such accidental happenings. Advanced smoke detector is one such device that not only senses or detects the smoke / heat / fire but also alerts people with a loud electronic horn.
It is important that you test your detectors at least annually to make sure that they are in proper working order. You should also replace the batteries each year, even if they appear to still be functioning efficiently. This is important because you want to ensure that you always have fresh batteries in your smoke detectors. You don't want to risk having them fail should a fire occur in your home.
You can purchase battery-operated smoke detectors from a hardware store and install them yourself. (If you decide to install your own smoke detectors, check your local building code for placing them.) For detectors that are wired into your electrical system, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends that detectors be installed by a qualified electrician.
A detector that is installed in your home that is a local only is designed to save the occupants if they are home. If you have a detector that is connected to a fire alarm system then they can not only save the occupants but you can potentially save your property and belongings. When a monitored system is triggered by smoke the alarm will sound and it will also notify your monitoring company. The monitoring company will alert the fire department. You can have a detector connected to your security system with the addition of a new control panel. Residential home security panels are designed to work with wired and wireless detectors. Many home owners choose to pass over the installation of a smoke detector based on cost not realizing that a fire will cause much more damage than any burglar.
In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound. It is extremely important to not only have them installed but to make sure that they work correctly. Most manufacturers recommend testing weekly but if you are not willing to do this then monthly should be the minimum. You can test your smoke detector by depressing the button but this is only testing the battery. You can purchase a smoke detector testing aerosol that will simulate smoke.
Smoke detectors are required in each sleeping area and adjoining bedroom. Like I've mentioned before, some jurisdictions require less - Chicago is one of the examples where smoke detectors are not required inside the bedroom / sleeping area. Instead, you have to install a smoke alarm within 15' from the bedroom entrance. In larger homes / apartments, where bedrooms are located more than 30' apart, two or more smoke detectors might have to be installed.