Why install smoke alarms in my house? What is the benefit?
Amongst all of the ways, the smoke alarm is the best and cheapest way to protect your family and house members from the fire. But it is seen that most of the people, even though it is a very simple process, don’t take advantage of it. Let’s check why the smoke alarm installation should be made in your house:
- Benefits of smoke alarm: In USA, you will find smoke alarms are installed in 13 out of 14 houses. Unfortunately, still fire damages homes, and half of them are due to the house without any working smoke alarms. It is estimated that 60% of deaths in homes due to fire happens because these houses are without any working smoke alarms. So, a big population dies out of not working smoke alarms in homes.
Smoke alarms warn you if there’s any smoke, and there’s no smoke without any fire. So, if you are sleeping, busy or you are some other part of the house, you will know by the alarm that somewhere there is smoke. The alarm will warn you as soon as it detects any smoke. People think that if there’s a fire, there will be smoke, and that smoke will have a smell, which will wake them up, but there is smoke which is odourless and is toxic. They are sometimes such toxic that you won’t even know and die in your sleep. The smoke alarm warns you to make you out of the house before you get trapped in between fire and smoke.
- Working of smoke alarms: Smoke alarms when working properly are constantly in the lookout for smokes. They look for any traces of gases and smokes that gets produced by the fire. This is the reason they are also called smoke detectors. Two varieties of smoke alarms are available:
- Ionization alarms: They are cheaper. They can detect flaming fire very fast.
- Photoelectric alarms: They are a bit expensive. They can detect smoldering, slow fires. They are not so sensitive to the steams of showers or foods being cooked, that is why they are installed primarily in kitchens or bathrooms.
The smoke alarms are powered using household wiring. They do have a battery for backup, and it comes to help when the electricity of a house gets caught in a fire, and the power gets cut, the batteries help them to back up.
To keep your smoke alarm working, you should maintain your smoke alarm properly.