A working smoke detector is your best defense if a fire occurs, especially at night. When you are in the market for a smoke detector, there are ways to gain the most protection from your investment:

Choose A Wired Model

Some smoke detectors are completely reliant one power source, such as electricity or batteries, with both having their pitfalls. When possible, choose a smoke detector that primarily runs on electricity, but also has a backup battery. Another choice you may need to consider is the type of backup battery. Ideally, lithium ion batteries will have a longer lifespan than traditional 9V or AA batteries. When you purchase your smoke detector, make sure you purchase at least one set of spare batteries. Also, write down how long your battery lasts so you have a general idea when the battery needs to be replaced. If the model you choose uses 9V or AA batteries, it is often easier to change the batteries when you set your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Look For Extra Features

To better protect your home, choose models with additional features beyond a simple smoke detector. More models are available with a combined smoke and carbon monoxide detector, which is invaluable for protecting your family against the colorless, odorless carbon monoxide. More advanced smoke detectors may also contain fire detectors. The difference between a smoke and fire detector is significant. If a fire were to occur, especially those caused by oil or an accelerant, the fire may spread quickly and not produce a significant amount of smoke. Fire detectors monitor the temperature and if it detects a significant rise in temperature, the alarm will sound. In contrast, smoke detectors are better able to detect fires that could potentially smolder for hours before they are noticed.

Install Your Detector Properly

When you are installing a detector, it is only as good as its installation. This means you need to have the right tools available to properly install your detector and to maintain battery changes. It is best to invest in a step ladder, so installation and changing the battery is easy. Placing your detector in the right location is imperative to protect your family. You should have detectors on each level of your home and they should be placed no more than one foot below the ceiling. If possible, you should place detectors in the main rooms of your home, such as each bedroom and the living room, in addition to hallways. This will increase the likelihood they will be heard if the alarm sounds while your family is sleeping. Avoid placing detectors nearby air vents or windows. If air happens to push smoke away from the detector, it could reduce its effectiveness.

Detecting smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide can give you peace of mind that you will have sufficient warning in an emergency. In addition to purchasing the appropriate detector, it is imperative to change the batteries regularly.

Contact a company like FAST for more information and assistance.