Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Check your smoke detectors!

I don't just mean the batteries people. You should check which kind of smoke detector you actually have - dual sensor, ionizing, or photoelectronic. If you want the full details, read this article. If you just want highlights . . .



Three out of four times, smoke detectors with photoelectric sensors sounded long before the ionization smoke detectors, providing as much as 26 minutes of extra escape time during the smoky fires.



In some cases, the testing room was filled with thick smoke and dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide gas before the ionization smoke detectors sounded.





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Ionization alarms can be purchased for as little as $5, while smoke detectors with photoelectric technology cost between $10 and $15. Dual sensor smoke alarms (sometimes called combination alarms) containing both types of technology cost around $25.







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2 comments:

The Nighthawk said...

I could've sworn you had another post up after this one about your fitness training, and it isn't there any more.

Jenn said...

I think I opened it to edit it and forgot to republish it. But, I put it up again. *D'oh* I feel particularly embarassed since it's set as my homepage. You'd think I'd have noticed.