There’s nothing more annoying than hearing a smoke detector go off while you’re cooking a scrumptious meal. One moment you’re having a grand ol’ time flipping burgers and carmelizating onions to perfection, and all of a sudden an ear piercing alarm goes off. You run to your smoke alarm and wave a towel below and pray that it shuts off shortly before half of the neighborhood starts knocking on your door. Once your arm gets tired and you realize that this method isn’t working, you decide to rip it down and remove the battery.
These alarms are most likely the ionization smoke alarms. Although they tend to give off too many false alarms, typically when you’re cooking, they can detect a flaming fire in less than 45 seconds. It’s a good idea to install these away from the kitchen.
Photoelectric smoke alarms are less sensitive to flaming fires; therefore they are designed to detect smoldering fires. They are able to detect a smoldering fire in less than 4 minutes.
Take a look around your home and see what type of smoke alarms you have. It’s a good idea to install both of these alarms in your home because you never know what kind of fire will arise!
**Carbon Monoxide Alarms – detects the presence of the odorless carbon monoxide.