Smoke detectors really do save lives and the proper smoke detector maintenance can help prevent fires in the home. Having a reliable smoke detector can help you avoid having to hire a fire restoration company.

When you choose a device for your home, you will be able to find both types that run on batteries, and types that run on household currents.

Ionization smoke detectors are more effective when it comes to detecting fires that spread and consume quickly, like most kitchen and paper fires.

Photoelectric smoke detectors are more effective when it comes to fires that are slow smoldering, and Combo alarms are equally good at detecting both types.

Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of the house including the basement and should be positioned so that they can easily be heard.  They should not be installed near windows, doors, or anywhere where moving air can interfere with them.

Most are easy to install and come with instructions. Keep in mind that are hard wired devices should be installed by a professional electrician, and you should never connect a smoke detectors to a circuit that can be turned off and on from a wall switch.

Once a month, you should test your smoke detectors by pushing the test button, and should replace the batteries at least once a year.

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