When you have had a fire in your home, your life gets turned upside down. You experience terror, danger and a whole lot of damage to your home. After the initial trauma passes, you begin to rebuild. You have a unique opportunity to upgrade the smoke alarm system to increase future protection for your home.
We at Restoration 1 of Winston-Salem know the substantial difference between available smoke alarms and detector technology. Basic smoke alarms detect smoke then sound the alarm from the smoke alarm unit. Two different technologies are used in smoke alarms: ionization and photoelectric.
Over 90 percent of house smoke alarms are ionization alarms. Generally, ionization alarms are more responsive to flaming fires. The term “flaming” fires refers to fires resulting from flammable liquids, wood or paper starting on fire. This type of fire produces a lot of flames with a limited amount of smoke. Most house fires are categorized as fast-flaming fires, which is why ionization alarms are popular in homes.
Ionization chambers are the essential difference between ionization alarms and photoelectric alarms. Within the ionization chamber, there are two plates with voltage in between them. If an electron in this space is knocked out of place due to smoke entering the chamber, it causes the alarm to go off.
Photoelectric Smoke Detectors
A photoelectric smoke detector is characterized by its use of light to detect fire. Inside the alarm, there’s a light-sensing chamber. In this chamber, an LED light shoots a beam of light in a straight line across the chamber. The alarm detects smoke; when smoke enters the chamber, it deflects the LED light from the straight path into a photo sensor in a different compartment in the same chamber. As soon as light beams hit this sensor, the alarm begins to sound.
The dual smoke detector has both ionization and photoelectric technology inside. Generally, ionization smoke alarms are best for detecting rapid flame fires while photoelectric smoke alarms protect against slower, smoldering fires.
With technology today, it is affordable to create a complete fire alarm system that uses a separate fire alarm control unit. The detector senses the smoke and sends a signal to the control unit to sound the alarm, often monitored by an off-site facility that can contact the fire department. Consider these features:
Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm
Emergency notifications via smartphone
Voice alerts which tell you the type and location of danger
Interconnected with other compatible alarms
Battery backup for protection during power outages
Improve Smoke Alarm Placement
Most fatal fires occur late at night or early morning, while you’re asleep. For this reason, the National Fire Protection Association recommends placing smoke detectors in every occupied bedroom, as well as on every floor, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home–on the ceiling or high on the wall. In the kitchen, install at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
Install hard-wired, interconnected smoke alarms so that if one sounds, they all sound. These multiple-station smoke alarms can be installed by a licensed electrician either 1) hard-wired or connect 2) wirelessly.
Create a complete fire alarm system that uses a separate fire alarm control unit. The detector senses the smoke and sends a signal to the control unit to sound the alarm, often monitored by an off-site facility that can contact the fire department.
Fire Damage Restoration in Winston/Salem
A house fire is one of the most devastating accidents that can happen to a property. They’re also the most costly, sometimes causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. In addition, a fire prevents you from living or working in your property until the restoration process is complete, as the fumes can potentially be carcinogenic. If you’re facing serious fire and smoke damage, the team at Restoration 1 is here for you. The Restoration 1 team is trained in all types of damage restoration and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Free inspections from fully-trained and certified restoration technicians within one hour of your call.
Contact Restoration 1 for immediate assistance with property damage. Or check out the free downloadable disaster forms and checklists on our website.
“Our Restoration 1 Promise”
Our promise is that we will use the best materials and above code quality craftsmanship to restore your damaged property.
The mold building up in my air vents was starting to get intolerable. It was ugly and it was causing my son to have breathing problems. When I hired Restoration 1, they were able to get rid of that stuff. No complaints at all from me. My air vents are clean and my son is healthy. Thank you, Restoration 1.
November 22 2018
I had mold building up around my bathtub for quite some time. I finally decided it was time to get rid of that junk, so I called Restoration 1. They got rid of that gunk so thoroughly and quick it made my head spin. Great job, guys. I love my bathroom now.
November 22 2018
My entire carpet was flooded after my water pipes busted. Restoration 1 was able to vacuum all of the water out at a really fast pace. It didn’t take long for the work to be done and the servicemen were friendly and helpful. I’d recommend Restoration 1 to anybody!
November 22 2018
How else can I say this? Restoration 1 went above and beyond to restore my living room after the fire. I am so grateful for their service. They are the upmost professionals and the only company I’d recommend to my friends and family.
November 22 2018
A fire started in my kitchen that that left a lot of burn damage. My cabinets and walls were all burnt really bad. But after Restoration 1 did their job, my kitchen looked like new again. I was so relieved. Thank you, Restoration 1!
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