Modern Fire Detection Systems for Your Home: 3 Reasons You Should Switch

Part of a good security system is the smoke alarm. Your biggest threat isn’t always a thief. You’ve probably heard the saying, “it’s better to fall prey to a thief than a fire.” That’s because a thief will rob you blind, but at least you’ll still have a home. A fire will leave you with nothing. In some cases, it will even take your life. Don’t let that happen to you or your family. Protect yourself.

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Smoke Alarms

These are probably the most common types of fire alarms. They’re simple and reliable. While many people often use the terms “smoke alarm” and “fire alarm” interchangeably, smoke alarms only actually detect smoke, not fire. In most cases, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But, that’s not always true – or at least, the fire may not produce enough smoke that it sets off the alarm.

When you can’t afford a full-blown system from home security companies, these systems will at least alert you to most types of fires in the home. If you really want to protect yourself, you’ll install more than one type of alarm though.


Another type of fire alarm is the ionization type. This alarm detects the invisible particles caused by combustion. In a sense, it “feels” the smoke and is basically a heat sensor. This alarm will detect flaming fires with no visible smoke so that you can put them out before they take over your home.

The only drawback to this system is that it’s prone to false alarms, so don’t put it in areas where you want heat – like the kitchen, for example. Another potential downside to this alarm is that it does contain some radioactive material, so be careful with it.

Don’t put this in your baby’s bedroom, for example. Kids tend to be more sensitive to toxic substances than adults.


The third type of alarm that’s common in homes is the photoelectric alarm. This alarm “sees” the smoke, rather than “feeling” it. It’s very responsible to smoldering fires – those that put out a lot of smoke. They’re ideal for places where you use a lot of PVC, foam, or combustible material that’s more likely to smolder than fully catch on fire.

The downside? It’s a bit more expensive than other units. This alarm must also be kept rather clean, since it can give off false alerts due to dust or insects.

With any fire alarm system, you still have to take additional precautions. Fire alarms do not replace good habits and are not a substitute for a full-blown alarm system that ties into the local fire and rescue department.

Along with an alarm, you should also purchase several fire extinguishers and keep them handy in key places in your home. For example, you should have at least 2 fire extinguishers in your kitchen. One will be the primary one, and another for a backup just in case you need it. You should also keep a fire extinguisher in your bedroom. Why? Because a fire may not start in your bedroom, but you might end up being trapped by one. Having one near your bed or closet can provide you with a safe passage out of the house.

Dale Hooper is a home security consultant who works for the home security companies. He enjoys sharing his know-how through blogging.

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