Monday, February 9, 2009


How much do you really know about smoke detectors? Think they're all the same and all work pretty much the same? Well, they're not and they don't. I know I never thought much about it until my brother called to tell me that he was awakened in the middle of the night to a house FULL of smoke from a malfunctioning wood stove. Guess what? The smoke alarms (which were in good working order) never went off. He told me to go check out the Barre City (VT) Fire Department's website and take a look at their smoke detector videos.

Who knew that there are photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors? Who also knew that the ionization detectors react 20 to 30 minutes slower than the photoelectric ones when exposed to a smoldering fire? Most require an actual flame to set off the alarm. That's a long time to be exposed to disorienting & increasingly deadly fumes.

Check it out for yourself and make sure that you and your family have the right early warning protection. There's a lot of information on this site. Here is the link:

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