Is there a difference between a smoke alarm and a smoke detector?
Is there a difference between a smoke alarm and a smoke detector?

Are smoke alarms and smoke detectors the same?

A fire alarm is triggered by the smoke detector to alert residents to a potential fire. The smoke detector will sense the smoke, and may or may not make noise when it does.

Is a smoke detector considered a fire alarm?

Smoke detectors and fire alarms are not synonymous; there's a significant difference. A smoke detector will sense smoke and sound an alarm in the area where there is smoke. A fire alarm is triggered by the smoke detector and will sound an alarm in the entire house or building.

What are different types of smoke detectors?

There are two types of smoke alarms in general use for home smoke alarms: photoelectric and ionization. These smoke alarms sense the presence of smoke differently. The type of smoke produced by a fire depends on the type of fire. Flaming fires produce a different type of smoke than smoldering fires.

What are the two most common types of smoke detectors?

Generally, there are two types of home smoke alarms: photoelectric and ionization.

Do smoke detectors expire?

How to maintain and when to replace. Like coupons and canned goods, smoke alarms have an expiration date. "They have a life of 10 years," Roux says. "But, if it has a built-in CO detector, you'll need to replace it sooner." According to Consumer Reports, most CO detectors come with a five- to seven-year warranty.

Where is the silence button on a smoke alarm?

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Why is my smoke alarm going off intermittently?

The most likely reason smoke detectors go off unexpectedly is that people aren't changing the batteries in them often enough. In most sensors you might think of, the strength of the signal goes up when they detect what they're supposed to. Common causes of smoke detector false positives around the house.

Why does my fire alarm go off randomly at night?

This battery characteristic can cause a smoke alarm to enter the low battery chirp mode when air temperatures drop. Most homes are the coolest between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. That's why the alarm may sound a low-battery chirp in the middle of the night, and then stop when the home warms up a few degrees.

Can you use any 9V battery in a smoke alarm?

Most use 9-volt alkaline (you know, those rectangular boxes with two prongs at the end?) but some use AA. It'll be specified in the battery compartments in your smoke alarms, so have a look to be sure.