What should I look for in a smoke detector?
What should I look for in a smoke detector?

What is the difference between an ionizing and photo electric smoke detector?

There are generally two types of smoke alarms – ionization smoke alarms and photoelectric smoke alarms. All fires produce smoke particles in varying number and size. Ionization smoke alarms are generally more sensitive than photoelectric smoke alarms at sensing small smoke particles.

Should a smoke detector be installed in a kitchen?

In order for smoke alarms to perform best in your home, they need to be properly installed in each room. In the kitchen, smoke detectors should be installed at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances to minimize the number of false alarms. Smoke rises, so smoke alarms should be placed high on walls or ceilings.

What causes smoke detectors to go off randomly?

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.

Which smoke detector is better for kitchen?

Photoelectric smoke detectors
Photoelectric smoke detectors are best at detecting the large particles typical of smoky, smoldering fires but poor at detecting fast, flaming fires. Photoelectric units are less prone to false alarms from burnt food, so they may be a better fit in kitchen areas.