In 2015, structure fires were responsible for 78% of all deaths due to fire. There were:
- 501,500 structure fires reported in total
- 2,685 civilians were killed
- 13,000 people injured
- $10.3 billion in property damages
If that isn't alarming enough (no pun intended) of all the home fires reported, smoke detectors only sounded in half of them. So at least half of those who died, never even got the opportunity to escape.
When smoke alarms fail to sound it is usually one of these three reasons:
- Missing batteries
- Drained batteries
- Disconnected batteries
It is also important to note that most of the deaths associated with structure fires are not from the flame itself, but rather from the inhalation of smoke and toxic gases.
The sealed battery smoke detector hopes to bring a stop to many instances of failed smoke alarms. These "low maintenance, high protection" alarms do not use replaceable batteries and are sealed to prevent the battery from being tampered with or removed. Add this with the 10 year life expectancy, and you get a good investment. Many states agree and have begun reshaping the standard on smoke detector requirements. Sealed battery smoke alarms are required by law in the following states:
- New York
- Parts of Texas
What smoke alarm do I need?
There are four major types of alarms that you can use to protect you and other civilians from fire related deaths.
- Optical (Photoelectric)
- Carbon Monoxide
These alarms are responsible for detecting "fast-flame" fires. These are the types of fires that occur when wood, paper, flammable liquid, or other item gets ignited by an open flame.
Photoelectric or Optical alarms
These are more reliable at detecting slow-smoldering fires. These fires occur when cigarettes or other smoking materials are left unattended and begin to produce smoke that contains dangerous chemicals like carbon monoxide.
These alarms sound when the temperature in the area is too high or is increasing rapidly which is usually the result of a fire. A heat alarm will never sound before the fire is present, but only after it has begun.
Carbon Monoxide alarms
These alarms are responsible for detecting the threat known as the "invisible killer." Carbon Monoxide has no smell and cannot be seen, therefore this alarm is our only hope to protect us from high levels of this poisonous gas.
These alarms offer protection from more than just one type of risk.
IoPhic smoke alarms
These dual alarms offer ionization and photoelectric detection. IoPhic alarms are very effective detecting fast flaming fires and smoldering fires. This insures that you are protected from both types of fires without having to install two separate types of detectors.
These alarms offer maximum protection from 3 different types of risk: Fast-flaming, smoldering, and carbon monoxide.
With the information above you should now be able to make an informed decision that can help protect you, your family, and others from structure fires. 10 year sealed battery smoke detectors are simple to install and continue to work during a power outage. Check your home and building of business to ensure that you have a smoke detector installed on each floor at the very least. In addition, it is recommended that you have a detector installed outside of every sleeping area and inside bedrooms so they can wake you up because the majority of these fires take place between 11pm-7am. If you haven’t already begun shopping for your smoke detector, visit HomElectrical and get the coverage you need.