Smoke & CO2 Detectors
Keep Your Home and Family Safe with the Experts at Gilmore
Modern smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are vital instruments in the safety of a home or business. If used properly they can help in greatly reducing injury and death. When you need expert assistance in the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, contact Gilmore Electric Express. Our experienced electricians will assess your home and recommend the ideal devices and locations for maximum impact.
Most people are familiar with smoke detectors and often confuse CO2 detectors as the same device. Smoke detectors recognize and react to smoke generated by flaming or smoldering fires. CO2 detectors recognize the carbon monoxide, generated from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, sometimes emitted from defective fuel burning appliances. CO2 is colorless and odorless, which is why it is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the U.S. Though smoke and CO2 detectors are two different safety devices, there are some designs that can detect both. Our technicians can help you decide which devices are best for your home or business.
- Smoke and CO2 detectors need to be replaced every ten years. Refer to the manufacturers date on the back to find the appropriate age of the device.
- Smoke detectors are designed in two different technologies in order to combat different kinds of fires. Ionization detectors are more responsive to flaming fires while photoelectric detectors are more responsive to smoldering fires.
- Detector designs are either battery-operated or hardwired. Hardwired devices can be connected to each other, which is the recommended alarm installation of the NFPA.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are separate from CO fire detectors, which are electronic detectors that protect against fire by sensing CO levels in the air. These devices are not designed as protection from carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Most residential alarms are battery operated – as many of the designs are less expensive than their wired counterparts.
- Three-quarters of all homes in the U.S. have at least one working smoke detector. Though many homes have multiple detectors that aren’t operational because of a dead battery or faulty wire.
- High levels of CO2 can kill a person in a few minutes, while exposure to moderate levels can cause permanent neurological damage.
- Typical alarm devices are ineffective with 2 out of 3 children (ages 1 -15) who sleep much deeper than adults.
- Vocal alarm devices (containing a warning using their parent’s voice) might be more effective in waking children in a fire or CO2 emergency.
Thinking about installing smoke or CO2 detectors in your home or business? Call the professionals at Gilmore Electric Express at 979-77-LIGHT to schedule an appointment.