The Tolland Fire Department, Inc. reminds residents of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in the home.
While there are many different brands of smoke alarms for sale, they are of two basic types: ionization or photoelectric. Ionization alarms sound more quickly when a flaming, fast-moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. Some units on the market combine both technologies, and are called dual sensor smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms can be purchased locally at a variety of stores. Some are intended to be “hard wired” into the electrical system in the house (a qualified electrician should do this work). Some units are battery powered, requiring only a screwdriver for installation. The manufacturer’s instructions for installation should be followed carefully. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and if they have batteries, those should be replaced annually.
Smoke alarms should be located on every level of your home, including the basement. For extra safety you may want to install alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.