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The Difference Between Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Two firemen putting out a house fire. One thing is for sure, both smoke detectors and fire alarms save lives each year.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a smoke detector and a fire alarm? Is it the same thing? They both have very important roles in your home and place of business. Today we are demystifying these two life savers and looking at why they should be hanging on everyone’s wall or ceiling.

Smoke Detectors:

As you read on, you will discover that both of these essential gadgets tell its own story in the name. To put it simply, a smoke detector can tell if there is smoke or fire in its earliest stages. This is terrific to have for several reasons including an alarm that goes off at the earliest sign of smoke. This alarm can avoid smoke inhalation for people, which causes more deaths than a fire itself. A smoke detector allows people in the surrounding area to evacuate immediately, hence saving lives. An inexpensive device like this can play a major role in the safety of your workplace and loved ones.

Fire Alarms:

The beauty of fire alarms is that they have the ability to monitor any changes in the environment related to combustion. Just like smoke detectors, fire alarms can sense when smoke is around too. This is where the confusion starts between the two-not only can fire alarms detect smoke, they can also activate the fire sprinkler system and alert the fire department. You will usually find these amazing gadgets in commercial buildings like apartments, high rise buildings and warehouses.

Knowing the difference is very important and can potentially save lives. If a recent fire has caused bad smoke odors in your home or workplace, we can help. Call our office at 909-399-9057 to have one of our technicians visit your home today.

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