According to the the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), an average of 2,500 home-fire-related deaths occur each year, and roughly three out of five of them are caused by non-existent or non-functioning smoke alarms. Meanwhile, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that an average of 170 people die from CO produced by home appliances such as “furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters” annually, and the EPA attributes up to 20,000 lung-cancer deaths per year to radon exposure.
Stats like these make it clear that installing and maintaining smoke, carbon monoxide, and radon detectors is key to your household’s health and safety. Below is the information you need to install proper detection devices and keep them in working order.
Smoke Detectors There are two main types of fire alarms—ionization alarms, which are good at detecting smoky flames, and photoelectric alarms, which can detect smoldering, slow-burning fires.