Smoke & Fire Detectors

Why should you consider installing Smoke and Fire detectors from Olsen Electric?

Installing smoke and fire detectors not only makes sense, its also the law in many situations. Here are two main reasons:

  • Your families safety within your home is paramount. Smoke and Fire detectors save lives.
  • If you are selling your house Smoke and Fire detectors MUST be installed prior to resale.

Olsen Electric installs permanent, hard wired smoke and fire detectors that comply with all local standards. These detectors “talk to each other” so a fire in one part of the house triggers all the others. These interconnected smoke and fire detectors provide a level of safety over and above that found with battery-operated detectors.

Placement of your smoke and fire detectors are very important. Here’s a summary of installation tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.
  • Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Wall-mounted alarms should be installed not more than 12 inches away from the ceiling (to the top of the alarm).
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak).
  • Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
  • Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound. Interconnection can be done using hard-wiring or wireless technology.
  • When interconnected smoke alarms are installed, it is important that all of the alarms are from the same manufacturer. If the alarms are not compatible, they may not sound.
  • There are two types of smoke alarms – ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization-photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor smoke alarms, are recommended.
  • Keep manufacturer’s instructions for reference.

Need more information on installing smoke and fire detectors for your home? Please contact us at 908-872-6646 or send us an e-mail here.