Are you aware of the fact that there's really only one, single product which can warn you and your family and potentially save you and your home from fire, 24/7? That's the truth, and that product is a correctly maintained and installed smoke detector.

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has documented studies which reveal that  almost 75 percent of deaths in homes from fires took place in dwellings without smoke detectors which were working properly. In order to prevent yourself from contributing to that alarming statistic, and to keep your home and family safe, it's crucial that you understand the benefits of smoke detectors and some of the types which are available.

As your own research will reveal, there are two primary types of smoke detector:

  • photoelectric
  • ionization

Since both types excel at detecting unique, possibly fatal kinds of fires, it is highly recommended that both forms of smoke detectors be installed in all residences and locations where people sleep. A dual sensor smoke detector is also available, so it's possible to get both variations included in one detector. For the hearing impaired, there are alarms which use strobe lights and vibration to alert residents to smoke or fire.

The very reasonable, inexpensive cost of a smoke detector is well worth the price, considering the number of lives it can save. Depending upon the type of smoke detector, they can range in price from approximately $6 to $40.

They should be installed on every level of the home, and the U.S. Fire Administration strongly advises placing them both inside and outside of areas where people sleep, considering the documented fact that a high number of fatal fires break out either in the wee hours of the morning, or late at night.

Because smoke and other deadly gases rise, it is essential that your smoke detectors be placed at the proper height - always be sure to adhere to the manufacturer's instructions.

Certain fire departments offer free or reduced prices on smoke detectors, and some of these departments will even install battery operated detectors in your home, free of charge. Get in touch with your local fire department in order to learn specifics.

Because it's been well established that smoke detectors save lives, it's simply good common sense to make sure your home and family are protected by using them. Protect your loved ones, and your investment all in one fell swoop.