Smoke alarms to detect a fire are essential in every home. Working smoke alarms save lives, allowing you more time to escape.
Smoke alarms should be installed in:
A closed door can slow the spread of fire, reduce toxic smoke levels, improve oxygen levels, and decrease temperatures dramatically. That could make a life-saving difference in your home.
There are many factors causing homes to burn quicker than ever before, which place the occupants and fire fighters at risk. Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system when building or remodeling an existing home.
NFPA 72 provides the latest safety provisions to meet society’s changing fire detection, signaling, and emergency communications demands. In addition to the core focus on fire alarm systems, the Code includes requirements for mass notification systems used for weather emergencies; terrorist events; biological, chemical, and nuclear emergencies; and other threats.
There are different types of smoke alarms to fit your family’s needs. Ensure everyone in your home understands and reacts to the signal (light, vibration, or sound) best for their situation.
Always choose equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory. All smoke alarms should be tested at least monthly. Maintain and replace devices according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Detects invisible fire particles from flaming combustion. Ionization-type alarms are more responsive to flaming fires. Smoke disrupts ions in the detector causing the alarm to sound.
Effectively detects smoke particles commonly produced by smoldering fires. Photoelectric smoke alarms are more sensitive to smoldering fires. Smoke reflects light onto a light sensor activating the alarm to sound.
There are smoke alarms equipped with American with Disabilities Act-compliant strobe lights intended to alert a person while awake.
Vibration notification appliances, such as pillow or bed shakers, are specifically designed to wake a sleeping person. These alert devices are activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm and sends vibrations to the mattress.
Never risk your life to save property! Remember to close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 from outside the building.
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Honolulu Fire Department
Sheldon K. HaoFire ChiefKahu Kinai Ahi
Jason SamalaDeputy Fire ChiefHope Kahu Kinai Ahi
636 South StreetHonolulu, HI 96813(808) 723-7139