November 17, 2015 | KPRC Channel 2 Houston Investigates Ionization Smoke Alarm Failures.
It’s the middle of the night and your house catches fire. At this point, the most valuable thing in your home is your smoke detector, which is designed to sound the alarm when fire breaks out. That smoke detector’s sole purpose is to wake you up so you can get your family out as quickly as possible.
Channel 2 Investigates, working with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, decided to test the ionization smoke detector side by side with what’s called a photoelectric smoke detector. The photoelectric detector works with completely different technology and is said to be much, much faster at detecting slow, smoldering fires.
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