What Is the Difference Between a Smoke Detector and a Carbon Monoxide Detector

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A smoke detector is a powerful electronic fire-protection machine that swiftly detects the presence of smoke, which is using the first sign of fire for building occupants. A carbon monoxide (CO) detector is designed to detect carbon monoxide only, which will not necessarily be present along with heat or fire.

Industrial and commercial smoke sensors issue a signal to a fire alarm control panel as part of a structure’s central fire alarm system. Household smoke sensors or smoke detectors provide a visual and sound alarm locally from the detector itself.

Both smoke sensors and CO detectors should always be installed in both new or old homes and buildings.

Smoke detectors

There two types of smoke detectors. These are ionization and photoelectric. The combination of these two kinds of alarm is recommended for utmost protection from both slow smouldering fires and fast flaming.

A photoelectric sensor detects sudden scattering of light when smoke gets into the sensor chamber, triggering the alarm.

Photoelectric detectors respond with an average of 15-50 minutes. This type of sensor can be installed near kitchens.

Ionization sensors carry some amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates; this ionizes the air and causes current to flow within the plates. The above two types of smoke detectors must be installed in an appropriate place to avoid any condensation or dust.

Carbon Monoxide detectors

Carbon monoxide sensors play a vital role in many homes. They are made to detect harmful amounts of carbon monoxide in the air. Carbon monoxide is deadly and can result from a faulty heating system or lack of proper air flow within a building.

One big difference between the installations of these two safety monitoring systems is that smoke detectors are installed on or near the ceiling because heat rises. Carbon monoxide detectors are always installed down low near the floor, because CO is heavier than air and if present, it will fall to ground level.

For over 25 years, Marc and Jacqueline Cyr of Scan-Tech Alarm Systems Ltd. have helped to keep people and properties safe in Prince Albert and its surrounding areas.

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