How smoke detectors should be installed in your home
Posted On July 3, 2021
Posted October 19, 2018 11:16:53Many smoke detectors are installed in homes to help prevent fire from spreading in the event of a fire.
However, some homeowners are opting to put smoke detectors in their home’s windows, instead.
A study from the University of Minnesota suggests that the presence of smoke detectors at windows could actually make it more likely for fires to spread in the first place.
“This study indicates that in the case of a home with no smoke detectors, if a fire occurs in the house, a nearby window would have the ability to capture and store the smoke in a very small space,” said the study’s lead author, Jessica Krawczyk, in a press release.
“If the smoke detector is installed in the window, the house could catch fire in less than 30 seconds, even when no other smoke detector was in the home.
In the case where a smoke detector in the door was installed, the study found that the average time between the fire breaking out and the arrival of the smoke was less than 10 seconds.
This was also the case when the home had no other sources of heat to draw on.”
If there is a fire coming from the back, you need to see that fire as well. “
The problem with these smoke detectors is that they only allow you to see in one direction, which may not be ideal if you have a blind spot, like a window.
If there is a fire coming from the back, you need to see that fire as well.
For these reasons, many people opt to put their smoke detectors anywhere they can see them, including in their windows.
While Krawczak’s research does suggest that a smoke-detector placement in the back of the home is better, there are many other factors that can play a role in whether or not a home’s smoke detector will prevent a fire from breaking out.”
While the results from our study were encouraging, we still need to be careful in the design of these devices,” KRAWCZIKK said.
She said that even if people place their smoke alarms in windows, it’s important to remember that it is still possible that the smoke detectors could inadvertently capture heat from the front of the house.”
We still need research to determine if the best placement of smoke alarms is in a back yard, or even a basement.
I think there are ways that you could put smoke alarms all over the house to increase the odds that the house will be protected,” KEEPIN’ IT REAL article