Smoking Gun on Smoke Detectors

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Donald Hestor, a great housing inspector in Central Washington, has shared some important information regarding the differen types of smoke detectors and which is preferable.  Don't miss the news clip that he has provided to make the point even more clear.

Original content by Donald Hester

Smoking Gun on Smoke Detectors

There is a current debate on smoke detectors. I think there should be no debate. The number one issue for occupants in a structural fire is smoke.  So having a smoke alarm that is best at sensing smoke should be the homeowner’s first choice.

The two types of smoke detectors are Photoelectric and Ionization. Photoelectric is more sensitive to the smoke. So this should be your choice for your home.  

Another reason is that many fire safety websites inform us that photoelectric smoke alarms are less prone to nuisance alarms in the kitchen area than ionization smoke alarms.

Here is a investigational video on smoke detectors. Please watch this video and I feel it will help you with your decision.


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Look on the back of you smoke detector and identify the type you have. If it is an ionization smoke detector you should either replace it or supplement it with a photoelectric alarm. Ionization smoke detectors are the most common units found in homes.

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Comments (6)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

There should be no smoking gun, as your so correctly stated. When we do homes over to flip, we use top of the line detectors and point them out, so that the propspective buyers understand the level of the work that was done.

Jan 22, 2013 05:30 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Joe -- that is the way to do it when you are flipping homes.  The problem comes with normal sellers who don't know about these issues.

Jan 23, 2013 02:35 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Thanks for the re-blog and the info regarding smoke detectors as I will have to look more closely at ours.

Jan 23, 2013 04:41 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Bob -- glad it was of use to you.  Trying to make sure lots of people see this, as many may have missed the television report.   Have a blessed week!

Jan 23, 2013 04:45 AM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Thanks for sharing. I feel like the inspectors are telling home buyers about the newer detectors, but most buyers have never heard this information before. Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 25, 2013 10:21 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Dana -- this is one of those things where the government regulations are not keeping up with the technology.  Though we sometimes would hope the government would cut back many of their regulations.  Hopefully by blogging about things like this, and the inspectors sharing, more people will be informed.

Jan 25, 2013 12:13 PM