Smoke Detectors: Aren’t They All The Same? Ionization Vs. Photoelectric Detectors

Ionization Smoke Detectors vs. Photoelectric Smoke Detectors

Not knowing what type of smoke detector (ionization or photoelectric) is in your home can mean the difference between life and death, especially for unattended pets. Pets cannot dial 911 in the event of smoke and fire. Neither can unattended animals in barns. Yet we constantly read about fires where animals die, typically from smoke inhalation before fire.

According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet. What kind of pets do you own? Do you worry about your pets safety when you’re not home?

Most consumers have ionization smoke detectors. These types of detectors pick up rapid flames, but may be slow to pick up smoke. The National Fire Protection Agency states, “roughly 96 percent of households in the United States have at least one smoke alarm in their home, yet it’s unlikely people truly understand the difference between the two major types of alarms. Over 90 percent of house smoke alarms are ionization alarms.”

A better choice may be the photoelectric smoke detector. Slow, smoldering fires (like those caused by pets turning on the oven or knocking over candles or space heaters) are picked up much more quickly because of how these detectors work. When smoke enters the detector chamber, it reflects light onto the light sensor, thereby triggering the alarm. This type of detector can save valuable time.

Smoke Alarm Monitoring of Garden City, NY has the patent on a unique, battery-operated cellular photoelectric smoke detector that works right out of the box. The company offers 24/7 monitoring with live dispatch and notifies the homeowner via phone. With a lifetime warranty, no credit checks and no contracts, it is the best option for protection of pets, family and property. Additionally. most insurance companies offer a discount to homeowners with smoke alarms. The discount may partially or completely cover the cost of monitoring, costing the homeowner very little.

The company runs special fundraising programs for nonprofits. The company will also be offering some new products in the very near future.

Smoke Alarm Monitoring welcomes your inquiry. Click on Smoke Alarm Monitoring to submit your request and get the FAQS here.

                                                                         About Smoke Alarm Monitoring

Smoke Alarm Monitoring specializes in a patented, photoelectric cellular smoke detector with live 24/7 monitoring. SAM’s goal is to alert the public to smoke and fire risks and help save the lives of family and pets as well as property. SAM offers fundraising partnerships with pet rescues, shelters, and nonprofit organizations. Homeowner’s insurance discounts often cover the cost of monitoring. Visit our website for more information: