Offering 3 basic alarm types, a Kidde smoke alarm is an inexpensive way to protect your family and household from fire. Smoke alarms, when properly installed and functional, reduce the chance of damage, injury and death caused by accidental fires. A smoke alarm should be installed on every level of a home in a central location to fully maximize the speed of detection.
Kidde Smoke Alarm Types
There are 2 general types of smoke alarms: ionization and photoelectric. Both types are sensing alarms, but ionization units are able to detect invisible fire particles, while photoelectric alarms detect visible particles. In terms of smoke alarm models, Kidde offers battery or DC-powered alarms, wired or AC-powered alarms and wireless units. All units have their advantages. A combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms helps to ensure any type of fire is quickly detected, while using more than one type of powered alarm gives your home a versatile approach to fire safety.
Battery-powered smoke alarms from Kidde require no wiring, but their power source must be maintained in order for the units to be effective. Wired alarms have the advantage of interconnectivity. In other words, if one alarm sounds, they all do. Installation is a bit more involved, though, for they must be wired into a home circuit. Wireless smoke alarms may be AC or DC powered.