Check your state’s codes on smoke detectors. It’s likely that your mom’s smoke detectors don’t meet all of the codes. You want alarms that work in the event of smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide leaks. Many areas require a photoelectric smoke alarm in or near all bedrooms and on each level of the home. Carbon monoxide alarms are also necessary on each floor. Here are some of the recommended alarms and detectors.
Understand the Differences.
There are ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Ionization alarms detect fast moving and hot fires, but they’re not great at smoke. They also have a tendency to go off when there’s smoke from burning foods or steam from bathrooms.
Photoelectric alarms are better for smoky fires. They don’t tend to go off when food burns or steam is coming from a shower.
There are smoke alarms that combine both ionization and photoelectric sensors. These are ideal if you want to cover both angles. Otherwise, consider installing each type in your mom’s home. Also, battery-powered models are ideal. If you decide to go with a hardwired alarm, make sure it has a battery backup feature.
Three Highly-Rated Models.
Nest is a newer entry to the world of fire/smoke detectors. These small devices monitor for both carbon monoxide and smoke. If there’s a problem, an alert is sent to your cell phone. It also gives a verbal alert and turns on a light when the alarm goes off. The alert tells what and where the problem is and even tells you when the battery is getting low. Your mom needs to have internet in her home to use Nest.
Kidde RF-SM-DC is a battery-powered smoke alarm that’s easy on the budget. It connects to other Kidde RF-SM alarms in the home. This way if the alarm goes off, all of the alarms in the home, no matter where they are, also go off. It uses an ionization sensor.
First Alert’s BRK 9120B is a hardwired smoke alarm that has the battery backup feature. It can be connected to other First Alert BRK 9120 alarms throughout your home.
Make Sure You Test Monthly.
Make sure you’re testing your mom’s detectors once a month. Keep your mom safe by having a senior care specialist help her with meals, laundry, and other household chores. A caregiver can help your mom handle an emergency situation, too. Call us today to learn more.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from senior care in Danville, CA, contact the caregivers at A Better Living Home Care Agency. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care. Call 925-566-2366 for more information.