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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / News

Choosing Smoke Alarms


OCTOBER 3 - 9, 2010


Please join Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department in recognizing the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms within your home.  This year's theme "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With" emphasizes the advance warning that smoke alarms can afford your family in "getting out and staying out" in case of fire.

There are two types of smoke alarm technologies – ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires – like a pan fire or the smoke from cooking. A photoelectric alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires – like a cigarette, overheated wiring or something hot like a space heater. Install both types of alarms in your home or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms that take advantage of both technologies.

Extra precautions need to be taken if a member of your household is deaf or hard of hearing.  There are some smoke alarms with strobes or the ability to be used with strobes – also called visible notification appliances – that signal to awaken those that are deaf (those with profound hearing loss.) the use of tactile notification appliances (such as a pillow or bed shaker) is also now required, and activated by the sound of the smoke alarm.
 The means for signaling to awaken those who are hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) is through the use of a complex low frequency audible signal. Smoke alarms currently on the market do not produce this signal. However, separate notification appliances are available that do produce this signal, and are activated by the sound of the smoke alarm.

Regardless of the type of alarm you install, make sure you perform the following actions: 

  1. Test smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.  If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  2. All smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and those that are hard-wired alarms, should be replaced when they’re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
  3. Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.

For further information regarding fire safety, please contact Titusville Fire and Emergency Services at 383-5708 or



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