REPLACE ALARMS EVERY 10 YEARS
ALL MODELS, ALL TYPES!

DETECTION TYPE

PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE ALARM

Photoelectric smoke alarms use a beam of light to detect smoke.  They are more responsive to fires that begin with long period of smoldering.  Photoelectric smoke alarms tend to be less prone to nuisance alarms in your kitchen.

IONIZATION SMOKE ALARM

Ionization smoke alarms detect fire by sensing changes in heat and air quality in your home.  They are more responsive to flaming fires, but are more susceptible to nuisance alarms due to cooking.

INSTALLATION TYPE

HARD-WIRED SMOKE ALARMS

Hard-wired smoke alarms are powered directly by your home’s electricity. Hard-wired smoke alarms will not function in the event of a power outage, so make sure your alarms have a battery back-up feature, or install additional battery-operated smoke alarms. 

If you are replacing a hard-wired smoke alarm, you must replace it with another hard-wired unit.  You cannot substitute a battery operated smoke alarm in its place.

BATTERY OPERATED SMOKE ALARM

Battery operated smoke alarms get their power from batteries. Batteries must be replaced when the low-battery indicator chirps, when the smoke alarm doesn’t function properly when tested, or every 6 months.

Smoke alarms are now available with 10 year lithium batteries which never need to be replaced for the life of the unit. These smoke alarms are great for hard to reach places and those who have difficulty maintaining their smoke alarms.

INTER-CONNECTION

INTERCONNECTED SMOKE ALARMS

Interconnected smoke alarms communicate with each other so when one smoke alarm detects fire they all sound.  These smoke alarms provide your family with the highest level of early warning in the event of fire.  If you have more than one hard-wired smoke alarm in your home, they should already be interconnected. 

WIRELESS INTERCONNECTED ALARMS

Interconnected smoke alarms can also be installed in homes that aren’t already wired for it.  Wireless smoke alarms are battery operated alarms which still communicate with each other with wireless signals.  These alarms can also be great for detection in a nearby building such as a garage or shed.

DETECTOR COMMUNICATION AND SPECIAL FEATURES

SMOKE ALARMS WITH CO ALARMS

Some smoke alarms are combination units which detect carbon monoxide as well as smoke and fire.  Combination alarms are available in hard-wired and battery operated models, and have two different alarm sounds to tell you whether its smoke or CO.

DETECTOR SPECIAL FEATURES

Since it is against the law to disable smoke alarms, many smoke alarms are now available with features such as “hush” buttons, which temporarily silences a nuisance alarm.

Additionally, smoke alarms are available with strobe lights, pillow/bed shakers, and other notifiers for those who are haring or visually impaired.

INSTALLATION LOCATIONS


In Ontario, working smoke alarms are required by law on every level of the home and outside of all sleeping areas. New homes are also required to have a working smoke alarm equipped with a visual signal device (flashing strobe light) located inside each bedroom.

CEILING/WALL PLACEMENT

Smoke rises. Smoke alarms should be located up high, either on a ceiling (minimum of 4” away from a wall) or on a wall (between 4” – 12” down from the ceiling). Smoke alarms must be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines, but this graphic can be used as a general guideline for where to place them.

PEAKED/SLOPED CEILINGS

In rooms with peaked or sloped ceilings, smoke alarms should be installed near the top of the ceiling. They should be at least 4” down but must be placed within 3’ of the peak measured horizontally. Smoke alarms must be installed on peaked / sloped ceilings in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines, but this graphic can be used as a guideline for where to place smoke alarms in rooms with peaked / sloped ceilings.


ONTARIO SMOKE ALARM LAWS


It is the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home (including basement) and outside all sleeping areas.
Failure to comply with the law can result in a ticket of $360 or a fine up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

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