Dual sensor smoke alarms emphasized by grandmother facing loss due to fire

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on May 22, 2017

A Nebraska grandmother, who lost family to fire, has launched a campaign stressing the importance of dual sensor smokePhoto of tip sheet and bullet points of tips on smoke alarms alarms. According to WOWT News, Jo Lynne Lehan’s son’s family had working smoke alarms the morning of a fire in their home, but not dual sensor. In October 2016, Michael and Michelle Speer, along with their four girls were killed in the fire.

“No one should have to go through what our families have gone through, losing people we love,” Lehan is quoted as saying.

An ionization smoke alarm, in general, is more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm, in general, is more responsive to smoldering fires.

For the best protection or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both ionization smoke alarms and photoelectric smoke alarms or combination ionization-photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor smoke alarms, are recommended.

Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms to provide a minimum level of protection.

Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home for the best protection. When one sounds, they all sound. It is especially important to have interconnected smoke alarms if you sleep with doors closed.

The smoke alarm section of the NFPA website, along with the smoke alarm safety tip sheet and community toolkit on smoke alarms provide additional safety information.