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Recent Fire and Life Safety Information

Smoke Detectors and Smoke Alarms both expire, but how do you check?

18 August 2020

Smoke Detectors and Smoke Alarms both expire, but how do you check?

Recent Fire and Life Safety Information

Smoke Detectors and Smoke Alarms both expire, but how do you check?

18 August 2020

Both Smoke Detectors and Smoke Alarms expire, but how do you check?

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Although they look alike, a smoke alarm is a stand-alone device with a built-in audible sounder, a control component such as a power supply (typically battery or electric with battery backup), and a sensor. A smoke alarm is not connected to a fire alarm control panel, but it may sound several smoke alarms within the building if it is interconnected with other smoke alarms.

On the other hand, a smoke detector typically has only a built-in sensor and is part of a system. This means that to function, the detector also requires an external sounding audible device (such as a horn/strobe unit) and a control component such as a power source, typically found at the fire alarm panel.

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