TOM: You depend on smoke detectors for warning in the event of a fire. But without the right kind of detector, you might not be warned soon enough. Hi. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: Not all smoke detectors are created equal and a recent study that some might not alert you in time.
LESLIE: Traditional smoke detectors use ionization sensors, which take a long time to detect slow, smoldering fires. But, now, there’s better detection technology available with photoelectric sensors, which are far more sensitive to the beginnings of the fire.
TOM: If you have ionization detectors, you might want to consider backing those up with a photoelectric detector. Or, better yet, invest in dual-technology detectors that incorporate both technologies in one unit.
LESLIE: It’s a smart and pretty small investment to make in the safety of your family and your home. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit Home Improvement Tips, visit moneypit.com.