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HOME SAFETY: SMOKE DETECTORS Smoke detectors are one of the simplest and most efficient ways of protecting a home and household members from severe injury or death caused by a home fire. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that a home fire occurs every 66 seconds in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that having a functioning home smoke detector in the home reduces by 50 percent the chances of dying from a fire. Unfortunately, approximately one-third of all smoke detectors placed in homes do not function properly. Types of Smoke Detectors The two common types of smoke detectors are ionization and photoelectric. An ionization detector is the most common and uses ionization sensors to detect smoke. Ionization detectors are very sensitive and are designed to detect hot and fast-moving fires that produce minimal smoke. Photoelectric detectors detect the presence of visible particulates in the air. Inside the detector, a light-emitting diode (LED) directs a narrow beam of infrared light across the
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