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Smoke Alarm or Smoke Detector?

10/29/2008
by Harry J. OsterWould you call a pike ax a flathead ax, or a smooth bore nozzle a fog nozzle? I don't think so.So why then would you call a single station smoke alarm (photo 1) a smoke detector? Why would you call a smoke detector a smoke alarm? I'm not sure why either, but let's look at the difference.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...

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