Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by detecting fires and Carbon Monoxide early and alerting residents, allowing crucial time to escape. The risk of dying from a Fire/Carbon Monoxide in a home without working alarms is twice as high as in a home that has working alarms.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is sometimes described as “The Silent Killer”.
Mountain Vista Fire District offers a Smoke Detector / Carbon Monoxide Alarm replacement/installation service. Our grant-funded smoke detector program is a partnership with Sonora Environmental Research Institute (SERI). We are grateful to have SERI as a partner in our community risk reduction program.
To schedule a Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm check please fill out form below and we will contact you to make an appointment.
What types of smoke alarms are available?
There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.
Ionization alarms sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs.
Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.
There are also combination (dual sensor) smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit.
Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because home residents cannot predict what type of fire might start in a home, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms.
In addition to the basic types of smoke alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.