Photoelectric Smoke Detectors

Photoelectric smoke detectors, also known as optical smoke detectors, work by "seeing" smoke and sounding an alarm. A second type of smoke detector--ionization smoke detectors--work by interrupting a chemical reactive process. The difference between the two is the visual element. Photoelectric smoke detectors look for the presence of visible by-products of combustion through an interrupted light source.

While there are differences between photoelectric smoke detectors and ionization detectors, the most important aspect of either of them is simply to have them installed in your home or business. Both are effective in preventing damage to property and saving lives, though neither can be if not already in place. Photoelectric smoke detectors cost very little to purchase and install compared with the value of what they protect.

Too often, the damage caused by fire is avoidable. Photoelectric smoke detectors are able to serve as your eyes while you are away. When properly installed as part of a larger system, smoke detectors can detect a fire, or a potential fire, long before it has had a chance to truly wreak havoc. While they cannot put out a fire, of course, more often than not, fires can be contained once detected.

At Global Fire Control, we offer our customers both photoelectric smoke detectors and ionization detectors. Some smoke detectors today are even a combination of the two technologies, thus maximizing the benefits of both. For more information, and to learn which products are right for you and your property, please contact us at