has been designated as National Fire Prevention Month, a time when public service departments across America join forces to spread the word about fire safety. Most of the fires that destroy businesses could have been avoided had there been a working smoke detector, according to data from NFPA. No one wants to see their investment destroyed by flames, so, to honor this month we put together a list of interesting facts you may not have known about smoke detectors. Ionization or Photoelectric. Ionization alarms may respond slightly faster to flaming-type fires, while photo-electric alarms may be quicker at detecting slow, smoldering fires. Because the two types operate differently and are better at detecting different kinds of fires, it’s suggested you either install both types or buy detectors that feature both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Composition. All smoke detectors consist of two basic parts: a sensor to sense the smoke and a very loud electronic horn to wake people up. There are even special alarms that have strobe lights for those with hearing impairments. Tampering. Homeowners or tenants can be fined for tampering with or disabling a smoke alarm, this even includes removing the battery. Replacement. All smoke alarms, whether battery operated or electrically wired should be replaced if they are more than 10 years old because they lose their sensitivity over time. And it’s recommended batteries be replaced once a year Location. Install smoke alarms on your ceilings rather than walls, because smoke rises, and that gives you the earliest possible warning. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for optimum placement. Remember, smoke detectors serve a very important purpose as part of your fire protection plan. So be sure to use the right type, and install them correctly, because your business may depend on it.