What types of smoke detectors are there?

There are two basic types of smoke detectors: Ionization and photo-electric. Both are effective at detecting fire, yet each has a unique detecting system. Each type of detector comes as AC-operated smoke detectors or battery-powered smoke detectors. Some AC detectors come with a battery back-up system.  Photoelectric detectors should not be installed within 10 feet of a cooking appliance.

Since there are many variables in the mounting of smoke detectors please call the Kalispell Building Department for additional information.

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1. Is there a fee for reviewing plans for alarm or sprinkler systems?
2. Can I speak with a Fire Life Safety Inspector about my building project?
3. What can a business do to improve fire safety in their workplace?
4. What is a “proper fire extinguisher”? Are there different kinds of extinguishers for different kinds of fires?
5. What is a charged extinguisher? How often do extinguishers need to be inspected, tested or serviced?
6. What types of smoke detectors are there?
7. Are Carbon Monoxide Detectors required?