Will Your Indoor Vape Pen Use Set Off Smoke Alarms – A Look At Vaping and Its Impact On Fire Alarms

imagesAs a smoke alarm company we are constantly having to run tests in various scenarios to assure our products function properly given there intended use.  While we never ever want our smoke alarms to miss a real life fire or smoke related emergency there is a fine line between constant false alarms and detecting true threats and dangers as they occur.  As we are always attempting to tighten this line up at every point we have to research and investigate every possibility that may impact a smoke alarms performance.  One recent popular trend that has really popped up on our radar is the vape pen, dab pen and wax pen craze.  Using a vape pen can create significant amounts of vaporized smoke which raises the question how does this impact indoor smoke alarms.  Vaping smoke and there interaction with smoke alarms is currently a bit of a confusing and controversial topic as many experts have differing opinions.  Our current research and studies show that normal vape pen use indoors should not set off modern smoke alarms.  We have seen some cases where higher use rates of PG and flavors create larger smoke particles that at times can give smoke alarms systems trouble which we are currently developing some adjustments for in our next generation of products.  Vapor smoke is a lot different then cigarette smoke and all signs point to vaping being a much more smoke alarm friendly indoor activity.   Part of the process of understanding how vape smoke impacts smoke alarm detection is learning about the different types of smoke alarms.  Lets take a look at a few to deepen our knowledge on this very interesting subject.

Vape Pen Sensitive Smoke and Fire Alarm Type Number One – Ionization Alarms

Sensitive to small particles of smoke, Ionization alarms take advantage of two electrically charged radioactive plates.  When vape pen smoke particles enter a smoke alarm of this nature they interrupt the electricity between the plates, setting off the alarm.  One of the more common types of smoke detectors Ionization alarms will go off when smoke is blown out directly at them.

Vape Pen Sensitive Smoke and Fire Alarm Type Number Two – Optical Alarms

Optical smoke and fire alarms work by beaming infrared light as sensitivity and alert markers.  When vape pen smoke particles enter this type of smoke alarm, the smoke particles trigger the infrared lights to be scattered onto a detector which sets off the alarm.  This type of smoke alarm does not perform that well against false detecting vaporizer pen smoke in our experiences.

Vape Pen Sensitive Smoke and Fire Alarm Type Number Three – Heat Alarms

Mostly used in kitchens and places where heat and smoke often exist , heat alarms are unlikely to detect vaporized smoke as they are responsive to heat rather than to actual smoke particles.  These are one of the best choices when it comes to vape pen smoke management and detection.  If you do want to learn more about how vape pen smoke interacts with the latest smoke alarm technology stay tuned as we are conducting plenty of more studies to write up soon.

Top Causes Of House Fires – What To Watch Out For and What To Avoided

Nobody enjoys a house fire and at Signal One Safety we want everybody to be safe.  Often filled with our most prized possessions and precious memories the home is a sacred place that should be protected at all costs.  A home is a place where you are supposed to feel safe from the threats of the outer world.  Since invented fire has been destroying buildings and homes but thanks to modern technology and new and innovative thinking the threat of fire is not what it once was if appropriate measures are put into place.  Fire prevention is not only about having a world class smoke and fire alarm alert and detection system but to also be highly educated on what typically causes house fires and some of the more effective precautionary steps that can be taken to avoid them all together.  Lets take a look at this OHI Construction infographic to get a better on what exactly the top causes of house fires are so that we can start coming up with game plans of protection and avoidance.  A breakdown of key fire statistics can along way towards educating us on what to do and what not to do.


Top Causes Of House Fires Statistic #1: 42% of House Fires Are Started By Cooking

We are sure we all can agree that eating is awesome and fires are not.  Its pretty staggering to think that almost 50% of the home fires that occur are started from cooking.  One idea that we think should really be stressed is the fact that we should never take our eyes off what we are cooking.  Too many times we start cooking something only to get distracted or preoccupied by something.  When fire or heat is being used in the kitchen it simply should be monitored at all times and this stat certainly makes a great case for that.

Top Causes Of House Fires Statistic #2: One Civilian Fire Death Occurs Every Three Hours

This number is simply way too high and we need to start doing everything in our power to bring it to a more reasonable standard.  No one should have to experience the loss of a loved one due to fire and often times all it takes is a little time, effort and money to reduce the possibility of such a tragedy taking place.  If you are worried about a friend or family member be sure they are guarded by a SignalONE Safety® as saving a life often can come down to something as simple as pre-planning.

Top Causes Of House Fires Statistic #3: 62% Of House Fire Deaths Occur In Homes Without Working Smoke Alarms or Fire Detectors

Why anyone would risk their lives living in a dwelling that is not properly equipped with the correct smoke alarms and fire detectors is beyond us but at the same time we also get it.  Lives get busy.  Minds get forgetful.  Budgets get tight.  There are many roadblocks and obstacles that may pop up which prevent us from from taking care of our smoke alarms and fire alerts but no deterrent in world should stop up for taking care of this important matter.  When we think about the fact that over half the homes in America are not monitored properly it hurts.  Lets all come together to try and bring this sad statistic back to a more reasonable percentage.