Should you be concerned?
Are you wondering what type of crimes have been committed in the area your looking to purchase a property in? or maybe
you would like to find the best and (worst) areas in Toronto to live in. Then you might want to start here:
Type and Age of Smoke Detectors.
To know the difference between ionization and photoelectric alarms, you need to take the smoke alarm down and look at the
back. Ionization alarms all contain a trace amount of a radioactive material, Americium 241. They’ll all have a warning about
this on the back side. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors DO NOT last forever, they actually have a 7-10 years life span,
most of the time the "replace date by" will be printed on the outside rim of the unit or possibly on the underside. Make sure you
look for this and purchase a unit that has not expired.
Smoke Detectors - Are you really Protected?
Did you know there are basically two types of smoke detectors available? Ionization (most common) and photoelectric. The
one to buy will depend on the type of fire. There are two types of fires - one that creates smoke very quickly, such as in the
kitchen due to a fire in a pan called a "hot" fire which "ionization" type smoke detectors can quickly detect and smoldering
fires which ionization alarms may not be able to detect quickly. Photoelectric alarms which may be better suited for those
slow smoldering fires - You might be better off having both in your home. More detailed information
NBC Today reported on how the most common smoke detectors may not go off in time...view the video.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors - its the law!
The Ontario Government passed a law in late 2014 requiring carbon monoxide detectors to be in every home on every
floor especially near all sleeping areas, such as bedrooms and or rooms that somebody might fall asleep in, such as in
an unfinished basement where there is a couch. For added protection carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in
every bedroom and as close to sleeping areas on every floor.
You can purchase models which plug into an electrical outlet or you can purchase a dual unit which is a smoke and
carbon monoxide detector in one package.
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs - Public Safety: Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Poisons in your home?.
Flame Retardants are used in the manufacturer of furniture products also (electronics, car padding and building
materials and some childrens materials), to help reduce the possibility of fire. These chemicals, polybrominated
diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs are now showing up in peoples bodies and are thought to disrupt hormone signaling and
HBO ran a documentary based on flame retardants called "Toxic Hot Seat". The Dr. Oz show also posted a piece
about "How to Avoid Toxic Flame Retardants in your Furniture" it goes on to help you identify if you have flame
retardants in your furniture . The Chicago Tribune "Playing with Fire" has a website which has a six part series, also, if
you scroll down to the bottom you will find much more information and I also managed to find a paper by The
Environmental Working Group "No Escape" which has detailed information about the exposure to flame retardants in
mothers and babies.