How Does A Smoke Detector Work?

What does a smoke detector detect?

A smoke detector is an electronic fire-protection device that automatically senses the presence of smoke, as a key indication of fire, and sounds a warning to building occupants. Commercial and industrial smoke detectors issue a signal to a fire alarm control panel as part of a building’s central fire alarm system.

Do smoke detectors detect vape?

After all, vape pens produce vapour not smoke, so in theory they won’t set off a smoke detector because there’s no smoke produced for it to detect.

How do ionization smoke detectors work?

How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.

How are smoke detectors made?

An ICSD smoke detector is composed of a housing made of polyvinylchloride or poly-styrene plastic, a small electronic alarm horn, a printed circuit board with an assortment of electronic components, and a sensing chamber and reference chamber, each containing a pair of electrodes and the radioactive source material.