Smoke Detectors and Jordy Nelson…….hmmm what is the connection?
My wife and I are always eager to hear about a good local place to eat. A few years ago, one of our clients recommended a place called Nelsons Landing in Leonardville. One afternoon, we rode our bike there and absolutely loved it! Turns out, the owners are the parents of Jordy Nelson, a local guy who is adored as a K-State hero as well as a receiver for the Green Bay Packers. Anyway, a couple of weeks later we went back there to have a meal. At the entrance was a box with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for Nelsons Landing. Without reading the small print, I filled out the piece of paper and put it in the box. About a week later, we got a call that we had won the certificate (YAY, YAY, YAY!). But, we had to listen to a fire safety briefing first. (DANG, DANG, DANG!)
So the guy shows up to the house and this fire safety briefing ended up being a sales job for smoke detectors. Well, luckily for this guy, he was not real pushy and was pretty friendly, so we decided to listen. At the end, the price was way too much for what we were willing to pay, but we did get some good info.
There are two different types of smoke detectors, photoelectric and ionization. The photoelectric type are best for smoldering fires. The Ionization type are better for flaming fires. WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN! At least I did not know this. My shopping for smoke detectors used to be going to Walmart and putting the least expensive one in my cart. Turns out that it is recommended to have both types in each level of your house. In fact the type this guy was selling had both technologies in each. Click here for more info about these technologies.
We then walked thru our house. In the basement, he asked if we had a carbon monoxide detector. I proudly showed him our carbon monoxide detector next to the furnace. He informed me that the best place to have a carbon monoxide detector is not nearest the source that may produce carbon monoxide, but closest to sleep areas. He also highly recommended having fire extinguishers near sleep areas too. Why hadn’t I thought of that!!
A couple of days after this new knowledge, I made a trip to Menards and purchased new detectors of both types as well as another carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher for our bedroom. Sure enough, each detector package had in the fine print, what technology it utilized.
I consider myself pretty knowledgable, especially when it comes to safety. I was pretty shocked that the salesman was able to point out ways of having a safer home in MY HOME! So, we drank a couple of beers and he left. Thanks Mr smoke detector salesman! Scott