The sole purpose of smoke detectors (also called smoke alarms) is to save lives. We all have these devices throughout our homes to protect our family and our property from the horrifying consequences of a house fire.
We depend on smoke detectors to detect fires and alert us so we are able to leave the house without injury. When these life-saving devices are defective, the consequences are almost always catastrophic, resulting in serious burn injuries and death.
Of all the defective products we may unknowingly have in our home, defective smoke alarms are the worst. We put our trust and our lives in the hands of these devices. When they don’t work, the ultimate betrayal has occurred.
If you, a loved one, or your property, have been harmed as a result of a defective smoke alarm, you must contact an experienced product liability attorney in your area. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Long & Long have helped many families who have suffered from defective products, and we can help you, too.
Defective smoke alarms are most commonly produced by the following companies:
- First Alert
- United Technologies
- Fire Sentry
What many people do not realize about these “smoke” detectors is that they are not designed to detect smoke at all; they simply detect heat. Your home can be filled with smoke, yet the smoke detector will not sound unless heat is detected. By the time the heat makes it to the alarm, it is often too late to get everyone out of the home safely.
Fire Deaths in Alabama
For the past seven years, Alabama has ranked in the top five states for the number of fire fatalities. To reduce this number, the state has required the installation of smoke detectors as part of the Smoke Alarm Initiative. However, a smoke alarm that does not function properly will not help solve the problem.
The ionization technology in the above smoke detectors are able to detect fast flaming fires that give off little smoke, but these detectors fail to detect the slow, smoldering, smoky fires that are most common in residences. These include kitchen fires, grease fires, and electrical fires. Photoelectric technology is best able to detect slow-burning home fires.
If the ionization smoke detectors had been designed and marketed properly, lives could have been saved.
If you or someone you know has suffered due to defective smoke alarms, or if you have lost property due to fire damage, you may have a valid product liability claim against the manufacturer. If you live in the Mobile, Alabama area, please contact Long & Long today by completing the form on this page or calling (251) 432-2277 to schedule your confidential consultation.