SHAKER HIEIGHTS, Ohio - Shaker Heights Fire Chief Kevin Jacobs wants to see photoelectric detectors in every Shaker Heights home. Now, Shaker Heights city council is considering an ordinance requiring residents to do so.
"What we determined is the photoelectric tend to sound a lot faster than the ionization in a slow smoldering fire," said Fire Chief Kevin Jacobs.
The photoelectric alarms cost $4 to $10 more than the more common ionization ones.
Jacobs said that for a few dollars more, your family could be warned minutes faster during a slow moving fire.
"The ability to have extra minute to evacuate your house is the difference between life and death," Jacobs said.
Council had a first reading of the ordinance.
If the law passes, it would require photoelectric detectors to pass the city's point of sale inspections. Current homeowners would also be strongly encouraged to buy the new alarms through a public education campaign.
"Just think of how much we spend on car insurance or other types of insurance," Shaker Heights homeowner John Keiger said. "Just having the photoelectric smoke detectors in homes is probably the cheapest insurance you can buy."
Photoelectric smoke detectors are available at almost all hardware or Big Box stores.
You can tell the difference between a photoelectric detector and an ionization one by the letter "P" on the packaging.
Shaker Heights city council is expected to bring this up in next Monday's meeting.
Also, after the story aired Tuesday, the Chagrin Falls fire marshal said his city is also considering the same legislation. City council will vote on it Monday.
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