PARMA, Ohio - One month after a 5 On Your Side consumer investigation into smoke detectors, Parma is hoping it can convince Ohio to change its smoke alarm laws.
Parma City Council wants the Ohio Board of Building Standards to consider changing its code to require not one, but two smoke detectors in homes. The 5 On Your Side Investigators tested both alarms -- photoelectric and ionization -- last month.
The two operate on different principles and therefore may respond differently to various conditions.
Ionization models are best suited for rooms that contain highly combustible materials that can create flaming fires, including flammable liquids, newspapers and paint cleaning solutions.
Photoelectric models are best suited for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. This is because these rooms often have large pieces of furniture, such as sofas, chairs, mattresses, counter tops, which will burn slowly and create more smoldering smoke than flames.
Parma City Council members considers this an emergency safety measure not only for its homeowners, but all Ohio residents. " I don't think residents are going to go out and worry about getting sighted , I think the focus will be on safety." says Parma Councilman Scott Tuma.
Once approved and signed by the Parma mayor, it will be presented to the State.
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