smoke detector

noun

Definition of smoke detector

: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

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The home had no working smoke detectors, so the man was not alerted to the fire until a carbon monoxide alarm sounded, Scharfenberg said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A West Allis man had to jump off of a roof to escape a house fire," 17 June 2019 There was one person home at the time who was alerted by a smoke detector and was able to escape with her dog, Richards said. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Enfield Fire Department dealt with a pair of fires since Friday," 8 June 2019 As part of the fire protection plan, the city is said to have upgraded the sprinkler system, installed additional smoke detectors and upgraded room doors to improve safety. Fox News, "'Billionaires' Row' New Yorkers continue fight against homeless shelter, accusing Mayor de Blasio of luring vulnerable into 'firetrap'," 6 June 2019 For those who are living in a home with a non-working smoke detector or do not have one at all, new batteries or a new detector will be provided. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair firefighters set to make pizza deliveries Sunday," 9 Mar. 2018 Sure, checking to make sure your smoke detectors are properly functioning is important regardless, but how about purchasing a self-extinguishing coil candle to go with that holiday candle collection? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Candle By The Hour's Coil Candles Extinguish Themselves," 6 Nov. 2018 The apartment had working smoke detectors, Norman said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland woman dies three days after being pulled from apartment fire," 12 Apr. 2018 There were working smoke detectors in the house, however no additional information was available on the fire, which remained under investigation, Lipski said. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One person in critical condition after Milwaukee fire; employees of nearby business helped rescue 2," 12 Mar. 2018 Investigators did not find working smoke detectors in the apartment building. Fox News, "Cigarettes and fireworks may have caused Chicago apartment that killed 9, authorities say," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of smoke detector

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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smoke detector

noun
smoke de·​tec·​tor | \ -di-ˈtek-tər\

Kids Definition of smoke detector

: a device that sounds an alarm automatically when it detects smoke

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