smoke detector

noun

Definition of smoke detector

: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

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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 Milwaukee residents who don't have a smoke detector can request one from the Fire Department's Smoke Alarm Hotline at (414) 286-8980. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire Department hands out smoke detectors after 2 killed in fire Monday," 14 May 2018 In that instance, no smoke detectors were present in the home. Max Londberg, kansascity, "'I can't get to them': Dispatcher recounts call from Ozarks fire that killed 5 kids," 7 June 2018 No working smoke detectors were heard in the apartment, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Woman killed in Englewood fire," 12 July 2018 The club also received violations for a lack of smoke detectors and broken staircases. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Trump Slams Restaurant That Refused Service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders as ‘Filthy’ and ‘Dirty’," 25 June 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\

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

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