smoke detector


Definition of smoke detector

: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

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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,, "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 There was a lot of steam, which had set off one of the smoke detectors, Madison firefighters said. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For people who work outside, cold weather is part of the job," 2 Jan. 2018 One of the home's residents called the fire in after smoke detectors went off and noticing smoke coming from a wall, according to a news release from the Aurora Fire Department. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Early morning fire displaces Aurora family," 9 Feb. 2018 One city has robots equipped with games, video chats and smoke detectors. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Students design futuristic cities where senior citizens thrive, age with grace," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of smoke detector

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smoke detector was circa 1927

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smoke detector

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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