smoke detector

noun

Definition of smoke detector

: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

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There were no smoke detectors or fire extinguishers at the facility, and the emergency exit was jammed. Washington Post, "Mexico ‘anti-monuments’ recall dark moments, demand justice," 30 June 2019 Birmingham Fire and Service offers smoke detectors and installation for those in need. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "70-year-old man killed in Wylam house fire," 21 June 2019 Investigators will need a few days to conduct interviews, review video surveillance, and answer questions, such as whether the homes had functioning smoke detectors, Alkins said. Lauren Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Investigators seek cause of 9-alarm Dorchester blaze," 16 June 2019 Anyone who needs a smoke detector can call fire officials at 205-785-1332. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "70-year-old man killed in Wylam house fire," 21 June 2019 Spy cameras can even be placed in smoke detectors, alarm clocks and electrical outlets and power strips. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hidden cameras: How to find them in a bathroom, bedroom," 7 June 2019 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

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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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