smoke detector


Definition of smoke detector 

: an alarm that activates automatically when it detects smoke

called also smoke alarm

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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 In Sweden, smoke detectors inside a billboard prompt a man in a video ad to begin coughing loudly whenever a smoker walks by, the report said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Battles between smokers, nonsmokers may be heating up," 11 July 2018 Thomas said the apartments are equipped with smoke detectors and alarms. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "2 children die in Gary apartment fire; another child jumps to safety from 4th-story window," 26 Mar. 2018 Install smoke detectors outside each bedroom and make sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, including your basement. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Why You Should NEVER Plug Space Heaters Into Power Strips," 29 Nov. 2017 Handrails, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors were installed as part of the new safety initiative. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Rebuilding Together Grows," 29 May 2018 But the building, a mix of rental and owner-occupied units, had working smoke detectors, according to Boston Fire Department spokesman Marc Sanders. John Hilliard And Felicia Gans,, "Boston battles three fires, including six-alarm blaze in West Roxbury," 12 May 2018 Before the family moves in, a worker inspects their apartment for mold, frayed wires, peeling paint, smoke detectors and other problems, according to Catholic Charities. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Refugees flee war-torn homelands for deteriorating apartment complexes in S.A.," 30 June 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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