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Fire Department Reps Discuss Smoke Detectors

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What's the best kind of smoke detector to have in your home?

A recent NewsChannel 5 investigation exposed how the most popular type of smoke detector has trouble detecting smoke.

On Monday, representatives from fire departments across the state met to talk about a variety of fire-related issues -- including the pros and cons of ionization detectors.

Studies show ionization detectors can take significantly longer to go off in smoky fires. The alternative is photo electric technology which seems to sense smoke quicker. Most fire chiefs are in favor of using detectors that use both ionization and photo electric sensors.

Last year, Metro firefighter and state Rep. Mike Turner tried to get a law passed that would require the dual detectors in homes. The bill failed, but fire chiefs Monday said they would support it if it came up again this year.

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