This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a four-part choose your own adventure called Little List. You must complete four Badge Bits in the Little List.)
In this Badge Bit, you will install a smoke detector.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- you must install a smoke detector
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
- a before picture of the location for the smoke detector
- a progress picture of the installation
- an after picture of the location for the smoke detector
Ionizing - Uses radioactive element) More responsive to flaming fires.
Photoelectric - (Uses LED element) More responsive to smouldering fires.
Which is "best" is up for debate and you may want to do a combination of both, based on which type of fire would be most expected.
For instance when I did my house I used mainly photoelectric detectors, figuring that the greatest danger would be from electrical shorts smoking away, but I used an ionizing detector instead near the wood stove in case something bursts into flame. In my attached pump-house I installed both (attached to the main system) as I want to keep "an eye" on things since it has a heater and I don't want hidden problems getting out of control.
If you don't "know enough"... try anyway! (Cuz that's how you learn.)
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"