The Enemy Within Your Home
Most smoke detectors contain radioactive Americium-241.
According to Wikipedia …
“Americium-241 is an alpha emitter with a half-life of 432.6 years. Alpha particle radiation, as opposed to beta (electron) and gamma (electromagnetic) radiation, is used for two additional reasons: alpha particles have high ionization, so sufficient air particles will be ionized for the current to exist, and they have low penetrative power, meaning they will be stopped, safely, by the plastic of the smoke detector or the air. About one percent of the emitted radioactive energy of Am-241 is gamma radiation. The amount of elemental americium-241 is small enough to be exempt from the regulations applied to larger sources.”
The plastic stops the alpha particles.
How much heat does it take to melt plastic?
210 homes were destroyed in the Tea Fire in Montecito and Santa Barbara.
What happened to over a thousand smoke detectors?
427 buildings were destroyed in the Painted Cave Fire in Santa Barbara.
What was the fate of several thousand smoke detectors?
That’s just naming two forest fires in our local area.
What about tornadoes?
Thousands of smoke detectors are probably lifted into the air and spread far and wide every year.
What about floods?
Thousands of smoke detectors probably end up somewhere downriver every year.
SOLUTION — BUY A NON-RADIOACTIVE SMOKE DETECTOR. (They work better anyway.)