Smoke detectors and radioactivity

Wasson, Craig
June 1990
Earth Island Journal;Summer90, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p18
Discusses the environmental effects of smoke detectors that contain americium, a radioactive substance. Original design of smoke detectors; Processes involved in detecting fire and smoke; Radiation emitted.


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