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 Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives!

This one's out of service!There's no doubt about it, many fatalities each year can be avoided with Smoke Detectors. The sooner occupants are aware of smoke or fire, the more likely it is that injuries can be avoided and property damages kept to a minimum. This means that Smoke Detectors must be working!  that is why 120 volt models are required in most localities now. These Smoke Detectors don't rely on batteries (and someone changing them) to operate,  but are directly connected (hard-wired) to the electrical system. Some 120 volt models are available with battery-backup for additional security (They will operate with or without the power on). These battery-backup models cost a little more, but the peace of mind they provide is easily worth it.

In some localities they are required:
  • Inside every Bedroom

  • In Hallways outside each Bedroom

  • On every Floor

New Smoke Detector

Most often these are required to be directly wired into the House Wiring and wired to each other! Note: Multiple Smoke Detectors that are interconnected require special dedicated wiring that runs between each unit. These multiple units and special wiring are required so that Smoke or Fire in any part of the House will set off alarms in all areas. This is also required where Apartments are involved so that all occupants in the building can be notified as soon as possible. Some areas are further requiring (in new installations) that the smoke detectors be connected to relays that would shut down any Ventilating equipment that would aid in the spread of smoke or fire. This would include central air conditioning equipment and whole-house fans.

Usually, all interconnected units must be of the same type (or compatible) to function properly. The list of compatible models is provided with the unit and also  available separately from the manufacturer. Also included, would be guidelines and recommendations for the placement of smoke detectors around the house and in different types of rooms. In general, they must not be placed in any "dead air" spaces and should  be tested often. Some information suggests replacement at least every 10 years.

Now, even if this is not required yet in your area, Don't you think it's a good Idea?

Read recent Press release from Consumer Product Safety Commission

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