Smoke and CO2 Detectors

Safety and Code Compliance

When it comes to protecting your family it makes sense to be sure you know and meet the latest standards/recommendations.

Did you know?

  1. It is required by law that working smoke alarms must be present in each floor of a residence?
  2. Most smoke detectors have 10 year life as per manufacture specs. They need to be replaced to maintain the level of protection required.
  3. Smoke detectors are now available with 10 year batteries incorporated at manufacturing. If you have replaceable batteries the fire departments recommend that batteries be replaced twice a year.
  4. Newer smoke debtors can incorporate CO (carbon monoxide) protection and are recommended by building code, to be present on each floor where sleeping quarters are present. This is a requirement for all new house construction.
  5. Smoke alarms are also required to be replaced outside of sleeping areas such as halls and common areas.
  6. It is recommended that smoke detectors be tested monthly.
  7. Smoke alarms that are interconnected can provide an extra level of protection so that detection on one level can trigger an alarm on another levee, possibly providing extra time for evacuation.
  8. Combination hardwired (120v) with battery back-up provide one of the highest levels of protection. This, in combination with interconnection, provides some of the highest protection available at a reasonable price.
  9. New designs and technologies allow installation of detectors and alarms with wireless interconnectivity.
  10. Some newer designs have a built in “Hush” feature. This allows the silencing of the alarm for about 20 minutes in cases of nuisance tripping, such as when you burn the toast, or if it is over-sensitive when you are cooking. This allows interruption of the noise but not the protection. Different types and sensitivities are available for any situation so that you can have the latest in protection for your family.
  11. Smoke alarms are required in every bedroom for new construction and required in renovations by some building departments. Contact your local building inspector for requirements in your area.

So why make smoke detectors a priority for you and your family?

  1. Safety for life and property.
  2. It’s the Law
  3. Peace of Mind

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