Home safety: Smoke and CO Detectors


There are many areas of home safety, we will touch on many of them in the near future, but I wanted to talk a bit about smoke and CO detectors. The reason is as I was going through a few of the feeds from a neighborhood social media app, one post got my attention. The person posted that she was slowly being driven out of her sanity because of an insistent chirping sound even after she had tried to change the batteries! She also had pointed out that the smoke detectors she had in her home were hardwired and were ten years old and needed to be replaced. She couldn't find the "correct" replacement detectors at the local Home Center, so she ended up going on line and buying them.

Okay, enough of the back story, I think you get the picture.

So smoke detectors as well as CO (Carbon-monoxide) detectors are now code for all homes. The smoke detectors need to be placed in every bedroom, hallway (upstairs as well as downstairs) and with in roughly 15 feet of the kitchen, but not directly in the kitchen because of the high rate of false alarms from those of you who like your toast carbonized.

Every detector has a life span of 10 years. The batteries of most older models would last maybe 2 to three years and then need to be replaced. According to the manufacture's instructions you should be testing your system weekly (monthly at the very least). Hard wired systems are set up so that once one detector goes off they all do, and everyone in the neighborhood knows that there is something going on at your house.