If your smoke detector doesn't work...the silence can be...deadly!
||At least once a month. Push test button or use smoke.
||At least once a year. Dust with vacuum.
||The battery each year. Use battery type listed on detector.
Some new detectors have a long life lithium battery. Check it!
If your smoke detector sounds in non-emergency situations, fan the detector
to stop the alarm. Numerous false alarms may indicate your smoke detector needs
to be relocated. Contact your local fire department for more information.
The FireX smoke detector that I have listed previously has a 15 minute delay on
the reset to allow you to complete cooking if it is going off while cooking,
etc, and has the new 10 year lithium battery. See the new Oregon law
|SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES
|All seasoned fire fighters
have heard the explanation, "The smoke detector woke me up. I
was able to wake the rest of the family and get them out just
ahead of the fire." A smoke detector is the best early fire
detection device available to the average homeowner. Here are some
answers to questions commonly asked about smoke detectors.
How much does a smoke detector cost?
A smoke detector may be purchased at most
retail stores for prices ranging from $5 to $20.
What kind of smoke detector should I
Both battery powered and house current powered
smoke detectors do a good job. Make sure the one you choose has
been tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
How many smoke detectors do I need?
There should be at least one detector on every
floor of the house except attics, unless the attic space is used
for sleeping. Additional detectors will increase the chance of
Where should I place a detector?
Smoke detectors should be placed near bedrooms
either on the ceiling--at least 6 to 12 inches away from
wall--or on the wall, 6--12 inches down from the ceiling. This
allows the detector to sense the smoke as it approaches the
How do I install a smoke detector?
Battery operated detectors can be attached
directly to the ceiling or wall. Wired-in electric detectors are
somewhat more difficult to install and may require an
What maintenance do smoke detectors
Test the detector at least monthly by pushing
the test button. Once a year vacuum the dust from alarm air
vents. Battery operated detectors should have the battery
replaced each year or when the low battery warning sounds.
Select a memorable date such as a holiday or a family birthday
to remind you to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
at that time.
Is there anything else I should do
with my smoke detector?
YES! Hold practice drills with the whole
family so they will know what to do if your detector ever alerts
you of an emergency.
Any other tips?
- Install a smoke detector on each level of
- Never remove a good battery or otherwise
disable the detectors.
- Know what to do after a detector sounds off.
- Plan a home escape route in the event of a
One fine example of fire safety concern is the new law in Oregon...
These detectors make sense all over our nation although laws do not require them
Oregon law has changed regarding smoke detectors. A new type of smoke
detector is now on sale throughout the state, and the old type is no longer
There are two primary features of the new alarms:
Silencer Feature: A button enables the
residents to temporarily disable the alert sound when the alarm has been
triggered by cooking, dust, etc. This feature has been added to help
eliminate the problem of owners removing the battery to silence a false
alarm and then never replacing it, a problem that's proven to have tragic
Ten-Year Battery Life: New alarms sold in
Oregon are required to have ten-year batteries. This solution is to help
prevent one of the saddest things firefighters see -- a smoke detector
hanging open on the ceiling, minus it's battery -- a smoke detector that
might have otherwise saved a life.