Smoke Detectors

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Properly operating smoke detectors provide an early warning system for families. These systems need to be maintained 2x a year and replaced every 10 years.

NFPA 101 Life safety code 

NFPA 72 National smoke detector signaling and code

Most homes have hardwired smoke detectors, these devices should be installed on every level of a home, especially close to sleeping areas. Each bedroom, living area and hallway should have one. Hardwired smoke detectors are often interconnected, meaning if there is a detector in one area that is activated, all detectors go off to alert the entire household.

Smoke detectors and CO alarms are made to last 10 years from date of manufacture, not beyond that. Most do not make it to a full 10 years. If you have the original smoke detectors in your home, chances are they are overdue for an upgrade! Smoke detector’s sensors degrade at a rate of 4% each year! By the end of their cycle they are only running at 60%! Smoke detector response rate and sensitivity is severely diminished. Please keep your family safe and update / upgrade your system!

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Smoke Alarms turn Yellow over time, if yours are like this replace them,

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Facts:

  • Someone dies in a home fire every 3 hours.
  • Families on average have 3 minutes to escape from a fire, before being overcome from smoke/heat. The sooner an alarm is triggered the better.
  • An integrated system hardwired and/or wireless system provides the best early detection and alarm for families.
  • It is estimated 100 million homes are not hardwired or interconnected. These homes often run with little to no protection.
  • Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.

Is your home up to code?

Is your home interconnected? Hardwired vs Wireless

Wireless Smoke detector system – This system fills the gap between older homes and newer homes. It uses wireless key features that integrate your own homes smoke detector system and expands onto that. Most newer homes are up to code with the new fire standards. But if your home does not have smoke alarms in certain areas, you are maybe at risk. Smoke detectors are placed in certain locations for a reason.

Locations of smoke alarms:

1 – alarms in all bedrooms close to the exit path from the room

2-  alarms to monitor any stairway as they act as a chimneys for smoke and heat.

3-  alarm in every room where an electrical appliance is located.

4- Smoke, heat and combustion products all rise to the ceiling and spread horizontally. Mounting alarms in the center most point of vaulted ceilings/great rooms.

5- alarms at each hallway, if hallway is longer than 30ft than 1 alarm at each end. (COMBO CO/Smoke alarms go here)

6- alarms in finished basements and 1 CO/smoke should be located here as well.

7- Each level of your home should have a CO detector installed.

Here at SDP we remedy this issue of older homes not having enough smoke alarms with our wireless system. We bring every home up to date and safe. If your home does not have smoke detectors in these areas or you have questions if your home is up to code, give me a call.

10 year sealed units. Never change a battery again! These are very helpful if you can’t reach certain areas of your home or just don’t like changing batteries! These units come sealed from factory with a lithium-ion battery rated for 10 years! These units are more costly but are worry free. Never change batteries again! When your sealed unit is at its end of 10 year cycle just replace the whole unit. No batteries needed!

  • Do you have your original smoke detectors?
  • Does your house have a CO detector?
  • Do you know someone who needs an updated smoke detector system?
  • Alarms chirping at night?
  • Alarms more than 10 years old?
  • Can’t reach your smoke detectors?
  • Have very tall ceilings?

I can help with all of these!

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