Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
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Only BRK CO alarms with a "smart interconnect" can be interconnected
with smoke and heat alarms. The smart interconnect sends a unique
signal for smoke and CO alarms on one interconnect wire. With non-smart
interconnect CO products, no electrical hazard is associated with such
a connection of CO and smoke alarms. However, homeowner confusion can
arise when an alarm condition exists when these two devices are
interconnected as they have different horn patterns.
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The same factors that cause unwanted alarms can cause intermittent
alarms: dust, insects, and power interruptions. The "chirp" may also be caused by: Security systems,
monitors, carbon monoxide alarms, and other devices have similar low
battery or alert signals. Many smoke alarms have a low battery chirp
to alert you to change the battery when it's power is running low. Alarms
will chirp every 5 seconds if the interconnect wire is grounded. The common problem to a smoke alarm chirping is...
EXCERPTS FROM CODES AND STANDARDS For
your convenience we have posted excerpts from some of the most widely used standards and national electrical & building codes referencing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Please note that these are only excerpts, and you must consult all local and national building codes and AHJ's (Au...
It’s the LawSenate Bill 183 in California requires Carbon Monoxide Alarms for dwelling units intended for human occupancy with a fuel burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
Effective DateEffective date of this law is January 1, 2011 for new construction, July 1, 2011 for existing single family dwellings and January 1, 2013 for all other.
Dwellings Affected“Dwelling unit intended for human occupancy” means a single-family dwelling, factory-built home as defined ...
Westside recommends that you contact the manufacturer of your current smoke alarm to obtain the most accurate information on which replacement model to purchase from our website.BRK and First Alert Phone Number: 1-800-323-9005Kidde Phone Number: 1-800-880-6788FireX Phone Number: 1-800-951-5526
There are two types of smoke alarms available today:
Photoelectric Smoke Alarms and Ionization Smoke Alarms. Both types of alarms provide adequate protection
detectors respond more quickly to flaming fires with smaller combustion
detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires
smoke alarms featuring both photoelectric and ionization technology are also
available.When smoke enters a photoelectric alarm, light from ...
Because carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air and also because
it may be found with warm, rising air, detectors should be placed on a
wall about 5 feet above the floor. The detector may be placed on the
ceiling. Do not place the detector right next to or over a fireplace or
flame-producing appliance. Keep the detector out of the way of pets and
children. Each floor needs a separate detector. If you getting a single
carbon monoxide detector, place it near the sleeping area and mak...
Ionization smoke alarms which are the less expensive to manufacture do
contain a small radioactive source (1 microcurie of Americium). The
level of radio activity is said by the National Radiation Laboratory of
NZ to be less than a clay brick. For environment sensitive people the
alternative is to install Photoelectric Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors
The National Fire Protection Association NFPA recommends one smoke alarm on every floor, in every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. In new construction, the smoke alarms must be AC powered and interconnected. See 'Agency Placment Recommendations for details. For additional coverage, it is recommended you install a smoke alarm in all rooms, halls storage areas, finished attics, and basements, where temperatures normally remain between 40 F and 100 F...
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