Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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Where Should I Place a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

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...

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What is the difference between Photoelectric and Ionization Smoke Alarms?

There are two types of smoke alarms available today: Photoelectric Smoke Alarms and Ionization Smoke Alarms. Both types of alarms provide adequate protection against fire. Ionization detectors respond more quickly to flaming fires with smaller combustion particles Photoelectric detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires Combination smoke alarms featuring both photoelectric and ionization technology are also available.When smoke enters a photoelectric alarm, light from ...

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Codes, Standards & Regulatory Information

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...

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Why does my smoke alarm chirp intermittently?

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...

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Can I interconnect smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms?

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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Fire Safety Legislation

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New California Carbon Monoxide Laws

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 ...

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Do You Have the Replacement Model for My Old Smoke Alarm?

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

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I have been told smoke alarms are radioactive?

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

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Where do I put my smoke 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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