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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Over the past decade most towns and cities have required smoke alarms, and in some cases, combination smoke and CO units for rental properties as well as private properties that are being sold. Photoelectric smoke detectors will detect smoke but are less prone to false alarms than ionization types. The Ionization type detects small particles produced by flaming fires; while photoelectric types detect larger particles from smoky, smothering fires. Some detectors are available using dual technology so that the benefits of both types can be used. Additionally, detectors with “voice alert” are available as an additional warning or instructional feature. Interconnecting several detectors throughout the house help to ensure that the alarm is heard in areas away from the hazard, and using both AC and DC power sources enables the detector to function during a power failure.

Where should CO & Smoke detectors be installed?

Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and outside the bedroom area. We do not recommend them in garages, kitchens, or bathrooms, where false alarms can be triggered by humidity, exhaust, or smoke from cooking. CO & Smoke detectors are best on each floor of larger homes, and not next to exterior doors or open windows where fresh air could dilute the air and give a false sense of security. How often should detectors be replaced? Usually, 10 years is recommended for smoke detectors and 5 years for CO alarms. Many combinations smoke and CO alarms purchased after 2007 have built in the end of life warnings that alert you of the need to replace it after 5 years.

Have smoke and carbon Monoxide alarms installed in your home by Reliant Electric Works Inc.