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Please check your smoke detectors

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Jack Straw, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    I didn't realize that smoke detectors had a ten year life span. I read it somewhere (maybe here?). I checked mine and they say on them "replace in 2004". So, I bought some new ones. FYI

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Oops . . . I guess the good thing is you didn't need them in the past 7 or 8 years. But yeah . . . ten year life spans . . . some may last longer, some may go earlier -- but honestly it's hard to tell exactly when the sensor unit will not be any good (simply testing the detector by pressing the test button only tests two things -- that the detector has a power source and the audible alarm works.)
  3. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    A proper test requires a calibrated smoke source.
  4. eclecticcottage

    eclecticcottage Minister of Fire

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    Oh we test ours about every other night when we cook...darn thing is SENSITIVE!!

    Poor dog just stares at it then looks at us, then it, then us, then it...Mean while it's beeping and yelling "fire! fire!".

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