Smoke Alarm Life Expectancy

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Kearley
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Smoke Alarm Life Expectancy

Postby Kearley » Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:44 am

How long until your average smoke detector goes kaputt. Not a battery question. But the actual smoke detector? Anyone have any input?
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Postby infernobuster » Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:59 pm

Your average home smoke alarm will last for a long time, with frequent battery changes and cleaning... however... there is a standard for them. They are to be replaced every 10 years in normal home conditions. And with the costs of them dropping every year, its not a major issue to replace them as it was years ago when smoke alarms were fairly pricey.

But still, i go to calls and there are places with no smoke alarms at all, or they arent working... i just dont get it...
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Postby Kearley » Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:03 pm

thanks. That's what I thought. Is there anywhere that is officially posted? This info is for a board meeting.
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Postby infernobuster » Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:11 pm

hmmm if you contacted your local fire prevention office, they could probably tell you where you would find that beside the manufacturers recommendations.
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Postby FLASHOVER05 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:48 pm

What about SMoke detectors which are hard wired into your homes? what's their life expectancy?
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Postby Michael13 » Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:57 pm

http://www.ofm.gov.on.ca

The Fire Marshall's Office and the Fire Marshall's Safety council all recommend 10 years. If you're interested, theres enough material and data on the OFM website to make you blue in the face. It's all very detailed and straight forward. Good job to those involved at the OFM for making this data available to us and Dept's.

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life expectancy of smoke alarm

Postby handy » Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:17 pm

Kearley wrote:How long until your average smoke detector goes kaputt. Not a battery question. But the actual smoke detector? Anyone have any input?



In the standard for smoke alarm installation, in the back appendix, it recommends that smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years. So it is only a recommendation.

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Postby handy » Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:23 pm

FLASHOVER05 wrote:What about SMoke detectors which are hard wired into your homes? what's their life expectancy?



People get confused with the terminology smoke detector and smoke alarm. In the home whether it is battery operated or hardwired, it is called a smoke alarm designed to alert the occupants. A smoke detector is tied to a fire alarm system and can be monitored or not.

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Postby Michael13 » Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:28 pm

handy wrote:People get confused with the terminology smoke detector and smoke alarm. In the home whether it is battery operated or hardwired, it is called a smoke alarm designed to alert the occupants. A smoke detector is tied to a fire alarm system and can be monitored or not.


You are perfectly right... Home alarms also need to be maintained. They should be vacummed gently to remove dust and dust accumlations. And alot of people think they can paint over an alarm. That is wrong, and the alarm should be replaced. Some people have told me the alarm turns a yellow color due to age or gets dirty so they paint over them...duh. If the alarm is also damaged in anyway it has to go. For the small price of anywhere from $5 - 50 people take smoke alarms for granted.

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Postby handy » Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:30 pm

Michael13 wrote:You are perfectly right... Home alarms also need to be maintained. They should be vacummed gently to remove dust and dust accumlations. And alot of people think they can paint over an alarm. That is wrong, and the alarm should be replaced. Some people have told me the alarm turns a yellow color due to age or gets dirty so they paint over them...duh. If the alarm is also damaged in anyway it has to go. For the small price of anywhere from $5 - 50 people take smoke alarms for granted.



Just like a sprinkler head, if you paint it, it should be replaced.


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