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Smoke Alarms

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

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Smoke alarm crisis: Conyers, Ga. tragedy should be a wake-up call

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USFA, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Release Report on Home Smoke Alarm Technology

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Comment by Tony Thomas on March 6, 2012 at 9:19pm

Great info Craig, thanks.

Comment by Craig Taylor on March 5, 2012 at 7:36am

I just remembered about something Meri told me last year, about how the local Fire Inspectors were at her workplace and during their talk to the employee's one asked "where should we placed fire/smoke detectors?" One told them to place one on each level of their home and one in the attic.(?) Meri ask me if we had one on our attic, to which I told her no. She wanted to know if we needed to put one up there and I told her no, that placing one in the attic was of no use. She wanted to know why... So, we had to go out to H.D. anyway, so while there, I picked one up and showed her the back of it... it's "operating temps". It can/will/could fail below 40f degrees and/or above 100f degrees. So, how many attics in the south do you think stay between these temps....? Or anywhere for that matter...

IF your Dept. is telling folks this, read up on the detectors you buy first to see IF they are rated for use in an attic, or other areas of low/high temps.

Comment by Craig Taylor on March 5, 2012 at 7:06am

Morning gang, After reading learning about the group I did some "scannin" around the web. Seems that the U.S.F.A. has on it's page a recall list...I'd copy this list and inform those you come into contact with about the units in recall, and also check your own..!


Comment by Janet Liebsch on March 4, 2012 at 6:36pm

Great tips James - esp re solar stuff .. thank you!

Comment by James Robert Sisson on March 4, 2012 at 2:11pm

Just another note lol
I ran into a problem with a networked fire alarm system in a home where I installed a solar electric system. The smoke detector ac power was placed on the battery backup subfeed panel. It turned out that the digital feed from the inverter was incompatible with the digital feed on the network of the smoke detectors and was creating random false signal alarms on the system. There were two solutions. Replace the networked detectors or put the feed back on the regular house power. It took two weeks of trouble shooting and phone calls to the manufactures involved to find these solutions. If you are dealing with random false alarms one of the questions you need to ask is Have there been any digital devices installed on the power system that may interfere with the networked detectors.

Comment by James Robert Sisson on March 4, 2012 at 2:03pm

Just a note
While working as the safety officer on a research vessel we were plagued with many false fire alarms. The damp salty air was a constant problem. it required the frequent replacement of the networked smoke detector devices and the random ship wide false fire alarms created havoc on a workikng vessel where at any one time half the crew were resting off shift. We instituted a program of placeing a stand alone battery smoke detector next to each networked fire alarm as a confirmation alarm in the sleeping quarters specifically and silenced the ship alarm. This worked well, but we had a 24hour fire watch anyway to check the silenced false alarms. The battery detectors were cheaper than the networked detectors and were checked daily at shift change.

Comment by Mark Peterson on February 22, 2012 at 3:53pm

Thank you chief for the invitation to this group.I think you are doing a great job with this website!

Comment by Carl Rundblade on February 22, 2012 at 6:55am

Thanks for the invite.Keep up the good work.Your doing a great job of keeping us informed.Thanks again.......

Comment by Cam Mitchell on February 21, 2012 at 9:10pm

Hi Chief, thanks for the invite. Great group. I will be participating often.

Comment by USFRA Staff on February 21, 2012 at 2:46pm

Thanks for the invite.


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