PSA: Check your smoke detectors

One of ours just up and died.  All of them had been here since we bought the house like 10 years ago, so DH replaced all of them.

He says (after a lot of research) that smoke detectors have gotten a lot better in the past 10 years, so even if your smoke detector is still working, you may want to buy a new one or two.

What kind of smoke detector?  The national fire prevention association recommends one that has both ionization and photoelectric smoke detection.

The kind DH got to replace our old ones was the Kidde PI2010 aka FireX 21007915 at Home Depot (where they are more expensive but we don’t have to wait for shipping).

So yeah, check your smoke detectors!  It could save your life.

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11 Responses to “PSA: Check your smoke detectors”

  1. gwinne Says:

    Thanks for the reminder.

    I think that’s a general rule, BTW, to replace every 10 years. I need to get a few more…

    • bogart Says:

      Yes, that’s right (replace every 10 years). Also now recommended (or required) to have one in every bedroom in addition to halls leading to bedrooms.

  2. Leah Says:

    We’re on the dorm fire system, but I keep looking for a plug-in fire detector to supplement our hard-wired one. Our hard-wired one is super tetchy too :-/ Lots of false alarms.

  3. Linda Says:

    I changed out the one near the kitchen in the Chicago house to a type that wasn’t going off every time I had the oven on at a high temp (for roasting veggies and such). I don’t remember what type that was, but it made cooking much less stressful!

    The detector near the kitchen here in the rental house seems to be like that old one in Chicago, unfortunately. :-/ I set it off the other day while using the oven. However, it did NOT go off when I accidentally started a small fire in the broiler oven. (It’s a vintage stove so there’s a bit of a learning curve for me.) Thankfully, I got that fire taken care of very quickly as I was in the kitchen, but it was scary to open the broiler and see flames shooting out.

  4. Leigh Says:

    We learned the hard way to buy things from Home Depot instead of Amazon when you’re not sure what you need. We bought the wrong type of thermostat on Amazon when we were looking to replace the programmable ones in the living room and master bedroom and then we had to pay the return shipping, negating any cost savings from buying on Amazon in the first place. Once we figured out that one didn’t work, we bought one from Home Depot, installed it, marveled at its magic and then bought a second one on Amazon. New home improvement shopping algorithm…

    My boyfriend is not too cheap to pay for Prime like I am AND he was nice enough to add me as his “unmarried partner” on his Prime, so we have two business day shipping on anything on Amazon, which is nice.

    My fire extinguisher is a Kidde! I’ve thankfully never used it though.

  5. omdg Says:

    Don’t forget about CO detectors!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      My SIL actually had her carbon monoxide detector go off! Which explained the weird headaches she’d been getting.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Carbon monoxide can kill ya, my family also had a close call where everyone got sick and it turned out that it wasn’t a winter bug; it was their old furnace almost killing them. Check them shizz out, and also remember that CO is heavier than air (Edit: woops, maybe that’s a myth? nevermind!)

  6. First Gen American Says:

    Yes, I’m a kidde fan. Mainly because they are my customer and I know they do good work. Yes, there are new legislative mandates coming driving smoke detector battery life to last 10 years.

  7. Donna Freedman Says:

    This this this! How many times do we read a news account of a fire that includes the line, “Fire inspectors say a smoke detector appeared non-operational” — or, worse, “…the apartment had a smoke detector but the batteries had been removed.”
    Fire prevention folks say to change the batteries when you switch to and then from DST. I suggested to my readers that they use the twice-yearly change as a reminder to check their budgets as well. Ideally we’d keep an eye on our money year-round, but if you’re not the kind of person who does that, at least do it twice a year. The bottom line will thank you.


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