Installing smoke detectors
We're zipping right through
the easy section of our emergency
with this week's addition being smoke and carbon monoxide
detectors. Even though I put it on the easy list, though, I soon
discovered that choosing a smoke detector is quite complex.
You have to select either a model that relies on ionization to detect
open flames, or on a photoelectric sensor to notice smoldering
fires. Although there are some detectors that lead you to believe
they do both plus monitor for carbon monoxide, once you read the fine
print, none do.
In the end, we chose to
pay a bit more to cover all of our bases, getting a First
Alert SA320CN smoke detector (photoelectric and ionization) and a First
Alert CO400 carbon monoxide detector for the outside of each
sleeping area. Although the versions that hook into your
electrical systems do avoid the problem of forgetting to change
batteries, we opted for battery-powered models since power-outage
situations are when we have more open flames around and need smoke
detectors the most.
I would tell you about how
and where to install detectors in this post, but each device we bought
came with a huge, fine-print-filled instruction sheet that was
approximately the size of our kitchen table. So as long as you
take the time to read the instructions that come with your detector,
you'll know far more than you ever thought you needed to know about
installation and maintenance.
Our chicken waterer saves enough time that you
can read that whole smoke detector instruction sheet.
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