Clay B
Clay B
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  • Chesapeake, VA
Asked on Mar 8, 2012

Cool smoke detectors

Clay BElectraMedics Electrical ServicesKMS Woodworks
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I wanted to share my new smoke detectors. My home had 1 hard wired smoke detector near the bedrooms, but no way to be interconnected to additional ones I may add. Interconnected means if one goes off, they all go off. So I replaced the old hard wired with a Kidde 1279-9999/RF-SM-AC Hardwire Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup-Interconnectable. And added 2 WIRELESS units (battery only) one near the kitchen, and another in the garage, these are Kidde 0919-9999/ RF-SM-DC Battery-Operated Wireless Interconnectable Smoke Alarms. Now if there is a fire in the garage, we will know in the bedrooms right away. My old detector was over 10 years old, and I understand they should be replaced every 10 years anyway. This was a good way to replace and upgrade at the same time. Kidde also has totally wireless systems available for homes with no hard-wired set-ups. I got these from Amazon.com.
5 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 8, 2012

    Clay...one thing to remember when tossing old smoke detectors is that they contain a small amount of radioactive material ...I believe it is Polonium. Most larger communities have special hazardous material drop off sites.

  • Clay B
    on Mar 8, 2012

    KMS, didn't know that. Thank you. I put it in the trash, but I think It's still there, I will check. I know about CFL Bulbs however, I take those to Home Depot/Lowes and dispose of there.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 8, 2012

    The CFL's contain Mercury....those energy savings come with additional "baggage"

  • The interconnected feature is nice, but the batteries don't last very long so buy the best battery you can find. The best way to get interconnected smoke detectors is to buy 110v wireless smoke detectors. Although they still require a wire to them to get a power feed the "wireless" part just does the interconnecting function. That way you know you always have protection and a battery back up for when you lose power. That being said kudos to you for making your home and family safer.

  • Clay B
    on Mar 8, 2012

    I used the battery that came with it, but will replace with those new "10 year" batteries when it needs to be replaced. I have equipment in the garage I always worry about, now my mind is more at ease knowing a smoke detector is there. I've also got Carbon Monoxide detectors in the bedrooms, plug into the wall, with battery backup also. I've got water detectors under my well pump in garage, plus behind the washing machine. I would like to get the washing machine alarm-type that turns off the water valve also, I know I should turn off all the time, but I don't, those are expensive, but someday I will do it. I do have good Stainless Steel Braided hoses though.

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