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Old 11-22-2015, 09:27 AM   #1
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Check smoke detector batteries!

Just a reminder to all as many RVers have begun their snowbird trek south, however, all RVers should do this.

Check the batteries in your smoke detectors to confirm they are at full power.

The cost of a 9v battery isn't worth the cost of a life or lives. It is good practice to change out your smoke detector batteries yearly whether they still hold a charge or not.

Most smoke detectors work by Photoelectric or Ionization.
Either method of detection has a lifespan of less than but no more than 10 years.
We usually recommend that people change them out between 5-7 years. There should be a date stamp on the side of each smoke detector.

However, if your smoke detector has "yellowed" we recommend that you replace it immediately, as it is likely that the sensors inside have been contaminated by whatever yellowed the smoke detector exterior.

Keep safe and safe travels!
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Great post, Les!
I test them monthly, replace the batteries every January, and will replace all units at 7 years.
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Thanks Dave!

Every year our company volunteers to participate with the Local Fire Dept. in a Smoke Detector Program for Seniors living in Mobile Home Parks. We go around and check the batteries, age and placement of the smoke detectors.

In many cases, the batteries are dead(or missing) and smoke detectors have aged out or not working.

We will replace the battery or smoke detector for them free of charge.

Mobile home fires are one of the leading fire losses and causes of death by fire.
Because of the materials used in older mobile homes (and RV's) they only take minutes to become fully involved and it is rare that they result in anything but a total loss.

Smoke Detectors are the #1 leading line of 1st defense!

However......only if they work and operate as designed!
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I replace mine with the time changes so twice a year.

Ionization smoke detectors are for flaming fires and may not be quick enough to warn.

Photoelectric smoke detectors are for smoldering fires.

Which is better. Well, it will not hurt your pocket book to have one of each.

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I replace mine with the time changes so twice a year.

Ionization smoke detectors are for flaming fires and may not be quick enough to warn.

Photoelectric smoke detectors are for smoldering fires.

Which is better. Well, it will not hurt your pocket book to have one of each.

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Good info Wayne! We were in the business of installing residential and commercial fire alarm systems for 37 years. There were independent lab tests in which the ionization detectors were totally enveloped in thick black smoke for as much as 2 hours before activating! I would NEVER install an ionization detector in a residential area!
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I test mine every time I use my toaster or cooktop ! The dog loves it! Not!!
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