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Old 11-02-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Smoke Detectors!!!

Its National Smoke Detector Week.

Just a reminder for all to change their smoke detector batteries.

Don't just look at it and see a light and think "I'm okay". They should be changed once a year whether they need it or not.

Its a small price to pay for what may save your life!
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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X2 ON BATTERY CHANGE! Also how many do you have? Can you close a door or curtain for a sleeping area and not have one on both sides? If answer yes, add one or more to have one on both sides of every sleeping area. Not sure what, if any standards RV mfg. go by but it sure is not the safest std.
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They also have a life of about five years after which they need to be replaced.
Thanks for the thread. It's real important.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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They also have a life of about five years after which they need to be replaced.
Thanks for the thread. It's real important.
Very true Cliff! The smoke detector has a shelf life. When you open your smoke detector to change the battery, check the age.

Pushing the little button to check your smoke detector and getting an audible signal only tells you that you have power! NOT that the smoke detector is operating properly. The make up of a smoke detector is such that it uses a radioactive chip to detect particles. Detectors get dirty with age and affect it's performance.

If your smoke detector is yellowed. Change it!

Our company just finished volunteering doing a smoke detector program with our local Fire Dept. today where we went to a 55+ mobile home park, checked smoke detectors and batteries and replaced them. This was a free service by donation to these old folks.

Here's the issue we found. Only an average of 2 in 10 worked properly. 1 mobile had no detector. 3 mobiles had dead batteries and 4 smoke detectors needed to be replaced due to age.

It is important to make sure your detectors work! Statistics show that of all structural fires, mobiles(and I would think RVs) have the highest fatality rate due to the materials used in their construction. TT's would fall under this same category as the ones with the metal skin hold the heat in.

I'm told, on average, you only have about 3 minutes to escape from the START of the fire. By this time, smoke is so low and thick you risk smoke inhalation. At 5 minutes, the fire is so hot that the structural components simply burst into flames.

A properly operating smoke detector is your first line of defense as an early warning device and is a proven life saver!
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Great advice Les!
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My wife tested ours this AM---she burned the sausage!!! It is a new detector that I installed about a month ago.

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Just did mine two weeks ago. But it's a good reminder for everybody, thanks for the heads up.
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Most (if not all) smoke detectors will begin to emit a periodic "chirp" when the battery begins to get a little low. If you are in the RV sufficiently often, it should be safe to rely on waiting for it to remind you.

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Most (if not all) smoke detectors will begin to emit a periodic "chirp" when the battery begins to get a little low. If you are in the RV sufficiently often, it should be safe to rely on waiting for it to remind you.

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And they always decide to start chirping at 3 AM
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Most (if not all) smoke detectors will begin to emit a periodic "chirp" when the battery begins to get a little low. If you are in the RV sufficiently often, it should be safe to rely on waiting for it to remind you.

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And that chirping only starts in the middle of the night or when you are headed out the door to someplace important.

At least that's how it works around here.
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Most (if not all) smoke detectors will begin to emit a periodic "chirp" when the battery begins to get a little low. If you are in the RV sufficiently often, it should be safe to rely on waiting for it to remind you.

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While I don't want to become the preacher, having worked with our local Fire Department a fair bit over this Smoke Dectector campaign, I have learned a lot about smoke detectors, their purpose, how they work, etc.

All I will say, is that for the price of a 9v battery once a year, I'm not going to put me and my family in jeopardy and rely on a "chirp" or piece of equipment to tell me the battery is dying.

What if you miss the chirp?

We have set the date for replacement of our smoke detector batteries to coincide with changing our clocks to day light saving as an easy date to remember.

Just trying to help here.
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