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Old 01-27-2023, 09:47 PM   #1
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Smoke detectors do age out

As the title states, and they can do it at the most inopportune time. We had left on vacation and driven about 250 miles for the day. Stopped at a KOA for the night. When we woke up the next morning our security cameras at home notified us of noise detected inside our house . A couple minutes later another notification from our downstairs camera. When we watched the video we could hear our smoke detectors going off. This is a scary feeling when your far from home. Luckily I keep the local sheriff's number on my phone. Because calling 911 where your at only gets you that areas 911 not your home town. They dispatched the fire Department. Who have the means to enter your locked home without a key.

Lucky for us, no fire. But all of our smoke detectors, which are tied together so if one goes off they all do, were blasting away.. what to do about that? We made the decision to head back home to find out what had caused the issue. What I found is that the detectors must have aged out and when one went off they all did. So now we have all new smoke detectors one of which is now a carbon monoxide and smoke detector.

So I guess what I've learned is.
1. replace your detectors every 10years ours where 25 years old.

2. Keep your local police and fire Department numbers handy, even when away from home.

Hope this helps keep someone else from the same scare and trouble.
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Old 01-27-2023, 10:20 PM   #2
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Mine in my house are about 15 years old and I just had to order two new ones.

Got them from Amazon at about $25 each.
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Old 01-27-2023, 11:06 PM   #3
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Same goes for your CO detector and in the RV, the LP detector.
The KIDDE Smoke Detector that I installed in the RV this year, and has a 10 Year Battery, and a 10 Year Life Span. I'll probably replace around year 7.
Also, remember to vacuum out your detectors to stop false alarms.

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Old 01-28-2023, 10:41 AM   #4
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When I installed my security system I included Smoke/CO detectors. I have had the smoke go off twice while I was away and after checking the cameras to make sure nothing was actually wrong I was able to reset them remotely. No need for "911" intervention. That said, I do have my local S&B emergency numbers programmed in my phone just in case.

BTW, current smoke/CO detectors are only good for ten years and you don't need to change batteries every six months.
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Old 01-28-2023, 12:10 PM   #5
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You know that you can send the old ones to Sheldon for use in his home reactor project.

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Old 01-30-2023, 01:24 PM   #6
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Like Tim said, smoke detectors have a 10 yr lifespan. That's why it makes sense to buy new detectors with a 10 yr battery installed.
LP detectors/ actually combustible gas detectors have a 7 yr lifespan.
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