Help me choose smoke detectors
August 23, 2013 1:18 AM Subscribe
I am in an apartment and unsure what smoke detectors to choose to replace the existing ones.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently moved into an older building. As the existing battery-operated smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, I want to replace them. I have already purchased ionizing alarms for my room and my kids' room. However, I have since learned about photo electric alarms and also interconnected alarms. And I'm wondering about a carbon monoxide detector.
Older apartment on one level. We are on a low floor, with releatively easy access to both the hall stairwell and the ground below. I also have a safety ladder.
The bedrooms are separated. The previous owner had an alarm installed at the front door, kitchen, and outside both bedrooms (which are across the living room from one another). I understand that I may also need an alarm inside each bedroom.
I do not have a furnace or fireplace. But I do have laundry and all the usual appliances. The building has a boiler a few floors away from me.
I had purchased 10-year-battery alarms for outside each bedroom. But now I'm not sure what else to add or whether I should opt for interconnected alarms in the rest of my home. And whether I need a carbon monoxide detector.
I am in Vancouver, Canada. Interconnected smoke detectors are relatively new here (if available at all) and all use batteries, as opposed to the 10year batteries that are available. I was planning to go with battery systems, as hardwiring would be a major project, given asbestos abatement and strata rules. Should I be going with the 10 year alarms or with the change-the-battery-yearly interconnected systems? I have young children likely to sleep through alarms, so I can see the value of interconnected alarms, but my bedroom is also 20 feet away from theirs. I'm also unclear about photo electric vs ionizing. If someone could tell me what to order, I would feel so much better.