• Joe Jewell

No Detector Detected

Let’s set the scene… you just bought a house and realized you didn’t have any smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors. Is that bad? Well, it isn’t very safe, and I would not recommend leaving that unchecked. In fact, NFPA recommends a smoke detector be inside every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every floor. They also recommended that all smoke detectors are connected so if one goes off, they all do.

So, we established smoke detectors are a must have but there is no existing wiring to install a smoke detector. That’s okay. There are battery operated smoke detectors that meet the requirements of UL217, NFPA72, The State of California Fire Marshall, NFPA 101, FHA, & HUD.

Here is a link to one such product on Home Depot’s website:

How about carbon monoxide detectors? Do I need one of those? Yes. The NFPA recommends that carbon monoxide detectors be located in central locations and outside of all sleeping spaces. If there is not one already in your new home, they make plug in and battery powered options as well!

Above is a link to another 10-year battery operated product but for carbon monoxide.

Long story short, you should definitely have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your house! If you want more information on fire safety, you should visit NFPA’s website at:

Please look out for our next article on radon at:

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