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    Smoke alarm placement question

    When we did the final walkthrough of our house yesterday I noticed that there is a smoke alarm all the way at the top of the vaulted ceiling over the staircase. It will take a handyman with a 25 foot ladder to change the battery. (Were definitely not going to climb a ladder that tall nor do we have room to store such a big one purpose item. )

    Is it really necessary to be all the way up there? Im tempted to install one just above the flat hallway ceiling level in the staircase that could be accessed from a normal ladder in the upstairs hallway. We could have the painters unplug and remove the battery of this one this weekend.

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    That's where one of mine is, too--along with a couple of can lights. Real practical.
    You might check with your fire department for an alternate location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    When we did the final walkthrough of our house yesterday I noticed that there is a smoke alarm all the way at the top of the vaulted ceiling over the staircase. It will take a handyman with a 25 foot ladder to change the battery. (We’re definitely not going to climb a ladder that tall nor do we have room to store such a big one purpose item.
    Are you sure it isn't hard wired with a battery backup? Ours are and we've only had to change the backup batteries once in 25 years, and we only did it then because we were painting and decided to do it while we had it disconnected, they tested fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    we've only had to change the backup batteries once in 25 years
    My understanding was that smoke detectors had a useful life of about 10 years, hardwired or battery-powered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    My understanding was that smoke detectors had a useful life of about 10 years, hardwired or battery-powered.

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    I set one of them off a few months ago during what may be best considered a "cooking misadventure". My understanding was that it worked perfectly.
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    Just got back from our new home. None of the smoke detectors are hard wired. we will be killing the one up in the stratosphere. We will also be buying 7 ten year units and putting them up over the next few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    I set one of them off a few months ago during what may be best considered a "cooking misadventure". My understanding was that it worked perfectly.
    A "dinner's done" alarm?

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    Make sure to buy a carbon monoxide one, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    A "dinner's done" alarm?
    More of a "It's time for takeout" notification.
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    State dependent. Here, code is smoke alarm outside each bedroom. That's it.

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