In the recent past months I have found a very high percentage of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are outdated. Our state standards require us to
“Check the presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms”
So, we are not required to test these devices, though it’s very rare that we do not. I came across this article recently and felt it worth sharing. In short, the article is stating several states now require combination units to be installed in new homes, which I think is a huge step in the right direction.
The full article is in the Columbus Dispatch
Highlights of this article are:
“Ohio has become the fifth state to require photoelectric smoke alarms in new homes.
In the state’s first official acknowledgement that traditional ionization alarms are insufficient, new building codes require both ionization and photoelectric alarms on all floors of homes.
Studies have shown that photoelectric devices are better at detecting smoldering fires, the most common home fire.
Ionization detectors are considered better at detecting flames”
It’s a small price to pay to have a safer home!