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Smoke & Carbon Alarms by Melissa (WI) on May 11, 2018 @14:57

                              
How many smoke alarms and carbon alarms are you guys putting in up&down duplexes with common area entrance/stairway? The code in Milwaukee, WI is somewhat confusing and even the inspectors can't give me a straight answer. I use combo detectors, one in the basement and one near the bedrooms in each unit, so a total of 3 in the whole duplex. Would you put more in the common stairway area?
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Re: Smoke & Carbon Alarms by Anonymous on May 11, 2018 @15:10 [ Reply ]
I usually put one on each wall of a room. Usually four per room. Some people find this a bit excessive, but I don't want to be sued for any kind of safety violation should a fire or carbon monoxide event occur. I've never been sued and I don't ever want to be. The batteries seem to never die at the same time. I spend six hours changing the batteries throughout and I always seem to get ONE that will die before the rest. This causes the others to chirp which is very annoying. So rather than hunt down the one culprit, I'll just spend another six hours and replace all of the batteries again. I'm thinking about getting away from rechargable batteries because of this, but I don't want to buy new batteries every time one of them chirp.
Re: Smoke & Carbon Alarms by Marta (California) on May 11, 2018 @15:41 [ Reply ]
Also place it in each bedrooms and at the top of the stairs. Smoke detectors are very cheap and better safe than sorry. We own a second rental home and that is how was given to the renters. After that is the responsibility of my tenants to make sure they replace it when is needed.

I also tell them to buy a good CO detector.
Re: Smoke & Carbon Alarms by dave on May 14, 2018 @11:04 [ Reply ]
most jurisdictions now REQUIRE co detectors as well as smoke. the new ones have 10 yr rated batteries,....so we'll all see. most jursidictions require the LL to furnish and install. maintain varies.
I agree smoke detectors are cheap and one in each sleepeing area plus kitchen, fireplace, mechanical room are good ideas

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