Smoke Detector Information

Smoke Detectors connected to your Alarm System can report a fire to our Monitoring Station, which will dispatch Authorities if they cannot verify that the signal is a false alarm.

Replacement & Inspection requirements

NFPA 72 (adopted by the Florida Fire Prevention Code) now includes homeowner requirements if Smoke Detectors are part of your Alarm System:

(a) Residential Smoke Detectors are to be replaced when they reach 10 years of age.

Studies have shown that after 10 years a Smoke Detector has a 30% chance of not alarming due to age-related factors, including air born items accumulating inside the Smoke Detector sensing chamber.

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(b) A Fire Alarm (both Commercial and Residential) is to be inspected each year by a company qualified to carry out such inspections.

Please contact us to schedule service for either requirement above as they are due.

Location requirement

(a) NFPA 72 (adopted by the Florida Fire Prevention Code) requires new Smoke Detector installation to be both inside AND outside all Sleeping Rooms (at a minimum), and at least one on each level if you home is more than one story.

(b) Residential Alarm System Detectors are to be considered supplemental detection to any existing Smoke Alarms installed by the Electrician during building construction. The Smoke Detectors installed by an electrician are NOT connected to your Alarm System, they are Hard-Wired (powered by your homes electrical system) and have interconnected sounders (when one sounds, they all will sound).

Beeping

(a) If Smoke Detectors are part of your Alarm System, they could be Wireless -or- Hard-Wired. Only the Wireless Detectors utilize batteries (the Hard-Wired Detectors utilize the Alarm Panel's Backup Battery when there is a loss of power).

(b) The Alarm System's Wireless Smoke Detectors will beep when it is time to replace the battery(ies) in the Detector (your Alarm System's keypad would have told you about a week BEFORE the beeping began which Smoke Detector has a low battery condition - the battery(ies) should be replaced BEFORE the Smoke Detector starts to beep. See Instructions page HERE for information on replacing Smoke Detector Battery(ies) for your specific Alarm System.

(c) If you are experiencing a beeping and think it is associated with the Alarm System, see what the keypad display is communicating. If there is no message, it is most probably a device NOT associated with your Alarm System.

Maintenance

(a) Clean Smoke Detector cover monthly using a soft brush attachment to a vacuum cleaner.

(b) Protect chamber vents during fogging/misting/spraying and from remodel construction dust, as this can cause damage and false alarms.

(c) electronic cigarette vapor/steam can cause a Smoke Detector to go into an Alarm Condition and cause damage.

Limitations of Fire Alarm Systems

A Limitation Statement from Honeywell can be downloaded HERE