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Question DetailsAsked on 10/21/2013

What is the best smoke detector?

I need some good affordable smoke detectors for the apartment where my 3 year old granddaughter lives with her parents.

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The best will be available soon;

Home depot or Lowes will have good ones today.


Answered 6 years ago by BayAreaAC


You can get good battery-operated smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide) detectors at box stores, home improvement stores, online like at Amazon, etc for about $15-20 each - easy to install yourself with instruction inside package about where to place.

There should also be a carbon monoxide detector on each occupied floor in the hall outside the bedrooms.

Long-established best-known names for residential detectors include Kiddee, 3M, and First Alert.

Of course, parents have to remember to replace the batteries every year (Fall daylight savings time changeover is recommended time) or they will be useless in about 1-1/2-2 years. For better safety (but greater cost) you can get hard-wired ones installed by an electrician - typically one on each floor in the hall outside the bedrooms, wired so if one goes off all other hard wired ones connected to it go off at the same time. About $125-175 typically to install one, additional $50-100 each for others in same house, depending on type of construction and whether easy to run wires through walls/floors.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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