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Old 01-16-2012, 12:24 AM
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So. Smoke Detectors aparently are now a must in my state. They installed my complimentary smoke detector on friday and its driving me INSANE. First of, the smarty pants installed the thing directly (and I mean directly) OVER MY BED. (They also walked all over my bed with their nasty socks - bleck)
Well. It blinks. And it blinks ALL.NIGHT.LONG. Which is annoying - but now it went off three times last night. THREE times. OVER MY BED. *sigh* so now I have come to the conclusion, it needs to be shut off, or just deactivated or something. Me and smoke detector will not become friends. -.-
The last time I tried to deinstall one, I made it angry, so this time I would prefer not doing so. =/ So, how do I save my sanity and make it silent, forever?
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:36 AM
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If it is a battery powered smokey. Reach up, grab it, and twist left to remove. Then remove the mounting plate and reinstall in the corner 24" from the walls.

If it is a line voltage with battery backup smokey request the landlord move it to a corner 24" from either wall. Or remove it, reach up, twist and pull,. unclip it from the power connector, place it in a closet with the battery removed, and install a battery powered unit in a corner 24" from either wall.

Now these instructables are for US and Canadidian smoke detectors, as a German subject your mileage may vary.

ETA: Place a piece of black tape over the LED and wrap the detector in plastic wrap. Also if you smoke in bed, STOP THAT.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:04 AM
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Usually they are installed close to the door in the room, not over the bed. You want it to detect smoke as it just enters the room, not when it reaches you.

I would have it moved and also maybe it's a defective one if it's going off for no reason.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:10 AM
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who would put one over a bed?
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:28 AM
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Also, it sounds like yours is defective. They should not go off for no reason. Some types go off a lot when people are cooking, but really, get one of the optical ones, which don't tend do that either, and are preferred by fire departments. And don't put it over your bed, as someone pointed out, you want to know about the smoke before its there.

At the risk of infuriating some people on this board . . your state is right to require smoke detectors in rentals (I assume you are renting) and anyone who owns their home is an idiot not to have them. They are cheap and they save lives. A smoke detector probably saved my life when our apartment building in Phoenix burned down (and certainly saved that of my cats, because had we not had that warning, we would have been hard pressed to get out ourselves, let alone grab terrified animals). Just this past Christmas, five members of the same family (3 children and their grandparents, leaving the mother as the only survivor) were killed in a fire. There were no smoke detectors; had there been, they would likely be alive.

We used to have the cheap kind that went off when we cooked . . .we'd take them down while cooking and put them back up afterwards . . . and then we switched to opticals. The new tenants at our old rental house now have VERY nice smoke detectors.

So, move it, get one that is not defective, and if you have to resort to some black tape. But keep the detector. It is your friend, believe it or not.
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They most certainly save lives! I agree. Get one that's not defective and put it closer to your door. I have them in every room of my house, in hallways and I don't even notice them. I agree that in rentals it should be required because it's part of being a landlord...to provide a safe and healthy environment for the tenant. It's required code here to put them in all new construction and has been for years. I urge you not to dismantle the thing. Just get the landlord to make it right. And if he doesn't do it, do it yourself or find someone to help you.
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woops....the thing wasn't working right and this was a double post.
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They most certainly save lives! I agree. Get one that's not defective and put it closer to your door. I have them in every room of my house, in hallways and I don't even notice them. I agree that in rentals it should be required because it's part of being a landlord...to provide a safe and healthy environment for the tenant. It's required code here to put them in all new construction and has been for years. I urge you not to dismantle the thing. Just get the landlord to make it right. And if he doesn't do it, do it yourself or find someone to help you.

Wow Lil! I'm so glad you had smoke detectors. You're right. You probably wouldn't have gotten out in time without them. Fires flare up and spread incredibly fast.
Definitely agree!

Not only does it protect you, it protects the other people in the building who you share walls with.

Can you have them move it to a place that actually makes sense? I'd be mad, too, if they put one over my bed! We have them in every room and hallway, but I never even notice them.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:13 AM
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Not only does it protect you, it protects the other people in the building who you share walls with.
Yes, absolutely. And the same goes for houses in a neighborhood. Or even not in a neighborhood. If a fire has more of a chance of spreading because of a lack of early warning, it could get into the trees and spread that way if it's a forested area or even grassy.
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I wish we could take ours down while cooking, but my roommate learned in her security class that smoke detectors contain radon and tampering with them is illegal, so now she won't let us touch them. -_- At least they usually turn off right away when we push the button with the broom handle. Although sometimes they WON'T and one of us holds the button in on the one near the kitchen with the broom handle and the other takes the mop handle and presses the buttons on all the others until they shut up.
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