Smoke Detector

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  1. Jimbow

    Jimbow Active Member

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    I noticed there isn't one in my ntu pup. I was planning on picking up a simple first alert and mounting (double sided tape?) it to the ceiling. Anything I should consider?


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    Put it in the opposite end or corner from the stove.
    Ours goes off when cooking or making coffee if the windows are not open far enough [:(!]
     
  3. Jimbow

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    I was considering placing it next to the AC, but not where it would be blowing on it.


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    Get a combo, smoke/CO if you don't have a CO detector already.
     
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    X2

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    We have a CO detector low by the floor. I need to check, I think it may do propane also. But since smoke rises, I assume it won't help much in a fire.


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    CO is slightly lighter than most air. Since it is usually a product of incomplete combustion it is usually rising. Near the floor is OK if it needs to be. Smoke doesn't rise, warm air does. The smoke detector should be on the ceiling, or on the wall 1 foot down from the ceiling and away from any air currents that would wash it with clean air.
    Propane detectors should be low.

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    Thank you.


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    You are welcome. Be safe.
     
  10. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    In my TrailManor the combo LP/CO detector is near the floor and the smoke detector is on the ceiling.
     
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    Ditto on the Jayco.
     
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    LP detectors draw a lot to use internal batteries so they are usually hardwired near the convertor.
     
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    On my Coleman it is in the dinette, across from the stove. When I open it today, I'm planning on seeing if it is CO and propane.


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  14. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    BTW, many folks may not realize that some of these detectors, especially the combination one, have a limited lifespan. I have the Safe-T-Alert brand of CO/LP detector and it has a lifespan of five years. The date is printed in red on the back of the device.
     
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    The more recent ones will have built in timers that will notify you and then quit.
     

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