May 3, 2012

Deal Alert

Via DealNews: Kidde Smoke/CO alarm for $30 at Home Depot.

I'll admit to not being in love with this style of alarm because it needs to be plugged in. CO alarms can be placed anywhere on a wall and function correctly; smoke alarms need to be in the upper third of a wall (but NOT right on the wall-ceiling corner - that 6-8" either side of the corner is dead space) and very few of us have outlets that high on the wall.

That said - this is a good price for the alarm, and if you have a higher outlet (laundry room, basement, garage, whatever) it's a good idea.

Also, both types of detectors should be replaced every 5-7 years. If you don't remember when you got them, replace them. (I replaced every detector in the house the day after we bought it, and added several.) When you put up the new ones, put the date on the back with a Sharpie.


Ruth said...

We've got these (or something damn close anyway):

AA's instead of 9volts (which are much easier to manage all around), no plug required.

Old NFO said...

Good point, I use the battery version and replace them every DST change.