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A smoke alarm that can be turned off without climbing on a stool?

fogketDecember 30, 2012
We are adding an apartment to our home for my elderly mother. I am worried about how she will safely silence a smoke alarm if one goes off. It is a small apartment and one of the alarms is very close to her stove, so I expect there will be some "false" alarms. All I have thought of so far is to install a permanent step with a grab bar on the wall underneath the alarm. Any other ideas?
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May want to double check with your local fire department or town hall just to make sure this idea isn't against any codes. But just put the alarms on the wall. (They may need to be at a certain height, but it may be an option). There may also be some systems that have a detector on the ceiling with a keypad for control, take a look at lowes they seem to have some more innovative equipment. Good luck
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:05PM
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Thank you for the suggestions. In order to meet code, the detectors can be on the wall but have to be within eight inches of the ceiling. My mother is too short to reach that high. So, it has to be some sort of remote control, which so far I have not been able to find. I will check Lowes and continue the search on the internet.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 4:12AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Do you have smoke alarms in other parts of the apartment that would meet code if you disconnected this one entirely? Here they are required in every bedroom and within 10 feet of any bedroom door. If you could meet code without this one, I would disconnect it. You can also have a security company take over the alarm system replacing yours with theirs and they can turn it off with a phone call.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:04AM
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I use a broomstick.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:09AM
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