powered by
Design Dilemma
Design Dilemma

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?
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
I use a broomstick.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:09AM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Need help with my living room
Help! My 14x20 living room is a decorating nightmare!...
Need Help matching this Goldenrod sofa
I purchased this new set, The picture is going it does...
Debra Zarkivach
Help, it's so ugly! Can this kitchen be opened up?
Well, I finally did it. I bought a home in Florida...
[open] floor plan feedback
we are about to pull the trigger on building a house...
codi b
POLL: Do you sleep with your windows open or closed?
Everyone has their own specific recipe for a great...
Emily Hurley
More Discussions
Please help completing my great room
It is a very bare space at the moment as I have focused...
Damage to gutter due to tree strike
No visible roof damage but noticed my gutter slightly...
Rick Walker
Building a 9000 sq ft house in Texas. Have a fireplace...
Need ideas for wall covering behind dinning table
Hi, It's been several days now, that I'm wondering...
Need help with small laundry room
Hi Everyone! This room frustrates me
Sponsored Products
Simple Designs Stonies Red Small Table Lamp - 2 Pack - LT2005-RED-2PK
$25.98 | Hayneedle
Ricky Racer Twin Metal Race Car Bed - White - IDF-7765
$639.99 | Hayneedle
Suunto Blue Seal Watch
$299.00 | FRONTGATE
John Deere Twin Bell Alarm Clock
$16.99 | zulily
Man Law Digital BBQ Tongs - ET492BBQ
$31.99 | Hayneedle
Digital BBQ Tongs
$29.99 | zulily
Frozen Alarm Clock
$19.49 | zulily
Five-Alarm Fire Truck Table Lamp with Night-Light
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
The content on this page is provided by Houzz and is subject to the Houzz terms of use, copyright and privacy policy.
Copyright claims: contact the Houzz designated agent.