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  • Smoke alarms: testing and aging

    Most smoke alarms operate by allowing the smoke to get between a light source and a light sensitive target. When the light gets dim, the alarm goes off. If a spider passes in front of the light, or spins his web in front of the light, he may just set off the alarm. Vacuum out your smoke alarms...
  • Details on CO detectors.

    Should CO (carbon monoxide) detectors be placed like smoke detectors?Not necessarily.Smoke detectors are placed near or on the ceiling because both heat and smoke rise.CO however is the same weight as air, so it mixes all over. That means that you could put your CO detectors on the ceiling, or y...
  • Can I turn down the sensitivity of my smoke alarm?

    Rick is having trouble with the smoke detector near his kitchen going off too often and he wants to turn down its sensitivity. You can't do that Rick, but the real problem is that you probably have the wrong alarm installed near the kitchen. There are three types of fire alarms.The most sensiti...
  • Child safety around water.

    Here is a great gadget for protecting small children around water.This little turtle bracelet clips onto the kids wrist and cannot be taken off except by the parent's plastic key. When it gets wet, a loud alarm inside the house immediately sounds off, and won't stop until you turn it off.You ins...
  • Special Report: Carbon Monoxide

    88% of all homes have something that poses a Carbon Monoxide threat.What is Carbon Monoxide?Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of flammable fuels. Potential Sources of Carbon Monoxide in your home: - Gas or Oil Furnace - Gas...
  • Special Report: Where to install a CO Detector

    Where to install your Carbon Monoxide detector:Carbon Monoxide mixes relatively evenly with the air, thus your detector does not need to be placed near the ceiling like your smoke detector. It is smart to install a detector near all bedrooms, near the furnace room and near an attached garage (...
  • Where do you place CO detectors?

    Smoke is hot and rises -- so smoke detectors are placed on the ceiling or close to the ceiling. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a gas that is about the same weight as regular air -- so it does not tend to either rise or fall significantly in the house. So CO detectors can be placed anywhere; in fac...
  • Avoiding flooding from clothes washing machines

    The rubber hoses that bring water to a clothes washer, particularly the hot water one, will age, swell, and eventually burst, usually right where they bend coming out of the faucet. The official instructions with all clothes washers are to turn these faucets on and off every time you use the mach...
  • How to check if your furnace oil tank is safe

    Underground tanks are banned Many years ago we buried oil tanks in the ground. Think a minute about how bad an idea that was. When a very old tank developed a leak, we never knew about it and it just leaked oil into the ground for years, creating quite an environmental problem. That is why it is...
  • What are the options in furnace air filters?

    A minimum filter is designed to protect the furnace fan from large dust balls -- not to protect your health.   ONE INCH FILTERS You can start upgrading from there. One of the best of the 1 inch filters is called Filtrete from 3M. It's an electrostatic filter that becomes charged as the air pas...