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State-by-state Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements

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Ahhhh Yeahhhh

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Georgia
How can you tell the difference between a smoke alarm, CO alarm, smoke detector, heat alarm, door bell, fancy surveillance camera designed to look like a smoke alarm, or any of the new myriad of electronic devices that are designed to detect smoke and/or CO from a common door bell? Nest, intercom system, etc.

I refuse to refer to anything as a smoke alarm or a CO alarm. I take a picture of anything that looks remotely like one and say see photos.

Besides, an improperly installed alarm or detector is likely no more useful than no alarm at all. I am not willing to suggest that the subject meets the state requirements in regards to smoke or CO alarms.
 

AMF13

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California
How can you tell the difference between a smoke alarm, CO alarm, smoke detector, heat alarm, door bell, fancy surveillance camera designed to look like a smoke alarm, or any of the new myriad of electronic devices that are designed to detect smoke and/or CO from a common door bell? Nest, intercom system, etc.

Good point.

The 1 client wants me to comment on those is OK if I say there are detectors here and there, but I can't tell which or what they are.
Why ask me about these in the first place then? :shrug:
 

chad hampton

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North Carolina
Not sure I've ever checked for a smoke alarm or CO alarm. They don't have much of an impact on value in my market.

I had 1 bank from CA ask me if a home had CO detectors once. I had to go back out and take a photo. Walked all over trying to find a white box on the wall of ceiling somewhere. Found something on the ceiling, couldn't read what it was. Took a photo, said this might be one, no idea what it is or if it works and sent it in. Never heard back.

Waste of a trip.
 

Confident Rabbit

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Washington
I follow VA policy when it comes to smoke alarms, CO detectors and the like:
B) VA does NOT require: Water/Utilities to be turned on, HUD/Data plates on manufactured homes, building permits on additions, contractual items that are NOT MPRs, state-specific requirements (i.e. smoke/CO detectors).

I do, however, carry a ladder. :)
 
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