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Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 13, 2019 6:42 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by plenty [MO]) Jun 13, 2019 6:53 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 13, 2019 6:58 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 13, 2019 6:59 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 13, 2019 7:03 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 13, 2019 7:06 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by elliot [RI]) Jun 13, 2019 7:12 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Steve [MA]) Jun 13, 2019 7:22 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Still Learning [NH]) Jun 13, 2019 7:47 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jun 13, 2019 7:57 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by plenty [MO]) Jun 13, 2019 8:39 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Dale [KY]) Jun 13, 2019 9:22 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Nellie [ME]) Jun 13, 2019 9:38 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by JR [ME]) Jun 13, 2019 10:33 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 13, 2019 10:48 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 13, 2019 11:41 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by JKJ [MA]) Jun 13, 2019 11:45 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jun 13, 2019 3:11 PM
       Smoke alarms activated (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 14, 2019 1:28 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Vee [OH]) Jun 14, 2019 10:26 AM
       Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Jun 14, 2019 4:55 PM
       Smoke alarms activated (by RentsDue [MA]) Jun 14, 2019 9:23 PM

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Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 6:42 AM
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I had this problem in my own home last night. Husband is out of town on business. Smoke alarms all went off around 2 AM. I grabbed the dog and my keys and got her in the car and then alarms stopped. I went back in and checked the house and everything seemed fine. One smoke alarm in the basement had a red light instead of a green light so I switched out the battery. But the battery should not cause the whole house to ring, right? I should just get a chrip for that. The dog and I slept in the car last night because I was nervous about coming back into the house. But all seems OK this morning. Any idea what this might have been? We did have a lot of rain last night so I guess it could be humidity, but thatís never happened before. Probably isnít dust, as my house is pretty clean. Yikes. Thanks, I know you all are a pretty smart bunch. --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 6:53 AM
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All for smoke only or any for carbon monoxide? Do you have gas coming in the house? Any hardwired in? --99.203.xx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 6:58 AM
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We have propane. We have a carbon monoxide detector wired into the basement and a separate plug-in Carbon monoxide detector upstairs next to the fireplace. All of the smoke alarms except the standalone CO2 detector are hard wired together. Only appliance easy and propane this time of year is hot water heater. --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 6:59 AM
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I meant that the only appliance using propane is the hot water heater. Upstairs plug-in CO2 detector did not go off. If I had a CO2 problem in the basement, would the alarm continue to sound? Thanks. --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 7:03 AM
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Maybe I should take the standalone plug-in CO2 detector into the basement and just make sure everything is OK down there. --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 7:06 AM
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All quiet. --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by elliot [RI]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 7:12 AM
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well, if it is hardwired, then obviously it triggered the signal (red wire) to send to everyone of them.. I would just replace that one blinking red --108.34.xxx.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 7:22 AM
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I've had 1 SD go bad & cause other inter wired SDs think a event has occurred. How old are the SDs?

I would most likely replace the one that had the blinking red light. As long as you can replace it with the same brand & model # it should be fine. --96.237.xx.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 7:47 AM
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A spider can set them off. Also how old are they? One that ďgoes badĒ can trigger them. Vacuum all of them, change batteries, and consider replacing if they are 7 years old. All the ones at my rentals were around 7 years old and 1 in each unit started failing causing problems. No issues since replaced. --24.61.xxx.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 7:57 AM
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I've had several instances of a faulty detector causing an alarm like this. In these instances I replaced all detectors. An electrician should be able to troubleshoot this for you --70.178.x.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 8:39 AM
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You are wise to follow up and figure out why. I wouldn't like being woke up like that either --99.203.xx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Dale [KY]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 9:22 AM
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How old are they? Smoke alarms are supposed to be replaced every 10 years. Mine went off at 3:00 am once. Great time to hear that noise right? Mine were about 12 years old so I replaced them. I didn't find any bugs or dirt inside the old ones when I took them down. --131.201.xxx.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 9:38 AM
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All of mine go off if one is failing or needs a battery. ALWAYS in the early am!

Electrician coming tomorrow to replace all of our house ones. I can only get the talking ones now at HD and donít want those. And some of the connections need replacing. --70.16.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by JR [ME]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 10:33 AM
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Heavy humidity can set off a smoke detector. --174.192.xx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 10:48 AM
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Since they are all wired together they all go off. I had to do that at my fourplexes for the inspection fire code. Maybe a bug got into the one with the red light on it and set it off or the battery backup is bad and it let you know. You did the right thing to get the dog and get out. --173.61.xxx.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 11:41 AM
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Thanks everyone! The smoke detectors in the basement are only a year old since we remodeled last year. They still had Original kiddie batteries in them. So I guess it mustíve been the humidity or a spider or year old batteries going bad. I just now woke up after being up all night in the car. Yuck. But all quiet since then. Thank you so much everyone! --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 11:45 AM
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How old are they? Most expire after 10 years, even the hardwired 1ís The hardwired 1ís in my house did that, first I just replaced the 1 that I thought it was, it kept happening. So I just bought a pack of 6 online and replaced them all. Hasnít happened since. When they get old dust inside of them causes them to act screwy. --174.199.xx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 3:11 PM
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Swap it with another detector in the house so if the basement goes off again, you know its detecting something and not an issue with the detector.

Also buy a can of compressed air and blow out the detector. Sometimes a spider web in between the sensors can set it off.

Then wait and see what happens. If that unit goes off in another area, you know it's the unit. If the basement unit triggers then maybe it's picking something up. You could replace smoke for heat detector in basement if the test fails and there's no fire. Bring a flashlight with you when it goes off so you can see if there's any smoke in the air. --108.69.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 14, 2019 1:28 AM
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Laura,

Can we say you are now WOKE? :)

BRAD

PS I'd start by replacing the offending detector. Cheap fix. 10 year limit. They CAN go bad.

--73.102.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 14, 2019 10:26 AM
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No need for an electrician if they all went into alarm - she/he would check wiring continuity in the walls but this proved that is fine, most likely is a photo type detector which is a common generator of false alarms because only one field of light to be broken, use ionization ones to prevent the false alarms, they cost a little more and are about 3-5 seconds slower to alarm but it is real when they go noisy. I use BK 9120b in my places. --76.188.xxx.xx




Smoke alarms activated (by Laura [VA]) Posted on: Jun 14, 2019 4:55 PM
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Thanks everyone! Turns out we had some sort of brown out or a power surge or something in the neighborhood. Neighbors reporting GFIís popping. --67.172.xxx.xxx




Smoke alarms activated (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jun 14, 2019 9:23 PM
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We have this problem in one property near the power station. They are hard wired. In the summer when usage is high across town they ď switch overĒ the power grids at night ( usually at about 2 a.m). Just about every year this causes one of the alarms to go nuts. We keep a supply of them and just switch out to a new one when that happens. Spiders have done it too. Easier to replace than to try to troubleshoot. --71.10.xxx.xxx



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