Entries by Scott Price

Monitored and Non-Monitored Smoke Alarms

Monitored and Non-Monitored Smoke Alarms One of the many advantages of a monitored, low voltage smoke detector is that it is monitored through your existing burglar alarm system.  In the event of a fire, or the presence of smoke, an activation signal is sent immediately to your Central Station.  Additionally, a signal is also sent […]

Smoke Alarms

A smoke alarm, also known as a smoke detector, is a device that detects smoke and issues an audible sound and/or a visual signal to alert residents to a potential fire. Facts and Figures According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Although most newer homes have smoke alarms, about one-third of all deaths in house […]

Closet Lighting

People don’t often think about the fire risks posed by the light in their clothes closet, but it’s one of the few places in the house where a source of high heat can get too close to flammable materials.  I come across this problem often in early 20th century homes.  Back then, is was all too common […]

Part 4 of 4 – Carbon Monoxide Detectors

How can I prevent CO poisoning? Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors with labels showing that they meet the requirements of the new UL standard 2034 or Comprehensive Safety Analysis 6.19 safety standards. Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. Have the heating system professionally inspected by an […]

Part 3 of 4 – Carbon Monoxide Detectors

CO Detector Placement CO detectors can monitor exposure levels, but do not place them: directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up; within 15 feet of heating and cooking appliances, or in or near very humid areas, such as bathrooms; within 5 feet of kitchen stoves and ovens, […]

Part 2 of 4 – Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Potential Sources of Carbon Monoxide Any fuel-burning appliances which are malfunctioning or improperly installed can be a source of CO, such as: furnaces; stoves and ovens; water heaters; dryers; room and space heaters; fireplaces and wood stoves; charcoal grills; automobiles; clogged chimneys or flues; space heaters; power tools that run on fuel; gas and charcoal grills; certain […]

Part 1 of 4 – Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that forms from incomplete combustion of fuels, such as natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood or coal. Facts and Figures 480 U.S. residents died between 2001 and 2003 from non-fire-related carbon-monoxide poisoning. Most CO exposures occur during the winter months, especially in December (including 56 deaths, […]


A nightlight is a small, low-powered electrical light source placed for comfort or convenience in indoor areas that become dark at night. Facts and Figures Before they were powered electrically, nightlights were usually long-burning candles placed in fireproof metal cups, known as tealights in some countries. (Tealights in the U.S. refer to very short and […]

Trash Compactors

Why Use a Trash Compactor? Permanently installed residential trash compactors run on electricity and use a small hydraulic system to crush trash down to a fraction of its original volume (sometimes down to 25%) in order to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste regularly generated by a household.  Smaller and narrower than a dishwasher, they are a standard […]

Garbage Disposals/Food-Waste Disposers

What Are Food-Waste Disposers? Garbage disposals, also called food-waste disposers, are residential appliances designed to shred food waste so that it can fit through plumbing. They are usually electrically powered (although occasionally powered by water pressure) and are installed beneath sinks. Why Use a Garbage Disposal? When food waste is discarded into the trash, it places an […]