LouBinNC's profile

Tue, Jan 18, 2022 3:53 PM

Want to protect Garage in case of fire

Hi,

I know it is not generally recommended to put a smoke detector in a garage but we have a golf cart (LiON) in there now and would like to be able to protect the area. Clean garage with epoxy floor so not super dusty. 

The SimpliSafe temp detector doesn't look like it is really designed as a heat detector 

Thoughts ?

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I would just say that even if you've taken strides to keep the garage dust-free, the garage will always be the dustiest in the home (unless you've built it yourself as an additional living space and the overhead doors are never opened/+ exit door never open). Is your garage insulated?

SS' smoke detectors are notorious for going off with the tiniest bit of dust or moisture (which is why it's recommended to keep them clean with a can of air once a month or so and do not place anywhere near areas such as bath/shower etc).  I think really, the only way you'd know if one is suitable for your garage, is try it - and if it doesn't work out well, return it within the 60-day return period. (that return period start date is the day you received your product in the mail).

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Thanks.. Yes, it is insulated but it is a garage....

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@LouBinNC​ 

Yep, there's really a lot of ways for dust to enter or accumulate (not just doors open), it's house-settling, numerous garage 'stuff' collecting dust (that virtually no one dusts, ever), any cracks in the concrete, if you have an upper floor above the garage, etc.  I'd say if you're up to it, just get a smoke detector, test it out (pay attention to normal routine during that period), and return if it doesn't work out.  

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I definitely have to go with coltmaster1's advice. I have six smoke and 3 CO sensors, all indoors, not near furnace, stove and bathrooms etc etc and clean bimonthly with compressed air.  No false alarms (since I read the instructions) and they are fine when used as directed.

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Thanks All !

I have a few CO & Smoke already installed an honestly I have not had any false alarms with them.... They tend to eat batteries and cherp at me at inconvenient times but I only blow them out every few months.

I really would like a solution that is hooked up to central station but false alarms would be bad....

  

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@LouBinNC​ Batteries every few months? That is definitely not normal as they should last much, much longer. As far as the placements, I personally wouldn't risk locating them in the garage but, of course, that is your choice. I would suggest, however, you do call support to ask about the battery usage. Definitely not normal as you have described. Good luck.

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Hi LouBinNC,

 

That's actually rather concerning. The CO and Smoke Detector batteries should be lasting 3-5 years.

When the chirping starts, have you seen what the indicator lights are doing? If you're seeing a solid yellow light on any of these units, that's actually the indicator that the unit isn't securely mounted in the bracket. You just want to twist it clockwise into the bracket until it snaps into place, and the yellow light should go out.

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It would be great if Simplisafe would make something specifically for this.  I have a big new battery for my solar power system.  It has it's own heat detector, but it's not linked to a monitoring system.

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A heat detector similar to what ADT offers with their systems (Honeywell Ademco ADT 5809) is what is really needed for the garage or a furnace room. It should have the same alarm system response as a smoke detector.  Is there something similar to the Honeywell 5809SS that can be connected to the SimpliSafe system.  I see that this is something that has been requested for years now.