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Safety Tips Are Important When Repairing Smoke Detectors For Elderly Clients

Updated: May 20

Combo Smoke Detector | Knightly Electrical Services
Combo Smoke Detector | Knightly Electrical Services

An elderly Alpharetta woman, contacted us because of a beeping Smoke detector in her home. When I got there, I noticed she was bed ridden and had a full time nurse to take care of her. I also noticed that she had one smoke detector for her smaller home.

When replacing a smoke detector for an elderly client, we remember that code requires a smoke/carbon monoxide combo detector now in a home's main area. As we install it, we know that the unit has to be hardwired into the electrical system. We also know that the detector is not allowed to be turned on or off by a security company.

Which Combo Detector Did We Install?

Taking everything into consideration, we decided to replace the smoke detector she had with a brand new 10-year life battery Kiddie smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector.  Since she's bedridden, it means that she doesn’t have to worry about the smoke detector beeping and causing a nuisance for the next 10 years.              


Smoke detectors are a must-have for anyone but especially for older adults who want to safely age at home. They are truly one of the most important tools that can save lives in the event of an emergency.

As people age, they are more likely to have medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable to smoke and fire hazards. Some of these medical conditions may include dementia, arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease. General vision and hearing issues can impact one’s safety as well.

This is why it is important to have a working smoke detector(s) in the home.

Installing Smoke Detector | Knightly Electrical Services
Installing Smoke Detector | Knightly Electrical Services

Why Use A Combo Smoke Detector?

  • Because safety codes require it

  • Combination detectors can save you on installation - one device takes less time to install

  • Having fewer devices provides a more streamlined look to your home

  • You only have to maintain or replace one unit

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