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Checking Smoke Detectors Creates Safe Household

Every Spring we turn our clocks forward for Daylight Savings but why not look forward to ensuring a hazard-free household by checking our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well? Regularly checking both devices can help create a safe household. You can make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly by testing your devices monthly and replacing dead batteries when needed. Remember to recycle any dead batteries in your household by taking them to one of the County’s four Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) Centers.

But what if I need to dispose of my smoke detector? It depends on what type of smoke detector you have. There are two types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization-based. Checking the product description can help in identify which type of smoke detector you have. Photoelectric smoke detectors can be thrown in the trash after removing any batteries. Ionization-based smoke detectors however contain radioactive materials and do not belong in the trash. Although they contain hazardous materials, the County’s HHW Centers do not accept smoke detectors. Check with the product manufacturer as they might offer a mail-back program. Another option would be to contact
Curie Environmental Services as they have a recycling program for smoke detectors.

What about my carbon monoxide detector? These are recyclable and are accepted at all four HHW centers.

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