Smoke & Fire Alarms
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– Sep 28, 2021(3 replies)
Hi - please share any advice or tips if you've had a sprinkler system installed (indoors) in your home due to renovations being >50%. Fire Department just reviewed and returned our plans requiring this and would love to hear from anyone who's gone through it! TIA.Sep 28, 2021
– Feb 15, 2021(10 replies)
Has anyone dealt with ongoing nuisance/false smoke alarms? We live in an old Berkeley stucco split-level, and the alarms in the two back/upstairs bedrooms have been going off at random for weeks. There’s no pattern — sometimes they go off in the middle of the day when all the curtains have been open for hours; sometimes (more often) they go off in the middle of the night. They beep 1-5 times and then stop. It’s maddening, and wakes everybody up. So far we’ve tried moving the units further from the heat vents, replacing a unit, turning the heat down, turning the heat up, leaving a window open, running a dehumidifier. Nothing seems to work. If anyone has thoughts I’d really appreciate it! They’re photoelectric detectors.Feb 15, 2021
– Oct 16, 2018(3 replies)
Does anyone have experience in getting schools to turn down the volume of their dangerously loud fire alarms? I am looking for advice, literature, personal experience or professional expertise... anything that can help me motivate the school to turn down the alarm volume. I don't want to have to turn this into a legal battle, I just want the alarms turned down.
Background: My teen has chronic tinnitus (24 hour a day non-stop ringing in his ears caused by exposure to an explosion). His tinnitus is exacerbated by loud noise which can also potentially cause more permanent damage to his hearing and permanently louder ringing. The school tested the sound levels and subsequently admitted to me that the noise level is 35-45 db higher than required by law, but they have not turned them down. Fire alarms continue to go off at the school for no reason (4x so far in two months which were not planned drills and not in response to fire or smoke) and my child comes home distraught with more intense ringing in his ears. I resent having to send my child to a school where he is exposed to dangerous conditions.
Any advice is appreciated.Oct 16, 2018