Wireless smoke detectors

Ursus Minor

Jedi Council Member
The property management has just announced the installation of smoke alarms in our apartment building - at very short notice.
I have done my best to dig up information on the fumonic radio net gadget but it was only the usual customer information stuff.

Living in a small flat I would have to accept two of these detectors, one of them in the bedroom. Now my bedroom is definitely the last place where I would want to have unnecessary wireless stuff.

All I could find out was that these two gadgets are not interconnected (if true), so they're not exchanging wireless information on a regular basis. They are said to be sending status information to the company once a month (which should be pretty ok) but what I find pretty unnerving, they have a red LED blinking day and night every 48 seconds!

Just the thought of being disturbed by a red LED blinking 24/7 is already making me cringe.

I usually have a hard time falling asleep anyway and this gadget would probably drive me crazy.

I have done all I could. I have sent four mails to the management and I have written a two-sided pamphlet with health info on this subject to all the 40 households in the neighborhood waiting to be equipped with this gadgetry. I went for legal counseling.

The law in Germany determines that all bedrooms must be equipped with smoke detectors but it doesn't demand any wireless smoke detectors.

What are your experiences with wireless smoke alarms? Do you consider them unhealthy?
 

Stoneboss

Jedi Master
The property management has just announced the installation of smoke alarms in our apartment building - at very short notice.
I have done my best to dig up information on the fumonic radio net gadget but it was only the usual customer information stuff.

Living in a small flat I would have to accept two of these detectors, one of them in the bedroom. Now my bedroom is definitely the last place where I would want to have unnecessary wireless stuff.

All I could find out was that these two gadgets are not interconnected (if true), so they're not exchanging wireless information on a regular basis. They are said to be sending status information to the company once a month (which should be pretty ok) but what I find pretty unnerving, they have a red LED blinking day and night every 48 seconds!

Just the thought of being disturbed by a red LED blinking 24/7 is already making me cringe.

I usually have a hard time falling asleep anyway and this gadget would probably drive me crazy.

I have done all I could. I have sent four mails to the management and I have written a two-sided pamphlet with health info on this subject to all the 40 households in the neighborhood waiting to be equipped with this gadgetry. I went for legal counseling.

The law in Germany determines that all bedrooms must be equipped with smoke detectors but it doesn't demand any wireless smoke detectors.

What are your experiences with wireless smoke alarms? Do you consider them unhealthy?
I don't have any experiences with wireless smoke alarms, but as far as the red LED light, could you just put a piece of masking tape (or any solid color tape) over it?
 

Ursus Minor

Jedi Council Member
I don't have any experiences with wireless smoke alarms, but as far as the red LED light, could you just put a piece of masking tape (or any solid color tape) over it?
I have been thinking of that too. The technician will arrive with the gadgets and I'll have to convince him ($) of letting me put some tape on it before it is fixed to the bedroom ceiling which by my estimation could be 15 ft. high. ;-)
 

Yupo

Dagobah Resident
FOTCM Member
That should work. Usually the things will start to chirp when the battery is running low.
 

Nienna

SuperModerator
Moderator
FOTCM Member
I have been thinking of that too. The technician will arrive with the gadgets and I'll have to convince him ($) of letting me put some tape on it before it is fixed to the bedroom ceiling which by my estimation could be 15 ft. high.
I use duct tape to cover whatever lights are on the devices. Sometimes it takes a couple of layers. (My devices have had green lights that are really quite bright for their size. I have never asked permission, I just do it. If questions are asked, which hasn't been the case yet (I've done this in two different apartments), I would just say it ruins my sleep so had to cover it. It has no effect on the functioning of the device.
 
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