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Smoke alarms -- easy and simple to install, and necessary

Posted by Ken on October 23, 2000 at 00:49:22:

In Reply to: SMOKE ALARMS NOT INCLUDED? posted by leebee on October 22, 2000 at 23:51:38:

In New York City any newly constructed or renovated apartment would have smoke detectors built in. For an older apartment, I believe the owner is required to install a smoke detector, for which he can charge you $10. You are responsible for maintaining it (meaning, test it once a year and replace battery as necessary).

Smoke detectors are an obvious and simple way to increase fire safety in your apartment. If your house doesn't have them, I would advise you to buy one for each floor and install them. They are cheap and easy to put almost anywhere.

: I haven't found anything about fire alarms, so far, so i thought id ask...
: Is it not the landlords duty to provide smoke detectors?
: We rent a four bedroom house with furnished attice and basement, alas, the only smoke detector i found was lying open on the furnace, covered in dust with a burnt out cigarette sitting beside it!

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