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Fiore 11-04-2011 08:43 PM

Do Smoke Detectors Need A Dedicated Circuit
 
Do Smoke Detectors Need A Dedicated Circuit

joed 11-04-2011 08:45 PM

Post your location. In some area they are required to be on regularly used circuit (NOT dedicated to smokes)so that you will know if the breaker trips and to discourage you from turning off the breaker for nuisance tripping.

jimmy21 11-04-2011 08:58 PM

I always put them on the bedroom lighting circuit.

Jim Port 11-04-2011 09:19 PM

As Joed said it depends where you are. In Delaware you would need a dedicated circuit.

darren 11-04-2011 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 764043)
As Joed said it depends where you are. In Delaware you would need a dedicated circuit.

So stupid and dangerous, if I lived there that would be one code rule that would be quickly violated in my house.

ddawg16 11-05-2011 03:50 AM

To be more exact....I believe the typical wording is 'non switched' circuit. In other words, you can't turn it off except at the breaker.

But, then again....Delaware is one of those odd places.....

kbsparky 11-05-2011 05:14 AM

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Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 764132)
To be more exact....I believe the typical wording is 'non switched' circuit. In other words, you can't turn it off except at the breaker.

But, then again....Delaware is one of those odd places.....

In Delaware, you can't turn it off even at the breaker. They require a lock-on device to be installed before your final electrical will pass.

Of course, I've seen many homeowners remove that breaker lock, once they occupy the premises. :whistling2:

jimmy21 11-05-2011 11:12 AM

And what if there is an overcurrent?

Jim Port 11-05-2011 11:52 AM

Breaker locks do not prevent the internal mechanism from working. The lock would need to be removed and reinstalled after resetting the breaker. Given the load of a smoke alarm a trip from overcurrent is not an issue.

darren 11-05-2011 12:27 PM

How many smoke detectors would it take to cause an overload, you would have two in everyone and a few outside before that happened. Wouldn't want to be in that house when the alarm went off, there would be no escaping the noise.


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