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Smoke Detector Dangers

More often than not, smoke detectors will malfunction in a harmless manner. They will tend to alert the resident of false alarms, as opposed to failing to engage when there actually is a large amount of smoke present. While this turns them into common household nuisances, they are necessary pieces of equipment, and occupants are required by state law to maintain and keep a certain number of them in every building.

There are several ways, however, that smoke detectors can pose a danger. These include the following:

  • Drained battery: If the batteries in the detector run low, the device will not function properly, thus opening up the risk of failure to alert the resident or occupant of a fire in the building. It is the responsibility of the user to maintain the batteries of the detector. There have been reports of certain detectors draining the batteries too quickly; if this is the case, then the detectors themselves should be replaced.
  • Missing battery: It is common for many people to remove the batteries from their smoke detectors whenever it is posing nuisance alarms. However, this completely disables the device, rendering it incapable of alerting the resident of an actual fire.
  • Radioactive Component in Ionizing Detectors: There is a radioactive constituent inside these devices which can pose a danger to those who directly expose themselves to it, particularly when changing the batteries.
  • Too Quiet of an Alert: Sometimes the alarm will not be heard by those who are hard of hearing, particularly when they are asleep. It is possible to link the detector with other methods of alert which activate other senses like vision and touch.

Contact a Sheboygan Personal Injury Lawyer

Sometimes batteries may be removed from devices without all occupants’ or residents’ knowledge. Occasionally, detectors will fail altogether. If you have been a victim of fire due to smoke detector failure, do not hesitate to contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000.