EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - A recent deadly fire and a free smoke detector program have inspired more people to replace their old smoke detectors.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno introduced his free smoke detector program last week, because the home in which 65 year-old Dorothy Lee recently died didn't even have one smoke detector.
Smoke detector sales are up at Rocky's Ace Hardware in East Longmeadow, where manager Scott Robbins told 22News that people have gotten more sophisticated about buying new smoke detectors and replacing old units.
“What happens is you get up to that ‘service to ten year’ window, and even though you're replacing the batteries, the internal mechanism starts to break down,” Robbins said.
Yet with so many different kinds of smoke detectors on the market, which one do you buy?
Robbins said that state regulations require the photoelectric unit for the kitchen and the bathroom, because that type of smoke detector can tell the difference between smoke and steam.
Real Estate agent Linda Fawcett said that type of smoke detector solves a lot of problems.
“A lot of people that rent apartments, the smoke detectors are going off all the time when they're cooking, and sometimes what they'll do they'll take the batteries out. With new smoke detectors they don't have to do that,” Fawcett said.
The widening variety available today permits people to buy smoke detectors that double as carbon monoxide detectors as well.