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Smoke detectors in vacant house: mandatory?

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Smoke detectors in vacant house: mandatory?

Are these mandatory for vacant houses to install them? And is it smoke or carbon monoxide also?

We are going to knock down an old house and rebuild it but it's vacant currently while we get permits etc. The distance between our house and the nearest one next to us is at least over 12 feet.

Thanks.
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leafsnation98765 wrote: Are these mandatory for vacant houses to install them? And is it smoke or carbon monoxide also?

We are going to knock down an old house and rebuild it but it's vacant currently while we get permits etc. The distance between our house and the nearest one next to us is at least over 12 feet.

Thanks.
Ask your insurance company, because you don't want to have the mess not be covered.
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engineered wrote: Ask your insurance company, because you don't want to have the mess not be covered.
That’s a good call in addition to fire considerations, a vacant house is something insurance needs to be informed of as it’s not considered the same as an occupied house. Plus you want to make sure your insurance covers any liability issues (injury while on the property).

When doing a build it’s good to discuss with your insurance at each stage to ensure the property is classified properly and that the coverage is valid.
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leafsnation98765 wrote: Are these mandatory for vacant houses to install them? And is it smoke or carbon monoxide also?

We are going to knock down an old house and rebuild it but it's vacant currently while we get permits etc. The distance between our house and the nearest one next to us is at least over 12 feet.

Thanks.
The codes which dictate the need for smoke/co detectors must be complied when the place was built. So if it is a century home, odds are nothing was required back then. If you're knocking the place down and no one is living there, I wouldn't be real concerned.

Like others have said, make sure you have insurance while it is vacant. Last thing you want is a squatter or homeless people that destroy the place or set it on fire.
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battery smoke detectors are so cheap that I would throw a few in there anyways just to be a good neighbor. What the hey.....

If they go off and a neighbor calls FD, then maybe you will be able to prevent some damage to another house.
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Thanks guys, do I need a smoke detector on every floor? And how about carbon monoxide detectors on every floor too? Thanks
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leafsnation98765 wrote: Thanks guys, do I need a smoke detector on every floor? And how about carbon monoxide detectors on every floor too? Thanks
i think smoke detectors in on each floor should be more than sufficient, especially for vacant houses.
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