|Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] in the hands of god, we are all...
Quoting Ruben Safir (mrbrklyn-at-panix.com):
> The idea that we would all be safe if we all had smoke detectors, or that
> the family was negligent is bullshit.
I'd certainly never say that.
But I'd nonetheless say something based on my own experience that IMO is
relevant. My deteched single-storey house has five smoke detectors plus
the CO2 one: one detector in each of the three bedrooms, one in the
dining room, one in the corridor. (All were already present when my
family moved in.)
Logic dictates that I can't be sure the smoke detectors would sound
unless/until I test them using actual smoke (else, so believing is an
assumption). The 'test' button tests whether they can sound a horn, but
doesn't test whether they correctly respond to smoke.
However, I do inadvertantly test the dining room one, almost every time
I cook in my oven or use the stove for anything except soup or boiling
things. In particular, every blessed time I use my wok, my family hears
the dining room smoke detector go off, and says 'Hey, Rick's doing
So, my experience is that this-past-decade smoke detectors with < 1yo
batteries reliably _do_ sound when there's smoke. And also that they
appear otherwise problem-free.
Being safe is a tougher loaf of pumpernickel than that, of course.
But I've seen more than enough to be glad the detectors are there.