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Disposing of old smoke detectors: Your Stories

Fire safety is critical in any home. You’ve purchased your new smoke detectors and want to know what to do with the old ones.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Smoke detectors can be subdivided into two categories: photoelectric and ionizing.

The ionizing kind is radioactive and may pose hazards to human health in large quantities. With that said, if you’re throwing away a single smoke detector it can be done safely with your regular household trash.

Some smoke detectors can also be returned to the manufacturer. Give the company a call or if you still have the old packaging lying around, check it for information about whether the company offers a return service.

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