View Poll Results: Do you have a smoke detector in your shop? Tick as many as applicable

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  • Yes

    16 26.67%
  • No

    41 68.33%
  • Stand alone battery powered

    12 20.00%
  • Stand alone mains powered

    1 1.67%
  • Wired to the house and mains powered

    6 10.00%
  • Linked to the house but wirelessly

    0 0%
  • Dont see the need for one

    3 5.00%
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Thread: Shop Safety....Smoke Detectors

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Shop Safety....Smoke Detectors

    I have never seen any mention of the use of smoke detectors on the forum.

    After my weekend work during which I used my grinder to cut off some bolts resulting in a great deal of smoke and the trigger of my smoke detector which alerted the family in the house and had my wife on my phone in 2 secs I thought this might be a worthwhile point for people to consider.

    What I did is to run a control wire from my house ( which by code has to have powered connected smoke detectors on each level) smoke detectors out to my shop along with my telephone cable and electric cable.

    Then on the ceiling I hooked up a powered smoke detector with battry back up ( price difference is not that significant).

    Now when I am in the shop and no one is in the house should the smoke detectors in the house go off they will trigger in the shop.

    Conversely if there is a issue in the shop ( more likely) and I am in the house then the house smoke detectors will trigger.

    I have also posted 2 fire extinuishers in the shop, one on either end of the building. For the cost you can never be too safe.

    This was not a complicated thing to do. My first ever installation of smoke detectors not that it is difficult just want to ensure no one can say I could not do that.

    So I thought I would add a poll to the thread if i can get it to work and we could see how many ww have a smoke detector etc.

    Hope this reminds someone of the merits of smoke detectors like I have been alerted to safety at the table saw etc.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Rob I also have a sprinkler system for the spray booth and stripping, work area.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    I have one hardwired in the shop ceiling, and truthfully, it's a hassle. Dust triggers the thing and then, over time, builds up. So then i don't trust it. It goes off when it shouldn't, and i'm skeptical that it would go off should it need to. I blow it out with low pressure compressed air, but don't know if i'm not damaging the sensor.

    Is there a good, reliable "system" for this?


  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Mine is wired to all the others in the house and has battery backup. I haven't had the dust issues with it, don't know the brand. I have set it off when I've done some welding and created a little smoke with some oil that got set off, so know it's working.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    outside of Toronto, Ont
    There are 2 main types of smoke detectors, optical and ionization. I suspect that the optical is more sensitive to dust. see
    With either type though it would be necessary to keep them clean in a dusty environment.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I don't have a smoke detector. And don't see the need for one. I believe work generated smoke and dust would set it off. There are detectors in other areas of the house.
    But, this thread has gotten me to thinking I should install a fire extinguisher. We have one upstairs but the shop doesn't.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    since my shop is the great outdoors, i'm sure where i would put the darned thing...
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    no detector for the reasons mentioned already(the dust factor) but i do have 2 fire extinquishers. but i like the thought of knowing if one goes off in either location house or shop.. but i need to get one that doesnt have dust allergies
    so if someone comes up with a model that does work reliably post your info for it.. and i will get the hook up info from rob!!!
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    My shop is in the basement. I have smoke detecters (Hard Wired) in two places in the house. came with the house. Added one in the furnace room (Battery), BUT like a BIG DUMMY never thought of one in the shop, too!

    I will be getting one today!

    Thanks for the thought.

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    I have FOUR smoke detectors on the 2nd floor -- one in each bedroom, and one in the hall. The one in the hall is on house current. Actually I think it is code now to have one in each bedroom. Dunno, I just do NOT want any of us to sleep through it.

    I have one by the kitchen (main floor). That's the annoying one, as the oven sets it off far too often. But I put up with it since I'm secretly kind of glad it is that sensitive.

    I also have one in the basement, but not in my shop. (basement shop)
    I DO have a fire extinguisher in the shop though.

    Oh yeah, also a CO2 detector up in the hall by the bedrooms.
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

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