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CO and Fire alarms for liveaboards (was Fire on safari boat Suzana in Egypt)

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by PhilC, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. PhilC

    PhilC Nassau Grouper

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    Logged into scubaboard for the first time in years to respond that my understanding is that smoke detectors are actually on the list of banned items from both carry on AND checked luggage by the TSA without a hazardous materials declaration because most of them work using a minuscule amount of radioactive material. Will it get through? Almost certainly since the amount of radiation is so small that it is unlikely to be detected but you aren't supposed to bring one. I know for myself at least going through the TSA theater is painful enough with my cameras, lenses, batteries, strobes etc that I don't have much desire to throw radiation into the mix of my bag which gets hand searched every single flight. There are types of smoke detectors that work without radioactive elements which would presumably be OK, I don't actually know how to tell the difference and I think they tend to be much more expensive.
     
  2. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    Ionization alarms use a small amount of radioactive material but not photoelectric so if you get a photoelectric one, that will remove the hassle. Please see here for differences:

    U.S. Fire Administration position on home smoke alarms
     
  3. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

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    From where does this understanding come? Neither smoke or CO detectors are mentioned on TSA website. Provide a link to this banned list.
     
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  4. PhilC

    PhilC Nassau Grouper

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    http://www.airsafe.com/paxinfo/advice.pdf
     
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  5. Mike Walker

    Mike Walker Nassau Grouper

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    Well... MH17 was hardly an accident.... Hopefully it is a few more years yet before we have to worry about Russian artillery on Red Sea dive boats...
     
  6. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

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  7. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Photoelectric. No radioactive component.
    Includes CO detection.
    10- yr lithium battery. Nothing to replace.
    $50
    Screenshot_20191108-150008_Chrome.jpg
     
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  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I prefer one with removable batteries, and I will remove them for flights.
     
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  9. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Yep. Probably would need user mod to turn off for airplane. But the long battery life caught my eye...
     
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  10. DavidFL

    DavidFL ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hmmm....35% 1-star reviews on Amazon;
     
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