Are you wondering, "how do I dispose of a smoke detector that may be radioactive?"
Do you have smoke detectors, fire alarms, or fire pull switches containing radioactive material that you are wondering how to dispose of properly? Call ADCO Services to find out about our smoke detector recycling program we offer. ADCO can assist you with the disposal of your smoke alarms and fire pull switches.
Typically smoke detectors contain Americium 241 (AM-241) or Radium 226 (RA-226) sources which are used to make the smoke detector function. This radioactive material inside the smoke detector means the smoke detector should never be thrown in the regular trash and should be recycled with a company such as ADCO Services where your smoke detector will be dismantled and the radioactive source inside the unit will be extracted and reclaimed in an environmentally friendly way by a fully trained staff.
ADCO Services makes it easy for homeowners, household hazardous waste collection facilities, commercial and governmental entities, or any property owner for that matter to properly dispose of their radioactive smoke detectors / alarms which may contain Americium or Radium by sending them for recycling under ADCO Services' radioactive smoke / fire alarm disposal service program. Our radioactive smoke detector disposal program also includes self luminous fire pull switches which may contain Tritium (H3).
Consider the main reason you should recycle your smoke alarms / detectors and fire pull switches:
The majority of smoke alarms contain a small radioactive source (Americium 241 or Radium 226). Smoke detectors of this nature will need to be properly disposed in a specially designed landfill for radioactive materials – not a solid waste landfill designed for residential and non-hazardous waste refuse.
The proper disposal of your radioactive smoke detectors may be required by your state. Let ADCO Services assist you with the proper disposal of your smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire pull switches to help you avoid any potential violations with a regulatory agency.
Some fire pull switches may be glazed with Tritium (H3) to allow the switch to glow in the dark in case of power failure. If your switch contains Tritium (3-H), it should never be thrown in the regular trash! The self luminous feature to these switches is a radioactive paint which needs to be properly disposed of with a radioactive processing facility.
Steady Replacement of Alarms Requires Diversion from Solid Waste Landfills.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends replacement of all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or newer if they do not respond properly when tested. Further the NFPA advises when moving into a new home, replace the alarms if you do not know how old the alarms are.