Smoke alarms / detectors... Are you still throwing these items in the regular garbage?
Do you have smoke detectors, fire alarms, or fire pull switches containing radioactive material that you are wondering how to dispose of properly? 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 services. 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 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.
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!
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 sooner 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.