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Smoke Detectors

There are two different types of smoke detectors manufactured and each requires different disposal. Contact the manufacturer or check the manufacturer label on your smoke detector or operating manual to determine what type you have.


Smoke detectors that use ionization chambers contain radioactive materials and should not be placed in the trash. If the detector contains radioactive material, it is required by law to have a warning label on the body of the detector. Look for the label on the back of the detector facing the mounting base. Find more information at U.S. Postal Service or the U.S. Fire Administration.

Smoke detectors containing radioactive material should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal at the following addresses. Include a note indicating the detector is to be disposed of properly.

American Sensors/Dicon Global
Call for return information

Firex c/o Disposal
28C Leigh Fisher Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79906

First Alert/BRK
Customer Service Dept
3920 Enterprise Court
Aurora, IL 60504

GE Security/ESL
12345 Southwest Levetan Dr.
Tualatin, OR 97062

Honeywell, Inc.
Returned Goods,
Dock 4-MN10-3860
1985 Douglas Drive North
Golden Valley, MN 55422

1016 Corporate Park Dr.
Mebane, NC 27302

System Sensors
Call for return information

USI Electric/Universal
Disposal Dept.
7A Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Garbage  Place smoke detectors that use photoelectric cells in the garbage. Verify the type by checking the smoke detector's operating manual or by contacting its manufacturer. Remove and recycle batteries before throwing out.  

Information on this page applies to households ONLY. Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.

Last updated: 5/28/2015 4:56 AM