You home’s smoke detectors might not be noticeable but they are one of the most important aspects of your house. When a fire occurs, homeowners and their families are more likely to survive if alerted by a detector. Statistics show that 66% of fire deaths occur when the smoke detectors are not functioning.
Smoke detectors are found in most homes but if they are non-functional or not placed in the right spot, they are of no good for you or your family.
How to Get The Best Protection with Smoke Detectors
Be sure to:
- Put your smoke detectors in the proper places – where smoke can be detected.
- Test and change the batteries every year.
- Replace the alarms every 8 to 10 years.
- Get an appropriate alarm for any hearing-impaired family members.
Can I Install Smoke Detectors Myself?
It can be a simple task to install a smoke detector. Check with local building codes for helpful advice on proper installations. A local electrician should be hired if you want to install a hard-wired smoke detector – this is recommended by the US Fire Administration.
How much do Smoke Detectors cost?
Some smoke detectors are free but generally cost around $40.
How do I maintain them?
Most smoke detectors are easily maintained and let you know when something is wrong, such as chirping when the battery needs replaced. Here are some guidelines as laid out by the US Fire Administration:
- Check your smoke detectors every month depending on the model.
- Replace the 9-volt battery every year. Change the whole unit every 8 to 10 years.
- Replace the whole unit if it has a 10-year lithium battery as you cannot change the battery.
- Be sure to have hard-wired detectors connected to the electrical system. Back up batteries should be changed yearly.
- Replace any old or obsolete detectors and update them with newer models.
How do I know if my smoke detectors are properly located?
Research local building codes to ensure you are installing smoke detectors properly in your area. Here are some general guidelines:
- Place a unit on each level of your home
- Place a unit in each bedroom within 10 – 15 feet of the door
- Place a unit where smoke can gather, this is usually high up on walls, away from any fans or windows
- Make sure hard-wired detectors are not controlled by switch
- Place units away from anything that could cause false alarms, such as baths or stoves
You can learn more about where to place smoke detectors by calling our office and talking with our in house electrician.